May is MIDI Month

We Did It!

We have reached our goal of $1500 in individual donations and thanks to our Corporate Sponsors- Ableton, Bome Software, Broadjam, IK Multimedia, Medeli, Moog, Nektar, Roli, Sweetwater and Yamaha, we have raised over $14,000 for the organization.

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

Music Expo Boston June 9

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Between The Waves June 14-17

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Summer NAMM June 28-30

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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 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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MPE MIDI Live! Chat

Saturday, May 26
Join Roger Linn, Geert Bevin, Ben Supper and Pat Scandalis this Saturday at 10 am PDT on the MIDI Live! chat channel to discuss the MPE specification. 

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Connect. Learn. Create.

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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Membership is FREE, so sign up now to join the fun, get the latest MIDI Specifications and for exclusive premium content and promotions that are available only to MIDI Association members.

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MIDI Tip of the Day

MIDI Month Tip of the Day
Sometimes you hit notes you don't want to hit, particularly if you're playing MIDI guitar or some other alternate controller (although this tip is most relevant to MIDI guitar, even with keyboards you may end up brushing against some keys accidentall...
MIDI Month Tip of the Day
In the days before click tracks, tempos varied because musicians are humans, not crystal-controlled clocks. However, these changes were far from random. While researching an article for Sweetwater's inSync web publication, I analyzed the tempo change...

MIDI Articles


Google's Magenta project has been doing a lot of research and experimentation in using machine learning for both art and music. 

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Author and Punisher will be one of the acts at Moog fest. 

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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

Geert Bevin
Published on May 5, 2018
A short video to explain why MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is so focused and limited, but why it's so important that the standard exists and is widely available.

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