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Default Comaptability between brands? - 22-03-2012, 03:12 AM

Hey folks.............

I have a Roland Keyboard and a Yamaha. I write a song on one, and try to play it on the other: Sometimes instruments are missing or the wrong ones are played.

I was just wondering, Is there a program that will fix these compatability problems? ie Do programs that edit MIDI take care of this fault, or is this something I am stuck with?

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Default Re: Comaptability between brands? - 22-03-2012, 08:38 AM

Hi Pat
Midi (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was originally set up to provide a standard between all manufacturers of keyboards. A standard set of 128 voices was formed called GM (General Midi) and all keyboard manufacturers encompassed it although there were later variations called GS (for Roland).
If you only used GM voices your keyboards would sound the same although Roland use channel 2 for bass whereas Yamaha use channel 11. You therefore get wrong sounds with this.
With Yamaha once you stray onto other types of voices like Mega and Super-articulated the midi standard is void and voices on one machine will not play exactly on another. Roland have a different set of voices so they're not compatable.
The answer is either to play all voices from GM or revoice after loading into the other machine.
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