Writing and editing midi files on a Mac
March 3, 2010 5:00 PM Subscribe
Please help me find cheap, easy-to-use, music recording/MIDI software for Mac.
posted by jalexc to computers & internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know versions of this question have been asked before, but they don't seem to address what I'm trying to do: create multi-part MIDI compositions by manually entering notes one at a time. I don't want to record anything live with a MIDI instrument or use keyboard typing or whatever. I want to go "click, half note, click middle C." etc. It would be great if it played the pitch while I was placing the note. It would also be nice if it let me drop .wav files into projects in case I want to import my band's recordings and see what they sound like with, say, orchestra hits.
I've tried using GarageBand, and I know it has some step entry, but it seems more geared toward recording MIDI instruments or for musical beginners who want to use premade riffs and beats. I'm not looking for any premade stuff, and I also don't care that it's going to sound like the soundtrack to a geocities page; I just want to write and have it played back to me. Ten years ago, I used the cheap versions of Cakewalk to do this and it was great. I tried installing the same software on XP in Boot Camp and Parallels, but for whatever reason, I get no MIDI output in Windows.
Also, when I was messing around with this stuff ten years ago, I wrote a fair amount of songs that are saved in the Cakewalk-proprietary formats .bun and .wrk. The .wrk files I can convert to .mid in my semi-functioning Cakewalk, but does anyone have any idea how I can convert the .bun files (which contain some actual audio I recorded) into something usable? There's supposed to be an Export as MP3 option, but it's not working, so a program that would open these files would be great.
Since I don't plan on using any of the fancier features that exist in things like Logic, I'm hoping there's a very basic application out there that is under $50. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.