Recording a cd from my computer into midi format

I want to record a music cd from my computer and have it be in a midi format.  Can someone tell me how this is done?
Morya1Asked:
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swwelshCommented:
Midi format as in MP3?
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Morya1Author Commented:
No, not mp3? Check this website.  It has a list of songs you can select from. They are in a midi format.
http://www.twilightbrigade.org/
I want to save some songs from a cd I have put them in a midi format and then put them on my website.

This is their source code for the midi files:
<SELECT NAME=MUSIC>
<OPTION VALUE=>Select Music
<OPTION VALUE=>
<OPTION VALUE=againstallodds.mid>againstallodds
<OPTION VALUE=can_you_feel.mid>can_you_feel
<OPTION VALUE=canon.mid>canon
<OPTION VALUE=endofinnocense.mid>endofinnocense
<OPTION VALUE=its_all_coming.mid>its_all_coming
<OPTION VALUE=miss_you.mid>miss_you
<OPTION VALUE=name.mid>name
<OPTION VALUE=neverending.mid>neverending
<OPTION VALUE=next_time_i_fall.mid>next_time_i_fall
<OPTION VALUE=ode2my_family.mid>ode2my_family
<OPTION VALUE=phenomenon.mid>phenomenon
<OPTION VALUE=robinhood.mid>robinhood
<OPTION VALUE=titanic.mid>titanic
<OPTION VALUE=twinpeaks.mid>twinpeaks
<OPTION VALUE=uweremeant4me.mid>uweremeant4me
<OPTION VALUE=whole_neworld.mid>whole_neworld
<OPTION VALUE=youre_stillthe1.mid>youre_stillthe1
<OPTION VALUE=>
</SELECT>


Michael
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jhanceCommented:
What you are asking doesn't make sense.

MIDI is akin to SOURCE CODE.  It is a set of instructions that a synthesizer (i.e. the MIDI part of your sound card) uses to render the piece. Without the MIDI map (which is which voice to use for what track) you get a lot of noise.

The data on an audio CD is waveform data encoded as a digital bit stream.  It's already been rendered and so it is akin to a compiled program.  

If you want to put MIDI files on an audio CD, you will need to "play" them on your computer and at the same time, record the audio output as a WAV file.  Most sound boards can do this.  After you've captured the WAV files of the played MIDI files, you can use your CD authoring program to put them on the audio CD.
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Morya1Author Commented:
Okay, I'm going to think about this for a little bit.  You understand that I'm not trying to put music on a cd but rather extract it from a cd and put it on my web page.
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jhanceCommented:
>You understand that I'm not trying to
>put music on a cd but rather extract
>it from a cd and put it on my web page

No, I don't understand that.  It's not at all what you said in the question.  

Anyway, it's NOT POSSIBLE to convert audio CD or WAV files to MIDI data for your web site.  There is no software that can do this.  It's like playing a musical piece and expecting the computer to be able to capture the score and print it out.  Can't be done (at least not with today's technology)!!

If you want MIDI for your web site, you'll either need to create it yourself or buy it from someone in MIDI format.

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pwoolfordCommented:
What are the copywrite issues of putting music from a CD on a web site - not allowed I'd guess
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jhanceCommented:
If it were me, I'd get permission from the copyright holder.
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Morya1Author Commented:
I have permission.  That is not the problem. Thanks for your concern.
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jhanceCommented:
Oops, I though you asked that question but now I see that it was someone else.

Why have you not responded to my answer to this question?
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Morya1Author Commented:
Okay. How do I get a musical piece on my website?  How do I get any sound on my website?

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jhanceCommented:
Internet Explorer supports playing MIDI files but Navigator (last time I checked) didn't.  So if you want to play MIDI files, get some from wherever you can and put them on your site.  If you need a different way, there are some alternatives.  You can use RealAudio and the plug-in RealPlayer or the MacroMedia Shockwave tools.
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jsextonCommented:
You can't rip (copy CD) CD-Audio to a MIDI format, but you can to MP3 format.  A 3-minute song is typically about 3mb, so it is fine for a webpage.  You can't hear a difference between MP3 and the CD (even with my home theater system) when it is recorded at 128kbps or more.  

Check out http://www.musicmatch.com - they have a program that will copy a CD into MP3's on your computer - all with one click.  The recording speed is up to 12x, which means it will take at least 5 minutes to copy a typical 60-minute CD (10 - 15 minutes is more likely).  Buy the registered version if you like the free download version (I think the free version limits the recording quality).  It costs $29 for life (free upgrades) and is the easiest way to make MP3s from CDs.

To listen to MP3s you can use MusicMatch, but I much prefer Winamp - its the best MP3 player out there.  If you haven't heard MP3s, GET THIS!  http://www.winamp.com.

L8r
Jon
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Morya1Author Commented:
Thanks for your input jsexton.  I will look this over later and play with it. It looks like a good idea.  If it looks like something I can go with I'll award you the grand total of 50 points.

Thanks again.

Michael
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Morya1Author Commented:
Thanks for the direction and the reference.  It looks like the program is good however I cannot get it to find, play or record the cd in my computer.  
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pwoolfordCommented:
Looks like wrong expert got the points again
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