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Midi2Wav Recorder 3.7 - User Guide and FAQ

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How to record MIDI Files on Audio CD or convert MIDI to MP3

If you want to record MIDI compositions on audio CD or to convert them into MP3 files, you need to first create an audio file in WAV format that will contain digital variant of the music that we hear when playing back the MIDI file. There are two ways to do it.

First, that is the so called method of sampling or synthesizing the music. In this method, the WAV file is being synthesized from the small samples of already digitized sounds of real music instruments. The very fragments of already written sounds performed by different instruments are called samples and the sets of such samples are called banks.

Banks of samples are furnished either together with the sampling program or they can be bought separately. Since these banks contain sound samples of hundreds of notes performed by tens of instruments, these banks usually use many megabytes of sound data.

Nowadays, there are many versions of sampling programs. This principle boils down to the following: programs consequently read MIDI commands from MIDI file and according to their content put the samples into the Wave file.

For example, having read a command to play the note C performed by piano during three seconds, the program will record in a new file consecution of the digital data corresponding to the sample of the note C in piano performing. If needed, this sample will have digital transformations necessary for that fragment gets required duration and volume. Then comes next command and generates next fragment. In fact, the process is much more complicated since simultaneously there may sound several notes by different instruments, thus, before recording a consecution of data into WAV file the program needs to mix the fragments.

Midi2Wav Recorder use a very complex mathematical algorithm of the sound synthesis, and some of them give a really high quality sound, provided that you use only high quality sample banks that may cost more than a hundred dollars. The new audio file is being made without a computer sound card. The advantage is that the result does not depend on quality of your sound card.

Midi2Wav Recorder has many other useful features for converting MIDI files. For example the batch mode is useful for creating musical collections on audio CD. Midi2Wav Recorder looks at total duration of the chosen MIDI files and total size of the files to be converted. This allows for accurate estimating whether they will fit on one CD.

Frequently Asked Questions - Midi2Wav Recorder

  1. Why my recorded melody was distorted?
    Check the clipping warning. If the Statistic field contain this warning, see previous item.
    Otherwise, it is possible the free resources of your system are not enough for full-featured operating.
    In this case try to disable visual controls option and repeat recording.

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