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Windows 7: Can not install "TiMidity"

31 Dec 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

For the installation of TiMidity, I found an installer. Where I got it escapes me, but the name is, TiMidity-CVS081206_setup_ENG.exe. Run this file as an administrator; it is important to run as administrator.

On the next window, choose OK. On the next screen, hit I Accept. On the next screen, uncheck whatever you wish. I, myself, usually just uncheck the two shortcut options and leave everything else marked. I'm not 100% on this, but I think you need to leave Timidity++ Driver checked. But because this is by my own personal experience, leave everything checked. When you are done, hit Next and, finally, INSTALL.

At this point, I get a "this application may not have installed correctly" error. If you do, play it safe and reinstall using recommended settings.

Now, what OP said about the soundfonts. The OP is correct in that you can choose any soundfont. I prefer the Titanic 200 soundfont, which is 100+ MB large. But it sounds great. So navigate to wherever you installed Timidity to (default is C:\timidity). I put my soundfonts in the musix subdirectory (C:\timidity\musix). Just copy/paste you chosen soundfont into there. Now find, and execute, the setwindrv.exe file (C:\timidity\bin\setwindrv.exe).

At the top of the newly opened window, you will see directory(where your soundfonts are.) and a text box under that. Hit the folder button to the right of that box and brows for where you placed your soundfont(s). Once selected, below that text box is another text box. To the right of that box, hit add. You are almost done. Your chosen directory should appear in the text box to the left.

Under that are two more text boxes with four buttons between them. On the left is your current active soundfont(s). The box on the right is your available fonts. Highlight anything in the left box you don't want and hit remove. Now on the right, select your font and hit add. If you have more than one thing font on the left, Timidity will use the font on the bottom of the list. If it can't find the instrument it is looking for in that font, it will search the previous font in the list. For example, if you have a font called things.sf2, but don't like the guitars in it, and you have a guitars.sf2 that you do like, you can make the left list look like:

The guitars in guitars.sf2 will override the guitars in things.sf2.

When you are done, hit save and quit in the bottom right corner. And finally, restart your computer. But don't worry too much, we only need to restart the PC because we installed a driver. Any other time you use the setwindrv program, you do not need to restart.

Once your computer is done restarting, you can start using timidity. I have two MIDI programs on my PC: Synthesia, which plays MIDI files, and Guitar Pro 5, which lets you create MIDI music. Both are set to use the Timidity++ Driver as the MIDI output.

Now is the fun part: setup a system variable. Right-click My Computer and select Properties. Now hit Advanced system settings and, finally, Environment Variable. Now go to the second text box, System Variables and hit New. In text box one, type "timidity" and in box two, type "C:\timidity\timidity.exe" Hit OK on all boxes you see. You are done here.

The reason for setting a system variable was to make converting MIDIs easier. To convert a MIDI, navigate to it's path. Shift Right-click the folder and hit Open command window here. You should see a command prompt pointing at your MIDI folder. To convert a MIDI, type something like this:
timidity "midi.mid" -Ow -o "name of wave.wav"
  • timidity uses the timidity.exe program. Remember setting that variable? Without having done so, you would have to type
    C:\timidity\timidity.exe "midi.mid .....
  • -Ow tells timidity to generate WAVE data
  • -o tells timidity to store it in a wave file, and
  • "name of wave.wav" is the full path and name of the wave file

Another example:
timidity "Birabuto Theme.mid" -o -Ov "C:\Users\bailey\Desktop\Birabuto Theme.ogg"
That should convert the MIDI to an Ogg Vorbis file. But it said to me Couldn't open Ogg Vorbis ('v'), so I stuck with WAVE conversion.

You can see more here: Timidity Man Pages

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