Improve the quality of MIDI sound
On Windows or Android, it's possible!
Good apps or karaoke software support the SoundFont (sf2) system, a modeled sound and instrument bank that replaces the poor GM Windows database. If the applications manage the installation themselves, things are different under Windows. And before indicating to his software which system of synthesis to choose by default, it is necessary to start by installing one. It consists of a SoundFont bank and software to manage it.
As the choice exists and we must choose one, as far as it is the best:
- A SoundFont bank to download: & gt; Titanic (230mb)
You have to download and install the software that will manage the bank system:
- Software to install: & gt; VirtualMIDISynth
Then you have to assign the driver "Coolsoft VirtualMIDISynth" to your player or midi software or Karaoke.
- For example, for: & gt; VanBasco
From now on, the SoundFont system will produce the synthesis of your MIDI instruments for the 16 Channels. And you should hear the difference!
Connect a keyboard to the SoundFont system:
To summarize, the MIDI file contains the score of the song as well as all the parameters related to its execution. During its reading, the midi software will redirect the 16 instrument outputs parameterized to the SF system which will be responsible for rendering them to the sound card. Finally, it will pre-amplify them to send them to the sound system.
With a simple keyboard or piano midi, it is also possible to use the SF system, integrated at noon. To connect to it, a midi / usb adapter is needed. Once the keyboard signal received by the PC, we obtain a complete MIDI synthesis system and very simple that can even control from the keyboard. The advantage is to dispense with the complex learning of editing a keyboard sequencer. A simple MIDI player / recorder will do the trick.
When we read a kar or midi file, the reading is done through the very small GM bank built into Windows named: "gm.dls". It can be found under "C: \ Windows \ System32 \ drivers" or "C: \ Windows \ SysWOW64 \ drivers" for the 64-bit system. It is she who is responsible for the poor quality of the return of lunch on our PCs.
To improve the sound of MIDI, there are several solutions. SoundFonts are synthetic banks that offer the 128 instruments defined by the General MIDI standard. These banks are interchangeable at will, one can even build his own bank of instruments. They are housed in the RAM and software is needed for their use. For karaoke use, once the system is installed, we do not care anymore.
- The Midi and Karaoke app for Android: & gt; MIDI Voyager Pro