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[Updated] How to Make Your Own 3.5mm mini stereo TRS-to-MIDI 5 pin DIN cables
[Updated] How to Make Your Own 3.5mm mini stereo TRS-to-MIDI 5 pin DIN cables
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
Editors note: This article was written before the MMA published an official standard for using TRS adapters with MIDI devices, and simply describes the TRS connectors that exist in the market. Future products should use the MMA Specification if they want to be interoperable.  In the past few years, MIDI hardware products have become ...
Keith McMillen combines Leap Motion and Web MIDI
Keith McMillen combines Leap Motion and Web MIDI
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
Keith McMillen Instruments shared this short demo of gestural mixing, using their K-Mix programmable mixer, a Leap Motion controller and Web MIDI. MIDI Gestural control really seems to be taking off recently enabled by wireless BTLE MIDI, improvement in gesture recognition technology and advances in sensors. In this case, KMI is using a L...
Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji :MIDI Controlled LED Drones
Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji :MIDI Controlled LED Drones
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
Okay, I admit it.  I'm a sucker for this sort of thing.  First, I have been into MIDI my whole life. Second, I lived in Japan for 7 years and have climbed Mt Fuji (twice).  Third, I love the combination of MIDI and art especially visual art.    So when I saw this I was hooked even before I watched it.  The Be...
MIDI From The Inside
MIDI From The Inside
Jeff Rona
MIDI Stories
Updated with a new Youtube video We found this excellent Youtube interview by Orchestral Tools and thought it would be a great addition to this article with the first President of the MIDI Manufacturers Association, Jeff Rona.  This post was contributed by the well known film composer, Jeff Rona. Jeff was the first president of the M...
Itty Bitty Squishy Things Roundup
Itty Bitty Squishy Things Roundup
David Battino
MIDI Hardware
Dave Battino wrote an article which was a  roundup of ultra-compact keyboard and pad MIDI controllers in the December 2013 issue of keyboard.  He shared the video he created to show these itty bitty MIDI devices. 
Becoming an author for MIDI.org
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
It's easy to become an author for The MIDI Association. Simply join the MIDI Association as a member and then use the Contact form to tell us your username, a bit about your background and the MIDI topics you'd like to cover.  We can then enable you as an author and give you access to our content management system which makes it easy to upload...
The MIDI Association and Bluetooth MIDI at 2016 SXSW
The MIDI Association and Bluetooth MIDI at 2016 SXSW
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
For the past few days we have been at the SXSW Music Expo.  It turns out that Austin now only has a vibrant synth scene, but there are a lot of Austin based startups doing some pretty cool things with MIDI. Also at the show we got to meet with some companies from around the globe and from all over the US doing cool things with Bluetooth M...
Alternative Controllers: Part 5 Hand-Held and Struck Controllers, and Controllers for Microtonal Tunings
Mark Vail
MIDI Hardware
Hand-Held Controllers Electronic MIDI controllers that you hold in your hands and shake or move about to make music date back to 1986. That was the year Palmtree Instruments introduced Airdrums, a tabletop MIDI controller wired to two tubes that contain sensors for detecting motion in any of six directions. The control box transmits six triggers pe...
"What is MIDI" Guide by Paul Lehrman
"What is MIDI" Guide by Paul Lehrman
The MIDI Association
MIDI 1.0
Join the MIDI Association and download the 21 page booklet "What is MIDI" excerpted from "MIDI for the Professional" by Paul Lehrman and Tim Tully.  We're always trying to help our MIDI Association members get the most out of MIDI.  Paul Lehrman has been involved with MIDI since its inception. Paul has w...
MIDI and Robots
MIDI and Robots
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
We have a soft spot for robots....... People who tinker with robots, art installations and circuit bending are right in our wheelhouse .  They seem to share a passion  for pushing the limits of what MIDI can do.  Here's a quick selection of some of our favorite MIDI robots curated from the web.  Eric Singer and the Lea...
Winter NAMM 2016 MIDI Minutes
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
If you had a minute to tell us what MIDI means to you, what would you say? At the Winter NAMM show 2016, we wanted to capture what people felt about MIDI.  Thanks to Lawrence and Mick Levine we were able to capture people's instant reaction to the question- What does MIDI mean to you?  It is amazing how articulate and passionate...
