How to convert MIDI to MP3 using several SoundFonts?
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. First introduced in
1982, the protocol was designed to synchronize and control electronic musical
instruments. You can easily connect a synthesizer to your computer using MIDI
and let the computer play complex pieces on the synthesizer without even
touching the synthesizer's keyboard. Please note that you can play the very same
MIDI file on your computer and on a synthesizer and get very different sound.
This happens, because MIDI files use the capabilities of the device to create
music. This is different from MP3 files that offer encoded audio signals and
sound just the same on all devices that can play MP3.
Why would you need to convert MIDI to MP3? First of all, many devices don't
support MIDI, while almost every device can play MP3. Second, even though some
devices do support MIDI, the sound produced by them may vary. On many computers
your MIDI files will sound cheap and artificial. A good way to guarantee good
sound would be converting MIDI to MP3.
The last, but not least. Why should we convert MIDI to MP3 with SoundFonts?
SoundFonts are banks of audio samples recorded from real instruments, and thus
SoundFonts usually provide better listening experience compared to the output of
an average sound card. When you convert MIDI to MP3 using SoundFonts, the
resulting files sound more naturally. Even better, the very MIDI to MP3
conversion process takes much less time: 10-20 faster than other methods.
Let's take a look on how we can convert MIDI to MP3 using SoundFonts with a
program called MIDI Converter Studio. Here you can use several SoundFonts for your MIDI to MP3 conversion
Step 1: Download and install the program.
Download MIDI Converter Studio to some folder on your computer. Run the
downloaded package and follow the instructions of the setup wizard.
Step 2: Start the program. Add MIDI files to convert to MP3.
Launch the MIDI converter. By looking at its main window you can easily find out
what should be done as next:
Well, some MIDI files should be added to the conversion list. Let's click the
"Add files" button on the toolbar. This will produce a usual "Open file" dialog:
Select the files that you need to convert and click "Open". You can select
all files in the folder by pressing "Ctrl" + "A" keys.
Alternatively you can simply drag and drop MIDI files that should be
converted to MP3 from Windows Explorer.
Step 3: Add SoundFonts. Convert MIDI to MP3 with several SoundFonts.
Now our conversion list is populated. We can highlight any file from the list
and preview it using the built-in MIDI player. The MIDI player supports
SoundFonts, too, so you can preview how your MIDI will sound with this or that
Let's pay attention to the lower part of the window. We have two tabs here:
"Output folder" and "SoundFonts". Output folder is where the converted MP3 files
will be saved. Here you can choose any folder that you have necessary
permissions for. Please note that Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature
called User Account Control that prevents certain actions, even if the user has
administrator privileges. I would recommend using a folder inside your profile
directory (where your documents, pictures and other files are stored), as
suggested by Microsoft.
Click on the "Soundfonts" tab.
Most probably you will see only one SoundFont in the list. The SoundFont that
comes with the program contains all necessary instrument samples to play or
convert any MIDI file. However, you may want to convert MIDI to MP3 using other
SoundFont banks. For example, you may prefer the piano sound from another
Here is how the program converts MIDI to MP3 with SoundFonts. Suppose you
have a piano SoundFont that you'd like to use with a certain MIDI file. But the
MIDI file includes also instruments other than piano, while the SoundFont
doesn't contain any other samples (there are specialized SoundFonts and
collection SoundFonts, the latter include samples for multiple instruments while
the former contain samples for only one instrument).
So, add your piano SoundFont to the list of Soundfonts by clicking the green
plus at the bottom and selecting the SoundFont file on your computer. The new
SoundFont will be added after the existing one(s). Now highlight it with a mouse
click and move it up using arrows at the bottom.
When converting MIDI to MP3, the program will take samples for piano
from the first SoundFont in the list. For the rest of the instruments, the
second SoundFont will be used.
In general, MIDI Converter Studio tries to find samples for every instrument
in the first available SoundFont. If some instruments are found, it will use
them. For the rest it will look into the next available SoundFont. The process
will be repeated until the end of the list is reached or until all needed
instruments are found.
It is recommended to have at least one collection SoundFont in the list to
render all instruments correctly. You can use the one supplied with the program.
At last, click "Convert" on the toolbar to convert MIDI to MP3 using
SoundFonts from the list. The converted MP3 files can be found in the output
folder, as discussed above.
The trial version of MIDI Converter Studio will convert up to 60 seconds of
each MIDI file. If you like the functionality of the program, you can register
it and remove all limitations.
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