MIDI/Song Sequence/Computer Question
I've been through every one of my tunes, and I've chosen the ones that I think are the best, the ones I'm the most proud of, the ones that really get my point of view across. It comes to about 200 songs, I think.
My problem is that all of those songs are on floppy disks that load the sequence files into my old Ensoniq TS10 workstation keyboard, which is connected to the computer. What I want to do is take my music into the computer as, what, MIDI files? I'm not sure.
What I'd like to do is to be able to run the song sequences from the computer, instead of the TS10. The disks will go bad or the keyboard will stop running, one of those is almost certain to happen. I want to eliminate the keyboard for now, and the disks forever, and just have my sequences on the computer.
Safe keeping is the thing. Getting them all solidly up on the computer, so I don't have to worry anymore about them being on those damn disks.
How do I do that, is the question. I imagine I'd need to buy some software. I know that this is possible I just don't know how to do it, and I'm hoping that someone here can tell me how this sort of thing is done.
Re: MIDI/Song Sequence/Computer Question
The much easiest way would be if your workstation had anyway to export a midi file on to a disk that could be read by a regular computer. But I sort of doubt such keyboard has that capability, and good luck finding a computer that accepts floppy discs anymore. But a midi file is a pretty standard file extension that both PC's and Macs can read. Then with any standard DAW, you can import the midi file.
2nd way is easy enough IF you have all the right gear:
1) You need a computer that is running a DAW (protools, logic, garage band, etc).
2) You need to have a midi input on your computer (a midi to USB port is a pretty common item at a music store that sells recording equipment).
3) Run a midi cable from the "midi out" of your keyboard to the "midi in" of your computer.
4) Set up the computer to receive midi time clock from the keyboard. This will take some fussing, as every program does this a bit differently.
5)set up your DAW to record how ever many midi tracks you have coming out.
You can then record the midi information out of your work station into the computer in real time.
Keep in mind, a midi file contains no sounds into itself. A midi file is just the notes.
However, with many modern programs, you can take a midi file and print sheet music from it.
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