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Understanding Basic MIDI This article was designed to give you a basic understanding of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface MIDI and to leave you with a brief knowledge of its past It is a tool widely used today in many varied recording or live preformance situations MIDI is what allows electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other to preform certain tasks These tasks may include starting or stopping a song changing the voice of a keyboard or other controller etc A few of the main types of components are listed below Controller - A device used to recieve the information from the user keyboard electronic drum pads Sound Module - This is the machine that actually contains the sounds that you hear Sequencer - The device used to record the data in which it was played from the controller which note when it was played In this description we will use a keyboard for our default controller When the keyboard is played four basic types of note information are being sent out For instance if you press down the note middle c it sends note 36 middle c was pressed with a velocity of 91 1 -127 That note is now considered on by the other machines until you release the key and the receive the note off command The basic duties of a controller are to translate what your playing into note information Sound modules can be very fun They can contain any sound imaginable from pianos to drums to nature sounds When a sound module recieves the note information that middle c has been pressed it will play whichever sound is assigned to that note number For instance if you had piano sounds in the module you would hear middle c as a piano would play it If you
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