Midi files/software archives on the Internet

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Piet van Oostrum

Mar 31, 1996, 3:00:00 AM3/31/96
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Version: $Id: archives,v 1.157 1996/03/08 09:19:46 piet Exp $

Note: the latest version of this file is available from the ftp.cs.ruu.nl
archive as MIDI/DOC/archives (see below how to access the archive) and
on the various news.answers archives. This archive also contains a lot of
midi music and programs. Mirrors of the MIDI/SONGS directory or the whole
archive can be found on the following sites:
ftp.cis.nctu.edu.tw /MIDI/SONGS/
ftp.pu-toyama.ac.jp /pub/ftpmail/ftp.cs.ruu.nl/pub/MIDI/SONGS
ftp.monash.edu.au /pub/midi/SONGS
ftp.funet.fi /pub/sounds/midi
ftp.ibp.fr /pub/midi
A large collection of midifiles can be found on ftp.wustl.edu, in
/systems/ibmpc/ultrasound/sound/midi/files. Some of these files are
specific for the Gravis Ultrasound card but most are also usable for other
synthesizers. Other format music files can be found in parallel directories.

The main Gravis Ultrasound ftp archive is now ftp.orst.edu:pub/packages/gravis/
but Gravis themselves have a WWW site at http://www.gravis.com

Another archive with many midifiles is dbp.caltech.edu:/pub/songs

There is an FTP archive at ftp.ucsd.edu [] . It contains a.o. MIDI
files, patches and a few programs. See the directory 'midi'. This archive
looks rather out of date, by the way.

There is a demo of Symbolic Composer at media-lab.media.mit.edu []
(directory 'music/midi') and on sumex.stanford.edu [] in
/info-mac/Application/ (symbolic-composer-*). It can probably also be found
on other info-mac archives. More Symbolic Composer stuff can be obtained
from Fokke de Boer by e-mail to Fokke....@rivm.nl a message with Subject:
retrieve directory and following the instructions that you will receive.

atari.archive.umich.edu [] contains Atari stuff in directory

scam.berkeley.edu [] contains netjam submissions on midifiles
in directory '/pub/misc/netjam/submissions/'.

Sites for MIDI Sample Dump Standard programs and samples:
alf.uib.no [], directory /pub/sds
sweaty.palm.cri.nz [], directory sds

wagner.musicnet.ua.edu [] is a site that just started to
collect music stuff. It has patches for Roland JV-80/880/1000 in directory
/pub/music/patches/jv80. Another ftp site for The JV's (and Proteus) is
ftp.pacificrim.net:/Pub/Synth/. WWW page for the JV synths:

oak.oakland.edu [] has EPS/EPS-16+/ASR info in pub/eps/docs/.
There are some programs for the EPS in /pub/eps/utils (Atari ST, Amiga,
MAC, MSDOS). See pub/eps/docs/utils for info. Feel free to access
oak.oakland.edu using Gopher (gopher.acs.oakland.edu, port 70) or WWW
(URL: http://www.acs.oakland.edu).
Ensoniq WWW pages: http://www.netaxs.com/~mikeh/ensoniq.html (a user page)
http://www.ensoniq.com (Ensoniq's own WWW site)

Ftp sites for the Kurzweil K2000:
1) ftp.uwp.edu:/pub/music/lists/kurzweil (maintained by jbuc...@aas.org)
2) bach.nevada.edu:/pub/k2000 (maintained by joh...@nevada.edu)
WWW site for the Kurzweil K2000: http://metro.turnpike.net/kcowgill/index.html
WWW site for the Kurzweil company: http://www.musicpro.com/kurzweil/
See also http://www.youngchang.com/

bach.nevada.edu also contains christian music midi files in /pub/midi.

qiclab.scn.rain.com in /pub/music contains various conversion programs.

Roland Samplers:
There is an FTP archive that includes introductory information, useful
utilities (read Roland disks on your computer), archives of the mailing
list, and some samples. The archive is on lotus.UWaterloo.ca in the
pub/sgroup directory.

