Midi output from Media Player 11 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I want to use mp 11 in Vista to play Midi files to my midi compatible keyboard

    The following instructions on how to change the midi output device under
    windows vista 32/64 Bit were taken from several internet postings purporting to know how to accomplish my task.

    “1: Run dosbox(dosbox.sf.net) and type mixer /listmidi, you should get this
    or similar:
                                                                                       This is what I got:
    0 "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth"      : 0 "Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth"      
    1 "SB X-Fi synth A [9C00]"                   1 “turtle beach USB MIDI 1x1”
    2 "SB X-Fi synth B [9C00]"

    * Note: if you have additional midi devices connected to your computer they
    will show up in the list.

    2: To change the midi output simply change the following text in notepad:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ActiveMovie\devenum\{4EFE2452-168A-11D1-BC76-00C04FB9453B}\Default MidiOut Device]
    "FriendlyName"="Default MidiOut Device"

    Simply change: "MidiOutId"=dword:00000000 to "MidiOutId"=dword:00000001 to
    use the Creative SoundFont banks for playback.
    Save as (any name).reg file and run. Restarting your player or windows may
    be required for settings to take effect.”

    I hope someone can help me...

    I have made the change and I got no audio from my computer as expected.

    But, I didn't get any output to the midi keyboard either.  My connections are good and the device manager recognizes my interconnect cables.  Theo be it, with a yellow mark next to the ISATAP adapter which other Microsoft instructions say to ignore because  it is working fine. Other sources say it has to do with no signature.  But no banana.

    This a Vista 32 system.  I went back and changed the 1 to a 0 and I got my sound back on the computer. 

    When I ran the  DOSBOX it identified my connection interface by manufactures name. So we know the computer recognizes it. I have used the edit/modify options when exiting regedit and also restarted the computer between registry changes.

    I have done this two times with the same results.

    And just for the record, this interface and keyboard did work just fine back when XP was the latest thing.

    Is there some way to operate this device or software in a compatibility mode?

    From what I have read the Mid out  option has resurfaced in media player 12 but only for certain alpha suifxed windows 8 operating systems.

    Anyone got any more ideas on what might work?

    • Edited by tom sparkssatx Saturday, January 10, 2015 7:09 AM make corrections
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 7:04 AM

All replies

  • You could try another media player; I know VLC works well with MIDI (when a soundfont is specified) and outputting... Or you could try manually launching the driver files in compatibility mode, but that would be very difficult as you would need to then rebuild the driver stack... Or reinstalling the drivers in compatability mode for XP. This is a difficult one.
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 9:41 AM
  • Another option is to try Audacity. Open your MIDI file within Audacity, go to the options screen to select MIDI output device

    S.Sengupta, Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP

    Saturday, January 10, 2015 10:04 AM
  • Thank  both of you for your input.

    The main reason I was so interested in making mp 11 do the work was my recent 4 hour ordeal with removing malware from one of my computers.  I got that from a site offering a free Midi player…

    This morning I had the Geek Squad in helping to resolve a sharing problem between my wired and wifi computer network. He agreed with you about VLC and left me a link to go directly to their page to make the download. But. It would not recognize my interface. I also tried Audacity; it will let me edit a midi file but will not play it.

    I finally found  free program called Midi Editor that will recognise my interface.  The best part was it was not bundled with a bunch of ####.  Kaspersky Pure 3 identifies some elements in those built in download wizzards as a Trogan. Still, Mini Editor will not activate the midi keyboard.  I have done somemore research and many midi users are having problems with windows 7 reguardless of the media player.  A suggestion was made to use a powered usb hub. I will report back with more information after I try this idea.  

    Sunday, January 11, 2015 7:16 AM