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MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a technical standard designed to allow electronic musical instruments communicate (transfer Performance & Settings data) with computers and each other.

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What does the term quantization refer to?

Many DAWs have the option to "quantize" a set of notes. What does it do?
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Convert SFZ to SF2 soundfonts via command line

Is there a command line tool to convert sfz soundfonts to sf2 soundfonts? I know there is the polyphone app, but it doesn't seem to have a command line interface.
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How does the MIDI data for polyphonic aftertouch differ from “normal” aftertouch?

From what I understand, aftertouch in MIDI is a parameter (like a continuous controller) that a synthesizer can respond to. I have heard that some keyboards can send polyphonic aftertouch data, where ...
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FL Studio: How can I change the instruments of an imported MIDI file?

I have imported a MIDI file into Fruity Loops. It sounds fine so far, but now I want to change the instruments before I export it to ogg. But whenever I change an instrument, FL is changing it back ...
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Cubase, midi device and Latency

I hope someone can clear something up for me because internet research doesn't cover this exact question. I am currently running Cubase with a midi keyboard (Akai MPK49) connected via USB. If I was ...
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difference between channel and track in midi files

I'm creating a program to read/write MIDI files, but I've run into a problem that confuses me. There are 2 bytes dedicated to the number of tracks, which means that there could potentially be 65536 ...
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Adjusting MIDI latency in Ableton Live

When I record MIDI tracks in Ableton Live, is there any way to adjust it so the MIDI notes I record are automatically shifted to their correct positions, correcting for the lag time on my MIDI adapter?...
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How can I manually emulate the sonic abilities of the NES?

I am interested in recreating chiptunes in a NES (8 bit) style A google search has shown that the original NES had 2 pulsewave, a triangle, noise, some sort of sampling channel and that emulations of ...
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What is the most effective way to reverse engineer SysEx format for my old Yamaha CS1x

I have recently put my old Yamaha CS1x back into service and realised that the world has moved on when it comes to the software support for this blue beast. So I was thinking of writing a software ...
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Live control of rewired application parameter using MIDI controller in Ableton

I am running Reason rewired through Ableton Live. I would like to be able to control one of the parameters of a Subtractor Synthesiser within Reason whilst rewire is active. The actual parameter is a ...
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Cubase and randomizing midi

I use a lot of VST's and midi. The problem is, my midi program (Guitar Pro) exports midi as it's written, all at the same constant volume and in 'perfect' time. When I run a VST through, it's un-...
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creating glissando/portamento with piano roll editors

I've been using several Midi sequencers with piano roll editors (Ableton, Reaper) and none of them seem to have a straightforward way to join two or more note events into a single glissando or ...
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Eliminating recording latency — what hardware and settings are needed?

I am very new to this field, so please bear with me. When recording MIDI, there are several kinds of annoying delays. I would like to know what can I do to reduce/eliminate this by changing settings,...
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How do I sync a Mac and Windows laptop running Ableton Live?

A friend of mine and I want to jam together on our laptops using Live. I've got a Mac, and he's got a PC running Windows 7. Using MIDI to sync the two laptops is very unreliable; even with Live 8, ...
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How to connect two (2) MIDI devices to an Audio Interface with only one (1) MIDI In port?

I have one large keyboard (Roland KR-370 [MIDI IN/OUT]) and a small one with pitch/mod wheel (microKorg [MIDI IN/OUT/THRU) and I'm trying to connect them to my Audio Interface (MOTU Traveler [MIDI IN/...
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Using an Electronic Drum Kit as a MIDI controller

I am trying to set up my Roland TD9KX2 for use as a MIDI controller with Superior Drummer 2.0 to do some recording. As I understand it, I need a DAW (thinking of trying REAPER). What cable do I need ...
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MIDI SysEx utility for OS X?

I've been using SysEx Librarian for...well, a long time now. It's functional but it's far from friendly and feature reach. Most notably: it's failed to keep up with the massive increase in transmit ...
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Is there software to capture and view raw MIDI data coming from a controller?

This is partially out of curiosity, and partly, potentially, useful. The gist of what I'm looking for is an application (preferably OSX, though it wouldn't be a deal breaker to be Windows or *nix, ...
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Which music sw should I consider for aligning audio waveforms to MIDI piano roll, looping MIDI, managing program change, SysEx?

Which music software should I consider for aligning audio waveforms to MIDI piano roll, looping MIDI, managing program change, SysEx? In my projects, I'd like to be able to: see audio and MIDI ...
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Can I convert Cakewalk .wrk files to MIDI?

I have a bunch of .wrk files from when I owned a couple of Cakewalk programs. I don't have any of my Cakewalk software anymore, though. Is there any way I can open the files up or convert them to MIDI ...
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How to Change Pitch Bend in MIDI?

I use Kontakt 4 to play a guitar on my keyboard on my song. So, naturally I use MIDI. I've recorded the whole song a couple of times and it's perfect except for one movement with the pitchbend knob on ...
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Control Synths with Voice

I have a bunch of synths from Native Instruments, including Massive and Absynth. I currently control them using a midi keyboard and a midi controller, but I'd prefer to control them using my voice. ...
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Is there a wifi MIDI controller keyboard?

I own a M-Audio Axiom which I plug into my MacBook Pro to use MainStage (part of Logic Studio). Recently I bought an iPad and downloaded some "controller apps". What most surprised my is that those ...
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MIDI/OSC: Control Surface status

I'm new to MIDI and OSC, and I'm just wondering if it's possible to have software on a PC send data to a control surface rather than the other way around. Why? Here's a simple example: Let's say I ...
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Mapping Mod and Pitch bend controls to a knob in Ableton?

