​In our history of MIDI, we covered the very earliest mechanical music machines.  MIDI History:Chapter 1- 850 AD to 1850 AD - To really understand the origins of MIDI, you need to go all the way back to before there were digitally controlled synthesizers and computers, In fact you need to go back before there was even electricity to the very f...
World's First Alexa Controlled Digital Piano Translates Alexa Skills to MIDI CommandsAt CES 2019, Roland announced the first MIDI digital musical instrument able to be controlled by the Amazon Alexa. Like all Roland GO products, the Roland GO:PIANO features both audio and MIDI Bluetooth connectivity.  With bu...
 New MIDI Manufacturer Association member RnD64 funded their development of the Jammy MIDI controller via Indiegogo and raised $218,872. Jammy is a super portable steel string digital guitar that fits in your backpack. - 15-fret extensive sound range - Onboard guitar FX - ¼" and ⅛" direct audio outputs to your headphones or an a...
MMA Booth #1086 Hall EWinter NAMM 2016 is going to be a busy one for The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), the non-profit trade organization that develops and protects the MIDI specification and the brand new MIDI Association, the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI. The&nb...
​We got several entrees for suggested content from the December 2017 MIDI Association newsletter.  One was for an article on CTRLCap from Edwin Joassart. We did a little more research and decided to do an article not just on CNTRLCap, but on the developers behind it -Herrmutt Lobby. Herrmutt Lobby has created not just ...
"I can consolidate my foot pedals down to just a few that let me move through my song and set list. Then OnSong acts as a controller using Bluetooth MIDI and reconfigures my pedal board and keyboards specifically for each song."  by Jason KichlineMIDI or "Musical Instrument Digital Interface" is a powerful digital communications protocol that ...
There has always been a connection between astronomy and music. In fact, if you go all the way back to the ancient Greeks, Pythagoras first identified the relationship between musical pitch and numerical ratios. He discovered the ratio, 2:1, of the octave. That means a string and a string with exactly half the length will sound in perfect consonanc...
GRIDI is a large scale physical midi sequencer   Gridi is a large scale physical midi sequencer (2.80 X 1.65 Meters) with embedded LEDs. Itwas created by music producer Yuval Gerstein with the simple aim, to allow visitors to createa musical composition in an accessible and intuitive way. GRIDI translates the methodologyof composing ...
pandaMidi Solutions announces midiBeam v2 This two-box system connects any controller having a standard 5-pin MIDI Out socket to any of the following devices:any synthesizer, sound generator, effect device, computer having a standard MIDI In socket,any laptop or desktop computer having a USB connector,any iOS 7+ device (iPhone, iPad) with a Ca...
An explanation of issues to consider for syncing hardware devices (LauterZEIT website). lauterZEIT - Taxonomy of Arpeggiator and LFO Sync http://lauterzeit.com/arp_lfo_seq_sync/
XT Synth-The expression of a violin, the playability of a guitar, with the power of a MIDI controller that shines.  "The XT Synth is a mix of guitar, violin and midi controller. My inspiration was to make an instrument that could be played like a guitar, with the expression of a violin, with the sounds of a synthesizer. The neck has 4 soft pot...
Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Exhibit #10719), one of the co-founders of the original MIDI specification, introduces the A-88MKII, a powerful new 88-note MIDI keyboard controller for studio and stage. The latest in a long line of professional MIDI controllers from Roland, the A-88MKII is supremely playable, with modern creative tools for today's music...
NI Maschine-Production and Performance System ​Native Instruments' Maschine MK3 is a comkplet music production system that includes  a built-in 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, high-resolution full-color displays, large pads, touch-sensitive knobs, and more. It comes with over 8GB of sample content, along with the full Komplet...
The newest Jamstik, the Studio, is a full-size, MIDI-capable electric guitar allowing producer-guitarists to create seamlessly in DAWs and music apps.Guitarists and piano players have an equal appetite for music production, but guitar players have been left wanting due to previous technological barriers in the digital guitar market. Jamstik, leader...
SoulPedal® (SP) is a wearable controller that slips inside your shoe (as an insole) and wirelessly controls effects for musicians. In this YouTube demo, local Beta Tester and Musician, Kody Raine of Chandler Arizona, explains how he's using MIDI Change Control messages from SP's wireless controller to modulate his own gear. Not so obvious in the vi...
The MIDI Association, the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI, is offering the MIDI 1.0 specifications for download at no charge to their members at www.midi.org. Until now, 300+ page document has only been available at a charge of $60 to cover the cost of printing and shipping. The MIDI 1.0 Detailed Specification is an i...
MIDI 1.0 Specification From August, 1983 Uncovered at Yamaha US offices in April, 2018.  In November of 2018 we uncovered some unique historical MIDI documents.  These were discovered in a file cabinet at Yamaha Corporation of America's headquarters in Buena Park, California.  These documents pre-date th...
#DigMyRig Photo Gear List This is my "Battery powered studio" currently unplugged since I'm missing the multi channel audio interface that could handle most of my synths at once for live play. I'm also hoping to record the new CD with all of them and make some live gigs in local clubs. I'm trying to limit my self only to battery powered hardwa...
We recently sent out our first MIDI Message newsletter and our goal was to do a survey to find out more about who MIDI Association members are, what their level of MIDI experience is and what kind of content and service they want The MIDI Association to provide.  We sent the survey to over 8000 members. We wanted to share all of...
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We recently sent out a MIDI Message newsletter and asked people to describe their favorite MIDI project.  Harry Williamson from the Federation Bells in Melbourne, Australia sent us this message.  Favorite MIDI Project-The Federation Bells, Birrung Marr, Melbourne. 39 Bronze up-turned bells play compositions 3 times daily from a MAX/M...
Audiobus 3 update adds MIDI learn functionalityLast year Audiobus added MIDI pipelines to Audiobus 3 to allow MIDI data to be routed between apps in three different ways as inputs, effects or outputs.  The new MIDI learn function will make it easier to create really complex routings to external MIDI controllers.  Audiobus-c...
If you had a minute to tell us what MIDI means to you, what would you say? At the Winter NAMM show 2016, we wanted to capture what people felt about MIDI.  Thanks to Lawrence and Mick Levine we were able to capture people's instant reaction to the question- What does MIDI mean to you?  It is amazing how articulate and passionate...
Thousands in Prizes Open to All TMA MembersThe MIDI Association (TMA), a global community of people who use MIDI to create music and art, has announced the first #DigMyRig contest. Sponsored in cooperation with media partner Broadjam, the contest is a celebration of more than 30 years of MIDI, and its impact on modern music. The contest brings toge...