Here is a list of General MIDI Patches (sounds)
The following represents a master list of controller messages. Not all devices use all available controllers. Some devices may use certain controllers for proprietary use. Refer to your Device MIDI Implementation Chart to confirm the use or non use of the following Controllers.
Before we talk about what MIDI is, let’s talk about what MIDI is not.
- MIDI is not a word…it is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. When you see it spelled as midi, or midifile, the author is either a bad typist, or really doesn’t understand what MIDI is.
- MIDI is not a recording. MIDI is a data stream…a chain of instructions sent to a particular device telling it to do something. It could tell the device (usually a synth, or sound card) to play a particular note, or to stop playing notes, etc.
- MIDI is not a sound recording. A MIDI contains no sounds. It tells the connected devices to play the sounds.