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Aria Maestosa is a great software for those interested in a complete and professional use of their midi files but without having to pay licensing costs. Yes, Aria Maestosa is a MIDI editor and sequencer available free and open source under GPL license.
It is characterized by a very practical and intuitive GUI, and allows you to compose, edit and play midi files through an approach very smooth and slender.
Aria Maestosa is available for the most popular operating systems: Mac, Linux and Windows. Any difficulties are reported only for XP users, but can be easily fixed by reading this article.
The software is also affected by a good community that works not only for the development and improvement of the program but also takes care of the translations into other languages. At the moment Aria Maestosa is available in English, French and Czech language. Everyone can participate in the translation project simply going to this page, which explains the projects that are already closed and those still in progress.
Even the handbook is affected by the same work (currently available in English, French, Greek and Serbian/Croatian). I have made a pdf version of the manual, that you can see in html version directly on the official website at this link.
The main features of this midi sequencer can be summarized as follows:
- Multitrack display
- Several edition modes: score, keyboard (piano-roll), guitar tablature, drums
- Importazione ed esportazione di file midi (.mid)
- Gestione del tempo avanzata (possibilità di modifiche in corso di esecuzione)
- Esportazione in formato wav.
- Possibilità di lavorare su più progetti contemporaneamente
If you want to get an idea of how the software is, you can see a video recorded and uploaded from a home user. It is not very well made but I found it useful to get a general idea:
Aria Maestosa is an excellent application for managing projects midi, at least for those who seek a comprehensive software without too much complexity and carrying out their jobs well. To download Aria Maestosa, in all its versions, simply follow this link and click on that related to your operating system.