mercoledì 5 marzo 2008

Create your own files for your Fretlight Guitar

With this tip you will be able to see your Fretlight playing your own tablatures or already existing ones.
For further information about Fretlight guitar you can read here.


  • You have to download and buy Guitar Pro:
    http://www.guitar-pro.com/

  • Create your own "Guitar Pro File" or open an existing one (it imports as well PowerTab files)

  • Identify the track you are interested in (i.e. the track you want to be played by your Fretlight)

  • Duplicate this track (you have now 2 identical tracks, the original track will be used to play the MIDI notes with M-Player)

  • Select the second track (the copied one)
  • Click F6 button (or "Track -> Properties" from the toolbar)

  • It will open following dialog: (click the picture to see it in full size)
  • Important: name the track like this "FMP - " + "whatyouwant" (ex. "FMP - Track1")

  • Check the flag "Force Channels 11 to 16"
  • Click OK

  • Export to MIDI



That's it!

Play your MIDI exported file with M-Player, you will hear the sound and see on your Fretlight the notes lighted on in real time.


[Added: 14 July 2008]
Some people reported to me to receive error messages from M-Player similar to this: "Unable to load file.Automation error. The object invoked has disconnected from its clients".

I too experienced this kind of problems using latest M-Player version with Vista.

It seems it really depends on M-Player version.
Anyway, using Win2000 or WinXP with M-Player v1.2.5214 everything works fine.

If you have Win2000 or WinXP you can download this M-Player specific version from here:
http://www.francescograssi.com/public/download/fretlight/M-PlayerSetup_1.2.5214.exe

But if you want to avoid to downgrade M-Player, you can try this tip before:
  • once you have your MIDI file exported, open it with a pure MIDI editor and save it again as MIDI


It has been reported that this tip should be able to fix the problem.


Francesco Grassi

8 commenti:

joeswo ha detto...

How do I duplicate a track in Guitar Pro?

Francesco Grassi ha detto...

One way could be:
- select all the notes from the existing track
- create a new empty track
- paste everything into the new empty track

FG

Anonimo ha detto...

Hey, I'm on a mac, and it does not seem to work (crashes when you try to open the midi file) I wan't to try your second approach . . . opening the midi file in a pure midi editor. Do you have any idea what midid editor would work for mac, or do you have any suggestion for doing this on the mac os?

Thanks!

Francesco Grassi ha detto...

Hi, I was told that Rondo (Fractured Software) could work for Mac.
Please, try it and post your comment here.

Thanks

Erick ha detto...

i just purchased the fretlight and I would like to know how to play my own music. I followed your intructions but no success> I have windows 7 installed on my comp. any susggestions? thank you

Francesco Grassi ha detto...

Erick, drop me an email to grassi66@gmail.com and I will send to you a set of working files to test.
Later we will see.

Matt Philip ha detto...

I'm on a mac and trying to to do this also but mplayer crashes even after opening and saving with another midi app

Matt Philip ha detto...

crashes on a mac even when opened with another midi app and resaved
:(