abcMIDI 20120403

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GPL / FREE
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Developer:
James Allwright & Seymour Shlien|More programs
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April 4th, 2012

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abcMIDI 20120403 Description

abcMIDI 20120403 provides a simple as well as effective program that converts an abc music notation file to a MIDI file. The program was developed by James Allwright in the early 1990s and has been supported by Seymour Shlien since 2003. The program contains many features, such as expansion of guitar chords, drum accompaniment, and support for microtones, that do not exist in other packages. This guide focuses on those features that are particular to abc2midi. It assumes a general understanding of the abc notation syntax. Some knowledge of the MIDI standard is also an asset.

First, abc2midi has some serious limitations and perhaps a few known bugs. Abc2midi ignores all D.C. (Da Capo), D.S. (Da Segno), al Fine symbols. You will either need to explicitly repeat sections or use the P: command to control these repeats. There are many limitations in the handling of lyrics and the creation of Karaoke MIDI files. If the lyrics, are embedded in repeats (eg. |: and :|) they will not be repeated in the MIDI file. To create a proper MIDI file you will have to expand the repeats explicitly in the abc file (eliminating the repeat symbols). This is particularly important, if there are different lyrics in the repeats. In general the repeat symbols cause a minor annoyance since it is common to leave out the opening repeat (|:) in common music notation. Abc2midi needs to know where it returns during a repeat; it silently inserts the opening repeat when it is missing but it may put it in the wrong place if there is an anacrusis. When a music line contains overlays using (sometimes called splits), they are not handled correctly when they occur in a part (eg. P:A).

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