Author Topic: Classical MIDIs  (Read 11361 times)

r

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Classical MIDIs
« on: 4 Oct '08 - 20:06 »
Hey fellow Un4seen readers!

I like classical music, but I'm not what you can say an expert!
I can't identify those famous, familiar tunes you always hear used as background music in TV shows or movies.

I tried searching on Google for a kind of classical MIDI "collection" as a sort of primer that I can listen to on XMPlay, but I couldn't find anything.

So to all you classical music and midi aficionados, can anybody point me to any sites that you guys use?
And also any decent sound fonts that might sound good with them?

Thanks for reading!

[EDIT]
Just came across http://www.piano-midi.de/ - they have piano renditions from a lot of famous composers in a ZIP file, which is good!

Any other sites?
« Last Edit: 4 Oct '08 - 20:19 by djray »

Zarggg

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #1 on: 6 Oct '08 - 17:28 »
Not sure about sites, but as to soundfont recommendations, I think our general suggestions (in the MIDI plugin thread) would work just fine.

Ian @ un4seen

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #2 on: 7 Oct '08 - 15:13 »
Regarding soundfonts, I know others recommend some of the larger soundfonts (like SGM or Crisis), but I still prefer the sound of the Chorium soundfont. It's not perfect, but overall I think it's the best that I have tried. I also use the Equinox Grand Piano soundfont on top of that (with -3dB gain as it's a bit louder).

Speaking of the Chorium soundfont, the demo files that come with it are quite good, including some classical ones :)

raina

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #3 on: 7 Oct '08 - 23:55 »
Chorium is nice but the Flute patch is a little detuned which can easily ruin a track.

Art60

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #4 on: 8 Oct '08 - 12:39 »
Hi !

When I listen to the same midi file with different soundfonts, I'm afraid Chorium's piano is to dark.

I prefer ConcertGM0.97 at http://www.fh-merseburg.de/~cmeironk/Soundfonts/ConcertGM0.97test3.exe

If I want piano only soundfont, I choose Maestro at http://sonimusicae.free.fr/matshelgesson-maestro-en.html I converted from Giga to SF2.

The latter one is almost 900MB ... So you understand I use it for piano only files  ;)

Ian @ un4seen

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #5 on: 8 Oct '08 - 14:15 »
Chorium is nice but the Flute patch is a little detuned which can easily ruin a track.

Yep, that's the main problem I've noticed too. Also, the drums can seem a bit too loud. But that's still less problems than the other soundfonts I've tried :)

The flute problem can be overcome by replacing the flute preset with another soundfont in the MIDI plugin config. The "Cambridge Concert Flute" from the HammerSound library sounds pretty good. The FluidR3 soundfont also includes a nice flute.

r

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #6 on: 8 Oct '08 - 23:01 »
Thanks everyone for their soundfont suggestions!

I think I'm going to stick to classical piano midis. Here's another good site:
http://pianomidi.org/

Any other sites out there?

Right now, I'm using CT4MGM.sf2.  It's small and sounds great! The piano sounds a little wooden at times, but I like the sound of it.  I just tried Chorium on a couple of piano MIDIs and I found it okay, but I went back to CT4MGM.

@Art60: The ConcertGM0.97 link is dead! Is there another link I can try?  That Maestro font is huge!  I might try it one day! ;)

@Ian: I'm going to try out Equinox Grand Pianos and see if that sounds good with Satie and Chopin!

Rich Nagel

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Re: Classical MIDIs
« Reply #7 on: 25 Oct '08 - 02:53 »
So to all you classical music and midi aficionados, can anybody point me to any sites that you guys use?

Here's a site that I've been visiting for over a decade -> http://www.classicalarchives.com . I hadn't surfed to that site in quite sometime, but it now appears they offer some sort of paid membership along with their free membership (it used to be completely free years back). Anyhow, they have a TON of Classical MIIDs :)

Also, I've been a fan of Jeremy Dimmick's Classical MIDI sequences for many years now -> http://www.users.waitrose.com/~floatingworld/music.htm
« Last Edit: 25 Oct '08 - 02:59 by Rich Nagel »