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MIDI's Not Scary -- Unless it's Halloween!
MIDI's Not Scary -- Unless it's Halloween!
The MIDI Association
MIDI Stories
DC Cemetery will be updated for 2017! For years now the Brent Ross, Creator & Designer of the DC Cemetery has been creating some of best Halloween haunts by using all kinds of technology including MIDI. Here is an article form 2008 updated with the 2014 video and information on where you can see the 2017 version DC...
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RTP-MIDI or MIDI over Networks
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
RTP-MIDI (IETF RFC 6295) is a specification for sending/receiving standard "MIDI 1.0" messages using standard networking protocols ("Real Time Protocol" and "Internet Protocol"). RTP-MIDI includes a data recovery mechanism (MIDI event journaling) to address packet loss that can occur on networks, eliminating the need for packet retransmission (whic...
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Tutorial: MIDI and Music Synthesis
The MIDI Association
Creating with MIDI
An explanation of music synthesis technology and how MIDI is used to generate and control sounds. This document was originally published in 1995 at a time when MIDI had been used in electronic musical instruments for more than a decade, but was still a relatively new technology in the computer industry. All these years later, the PC industry has ch...
The Taxonomy of Arpeggiator/LFO Sync
The Taxonomy of Arpeggiator/LFO Sync
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
An explanation of issues to consider for syncing hardware devices (LauterZEIT website). lauterZEIT - Taxonomy of Arpeggiator and LFO Sync http://lauterzeit.com/arp_lfo_seq_sync/
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MIDI for Guitarists
The MIDI Association
MIDI Hardware
"What is MIDI and How Can I Use It" (Seymour Duncan website). What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/what-is-midi-and-how-can-i-use-it
About Web MIDI
About Web MIDI
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
The Web MIDI API connects your MIDI gear directly to your browser. Your browser connects you to the rest of the world. MIDI hardware support has been available for a long time in Windows, Mac OS, iOS and most computer/tablet/smart phone platforms through USB, WiFi and even Bluetooth interfaces. But until now, there has been no standard mechani...
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2015 China Web Audio/MIDI Application & Innovation Contest
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
​August 2015 -- This contest is a joint partnership between CMIA, MMA, Google, and AMEI, to sponsor the promotion of web based music and audio application development and innovations, by leveraging the latest development in web audio APIs and web MIDI APIs, to develop new products and services, and creating more business opportunities for the music...
Google Web Audio/MIDI Hackathon at Music China 2015
Google Web Audio/MIDI Hackathon at Music China 2015
The MIDI Association
MIDI Connections
A special Web Audio/MIDI Hackathon was organized for web developers by Google at the Google Shanghai office. More than 70 developers from across China, from as far as Beijing and Zhangjiakou in northern China, and even a developer from the Netherlands, came to attend the event, which was lead by Ryoya Kawai and Encai Liu of Yamaha, to train the dev...
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About MIDI-Part 4:MIDI Files
The MIDI Association
MIDI 1.0
Standard MIDI Files ("SMF" or *.mid files)   Standard MIDI Files ("SMF" or *.mid files) are a popular source of music on the web, and for musicians performing in clubs who need a little extra accompaniment. The files contain all the MIDI instructions for notes, volumes, sounds, and even effects. The files are loaded into some form of 'player' ...
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About MIDI-Part 3:MIDI Messages
The MIDI Association
MIDI 1.0
Part 3: MIDI Messages The MIDI Message specification (or "MIDI Protocol") is probably the most important part of MIDI. MIDI is a music description language in digital (binary) form. It was designed for use with keyboard-based musical instruments, so the message structure is oriented to performance events, such as picking a note and then striking it...
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Why MIDI Matters
The MIDI Association
Getting Started with MIDI Tutorials
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 couldn't live with out it. MIDI is inside musical instruments, computers, tablets, smart phones, stage lighting, audio mixers, and many other products from well-known international companies including Apple, Gibso...
MIDI History:Chapter 6-MIDI Is Born               1980-1983
MIDI History:Chapter 6-MIDI Is Born 1980-1983
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
Visionaries including Dave Smith from Sequential Circuits, and Ikutaru Kakehashi from Roland began to worry that this lack of compatibility between manufacturers would restrict people's use of synthesizers, which would ultimately inhibit sales growth. Talk of a 'universal' digital communication system thus began circulating in 1981. Dave Smith and ...
Craig Anderton's Brief History Of MIDI
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
The MIDI specification first saw the light of day at the 1981 AES, when Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits presented a paper on the "Universal Synthesizer Interface." It was co-developed with other companies (an effort driven principally by Roland's Ikutaro Kakehashi, a true visionary of this industry), and made its prime time debut at the 1983 Los ...
MIDI History:Chapter 5-Synths Come of Age  1950-1983
MIDI History:Chapter 5-Synths Come of Age 1950-1983
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
The word 'Synthesizer' didn't arrive on the scene until the 1950s with the RCA Synthesizer I and II, but it wasn't long before these room-sized pieces of engineering had been, themselves, 'synthesized' down into more acceptable components and 'modules' thanks to the pioneering work of visionaries like Dr. Robert Moog, Don Buchla, Harold Bode, ...
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The MIDI Association Forms Prestigious Advisory Groups
The MIDI Association
MIDI News
The MIDI Association (TMA), a global community of people who use MIDI to create music and art, has been founded with the goals of providing education for existing users, as well as creating new music makers by promoting the creative possibilities of connecting digital musical instruments, MIDI controllers, smart phones, tablets and computers. To fu...
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MIDI History:Chapter 4-Early Synthesizers 1900-1950
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
Electronic musical instruments had been around in some form since the late nineteenth century. The Telharmonium and the Singing Telegraph date back to the beginnings of electricity itself while throughout the first half of the twentieth century electronic musical contraptions were quite the rage in Europe, from the French Ondes-Martenot to the...
MIDI History:Chapter 3-Orchestrions          1900-2015
MIDI History:Chapter 3-Orchestrions 1900-2015
The MIDI Association
MIDI Hardware
From mechanical to digital to virtual....and back! The relationship between mechanical musical machines and MIDI gets even more intriguing with orchestrions and "fairground organs".  Orchestrions have multiple mechanical instruments in them and are designed to sound like a complete orchestra (hence the name). Orchestrions a...
MIDI History:Chapter 2-Player Pianos 1850-1930
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
By Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The golden age of mechanical music machines really came in the late 19th century and early 20th century with player pianos and orchestrions.  A player piano is defined as any actual acoustic piano that is played by a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via pre-programmed music. 
MIDI History:Chapter 1-                     850 AD to 1850 AD
MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD
The MIDI Association
MIDI History
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 was even electricity to the very first mechanical music machines. The very first mechanical musical instruments were documented in the Book of Ingenious Devices...
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For Guitarists: What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan
The MIDI Association
MIDI 1.0
What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/what-is-midi-and-how-can-i-use-it