"#DigMyRig" 2nd Prize Package
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
2nd Prize Package worth over $2000
"#DigMyRig" 1st Prize Package
"#DigMyRig" 1st Prize Package
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
1st Prize Package worth over $3000
#DigMyRig" 3rd Prize Package
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
3rd Prize Package worth over $1000
How to Find MIDI Sequencer "Gotchas"
How to Find MIDI Sequencer "Gotchas"
Craig Anderton
MIDI Software
Fix those little "gotchas" before they make it into the final mix by Craig Anderton MIDI sequencing is wonderful, but it's not perfect—and sometimes, you'll be sandbagged by problems like false triggers (e.g., what happens when you brush against a key accidentally), having two different notes land on the same beat when quantized, voice-stealing tha...
MIDI Processing, Programming, and Do It Yourself (DIY) Components
MIDI Processing, Programming, and Do It Yourself (DIY) Components
The MIDI Association
DYI/Arduino/Maker/Robots
Companies and products listed here do not imply any recommendation or endorsement by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. MIDI Processing, Programming, and Do It Yourself (DIY) Components These are just examples of such products -- we make no warranty re: suitability (or anything else, for that matter) -- use at your own risk. If you are a manu...
The MIDI Association at CES 2016
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
​We were really surprised to see so much MIDI activity at the Intel booth at CES 2016. There were two presenters on their main demo stage that have direct connections to The MIDI Association.  DJ RaviDrums was there showing off the combination of a DJ MIDI controller and electronic drums with sophisticated video processing Ravi is always at th...
The MIDI Association at Winter NAMM 2016
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
We had a great NAMM show  in 2016.  The MMA booth was really busy with constant demos by Quicco, Bome and Kagura from Shikumi Designs. All of the Tec Track panels we hosted were well attended.  The  Executive Roundtable: Keyboards and Virtual Instruments — with Craig Anderton, Jordan Rudess, Mi...
The History Of MIDI
The History Of MIDI
The MIDI Association
Getting Started with MIDI Tutorials
We put together a series of articles about the history of electronic music and MIDI. Here are links to the series. MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD - To really understand the origins of MIDI, you need to go all the way back to before there were digitally controlled synthesizers and computers, In fact you need to go back before there w...
tutorial
MIDI Tutorials
The MIDI Association
MIDI 1.0
Here is a collection of tutorials on MIDI which is a great place to get started.  For quick access to a list of all MIDI Messages, see our Reference Tables section. MIDI Basics  Why MIDI Matters -   MIDI is like air, it's all around you, most of the time you can take it for granted, but if you are a digital musician you probably...
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MIDI at Winter NAMM 2016
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
MMA Booth #1086 Hall E Winter NAMM 2016 is going to be a busy one for The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), the non-profit trade organization that develops and protects the MIDI specification and the brand new MIDI Association, the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI.  The&...
Alternative Controllers: Part 1 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail
Mark Vail
MIDI Hardware
Alternative Controllers A keyboard isn't the only means of playing a synthesizer. Synthesist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Fortune (http://www.kevinbrahenyfortune.com) is one of many who enjoy using alternative controllers. He believes the kind of controller you use not only directly influences the type of music you create, but it also can l...
Alternative Controllers: Part 4 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail
Mark Vail
MIDI Hardware
Touch Controllers (continued) Another beautiful and powerful touch controller, this one featuring 150 rectangular walnut keys arranged in a five-row by 30-column matrix laid within a 29" by 8" by 1-1/4" block of Washington alder and weighing 4.6 pounds, is the Madrona Labs Soundplane Model A (http://madronalabs.com). Each key senses velocity, posit...
Alternative Controllers: Part 3 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail
Mark Vail
MIDI Hardware
Touch Controllers (continued) Although it isn't a dedicated controller, Teenage Engineering's OP-1 — a tiny (11.1" x 4.02" x 0.53", 1 lb. 4.4 oz.), battery-powered workstation packed with a variety of digital synthesis engines, effects processors, filters, audio recording and sampling, sequencing, and other capabilities — becomes a unique MIDI...