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Fix those little "gotchas" before they make it into the final mix by Craig Anderton MIDI sequencing is wonderful, but it's not perfect—and sometimes, you'll be sandbagged by problems like false triggers (e.g., what happens when you brush against a key accidentally), having two different notes land on the same beat when quantized, voice-stealing tha...
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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. It was created by music producer Yuval Gerstein with the simple aim, to allow visitors to create a musical composition in an accessible and intuitive way. GRIDI translates the methodology of composing ele...
​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...
We had a great NAMM show  in 2016.  The MMA booth was really busy with constant demos by Quicco, Bome and Kagura from Shikumi Designs. All of the Tec Track panels we hosted were well attended.  The   Executive Roundtable: Keyboards and Virtual Instruments — with Craig Anderton , Jordan Rudess , ...
We put together a series of articles about the history of electronic music and MIDI. Here are links to the series. 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 w...
​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).             &nbs...
MMA Booth #1086 Hall E Winter 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&...
Alternative Controllers A keyboard isn't the only means of playing a synthesizer. Synthesist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Fortune ( http://www.kevinbrahenyfortune.com ) is one of many who enjoy using alternative controllers. He believes the kind of controller you use not only directly influences the type of music you create, but it also can...
Touch Controllers (continued) Another beautiful and powerful touch controller, this one featuring 150 rectangular walnut keys arranged in a five-row by 30-column matrix laid within a 29" by 8" by 1-1/4" block of Washington alder and weighing 4.6 pounds, is the Madrona Labs Soundplane Model A ( http://madronalabs.com ). Each key senses velocity, pos...
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...