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8 years ago
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teeowe


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How about adding a simple MIDI to piano tab function that would covert a single voice 4/4 MIDI file into a piano tab?
 
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8 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
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334 Posts
You read my mind. I actually started to create a midi to piano tab converter a few months back, but got distracted on some other tasks and forgot all about it. This would be a great tool though.

Look for this in the near future, thanks for the suggestion!

 
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8 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
teeowe


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I know it is a nontrivial programming job, but it would be a HUGE time saver. I will look forward to it.
 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
teeowe


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BA

First I have to say I am pretty impressed. It did Linus & Lucy pretty well, but then I tried the piano part from twisting by the pool and it was buggy.

Good first shot though!

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


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334 Posts
Yeah, I've noticed that some files you have to set the note spacing just right or the tracks seem to get out of sequence for a bit...I've had some good luck with setting the note spacing to 50% and 150%.

If you want to send us that midi file at tabnabber@gmail.com we will take a look at it and (possibly) fix it!

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


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334 Posts
Version 1.1 of the midi converter should handle files a lot more smoothly, I just released it, hope this helps: http://tabnabber.com/MidiToTabConverter.aspx
 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
teeowe


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Hey BA

Finally got a chance to do my second evaluation.

First the number on the left is useless and in my opinion should be eliminated. It is relevant only to the MIDI file it was lifted from.

Second there is no sense of meter in the tab. Including measure lines would be a BIG help.

Thirdly, if you could include the actual bpm of the piece in text at the top, it would be appreciated. (Anvil does it so I am sure its in the MIDI file somewhere.)

Finally there is the note timing issue. When a tab is played back each symbol has an implicit timing associated with it. Can it be made explicit? Can you include the > symbol to indicate the sustain of the each note?

Thanks - Todd

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
slickrick


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89 Posts
I agree with teeowe for the most part except I like the number on the left, bc with it i can identify left hand and right hand in some midi files.
 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
N0Life


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106 Posts
I was testing the midi to piano converter and it doesn't seem to recognize when different tracks start in relation to the other measures, it just assumes that they all start at the beginning. This would work with most of the basic midi's but wanting to compress a song that has multiple instruments playing the melody at different times throws a wrench into the system.

Is there anyway that the converter can keep track of the timing? I'm not sure how that'd work because I don't know how midi's are coded to begin with.

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
[Admin]

334 Posts
Thanks for the feedback guys, we are getting working on some updates for the converter, should have them out within a few days.

-BA

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
[Admin]

334 Posts
Version 1.2 of the midi to piano tab converter is released.
This release improves tab quality and allows you to hide/show track numbers (@teeowe and @slickrick).

We will revisit the other suggestions later - including measure lines, auto-detected and displaying the midi's bpm (the midi's speed is shown next to the note spacing drop down) and displaying sustain symbols with the tab.

@N0Life I haven't noticed the issue you mention in any of the midi files I've converted, can you send us the midi file to us at tabnabber@gmail.com ?

Thanks,
BA

 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
[Admin]

334 Posts
@N0Life, thanks for the midi file, we found the problem and have fixed it!
 
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7 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
[Admin]

334 Posts
Alright, another update. Latest version:
- allows you to show the sustains
- improves the tab spacing
http://tabnabber.com/MidiToTabConverter.aspx

 
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6 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
marosi


Tabologist
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54 Posts
Hey i noticed while converting some of my midis it puts lower notes obove higher notes like for an example
3|-a--------|
3|-b---------|

Instead of

3|-b---------|
3|-a----------|

 
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6 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
BA


Admin
[Admin]

334 Posts
@marosi - we hoped nobody would notice! i think whatever note comes first in the midi gets listed the highest, but this is something that we would like to see fixed as well. we'll look into this. thanks!
 
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6 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
marosi


Tabologist
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54 Posts
@BA Hey This is just an idea and I understand how hard it is to code programs but to fix the midi problem I mentioned earlier Why not just make a program right after the conversion to a tab make another step that puts all the notes in the right places like it makes it so a c cant be above a b or a c in an octave
 
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6 years ago
Re: MIDI to piano tab
marosi


Tabologist
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54 Posts
Oh and also it seems to help to download the tabs midi and put it back through the converter
 
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