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MIDI FILES
MIDI FILES
We shall provide on this page some examples of MIDI files which have been produced by Members.  These will be in the form of links to files containing the information ready to be inserted directly into your instrument via a floppy disk (if small enough), CD-RW or Memory Stick.

To access these files, right-click on the link and, according to your browser:

Internet Explorer - select “Save Target as...”;
Moxilla Firefox - select “Save Link as...”.

Choose an appropriate folder on your hard disk, your floppy drive if the file is less than 1.4MB in size or a memory stick (quickest if you subsequently insert the stick into your organ’s USB socket for transfer).
October 2008

To assist those Members who may have never used a Midi-File as backing to make a start, here, in conjunction with Terry Bolger’s articles To Midi or Not to Midi, is some information about obtaining Midi-Files from the Internet.

Four sites which provide Midi-Files:

www.musicrobot.com : provides free files.
www.midimusic.de : provides files for purchasing, usually of better quality than free ones.
www.garyrog.50megs.com : provides free files.
en.midipedia.net/midi : provides much information about Midi.

It’s also very useful, nay essential, to be able to view the notation of each file, ie the dots on the staves. Software which provides this is called Notation Software. Usually it is fairly expensive, depending upon the version and how much you wish it to do. There is one site which provides a cut-down Freeware version of its software and that can be found at:

www.notation.com (This is the site referred to in Article 2 as Midi-Notate)

The free version of that software is perfectly adequate to display the notes for all the tracks on the screen (like an orchestral score). It is also possible to display each track separately. If the tune is carried entirely by one track then that can be printed on paper separately and, by inspecting the full score, chord symbols can be added by hand. The site also contains links to many Midi-File sites.

The key signature isn’t always accurate and key modulations within the music are signalled not by a change of key signature but by the use of accidentals. These are often a mixture of enharmonic sharps and flats which require that part to be copied by hand and rationalised so it’s easy to read while playing, if the music printed out is to be played from. Have you ever tried reading music with a mixture of sharp and flat accidentals?

If you already have the printed music you’ll not need to print the Midi-File out. You will need to check it against your printed version to see how closely matched the two versions are.

Further articles in the Sequencer series will explain, in detail, how to edit a Midi-File on a Wersi organ.

Terry and Colin
October, 2008