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Tutorials: How to record to midi

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A midi file is the smallest and easiest type of recording to make with FTS. The midi file is a compact way to record notes, instruments etc. to a file. (Midi is also used for sending notes between devices and programs via midi cables - that is a slightly different use of the technologyy and slightly different spec.).
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This is a step through to show how to make a midi recording with any of the FTS tasks.
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Go to Window 11 Record to File (Ctrl + 11).
Go to Window 11 Record to File (Ctrl + 11).

Revision as of 22:05, 13 December 2010

A midi file is the smallest and easiest type of recording to make with FTS. The midi file is a compact way to record notes, instruments etc. to a file. (Midi is also used for sending notes between devices and programs via midi cables - that is a slightly different use of the technologyy and slightly different spec.).

This is a step through to show how to make a midi recording with any of the FTS tasks.

Go to Window 11 Record to File (Ctrl + 11).

Choose where you want the recording to be saved using the Browse button. You can also use Set to My Documents if you want to save it in your My Documents folder

Choose where to save the file

You can also set a name for the file in the FILE field.

Set file name

Choose the recording type. For a midi recording, you need to select Midi from the drop list.

Choose midi as recording type

Advantages and disadvantages of midi files

A midi file can be played on any computer but can't be played on e.g. a CD player because it needs a device with midi instruments installed on it to play the notes.

Some modern Vista and Windows 7 computers can't record to waveform audio or to .mp3. But any computer can record to a midi file. Midi files are much smaller and so suitable for sending by e-mail etc. The quality of the instruments used to play midi files vary from computer to computer as it depends on the midi instruments installed on the computer. You can convert midi files to audio and change them and try them out with different instruments etc. The other way around it is very hard to convert audio files back to midi so once you have a recording in the audio formats such as mp3s you can't do much to change your recording, just play it. Now press the Start Recording button.

Start Recording


Now play as you do normally. Everything you play gets saved to a midi file with the desired name.


When finished you press End Recording.


End Recording


Finally you can use the Play button to play your recording back and check it is okay.


Play Recording

Stop play - or it will stop automatically at the end of the recording

Stop Play

Find the recording you just saved

Then go to the folder you saved it in to find your file which you can then e.g. send to a friend or whatever. If you want to convert it to waveform audio or mp3 - you need to check out Timidity (a bit techy) or the Roland Sound Canvas. With the release of version 4.2 of FTS then you will get a button in window 11 which you can use to convert your midi file directly to audio using Timidity but that's not quite ready yet.

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