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MIDI Files

 

The Standard
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
File (or SMF) format allows musicians to share music that can be played back on any compatible
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
instrument. The internet has enabled this to grow into a business where
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
files of commercial songs can be purchased and downloaded to computer, and also a ‘shareware’ community, where enthusiasts upload pieces for all to freely access, although these can vary greatly in both quality and accuracy! Once downloaded to your computer, the song can then be copied to a floppy disk or
USBUniversal Serial Bus: a system for connecting low-to-mid speed computer peripherals which has largely replaced a variety of competing serial connection standards. USB allows up to 127 devices (in theory) to be connected in series, and exists in two variants: USB1 (12Mbps) and USB (480Mbps). USB ports are backwards-compatible, but connecting a USB1 device will limit all devices on that port to the slower speed.
USB
DongleA small 'key', usually connected via USB or parallel port to a computer and used by some companies such as Steinberg, Digidesign and Waves to prevent unlicensed use of their software. The dongle authenticates the software running on the computer preventing it from running without it. With a web-based account, additional licence 'keys' can be downloaded for transfer to the dongle or transferred from SIMM cards included with additional software purchases.
dongle
and then loaded into your portable keyboard, or in some cases transferred directly over
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
. Alternatively, the file can be played by your keyboard via
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
from a software
SequencerOriginally a hardware device but now almost always a software program, a sequencer stores and plays back musical performances, usually via MIDI. Early hardware sequencers used an array of sliders or switches to represent short sequences of notes; modern sequencing allows multi-track recording/playback via MIDI, combined with sophisticated editing features. Starting in the mid-nineties, sequencing software began to include hard disk recording functions and vice versa; almost all the leading music software packages now incorporate both functions, albeit with differences of emphasis.
sequencer
on your computer. When compared with an
AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
audio
file of the same song, the
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
File version is not only a fraction of the size, but when loaded into a portable keyboard enables you to change such things as the sounds used, the tempo, the
KeyAn additional input on a dynamics processor such as a compressor or noise gate, enabling the dynamics of one signal to control the level of another. This can be used for many functions, including ducking (compressing a music signal when a DJ or announcer speaks), synchronised gating, and (in conjunction with an equaliser) de-essing.
key
, and even which parts should sound or not, enabling you to learn, practise and play along with the song. Although they wouldn’t like to admit it, this method is often the approach that professional remixers take when starting to work on rearranging an existing song.

MIDI Files

 

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[Contents] [What is a Portable Keyboard?] [MIDI Explained] [General MIDI, GS & XG] [MIDI Files] [Common Features] [Auto Accompaniment] [Sequencers & Recorders] [Additional Facilities] [Hotdeals] [Conclusion and Feedback]
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