SIMPLE TIPS AND TRICKS If there's one thing I don't like about midi music it's the lack of true natural sound of instruments (not easy to find on the net). For example, I attempt to take the clarinet that sounds like a 'plastic songflute' and add some 'air' texture to it to bring out the more pure woodwind sounds in midi. There are some songs, due to octaves, where inserting a trombone can sound more like a trumpet than choosing to use 'trumpet'in the midi studio. Again, this has a bit to do with the sound card on each computer. I have attempted to make midi sounds more compatible on each computer sound card. Then there's that 'other thing' about midi music. It's that vague, empty music lacking 'kick' and 'bottom' that reminds me of those little pre-programed 'one touch organ synths'(Magic Genie comes to mind). This is where 'splitting multi sound tracks' or 'cloning music tracks' come into. I like a full, rich foundation which the bass and drums reside within.(bottom/kick) I plan to achieve better music quality soon and to the point that you can't tell much difference between midi and audio types. This has been somewhat difficult trying to keep the size down without losing quality. The thing I like best about midi music is size. It is smaller, easier and faster to load and store. Reverb, Echoe, Slides, Slurs, Distortion, Delay, and on and on. These are just some of the sound effects that are applied to music in the studio. If you have tried your own mixing in a studio you may be well aware of these terms and how to apply them. If not, anyone who has tried can tell you about some of the technical difficulties involved. I have been a musician (guitar) for 38 years and have been in many bands and still 'sit in' to jam with bands around the world. The reason I bring this up is because the experience of knowing all instruments and their tones can make the difference when mixing and applying the correct sound tracks. Some songs are edited or created better than others due to the ability to split and clone tracks when able. Knowing the right combinations to achieve the results you want have a lot to do with your ear. It takes a bit more than just attaching instruments and turning dials to get the midi music song and sounds.