MIDI files are the perfect format for Player Piano Rolls. Piano rolls are essentially a Binary Punch card, full of on and off events, exactly like midi files. The MIDI file instructs your computer Sound Card to play a note at a certain time, and a piano roll activates a key at exactly a certain time on the roll. Secondly, MIDI files are quite small, the average being 30kb, versus 3072kb for the average Mp3! With a decent soundcard and SoundFont, MIDI files can come alive and even sound like a real instrument. The file size of MIDI also allows for me to include as many performances on my site as possible.
I’m Not Hearing Any Sound!
Don’t panic! Have you first checked your Sound tray icon in your lower right corner? You need to make sure that both the master volume and your SW Sythe (for MIDI) slider bars to make sure they aren’t on mute. These volume controls should both be somewhere in the middle to start off with. So, that didn’t work? Have you tryed restarting your computer? Sometimes sound cards can get overloaded, especially if you have a lot of programs running at once. Restart and try the file again. Ok that didn’t work either? Try going into your control panel and making sure that your drivers for your sound card are working properly and there are no conflicts. If there are, try rolling back your driver to a previous version, or trying to find newer drivers online. Still nothing? Well, sorry, that’s about the end of my expertise on such things, but try contacting your computer manufacturer or a local store, they can tell you what’s going on.
How Did You Get Started In Music Rolls?
Check out the About Me page at the bottom for more info about how I got into this stuff.
How do I donate rolls to your project?
I’m very glad you’re interested in adding to my archive. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to contact me and we can discuss a plan of action. Your contributions will make this archive even larger.