have been told that MIDI Files will only sound as good as my computer
sound card, and that Variances in quality can be dramatic. What do
I need to improve the quality of the sound.
There are a
number of solutions to this problem. You can buy a dedicated General
Midi (GM) Sound Module, use a GM compatible keyboard, or you can
update the soundcard in your computer. Most computers come equipped
with a low cost sound card that is designed to do a hundred things
in your computer, and as a result, the sound quality is usually
less than spectacular. You can try finding a Free GM Soft Synth
on the net, or you can purchase a program such as Cakewalk
Home Studio, which is an inexpensive basic sequencing and recording
program, which comes complete with an excellent Soft Synth onboard.
keyboard, such as the Yamaha PSR
E313 not only has a great sound engine, but it has the Yamaha
XG sound set (expanded GM), and can be used as a controller.
I record my midifiles straight onto a CD
Midifiles are NOT sound files, they are instructions telling your
sound source what to do. (See Midi
- How Does It Work). These files need to be converted into wave
files, and THEN can be burnt to a CD. Again, the better the quality
of your audio card, the better the quality of the recorded sound.
Contact our Hi Tech
staff for advice on what you need to do to upgrade your computer's
A sequencing program such as Cubase,
(Mac only) or Cakewalk
is an excellent way of not only recordng your midi files to audio,
but depending on the version of the program, you are able to enhance
the resultant WAV file to get maximum results.
Again, contact our Hi
Tech staff for advice.
In A Box is another program that has the ability to create MIDI
backings easily and the resultant files can be burnt to CD - and
it is inexpensive.
out Apple's iTunes.
Its has the ability to make CDs from MIDI files. Just create a new
playlist and add some MIDI files to it. Click "Burn Disc"
and iTunes will converts the selections and makes the music CD.
It uses the QuickTime MIDI synthesizer. Best of all - it's free.
You can also
use iTunes to convert WAV files to MP3, and vice versa.
can be found here