(Musical Instrument Digital Interface), a protocol for sending digital information between electronic music instruments and equipment, including computers and signal processors (devices that modify sounds by adding reverberation, modifying pitch, and other means). The basic protocol addresses common functions, such as notes, timing, pitch, and pedal information. MIDI keyboards, guitars, violins, and drums have become as common as the synthesizer in electronic music. MIDI permits such instruments to be connected to one another and to computers, which are often used as sequencers (devices that control the output of musical instruments and signal processors).
Formed to maintain the MIDI specification as an open standard. The site contains the MIDI specifications, information about the MMA and news related to MIDI and the MMA. Part of the website is members only.
Description of the MSQ file format and MSQ tools, which include MSQ to MIDI and MIDI to MSQ converters.
Encyclopedia article about the standard, including protocol extensions and the General MIDI Level 2 specification.
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