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Thread #148480   Message #3449900
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
09-Dec-12 - 06:06 PM
Thread Name: Tech: midi to MP3
Subject: RE: Tech: midi to MP3
Les, for the purposes of your website, quality of sound is not very important. Your users seem to be instrumentalists, so the sheet music is the most important format. They may want to listen to the MIDI file to make sure they understood the rhythm and the tempo. Since this only works when they are reading the sheet music simultaneously, it cannot be done while driving or jogging. (It would be different if they were singers.)

To sum up, the mp3 is not likely to be much added value. I would upload the mp3 files only if storage on the web server and traffic is no financial problem at all, and/or if people ask for it.

Let me also second what Stim wrote, that a live recording, if available and of reasonable quality, is highly preferable, and takes exactly the same amount of storage/traffic as an mp3 converted from a tiny MIDI file of equal duration.