General MIDI


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

General MIDI

A standard set of 128 sounds for MIDI sound cards and devices (synthesizers, sound modules, etc.). By assigning instruments to specific MIDI patch locations, General MIDI provides a standard way of communicating MIDI sound.

MIDI's small storage requirement makes it very desirable as a musical sound source for multimedia applications compared to digitizing actual music. For example, a three-minute MIDI file may take only 20 to 30K, whereas a WAV file (digital audio) could consume up to several megabytes depending on sound quality. See MIDI.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Among the acts will be breakbeat artists Ali B, General Midi, Kid Blue and drum 'n' bass and house DJs.
The final section of the book covers recent additions to the MIDI standard: General MIDI, MIDI Show Control, and the MMC (MIDI Machine Control) commands.
M-Audio and Digidesign, parts of Avid Technology - A General MIDI Sample Set that will support the playback of a huge collection of free musical arrangements - classical, popular, and children's songs - from the XO web browser and other XO music Activities.
General MIDI (GM) Sounds: GM is necessary to play prerecorded, orchestrated accompaniments.

Full browser ?