Hello MIDI community!
Bit of a disclaimer at first: I'm not much of a techie when it comes to MIDI so please consider the latter when replying to me.
I'm currently going through the MIDI 2.0 specs in order to get a bit of a grasp of what's coming up, and while reading the document on the UMP there's something I don't understand: the specs seem to stress that the UMP scheme is compatible with MIDI 1.0 as well, but how will legacy devices respond to received UMP messages? Will they just automatically discard all the extra bit of information (like Group number, JRT, etc) and extract the MIDI 1.0 message bit out of it?
[Another related question is, will this grouping of MIDI channels be somewhat usable with legacy devices only to allow more than 16 of them to be interconnected without channel conflict, and if so how is that being done in practice?] EDIT: I have just found out about this one. All MIDI 1.0 devices will have to be grouped together and treated as such (p.16 of the document). So in practice there will not be a way of having more than 16 of them connected together without at least a MIDI 2.0 "hub" separating them into more than one group.
Thanks for clearing that out for me!