8. Notation (MIDI) & Virtual Instruments

  1. What is an example of a โ€œproprietaryโ€ music notation file format? What is an โ€œopenโ€ music notation file format that can be exported/imported between different music notation software applications?

    • Why can't you open a MuseScore file in Dorico? How can you open a file created in MuseScore in any other notation software program?

  2. What type of graphic file do you export from notation software for use in word processor (such as Microsoft Word) or a graphics application (such as Adobe Illustrator) so that it prints crisply and sharply no matter how large the image is made?

  3. Describe the difference between a sampler and a synthesizer.

  4. What is a MIDI sequencer?

  5. During analog-to-digital conversion, quantization is necessary in a specific stage of the conversion. Describe when/why quantization is used in ADC *and* how quantization is used with MIDI data. (hint: what is usually quantized in MIDI?)

  6. Discuss the difference between a MIDI file and a WAV file. What type of information is stored in each file?

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