MIDI means Musical Instrument Device Interface.
On the first hearing it is possible to form the opinion that midi-files are uninteresting as the quality is mediocre. It might be true; however it depends on the possibility of listening to the midi-files with excellent quality thanks to modern technology.
Midi-files contain only the instructions for an electronic musical instrument. A midi is, in practice, a score. The instruction is, for example: "Quietly play for two seconds and use the piano." That instruction is immediately transferred to a sound card. If your sound card is standard, the sound will also be standard.
A method of considerably increasing the listening quality of midi-files is to use a software named SurReal by Software Seer music, with the dedicated sound fonts. With good configuration material, such as recent computer, sound cards, and enclosures of good quality, I challenge anyone to tell the difference between a midi-file for piano and a MP3.
Midi-files also have the following advantages:
Midi-files are not the best,
but neither are they worse than MP3 files,
|Many thanks to Melanie PIDDOCKE for her translation of this page from French into English|