Allocating and Preparing MIDI Data Blocks
The midiOutLongMsg, midiInAddBuffer, and midiStreamOut functions require that applications to allocate data blocks to pass to the device drivers for playback or recording purposes. Each of these functions uses a MIDIHDR structure to describe its data block.
Before you use one of these functions to pass a data block to a device driver, you must allocate memory for the buffer and the header structure that describes the data block.
Windows provides the following functions for preparing and cleaning up MIDI data blocks.
|midiInPrepareHeader||Prepares a MIDI input data block.|
|midiInUnprepareHeader||Cleans up the preparation of a MIDI input data block.|
|midiOutPrepareHeader||Prepares a MIDI output data block.|
|midiOutUnprepareHeader||Cleans up the preparation of a MIDI output data block.|
Before you pass a MIDI data block to a device driver, you must prepare the buffer by passing it to the midiInPrepareHeader or midiOutPrepareHeader function. When the device driver is finished with the buffer and returns it, you must clean up this preparation by passing the buffer to the midiInUnprepareHeader or midiOutUnprepareHeader function before any allocated memory can be freed.