MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol developed in the 1980's which allows electronic instruments and other digital musical tools to communicate with each other. MIDI itself does not make sound, it is just a series of messages like "note on," "note off," "note/pitch," "pitchbend," and many more. These messages are interpreted by a MIDI instrument to produce sound. A MIDI instrument can be a piece of hardware (electronic keyboard, synthesizer) or part of a software environment (Pro Tools, Sibelius, CuBase, Ableton, GarageBand, Logic ...)! MIDI is used around the world by Musicians, Arrangers, Composers, Producers and hobbyists to create, perform, learn, and share music and artistic works.
The advantages of MIDI include:
Compact - An entire song can be stored within a few hundred MIDI messages (compared to audio data which is sampled thousands of times a second)
Easy to modify/manipulate notes - Change pitch, duration, and other parameters without having to rerecord via MIDI Editor.
Change instruments - Remember, MIDI only describes which notes to play, you can send these notes to any instrument to change the overall sound of the composition.
Today, MIDI is used all the time, both on stage during live performances and under the hood of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and Virtual Instruments. MIDI is often used to manipulate VIRTUAL Instruments inside Digital Audio Workstations. Some examples are Pro Tools, CuBase, Logic Pro or Ableton. VIRTUAL Instruments are also known as software instruments as they play back Sampled Sounds using MIDI. They are any instrument that lives inside a computer and doesn’t make external sound.
We can EXPORT MIDI files of your projects we create via DAW's and Music Notation Software for your own use for FREE!
MIDI Intruments faciliate playing directly into Music Notation Software to capture Performances for Music Score Playback. Publisher quality Music Scores that can be Printed and exported as PDF files for individual instruments and/or the entire band arrangement.
Details about our MIDI Music instruments and Computer MIDI Interfaces are provided below for your convenience.
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"MUSIC is the only Universal Language that every Person, Animal and Plant can Understand, Appreciate and Enjoy!"
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Our Love of Music began as children taking Music Lessons as we approached that mandatory Kindergarten School age. Jam Sessions started around 12 years of age in Basement Bands that led to further pursuit of Music of all Styles at University. Jamming, Performing, Composing and Recording leaves a Legacy of Passion that carries forward to be shared by ALL through Technology!