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MidiRunner

By Alberto Farinelli Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 16, 2010

MidiRunner is a basic program that allows users to create MIDI files and play other audio file types. Although the program may have some useful features, its disastrous interface undermines any potential assets.

MidiRunner seems like a straightforward program. Users can play a variety of MIDI instruments using an external keyboard, the computer keyboard, or a virtual keyboard. That part worked well enough, although the virtual keyboard is frustratingly tiny. The program separates the keyboard, playlist, and control panel into three toolbar-like modules, which were cumbersome to navigate and littered with tiny buttons and text. Although we were able to perform some basic tasks, such as plucking out tunes on the keyboard, playing MP3 files that were stored on our computer, the rest of the program remained somewhat enigmatic. Could we, for example, record MIDI files? We didn't see any indication that we could, and the program has no Help file. We were also decidedly underwhelmed by the program's functionality: when it launched we were greeted with the Windows hourglass, which only went away when we closed the Tip of the Day module, and the program crashed at least once. Overall, we were not impressed with MidiRunner. there are much better programs available for dealing with MIDIs and other audio files.

MidiRunner has a 30-day trial period. It installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. We do not recommend this program.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7

General

Release October 29, 2009
Date Added October 20, 2009
Version 1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,270
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Developer's Description

The easiest way to create your accompaniments from MIDI files!. MidiRunner is also a Jukebox for MIDI,MP3,Wave,CD-Audio,WindowsMedia that allows to play the MIDI instruments (or soundfonts) togheter with the running file using an external MIDI keyboard, the PC keyboard or a virtual keyboard. When playing a MIDI file you can also: extract the lyrics contained into the MIDI file; disable some selected MIDI tracks and change their instruments; increase/decrease the song tonality (transpose); increase/decrease the playback rate of the song; save the MIDI variations and settings into new standard MIDI files, to create your personal MIDI accompaniments. MidiRunner can also be used to create, edit and load Playlists (PLL/M3U/PLS). Estensive use of shortcuts to also work without mouse. Full Help-on-line. Language: English/Italian.

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