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Rostislav Chebykin

Save as MIDI preserving UTF-8 encoding?

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According to Release Notes for Cakewalk 2020.09, “Cakewalk now uses UTF-8 encoding by default for all text strings, including track name, clips names, Lane descriptions, Arranger sections, Notes Browser, Lyrics view, etc.” This is good news, but it’s not true for MIDI files that Cakewalk creates. Whenever you try to save or export a project as MIDI file (in any of the suggested MIDI formats), all UTF-8 gets lost, and all non-ASCII characters turn to question marks.

Does anybody know a way to save Cakewalk project as MIDI while preserving UTF-8 encoding of text strings?

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The MIDI standard does not cater for UTF-8 encoding. Cakewalk can do nothing about this.

Cakewalk Project Files use UTF-8 encoding.

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2 hours ago, Nigel Mackay said:

The MIDI standard does not cater for UTF-8 encoding.

I’m terribly sorry, @Nigel Mackay, but the RP-026 standard does cover Unicode usage in MIDI files for more than 20 years:

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More than that, I’ve seen pretty many MIDI files where lyrics or other string values were stored in UTF-8 encoding.

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