MIDI: Questions & Answers

Table of Contents

What is MIDI?

How do you listen MIDI files?

How do you make MIDI files?

How to download MIDI files?

How to contribute Midi files?

How to contact The Webmaster?

Copyright Information!

What is MIDI?

is an acronym standing for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. An example I always like to use is: Unlike WAV files which tell the sound card what to output to the speakers, MIDI tells the sound card how to make the sound to send to the speakers. MIDI relies on a sound card with a special chip that creates an organ sound from a frequency.

Because of this process MIDI files are very small. When I got my first computer, I tried making a WAV file out of a Peruvian folk music CD. The result was a 24 megabyte file. Today you can get a file under 100 kilobytes of that same song.That is a 200 to 1 ratio. The only problem with MIDI is that the sound is digitalized when you play it so you are not keeping the recording quality of a WAV file.

Answer to a very popular question: There is NO way to convert a WAV file into a MIDI file. It is technically impossible.

How do you listen to MIDI files?

To listen MIDI files you have to have a MIDI compatible sound card. I use Sound Blaster 16. Most sound cards also come with software. Sound Blaster comes with Juke Box, although I prefer to use the Yamaha Station to play the Midis.

Windows 3.1, 95 and 98 come with Media Player, which is Midi compatible if you have a sound card. If you have a Macintosh you probably already have the sound card. I suggest using SoundApp on a Macintosh.

The quality of the sound will depend on the type and kind of sound card, the speakers and the sound controller. You can download WinGroove or Crescendo to improve the sound in your computer.

Next you have to right click the "mouse" on the midi of your selection. The Midi file will load according to the modem's speed. If you use Netscape, you will observe a square showing the letter N, indicating that the Midi file is being opened. With Internet Explorer, you will see a rectangle with the name of the Midi file to be played.

In my case, my computer is connected to a 4 channels Peavey amplifier, which is also connected to a 100 watts stereo speakers. The sound is awesome.

How to make MIDI files?

To make MIDI files you need a MIDI sequencer. A MIDI sequencer builds the MIDI file. One that is really good and probably the best of its kind is Cakewalk Professional. I would suggest downloading the trial version from their website.

If you have a compatible GENERAL MIDI keyboard, you can connect it to your sound card and with some of the software mentioned below, you can play your keyboard and record it. The musical notation will be seen in your monitor. Later on, you can edit, arrange, and print the musical scores.

I prefer to use Note Worthy Composer to sequence the Midis. It is a program really easy to use, and powerful at the same time. If you know a little bit of musical theory, you can insert the musical notation with your computer's keyboard. This program can export them as Midi, that's it!

There are other musical notation programs that you can use, such as: Midisoft Studio, Mozart, Cubase, Musicator, Recording Session, Music-Write/Voyetra, Orchestrator, Lyra-Windows, EZ Piano, etc.

How to download MIDI files?

If you have Internet Explorer or Netscape, follow these steps:

1. Right click on the link you wish to download.

2. Click on "Save Target As .." in the pop-up menu.

3. Choose a location on your hard drive to save it.

How to contribute MIDI files?

If you have MIDI files that you would like to contribute or have found a Peruvian MIDI file, please either send the file as an attachment, or send information about where to obtain the file to the Peruvian Musical Corner.

If you have musical scores of Peruvian Music of any kind, this is what you can do to help:

You can scan the musical score and send it to us as an attachment in *.jpg, *.gif, format. We will sequence the Midis based on the musical score and show them to all the world.

Now, if you sequence Midis and want to share your talent worldwide with thousands of Peruvians, you can e-mail your sequences and we will gladly publish your hard work. We will recognize the contributors, mentioning their names, e-mails and we will also include the address of their webpages.

How to contact The Webmaster?

If you have any questions related to this webpage, or if you want to contribute to this noble and monumental task, please send an e-mail to:

Ricardo M. Serrano ricardo@musicaperuana.com

Copyright Information!

To the best of my knowledge, all MIDI files on this website are public domain. These MIDI files can be copied, and distributed freely without commercial purposes. It is encouraged to pass them along other Peruvians worldwide.

The only requirement is to mention the name of the author, and to make a link to this website.


P.O. Box 665
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