The MIDI Association

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

“MIDI makes everything I do possible. I wouldn't be the musician I am today without it” 

“MIDI is without a doubt an example of what happens when competing companies work together for common good. In no other industry before or since have we seen something so noble.” 

What is MIDI?


MIDI is an industry standard music technology protocol that connects products from many different companies including digital musical instruments, computers, tablets, and smartphones. 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.

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What is the MIDI Association?

About Us
The MIDI Association is a FREE non-profit, member community of people that create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

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MIDI CI Specification

Now Available for Download
The MIDI-CI specification is now available for download by MIDI Association members. It is on the MIDI 1.0 specification page at the bottom of the list of MIDI 1.0 Specification Addenda after 1996.

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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. Get inspired and create your own artistic path. We’re dedicated to helping you get the most out of MIDI.

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Membership is FREE, so sign up now to join the fun, get the latest MIDI Specifications and for exclusive premium content and promotions that are available only to MIDI Association members.

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MIDI Tip of the Day

MIDI Month Tip of the Day
MIDI News
We hope you enjoyed these daily tips during MIDI Month—but that's not the end of it, because there will be plenty more tips to come when you join the The MIDI Association. TMA is an all-volunteer organization that believes in TMA's mission: to nurtur...
MIDI Month Tip of the Day
MIDI News
In the tip for May 22, we covered how to control effects and virtual instrument parameters with a footpedal hooked into a synthesizer or other controller. But what if you don't have a synthesizer or other controller...and would rather use a 100 mm fa...

MIDI Articles

The Official MIDI Specifications

The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) produces the Specifications that make MIDI products work together. The Specifications define new MIDI Messages and new Recommended Practices for using MIDI Technology. Join the MIDI Association and use the links below to find and download all of the available MIDI Specifications and Recommended Practices. 

The newly adopted MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) specification is now available for download at the bottom of the MIDI 1.0 specification page in the Supplemental Specifications section. 

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MIDI CI Profiles

A short video explaining MIDI-CI Profiles working using Korg, Roland, and Yamaha products and early prototypes of Drawbar Organ and Analog Synthesis Profiles.

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