Featuring: Dave Smith, George Duke, Tom
Oberheim, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess, Craig Anderton. For 30 years, MIDI has been at the forefront of
music technology even as musical trends change. Watch a star-studded panel
of MIDI instrument designers and musicians talk about the past, present,
and future of MIDI with MMA CEO/President Tom White. (Bios)
MIDI 30th Anniversary Exhibit
Here's how we celebrated the incredible history of MIDI at 2013 NAMM:
We recreated the 1983 MIDI launch with the first two MIDI keyboards, the Roland Jupiter-6 and
Sequential Prophet 600, connected via MIDI.
We displayed historical documents about the development
of MIDI and the MMA, and some well-known MIDI products from
We displayed some of
the latest products using MIDI technology, and gave attendees
the opportunity to jam with each other.
We used a 30 year-old Commodore 64 as a MIDI sequencer for an
iPad (running AniMoog)
1983 NAMM Photo
2013 Booth Photo
2013 Booth Photo
C64 meets iPad
We handed out nearly 5000 "MIDI 30 Years" commemorative pins,
and five lucky people people seen wearing the pins received
prizes, including one Gibson
Les Paul Standard Grand Prize.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of MMA Members began with a General
Session at 9:00 am for members and invited guests,
followed by a closed (members-only) Technical Session at
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.
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
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.
Universal SysEX ID for iOS OMAC - A proposal to
improve communication among iOS music apps.
MIDI Home Control Specification - A proposal to
provide interoperability among home A/V devices.
Web MIDI API - The web standards
organization (W3C) has developed technology to enable
browser-based audio apps, including support for MIDI input/output.
Florian Bomers (Bome Software) presented an
overview of the Web MIDI API, and encouraged MMA members to
advocate for browser support.
Bluetooth LE - Tom mentioned a few companies
interested in using this technology for MIDI.
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.
Tom also reported on MMA's "MIDI Makes Music" promotional
campaign for 2103, and the Technical Grammy to be awarded February
9th to Dave Smith and Ikutaro Kakehashi for the invention of MIDI.
Following the General Session the MMA members discussed each
active technical proposal in more detail, and viewed demos of HD