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Audio Engineering Explained by Douglas Self

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PREFACE

 

 

In Chapter 16 David Huber gives an overview of MIDI technology, including MIDI sequencing software and MIDI time code.

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is not a means of carrying digital audio as a signal. It is a technology, and a very well worked-out and robust technology, for sending instructions to synthesizers, samplers and drum machines by transmitting short digital codes, which typically mean something like “ play this note on synthesizer 2 at this volume. ” Such a command is transmitted in only three bytes, which allows incredible economy compared with encoding and transmitting the actual musical event as sampled audio. It means that MIDI data can be transmitted over a digital connection that is relatively ...

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