MIDI Tutorials

​Here is a collection of tutorials on MIDI which is a great place to get started. 

For quick access to a list of all MIDI Messages, see our Reference Tables section.


An Intro to MIDI -

What MIDI does, how to use it, how devices are connected, and more (pdf).

About MIDI-Part 1:Overview -

MIDI (pronounced mid-e) is a technology that makes creating, playing, or just learning about music easier and more rewarding. Playing a musical instrument can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and friendship. 

About MIDI-Part 2:MIDI Cables & Connectors -

Part 2: MIDI Cables &Connectors
Many different transports can be used for MIDI messages. The speed of the transport determines how much MIDI data can be carried, and how quickly it will be received.

About MIDI-Part 3:MIDI Messages -

Part 3: MIDI MessagesThe MIDI Message specification (or  MIDI Protocol) is probably the most important part of MIDI. MIDI is a music description language in digital (binary) form. It was designed for use with keyboard-based musical instruments, 

About MIDI-Part 4:MIDI Files -

Standard MIDI Files (SMF & .mid files) are a popular source of music on the web, and for musicians performing in clubs who need a little extra accompaniment. The files contain all the MIDI instructions for notes, volumes, sounds, and even effects

​Tutorial: Benefits of MIDI -

Unlike MP3 files and CDs, MIDI files contain individual instructions for playing each individual note of each individual instrument. So with MIDI it is actually possible to change just one note in a song, or to re-orchestrate an entire song wit

Tutorial: MIDI and Music Synthesis -

​An explanation of music synthesis technology and how MIDI is used to generate and control sounds. (pdf)

Audio Wiki MIDI Message diagram -

Our friends over at http://en.wikiaudio.org created this simplfied diagram of MIDI messages and kindly let us put it up here.