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I say in this that some people will tell you MIDI sounds awful and that's not fair. A MIDI file just says things like “Play this note with this volume on this instrument”, and what the instrument actually sounds like depends on a thing called a SoundFont bank. The one that comes with Windows isn't very good, so since producing this video I've updated the site so that in addition to [Play MIDI] there's now a [Play MP3] button, which uses the SoundFont bank I'm about to recommend to create an MP3 file, which can also be played on an Apple Mac or a smartphone.
Or you can do it yourself:
Browse to www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php and download the current version, which is a zip file.
Copy some of the contents to a folder of your choice — the only file you need is GeneralUser---.sf2 but you might want to listen to the demo MIDIs — if you have good speakers they sound amazing.
Browse to coolsoft.altervista.org/en/virtualmidisynth#download and download the current version — just accept all the defaults and run the program once it's installed.
Click the + button, navigate to the folder of your choice and select GeneralUser---.sf2
Click “OK”. Your MIDI files should now sound so much better.
Later I was told of a bigger soundfont bank called Unison on page www.personalcopy.com/sfarkfonts1.htm. This is held in a zip file, and within this is a sfArk file — this is a lossless audo compression format for SoundFont files (sf2). I needed to download the zip file, copy the sfArk file somewhere else, and then use the online converter at cloudconvert.com/sfark-to-sf2 to convert this to a soundfont file. But it failed! Then I tried anyconv.com/sfark-to-sf2-converter. That also failed. I've since been sent a copy of the soundfont bank and decided it wasn't as good as the one I'm using!