Midish – A Fully Featured Text-Based MIDI Sequencer!

Midish is a fully featured MIDI sequencer for Linux and BSD that runs 100% in text. Who needs graphics anyway? Reading through the manual, I was totally blown away by all the stuff this can do!

Midish is an open-source MIDI sequencer/filter for Unix-like operating systems (tested on OpenBSD and Linux). Implemented as a simple command-line interpreter (like a shell) it’s intended to be lightweight, fast and reliable for real-time performance.

Important features:

  • real-time MIDI filtering/routing (controller mapping, keyboard splitting, …)
  • track recording, metronome
  • track editing (insert, copy, delete, …)
  • progressive track quantization
  • multiple MIDI devices handling
  • synchronization to external audio and MIDI software/hardware
  • import and export of standard MIDI files
  • tempo and time-signature changes
  • system exclusive messages handling

Midish is open-source software distributed under a BSD-style license.

Why would you want to use this? well sometimes having graphics is more of a distraction than anything while working on music, plus as you can imagine, Midish takes very little system resources to run, making it ideal for old computers (like my iBook).

I haven’t actually tried it yet, but plan on doing so as well as making a tutorial in the near future. So I’m looking forward to that.

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