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Section B.9. MIDI

B.9. MIDI

Capability Rating
Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in Excellent.
Interactive sound design capabilities Limited. Format is designed for song compression and to allow electronic devices to communicate, not as a multimedia authoring environment. Button rollovers.
Software cost for encoding and streaming Free to $100+. If you already have MIDI files, you can post them to a web server for free. To create your own MIDI, files you will need to purchase a MIDI editor such as Vision or Cubase.
Level of documentation and support Limited/None.
Audio encoding and content generation Difficult. Must have familiarity with MIDI authoring environments such as Vision, Cubase, Performer, etc.
Audio authoring and delivery Easy. Easy to place MIDI files on a standard web server for playback.
Audio fidelity and compression Fair. Note, since MIDI is not a digital audio format but a form of music notation, audio fidelity is dependent on the user's sound card and sound engine.
Low-bandwidth performance Outstanding
Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming Poor/Fair—HTTP pseudo-streaming from a standard web server.



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