... it's in musical instruments,
computers, cell phones, and many other products from well known
companies like Microsoft, Apple, Nokia, Sony, Yamaha, & hundreds
more consumer products companies.
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Most popular recorded music is written and performed using MIDI-equipped electronic keyboards (aka "synthesizers").
Much music is also written on computers using "Sequencers" and/or "Digital Audio workstations". Other MIDI-equipped musical
instruments may also be used, including digital drums, digital guitars, wind instruments, and more.
Your computer probably has the ability to play MIDI files using
either built-in hardware or a software synthesizer that responds to MIDI messages, and with an appropriate adapter your computer can be connected to other MIDI-equipped
products so you can use MIDI to help you learn, play, create and enjoy music.
(Making Music with MIDI)
Even film and TV scores are usually created on MIDI instruments, and with advances in digital sampling and synthesis technologies
making digital instruments sound ever more realistic, the orchestra playing behind that big-screen block buster is
more likely to be the product of a few MIDI devices than dozens of acoustic instruments.
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Besides music creation and playback described above, MIDI has some other interesting and popular uses. MIDI Show Control is a
different set of MIDI messages used for controlling rides at theme parks
as well as for operating themed events such as are found outside
many Las Vegas casinos. And many people have developed unique
products that use MIDI. (Fun with MIDI)
And if you own a cell phone that has "polyphonic
ring-tones" (billions do) it's probably got a MIDI synthesizer
built-in (or something very much like MIDI, depending on the
manufacturer). Ring-tones are a very popular add-on business for
cellular providers, and many people use MIDI to make their own
ring-tones and put them on their phones.
If you'd like to learn more about the technology of MIDI, we offer a number of online tutorials that should
be helpful, as well as the specification documents themselves. You can also visit our Resources
page for additional articles, as well as links to locations that
offer books and DVDs.