These proprietary electronic files aren't terribly useful unless you have something to render them, and unless you can trust the sound man to know what he's doing... So I formulated a systems integration plan.
- Save the proprietary file as a MIDI.
- Save the MIDI to USB flash memory.
- Install custom flash memory drivers on our antique computer, which is the only one with a 3.5 inch floppy drive. By the way, this machine is powered by coal.
- Insert the now-supported USB flash into the never-used USB port on the antique and cross my fingers that it will work.
- Search out my old box of 3.5 inch floppies, and discover that the first four I try are so old that they are unusable. The labels on them indicate they were last used in 1995.
- Successfully reformat the fifth old diskette that I try.
- Copy the MIDI file from the USB flash to the 3.5 inch floppy
- Take the floppy upstairs to the little room of horrors (#1 Son's bedroom).
- Insert the diskette into the aging Yamaha PSR-740 Keyboard.
- Use the Yamaha to play the MIDI and render it with a full and wonderful concertish wall of sound. It was a thing of beauty.
- Plug an output cord from the Yamaha to my laptop.
- Play the MIDI again, but this time record the beautiful Yamaha output to an MP3 file.
- Save the MP3 on a CD.
- Mission accomplished.
Hog heaven. It's been a very nice evening.