the Crescendo Streaming MIDI Player plug-ins:
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If your browser does not have a built in MIDI player, or you would like a player with a better sound, there are three main choices: the Yamaha MIDplug, the Crescendo MIDI Music Player, and the Beatnik Player. All of them are freeware.
We will describe how to download and install the Yamaha and Crescendo plug-ins. The Beatnik plug is very cool, too, but it has great instructions and support on site. To learn more about the Beatnik plug-in, go to HeadSpace.com. The Beatnik plug-in is used for more than just MIDI files and can be installed even if you already have a MIDI Player plug-in (that's what Tobin has done). Then you can hear all the Beatnik rmf sounds on Beatnik webpages and use Crescendo (for example) to listen to all Crescendo-exclusive MIDI webpages. Check out Beatnik, it's very cool.
To download the Crescendo Player, go to: http://www.liveupdate.com/ and follow the instructions provided. (Don't bother buying the Crescendo Plus package; just get the FREE player.) The Crescendo Player is easier to install but doesn't sound quite as good as the Yamaha. After you've followed the Crescendo Installation instructions, go to #4 below and make sure all your browser's preferences have been properly reset.*
To download Yamaha MIDplug plug-in for the best MIDI sound on the web,
(NOTE: IN Netscape, you must get to the Edit/Preferences/Navigator/Applications window.)
Edit every item that references "midi" or "mid" - this includes audio/midi, audio/x-midi, application/x-midi - so that it identifies your new plug-in as the active plug-in for that function. Once you are certain all items with "mid" or "midi" in them are set to your new plug-in, quit your browser.
Note: If any of the MIDI preferences (audio/midi, audio/x-midi, application/x-midi) are not listed in your applications window, you should create them, identifying your new MIDI Player as the application that will handle all incoming ".mid" files.)
**other sound preferences may include: ULAW audio, audio/aiff, WAV audio, AIFF audio, audio/wav. You can also change the preferences for these audio applications (audio/aiff, audio/wav, etc.) to identify your new plug-in as the active plugin, but that is not necessary to using the new MIDI plug in for MIDI files. (It might make these other files sound better, however.)
Note: Tobin uses Crescendo because it has a wider listener base. Chris uses Yamaha because it sounds better. All MIDI is a bit disappointing in sound quality and takes getting used to, but it's the fasted way to download music files on the web.