I am a newbie in sound design and digital musical instrument stuff.

Recently, me and my friend recorded an instrument using some Yamaha Keyboard. When we play that recording on a Yamaha Keyboard, and sounds perfect.

I then copied the .MID recorded files from that Yamaha Keyboard and tried to play them on my laptop using general music player. It sounds so different.

I was struggling to make that sound the same, and don't know what software or tools to use. I am completely lost.

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A MIDI file only contains information on which notes you're playing. The sound attached to each note is not part of the file (which is why a MIDI file is much smaller than an audio file).

What you're looking for is a sound module or software synthesizer that can replicate the sound of your Yamaha keyboard.

One common format for this is a VST plugin - a standardized format that allows you to add a software synthesizer to many different audio workstation programs. You'd have to try and find a VST plugin that contains the sounds of your Yamaha synth.

Or play back the MIDI file through your Yamaha keyboard, and record the sound using a microphone or the keyboard's line outputs.

  • thanks for your answer, but can you recommend some software synthesizer? I am very noob on this :( May 9, 2020 at 22:37
  • I've no experience with this either, so all I can do is point you in the general direction.
    – Hobbes
    May 10, 2020 at 9:16
  • Ok thanks, hope you doing well May 10, 2020 at 15:23

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