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Type 1 MIDI files


MIDI: acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

This makes it possible to record musical-instrument activity such as key hits; and then, later on, by means of appropriate hardware and software, to reproduce the recorded performance nearly exactly.

As of 1998 there are two types of MIDI files: Type 0 and Type 1 . MIDI files are either .MID or .RMI type.  I won’t go into the difference here.

For example, J.S. Bach’s “Little” fugue in g minor is a four-​part piece, so each fugue part is assigned to its own track, respectively playing on tracks 1-4 via MIDI channels 1-4 that are panned right-left to improve separation for the parts. That way it’s possible disperse them at will throughout the left-right stereo panorama for wonderful listening, for the counterpoint (different parts sounding simultaneously, and sometimes interweaving) are easier for one’s hearing to disentagle.

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