Roland JV-1080/XP-50 WWW page:

There also is a ftp-site with TX16W samples, maintained by one of the TX16W
list-members. FTP to ftp.informatik.uni-freiburg.de [], the
samples are in the directory "pub/sounds/tx16w/samples". There are also
back issues of the TX-16W newsletter in pub/sounds/tx16w/mail. A WWW entry
is http://ls7-www.informatik.uni-dortmund.de/html/tx16w.html

Archives of the Music-Research Digest can be found at
cattell.psych.upenn.edu [12128.91.2.173] in directory pub/Music.Research

impaqt1.mem.drexel.edu [] has a couple of msdos files in

There is an EMAX (I and II) FTP site at sweaty.palm.cri.nz (
some samples, FAQ, archives of mailing list and some software to allow
sample interchange for PC compatibles
Cakewalk files can be found at ftp.funet.fi [] in
'pub/msdos/sound/cakewalk' and also on ucsd.edu (see above). More cakewalk
stuff (including archives of the Cakewalk mailing list) can be found at:
ftp.cs.colorado.edu:/users/mccreary/archive/cakewalk or on WWW as
There is a VFX archive in the parallel directory mccreary/archive/vfx.
Another site for Cakewalk is mort.isvr.soton.ac.uk:/pub/pc/cakewalk (ftp) or
http://www.isvr.soton.ac.uk/People/ccb/Cakewalk (WWW)
There are several MIDI programs for MS Windows in

OS/2 programs can be found on ftp-os2.cdrom.com []. Directories
/pub/os2/2_x/mmedia and /pub/os2/2_1/mmedia contain the bulk of the
MIDI-related files for OS/2. (There is a specific ftp site for OS/2
multimedia in the formative stages right now, but it is not yet in
operation.) For a full index of OS/2 files at that site, retrieve
/pub/os2/00index.txt. Submissions may be placed in /pub/os2/incoming.

mac.archive.umich.edu [] has a Macintosh midi archive in

Other Macintosh sites: See the file Mac-archives in this directory.

An FTP site for predominantly D-70-related files: /pub/D70 on

ftp.neuroinformatik.ruhr-uni-bochum.de in directory
/pub/outgoing/heja/sy-list there are several infos/sounds/programs of
interest for Yamaha SY users (this is the "inofficial" ftp-site of the
sy-list). IMPORTANT NOTE: go directly to the above mentioned directory!
Access via WWW:

The site contains mostly original material and is not a mirror of the big
music archives.

Yamaha VL1 info and patches are available by WWW on

ftp.ecn.nl:/pub/RP-1: DIGITECH RP-1 MIDI guitar effect pedals and some
other midi stuff.

Apple 2 MIDI Synth archives can be found on cco.caltech.edu []
in the pub/apple2/music/synthlab/ directory. They are mirrored on
grind.isca.uiowa.edu []

Amiga users can get some things by mail from mrc...@janus.mtroyal.ab.ca
(send a HELP message first)

For amiga see also the aminet sites:


IRCAM operates an anonymous ftp site, ftp.ircam.fr, with programs and
information on music, DSP, multimedia, infosystems, networking, etc.,
for unix platforms, macintoshes and PC.

(amongst others:)
music/ Computer music software and info
databases/ Music databases
doc/ Documentation
FAQ/ FAQ about audio, dsp, etc...
MIDI/ MIDI standard definition
programs/ Repository of public domain computer music programs
It also has a WWW server on similar resources, http://www.ircam.fr.
This includes a MIDI archive (programs, sounds, patches, docs)
Computer Music Journal Internet Archive and World-Wide Web Home Page:

mitpress.mit.edu:/pub/Computer-Music-Journal and

Tables of contents, abstracts, and editor's notes of several volumes of

World-Wide Web (WWW) home page in the file CMJ.html (e.g. URL
ftp.mcc.ac.uk /pub/cubase Cubase archive. Contains Atari, Mac and
MSWindows demos
ftp.waldorf-gmbh.de:/pub/waldorf. A site with information, patches etc. of
Waldorf products. Also reachable by WWW on http://www.waldorf-gmbh.de and
by email to archive...@waldorf-gmbh.de (send a HELP message). See also
mailing list section below.
You'll find some NoiseTracker/SoundTracker MOD files, and Soundblaster
things on the following FTP sites:

