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Posted on: January 12, 2010 @ 10:47 AM
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I recorded several voices on my Classic, saved to Smart Media, and loaded to my Computer.

The only voice that plays is a solo piano.

How can I get the rest of the sounds to play as I have recorded them

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Posted on: January 12, 2010 @ 01:50 PM
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AS what did you save them?
Only MIDI and WAV can be understood by your PC.


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Posted on: January 12, 2010 @ 02:31 PM
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It sounds like you are saving your song as a standard MIDI file and then loading it into your computer to play it back. The problem is that when you do this, your song is not being played back with the Motif’s voices but rather the computer’s sound card voices - which is quite a different thing.

Turning MIDI into audio is the function of a tone generator (such as the Motif).

One way to think of MIDI data is like a musical score which you can give to a band or orchestra. The score contains all of the information regarding what notes to play, the duration of each, dynamics, etc. The score by itself doesn’t create the sound of the music. Rather, it is up to the instrumentalists in the band/orchestra to take the instructions and to create the music as described in the score. Now, the quality of the sound that you hear as a result of having the musicians play that score will be highly dependent on the virtuosity of the players involved as well as the quality of their instruments.

In a like manner, when you have MIDI data for a song, you simply have instructions that the tone generator will use to create the sound of the music. Like the score, it contains information on which voices (or instruments) should be used for each part and which notes should be played, the duration of those notes, dynamics, etc. By itself the MIDI data is simply data. But when you deliver that data to a quality synthesizer (such as a Motif) to play, you can get some pretty amazing sounds. So while you can sequence your songs on the Motif and capture that MIDI data on your computer, that MIDI data does not contain the Motif sound. It just contains instructions for a tone generator to the play back that song. If you then try to play the MIDI file on your computer’s sound card, you won’t get the Motif sound; you’ll get the computer sound card’s sound. (Just as you won’t get the NY Philharmonic sound if you give a score to a grade school orchestra and ask them to play it.)

The only way to get the Motif sound is to record its audio output. To record the audio data you will need to make an audio connection between the audio outputs of your Motif and your computer’s sound card inputs. You can then use any of a number of commercially available audio recording programs to record the audio and play it back – complete with the Motif sound.


Brad Weber

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