The global community of companies and people who work, play and create with MIDI

What is MIDI?


MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an industry standard music technology protocol that connects digital musical instruments, computers, tablets, and smartphones from many different companies. MIDI is used every day around the world by musicians, DJs, producers, educators, artists, and hobbyists to create, perform, learn, and share music and artistic works.

MIDI 2.0 News

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What is the MIDI Association?

About Us
The MIDI Association is the non-profit community for both the companies who develop new MIDI specifications and products and the people that create music and art with MIDI. The MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to the next- gen MIDI protocols coming soon.

Our Mission for Individual Members

Get the most out of MIDI
  • Nurture an inclusive community of people who create music and art with MIDI.
  • Create an environment for community members to learn from each other.
  • Explain new technical developments in MIDI and explore how to use them.
  • Promote new ways of creatively using MIDI.
  • Connect MIDI users with the companies that develop MIDI products. 

Connect. Learn. Create.

All-Access
Enjoy “all access” to videos, guides, articles, and discussion forums offering tools, tips, and tricks to help you learn everything from MIDI basics to advanced techniques. We’re dedicated to helping you get the most out of MIDI. Whether you are new to MIDI or are deep into SysEx, whether your  into DIY maker projects or a seasoned developer, we have the resources you're looking for.

Our Mission for Corporate Members

You'll be in good company
  • Encourage and promote the use of MIDI technology and MIDI products.
  • Develop and enhance MIDI to respond to new market needs.
  • Create an open standards process with broad industry participation.
  • Protect the meaning of the term MIDI.
  • Work to ensure the interoperability of MIDI products.

MIDI Articles

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The MIDI Manufacturers Association was official established as a California nonprofit, 501(c)6 trade organization) in 1985 with the goal to expand, promote, and protect MIDI technology for the benefit of artists and musicians around the world.

In 2016, the MMA launched The MIDI Association, a public-facing, free, global, web-based community for people who create music and art with MIDI. Starting with no members at all, the MIDI Association now has over 30,000 registered individuals.  

In May 2020 the United States Library of Congress selected MIDI.org for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive. It’s an honor that they consider the MIDI website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.

The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about all aspects of MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to the next- gen protocols on the horizon. 

With the continued success (and growing recognition) of The MIDI Association, the MMA has decided to unify the two brands under the name The MIDI Association.

The MIDI Manufacturers Association will remain the legal entity and there are no changes to the MMA bylaws, but the organization will do business as the MIDI Association.

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