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 o...
Tristan Shone A.K.A. Author and Punisher is a musician and mechanical engineer who makes heavy metal MIDI controllers, really heavy metal ! He has created a range of unique MIDI controllers he calls " dub machines" using his electronic and mechanical engineering expertise.  Tristan studied for a Master of Fine&nbs...
Thousands in Prizes Open to All TMA Members The 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 tog...
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...
"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 Kichline MIDI or "Musical Instrument Digital Interface" is a powerful digital communications protocol tha...
Nick Demopoulos started out as a jazz musician and played with legends like Chico Hamilton.  But then he began exploring the possibilities of using MIDI and that led him to a new path as a DIY maker and creator of some fascinating and unique MIDI devices.  HIs website ( Smomid.com )  is named after the first instrument he ever built....
​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 j...
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...
It's easy to become an author for The MIDI Association. Simply join the MIDI Association as a member and then use the Contact form to tell us your username, a bit about your background and the MIDI topics you'd like to cover.  We can then enable you as an author and give you access to our content management system which makes it easy to upload...
#DigMyRig Photo Gear List ​ ** Computers & Recording **  Mac Pro 2014 6-core w/64Gb RAM, 1Tb Flash[Main DAW]  iMac 27" 3.4Ghz quad-core i7 w/32Mb RAM [Office Mac]  Philips 40" 4k Display x2  32" LED TV 2 x  3Tb Drives in thunderbolt chasis RAID 0  Focal cms65 Monitors  KRK Rokit 8 Monitors w/sub...
Here is a summary of news we sent out via our social media channels in June 2016. midi (@midiassociation) | Twitter The latest Tweets from midi (@midiassociation). The MIDI Association’s mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI.  https://twitter.com/midiassociation https://t.co/QIcQ2...
#DigMyRig Photo Gear List Moonwerk Labs Space Station was created 5 years ago by two aspiring musicians with a passion for Electronic music. We implement the use of MIDI with the help of MOTU's MIDI Express 8x8 units. Dane Blaesing (the other 1/2 of moonwerk) is the mastermind behind the visual design of the studio, using LEDs to showcase EVERYTHIN...
​ August 2015 -- This contest is a joint partnership between CMIA, MMA, Google, and AMEI, to sponsor the promotion of web based music and audio application development and innovations, by leveraging the latest development in web audio APIs and web MIDI APIs, to develop new products and services, and creating more business opportunities for the musi...
The Tirare is a custom performance interface. In Italian, Tirare means:  (to) throw, (to) to pull. The name refers to the primary performative action employed in order to generate sound. Initially, I was trying to create a form of MIDI concertina. I wanted to pull and push the interface to generate sound, similar to a concertina. I also m...
"Manipulate the state of your mind" using Light Scape sequences. Enjoy the psychedelic color experience that the eLSD is inducing. It gently pulses light and color in front of your eyes, influencing your brain waves and the state of your mind. Create your own Light Scape sequences (The eLSD is a USB-MIDI device).  We have seen lots of MIDI dev...
 Art+Logic Announces Launch of New Software Incubator Lab. Software innovation company will design and develop a working prototype of selected music technology or pro-audio app. Pasadena, CA: January 24, 2018, Art+Logic, a premier software innovation firm in the United States, announces the launch of a new software incubator called Art+Logic L...
#DigMyRig Photo Gear List Hi, Like most of us, my setup is always evolving, but this is its current state. I work mostly OOTB (Out of the Box), but once I've got something going I'll record into the computer for rearrangement and editing (esp. for length!). I have two main MIDI work stations, with a BeatStep Pro and a Squark Pyramid as the respecti...
The Live Performance Challenge ​ The challenge for me as a performing musician has always been not being able to readily access desired sounds and sound layers during a live performance in an effective way. The tools given to us on modern stage keyboards are difficult to manage on the live stage, and even if you take the time and make the effort to...
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/...
Beyond the MIDI Mockup: Achieving maximum depth, subtlety, nuance and expression using MIDI hardware and software. This two-hour HOT Zone workshop session by composer Jerry Gerber provided tips and techniques for musicians, composers and sound designers to make realistic MIDI recordings using popular DAW software such as Sonar by Cakewalk...
​We were really surprised to see so much MIDI activity at the Intel booth at CES 2016. There were two presenters on their main demo stage that have direct connections to The MIDI Association.  DJ RaviDrums was there showing off the combination of a DJ MIDI controller and electronic drums with sophisticated video processing Ravi is always at th...
On May 26, we held the very first  MIDI Live! chat with a panel of MPE specialists.  We recorded the session and it is presented here as a podcast.  Listeners were not only able to send in questions via text but were able to actually join the discussion and interact directly with the panelists. Roger Linn demoed his Linnstr...
MIDI Innovations Exhibit Hall E #1086 Exhibitors were: Sensorpoint : "Jambe" iOS Percussion Instrument Bome : MIDI/USB/Ethernet/WiFi Translator Box Ubisoft : "Rocksmith" guitar training & game software Quicco : Wireless (BLE) MIDI Adapter "MI.1" Psicraft : Synth Editing Software and Juno-106 MIDI Kit There was also a MIDI JAM Area where attende...
Computers and music, MIDI machines and interfaces, and music composition software. This 30 minute TV show from 1986 describes what was possible with MIDI back then. It's a window into the state of the art in music technology thirty years ago.  Guests: Chris French, Music Software; Bob Moore, Hybrid Arts; David Schwartz, Compusonics; Chris...