1. Desmond
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Probably the dumbest first question ever!

I’m creating a mid file reader/writer in C#.net and I’m a bit confused about the MTrk event delta-time. Is delta-time stored in one or two bytes? And if it can differ, how can I find the number of bytes to read? Is the first byte of delta the variable length? I'm a bit confused! :(
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Ok I think i've got it now :)
http://www.somascape.org helped as it stated delta-time is a variable length value.
This means my code needs to call the following at the start of each event...

doubleword ReadVarLen()
register doubleword value;
register byte c;
if((value = getc(infile)) & 0x80)
value &= 0x7f;
value = (value << 7) + ((c = getc(infile))) & 0x7f);
} while (c & 0x80);
  1. http://www.somascape.org/midi/tech/mfile.html
  2. http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~ich/classes/mumt306/StandardMIDIfileformat.html#BMA2_
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