General MIDI Player
By Defective Records Software
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General MIDI Player is an easy way to turn your Mac into an instrument, using its built-in General MIDI support. You can play these instruments using either your mouse, computer keyboard (including support for non-US keyboards), or MIDI device (both hardware and software MIDI devices supported). It has a simple, one-screen interface, that will let you start making music with your favorite General MIDI instrument in seconds!
PLEASE NOTE - This application is NOT a General MIDI file player!
What's New in Version 1.3
* Added new Reverb control
* Added new Output section, allowing for selection of any CoreAudio output device
* Overall volume level of application increased
Fills a void but not all the way
General MIDI Player works great if you want a lightweight alternative to GarageBand or Logic just to play MIDI data through. I find it very useful with music composition software, like Pure Data, that will send a data stream to a system MIDI bus—once upon a time, QuickTime took care of playing those sorts of streams, but it dropped MIDI support some time ago when I was not paying attention, apparently. And so I downloaded this and it works quite well!
I do wish it would open and read MIDI files, though, since most internet MIDI data is delivered in files rather than streams. I wonder if there are major obstacles to implement a file-reading function..
Not a midi player
Beware that even though the name is General midi player - it will not play midi files. I should have read more closely but the name implies its a midi player and what midi player app wouldn’t have the most basic ability to play a midi file. I’ll skip a cup of coffee this afternoon and make for the lost $2. Cute app for the price but unfortunately the only use I have is to play midi files. not noodle around on a screen keyboard.
Quick easy and inexpensive
$2 and 2 seconds to playing a MIDI hardware insrument is pretty unusual. Works good for someone wanting to play a midi device as a keyboard instantly and easily.