Musical Instrument Digital
Interface or MIDI files are basically musical files that synchronize electronic
musical instruments, a computer and other electronic media to create high
definition pleasing musical compositions.
Unlike sound effect files MIDI
files contain just the sound of the musical instruments involved and the
duration of notes, volume and other similarly essential characters to compile
worthwhile music. Other reasons for their popularity with musicians include the
fact that they can give full control over the song track and instruments as
these music files are only partially recorded. Besides their ability to connect
to harmonizers they can also bring out beautiful vocals in the background.
The internet is full of free
MIDI file download sites that not only help professional musicians but also
amateurs who wish to download these files for personal use as ring tones or to
place on blogs and websites. Typically MIDI files are available to anyone but
not everyone knows how to use them effectively or for that matter download them
Downloading is usually easy;
however, it is best if you read the help or FAQs sections of relevant sites
carefully to understand the procedures involved. Additionally you should always
check for viruses by screening your download through a reliable anti virus
source or your PC may get affected in the process.
Generally, WinAmp media player,
Vanbasco Karaoke Player and Windows Media Player are said to be the best
software to play MIDI files. Sometimes you end up with seriously awful sounding
MIDI files once you have them on your desktop. The reason for this is either
your software is not fully functional or you donít have a good quality MIDI
sound card. While a MIDI sound card is expensive it is optional. However in the
absence of the same certain MIDI software drivers like Roland Virtual Sound
Canvas or Yamaha SXG Driver to name just two are able to make up for the lack
of a decent sound card. Both are inexpensive and free trial versions can easily
be found online.
At the same time a quick search
through Google might bring up other similar options in a matter of seconds.
Also use software like SynthFont to convert MIDI files into MP3 or WAV at no
cost what so ever.
MIDI files are used
successfully as ringtones for cellular or mobile phones as polyphonic ringtones
by downloading via Bluetooth or a USB cable connected to your computer. Most
are compatible with some of the high end mobile phones available today.
MIDI files allow you to customize
them by changing volume, muting any one or more instruments or the tempo with a
few easy steps.