The MIDI Association

The global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI

“MIDI makes everything I do possible. I wouldn't be the musician I am today without it” 

“MIDI is without a doubt an example of what happens when competing companies work together for common good. In no other industry before or since have we seen something so noble.” 

What is MIDI?


MIDI is an industry standard music technology protocol that connects products from many different companies including digital musical instruments, computers, tablets, and smartphones. 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.

Upcoming MIDI Events

IMSTA FESTA Miami
Feb 23

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Music Expo Miami
March 30

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Synthplex LA
March 28-31

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What is the MIDI Association?

About Us
The MIDI Association is a FREE non-profit, member community of people that create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

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Online MIDI Video Courses

Learn About MIDI By Watching Videos
The MIDI Association provides an intuitive web-based video player that streams each MIDI tutorial to your web browser. There are hours and hours of free preview videos. One low monthly or yearly fee gives you full access to a huge Online Music Production Tutorial Library.

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Connect. Learn. Create.

All-Access
Enjoy “all access” to videos, guides, articles, and discussion forums offering tools, tips, and tricks to help you learn everything from MIDI basics to advanced techniques. Get inspired and create your own artistic path. We’re dedicated to helping you get the most out of MIDI.

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Becoming A Member Is Free!

Benefits of Joining
Membership is FREE, so sign up now to join the fun, access all the MIDI Specifications and for exclusive premium content available only to MIDI Association members. You'll also get our monthly MIDI Message Newsletter with the latest MIDI announcements at no charge.

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The Official MIDI Specifications

The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) produces the Specifications that make MIDI products work together. The Specifications define new MIDI Messages and new Recommended Practices for using MIDI Technology. Join the MIDI Association and use the links below to find and download all of the available MIDI Specifications and Recommended Practices. 

The newly adopted MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) specification is now available for download at the bottom of the MIDI 1.0 specification page in the Supplemental Specifications section. 

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Featured Video

Beginner's Guide to MIDI

This short video is a good introduction to some basic MIDI concepts. It explains the difference between MIDI and audio and how computers turn MIDI notes into audio using virtual instruments.

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