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MIDI

Unlike digital audio files, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) files do not directly reproduce sound. Rather, they tell MIDI-capable musical instruments and other devices how to reproduce music.

MIDI is a standard that was developed to allow sequencers and computers to communicate with musical instruments such as synthesizers via a particular type of cable (known, appropriately enough, as a MIDI cable). MIDI files can contain information about the musical notes and chords, sounds and synth voices, panning, and volume needed to reproduce a piece of music. When used in a computer program like Audition, this information is sent to a MIDI-capable sound card, which contains a mini-synthesizer that can play the music embedded in the MIDI clip. So one MIDI file can result in very different sounds, depending on the type and quality of the sound card used.


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