Midi to Audio !?!

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A small pie will soon be eaten
Member Since: Aug 26, 2004

Thanks to all the help i have recieved here (infact only becuase of it) i have managed to start recording music.

i have about 6 audio tracks and two MIDI. i just wanted to do a mixdown for a mate to hear the development but now i have discovered i need to somehow convert the midi to audio!. well thats just perfect !

How is this done? The only way i can think of is to create an audio track, have my mixer's fxsend open (muting all the audio tracks only leaving MIDI) and then simply hit record.

Is that it?

seems absurd i cant just mixdown with midi given that its all digitil anyway.

ahhh - does it ever end :)

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Lost for words with all to say.
Since: Sep 12, 2003

Oct 19, 2004 07:09 am

I just select all my tracks, audio and midi, and export them into a wav file. They work the same as audio files in Sonar and Cubase.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 19, 2004 07:34 am

Are these MIDI from VSTi's or DXi's are stright MIDI mapped to some MIDI sound elsewhere in your PC or an external sound module?

In most apps, solo the MIDI track, arm an audio track for recording, map the ins and outs properly and play the track, it'll record the resulting audio...

FYI, in Sonar 4 there is a feature called "track freezing" that will automatically bounce MIDI tracks and all applied effects to an audio file. This feature is added to help conserve resources when the CPU starts getting pushed, but makes for easy handling of the task you are currently having need of...

Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Oct 19, 2004 08:02 am

IF midi is just data how does it get rendered as audio in mixdown? I know that if I open a VSTi in Cubase, play it via midi, and then export the entire project as a wav file, the midi is included, as well as the sounds of the VSTi I was using. This amazes me, how is the sound captured from data?

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 19, 2004 08:04 am


I dunno, it just does.

MIDI is surely NOT my strongpoint.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 19, 2004 09:07 pm

Yep, VSTi's and DXi's are all part of the internals of most common DAW's. But an external or stand alone softsynth is not an integral part of the DAW, so it needs to first be recorded into the project and then can be exported.

With the VST and DX instruments the application lets say Sonar sees them as live and also sees they have data/midi notes and controls going to them. So the application automatically knows to tell the software synth to play these notes with whatever controllers at mix down. You will notice that this adds some time to the exporting or mixing down of the file as it takes a bit more time for it to process and write all the extra audio.

With and external or stand alone synth I usually set up a track for each external instrument to record to. Then playback the mix with those external synths routed into the audio tracks and viola they are now in the mix.

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Oct 19, 2004 11:18 pm

ALl is well now. as it happens it was something very simple i needed to do. Infact i'm rather embaressed to devulge.

None the less, thanks again for the input. I'll be sure to be a little more prudent in my troubleshooting before i post again!

Thanks guys

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