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Schuney
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   Posted 4/15/2002 7:22 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi:
We are creating a "virtual organist" and want to use midi files. But, I've noticed that my midi files lose important data like the right time signature/key. I want to be able to play this back thru midi with changes in tempo, etc. Is this impossible?
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   Posted 4/16/2002 4:58 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
MIDI doesn't contain time signature information -- it's only designed as a data file containing information on MIDI "events".
That's the principle reason programs such as Finale have their own file formats, so they can store other information that is meaningful to the music process.

You can bring your MIDI files into Finale and add the appropriate information, but it will be lost if you export it to a MIDI only format. If you really need information MIDI doesn't store, you're better off keeping your files in the .MUS format (which others can read using the free Notepad program).
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   Posted 4/16/2002 8:17 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
While key and time signatures aren't exactly MIDI data, such information is usually stored in a MIDI file. Most sequencers also save track names in a MIDI file.

Finale IS storing key and time signatures in its MIDI files, as I have just tested with my Performer sequencer program. Another MIDI program might ignore that information, but it's there! (- I recently experienced that ProTools didn't import tempo changes from a MIDI file created with Performer).

If you have used the Tempo Tool to create tempo changes, then remember to put an Expression in the beginning of the piece with the playback effect: "Play Tempo Tool Changes" before saving as a MIDI file.

Jesper
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