Posted on September 25, 2018
Midish – A Fully Featured Text-Based MIDI Sequencer!
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.
- 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.