MIDI Tools

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MIDI Tools is a nifty application, providing (as its name implies) various MIDI-related tools:

  • Real-time MIDI input and output monitors.
  • Capturing, filtering and saving MIDI input messages.
  • Windows edition only: The creation of MIDI thru connections (e.g. from/to virtual MIDI I/O ports).
  • A virtual MIDI controller board, capable of receiving and sending control change messages.
  • A virtual MIDI keyboard (outputting note messages), controlled by the computer mouse. This includes a primitive arpeggiator.
  • A window from which you can send NRPN and RPN messages.
  • A window from which you can send MIDI Program Change messages, optionally prefixed by Bank Select MSB/LSB messages.
  • A window from which you can send MIDI System Exclusive/Common/Real-time messages.
  • A powerful System Exclusive message editor/uploader/downloader.
  • A MIDI data byte converter/calculator.
  • Four virtual Mackie Control displays.

Many of the hardware audio editors from Mountain Utilities also contain some or all of these tools, but MIDI Tools provides them without the hardware-specific hullabaloo of these editors.
Thus, MIDI Tools can be very useful for small tasks and troubleshooting.

MIDI Tools 2.1.0 manual

This is the manual for MIDI Tools 2.1.0.

Note: All the editions of MIDI Tools 2.1.0 listed below contain this manual too and will install it automatically, so you don't need to download it separately here, unless you wish to read it before running MIDI Tools or its installer. So if you're just updating from a previous version, you can safely skip downloading the manual separately: just download and install the update to MIDI Tools, and you'll be able to read the automatically installed manual anyway.

Tip: This manual also functions as a 'first-aid' manual for those Mountain Utilities audio hardware editors that don't come with "real" manuals themselves yet.

File: 
midi_tools_manual_2.1.0.pdf — Downloaded 209 times

MIDI Tools 2.0.1.1 for OS X

This release fixes one tiny bug:
Opening the "Roland System Exclusive message(s)" dialog box (from the "System Exclusive messages" window) no longer removes the "MIDI Tools" pull-down menu from the menu bar.

To recap: version 2.0.1 corrected a few minor problems that were introduced in version 2.0.0:

  • The 'Restart with default setup' operation automatically enables certain MIDI devices again.
  • Updates to the timer window are taken seriously again.

And to recap even further, the main new features of MIDI Tools 2.0.0 for OS X were:

  • Bug fix: Incoming MIDI System Exclusive messages are now processed correctly.
  • Bug fix: Non-SysEx messages coming in in quick succession are now processed correctly.
  • You can switch between different setups for the program (including MIDI I/O device states). (This requires restarting the program.)
  • You can switch between different window layouts ('desktops'). (This does not require restarting the program.)
  • Many new facilities in the MIDI System Exclusive window, such as individual byte editing, the new 'probe' panel and Roland checksum correction.
  • In the MIDI controllers window, the control bars respond to incoming Control Change messages.
  • In the MIDI System messages window, SysEx messages can be sent repeatedly.

See section 2 of the manual for the full list of changes.

File: 
MidiTls2.0.1.1.dmg — Downloaded 2578 times

MIDI Tools 2.1.0 for Windows - Installer

Main new features of this version:

  • The installer automatically installs the edition of MIDI Tools matching the operating system: the 32-bit edition on 32-bit Windows, the 64-bit edition on 64-bit Windows. (Previously there was only a 32-bit edition, which was installed on 32- and 64-bit Windows alike.)
  • The MIDI Tools update mechanism allows you to specify in which update types you are interested: alpha (development) versions, (‘public’) beta versions, release candidates and release versions.

See section 2 of the manual for the full list of changes.

File: 
miditls-2.1.0-install.exe — Downloaded 241 times

MIDI Tools 2.1.0 for Windows - Portable 32-bit

This is the 32-bit portable edition of MIDI Tools 2.1.0 for Windows.
You don't need to install this edition: simply unzip it to a folder to which you have write-access and run MidiTls.exe.
This edition runs on 32- and 64-bit Windows, although for 64-bit Windows the 64-bit portable edition is recommended.

File: 
miditls-2.1.0-x86-portable.zip — Downloaded 52 times

MIDI Tools 2.1.0 for Windows - Portable 64-bit

This is the 64-bit portable edition of MIDI Tools 2.1.0 for Windows.
You don't need to install this edition: simply unzip it to a folder to which you have write-access and run MidiTls.exe.
This edition only runs on 64-bit Windows.

File: 
miditls-2.1.0-x64-portable.zip — Downloaded 83 times
Screenshots: 
MIDI output meters window
MIDI controllers window
MIDI keyboard window
MIDI System Exclusive messages window