Touch Controllers (continued) Although it isn't a dedicated controller, Teenage Engineering's OP-1 — a tiny (11.1" x 4.02" x 0.53", 1 lb. 4.4 oz.), battery-powered workstation packed with a variety of digital synthesis engines, effects processors, filters, audio recording and sampling, sequencing, and other capabilities — becomes a unique MIDI...
Touch Controllers (continued) If you'd prefer a surface that's stretched much further, consider the Haken Continuum Fingerboard ( http://www.hakenaudio.com/Continuum ). Its control surface feels like silk and looks like a wide ribbon with alternating scarlet and maroon stripes. Designed by Lippold Haken, the Continuum goes beyond two dimensions. It...
About Android MIDI Android 3.1 and later support USB On-The-Go, which permits an Android device to act as USB host to drive USB peripherals. The USB host mode APIs introduced in Android 3.1 permit developers to implement MIDI over USB at the application level, but until recently there have been no built-in platform APIs for MIDI. Beginning with the...
Tell us about yourself briefly- I write, sing, play various instruments, program drums etc, edit, mix and produce my own work in my home studio or wherever a project takes me. I'm now fully independent, with no management, publishing or label! It feels amazing to be completely untethered. Over the last 5 years I've been developing with a team of no...
5 Different Sites and 5 different views of the same song, but they are all driven by MIDI.  Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys through a tunnel of glowing, pulsing notes. by The ...
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...
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...
​ 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...
​One of the most interesting types of MIDI controllers are ones that you can wear.  From pants to jackets to rings and watches, get your MIDI fashions here in a roundup of wearable technology.  The iRING from IK Multimedia IK Multimedia | iRing - Motion controller for music apps and more iRing is the first motion controller for all y...
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...
 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...
MIDI Creators and Innovators Panel Featuring: Dave Smith, George Duke, Tom Oberheim, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess, Craig Anderton. For 30 years, MIDI has been at the forefront of music technology even as musical trends change. Watch a star-studded panel of MIDI instrument designers and musicians talk about the past, present, and future of MIDI with ...
MIDI 30th Anniversary Exhibit Display highlights historical significance of the communication interface in music making Carlsbad, CA (December 3, 2013) -- Commemorating 30 years of facilitating the creation of music, MIDI technology debuts a display at the Museum of Making Music that will be on exhibit now through 2014 at NAMM headquarters in Carls...
Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith receive Technical GRAMMY Award from the Recording Academy® In 1983, Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, and Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, unveiled MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The launch of MIDI motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move music t...
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...
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...
Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Bryan Bell, Laurie Anderson, David Mash, David Rosenthal, Tom coster and more  talk about Macintosh, MIDI and music  in 1988. 
​This year at CES we previewed our MIDI Makes Music promotional campaign, sponsored by a coalition of leading industry companies and organizations including, Roland, Yamaha, Gibson, Fishman, Dave Smith Instruments, Korg, Dream, Mediamation, NAMM, AES, Keyboard Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Robertson Communications. Our booth featured g...
MIDI Makes Music CES 2014 we continued our MIDI Makes Music promotional campaign with booth graphics and handouts explaining that MIDI is a Grammy®-winning technology, with photos and descriptions of typical applications and products that use MIDI technology. . ​We also displayed our "MIDI Makes Music" introductory video about the past, presen...
OVERVIEW A3E - the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange - is the first major industry conference focused on Audio Development and true Next–Gen Technology Innovations. A3E features three conferences, which bring Artists, Developers and Manufacturers together to explore the impact of Algorithmic Intelligence, Mobile Technology, Controllerism &...
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...
Industry Players Agree on Common Format for Wavetable Synthesis (10/98) ​ At the 45th meeting of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), audio experts reached agreement on a common format for creating sounds with the popular "wavetable synthesis" technique. The agreement merges the best features of different specifications promoted by the MIDI Man...
Animusic produces innovative music animation by leveraging MIDI data in creating "virtual concerts". The animation of graphical instrument elements is generated using proprietary software called MIDImotionTM. The technique is analytical, note-based, and involves a pre-process (as opposed to being reactive, sound-based, and real-time). Feature: Inte...
"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...