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Tutorials: How to convert Midi to Wav
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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.
Benefits of Midi to Wav
- You can get a digitally exact recording that way - as it doesn't have to go through the soundcard first.
- There is absolutely no noise
- If the recording requires a lot of polyphony, no problem as the conversion just takes as long as it takes.
- Works on Vista or Windows 7 even on computers that are unable to record to WAV at the same time as they play.
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.
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
This is an easy way to do it and free.
You can get ITunes here if you don't have it yet:
As you see in the video, this is what you do:
- Switch on the Wav Encoder. To do that 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 copy the midi file you want to convert into iTunes. You can drag and drop them into iTunes. Or 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.
- To do the conversion 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.
- The converted file will appear in the Music section of iTunes and you can drag and drop to copy it back to your original folder or wherever you want to put it.
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 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.
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. FL Studio is worth mentioning as it lets you do midi to wav in the free version of the program.
Most of them have a rather steep learning curve, so expect to take some time getting to know the software before you can use it to its full potential. They aren't so easy to use as the other solutions if all you want to do is to convert midi to wav. But if you have one of these already then it's probably the easiest way for you to do it.
If you have one of these programs already then this is a good solution
Cantabile Lite / Cantabile Solo
If you want to record VSTi then Cantabile Lite is a good free solution, you can use Voxengo Recorder to record the audio. Cantabile Solo is a good low cost solution for direct conversion of Midi to Wav.
Cantabile Solo comes with a 30 day fully featured trial. To convert a midi file to audio in Solo first go to Media files section and load your midi file. Then go to the file menu (icon at top left of the program) and choose Import or Export and then Offline Render.
You can download them here Cantabile downloads area
Good alternative to the more complicated DAWs for recording VSTi
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
Do it using WinAmp Uses the DirectSound synth, same sounds as the Microsoft GS Wavetable synth.
NEED TO TEST THIS
NEED TO TEST THIS
Some other ways to do it
Some other ways to do it Includes Timidity which works similarly to SynthFont. ugh.