Release: January 12,
Manufacturers Adopt Specifications for MIDI Visual
Control, MIDI Content Identification, and Mobile Musical Instruments
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced three new
specifications for device manufacturers, content providers, and
application developers to create interoperable products.
MIDI Visual Control ("MVC") defines MIDI messages
to control particular video system functions. Video has become a
common component of music performances, and MIDI Visual Control
enables a musician to trigger clips, perform video effects and
transitions all from a MIDI keyboard or other controller.
“MIDI is a well established technology for devices to communicate
and control each other," said MMA President/CEO Tom White.
"The core concepts behind MIDI Visual Control come from Roland's
V-LINK, which is also already proven in the market, so we are very
happy to have this new industry standard to open the door for all
manufacturers to cooperate in building compatible systems for control
and artistic presentation."
Roland has scheduled a press event on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 7:00
P.M. in the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center to officially
announce their company's plans for MVC.
International Standard MIDI Code (ISMC) is an identifier
that is currently used in Asia to tag Standard MIDI Files (SMF) with
information about the source/owner as a deterrent to piracy.
Mobile Musical Instruments (MMI) is a specification for
using the buttons and controls on mobile phones to generate musical
notes, along with tags in music files that indicate the musical key
and chord structure to assist with playing the correct notes.
All three specifications were submitted to MMA by the Association
of Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI) in Japan following their
approval by AMEI members. The MMA specification documents will be
available on www.midi.org in the
first quarter of 2011, but are available to MMA and AMEI members now.
MMA provides the forum for manufacturers and developers of MIDI
hardware and software to decide how to use MIDI technology so that
their products can be interoperable. MMA members include leading
companies in the musical instrument, personal computing, and consumer
electronics industries throughout the world (except for Japan). MMA's
specifications for MIDI are also referenced in other international
standards for technology products, including 3GPP, MPEG, and IEC
standards. More information on MMA and MIDI is available at www.midi.org.
AMEI manages and promotes MIDI in Japan, and represents Japanese
companies in setting the international standards for MIDI with MMA. www.amei.or.jp