Hey! So I was thinking about MIDI's (first??) inclusion as a format for a Tracks comp, and it occurred to me that MIDI could have a Mixist format equivalent. I could be mistaken, but I think people would like that!
Maybe this has been discussed before in IRC or elsewhere.
SORRY IF THAT'S THE CASE AND I'M JUST U N O R I G I N A L.
A MIDI file played back with soundfont(s) or GM synth(s) of choice... you know... the thing almost everyone does their first time submitting a MIDI. Effects processing through CC would naturally be a-okay and signal processing is okay as well.
There would definitely be some details to iron out. Some GM ROMplers have onboard effects for less commonly used CC values, meaning some people (like myself) would have access to phaser, delay, and flanger on certain modules. (Some even go further than that, especially in Multitimbral workstations that have GM modes.)
My thought would be that any time based effect is okay to level that field.
I would also vote that EQ is okay (some synths have that onboard anyway, like the MU90 and just about anything on the higher end of the "prosumer" grade and above) as well as dynamic effects.
Submission would be of a MIDI file for proof of concept, primarily just that it's possible in 16 channels of MIDI and that the instrument types match up; and then an audio file with the sounds you want.
I'd propose calling it General MIDI or MIDI+ (and MIDI XTREME! is a good choice if you too were an impressionable age in the 90s... on ly... 90 k ids... reme b rs.....)
New format. MIDI file played back by sounds not limited to GS Wavetable, but must adhere to 16 tracks and the 128 sounds available in standard GM. Time based effects O.K. Audio file submitted along with MIDI file
If this is something we ultimately want, I'd be more than happy to help create a detailed list of restrictions and rules, as well as any kind of companion documentation needed to facilitate this.
(Allow me to also preemptively say that I feel like it differs itself enough from Allgear and WildChip to merit its own format)
(Also let me say thanks for humoring me)
(Also MT-32 for Summer Chip would be cool)
(I love you, bye)