MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

Have you ever wondered how electronic musical instruments communicate with each other? Well, there’s a language they use called MIDI, which stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface.” But don’t let the technical name scare you off – MIDI is actually a pretty straightforward concept that revolutionised the way music is made and performed.

In the old days, if you wanted to play music on different instruments, you had to physically connect them with cables, and it was a real hassle. But thanks to MIDI, musicians can now connect their electronic instruments together using a special kind of cable or even wirelessly! This digital interface allows instruments like keyboards, synthesisers, drum machines, and computers to talk to each other and share information.

So, how does MIDI work? Imagine you’re playing a keyboard, and you hit a key – MIDI records that information, like which key you pressed and how hard you pressed it. It then sends that data to another instrument, like a computer or a synthesiser, telling it to play the same note with the same intensity.

MIDI doesn’t transmit actual sounds; instead, it transmits instructions or messages. These messages include information about notes, pitch, duration, volume, and even special effects like vibrato or modulation. So, when you listen to a MIDI file, you’re hearing the instructions being played back by the receiving instrument.

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