The Microsoft Win32 application programming interface (API) provides the
following methods for applications to work with MIDI data:
- The Media Control Interface (MCI). Although the simplest way to play a MIDI
file is to use the MCIWnd window class, you can also use MCI commands to create a
customized interface to a MIDI device. For more information about the MCIWnd
window class, see MCIWnd Window Class. For more information about MCI, see MCI, or Media Control Interface (MCI).
- Stream buffers. This format allows an application to manipulate buffers of time-stamped MIDI
data for playback. Stream buffers are useful to applications that require more
precise control over output than MCI offers.
- MIDI services. Applications that need the most precise control of MIDI data typically use
these low-level services.
This overview discusses each of these methods and provides an overview of the the MIDI Mapper
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