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If you are new to MIDI or want to go over some basics, this is the best place to start.  

Here is where you'll find guides to understanding what MIDI is, what it's not and general information everyone who uses MIDI should know.

There are Categories for MIDI 1.0, MIDI 2.0 and MIDI History. 

"What is MIDI" Guide by Paul Lehrman

"What is MIDI" Guide by Paul Lehrman

Join the MIDI Association and download the 21 page booklet "What is MIDI" excerpted from "MIDI for the Professional" by Paul Lehrman and Tim Tully.  We're always trying to help our MIDI Association members get the most out of MIDI.  Paul Lehrman has been involved with MIDI since its inception. Paul has w...

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About MIDI-Part 4:MIDI Files


Standard MIDI Files ("SMF" or *.mid files)   Standard MIDI Files ("SMF" or *.mid files) are a popular source of music on the web, and for musicians performing in clubs who need a little extra accompaniment. The files contain all the MIDI instructions for notes, volumes, sounds, and even effects. The files are loaded into some form of 'player' ...

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About MIDI-Part 1:Overview


MIDI (pronounced "mid-e") is a technology that makes creating, playing, or just learning about music easier and more rewarding. Playing a musical instrument can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and friendship. Whether your goal is to play in a band, or you just want to perform privately in your home, or you want to develop your skills as a music com...

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About MIDI-Part 2:MIDI Cables & Connectors


Part 2: MIDI Cables & Connectors Many different "transports" can be used for MIDI messages. The speed of the transport determines how much MIDI data can be carried, and how quickly it will be received. 5-Pin MIDI DIN Using a 5-pin "DIN" connector, the MIDI DIN transport was developed back in 1983, so it is slow compared to common high-spee...

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About MIDI-Part 3:MIDI Messages


Part 3: MIDI Messages The MIDI Message specification (or "MIDI Protocol") is probably the most important part of MIDI. MIDI is a music description language in digital (binary) form. It was designed for use with keyboard-based musical instruments, so the message structure is oriented to performance events, such as picking a note and then striking it...

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Audio Wiki MIDI Message diagram

Our friends over at http://en.wikiaudio.org created this simplfied diagram of MIDI messages and kindly let us put it up here. 

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Audiopedia 109 MIDI from Ask Audio


AudioPedia 109: MIDI Ask Audio's AudioPedia series is a comprehensive video dictionary of audio terminology. Created by audio expert Joe Albano, this encyclopedia of technical terms is the ultimate audio reference tool. Here are the topics covered and defined in the ninth installment of this authoritative series:MIDI: MIDI | Musical Instrument Digi...

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​Tutorial: Benefits of MIDI


 Unlike audio file formats like MP3 files and CDs, MIDI files contain individual instructions for playing each individual note of each individual instrument. So with MIDI it is actually possible to change just one note in a song, or to re-orchestrate an entire song with entirely different instruments. And since each instrument in a MIDI p...

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For Guitarists: What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan


What is MIDI and How Can I Use It? | Seymour Duncan https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/what-is-midi-and-how-can-i-use-it

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Getting started with MIDI 2.0 development – Live workshop series with the Music Hackspace

MIDI-2.0-thumbnail.001 MIDI 2.0 workshop

This event is organised by the Music Hackspace. Date & Time: Mondays 7th / 14th / 21st / 28th June 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC. Series of 4 x 2-hour workshops. Level: Intermediate, Some experience with C++ coding required, Experience with JUCE recommended Attendees should have experience building and debugging applications usin...

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