Midi File Conversion

In the 80's Opcode Systems created Vision, OMS, and Galaxy. Galaxy was a 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. It was also great since it integrated with OMS and Vision in a way that allowed you to select instruments by name instead of by midi channel and patches by name instead of numbers.

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.


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