MIDI and ABC
On the Internet, you can buy or download Midi files
or ABC files that include lyrics.
The extension for these files is .KAR, .MID. or .ABC.
For obvious reasons of copyright, we cannot distribute
such files on
our Website without permission from their authors. So please do not ask
us for such files...
Anyway, some of these files do not follow the guidelines
the next page. Some syllables might not be linked to a note,
punctuation might be omitted...
In that case, you will have to use Harmony/Melody to
edit and correct the lyrics. In addition, in a Midi file, no
information is provided about the connection between
the lyrics themselves and the melody staff. You will have to connect
the lyrics to a staff in the dialog box which opens when a Midi file is
imported. It this
box opens several times in a row, it means several sets of lyrics have
in the Midi file.
Warning! Some authors of Midi Karaoke
files use lyrics staves
to include Copyright information or lists of chord names!
In the most extreme cases, a Midi file can even include lyrics text
without a matching melody. In this situation, there is no simple way to
this file work properly.
In order to guide you, Melody/Harmony marks the most
staves with a *. The beginning of the lyrics text is displayed to help
decide whether you want to keep it or not.
Generally, simply clicking on "OK" in this window will
Of course, no information about the voice to be used is
a Midi file. The program adapts the standard voice to the pitch range
the selected staff.
Please also note that melody staves are frequently
shifted by several octaves.
Virtual Singer allows you to apply an octave shift to the voice in
order to adjust the pitch range.
Once these settings have been made, do not forget to
save your pieces
in standard Melody/Harmony file format.