Midi to Wav file conversion

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Doug Rees
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I use Sibelius II to make my printed music arrangements. To test an arrangement the program has a very goog piano likeness along with a number of other instruments. Well, I want to use the piano bass and drums for background music for my dvd's insted of recorded music which is I now know is illegal in this country. (Australia)
Does anyone know of a conversion program, Midi to Wav? The program, strangely, does not provide for wav files

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Hi Doug,
I think your problem is because MIDI files do not contain any music.
They are merely a mathematical list of note positions on a keyboard.
If you feed them into a keyboard or sound box, then they will "play" according to what instruments you have selected on the former.
My suggestion would be (and I haven't tried this) to feed them into an electronic keyboard and simultaneously record the music produced to the sequencer section. On my Technics and Yamaha keyboards, this is stored as .wav files.
An alternative but not digital method would be to do as above but record them from the analogue outputs to a tape or minidisc.
HTH.
Regards.

John Willett at Home
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My understanding of MIDI is that it is not audio (I don’t use MIDI myself) but a way of controlling the instruments.

In which case you take the audio output of the instruments and record that.

John

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Quicktime Pro will convert MIDI files to .wav (or .aif) files.

It uses an inbuilt synthesiser to generate (in software) the audio waveforms from the MIDI data stream, but only according to the "General MIDI" voice specifications. But it does do the job.

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Doug Rees
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Thank you all for such a rapid and helpful response. I actually have learned something!
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soundblaster cards come with software that allows the recording of midi 'output' as wav.
this allows output from whichever midi preset you load.

there is a program for pc's called midi2wav which does the same.

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Let us know how you get on, Doug.

Oh! and ... "Welcome", BTW.

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Doug Rees
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Update....I have cheated a little by borrowing a lap top and using two computers. I burned the MIDI files as data to a CD and played it in the lap top which we connected via line out to line in on my desk top computer. Then I recorded the incoming "music" via "Cool Edit"thus achieving the wave files. While this works, it is cumbersom and depends on my friends lap top! I will continue persevering with the suggestions you have all offered Many thanks!
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Doug Rees
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Thank you John, I have visited both sites and to be sure am ordering both! That way I will be fairly well served! It will be great to have it all working on one machine. By the way, I use cool edit to make adjustments to length of track or adjust volume in sections. An incredibly useful audio editor. Cheers everyone,

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Doug Rees
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John and all!,
I have now used midi2wav program, very inexpensive it is too and does a perfect job. It plays the midi file and at the same time records it as wav. The program has its own mixer unit to control midi level, record and microphone. It also displays both levels and channel wave form. Easy to use too so anyone who has theis need, go for it, it is great. Thanks again John,
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