Despite the fact that MP3 files are the most popular audio file formats in use today there are still other formats that are used for various different applications that may or may not be proprietary; the term proprietary here means that the audio format may require either special or specific hardware or software to play the file.
MP3 is a lossy audio file format which means that some amount of quality is lost when compared to the original file; though this is the case MP3s main reason for still being the world’s favorite audio format lies in the fact that the human ear cannot discern the difference in the audio quality of the original and a copied MP3 file. This statement is not true in all senses though as quality settings allow the user to choose the level of quality used which is referred to as the bitrate of the file; a very high bitrate MP3 file will be high quality but the superior quality may not be noticeable while a low bitrate file will be the exact opposite. An adequate range lies between 96kbps and 320kbps with 128kpbs and 256kbps being the more popular choices; MP3 also has another encoding option called Variable Bit Rate or VBR where a maximum bitrate would be specified and the software would decide on when to drop the bitrate based on the sounds being played and silent or low spots in the original audio.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and refers to both the actual interface and the popular file format; MIDI is designed to take input from supported MIDI devices such as synthesizers and create extremely small distributable files in comparison to other audio formats. The very small size of MIDI is achieved by the fact that no actual sound is recorded but instead a set of instructions for reproduction of the sound is recorded; this means that instead of recording and playing back a sound as is done with MP3, MIDI will record the score or sheet information for the played music and the software or hardware will reproduce the sounds by playing them as instructed by reading the notes.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
• Pc or laptop
• MP3 files
• Conversion software
• Internet connection
1. Locate the MP3 f files that you would like to convert.
2. Depending on the software you may now need to drag and drop the MP3 files into the interface or manually browse for the files and perform the task individually or grouped.
3. Follow the instructions on-screen and repeat if necessary.
4. Once completed open the output folder and use your converted MIDI files as you please.
DO’s AND DONT’s
Do not attempt to create a MIDI from an MP3 with vocals; MIDI was not designed for reproduction of vocals and attempts to force this conversion may not give satisfactory results.
As converting to MIDI from MP3 is a difficult task ensure that you test and compare any paid software solution thoroughly before purchasing to ensure that the program will fulfill your needs.