The MIDI Association, a free global community for MIDI users, has announced that it has made the MIDI 1.0 specifications available as free downloads.
The MIDI 1.0 Detailed Specification is an important resource for developers and anyone else that needs to know the technical details of MIDI.
The document includes sections on:
- MIDI 1.0 (Electrical Specification and Protocol)
- General MIDI 1 (including GM Developer Guidelines)
- Standard MIDI Files
- MIDI Show Control
- MIDI Machine Control
- MIDI Time Code
A membership at the site is required to access the downloads, but you can sign up free of charge. The 300+ page document was previously only available for $60 as a printed document.
Also available on the website are all the additions to the MIDI Specification developed since the document’s completion in 1996, including the recently-added specification for transmission of MIDI data over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
The site also offers reference tables for researching a particular MIDI message number, locate a Manufacturer ID number, find international standards that incorporate MIDI and more.