Anvil Studio ™ is a free Windows Vista/XP/2000/ME/98/95 program designed for people who want to:
record music with MIDI and Audio equipment,
compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment,
Sequence music with MIDI equipment, or
play with music using a computer and sound card.
To download Anvil Studio now (3,768 kB file), visit Anvil Studio’s website.
Click on Start, Programs, Anvil Studio, and the program will start with the usual title strip at the top, then some status and control buttons, but most of the screen is taken up with the basic help file - this remains at the bottom all the time, and if you scroll it down you should find out how to do what you want. The full help file is on their website, but don't go there, it's too slow.
The first thing is to get a file to play, so click on File, Open Song, navigate to where you have put your stock of MIDI files, and open one. You will see the track names on the left, followed by other information and then a set of squiggles like a sort of squashed piano roll, with bar numbers above it.
The play and stop buttons are in the set that looks like a tape player control, and you can just play the file like that. When you do, notice the vertical black line cursor tracking across the piano roll showing which bar is playing. If you click the stop button it will stop right there. To move around in the file look top left at the progress bar, clicking the left or right arrows will take you backwards or forwards by one music bar per click or you can drag the progress bar left and right for bigger movements. Clicking the Play button will start from wherever the cursor is.
You can turn any part off and back on again by clicking on that line in the "On" column, that way you can hear just your part alone or alternatively suppress yours while you practice singing with (against) the others. You can also turn any part's volume up or down by clicking on the number in the "Vol" column and moving the slider (this way you can fade down a piano part if it's too loud).
The green-on-black "Time" and "Duration" show SMPTE format running time, if you would rather see bars and beats then click on the "Time" display and select that.
When you quit the program, it might ask if you want to save changes to the file, remember always to say "No" to that. Next time you run the program, it will start with the same file and view you were last looking at.
For more details, see Anvil Studio’s website.
Chris Hills' MidiPlay. is a free Windows program for playing Midi files. It allows singers and instrumentalists to adjust both the volume/emphasis and the tempo of the playback, to help them to learn their parts.
Note: I don't know whether it works on Windows Vista
Download MidiPlay now from see
Note: This is the program itself, so first create a directory for it, normally in C:\Program Files, and save it there. Once downloaded, find the file using Windows Explorer, right-click on it and choose Send to ...desktop as shortcut to put an icon on your desktop. If all this tecchie stuff bothers you, contact me and I'll try to help.
Download the MidiPlay User Guide from the Cappella Member Area.
For more details, see Chris Hills' site.