Pistas Musicales y Secuencias MIDI Karaoke
VirtualMIDISynth is a software MIDI synthesizer implemented as a Windows multimedia user driver, accessible as a standard MIDI Out device.
It works on Windows XP (SP3) / Vista (SP1) / 7 (SP1) / 8.x / 10 (both x86 and x64).
Playing a MIDI (o karaoke) file on Windows has always been a poor-quality experience, because the well-known bundled "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth" synth is just... ehm... simple: poor samples, mono sound, no effects (reverb, chorus) support.
Software synts deeply improve quality, but sometimes they're difficult to install or limited to specific uses, like the ones integrated in some DAWs or karaoke players.
Till Windows XP some virtual devices existed on 32bits systems, like the well-known YAMAHA XG SoftSynthetizer S-YXG50 and Cakewalk-sfz+ (both unsupported now). Nowadays, on x64 systems, we are out of luck: none of them works anymore.
VirtualMIDISynth is the answer: an user mode multimedia x86/x64 driver that works on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (both x86 and x64), implemented as a MIDI Out virtual device.
Well, having a better MIDI experience is easy as 1-2-3:
Maxime Abbey wrote a really detailed documentation on how to setup and configure VirtualMIDISynth; you can find it here.
FAQ & Troubleshooting
Why are you still playing MIDI files? Have you ever heard of MP3? Well, first because MIDIs are cool and compact; in a few megabytes you can store thousands songs.
Second, We love Karaoke; VanBasco is one of the preferred MIDI/KAR players.
Third, with MIDI you can silent some tracks, change tempo and pitch easily.
I tried playing a MIDI file on my PC, and it sounds really bad! We agree, that's why the devoleper wrote VirtualMIDISynth! MIDI only contains "instructions" on what should be played: instruments, notes, their length, power and so on. It is up to the synthesizer to generate sound from these "commands". The bundled Windows synthesizer, "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth", is the worst.
Which players work with VirtualMIDISynth? VirtualMIDISynth works with Windows Mediaplayer and MPlayer classic. Since these players cannot change their MIDI out device, you must set VirtualMIDISynth as your default device. We suggest you to try VanBasco player, which is one of the best MIDI/KAR players around.
How much does it cost? VirtualMIDISynth is freeware, you can use it as you like. If you use it "professionally" you are encouraged to make a donation.
Is there a tutorial available?
Don Allen wrote a great setup tutorial freely available here.
If you're experiencing problems using VirtualMIDISynth, here's a list of common issues already solved. Please check all of them before reporting a bug.
VirtualMIDISynth is freeware, use it as you like. Donations are welcome, especially if you earn money with it (live performances, public karaoke sessions, ...).
Here you'll find some quality SoundFonts available. https://midi-tracks.com/Sampleos-c55325122
Latest stable version includes these languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Greek, Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Japanese, Polish, Finnish, Danish, Indonesian, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese Traditional (Taiwan), Thai, Turkish, Korean, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
v.2.11.1 - 2021-03-24
Added Corsican language, updated other translations.
VirtualMIDISynth automatically notifies its updates (if enabled), otherwise you can subscribe in the announcements forum to be notified. Beta versions are announced in the same place, please subscribe there.
ANTIVIRUS FALSE POSITIVE WARNING
Some antiviruses are reporting CoolSoft VirtualMIDISynth (and also CoolSoft MIDIMapper) as infected. These are false positives, maybe due to the fact that both softwares install some components in "sensitive" system folders like C:\Windows\System32. To be crystal clear with the users, the developer always publish a VirusTotal scan report link next to each download, even if it contains those false positives. Read here for further details.
Developer official website: https://coolsoft.altervista.org/en/virtualmidisynth
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