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How to open MIDI file in text editor?

Standard MIDI files are in binary (see the specification), so you cannot open them directly in a text editor. There are tools to convert between the .mid format and some text format (e.g., mid2asc, ...
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creating glissando/portamento with piano roll editors

You can use MIDI CC 5 - Controls portamento rate to slide between 2 notes played subsequently. MIDI CC 65 - Portamento On/Off switch | 0 to 63 = Off, 64 to 127 = On MIDI CC 84 - Controls the ...
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What's the difference between "FM synthesis" and "MIDI synthesis"?

There's really no such thing as MIDI Synthesis. Synthesis is the process by which sounds are 'synthesised' using various modulation and generation techniques. MIDI is the "Musical Instrument ...
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How to open MIDI file in text editor?

I know I'm a bit late to the game, but a text editor I regularly use is sublime text. What's useful about sublime in this situation is that when it opens a midi file (.mid) it will automatically ...
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Is MIDI volume scale logarithmic?

The MIDI specification itself does not define the exact response to the volume controller. Nowadays, there is almost no device that does no implement the expression controller. Both the GM Level 1 ...
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MIDI vs USB keyboard controllers

If you won't be using it on stage or with other MIDI gear apart from a computer, a USB only on your keyboard controller should be okay. (Personally I find the connection more stable) Modern PC's ...
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Help with connecting my gear

You need to connect the MIDI OUT of your MIDI controller keyboard to the MIDI IN of one of the sound modules, then connect the MIDI THROUGH of that sound module to the MIDI IN of the other. You'll ...
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MIDI bytes and their MSB

If a MIDI device knew beforehand which bytes are status bytes and which are data bytes, it would be possible to use all 256 values for both kinds. However, MIDI was designed to use as few bytes as ...
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None of my recent synths (2000 onwards) have MIDI Thru. Why?

MIDI thru echoes data received at the MIDI in. Did Thru functionality get moved to the Out? MIDI thru's functionality did not get moved to MIDI out. MIDI out only transmits information from that ...
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Why is MIDI still 8-bit?

MIDI does not use 8-bit values. It uses 7-bit values. Except where it doesn't, such as in pitch bend messages (14 bits), LSB controllers 32-63 (14 bits), or high-resolution velocity (14 bits). It ...
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How to copy track in cubase

The almighty CTRL + D or CMD + D does just that - duplicates the part. I've also found this neat table listing all keyboard shortcuts. For doubling the tempo you can use the time-stretch cursor on ...
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Which DAW can handle simultaneous editing of MIDI channels / instruments per tracks?

It's now possible to do this in Ableton Live using a Max for Live device from Chaos Culture:
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Synthesizing distorted guitar from MIDI

There's of course plenty of ways to do that. The easiest way on Windows would certainly be to load both a SoundFont synth and an amp-simulator plugin into a DAW, but I suppose that's not the solution ...
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None of my recent synths (2000 onwards) have MIDI Thru. Why?

MIDI is an ancient technology. I mean, 7 bits, seriously??... IMO it's obsolete entirely, but the continued popularity of MIDI tracks and the universal compatibility (with no serious competition) ...
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Where would midi cables connect FROM 2 synth wk stations into an interface

With a single MIDI input port, the 44VSL can handle only one device. Nowadays, it is likely that a keyboard has built-in USB. If not, you can use a USB/MIDI interface cable to get a second MIDI IN.
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N.I. Massive assign Pitch Bend Wheel to Macro

Can you assign a parameter in NI's Massive to the MIDI Pitch bend wheel? No, I don't think you can, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch have dedicated controllers(They aren't in the standard MIDI CC# 1-127 ...
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Are there any acoustic piano patches which model the sound of a key being released?

Many of them - amongst the simplest & possibly cheapest would be EasyKeys by Toontrack - [No affiliation, just the one I use for quick sketches & often it stays at the final mix] They make '...
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Recognition of timing information by sound device

When using a DAW, wether for midi sequencing or audio recording, the fundamental timing of the DAW is managed by a high frequency clock. Depending on your DAW and audio interface, this clock source ...
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Connecting a MIDI keyboard via SP/Dif

No. It isn't. If the Midi Device has a USB interface then you can plug it straight into the computer and it will expose itself as a MIDI over USB device. Otherwise, you will need a sound card that has ...
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Is it possible to record a short contained sound no longer than 60 milliseconds?

You can use any sound you like and at the length you want, if you use an simple audio editor like Audacity, or a more advanced solution that can offer MIDI/synths, and additional tracks like Pro Tools....
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Is it possible to record a short contained sound no longer than 60 milliseconds?

You're probably experiencing the joys of a non-zero crossing at the edit points. Sure, you can record a sound and then shorten it in a DAW, as Joel has mentioned, but you do need to make sure you put ...
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Sampling a Midi file with a sound file?

The most widely used standard for specifying sounds for a MIDI synthesizer is SoundFont, which contains all samples and control information in a single file. You need some SoundFont editing tool, and ...
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Change in tempo between start and end of a single note - midi

First of all, there is no such thing as "note" in MIDI. Note in fact is a pair of Note On / Note Off events. It's absolutely OK to have tempo changes anywhere in a MIDI file. It's just a ...
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What are some techniques to make MIDI string instruments sound more realistic?

First some nomenclature pendantery: there is no such thing as a "MIDI sound". That's only a controller format. So really, you should always refer to some particular virtual instrument sound. Obviously,...
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In what scenarios would you use OSC over MIDI?

In many cases OSC is used to encapsulate MIDI messages into UDP packets so they can be sent over a network (sometimes to multiple destinations). However, the OSC protocol allows many more types of ...
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Combining music prod, dialog editing, sfx and foley: what's everyone doing?

I'm not sure I follow your question 100%. Is this to picture? If so, and maybe even if not, I would bounce down my music to individual stems. That way, the music's tempo changes, quantization, ...
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Replace-recording for MIDI in Logic Pro

Use the Replace button next to cycle record.
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Synthesizing distorted guitar from MIDI

Unfortunately it is tough to generate a good sounding distorted guitar using only digital means. Although as sampling gets better this is slowly getting better as well. Your idea of sampling a clean ...
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How to use signal from one midi track to transpose another midi track in Reaper?

Sounds like you're looking for an arpeggiator. With some plugins, you can either program a step-sequenced arpeggio, which triggers on a MIDI note event. These will mostly be atonal/chromatic, ...
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None of my recent synths (2000 onwards) have MIDI Thru. Why?

1) I own a synth with the same problem but solved it by some research. On this on-line manual (http://www.manualslib.com/manual/341329/Yamaha-Mu10.html?page=15) it says ...'Since data received ...
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