Type 0, 1, 2

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  1. rathu1

    rathu1 New Member

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    Can someone please explain the differences between a type 0, type 1 and type 2 midi file? Also How do you convert between the 3 different types without sacraficing quality?
  2. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    MIDI Type 0 files contain only one track that contain all of the MIDI events for the entire song, including the song title, time signature, tempo and music events.

    MIDI Type 1 files may have two or more tracks. By convention, the first contains song information such as the title, time signature, tempo, etc.. The second and following tracks contain musical event data specific to that track. This MIDI type closely matches the organization of a modern multi-track MIDI sequencer.

    MIDI Type 2 files are sort of a combination of Type 0 and Type 1 files. It contains multiple tracks, but each track represents a different sequence which may not necessarily be played simultaneously. This MIDI Type is meant to be used to save drum patterns or other multi-pattern music sequences.

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  3. hinicko

    hinicko New Member

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    You shouldn't really lose quality a midi note is a midi note it doesn't matter if all of your midi channels are combined into 1 track.... all you have to do is extract a midi channel to a particular track if you want to edit just that particular timbre/voice...

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