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If you are new to MIDI or want to go over some basics, this is the best place to start.  

Here is where you'll find guides to understanding what MIDI is, what it's not and general information everyone who uses MIDI should know.

There are Categories for MIDI 1.0, MIDI 2.0 and MIDI History. 

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MIDI 1.0, MIDI 2.0, MIDI History, Byte Sized Tips and Tricks

Audio Wiki MIDI Message diagram

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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For Guitarists: What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan

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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

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MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD

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 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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MIDI History:Chapter 2-Player Pianos 1850-1930

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. 

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