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MIDI Services

Do you need a particular song in a MIDI format? Gary offers his MIDI services as a Digital Accompanist (in absentia) for individuals and for groups at very reasonable rates. If you are a member of a production group, or are just someone that can't find that much needed MIDI song, ask Gary. He'll provide you with the information you need regarding a custom MIDI and how much it will cost. Read what other people are saying about Gary's unique MIDI services.

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If you have a good Keyboard (or Sound card), you really don't need the CD, but if you need an audio CD in a WAVE format, Gary will be happy to create one for you for an additional fee. The CD would be in a Wave format, which is an actual recording from his keyboard—the Yamaha PSR–9000—and completed after he sequences the MIDI. The CD would be snail–mailed via the Post Office and could take 3-7 days. But please understand the differences between the MIDI format and the WAVE format.

The term MIDI (As Quoted From the Glossary of www.Sharpened.net) stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a connectivity standard that musicians use to link together musical instruments, such as keyboards and synthesizers, and computer equipment. Using MIDI, a musician can easily create and edit digital music tracks. The MIDI system records the notes played, the length of the notes, the dynamics (volume alterations), the tempo, the instrument being played, and hundreds of other parameters, called control changes. Because MIDI records each note digitally, editing a track of MIDI music is much easier and more accurate than editing a track of audio. The musician can change the notes, dynamics, tempo, and even the instrument being played with the click of button. Also, MIDI files are basically text documents, so they take up very little disk space. The only catch is that you need MIDI-compatible hardware or software to record and playback MIDI files. They are like modeling in clay which makes them ideal for customizing your production and very Internet friendly in sending via e–mail. The drawback is that since they are only commands (not recordings) given to YOUR PC or YOUR Keyboard, the sound will only be as good as YOUR PC or YOUR Keyboard.

That's where the WAVE format comes in. A WAVE is the actual recording of the source itself thus making it the best sound. Period. However, the major drawbacks to the WAVE are the complicated, time consuming and expensive way of editing. (You need a professional mixer to edit the recordings). Whereas MIDI is like modeling in clay, editing a WAVE is akin to sculpting in marble. Plus the fact that the memory of the WAVE is so huge (on a PC) that computer guru’s had to come up of shrinking the wave not once, but twice (as an MP3 and the smaller WMA) to make it more bearable in the downloading and e-mailing. It's like mailing heavy cargo.

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