How to Create a Midi File

You know that basic sound where your computer plays songs with synthesisers, not the best quality, but useful for determining how your song will sound? It is not necessary to learn a programming language to learn them; in fact, it is quite simple. You only need a basic midi file editor.


1. Choose between a score view and a piano-roll view. Most midi file editors will only work in piano view, so score view midi editors are difficult to come by and usually expensive; however, piano-roll view is usually free. If you are used to working with note lengths and tempos, score view is recommended; if you aren’t a musical notation nerd, piano-roll is recommended.

2. After downloading and installing the program, execute it.

3. Discover how to use the programme. Investigate the buttons and the “help” menu. Typically, with a piano-roll view, you find the appropriate notes along the piano and click and drag on that line according to a time measure in seconds. In score view, it usually entails a more visual method of creating music. There is usually a menu with different notes to choose from, which you then place on the score. You should be able to change tempos and add crescendo and decrescendo, ties and slurs, and so on after you’ve laid out your notes.

4. Play what you have created to hear it. There is usually a play button in the program.

5. Once you’ve gotten it exactly how you want it, save the file and play it with your media players before going out to impress your friends.

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