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Software for playing MIDIs
« on: October 24, 2020, 04:37:26 PM »
Hi everyone,


As I've written in other topics, I'm using a software called "SynthFont" for playing MIDI files with tesla coils. Usually, no matter what software you use, you need some kind of converter*. Either loopMIDI and hairless MIDI<->Serial bridge, or a USB to MIDI cable which includes a USB MIDI to serial converter.
However, after a lot of testing and refining, the developper of SynthFont integrated support for direct serial out. So you can directly from his software send any MIDI channels to any serial COM port.

SynthFont is entirely free, supports sound fonts (important for good audio quality), and allows you to view and edit the MIDI data. It looks a little old but so far I haven't found another free software which is as easy to use. There is also SynthFont 2, which has a few additional features (like VST plugin support) but its not free. For playing MIDIs with tesla coils the free version is absolutely sufficient.
SynthFont Download: http://www.synthfont.com/
Best sound font I know: https://sites.google.com/site/soundfonts4u/#h.p_biJ8J359lC5W

What setups do you use?

*If you happen to have a "MIDIStick" from TMaxElectronics you do not need to convert to serial because it natively supports the USB MIDI standard. However that's the only interrupter with this feature AFAIK.


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Max

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Re: Software for playing MIDIs
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 07:29:57 PM »
I use Drumsick MIDI Player to play already tweaked files.
I like using MidiEditor when I need to edit MIDI files (e.g. strip drums) and play them.
For the synth software I use Qsynth

I don't use serial for MIDI because I already have a USB-MIDI adapter, which also provides galvanic isolation from my microcontroller.

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Re: Software for playing MIDIs
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