I'm in between full sized MIDI keyboards at the moment and picked up an Akai MPK Mini to use for the time being and as a travel controller. I love it but it's missing the mod and pitch wheels that ...
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Replace-recording for MIDI in Logic Pro

I'd like to be able to do the following: Set recording quantization to 1/8 Loop an 8-beat region Keep replace-recording until I like the tune This breaks my creative flow. I've tried every ...
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Can MIDI Designer control other iPad apps?

I installed MIDI Designer on my iPad, but I can't find any way to configure it to control another iPad app, such as Animoog or Samplewiz. Is that possible?
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Novation Launchpad as drum pads?

I have a Novation Launchpad. What's the simplest way to take a pack of drum sounds and have each drum sound triggered by one of the buttons? I'm specifically interested in minimizing the amount of ...
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Keyboard in a musical pit band

I'm preparing the keyboard part for a local amateur musical and I'd like it to make use of a number of sounds. The keyboard that's probably going to be used is one of the standard consumer MIDI ...
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looking for software for converting audio -> midi

I'd like to study grooves/midi notation from some old songs - any recommendations for audio to midi software?
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logic midi note duplication and mapping between tracks in logic pro x

I'm working with Logic Pro X and I'm processing an EXS24 track with a midi controlled effects au (Sugar Bytes Effectrix) using its pattern keys and midi triggering functions. The way these work is you ...
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Exporting multiple tracks to MIDI in Ableton Live

I want to export my multi-track compositions in Ableton to MIDI to make them usable in Sibelius and to make them less susceptible to "ageing out" (what with proprietary project formats and all that ...
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TC electronic g major 1 / sysex

I have a tc electronic g major gathering dust for quite some time now. The problem is that due to its heavy use over the years lot of knobs etc are broken. But otherwise the unit works perfectly fine. ...
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Looking for a MIDI note re-mapper VST.

I write drum tracks in Guitar Pro using standard General Midi note numbers (#35/#36 kick, #38/#40 snare, etc.), then use MIDI-Yoke (a virtual MIDI port) to redirect the notes to VSTHost (a tiny ...
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Which software sequencers are good for live performances?

I'm looking for software sequencer that is designed to be helpful in live performances. Almost every software sequencers I know is rather a MIDI note-sheet editor, which forces it's users to use it ...
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Pro Tools MIDI setup

I would like to get set up to record MIDI through Pro Tools. I'm hoping I can just connect my MIDI devices to a MIDI interface like this: then run it through USB to the Mac, and then be able to ...
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Which DAW can handle simultaneous editing of MIDI channels / instruments per tracks?

I'm looking for a list of DAWs that supports editing MIDI of multiple instruments in one single track. For example, if I had a group of cellos playing slightly differently, I could separate them in ...
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How do I tell OS X that an arbitrary controller is a MIDI device?

I own a Novation Twitch, and Novation has released a "MIDI Programming guide". Tonight, I've been working on some Quartz Composer based visualizations, and naturally I wanted to add a component of ...
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Low-cost WEARABLE midi motion sensors

I'm interested in beginning performance in which the movements of my body generates MIDI to control a synthesizer. It appears that most "motion capture" MIDI devices are very specialized and ...
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Combine MIDI files

I'm working on a project where we have a large number of MIDI files and want to combine them into new files with more notes. We want to combine them both in parallel, so that two combined files play ...
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How do I examine controller data such as for the Sustain Pedal in Reaper?

I have Reaper 4.261 and am trying to view the controller data (specifically for the sustain pedal). I've tried reading the manual, but it didn't help much. How do I view the controller data in ...
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Akai APC20/40 MIDI Control

The AKAI APC20 is a MIDI controller, which has controls that light up on it. The lights correspond to the status of a clip in Ableton, but is there any way to change these lights by issuing MIDI ...
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Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic XLR cord doesn't fit all the way and won't work

So I bought a Sterling Audio ST51 Condenser Mic on Monday to record vocals for some of my songs. the mic I bought it used from Guitar Center but they said it worked fine and obviously tested it. As ...
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Why is MIDI still 8-bit?

I was asked recently about making improvements on some software instruments. It is common, for example, to have key velocities between 0 and 127, which ultimately limits the expressional range of the ...
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How to sync playback control of Record and Reaper, without ReWire?

Is there a way to transmit the "play/stop/record/loop" commands to both DAWs so that they play in sync? Because of Record's lack of MIDI-Out support AND not being able to take incoming audio from ...
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Logic Pro - How to delete an empty MIDI section?

Say I have a 16 bar MIDI region full of MIDI events. Now I delete the last eight bars of events -- and am left with a long section of silence which I'd like to get rid of. After deleting this section,...
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Is there a way to convert .it files to MIDI?

Recently I've come across some old .it (Impulse Tracker) files. I was able to play them with VLC media player, but I was wondering if I could convert them to MIDI somehow.
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Send “Audio To” MIDI Track (or its single channels) in ableton

I'm trying to understand the different routing logics present in Ableton Live. My goal is to route a Drum audio track to the side-chain external input of a compressor vst, whom effects a MIDI track ...
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Creating MIDI Files - Explanation of time division in header chunk

I've been reading about MIDI file structure as I'm interested in writing an application that would read/write files in this format, but I'm a little confused about time divison in the header chunk. ...
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Is it possible to connect an Alesis DM6 to Reason and track drums?

I'm brand new to audio production as of this week and I could do with a hand! I know that the basic answer is 'yes' but I want to know how specifically I can make the connection, the only connection I ...