This primer discusses MP3 to MIDI conversion. It answers these questions:
- What are MP3 and other audio files?
- What is MIDI?
- Why convert MP3 to MIDI format?
- How can you use intelliScore to convert MP3 to MIDI?
Converting MP3 to MIDI is different than converting MP3 to audio. Several audio file formats exist for storing digital
recordings. The most commonly used are MP3, wave (.wav), AIFF (.aif), AAC and
WMA. WAV and AIFF files contain raw audio data and can be quite large.
AAC files use compression to reduce the size of the file without
noticeable degradation in sound quality. Audio CDs also store
MIDI files are fundamentally different from audio files. Audio
files are the computer equivalent of a recording and capture all the
elements of the original performance. MIDI files do not
contain any actual sounds. They merely specify what notes are to be played
and when. The sounds you hear when
playing back a MIDI file are generated by your computerís sound card and
thus will sound different from
one computer to another. Also, MIDI
files cannot recreate sung or spoken words or non-musical sounds. That is
why converting from MP3 to MIDI is not the same as converting MP3 to a
different audio format.
As a result of these differences, MIDI files
have several advantages over audio files. They are
very compact, smaller even than compressed MP3, WMA and AAC files. Most
importantly, you can do things with MIDI files that are impossible with
audio files. Using a MIDI notation program (such as Anvil Studio
which is included with intelliScore), you can see the notes that are
present in the music. You can add, remove and change individual notes. You can change
which instruments play the
notes. As you can see, MIDI files are useful for transcribing and
If you want to transcribe or arrange a
recorded piece of music but do not have a MIDI file for
it, this is where intelliScore MP3 to MIDI Converter can help.
Ensemble is the only product in the world that can listen to a musical
audio file (such as MP3 or WAV) comprised of several different instruments
and/or drums and help convert it to a multi-track MIDI file containing the notes
and drums played, broken down by instrument. While we continually improve upon
intelliScore uses in converting MP3 to MIDI and determining the notes and drums played,
it is not yet
completely accurate. Therefore, you may want to clean up the MP3 to MIDI conversion results
using a MIDI editor (such as the included Anvil Studio). Nevertheless, you can often save time by using
intelliScore to create an initial MIDI file and clean up the results than
to transcribe entirely by hand.