Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 6:32 AM (in response to dougfromdover)
Can you supply more info about what you are trying to do? Midi file export is not (AFAIK) designed to export large quantities of lyrics to another programme, if that is what you are trying to do.
A possible solution is to cut and paste the lyrics into a separate word processor document as you go along - then you can transfer them to the new programme.
Perhaps as a working method you do not need to have the lyrics in Logic at all?
The Score Window ( and lyric input) are not practical for karaoke purposes ( timing of reading the lyrics etc which you need to see slightly in advance of the actual music.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to musicspirit)
Hi and thanks for replying.
I had already read somewhere that markers are readable in karaoke players, but not long text. Sure enough, I'm opening the midifiles in a Roland Vima J-5 and it sees no text. Files exported with lyrics as Meta 61 work correctly (i.e. with lyrics entered in the score window). I have found no way as yet in Logic to convert the Markers into Meta 61 (lyrics).
As explained in my original post, I have loads of tracks with the lyrics entered as Marker text and which I used to display on a second monitor for text prompting, 'karaoke' stuff etc. I now need to export them tp play on the Vima (Midifile player/Karaoke machine). I have to say that entering text in this way for non-score printing purposes is far quicker and less laborious than writing lyrics in the Score window, as I do for scores.
I have just discovered Midikit (shareware) which can convert 'Markers to Lyrics' or vice-versa. The menu command doesn't actually work (lol!) but it's straightforward to do it manually. The text then shows up in Logic as Meta 61 and works perefectly in the karaoke machine.
I can find no way of doing this in Logic, surprisingly. As the marker information isn't actually in a track, it obviously doesn't show up in the Meta Events list.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to dougfromdover)
I think you are on to something interesting which Apple/Logic software writers should take note of - try making a request through Feeback/Suggestions.
There must be a lot of people working with Karaoke and Logic. It may be that Logic is not far off being able to export Marker Text in the way you describe.
best of luck!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to dougfromdover)
Hey dougfromdover...I beleive I am trying to do the exat thing you are with karaoke, logic and the Roland Vima JM. I would love to chat with you and get your pointers. Let me know
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to dougfromdover)
I need to know how to use the MIDIkit you suggested in your post. I also purcashed the QMidi Pro. I have Logic Pro x and Garageband along with my Vima JM. What I am trying to do for the last year and a half is do live karaoke. I want to be able to manipulate MIDI karaoke and take out MIDI instruments when I have a live body who wants to play the guitar or drums or bass. I play MIDI guitar and MIDI harmonica and MIDI foot pedal so I could be a one man band though I prefer the company of other musicians. However I do not want to rely on having other musicians. I need the scrolling lyrics too. I want to be able to make my own karaoke MIDI. I have lots of MIDI music without the lyrics. I want to add my own for my mac and Vima JM. Can you give me some pointers?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Bonjo47)
You need to write your lyrics in the marker window: Navigate / Open Marker List. It's easy enough to line them up to precise positions, and if you wish you can adjust the text font, size, etc, and do some karaoke directly in Logic.
Then export the finished track as a midifile and import it into MidiKit. You'll see all your text entries labelled as 'Markers' - you need to select them all and change them to 'Lyrics' in the contextual menu. To make this quicker if you have lots of lyrics, you can hide all other events at the top of the window.
Finally, save the track in MidiKit. The lyrics will then show up in Logic as meta 61 events and work in the Vima as well.
I think the easiest solution for your performances would be to simply mute the instruments you don't need to hear, depending on who's playing with you - otherwise you'd need multiple midifiles with different instrument options!