atari midi files on PC?

atari midi files on PC?

Post by OneFlew.. » Tue, 18 Nov 2003 23:27:56

Can someone please tell me how to get midi files made on atari st on a
Windows XP system?

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atari midi files on PC?

Post by JM » Wed, 19 Nov 2003 00:03:03

On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 14:27:56 GMT, "OneFlew..." < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

Get a formatter for the ST that can format PC disks, such as FastCopy
Pro. Format a PC disk and save the files from the ST to that disk,
insert into the WinTel box and read them.



atari midi files on PC?

Post by swamptaxes » Wed, 19 Nov 2003 12:13:40

I believe most floppy's come pre-formatted for PC which can be read
by both the PC and Atari. If I'm correct, then all he has to do is copy the
files to those disks.

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atari midi files on PC?

Post by JM » Wed, 19 Nov 2003 21:21:48


That may work indeed, with a preformatted 720K disk that is. A 1.44 M
disk will have to be formatted to 720K on the ST, but with a utility,
not the built-in TOS formatter. I have tried to format 720K disks on
the PC, but then my Atari won't read it. I think it also matters what
TOS version is used, later versions seems more flexible.


atari midi files on PC?

Post by Maurits va » Wed, 19 Nov 2003 21:33:06

They were all flexible, but the PC isn't. :) But what you are referring
to, is that from TOS 1.62 (ie from the STe on), disks formatted from the
Desktop are DOS-compatible.

However, any replacement formatting tool (FastCopy, Kobold etc) for the
ST will do the job.

On the other hand, you can also use GemExplorer on the PC to read
pre-1.62-Atari-formatted disks, but apparantly that doesn't (yet?) run
under XP.

And then there are other cool options, like connecting ST to PC with a
nullmodem cable and transferring the files using a terminal application
or setting up a PPP link between them and use ftp. :)


atari midi files on PC?

Post by JM » Wed, 19 Nov 2003 22:03:54

On Tue, 18 Nov 2003 13:33:06 +0100, Maurits van de Kamp-

Or connect the ST MIDI out to the PC MIDI in, set PC MIDI clock to
slave, set PC MIDI app to record, and hit play on the Atari MIDI
app... :-)

But this will only be necessary if the files on the ST are made in a
program that cannot save .mid files.


atari midi files on PC?

Post by tconrard » Thu, 20 Nov 2003 02:22:01

You can check my FAQ page on my site for this which will answer your questions:

Tims Atari MIDI World

Tim Conrardy

atari midi files on PC?

Post by Marius & H » Thu, 20 Nov 2003 18:18:20

The problem is clear!!!

When you format a HD disk on 720kb the PC is not able to read UNTIL you
close the small square right (not the write protect one, but that thing on
the other side) with some tape or paper!

As long as the square is OPEN the PC "thinks" it is a HD disk, and expects
it to be 1.44mb. The atari ST don't look at that square, because it is only
DD drive.

When you close the square with tape or paper, you are able to format it on
720kb on pc and the atari ST will be able to read the disk too.

Be carefull -> HD disks do have another bias (the magnetic level of the
disk), and some atari ST drives don't like those HD disks very much.


p.s. MIDI files are general. You have general midi 0 and 1. PC and ST can
handle both files.