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Midi to Wav conversion

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You know, I swear back in the early days of the internet if you wanted something like, oh, a program to convert a midi file into a wav file, you could just go look on your favourite FTP site and download a tiny DOS program which would do it. Does anyone else remember those days? Now it seems like all the programs on offer for doing this require you to fork out $25. WTF?

I wanted to convert a midi file to a wav file, so I took the following steps:

  1. Downloaded one of the many shareware midi2wav converters.
  2. Ran the installer.
  3. Ran up the software.
  4. Discovered that pressing ENTER in the software would quit out of it without prompting "Are you sure you want to quit?"
  5. Restarted the software, attempted the conversion, got a cryptic error.
  6. Figuring the previous attempt had locked some audio drivers, rebooted the PC.
  7. Reran the program - discovered that the cryptic error actually meant the target directory I'd specified didn't exist. Converted the file.
  8. Played the resulting output file, to discover that the shareware software had produced a 1 minute long, completely silent wav file.
  9. Uninstalled the software.

Is this is how software works these days? You download it, install it, and hope it works and doesn't deposit any spyware on your PC? Man.

I got the midi file converted in the end, thanks to a page which gave instructions on converting midi files to wav files using Winamp.

Posted June 19, 2007 9:51 PM


There's a fairly comprehension package I got ("Storm" seems to be it) that's freeware and seems to convert any and all media formats to any and all media formats. (The only thing I could find to convert .flv to .avi.)

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | June 20, 2007 9:25 AM

Hrm, the nearest I could find to that was a Storm codec, which only seems to play files, not convert them... Got a link? :)

Posted by: Alden Bates | June 20, 2007 11:19 PM

Not Storm, SUPER
(knew it began with an S)
Download link is at the bottom.

(All that said, not sure it can take midi's!)

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | June 21, 2007 7:16 AM

Cool, thanks. :)

Posted by: Alden Bates | June 21, 2007 8:46 AM

I agree with you totally. Sometimes it just seems like we have done quite a few back steps during these last years. But then again, these days for most people entering a DOS command would be way too much hard work. :)
At first I usually try to find some plugins for the software I already have installed. That means that when converting sound files I try to locate a Winamp plug-in. If it doesn't work I also end up downloading some fishy software packed with who knows what...

BTW, if you are by any chance interested in link exchange, you can drop me a comment at

Posted by: Marko | June 22, 2007 1:16 AM

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