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  Saturday, 22 September 2018
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I'm looking for a tool / program / plugin that will look at a source midi file and render all of the various pitches into a single octave..

eg. let's say my chosen octave is C3-B3, if there's an F5 (or any other F) in the music I want it displayed as an F3 - and so on for all the other pitches.

So basically, all notes grouped by pitch 'class' in a single octave.

No other changes to the layout are necessary - ie. the rhythm stays the same etc.

It's for some harmonic analysis I'm doing

Anyone know a tool that will do this?

It would be great if it's a DAW plugin for Cubase as that's what I mostly use.

I'm on PC.

Thanks :)
4 years ago
I think I understand what you need, but I'm not aware of anything that will do this.

Firstly, are you looking for something that will modify the midi data while it's being played, or do you expect to modify a midi file into a new file, so you end up with the changed midi data.

As I understand it, you want to sort of compress all the midi data into one octave, an octave specified by you (will all changes be into the same octave?). So any notes that are already in the target octave will be unchanged, all notes that are outside the range will be changed (by octave ONLY) so that they are inside the required range. The midi note number is therefore changed by plus or minus 12 per octave?

If it was me, I'd just write a prog to do this. Rather, modify an existing prog that processes a midi file. I don't think there will be anything that actually does this, as it doesn't really make any sense MUSICALLY.

A prog would be easier if you merely change the data into a new file. So data is read byte by byte from one file, and written to a new file. All Note ON and Note OFF data is changed to retain, or change, the octave as required, before being written to the new file. Such a prog doesn't need to have much understanding of the midi data, merely spot the Note On/Off events. A prog to actually PLAY the data will need to interpret a LOT more. The convert prog could also report on notes changed, so it might tell you how many notes were above the range, how many below, and hence how many had been moved, or however much detail you needed.

4 years ago
I found a description of the Transpose Setup option in Cubase that might do what you want. It sounds like you might be able to do the following:

Select all the notes.
Go to the MIDI menu and choose Transpose Setup.
Enter 0 Semitones.
Uncheck Scale Correction.
Check the box "Use Range", enter C3 Low and B3 High, and click OK.
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