So what exactly is MIDI anyway?
MIDI is a technology that represents music in digital form. Unlike
digital music technologies such as MP3 and CDs, MIDI messages contain
instructions for playing each individual note of each individual
with MIDI it is actually possible to change just one note in a song, or
orchestrate an entire song with entirely different instruments. We carry portable and rack mounted MIDI interfaces that will help you learn to use MIDI in ways you never thought possible.
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MIDI is all around you
Most film and TV scores, as well as popular recorded music is written and
performed using electronic keyboards and other MIDI-equipped musical
instruments. (Thanks to advances in digital sampling and synthesis technologies,
the orchestra playing behind that big-screen block buster is more likely to be
the product of MIDI than a real orchestra with dozens of acoustic instruments.)
MIDI is also easy to find in the world of personal computing. If your
computer has a sound card, it most likely also has the ability to play MIDI
files (using a built-in hardware or software synthesizer that responds to MIDI
messages), and with an adapter can also be connected directly to other
MIDI-equipped products, allowing you to take advantage of various computer
programs that can help you learn, play, create and enjoy music.
MIDI also has some other interesting and popular uses. For example, MIDI Show
Control is a command and control language used with rides at major theme parks
and events at Las Vegas casinos, and MIDI Machine Control is used in recording
studios to synchronize and remotely control recording equipment.
Recently MIDI has begun to be used to generate ring tones in mobile phones.
MIDI ring tones sound far better because they are polyphonic (play more than one
note at one time) and because they use music synthesizers which produce a wider
variety of sounds than possible before.
There are over 300 companies around the world making products that support
MIDI -- well known companies such as Apple and Microsoft, Roland and Yamaha,
Nokia and Sony/Ericsson, among others.