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#1008608 - 09/02/06 10:13 AM Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Hi fellow adult beginners,

The other day I wanted to record myself playing but I couldn't find any free MIDI recording software that I liked, so I wrote my own. It's called Red Dot Forever and it only has 3 buttons: RECORD, PLAY and SAVE. That's all you need! ;\)

I've been using this program a lot the past week and it suits me just fine. No doubt other people will benefit from it as well, so that's why I'm making it available to the world at large.

You can get it here .

Red Dot Forever is freeware. I only tested it on Windows XP, but it should run on other versions of Windows as well.

Enjoy! And let me know if you run into any problems using it. \:\)

Now you certainly no longer have an excuse not to participate in the next recital. \:D


EDIT 12-dec-06:[/b] Updated the link. Red Dot Forever is now open source and hosted on SourceForge.
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#1008609 - 09/02/06 11:35 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
Monica K. Offline

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I gotta say I love the name! And you can't beat the simplicity.

Mahlzeit, please forgive me, but I am almost totally ignorant of things like MIDI etc. Does Red Dot Forever do anything that Audacity does not? If not, I'll stick with Audacity since I already (sorta) know how to work it.
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#1008610 - 09/02/06 11:59 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
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did you write the other programs on the page to?? pretty cool stuff on there!!!!
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#1008611 - 09/02/06 01:55 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Does Red Dot Forever do anything that Audacity does not?[/b]
Yes, MIDI. ;\)

Audacity is for recording actual sound waves, and the resulting files are usually very big, even if you make an MP3 out of them. MIDI, on the other hamd, is the electronic equivalent of sheet music and the resulting files are very small. They just contain information about which notes have been played, but not the actual sounds. You'll have to play them back through a synthesizer in order to turn the notes into sound waves again. (Your computer has a simple MIDI synth built-in, but it usually doesn't sound very satisfactory. That's why a lot of people don't like MIDI files, but that's not really fair.)

If you have an acoustic piano, then you have no use for MIDI. The only way you can record from those is with a microphone and a program like Audacity. But if you have a digital pianos or keyboard, then you probably *can* make MIDI recordings. I prefer to record as MIDI, because I can make a ton of recordings without filling up my harddisk. \:\)

Hope this explains it a bit...
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#1008612 - 09/02/06 01:57 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by funburger:
did you write the other programs on the page to?? pretty cool stuff on there!!!! [/b]
Yep. Glad you like it! \:D
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#1008613 - 09/02/06 03:36 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
Astra Offline
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Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 391
Loc: Slovenia
Wow! Nice site with interesting programs. Congratulations! One stupid question: I have to buy MIDI cable to record, havent I?
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#1008614 - 09/02/06 04:03 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Some keyboards/digital pianos have a built-in floppy drive. If you have one of those, you can record on the keyboard itself and save to floppy. In that case you don't need Red Dot Forever. ;\)

Otherwise, you indeed need to get a MIDI cable. With recent computers, you're most likely to need a MIDI-to-USB adapter. They cost somewhere between $30 and $50 (here anyway \:\) ).
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#1008615 - 09/02/06 04:34 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
Monica K. Offline

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 Quote:
Originally posted by mahlzeit:

Hope this explains it a bit... [/b]
It does indeed! Thank you very much, mahlzeit. And I am highly impressed with both your programming skills and your generosity in sharing them.
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#1008616 - 09/02/06 05:15 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
funburger Offline
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mahlzeit, i too am impressed. i downloaded one of your programs, and it works on my mac with osx:) you done good!!!
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#1008617 - 09/02/06 05:47 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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You're welcome!
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#1008618 - 09/10/06 06:59 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
pianoga Offline
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Registered: 01/15/06
Posts: 296
Loc: England
Did not see that one! Thanks Funburger and Matthijs! I gave it a go in disbelief, downloaded it, opened the file, and bob's your uncle...

Well not quite, actually nothing at all even to be honest. Funburger, HOW did you do this???

