If you’ve ever created music on a computer, it is likely that you have used the MIDI specification. Created in the early 80s as a protocol for synchronizing musical events in electronic instruments and computers, MIDI has been a staple for musicians around the world.
MIDI’s wide usage can also present various challenges – how can the protocol be improved without breaking the functionality of instruments and software utilizing the MIDI 1.0 specification, and how can a consensus be reached on the best way to improve MIDI? We spoke about these questions and more with some of the key contributors to MIDI 2.0. (Interview by Joshua Hodge)
In many ways, MIDI 1.0 has changed a lot since the specification made its public debut in 1983. You can measure the progress by how MIDI-compatible instruments connect, the types of devices and software programs that employ it, and how much easier the technology has become for musicians to use.
Connecting your MIDI controller through USB, drawing MIDI hits directly into a DAW’s drum pattern grid, or instantly mapping something like an Ableton Push to Ableton Live’s functions and parameters—such things were far outside the realm of possibility in the early ’80s.
The recent news that Amazon, Apple, and Google are working together to create a new standard for smart home communication is a rare display of unity amongst the giants of our interconnected worlds. Bob Bajoras, President of Art+Logic looks into the issue.
With the discussions around a common standard some questions inevitably come to mind: Will the work be successful? Is this the right time for this? Why now? A big challenge will be with the intricacies of getting different devices, both software and hardware, to communicate to each other.
As we did last year over the holidays and then again over the summer, we thought we would share with you a list of the books that we’re reading at Art+Logic. Maybe you’ll find something for yourself in this list (or for the developer or designer in your life).
So here, in no particular order, is our list for the end of 2019: (more…)