Does MIDI Still Matter?
I consider myself pretty current with what’s happening in terms of technology, but frankly, MIDI’s next steps were flying well below my radar until the recent AES show, where the MMA did a presentation for the Project Studio Expo about MIDI. That, and a subsequent conversation with MMA head Tom White, really opened my eyes to what’s next for the MIDI spec—everything from integrating MIDI with audio and video over Ethernet, to making it a part of the HTML5 web experience, to home control, to a new, “high-definition” technology that’s compatible with existing MIDI technology. There’s also movement on the iOS front, MIDI for eBooks, MIDI over Bluetooth . . . the list goes on.
And that’s just what they’re willing to talk about. The MMA is reluctant to broadcast info about works-in-progress, as matters are always subject to change without notice (this is technology, after all); they don’t like to announce that something is complete until it’s, well, complete. So I can only guess what’s waiting in the wings.
If you really want to know more about what’s happening with MIDI, go to www.midi.org. It opened my eyes to the potential future of the MIDI spec—and it will probably open yours as well.
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