Garbo.Uwasa.fi /pc/sb and /pc/music
ftp.funet.fi /pub/amiga/audio
ux1.cso.uiuc.edu /amiga/mirror/mods
ftp.brad.ac.uk /misc/mods /incoming/mods
ftp.uni-kl.de /pub/amiga/mods
/ftp.eng.ufl.edu:/pub/msdos/demos/music/ contains several music files,
demos etc. (hardly any MIDI, but mostly MODs etc).
The demo version of QSEQ, a complete sequencer for MSDOS/SoundBlaster, is
available by email automatic server. Just send a message to
haube...@cea.fr with the following line in the body of the message:
sendqseqto <your-complete-email-address> or sendhelpto
<your-complete-email-address> , if you just want an help file about the
mailer and QSEQ. QSEQ is also available on SIMTEL mirrors
(oak.oakland.edu, etc...). And from
ella.mills.edu in /ccm/tuning contains files about alternative tunings,
a.o. back issues of the Alternate Tuning mailing list, software to put
synths in alternate tunings and a bibliography on the subject. You can also
acess this archive by sending a message to list...@eartha.mills.edu. See
the file /ccm/README for more info about this archive.
ftp.und.ac.za (University of Natal, Durban) contains midifiles and programs
for the Sound Canvas and MT-32 in directory: /pub/pc/midi/
The official Sound Canvas Users Group ftp archive is
WWW access at http://www.umn.edu/nlhome/g119/evan0102/scgroup/scgroup.html
The EMUSIC-L mailing list (see below) archives can be found on the WWW
------------------------------------------------------------------------ A
ftp.mcc.ac.uk contains the archives of the Emagic Logic mailing list in
pub/emagic/ListArchive and other MIDI stuff in pub/MIDIMISC.
There is also a WWW page on http://www.mcc.ac.uk/~emagic/emagic_page.html
WWW archive of the Korg Wavestation Mailing List can be found at:
There is a large collection of patches for the Korg DW/EX8000 at
loose.apana.org.au in the directory pub/dw8000
Korg X3-FTP - ftp.netcom.com in /pub/jo/jonin/midi/x3
The Korg X3 ftp site for patches and various programs relating
to and supporting the Korg X3. (editors, utilitys, cakewalk
ini settings, documents, etc..)
contains info related to Korg electronic music products,
particularly the "0" (01/W, 03, 05) and X synthesizers.
Anon ftp upload is available in subdirectory submissions.
WWW access is via http://musie.phlab.missouri.edu/pub/korg/
SHARC Timbre Database: ftp.ep.susx.ac.uk:pub/sandell (Web users:
ftp://ftp.ep.susx.ac.uk/pub/sandell/README.html). This is a database with
timbre information of musical instruments.
heinous.isca.uiowa.edu://kahless/ftp/pub: MAX programming language (for the
Macintosh): subdir max. Algorithmic composition: subdir algo-comp.
WWW Archives of Classical Midi Sequences: http://www.ima.net/~prs/midi.html
Csound, a program to generate computer music:
Macintosh an Unix versions: cecelia.media.mit.edu:/pub/Csound/
IBM PC and Atari versions: ftp.maths.bath.ac.uk:/pub/dream/
Csound add-ons can be found at ftp.hmc.edu:/pub/csound and
The Humdrum Toolkit is a (free) toolkit of programs to assist in music
research. Humdrum runs under UNIX, LINUX, NeXTstep, DOS, and
OS/2 systems. ftp from archive.uwaterloo.ca:/uw-data/humdrum

NOTE: The adresses mentioned are those where you can subscribe or get info
about the list. The lists themselves usually have the name without the
-request if that part is present, or LISTNAME@HOST if the command to
If <Your Full Name> appears in the following it has to be replaced by your
real name (like Piet van Oostrum for me). Similarly <your-mail-address>
must be replaced by your email address

Algorithmic composition majo...@heinous.isca.uiowa.edu
message: subscribe ALGO-COMP
Alternate Tunings list...@eartha.mills.edu
message: A blank line followed by:
(David Madole, mad...@mills.edu)
Analogue Heaven analogue...@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
message: SUBS CAKEWALK <Your Full Name>
Casio synths casio-...@cadsi.com
Csound Majo...@noether.ex.ac.uk
message: subscribe csound <your-email-address>
Cubase cubase-use...@mcc.ac.uk

