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  1. Tim
  2. Getting Started with MIDI
  3. Tuesday, 27 September 2016
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As a drummer, I have to admit that I am a MIDIot (MIDI +Idiot = MIDIot). :)

I began triggering internal sounds back in the 80's, but I never ventured outside of the sound modules that I owned, which means I never learned MIDI. I was just using the early SIMMONS and original ddrum system to add in a few electric sounds like the Simmons pitch bending tom sound tuned really low. I was playing Metal and electronics were not readily accepted.
I have tons of things, like a ddrum2 system, a Yamaha TMX from the 90's, and now I just built a brand new computer using the fastest quadcore Intel processor (4.- something GHz) that I could get with 256Gigs of RAM. I bought some software that quite a few friends have purchased - Mixcraft Studio Pro 7, and since we have moved and I no longer have a soundproofed room to practice in, I began toying with the idea of using n all digital set up to practice at home, so I began purchasing used rubber electric drum pads (mostly Kat and Yamaha) and eCymbals. I'm really excited about getting into this, but I don't know where to start at all, and I don't know anybody who is into this - even the best two keys players I know, don't even mess with MIDI. One of them is a Keith Emerson freak, but he's into "keeping it real" and only uses pre-MIDI gear, which seems really stupid to me. That is like me only playing acoustic drums when electronics and sampling will allow me a whole new world of sounds.

So, where should I start? I almost feel like this stuff is way over my head.

Thanks,

Tim
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Eddie Lotter Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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It may feel like you're in over your head because you don't know the basics. I recommend you take your time and get to know MIDI in small chunks, each time building on what you learned previously.

Start with these articles.

Cheers
Eddie
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Ezri Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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i too am a MIDiot :);)
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Ezri, why the down vote? Were the articles not helpful? :o

Cheers
Eddie
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Chris Seddio Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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I love Midi, and I hope you do eventually too! The whole point of Midi is to have fun and create music you love! When I started out, I used Babya Logic Pro, an old Midi sequencer that I do not believe works on anything higher than Windows XP.:( What I use now is Anvil Studio, a Sheet music based Midi sequencer that is very simple to us. I don't know much about Mixcraft, but I do know a bit about anvil and I can tell you, once I got used to it, it was the best thing as far as MIDI goes that has ever happened to me! SO try it out, it's completely free.
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