MIDI Manufacturers Association Looking For Your Opinion

midi-manufacturers-associationA representative from the executive board of the MIDI Manufacturers Association got in touch this week to let us know that they’d like input from Synthtopia readers about the future of MIDI:

“… The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) has worked diligently over the decades to help MIDI standards adapt and grow as technology has evolved and new platforms have become available.

“Now MIDI as an industry standard and the MMA as an organization are at an important crossroad. We’d like to do more to promote the value of MIDI to retailers, educators, students and end-users.  We’d like to reach the billions of people on the planet who have MIDI-enabled smart phones, computers and tablets, and encourage them to become active music makers. And we’d like to do more to promote the many enhancements and extensions to MIDI that we have created, including developing a realistic and robust business plan for our future-facing ‘HD protocol’ specification which is nearing completion.”

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New BomeBox Hardware MIDI Translator

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Bome Software introduced the BomeBox, a hub for connecting and mapping devices via MIDI, Ethernet, WiFi, and USB.

The BomeBox is designed to simplify the creation of complex MIDI rigs that combine DIN MIDI, USB MIDI and WiFi MIDI – and even let you send MIDI over long distances via Ethernet.  Continue reading

MIDI Manufacturers Association Says New HD Protocol ‘Has Reached A Milestone’

midi-manufacturers-associationThe MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) will be hosting an open discussion at the 2015 NAMM Show about a new ‘HD’ standard, designed to be compatible with MIDI 1.0.

The session, scheduled for Sunday, January 25, will cover the trademark, licensing, and product certification options for the MMA’s proposed new industry standard, “HD Protocol”.  Continue reading

Spectacular Sync Engine Aims To Improve Sync On IOS

Developer Michael Tyson (Loopy, AudioBus) wants his upcoming Loopy Masterpiece app to have rock-solid MIDI sync, with hardware and other iOS apps. In working on this, though, he found that he’s fighting the fact that MIDI sync is not implemented consistently across iOS apps.

To address this, Tyson has announced The Spectacular Sync Engine – an open source, standards-compliant, solid MIDI sync engine for iOS. Continue reading

Erica Synths MIDI Through Box Now Available

midi-thru-boxErica Synths’ midi through box is a professional quality, no latency, one MIDI In to 8 MIDI Through splitter, in rigid aluminum case.

The midi through box lets you connect up to 8 instruments to your sequencer or master keyboard and control them simultaneously, without undesired delays and interference.

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How To Use MIDI In An All Hardware Setup

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Many people are going to look at the recently introduced Novation Launch Control XL as a cool MIDI controller for Ableton Live.

But the fact that you can edit what each knob, slider and button does means that it can be repurposed to do almost anything.

In the video below, Novation’s Chris Calcutt demonstrates using the Launch Control XL as a control center for an all-hardware setup. Calcutt flies through his discussion, but it highlights the importance of the 30 year old MIDI standard and how it lets you assemble complex rigs that combine new and old hardware and software: Continue reading