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What is MIDI ?

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is an industry standard music technology protocol that connects digital musical instruments, computers, tablets, and smartphones from many different companies. MIDI is used every day around the world by musicians, DJs, producers, educators, artists, and hobbyists to create, perform, learn, and share music and artistic works.

MIDI 1.0 has been around since 1983, but finally MIDI 2.0 is ready to become a reality. 

What is the MIDI Association?

The MIDI Association is the non-profit community for both the companies who develop new MIDI specifications and products and the people that create music and art with MIDI. The MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to the next- gen MIDI protocols coming soon.

Our Mission for Individual Members

  • Nurture an inclusive community of people who create music and art with MIDI.
  • Create an environment for community members to learn from each other.
  • Explain new technical developments in MIDI and explore how to use them.
  • Promote new ways of creatively using MIDI.
  • Connect the people who use MIDI with the companies that create MIDI products

The MIDI Innovation Awards

The MIDI Innovation awards give a platform to MIDI innovation. This enables winners to accelerate their product ideas through connections to the music industry, musicians and the NAMM community of trade professionals. The MIDI Innovation Awards rewards products, prototypes, installations or concepts that are thought-provoking and inspire new, creative use cases.

Our Mission for Corporate Members

  • Promote the use of MIDI technology and MIDI products.
  • Develop and enhance MIDI to respond to new market needs.
  • Create an open standards process with broad industry participation.
  • Work to ensure the interoperability of MIDI products.
  • Protect the meaning of the term MIDI and MIDI logo marks.

Latest MIDI Blog Posts

New MIDI Association Member embodme releases Erae Touch MIDI 2.0 ready controller

On a recent trip to Paris, we got a chance to visit one of the newest members of the MIDI Association, embodme and meet their whole development team that had just finished up and shipped the first units of their Erae Touch MIDI 2.0 ready controller. 

Recent Forum Posts

Increase in SPAM posts
Clemens is quite right. If you watch as closely as I do you'll see that the vast majority of the spam occurs Monday to Friday. Just where it's directed varies over time. Some while back (months(?) a year(?)) I logged in one morning to find three...
How can I play, write and read MIDI messages from my DAW?
Hi, Geoff, I decided for now to leave this matter off and to move on because I don't believe that my current setup of hardware and software Will respond to certain MIDI messages. But I thank you for help me! Dearly, Emanuel