How to convert a midi file to ogg or flac with Timidity.

Posted: February 23, 2014. At: 3:09 PM. This was 3 years ago. Post ID: 6996

This is how to use Timidity to convert a MIDI file into an ogg vorbis audio file. This is very useful for playing them with Banshee or Audacious.

[[email protected] Documents]$ timidity sound009.mid -Ov -o blood009.ogg
Playing sound009.mid
MIDI file: sound009.mid
Format: 1  Tracks: 10  Divisions: 480
Sequence: Seq-1
Track name: Track-5
Track name: Track-7
Track name: Track-1
Track name: Track-2
Track name: Track-3
Track name: Track-4
Track name: Track-6
Track name: Track-8
Track name: Track-9
Tone bank 4 is undefined
Tone bank 56 is undefined
Playing time: ~231 seconds
Notes cut: 0
Notes lost totally: 0

This is how to convert to a flac file, this is another good option for converting a MIDI file to listen with a music player.

[[email protected] Documents]$ timidity sound009.mid -OF -o blood009.flac
Playing sound009.mid
MIDI file: sound009.mid
Format: 1  Tracks: 10  Divisions: 480
Sequence: Seq-1
Track name: Track-5
Track name: Track-7
Track name: Track-1
Track name: Track-2
Track name: Track-3
Track name: Track-4
Track name: Track-6
Track name: Track-8
Track name: Track-9
Tone bank 4 is undefined
Tone bank 56 is undefined
Playing time: ~231 seconds
Notes cut: 0
Notes lost totally: 0
Wrote 14136559/40409644 bytes(34.9831% compressed)

Timidity uses soundfonts to play midi files. They can be replaced with better ones to improve the playback of midi files. But I really like this ability. Converting midi files into ogg and flac is very useful.

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