DP/4 list: dp4-r...@oak.oakland.edu
DX7 d...@byrd.math.uga.edu (David J Benson)
DIGITECH RP-1/RP-10 MAIL...@ECN.NL (Marcel Bernards <bern...@ecn.nl>)
Guitar effect users message: subscribe RP-1-L
Ensoniq VFX vfx-r...@digibd.com
Ensoniq EPS eps-r...@oak.oakland.edu
message: subscribe
E-mu samplers emu-sample...@flobalob.hpl.hp.com
(digest) emu-samplers-...@flobalob.hpl.hp.com
message: subscribe
E-mu sound modules emu-modul...@flobalob.hpl.hp.com
(digest) emu-modules-d...@flobalob.hpl.hp.com
message: subscribe
Finale LIST...@SHSU.edu
normal: message: SUBSCRIBE Finale "Your Full Name in Quotes"
digest: SUBSCRIBE Finale-Digest "Your Full Name in Quotes"
message: SUBSCRIBE K2000 <Your Full Name>
Korg 01/W majo...@mapeaston.com
message: subscribe korg01w
Korg X3 majo...@io.rdc.puc-rio.br
message: subscribe x3-list <your-email-address>
MAX Interactive music/ list...@vm1.mcgill.ca
multimedia environment message: SUBSCRIBE MAX <Your Full Name>
Mirage: mirage-...@hpdsojk.ptp.hp.com
netjam netjam-...@xcf.berkeley.edu
with Subject: request for info
EMagic's Logic automatic: majo...@mcc.ac.uk
(formerly Notator) message: subscribe logic-users <your-email-address>
For its digest: subscribe logic-users-digest <your-email-address>
human: logic-use...@mcc.ac.uk
message: SUB Quadrasynth <Your Full Name>
no subject, no signature.
Roland Samplers sgroup-...@lotus.UWaterloo.ca
Roland D-70 cyam...@kilroy.Jpl.Nasa.Gov (Clifford Yamamoto)
Roland JV-80/880 jv80-r...@burner.com
message: #SUBSCRIBE <your-email-address>
Roland JV-1080/Xp-50 jv1080-request@d_prophe.pd.mcs.net
message: subscribe jv1080
or: subscribe jv1080-digest
Roland U20/U220 now a Usenet newsgroup alt.music.synth.roland.u20
TX16W majo...@lists.eunet.fi
message: subscribe tx16w <Your Full Name>
Yamaha SY sy-re...@chorus.fr
(Electronic Music): message: SUBS EMUSIC-L <Your Full Name>
Sound Canvas Majo...@damp.apana.org.au
User's Group message: SUBSCRIBE SCUG-LIST
message: SUBS SYNTH-L <Your Full Name>
SQ-x/KS-32 ks32-r...@cygnus.com
Waldorf (+other) users user-foru...@waldorf-gmbh.de
Subject: subscribe
Korg Wavestation <No longer operational>
Women's issues in music LIST...@IUBVM.UCS.INDIANA.EDU
message: SUBSCRIBE WIML-L <Your Full Name>
NOTE: I am setting up a midi archive on our machine, so if you have info
about PD stuff (programs and midifiles) please share with me. And if you
want to share some of your own things that will be appreciated.
The archive is available with ftp from ftp.cs.ruu.nl [],
directory MIDI. Also by a mail-server - send mail to mail-...@cs.ruu.nl
with the following contents:
PATH <a valid mail address to you>
Note: specify a correct address (e.g. us...@host.univ.edu or us...@host.BITNET)
Piet* van Oostrum, Dept of Computer Science, Utrecht University, (*`Pete')
Padualaan 14, P.O. Box 80.089, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Telephone: +31 30 2531806 Telefax: +31 30 2513791 Internet: pi...@cs.ruu.nl
PGP public key by finger or WWW http://www.cs.ruu.nl/~piet
Piet van Oostrum <pi...@cs.ruu.nl>

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