MIDI has lasted over 30 years, so the MIDI data you entered in a sequencer back in the 80s can still drive today's virtual instruments (which is pretty amazing, come to think about it). However virtual instruments, computers, and operating systems don't have, shall we say, quite the same kind of longevity. You'll be reminded of this when Steven Spi...
Tech company OWOW just launched a new wireless motion controlled instrument for singers. Named the Wiggle Kit, it consists of a mobile App and a small white remote controller which turns gestures into vocal effects. By twisting and moving the Wiggle in different directions, singers can add digital effect...
MIDI Innovations Exhibit Hall E #1086 Exhibitors were: Sensorpoint: "Jambe" iOS Percussion InstrumentBome: MIDI/USB/Ethernet/WiFi Translator BoxUbisoft: "Rocksmith" guitar training & game softwareQuicco: Wireless (BLE) MIDI Adapter "MI.1"Psicraft: Synth Editing Software and Juno-106 MIDI Kit There was also a MIDI JAM Area where attendees could ...
Music is a visual language, too. Composer Andrew Huang used the piano roll editor in his MIDI sequencer to create sound from a picture of a unicorn. Each dot and line outlining the mythical creature triggers a MIDi note. To make the notes harmonize, Huang had to think both visually and musically. Se...
Push is an instrument that puts everything you need to make music in one place—at your fingertips Making music is hard. To stay in the flow, you need to be able to capture your ideas quickly, and you need technology to stay out of the way. Computers make it possible for one person to create whole worlds of sound. But instruments are where inspirati...
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...
What is Social Sound Sharing? Yamaha originally launched the Soundmondo website and mobile app in 2015 for the reface line of keyboards.  It was one of the first major website to utilize Web MIDI.  Connect your reface keyboard to your computer, iPAD or phone, launch Chrome as your browser and you can browse sounds shared by...
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In the tip for May 22, we covered how to control effects and virtual instrument parameters with a footpedal hooked into a synthesizer or other controller. But what if you don't have a synthesizer or other controller...and would rather use a 100 mm fader than a footpedal? No problem, if you're willing to do a little soldering. Take a 1/4" phone jack...
​Hello everyone, my name is Diego Leroux. I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I would like to share with the community a new product I've been developing for the past 3 years. It's called Bitmi, a USB MIDI velocity sensitive drum pad. Bitmi was designed to be simple and effective as a tool to record percussive MIDI tracks. It's class compliant so ...
We make Live, Push and Link — unique software and hardware for music creation and performance. With these products, our community of users creates amazing things. Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Our products are used by a community of dedicated musicians, sound designers, and artists from across the ...
With over 70 member companies and the imminent release of MIDI 2.0, the MMA's importance continues to increase   Los Angeles, CA—December 2019…With the impending adoption of MIDI 2.0, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Board of Directors is expanding the scope of the organization to accommodate future growth. Tom White, who guided t...
As kids, we grew up knowing that our father had done something remarkable, but it was rarely talked about in the house. Dad didn't talk about work much… at home he just wanted to be Dad. So, it was through thousands of testimonials that were sent to my family during his illness and passing that I came to learn for the first time, at 37 years old, t...
Super Booth has been growing rapidly over the past few years, but this year there will be a record 227 companies exhibiting at the synth extravaganza held at the Fez in Berlin. May is MIDI Month Platinum sponsors Ableton, IK Multimedia, Moog, Roli and Yamaha will all be there. Here are their booth locations in the Fez ...
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MIND Music Labs announced the continuation of the official partnership with music and media production products provider Steinberg — by bringing a brand-new, co-developed desktop synth prototype with full MIDI support to SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin, May 9-11. "We immediately saw the potential of ELK MusicOS, and that's why we added it to the official VS...
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 ...
Recently Ableton announced a free update to Live - Version 10.1  There were a number of workflow improvements , but one of the major new features is the Wavetable synthesizer now supports user wavetables. This allows you to import any wavetable or sample  and use it as an oscillator. Check out this Youtu...
Here is a summary of our social media activities for the past  month.  RT @midiassociation: https://t.co/ueZlqf2w10Great article by @Synthtopia on Geert Bevin and his work on MPE. We're almost there! pic.twitter.com/nwztQfK8Kx — midi (@midiassociation) December 5, 2016 RT @midiassociation: https://t.co/FunmNnkXX3Gig Performer looks pretty...
With acoustic instruments, playing in time comes naturally. You can jump in when the time's right, and everyone keeps their flow. Playing together with electronic instruments hasn't always been so easy. Now Link makes it effortless. Link is a technology that keeps devices in time over a local network, so you can forget the hassle of setting up and ...
Ólafur Arnalds didn't start out playing keyboards. He started out as a drummer in hard rock bands. He is not alone. Yoshiki from the legendary Japanese hard rock band X Japan comes to mind. Many people forget that the piano is classified as a percussion instrument along with marimbas and vibraphones.  He has ...
Genki Instruments announced that they were shipping Wave, the ring that lets you control sound with motion. With three easy-to-use buttons, Wave allows musicians to easily change sounds, parameters and effects using gestures. Since being funded on Indiegogo, many well known musicians have used the Genki Wave on st...
Don't Let Notes Overlap. Most bass lines are single notes, and because bassists lift fingers, mute strings, and pick, there's going to be a space between notes. Go through your MIDI sequence note by note, and make sure that no note extends over another note's attack. The orange notes have overhanging decays and attacks. The gray notes to the left a...