These original midifiles contain certain types of MIDI data (continuous
control changes, aftertouch...) that enable to reproduce the feeling
of the different acoustic instruments (strings, winds...).
Unfortunately, some sound cards and synths ignore some of these
data and turn some lively midifiles into something linear, dull
Besides, some MIDI devices cannot stand a too high MIDI stream of
continuous changes (controllers, pressure, pitch bend), and then may
delay some events, or play only the notes...
So, if you are well MIDI-equipped (and only if), then I suggest you to
download my original midifiles from any of the two following URL:
These midifiles are GM compatible.
If you need info about GM, (e.g. to make a non-GM synth
GM-compatible, or kind of) go to :
And your soundcard or MIDI device must recognize in particular the
following messages :
-Controller 11 (Expression)
-Controller 64 (Sustain Pedal)
-Channel Pressure (Aftertouch)
Sorry, but I'm unable to give a comprehensive list of good / bad GM MIDI
Anyway, you should firstly bannish any device that plays from
FM synthesis (the cheapest sound cards).
It would be interesting to hear thoughts from people who can compare
different GM devices, with the same sequences.