Tips: recording

A number of people have expressed interest in recording pieces written with Mozart. The following method has been distilled from assorted wisdom posted on the Mozart Discussion Group.


Recording your MOZART pieces

Creating a CD which will play back in a standard sound system can be done in a number of steps.  The final step is to compile the audio CD from a collection of recordings on your computer hard disk in the .wav (waveform) file format.  If you have a CD-writer, then the software which comes with it will almost certainly allow you to do this.   Consult the CD writer software manual about how to go about this.

Once you have established how to do this, the problem is how to record .wav files using MOZART.   MOZART's sound output is in the form of MIDI.   MIDI comprises a sequence of instructions to a synthesiser on how to synthesise sounds, whereas .wav files are themselves digital recordings.  Therefore all methods of creating .wav files involve sending the MIDI to the synthesiser and capturing the output in the form of a .wav file.

It can be done with Windows alone or with various other applications.    Here are links to detailed explanations of some methods you can use.

Creating a .wav file from a MIDI file

Method 1: Using Windows

This method uses no other software than comes with Windows, though it may not be the easiest method.   Thanks to numerous contributors on the Mozart mailing list for the discussion from which I have distilled this method.


Method 2:  using freely available iTunes software

Nigel Parsons (a long time Mozartist) has come up with a method which uses Apple iTunes software which can be downloaded free of charge.   He has kindly written up this method which we publish here as a PDF document.

Further reading:

If you want to make higher quality recordings than the simple techniques presented here allow, then you might be interested in Raymond Robijns's explanation of the more advanced procedures he uses.




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