Midi File Conversion

Opcode Vision was the first midi sequencing software for the Mac back in 1985 and the first software to integrate midi sequencing and digital audio multitracking. We can convert Opcode Vision, Studio Vision Pro, Vision DSP, Vision, EZVision and Musicshop files (including Musicshop for Windows95 .mhp files) into standard midi files (.mid) with .aiff or .wav tracks or as modern Pro Tools sessions, Logic Pro .logic file with midi, or GarageBand .band files. We can also convert Galaxy banks and bundles into standard midi files.

Notion is a scorewriting program originally developed by Notion Music in 2005 for Mac and PC. It is now distributed by Presonus. Notion allows for 128 instruments per score and also supports VSTs. Notion files can be identified by the file extension .NOTION

In the 80's Opcode Systems created Vision, OMS, and Galaxy and MOTU created Digital Performer, Unisyn and FreeMidi. Galaxy and Unisyn were patch librarian that allowed you to quickly and easily store banks of patches for hardware synthesizers in a Macintosh computer and send them back into the synthesizer.

Originally developed to run on the ATARI ST computer, Cubase (previously known as Cubeat and Cubit) is one of the top DAW programs in the world today. It handles multi-track midi sequencing and audio with advanced editing capabilities and VST hosting. In 2003, Pinnacle Systems purchased Cubase and later sold it to Yamaha Corporation in 2004. Within two years, Steinberg made the decision to discontinue support for their proprietary .ALL and .ARR file formats, and changed the format to .CPR. It is no longer possible to open .ALL and .ARR files in modern versions of Cubase.

Emagic (originally C-LAB) was a German company that gained notoriety with their advanced MIDI sequencing programs Creator and Notator in the late 80's, which ran exclusively on the Atari ST. In 1992, after continuous development, a version of the software known as Notator Logic was released for Mac, Atari ST, and later for Windows.

Development of Sibelius began in 1986 for use on the Acorn Archimedes computer, and was publicly released in 1993. In late 1998, the first version for Windows was released as Version 1, followed shortly by a Mac version later that year. In 2006, Avid Technology (the makers of Pro Tools) acquired Sibelius and has continued to develop the notation program further. Sibelius has continued to evolve over the years, with support for VST plugins and many other enhancements.

Overture is a computer based scorewriting program originally published by Opcode Systems. Overture was one of the first music notation programs with drag and drop functionality to insert notes in a classic notation view.

Finale is a computer based score writing program published by MakeMusic. Originally developed in 1988 for Coda Music Software, Finale has evolved into a full-featured notation program, with many advanced MIDI capabilities and a variety of ways to create musical compositions.

Converting a MIDI file to an MP3 is sort of like making the outline of a painting, and letting someone else decide how to finish it. What kind of paint will they use? What colors will they use and where? There are a lot of decisions you make as a composer that will be the difference between a song that really encompasses your vision as an artist, or something that just sounds like a glorified Nokia ringtone circa 2002. Choices such as the sound palette of instruments (bass, leads, drums, pads, etc.), and other vital processes such as mixing and mastering make all the difference.

Capella is a Windows based scorewriting program developed by Capella Software AG. First introduced in 1992, Capella is one of the earliest computer based notation programs. Capella files can be identified by the file extensions .CAP and .CAPX.

Forte is a very powerful Windows based scorewriting program first introduced in 2005. Many updates have been released since then, and there are also several different versions of the program ranging from Basic all the way up to Premium.The feature set is similar to the popular scorewriting programs Finale and Sibelius. Forte files can be identified by the file extension .FNF.

Originally developed in the mid 1980s, Encore by GVOX (now distributed by Passport Music Software) is the company's flagship scorewriter for Mac and Windows. MusicTime Deluxe is consider the "light" version of Encore. Comparing the two, Encore boasts a richer feature set including support for score templates, more staves per page, and extensive staff tools. MusicTime Deluxe files can be identified by the file extension .MUS, while Encore files will have a .ENC extension.

MuseScore is a widely used music score writer for Mac and Windows. MuseScore was originally forked from the Linux-based MusE sequencer, and was refined into a stand-alone notation program in the early 2000s. The feature set is similar to the popular score writing programs Finale and Sibelius.

Kurzweil Mark 6, Mark 8, Mark 10 and Mark 110 save song files in a proprietary Kurzweil format (.SNG). These files are not compatible with any sequencer outside of the Kurzweil unit itself. In order to load these files into a modern DAW/sequencer they must first be converted to standard midi files.

Digital Orchestrator Pro was Voyetra's flagship digital audio workstation. It handled multi-track midi sequencing and audio, and projects were saved in a proprietary .ORC format. We can convert Digital Orchestrator Pro .ORC files to .MID, or deliver them to you in Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Ableton, Garage Band, or any other sequencer file format you wish.

The Alesis MMT8 was a popular hardware midi sequencer made in the late 80’s. In many ways it was the precursor to Roland’s GrooveBox series with its row of 8 track select/mute buttons and shift-function buttons. It was famously used by Orbital throughout the 90’s in their live shows. They would often stop half way through a set to load the second batch of songs into their multiple MMT8s from tape.

Voyetra Sequencer Plus Gold was a mid 80's midi sequncing software that ran in DOS on IBM 268, 386, and 486 PCs. It was used by video game music producer Bobby Prince to compose the music for the first iterations of clasic PC games like Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and the Duke Nukem series. It was also used by the Sisters of Mercy Floodland album. DOS midi sequencers on vintage hardware, including VSGP, are notable for their accurate timing in comparison to more modern computer based midi sequencers.

Magnetic Music Texture was one of the first midi sequencing computer applications. It ran on Apple ][ and was also ported to DOS/IBM compatible PCs (486 or 386). It was developed by musician Roger Powell and his company Magnetic Music between 1985 and 1992. It used either the Roland MPU-401, MPU-IPC or compatible MIDI interface, or a Yamaha C1 computer. It was a pattern based sequencer that allow you to link patterns together in the song mode. It could export songs and patterns into standard midi files.
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