What is MIDI and how does it sound?

August 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

One of the greatest misconceptions in Music history, finally explained! What is MIDI? How does it sound? What is MIDI used for? If you are unsure about this, then you might want to watch this free video presentation. You are also invited to post questions and comments.

MIDI stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and describes a protocol for music devices to communicate with each other. This is done with so-called “Event Messages”, which include data about Key Pitch, Key Velocity, Aftertouch, etc. When a musical instrument receives MIDI Events from a MIDI keyboard or sequencer, it interprets them and creates its sound accordingly. That sound might be anything and depends on the instrument and your settings. A MIDI sequence might play a piano sound or a phat dubstep wobble-bass on a synthesizer. So MIDI doesn’t transmit any audible sound, but just control data.

 

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One Response to “What is MIDI and how does it sound?”

  1. NaviRetlav on August 12th, 2013 7:50 am

    The funny think is, that I have a MIDI->AUX cable and I could record the midi stream as audio. I have that cable because I have Polish vintage Tape Echo “SOCHOR” hardware, and it uses MIDI sockets as audio out sockets. 😛

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