Help for Tune Smithy Koch snowflake icon.gif

Tutorials: How to convert Midi to Wav

From Tune Smithy

Revision as of 00:46, 2 February 2011 by WikiSysop (Talk | contribs)
Jump to: navigation, search

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


Benefits of Midi to Wav

Alternative method - digitally exact recordings in Vista or Windows 7

Some software is able to record the digital data on its way to the soundcard in which case the resulting recording is digitally exact and clean just like a normal Midi to Wav conversion (so long as your computer is fast enough to play the music in real time).

This method works even if your computer is normally unable to record "What u hear" as it uses a different method to get the recording.

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

Alternative method for the Wave Shape Instruments of FTS

For the Wave Shape Player Instruments (Ctrl + 196), FTS has a special feature to let you record the digital audio before it sends it to your computer - see Tutorials:How to echo to WAV in the Wave Shape Player

ITunes Method

This is an easy way to do it and free.

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


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 handle any other sound sets

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 (it's the Roland Virtual Sound Canvas set in Change or Edit Voice Menu (Ctrl + 157)).

Great solution for XP, as a quick way to make an audio clip from a midi file. I've often used it there. I'm not sure if it works with Vista / Windows 7 though.

Low cost, easy to use. Sounds are of reasonable quality. Also adds many extra instruments for your Instruments menu Don't know if it works for Vista or Windows 7


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 from your DAW, Ableton, Sonar, Kontakt etc.=

Most DAWs and similar programs nowadas offer export of midi to wav.

However if you don't have the program, the cost may be higher than you expect, and there may be an initial learning curve. May not be the best method if you don't need a DAW (Digital Audio Work station) and just want to convert some midi files to .WAV.


If you have one of these programs already then this is a good solution

Export from the Garritan Personal Orchestra Aria Player

Great sound set. So should work well - especially if you want natural sounding instruments.

Aria player for GPO supports export to WAV NEED TO TEST THIS

=Should be high quality sounds. Have to pay for the sounds but worth the cost

WinAmp method

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



Audacity method

How to do it with Audacity



Some other ways to do it

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

Personal tools
How to use the wiki