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WORK IN PROGRESS - will update maybe with step throughs, screen shots and video tutorials of the best methods.

Roughly in order of the best first. Though if you have a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or similar already, there is a good chance it can do it already in which case it may be your natural first thing to try.

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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:

iTunes


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</html> 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

Online free conversion tool - Ad supported

Online free tool to convert midi files to mp3 or wav Works fine. Has range of sound sets. But ad sponsored and the ads are rather intrusive popups of the form You have won a big prize... or the like, which you have to dismiss to use the tool. But they are easy to dismiss (as of writing this) and the tool does work and is very easy to use.

Very easy to use. Free, works, several sound sets. However, can't switch off the intrusive popup Ads

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. I tried installing it here and it didn't work, though will try again and see if I can find out why it didn't install.

Low cost, easy to use. Sounds are of reasonable quality. Also adds many extra instruments for your Instruments menu. May not work in Vista or Windows 7

SynthFont

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

I found the program a little confusing to start with so it will probably help to do a demo video or step through to show you how to do it.

Free Solution. Can use any soundfont, and also gig files so can be excellent quality. But a bit difficult for a newbie

Export to audio from your DAW such as Ableton, Sonar, Kontakt etc.

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

However if you don't have any of these programs, 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.

NEED TO TEST THIS

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

Export to audio in Kontakt

Kontakt has an export to audio feature. Not the free player though. Haven't tested it myself.

NEED TO TEST THIS

Sounds like a good solution. But haven't tested this myself

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. You have to pay for GPO if you haven't got it already, but it's a purchase you are unlikely to regret. Comes bundled with Sibelius so you may have it already - NOT TESTED HERE

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

Some other ways to do it

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

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