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Author Topic: Audacity won't play Midi files.  (Read 7662 times)

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Audacity won't play Midi files.
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:20:20 pm »

How do I get Audacity to play MIDI files? I tried importing them, but nothing happened. My operating system is Vector Linux 7.0, if that i of any help.
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 05:51:33 am »

Audacity is used to edit sound files. A MIDI file does not actually contain sound. It contains commands to be sent to MIDI instruments (like the speed of the song, when to play what note and how loud). The reason it plays in your computer is that it has some 'default' software MIDI instruments (you can also send them to for instance a keyboard, synthesizer or drumcomputer).  

To edit a midi file you can use an arrangement tool like Muse or Rosegarden (I am unsure how well they export to MIDI, but I know they can import). If you want to edit the music in an audacity way, you'll first have to find a way to record what is played, for instance record the output of your soundcard somehow.

You should be able to play the files with 'aplaymidi'.
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 01:57:11 pm »

Then what is the point of Importing MIDI files into Audacity if it can't play them?
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2013, 11:25:48 pm »

when working with several midi apps you have an option to edit via import with audacity, an additional feature of audacity rather than its purpose to record and edit audio files. do not do a lot of midi these days so not sure what the beauty is exactly.
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2013, 07:37:26 am »

Googled "Audacity midi" and found this:

Audacity currently supports displaying MIDI files if you import them using Import MIDI in the Project menu.

Audacity does not support playing, recording, or editing MIDI files. It does not even support saving MIDI Tracks in a project file.

The current functionality is useful to only a small group of people who are studying algorithms that relate MIDI data to audio data and simply wish to see the visual representation of the MIDI data and how it lines up with the audio data. 
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2013, 11:26:22 am »

Thank you.
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2013, 12:53:58 pm »

Is TiMidity++ an option here?
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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2013, 07:42:18 pm »

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Re: Audacity won't play Midi files.
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2013, 01:22:30 pm »

I have a new audacity build processing for 7.1 with added support fore more stuff.  The packages will be in untested soon.

Those running the 7.1 please try it out and post your findings.

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