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MIDI is out of tune

by D.W. Read / October 18, 2005 6:51 AM PDT

I use music composition software on my pc (which is less than a month old). Somehow the MIDI playback has gotten out of tune!--it's slightly flat. If the music plays through a MIDI keyboard instead of the speakers, it sounds fine. The default MIDI playback device is "Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth."

I re-installed (Windows XP Media Center Edition) but the default device is still out of tune. How can I correct this?



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Try sound card drivers from
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2005 11:25 AM PDT
In reply to: MIDI is out of tune

The machine or sound card's maker. If still broken, take it up as a warranty issue.

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How is 'in tune' covered in its specifications?
by Kiddpeat / October 19, 2005 7:05 AM PDT
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My guess is that it isn't. If it isn't, you may be out of luck. Of course, you still have to determine exactly what is causing what you think is a problem. Most run of the mill sound cards and speakers aren't as precise as what you are implying. You may need to add some gear to cover your needs including a better sound card and better speakers.

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First Place to Check
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 20, 2005 12:16 PM PDT
In reply to: MIDI is out of tune

If you are using music composition software, that software has likely installed a synthesizer on your computer and set it as your default Midi player.

If you have Windows XP

Click Start
Click Control Panel
Double click "Sounds and Audio Devices
Click the Audio tab
Look in the MIDI music Playback window.
see what is the Default Device,
and see if you have other choices.
You probably try another choice.


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out of tune
by harrymacbeth1 / January 16, 2013 12:27 AM PST
In reply to: MIDI is out of tune

I have a not dis-similar problem on my packard bell Imedia S3720 desktop PC. When I play midis on PG Music powertracks PT12 and view music videos on utube they play 1 whole tone flat. ie. the note or chord of C plays as B flat.I burnt my pt12 from my pc to disc and loaded it on a laptop and the result of that was everything in pitch, C played as C. I checked with PG Music (PT12) support who told that though it was unusual my sound card could be out of tune. ( realtek HD).My playback is at 44.1 the only format supported . I keep being told that it is not possible but all my instruments are pitch perfect, Yamaha keyboards, tenor sax and claranet and the playback pitch speaks for itself.

Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to remove exposed email address to prevent abuse by others or spam harvesters on 01/17/2013 at 12:55 PM PT

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