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#1776062 - 10/24/11 07:11 AM MIDI to MP3
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My piano has a USB port and the recordings are MIDI. I use Timidity to convert from MIDI to WAV to MP3, but the result sounds tinny and doesn't seem to have the dynamic range that the original recording had when I played it from the piano. Is this normal? Is that why a lot of people use Youtube to record?
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#1776096 - 10/24/11 08:21 AM Re: MIDI to MP3 [Re: SwissMS]
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If you take the USB to your laptop or pc, and use software like Pianotech as a plug in to something like abelton or reason you will be able to sort out the sound you want. I noticed for example the other day, that the wav file sounded better than when i converted the wav to mp3.
Its like photo copying, how many photo copoies of photo copies can you make before they look bad.

A good software program like abelton or reason is highly recomended. Pro tools is another.
hope this helps.
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#1776227 - 10/24/11 12:24 PM Re: MIDI to MP3 [Re: SwissMS]
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Is it the WAV file that sounds subpar, or just the MP3 conversion? Keep in mind that the sound of the WAV file is only as good as the software that is synthesizing it (from MIDI). When you send MIDI from your keyboard, you are not sending your piano's sounds, but just some digital information about which keys you are pressing, how hard, and for how long. Timidity is actually synthesizing the sound of your recording, so are you sure you like the Timidity synthesizer? If not, then you need some other software piano. If so, then you might just need a better MP3 converter. I think this is the same approach that Rostosky is suggesting.
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#1776286 - 10/24/11 02:14 PM Re: MIDI to MP3 [Re: SwissMS]
Brian Lucas Offline
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As packa mentioned, it's most likely the sound of the Timidity software's piano you don't like. I'm not familiar with that software. Your choices are to get a better piano plugin, if the software allows it, or get software that will let you record the sound of another plugin or you own keyboard. I use Digital Performer, but there's a ton. Ableton Live, Reason as mentioned above. Also Logic, Cakewalk, Cubase, ProTools. Something in every price range.

A second problem might be the conversion. I doubt it would be to the WAV file, unless your settings are set for a low file size. Most likely the tinny sound you describe, if it's not the sound itself, is from the WAV to MP3 conversion, since an MP3 is a compressed file format. Play the wav, and if you like it, use iTunes or another program to convert to an MP3.
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#1776442 - 10/24/11 06:40 PM Re: MIDI to MP3 [Re: SwissMS]
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If you like the sound of your piano, perhaps it would be better to avoid MIDI. Take the audio out of your piano to the audio in of your computer, and record directly using the free "Audacity" sound program.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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#1776696 - 10/25/11 02:07 AM Re: MIDI to MP3 [Re: JohnSprung]
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Registered: 01/09/11
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. This is all new to me. I am running Linux on my computer and I have used Audacity for editing music for equine dressage freestyle before. It does not handle MIDI, so it never occurred to me I could use it to record the piano. I am going to try to do audio out to audio in and see how it goes. Thanks again!
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