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Loud and Clear

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Yay! Sounds are now a lot more audible than the last time.

Apparently, the problem was in fact with the MIDI files themselves. We did a little research (googling) and found out that dissecting a MIDI file would reveal values for its various attributes, including volume. The max value for any sound in a MIDI file is 127. Unfortunately, the ones that we generated using JFugue were set at 64. So we did more research (that’s another round of googling) for a nice AND free MIDI editor.

Say hi to MidiSwing! Taken from its website, “MidiSwing lets you play and compose music using the midi format.” I actually remember coming across this app last sem when we were still looking for a nice MIDI creator, although I guess I thought it looked too complicated at that time so I didn’t mind it too much. Interestingly, generating the MIDI files using this seems a lot simpler than using JFugue. Looks like this is one of those cases to remind us that sometimes, whatever we’re looking for is already right in front of us. Haha.

Anyways, we tried it on the device and it was clearly louder than our previous attempts. Good thing that we arrived at this solution as well. Otherwise, we would have been forced to convert the files to mp3 and find another editor to make increase their volume! With this, not only did we save ourselves from the hassle of converting, but we also saved the actual application from memory management mayhem. Each of our sound files is still at around 250-300 bytes, which would have been totally impossible if we had to convert it to some other format.

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Written by Jhie

December 9, 2009 at 12:27 am

Posted in GBLinMusic

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