Copyright holders, along with YouTube (to use a well-known example), have, within the last few years, been cracking down on people using copyrighted music without permission. Tributes & covers of songs, of course, have been somewhat "riding the fence" of legality, where the artists gives their due credit to the composer/lyricist in question and provides a disclaimer in their video description that says "this is not my work, I do not own the rights to this music," and they generally get left alone, more or less.
MIDI files - correctly referred to as Standard MIDI Files ("SMF" or *.mid files) are a popular source of music on the web, and for musicians performing in clubs who need a little extra accompaniment. The files contain all the MIDI instructions for notes, volumes, sounds, and even effects. The files are loaded into some form of 'player' (software or hardware), and the final sound is then produced by a sound-engine that is connected to or that forms part of the player.*
This video is a introductory demonstration of how to make MIDI files using free software called Anvil Studio.
* Source: MIDI.Org - About MIDI Files.
DAWs or Digital Audio Workstation is the musician's best friend, next to his or her MIDI keyboard that is. It's an electronic system that is designed for the purpose of recording, editing and playing back digital audio.
DAWs typically consist of a mixing console, control surface, audio converter, and a data storage all in one nifty package. A computer based DAW will need a computer, a sound card, a digital audio editor and an input device - your keyboard controller for example.
For the amateur musician and avid mac & apple user then nothing beats Garageband '11 - the latest software in Apple's amateur musician software line-up. You can get one when buying a new Mac, as part of the iLife'11 suite or as a standalone from the Mac Apple Store.
When you say MIDI keyboard you're talking about a variety of electric or digital keyboards out there. Unlike before where only special keyboards were able to do MIDI, nowadays almost all modern electric keyboards are MIDI compatible. You can't miss them - they're the ones with the MIDI In & Out slots in the back.
There are basically two types of electronic keyboards - the controller and the piano types
1) The controller is typically what many would associate with the term MIDI keyboard. While it has keys you won't hear any sound when you press them. You need to have a computer running a digital audio workstation (DAW) software to convert the MIDI impulses to sound.
Because they don't have any speakers controllers are generally smaller and cheaper than their regular piano type counterparts. This makes them versatile and portable and can fit in almost any space you can think of.
Midi (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) plays a crucial role in today's music production. Thus it is vital if you are an aspiring music producer that you get a understanding of midi description and its functions. It helps use mix music and makes it possible for one person to make the music of a whole band or orchestra.
First, here is a description of a pc midi interface functions and advantages:
Compact - a single CD can hols thousands of songs and/or one single 3 " floppy disc can hold hours of music.
So, you open up a new song in GarageBand and add a software instrument. It loads up a Grand Piano and sits there waiting for you to play your masterpiece. But wait, there's a problem. What do you use to play this piano, your computer keyboard? I don't think so.
One of the first things new GarageBand users realize is that it's very difficult performing, programming and recording MIDI using a QWERTY keyboard. This sends them on a journey to find the right MIDI keyboard. The problem is that, for a newbie, the number of different MIDI keyboards available is overwhelming. How do they decide which one is right for them? Let's take a look at the options.