THE MIDI ASSOCIATION (TMA)The community of people who work, play and create with MIDI The MIDI Association’s mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who 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. More

Conlon Nancarrow and Black MIDI

Conlon Nancarrow and impossible music In an earlier MIDI history blog, we talked about the strange symbiotic relationship between player pianos and MIDI. But one of the things we didn't talk about was Conlon Nancarrow, the 20th century American composer who lived most of his life in Mexico and wrote most of his pieces for player pianos because...
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Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports

Serial, Parallel, and Joystick Ports Before USB and FireWire, personal computers were all generally equipped with serial, parallel, and (possibly) joystick ports, all of which have been used for connecting MIDI-equipped instruments (through special adapters). Though not always faster than MIDI-DIN, these connectors were already available on compute...
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White Paper: Comparison of MIDI and OSC

​ Abstract: This paper corrects public misinformation about MIDI and how it compares to OSC. Background: Products such as Jazz Mutant's "Lemur" and "Dexter", and Euphonix's "MC Control" and "MC Mix" have brought recent attention to technology from CNMAT called "Open Sound Control" ("OSC"). Articles about these products appearing in publications suc...
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Basics of USB-MIDI

Basics of USB-MIDI
USB and MIDI ​MIDI has stayed relevant for over 30 years by adapting to the different ways that computers send information to and from external devices. MIDI can now be sent over 5 Pin DIN, Serial Ports, USB, Firewire, Ethernet, Bluetooth and more. But currently the most prevalent way to connect to computers, tablets and smartphones is US...
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MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world

MIDI 30th Anniversary Articles from around the world
 How MIDI changed music Note on, note off: How MIDI changed music - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcasting Corporation In the early 1980s five synthesizer manufacturers agree on a common standard for sharing musical information digitally. That standard, known as Musical Instrument Digital Interface, changes music forever. http://www.abc.net.a...
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