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Midi Power! by Robert Guérin

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Chapter 12. The Standard MIDI File Format

This chapter is meant for those of you who would like to understand how a Standard MIDI File saves recorded MIDI events into a file format and then reproduces this content through MIDI sequencer applications. You do not need to read through only to use SMF, since most of what is explained here is automatically interpreted by a MIDI player or sequencer application anyway. On the other hand, to understand how MIDI is recorded into a file, this chapter is meant just for you. This is, after all, a book called MIDI Power! So dig in.

The Standard MIDI File (SMF) format was designed to record and play back musical performances through a MIDI sequencer. This format saves MIDI messages and a time stamp associated ...

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