Windows 10: Midi q:

  1.    24 Nov 2016 #1

    Midi q:

    I'm a musician and I'm (also) using MIDI for music production. Problem is that in Win 10 not all MIDI files are playing back properly. F.x. I have some drum files that only play back piano notes where it was supposed to play back a whole drum kit. I read that MS somehow changed the MIDI protocol (or whatever it's called) starting from Win 8. Has anyone, anywhere got a fix? Regards...
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       24 Nov 2016 #2

    Don't know if it is a 'fix' but I'd try opening the files in VLC, quite versatile.
    VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!
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  3.    24 Nov 2016 #3

    I'll give it a try, thank you. Forgot to mention that the 'problem files' will play back correctly when imported into Cubase, my music project program, but it's a bit of a time consuming process...
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  4.    26 Nov 2016 #4

    VLC gives me this: Codec is not supported - VLC could not decode the format "MIDI" (MIDI audio)
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       26 Nov 2016 #5

    According to VideoLAN - VLC - Features it should play MIDI files.
    Plays all formats

    MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3 - MPEG Layer 3, AAC - MPEG-4 part3, Vorbis, AC3 - A/52, E-AC-3, MLP / TrueHD>3, DTS, WMA 1/2, WMA 3, FLAC, ALAC, Speex, Musepack / MPC, ATRAC 3, Wavpack, Mod, TrueAudio, APE, Real Audio, Alaw/µlaw, AMR (3GPP), MIDI, LPCM, ADPCM, QCELP, DV Audio, QDM2/QDMC, MACE.
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  6.    26 Nov 2016 #6

    Well, it doesn't
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  7.    26 Nov 2016 #7

    After some surfing, I see a lot complaints about MS having scrapped the good old Midi Mapper Win 8 and onwards...
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       26 Nov 2016 #8

    I haven't had any issue with the MIDI .mid files I have but they are not converted from any other format, as far as I know.
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  9.    27 Nov 2016 #9

    MIDI files contain note data, but no audio data. In order to play a MIDI file, the note data must be fed into a rendering engine. Windows used to include a (very crude) engine that handles that (but some, above, are saying it's not there anymore).

    No matter. That engine was pure crap. You say you're a musician? Then get proper rendering software. Get a DAW and some software instruments to plug into it. You can get pianos, drums, strings, and many more instruments.

    But this is a Windows forum, not a music forum. You'll find more and better information elsewhere. I'm a pianist, so I'm on at ... and there are many more fora for other musical specialties.
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