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Alternative Controllers: Part 2 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail
Mark Vail
MIDI Hardware
Touch Controllers (continued) If you'd prefer a surface that's stretched much further, consider the Haken Continuum Fingerboard (http://www.hakenaudio.com/Continuum). Its control surface feels like silk and looks like a wide ribbon with alternating scarlet and maroon stripes. Designed by Lippold Haken, the Continuum goes beyond two dimensions. Its ...
An Intro to MIDI
An Intro to MIDI
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Getting Started with MIDI Tutorials
What MIDI does, how to use it, how devices are connected, and more. pdf File Name: An Introduction to MIDI File Size: 2.1 mb Download File
Audio Wiki MIDI Message diagram
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MIDI 1.0
Our friends over at http://en.wikiaudio.org created this simplfied diagram of MIDI messages and kindly let us put it up here. 
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​Tutorial: Benefits of MIDI
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MIDI 1.0
 Unlike audio file formats like MP3 files and CDs, MIDI files contain individual instructions for playing each individual note of each individual instrument. So with MIDI it is actually possible to change just one note in a song, or to re-orchestrate an entire song with entirely different instruments. And since each instrument in a MIDI p...
Imogen Heap Exclusive Interview
Imogen Heap Exclusive Interview
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DYI/Arduino/Maker/Robots
Tell us about yourself briefly- I write, sing, play various instruments, program drums etc, edit, mix and produce my own work in my home studio or wherever a project takes me. I'm now fully independent, with no management, publishing or label! It feels amazing to be completely untethered. Over the last 5 years I've been developing with a team of no...
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Flight of the Bumble Bee-MIDI Style
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MIDI Stories
5 Different Sites and 5 different views of the same song, but they are all driven by MIDI.  Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys through a tunnel of glowing, pulsing notes. by The ...
Conlon Nancarrow and Black MIDI
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MIDI Stories
Conlon Nancarrow and impossible music In an earlier MIDI history blog, we talked about the strange symbiotic relationship between player pianos and MIDI. But one of the things we didn't talk about was Conlon Nancarrow, the 20th century American composer who lived most of his life in Mexico and wrote most of his pieces for player pianos because...
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Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports
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MIDI Connections
Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports Before USB and FireWire, personal computers were all generally equipped with serial, parallel, and (possibly) joystick ports, all of which have been used for connecting MIDI-equipped instruments (through special adapters). Though not always faster than MIDI-DIN, these connectors were already available on compute...
Basics of USB-MIDI
Basics of USB-MIDI
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MIDI 1.0
USB MIDI 2.0 ADOPTED  MIDI 2.0 Progress Continues with Updated USB Specification -   As computers have become central components in many MIDI systems, USB has become the most widely used protocol for transporting MIDI data. With the introduction of MIDI 2.0, the USB Implementers Forum's USB MIDI 2.0 working group, headed by members o http...
MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world
MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world
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MIDI History
 How MIDI changed music  In 2013, MIDI turned 30 and the whole world turned out to celebrate.  In 2023, MIDI will turn 40 and MIDI 2.0 will be three years old.  It's a fascinating time for MIDI and the people who create music and art with MIDI.  Note on, note off: How MIDI changed music - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcas...
MMA @ The 2013 NAMM Show
MMA @ The 2013 NAMM Show
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MIDI Stories
MIDI Creators and Innovators Panel Featuring: Dave Smith, George Duke, Tom Oberheim, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess, Craig Anderton. For 30 years, MIDI has been at the forefront of music technology even as musical trends change. Watch a star-studded panel of MIDI instrument designers and musicians talk about the past, present, and future of MIDI with ...
NAMM Museum Of Making Music Celebrates 30th Anniversary of MIDI
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MIDI History
MIDI 30th Anniversary Exhibit Display highlights historical significance of the communication interface in music making Carlsbad, CA (December 3, 2013) -- Commemorating 30 years of facilitating the creation of music, MIDI technology debuts a display at the Museum of Making Music that will be on exhibit now through 2014 at NAMM headquarters in Carls...
55th GRAMMY® Award for MIDI
55th GRAMMY® Award for MIDI
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MIDI Artists
Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith receive Technical GRAMMY Award from the Recording Academy® In 1983, Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, and Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, unveiled MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The launch of MIDI motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move music t...
