MIDI sounds

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    MIDI sounds

    anyone know of a way to change your midi sounds so they sound less midi-ish and more real-ish...like the midi libraries. i heard you can do it, something lik soundfonts..but i think thats for soundforge only, but yeah that would be cool. i have an audigy if that matters (which it probably does)

    so any ideas?

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    Well I've been doing a bit of composing lateley, using The Midi Maker, and I had the same problem where it sounded very midi-ish. If this is something you're making on your own and you're not just modifying existing MIDI files, I found that by overlapping every note you could make everything flow a lot smoother, and it sounded just like I was actually playing the piano. It won't work completely for some things, but give it a try.

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    i using guitar pro to lay out some tabs...mainly i want he guitars/bass to sound better...well the bass isn't too bad, but mainly the guitars. how do you overlap notes?

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    If you have any sound blaster sound card from the past 6 years or so then you can use soundfonts. The Audigy is one of those, so you can use soundfonts. You don't need any extra software, it works globally on your system with all midi's when you change your soundfont Also, the DLS (downloadable sounds) format is picking up a bit. It's pretty well established, though harder to find pre-made instruments for than soundfonts, but work just as well, and you don't need a soundblaster to use them. DirectX's DirectMusic uses them with their music formats and the DirectMusic music editor editor comes with a DLS editor as well, so you can make them for free. The editor allows for importing midi's as well. Bank changes are all localized and the DLS format is much more portable, so you're best off using it if you want to distribute your music as midis and have them sound properly. If you're just interested in having them sound good on your computer, then soundfonts do just fine.

    You can get DirectMusic Producer here. It's free, extremely powerful, and easy to use. You can do all neat stuff like creating patterns, randomly varying music, its own audio scripting, realtime DLS instrument changes, audio environments, 3D support, dynamic looping, and a lot more. I highly recommend it, especially if you're a programmer as well as a musician.
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    cool, thanks..do you know of any places to get soundfonts? ive found places but you gotta pay up

    checking out the producer now..

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    http://www.thesoundsite.net/

    is the best free site that I know of, though they limit your downloads to 1 at a time and the downloads are pretty slow (least thats what it used to be like. I haven't downloaded any in a while). They have a pretty large amount of instruments there of varying quality. It's a great site.

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    yeah downloads are pretty slow...so when i add in a soundbank itll just add more instruments using that file? im reading the background info over on soundfont.com..sounds cool

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    I don't have a soundblaster anymore now that I'm in college so I can't give you step by step instructions for loading them, also, I had a Sound Blaster Live! so it's prolly a little different. If the audigy software is anything like Live!'s then open up audio hq and select Soundfonts. You can load as many soundfonts at once as your memory allows. When ever you make a soundfont active you have to "overlap" an existing instrument, so be sure to be logical about it -- overlap a guitar with a new soundfont guitar or a piano with a new soundfont piano. Also, if you're going to get new soundfonts, make sure you get them for all the instruments in the song or else it usually sounds unbalanced in quality. It's tough to find a mix of good instruments.

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    no prob...ive loaded them in, just figuring out how to actually use them now..lol

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