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How to Convert PDF to MIDI (Optical Music Recognition)

How to Convert PDF to MIDI (Optical Music Recognition)

Optical Music Recognition (OMR) allows for the computers to read through PDF files of sheet music and convert them to MIDI files (or alternatively MusicXML format) This is essentially like OCR software for music. There are some free options for this kind of software out there, but they are often quite limited ...

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Free Synthesia MIDI Files – Adding Songs to Synthesia

Free Synthesia MIDI Files – Adding Songs to Synthesia

Synthesia is a very useful software app to learn piano. With it you can learn how to play any song on a piano easily, essentially using your keyboard as a controller. The great thing about this is that you can add any song you like (using MIDI files), and the program will automatically read it and make it available ...

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12 Great Max for Live Devices for Ableton Live

12 Great Max for Live Devices for Ableton Live

'Max for Live' is a creative platform that allows you to build instruments, effects, and tools for use inside the Ableton Live DAW. It is an incredibly powerful tool that often gets overlooked by music producers. From creating custom synths/samples to sequences to modifying Live clips to native devices, Max for ...

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The Best Ableton Live 10 Themes and Skins

The Best Ableton Live 10 Themes and Skins

If you're bored of the stock themes available in Ableton Live 10, then it's definitely worth installing some new ones. Making a change in the theme of the DAW meant that you could get a fresh view of things. Abelton Live 10 is a top of the line DAW that top producers and sound technicians use in their everyday ...

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Installing and Setting Up ASIO4All on Windows 10

Installing and Setting Up ASIO4All on Windows 10

ASIO4All is a free Windows tool that provides a generic high-performance audio driver for professional audio production in the absence of an audio interface with a dedicated driver. If you are a Windows user and you are not using a dedicated audio interface (such as a Focusrite Scarlett 4i4), then you should ...

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ValhallaDSP VintageVerb Review

ValhallaDSP VintageVerb Review

VintageVerb continues ValhallaDSP’s excellent streak of ambiance plugins, with a rich, lush dreamy reverb emulating the hardware from the 80s. Excellent, lush sound right out the box Elegant, simple GUI Creative algorithm additions apart from standard ones ‘Color’ setting quickly imparts ...

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The Differences Between VST 2 and VST 3

The Differences Between VST 2 and VST 3

The VST standard, developed by Steinberg in 1996, revolutionized music production. VST3 is a free open-source development kit that any developer may utilize. VST3 plugins are supported by almost all current DAWs. The VST3 adds several useful new features compared to VST2. The VST standard has gone through a few ...

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The Glue by Cytomic Review

The Glue by Cytomic Review

Cytomic’s The Glue compressor delivers exactly what its name suggests: gluing a multitude of sources into a coherent, balanced mix, while also being surprisingly useful on a variety of individual elements. What is The Glue? The Glue by Cytomic is an analog-modeled compressor plugin based on the ubiquitous SSL G ...

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Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Review

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Review

BIAS FX 2 is an excellent, sleek looking guitar and bass amp modeling and effects powerhouse providing high-quality tones and a unique Guitar Match feature, but with a bit of a ‘quantity over quality’ issue in places. At first glance, two things about Bias FX2 grab your attention: the gorgeous GUI and the sheer ...

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The Best Rent-to-own Plugins (VST, AU) (2024)

The Best Rent-to-own Plugins (VST, AU) (2024)

Rent-to-own plugins have started to greatly increase in popularity as customers can get access to quality plugins right away, while paying a small monthly fee. Once the payment term is completed, you get a full licence for the software. You can decide to stop paying at any time, in which case your licence is put ...

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