2012 NAMM Show - January
2012 HOT (Hands-On-Training) Zone
"Going Mobile: The iPad/iPhone Music Creation Revolution
The MIDI Manufacturers Association participated in
the "HOT Zone" to show how MIDI technology is helping to make playing, creating, and learning about
music easier and more rewarding. Like last year, this year's
session focused on using iOS devices to make music.
MMA Session Title
"Going Mobile: The iPad/iPhone Music Creation Revolution Continues..."
Leading technology experts (Marcus Ryle, Line 6; Ben Israel,
Yamaha; Demetrio Navarro, iConnectivity) discussed how iPads
iPhones) are changing the way people interact with digital
instruments and other music production devices. The panelists
showed some new software and hardware for making music,
explained the technologies behind them, and talked about how iOS is impacting the MI
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of MMA Members was held Sunday,
January 22, 2012, beginning with the General Session at 9:00
am for members and invited guests. A closed (members-only)
Technical Session followed at 10:00 am.
MMA Status Report
MMA President Tom White explained how MMA's mission is
providing for interoperability of MIDI products, and explained the
various technical proposals and business development projects
being managed by MMA on behalf of the industry.
- HD Protocol - (See here
for the current status.)
- IEC MIDI Specification - A proposal is under
consideration to submit some portion of the MIDI Specification
to IEC for standardization, to improve recognition as a
standard by emerging countries.
- MMA AVBTP Payload Types - The new IEEE AVB Transport
Protocol specification (IEEE-1722) includes a reference to MMA
for specifications now under development that define the
transport of MIDI and HD Protocol.
- Updated MIDI Electrical spec -
A proposal for MMA to publish a new circuit diagram using
current components and practices and allowing for 3.3V power
- Logo and Trademark Protection -
MMA is working with AMEI in Japan and CMIA in China to prevent
dilution of the meaning of "MIDI" in China
caused by registered marks being used on non-MIDI products.
- Web Audio & MIDI Standards - The web standards
organization (W3C) is developing technology to enable
browser-based audio apps, and is considering an MMA request to
support MIDI input/output. W3C's Doug Schepers presented an
overview of W3C and their Web Audio project.
Mr. White added that MMA is also looking into new
specifications such as MIDI over Bluetooth and MIDI for eBooks,
and reported on MMA promotional efforts for MIDI at 2012 CES and
the 2012 NAMM HOT Zone, as well as the upcoming 30th Anniversary
of MIDI in January 2013.
Ethan Wetzel (Bosch) presented information about the Open Control Architecture
Alliance, which is a new pro-audio industry effort to define a
communications standard for control and monitoring of devices in
professional media networks.
Following the General Session the MMA members discussed each
active technical proposal in more detail, and there was a
presentation and demo about developing Windows/OSX/embedded
products that use RTP-MIDI, AVB, MIDI, and MMA HD (draft)
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