2015-09-28 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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An Open Source project that consists of programs for converting ABC music files into MIDI

editor's review





abcMIDI is an open source graphical software written in Tcl/Tk that consists of programs for turning ABC music files into MIDI files, and vice versa. It requires a postscript viewer and a midi player. The software will typeset the files as PostScript files, and manipulate them in several ways.

Comprises of several command-line tools

The following tools are part of part of the abcMIDI project: abc2abc, abc2midi, abcmatch, midi2abc, midicopy and yaps. As you might have guessed, abc2midi is the tool that allows you to convert ABC files to MIDI files.

Furthermore, the abc2abc tool will help you convert ABC files to ABC files, but with different parameters, the midi2abc lets you convert MIDI files to ABC ones, and midicopy is a tool that allows you to copy parts of a MIDI file and output it with different parameters.

Last but not least, the yaps tool allows users to convert an ABC file to a PostScript (PS) file, and the abcmatch utility allows you to search for specific sequences of notes in ABC files that include several tracks.

Getting started with abcMIDI

To install and use the aforementioned command-line utilities, you will have to download the universal sources archive from the downloads section above or from the project’s website, extract it in a location of your choice, open a terminal emulator, navigate to the extracted folder and execute the “./configure && make” command (without quotes).

Supported operating systems and platforms

Being written in the C programming language and using the Tcl/Tk GUI toolkit for its graphical user interface, abcMIDI is a cross-platform application that supports all GNU/Linux distribution, as well as the Microsoft Windows (95,98, ME, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7) and Mac OS X operating systems. It runs well on both 64-bit and 32-bit computers.

abcMIDI was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on September 29th, 2015
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