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This is particularly useful if you have Vista or Windows 7 since many modern computers are unable to record to WAV at the same time as they play. So FTS can't record directly to .WAV currently (I may be able to add this later on).
This is particularly useful if you have Vista or Windows 7 since many modern computers are unable to record to WAV at the same time as they play. So FTS can't record directly to .WAV currently (I may be able to add this later on).
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But see also [[How to record to Wav and Mp4 in Vista or Windows 7]]  [[How to record to Wav in Vista or Windows 7]]
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==How to record to Vista or Windows 7 if that is the motivation==
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The midi to wav also has the advantage that it is unaffected by any glitches in your computer, as the conversion can take as long as you like to do.  
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See [[How to record to Wav and Mp4 in Vista or Windows 7]]
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Also, some ways of recording in Vista or Windows 7 record the digital data on its way to the soundcard in which case the resulting recording is digitally exact and clean.
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==Advantages of Midi 2 Wav==
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The midi to wav also has the advantage that it is unaffected by any glitches in your computer, such as excessive demands on the CPU, as the conversion can take as long as it needs to.
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Also adds no background hiss or noise to the clip at all, but that's less of an issue as even low end modern soundcards are pretty near to silent these days. Also digitally exact - if you record through your soundcard then the digital gets converted to an audio and then back to digital - but if you use the methods of recording of the sound on its way to the soundcard via extra driver, that's digitally exact as well.  
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==WinAmp method==
[http://users.lmi.net/bblackie/music/winamp/midi2wav.html  Do it using WinAmp] Uses the DirectSound synth, same sounds as the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth.
[http://users.lmi.net/bblackie/music/winamp/midi2wav.html  Do it using WinAmp] Uses the DirectSound synth, same sounds as the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth.
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===Free===
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==Audacity method==
[http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-MP3-or-WAV-out-of-a-MIDI-Using-Audacity How to do it with Audacity]
[http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-MP3-or-WAV-out-of-a-MIDI-Using-Audacity How to do it with Audacity]
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[http://www.pgmusic.com/rolandvs.htm Roland GS] Easy to use, restricted to it's own sound set.
 
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===Free===
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==Roland GS==
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[http://www.pgmusic.com/rolandvs.htm Roland GS] Easy to use, restricted to it's own sound set. Low cost, not free, adds the Roland GS to your Out menu - which also gives you some extra instruments as it is a GS set. Not sure if it works with Vista / Windows 7 though.
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===Low cost, easy to use, adds GS midi instruments to your computer===
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==How to do Midi to WAV in ITunes==
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You can get ITunes here if you don't have it yet:
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[http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/ iTunes]
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Then in ITunes go to the Edit menu and click on "Preferences". Select the "General tab". Go down and click on "Import Settings". Then on "Import Using", choose "WAV Encoder". Then save your your settings by clicking "OK".
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Now you need to show the midi files in ITunes. You can drag and drop them into iTunes  - or an easier method if they are all in one folder is to go to File in iTunes and select Add Folder to Library. For individual files you can also use File | Add to Library.
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Then again in iTunes, right click on the file you want to convert to WAV and select Create WAV version.
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The WAV file is created using the instruments for the QuickTime midi engine which is reasonable quality.
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You can find your output file if you scroll down to Recently Added in the Playlists list. You can then drag and drop to get it back to the same folder as the original .avi for the merge.
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===Free solution. Uses the Quicktime instruments, which are reasonable quality but can't use anything else===
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==SynthFont==
[http://www.synthfont.com/Downloads.html SynthFont] - You can load any soundfont into the program and use it to convert the midi to wav.
[http://www.synthfont.com/Downloads.html SynthFont] - You can load any soundfont into the program and use it to convert the midi to wav.
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===Free Solution. Can use any soundfont, and also gig files so can be excellent quality===
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==Export to audio==
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Many programs offer export of midi to wav nowadays. You could e.g. use GPO or Kontakt to play the midi file and export it to .WAV. Or most DAWs or
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[http://www.garritan.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&cat=33&id=36&artlang=en Aria player for GPO supports export to WAV]
[http://www.indezine.com/products/sound/mid2wav.html Some other ways to do it] Includes Timidity which works similarly to SynthFont.
[http://www.indezine.com/products/sound/mid2wav.html Some other ways to do it] Includes Timidity which works similarly to SynthFont.

Revision as of 02:25, 31 January 2011


WORK IN PROGRESS - will add more and step through with images etc.


Contents

Motivation

This is particularly useful if you have Vista or Windows 7 since many modern computers are unable to record to WAV at the same time as they play. So FTS can't record directly to .WAV currently (I may be able to add this later on).

How to record to Vista or Windows 7 if that is the motivation

See How to record to Wav and Mp4 in Vista or Windows 7


Also, some ways of recording in Vista or Windows 7 record the digital data on its way to the soundcard in which case the resulting recording is digitally exact and clean.


Advantages of Midi 2 Wav

The midi to wav also has the advantage that it is unaffected by any glitches in your computer, such as excessive demands on the CPU, as the conversion can take as long as it needs to.

Also adds no background hiss or noise to the clip at all, but that's less of an issue as even low end modern soundcards are pretty near to silent these days. Also digitally exact - if you record through your soundcard then the digital gets converted to an audio and then back to digital - but if you use the methods of recording of the sound on its way to the soundcard via extra driver, that's digitally exact as well.

WinAmp method

Do it using WinAmp Uses the DirectSound synth, same sounds as the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth.

NEED TO TEST THIS


Free

Audacity method

How to do it with Audacity


NEED TO TEST THIS


Free

Roland GS

Roland GS Easy to use, restricted to it's own sound set. Low cost, not free, adds the Roland GS to your Out menu - which also gives you some extra instruments as it is a GS set. Not sure if it works with Vista / Windows 7 though.

Low cost, easy to use, adds GS midi instruments to your computer

How to do Midi to WAV in ITunes

You can get ITunes here if you don't have it yet:

iTunes

Then in ITunes go to the Edit menu and click on "Preferences". Select the "General tab". Go down and click on "Import Settings". Then on "Import Using", choose "WAV Encoder". Then save your your settings by clicking "OK".

Now you need to show the midi files in ITunes. You can drag and drop them into iTunes - or an easier method if they are all in one folder is to go to File in iTunes and select Add Folder to Library. For individual files you can also use File | Add to Library.

Then again in iTunes, right click on the file you want to convert to WAV and select Create WAV version.

The WAV file is created using the instruments for the QuickTime midi engine which is reasonable quality.

You can find your output file if you scroll down to Recently Added in the Playlists list. You can then drag and drop to get it back to the same folder as the original .avi for the merge.

Free solution. Uses the Quicktime instruments, which are reasonable quality but can't use anything else

SynthFont

SynthFont - You can load any soundfont into the program and use it to convert the midi to wav.

Free Solution. Can use any soundfont, and also gig files so can be excellent quality

Export to audio

Many programs offer export of midi to wav nowadays. You could e.g. use GPO or Kontakt to play the midi file and export it to .WAV. Or most DAWs or

NEED TO TEST THIS

Aria player for GPO supports export to WAV

Some other ways to do it Includes Timidity which works similarly to SynthFont.


Online free ad sponsored midi to wav converter Does work, and dead easy to do. The ads are rather intrusive though.

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