The rising interest in using home computers and personal PCs for digital music creation has led to a boom in a technology nearly 20 years old--MIDI. All of the main players in the music technology field, from Propellerheads to Steinberg, are rushing to find creative new ways to use MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and, as a result, MIDI has grown from simple sound production to a robust, capable tool for electronic music making. From VST to DLS-2, MIDI has grown leaps and bounds away from the often "cheesy" sounds of its original incarnation. Now, the uses of MIDI are everywhere, from website sounds to game soundtracks to automated light controls at stadium rock shows.
MIDI technology, once bound to the limited capabilities of built-in PC soundcards, has now developed into a customizable system, with users being able to create their own MIDI sounds in the form of samples. Synthesizer manufacturers, such as Roland and Yamaha, have introduced their own extensions to General MIDI, with added sounds and effects for further creative control. With all of its advances and growth, however, MIDI has become a substantial field, full of specialty software and hardware, and approaching MIDI without a guide can be an overwhelming task. MIDI Power! is a powerful tool for understanding MIDI, explaining how users can use MIDI with their digital setup.
Muska & Lipman Publishing has teamed once again with the author of Cubase Power! and Cubase SX Power!, Robert Guérin, to bring you MIDI Power!, a resource for understanding and making music with MIDI. Guérin, a professor who has taught a wide range of topics such as computer software for musicians, sound in multimedia and Internet productions and hard disk recording, shares his experience as a professional composer in this easy-to-follow tutorial to MIDI.
MIDI Power! seeks to clearly define once and for all what MIDI is, where it came from and how you can use it now and into the future. The book tackles such topics as choosing and setting up MIDI software and devices, using different MIDI formats and converting them to non-MIDI formats, synchronization and sequencing, setting up and using virtual MIDI instruments, MIDI editors and librarians and much more.