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How can I compose midi music for a video game of mine? Answered

I recently started a video game company to my some money and have a reason to design video games. I've used the resources that came with the creation program, but there is only one background music file. The program uses midi files background music, and I can't find a FREE midi composition program. Anyone have some recomendations. By the way the software I use is GameMaker 8.


i downloaded a thing called finale notebook it was free some of the finale stuff isn't but i watched a video on youtube this guy explaining how to put music on Synthesia (piano program) and you can save anything you make in finale as a mid file... if that helps...

gamemaker 8 is not just limited to midi files wav files work to but take a look at anvil studio it is a free midi maker that has a lot of instruments.

You can use MuseScore, its free and does midi.

"MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file."

Its works well and free is always good.

Rather than use MIDI, take a step up and use MOD files -- they're basically MIDI files that contain their own instrument sound samples. ModPlug Tracker (http://www.modplug.com/trackerinfo.html) is a freeware that will let you compose the music. There are many samples on-line, and virtually any sound you can record can become a sample.

One of the disadvantages of MIDI si that you are locked into whatever sounds the computer has built into its MIDI chip, or to a MIDI connected device. Several software vendors make software MIDI synthesis, which is nothing more than sound samples played back with MIDI. Quite often this software or hardware dependent MIDI synth sounds pretty bad.

There's a tutorial at http://www.byond.com/members/?command=view_comments&post=42808 that discusses MOD tracking. I also found a GameMaker discussion where they talk about putting MOD music into the games at http://gmc.yoyogames.com/index.php?showtopic=389886 .

Good luck with your company.

Thanks for letting me know about that, but the software is specifically limited to midi. :(

Many soundcards come with limited versions of midi composition software. I received my first with an SB16 back in 1992 (a trial version of Twelve Tone's Cakewalk software, which I later upgraded to the full version. )

Most of the Creative Labs sound cards still come with limited versions of various company's offerings, afaik.

Try to stick with the stock GM (General Midi) sound-set so that the composition stays ~universal.

midi composition (or any music) software you generally have to buy. If you made a company, its not unreasonable to expect to pay (a reasonable amount) for tools you will use.


If you want to make money, you have to spend a little. Look at Finale notepad. It only costs $10, and you can't save as midi or wav, but you can run a record back into audacity. (Audacity is free)