MIDI to Audio Rendering
Audio Graffiti now offers the exciting new service of MIDI Rendering. We can take your printed score or MIDI file, and convert it to audio using our state-of-the-art library of samples. The resulting audio is usually far more realistic than can be achieved with a stock sound card, low-end and mid-range virtual instruments, or many synthesizers.
This service is most suited to CD and film producers who want to include acoustic instruments in their projects, but cannot find (or afford to pay) suitable session musicians, symphony orchestras, or musicians that specialise in unusual instruments. Whether you need backing instruments for a CD, are creating a video game, or need to render a film score or soundtrack, we can help you.
Other companies might offer to render your MIDI as audio, but not all go to the trouble of turning your score or MIDI sequence into a “performance”. We take the time to consider each and every articulation and dynamic in your arrangement to produce a truly convincing recording. Listen to some of our examples below to get a sense of what we can offer you.
All you need to do is provide us with a printed score, Sibelius file, or MIDI file. Your score should include any special articulations you need, precise tempos and all dynamics.
Depending on your internet connection speed, you may need to wait a moment or two for each sample to load.
To create this sample, we took a carefully notated score containing an extract from the “Blue Danube”, converted it to MIDI, then rendered it using our sound library. Some people refuse to believe this is based on a MIDI sequence.
The following is from the album Upside Down by Monique Lisbon. We sequenced and rendered the bass and drums. (By the way, that’s David playing the guitars.)
This is a classic 16th note shuffle beat. (Listen for the ghost notes on the snare!)
Drums: Funky Rock
This is a syncopated rock beat with pulsing hi-hats. We have dozens of different virtual drum kits in our library to choose from.
This sample is a blend of kit drums, congas, timbales and percussion playing a samba beat.
This example takes the the Latin beat above and adds in salsa trumpet, baritone sax, tenor sax, alto sax, and fretless bass:
Piano, Cello and Oboe Trio
The following is a short section of a piece currently under development for a customer. The piano is a live performance captured as MIDI (not audio) then rendered using Bechstein 280 grand piano samples. The cello and oboe parts were sequenced then rendered using our sample library.
This example combines a number of ethnic instruments including daiko and brushed drums, dizi (Chinese flute), erhu (a Chinese bowed instrument), Balinese gamelons, and kora (West African harp).
Here is a brief list of just some of the instruments we can add to your projects:
The cost of rendering projects depend on the number of instruments you want rendered, the length of the piece of music, and the complexity of the articulations your require. We’ll need to see your score or hear your MIDI file (or both) to accurately quote.
Our rates are based on $60 AUD per hour. If you provide us with a clear, well notated score, it may take only an hour or two to do a single instrument for a typical song. On the other hand, it may take four to six hours to render a solo instrument with complex articulations, or a day or three to render a score for a full symphony orchestra.
The cost will be lower if you have done most of the MIDI sequencing yourself, or can provide a Sibelius file of your score.
(Australian residents, please allow for the addition of GST.)
How to order
Ordering is a simple as sending us a MIDI file or a copy of your score (in print, PDF, Sibelius format). You can do this by email or mail. We will provide you with a quote for the cost of the job based on its size, note density, complexity and any special requirements.
We will begin work on your music when you accept the quote and formally place your order by paying the appropriate fee. When the work is complete, we will then send a draft recording of the part for you to check. You will have the opportunity to make corrections or comment on the overall sound. If anything isn’t perfect, we’ll make the necessary corrections and send you a new draft.
For more details on placing an order, see our How to order page.