CHAPTER 2

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Basic MIDI

This chapter covers:

  • Using the MIDI signal

  • Understanding MIDI messages

  • Hardware handling of MIDI signals

  • Building a MIDI shield

  • Sending and receiving MIDI messages

Using MIDI is perhaps the simplest way to get the Arduino to interact in a musical context. It is simple to send and receive, and its language is understood by a countless number of musical instruments and controllers. It has a simple electrical interface and is designed to be compatible with a wide variety of electronic systems. MIDI is totally ubiquitous in modern music and, despite its obituary having been written many times, it is still going strong. It ...

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