Ask.Audio Article on MIDI Messages

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Ask.Audio is one of our favorite technology websites and has been a great partner to The MIDI Association. We have worked with Ask.Audio's parent company, Non Linear Educating to provide extensive video training right here on the MIDI.org website in our courses section.  Here's a brief description on what NonLinear Educating is all about. 

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 The MIDI Association collaborates with many of the top technology websites including Ask.Audio, Electronic Musician, Harmony Central, Hispasonic, Keyboard Magazine, SonicState, Sound On Sound and more by mutually sharing information and stories about MIDI. 

Joe Albano, a well known author on Ask.Audio recently put together a great article on MIDI messages. We have Ask.Audio's permission to summarize the content of their articles and then include a link to the full article.

Fig 1 The wonderful world of MIDI

M.I.D.I.—Musical Instrument Digital Interface—shook up the industry when it was introduced in 1983, by separating the player's performance from the sound of the instrument, and this powerful digital communication protocol has been going strong ever since.

by Joe Albano

Joe's article covers the basics about the most common MIDI messages

Channel Voice Messages

The bulk of the musical performance data of a MIDI recording falls into the message category of "Channel Voice Messages" (I'm going to ignore the old-school "Channel" designation here). The 7 Voice Messages are:

• Note-On

• Note-Off

• Monophonic (Channel) Pressure/Aftertouch

• Polyphonic (Key) Pressure/Aftertouch

• PitchBend

• Program Change

• Control Change (or Continuous Controller) messages, a.k.a. CC messages, of which there 127 

Fig 3 Strings of continuous (streaming) MIDI messages

Below is a link to the full article on Ask.Audio's website. 

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Everything You Need To Know About MIDI Messages But Were Afraid To Ask : Ask.Audio

MIDI. There's a lot of musicians and producers who don't know how to use this protocol to improve their musical performances and add more expression.


Here is a link to our collection of MIDI and Audio curriculums developed in cooperation with Nonlinear Educating. 

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Check out our MIDI & Audio courses. Sign up at NLE to get access to hours of free preview videos or take it to the next level and get MIDI Certified.