Guidelines for Preparing MIDI Files for GOODFEEL
Perform normal quantizing
in your MIDI sequencer and listen to it to ensure that the music is correct
before using GOODFEEL. Please remove all "swing". In other words,
"It don't mean a thing (to us) if it do got dat swing."
If you want to keep the "feel" of a live performance
it would be better to have two versions: a "live" MIDI file and a
quantized version which would be used by GOODFEEL. It is always better to perform
quantization in a MIDI sequencer because the result can be heard shortly after
performing the function whereas if GOODFEEL quantizes, you will have to read
the braille to detect any undesired effects. In addition, it is advantageous
to have a "ready to braille" MIDI file so that nothing has to be remembered
to braille the same file at a later date.
Many sequencers do not automatically save your quantization
values used during playback unless you use an explicit command to do so. For
example, in Voyetra's Sequencer Plus, from the main menu type:
and follow the prompts to save the quantization values.
Each voice should be entered as a separate MIDI track so
that GOODFEEL won't have to "read your mind" as far as separating
the voices is concerned (GOODFEEL can not analyze music!). It is much easier
to combine voices and GOODFEEL can do that. Use the "GOODFEEL Transcription
Order Form" to note which tracks should be grouped together as one part.
Remember to use descriptive track names like "piano right hand" which
help GOODFEEL determine initial values for interval direction, etc. If you must
use abbreviations, please specify at least the first four letters of the word.
- Please use formal instrument names in your voice names.
- If you must use abbreviations, please specify at least
the first 4 letters of the real word.
GOODFEEL defaults to no sharps or flats unless you save your
MIDI file with a specific key signature. Also be sure to insert another key
signature at any point in the sequence where a key change takes place. GOODFEEL
will remark the key signature in the braille score at that point.
You can add some MIDI text events to your MIDI file for GOODFEEL
to translate by adding labels to the text. For example, to add a tempo marking
like "allegro" you could add the MIDI text event "Tempo: allegro".
For a full list of those labels see the Lime Quick Reference Sheet. Any annotation
that is recognized because of a label can be added to a MIDI file and will be
translated by GOODFEEL.