MMA @ The 2014 NAMM Show
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MIDI News
Beyond the MIDI Mockup: Achieving maximum depth, subtlety, nuance and expression using MIDI hardware and software. This two-hour HOT Zone workshop session by composer Jerry Gerber provided tips and techniques for musicians, composers and sound designers to make realistic MIDI recordings using popular DAW software such as Sonar by Cakewalk...
The Computer Chronicles: MIDI Music (1986)
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MIDI History
Computers and music, MIDI machines and interfaces, and music composition software.This 30 minute TV show from 1986 describes what was possible with MIDI back then. It's a window into the state of the art in music technology thirty years ago.  Guests: Chris French, Music Software; Bob Moore, Hybrid Arts; David Schwartz, Compusonics; Chris ...
The Open Door: Macintosh, Midi, and Music (1988)
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MIDI Artists
Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Bryan Bell, Laurie Anderson, David Mash, David Rosenthal, Tom coster and more  talk about Macintosh, MIDI and music  in 1988. 
MMA at 2013 International CES - January 8-11, 2013
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MIDI News
​This year at CES we previewed our MIDI Makes Music promotional campaign, sponsored by a coalition of leading industry companies and organizations including, Roland, Yamaha, Gibson, Fishman, Dave Smith Instruments, Korg, Dream, Mediamation, NAMM, AES, Keyboard Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Robertson Communications. Our booth featured g...
MMA at 2014 International CES - January 7-10, 2014
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MIDI News
MIDI Makes Music CES 2014 we continued our MIDI Makes Music promotional campaign with booth graphics and handouts explaining that MIDI is a Grammy®-winning technology, with photos and descriptions of typical applications and products that use MIDI technology. . ​We also displayed our "MIDI Makes Music" introductory video about the past, presen...
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A3E – Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange Boston, 23-24 September, 2014
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MIDI News
OVERVIEW A3E - the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange - is the first major industry conference focused on Audio Development and true Next–Gen Technology Innovations. A3E features three conferences, which bring Artists, Developers and Manufacturers together to explore the impact of Algorithmic Intelligence, Mobile Technology, Controllerism &...
MMA @ The 2015 NAMM Show January 22-25 2015 Anaheim CA USA
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MIDI News
MIDI Innovations Exhibit Hall E #1086 Exhibitors were: Sensorpoint: "Jambe" iOS Percussion InstrumentBome: MIDI/USB/Ethernet/WiFi Translator BoxUbisoft: "Rocksmith" guitar training & game softwareQuicco: Wireless (BLE) MIDI Adapter "MI.1"Psicraft: Synth Editing Software and Juno-106 MIDI Kit There was also a MIDI JAM Area where attendees could ...
Older MMA Press Releases-1996-1998
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MIDI News
Industry Players Agree on Common Format for Wavetable Synthesis (10/98) ​At the 45th meeting of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), audio experts reached agreement on a common format for creating sounds with the popular "wavetable synthesis" technique. The agreement merges the best features of different specifications promoted by the MIDI Manu...
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About MIDI-Part 1:Overview
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MIDI 1.0
MIDI (pronounced "mid-e") is a technology that makes creating, playing, or just learning about music easier and more rewarding. Playing a musical instrument can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and friendship. Whether your goal is to play in a band, or you just want to perform privately in your home, or you want to develop your skills as a music com...
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About MIDI-Part 2:MIDI Cables & Connectors
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MIDI 1.0
Part 2: MIDI Cables & Connectors Many different "transports" can be used for MIDI messages. The speed of the transport determines how much MIDI data can be carried, and how quickly it will be received. 5-Pin MIDI DIN Using a 5-pin "DIN" connector, the MIDI DIN transport was developed back in 1983, so it is slow compared to common high-spee...
Animusic-MIDI-Driven Computer Animation
Animusic-MIDI-Driven Computer Animation
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Creating with MIDI
Animusic produces innovative music animation by leveraging MIDI data in creating "virtual concerts". The animation of graphical instrument elements is generated using proprietary software called MIDImotionTM. The technique is analytical, note-based, and involves a pre-process (as opposed to being reactive, sound-based, and real-time). Feature: Inte...