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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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MIDI: 30 years old... almost ? The Register

I like MID files for ringtones. Since they are so small, I can have a rather extensive library under 1MB. Plus a lot of them are free.

I just wish they were readily available when my daughter skated.
(You can't use vocals - and good versions of instrumental only rock were scarce)
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you can build an instrument using a Midi keyboard and assign a vocal sample to that
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Trouble with MIDI songs, unless you have a decent synth like Yamaha XG or something, it sounds awful and toy like IMO.
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I'm actually surprised that most of the major softsynth makers (Yamaha, Roland, heck maybe Creative if they could actually make a true software soundfont synth) have never tried porting their synths to mobile devices.

I mean, sure, it's not really a good idea to use sequencing software on a mobile device, but what about those who just want to listen? Currently, all we've got is the built-in craptastic Roland el cheapo synth on most phones, surely there would be a market for better sounding synths? We've got the horsepower.....
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iOS has some synths, but Android has a latency problem, so it only has a few kinda "meh" apps

Audio On Android Needs To Be Fixed Synthtopia

The Nexus 7 has only 12ms latency though (down from 100ms+ of previous devices)
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I see, Android's latency isn't supposedly up to par for most realtime music apps.

However, I see no problem with (and neither did the blog writer) playback-only synth programs working on Android. It should easily be possible for, say, an Android version of Yamaha's S-YXG100 softsynth to work with all the bells and whistles on simple playback of MIDI files.
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Playback is definitely possible, yeah. And hopefully we'll see more complex stuff now that the latency has dropped on some of the latest devices.
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