Oh wait, now I see you said "one of your programs". Not red dot I guess?? (The Music theory audio drills I bet?)
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#1008619 - 09/11/06 11:15 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
dvdiva Offline
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 249
Loc: Manila
aaah! mahlzeit! i love it! this is exactly what i am looking for!!!! you're awesome!

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/6/1267.html

I came to this forum a year ago just to search for a program like this, and you are my answer!

Thank you!! I am ever so grateful!!

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#1008620 - 10/03/06 11:43 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Loc: Netherlands
Just uploaded the new version 1.02. When making long recordings, the timing got messed up and the MIDI files weren't saved properly. That is now fixed. \:\)

Direct download: http://www.playzeit.com/reddot.exe
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#1008621 - 10/03/06 02:45 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
JulieT Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 10
Loc: Tx, USA
There is much beauty in simplicity. Thanks for sharing.

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#1008622 - 10/03/06 04:17 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
hv Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 1229
Loc: Cape Cod
Hi, mahlzeit. Nice work. Compact, efficient, and elegant. Very impressive. And functional. And I see++ source. You're too much. If I start coding again, it's on you.

Howard

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#1008623 - 10/04/06 12:31 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
tolovemoon Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 152
Loc: South Carolina
I am bookmarking this so when I finally get me a midi to usb hook up, I will have just the right tools to use with it. Thanks for sharing and all your hard work.. Very much appreciated.
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#1008624 - 12/12/06 07:26 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
You can now get Red Dot Forever here . The old address will stop working soon.
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#1008625 - 12/12/06 09:19 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
pianoga Offline
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What about a Mac version Thijs? ;\)
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#1008626 - 12/12/06 10:57 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
You buy me a Mac, Pieter, and I'll see what I can do. \:D

Maybe you can convince someone with a Mac to make a Mac version. The program is VERY simple, and the source code is available at the above link too...
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#1008627 - 02/04/07 11:52 AM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Hi friends,

I have just made available a new version (1.03) of Red Dot Forever[/b]. \:\)

This one fixes a number of annoying issues. There is now a separate STOP button, so an accidental double-click can now no longer overwrite your precious new recording. The PLAY function has been improved, and there are more options.

Download the new version 1.03 here: http://reddot.sf.net
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#1008628 - 02/04/07 04:34 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
joemoshi Offline
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Registered: 08/27/06
Posts: 225
Loc: Canada
Mahlzeit, I have not downloaded your program yet. Presently I have a Yamaha CVP-307 with a USB outlet. I stick a flash memory stick into the CVP and record Midi then save it to the memory stick. Then, for backup I insert the memory stick into the laptop and transfer the files.

My question is where would I be ahead using the Red Dot Forever? In other words what else can your program help me do?
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#1008629 - 02/04/07 04:51 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Hey joemoshi,

I don't really see any benefit in you using Red Dot Forever in this case. You can already record on your piano, which is as good as it gets.

The only advantage is that you no longer would have to transfer the files using the memory stick, but that doesn't sound like such a big deal...

Not everyone has a sequencer in their piano, though. \:\)
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#1008630 - 09/08/07 08:10 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1910
Loc: Netherlands
Hey kids!

New version of Red Dot Forever out today! \:\)

It took a while but I have finally added support for "MIDI triggers", which allow you to control Red Dot directly and conveniently from your keyboard or digital piano. You can set up triggers for RECORD, STOP, and PLAY. This saves you some going back and forth between the piano and the PC.

Get it at: http://reddot.sf.net
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#1008631 - 09/08/07 08:31 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
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Registered: 05/30/07
Posts: 670
Loc: Middle England
Matthhijs, I can only say - Thanks mate - Brilliant!!. I'm in awe of the your expertise and the time spent on producing this.

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#1008632 - 09/08/07 08:49 PM Re: Red Dot Forever (free MIDI recording program)
mahlzeit Offline
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Posts: 1910
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You're welcome, redcoat! \:\)
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