[fruityloops] Re: What are MIDI files for?...

  • From: "Doktor Scragz" <scragz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 07:35:21 -0700

also, they are very small files and are a common way to have embedded music 
for your web page and not have a huge load time. kind of wierd for me since 
my cards midi plays through my non-gm synth.

>From: Andrew Ebling <andyebling@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [fruityloops] Re: What are MIDI files for?...
>Date: 25 Jul 2002 14:51:15 +0100
>On Thu, 2002-07-25 at 03:15, P. Diddy Records wrote:
> >
> > They exist in the millions, practically any song or
> > artist you can think of is available to download off
> > the net in this format... No, I'm not talking about
> > MP3's, I'm talking about MIDI files!
> >
> > Call me stupid, but what are all these MIDI tracks
> > for? I can't imagine some dude sits in his bedroom
> > with a bunch of sheet music from the top 100,
> > replicating each and every entire track for the
> > pleasure of others... So what ARE these MIDI files and
> > what are they used for? :)
>It all goes back to the days of FM chips (like the yamaha OPL-3) when
>computers were not powerful enough for full blown synthesised audio and
>could just about handle accurate MIDI timing.  At the time, FM synthesis
>was "the bees knees"; people would set about making the best possible
>rendition of their favourite chart song or TV theme tune by creating a
>MIDI file playing it back using the FM chip on their sound card.
>Many people continue use old technology well past its "sell by date",
>squeezing out every last little bit of functionality, for reasons of
>nostalgia, because of a large time investment made in the past or just
>for fun.  People continue to use sample based trackers to this day for
>similar reasons.
>So what is a MIDI file?  Well it is a standard file format that contains
>note data (pitch,velocity & length etc), channel data (volume, pan etc),
>song data (tempo) and occasionally System Exclusive data (which
>describes the setup of a particular synth or MIDI device).  Just as the
>MIDI cable was designed as a standard protocol to connect any device
>together (regardless of manufacturer), so the MIDI file was designed as
>a method of exchanging song data between any sequencer, whether hardware
>or software.
>So what use are MIDI files to fruityloops users?  Well supposing you
>have a MIDI file of a track that you would like to remix... you could
>import it into fruityloops and use it as a starting point, to save you
>having to figure out all the melodies, harmonies, bass lines and
>rhythms.  (Although in practice you would probably need to use a more
>featured MIDI sequencer to split the MIDI file up into its constituent
>parts and save each as a separate MIDI file for importing into the piano
>Alternatively, you might be working the other way round; you have put
>together a great song in fruityloops, using fruity as a scratchpad for
>ideas... but now you want to put it into a sequencer like Logic for
>final production.  You can export each of your parts as a MIDI file and
>import them into the other sequencer.  (Although with fruity becoming so
>fully featured now, this is quickly becoming a pointless exercise!)
>Hope that answers your question!
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