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Heya everyone,

Can a VST Plugin convert audio tracks into MIDI? Is it possible to do so?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Yes.
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Thanks for your brief reply. I was actually talking about a third-party VST effects plugin that could convert audio tracks into MIDI.

Is it possible for VSTs on this list https://techraver.com/best-synth-vst-plugins/ to do that?
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Thanks for your brief reply. I was actually talking about a third-party VST effects plugin that could convert audio tracks into MIDI.

I know it's not obvious, but my reply is a link. Click on it. :p
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I thought you were being very succinct. :D WIDI Audio to MIDI seems like a decent VST, will try it and see how those tracks pan out.

Too bad the trial version has got some limitations though.
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I'd be very interested to hear how you get on if you manage to try the plugin.

I accept that it is possible to create a MIDI file from audio, but I'm not at all sure of just how 'practical' this is, or what sort of midi file is created.

I've read that only certain sorts of sound file (as in type of music, instruments, complexity, etc) have any chance of creating anything useful, and that even then the resultant midi file may need so much work, manual tweaking, etc that it may all be a waste of time. But I just don't know.

If you do create any midi files this way, I'd really LOVE to get an example of the created midi file, to see just what comes out. And just what might be required to make it useable?

Geoff
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I'd be very interested to hear how you get on if you manage to try the plugin.
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I follow on from my comments above, and further to looking at the info referred to by Eddie regarding the Widi system, I remain somewhat sceptical about the idea of converting an audio file to midi.

So it remains that I would just LOVE to study a midi file so converted. Great to compare the original .WAV (or .MP3 or whatever) and the immediate midi file, before it's been touched by human intelligence. I still suspect that there are serious limitations with what can be achieved.

Way back in October 1992 I got a Roland unit, a CP-40. This box has a socket to plug in a microphone or (I think) a guitar. The unit also has a standard midi connector, and a couple of slider controls for (I think) volume and something like 'threshold'. You could then make sounds into the unit, and capture the resultant midi on a connected computer. The unit did work, it did produce midi data, but it was pretty useless data. Too much of some aspects, not enough of others. I still have the unit, packed back in original box, in the garage Maybe one day I'll try it again. I understand that this unit was FAR from 'clever', and I'm sure that the software with the Widi system is massively more advanced, but even so I'd need to see something more that some marketing hype (?)

Has anyone used the Widi system. I note there is a stand-alone version as well, i.e. NOT a plugin. This would be more appropriate to me.

Geoff.
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