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Midi Power! by Robert Guérin

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Chapter 4. General MIDI and Standard MIDI Files

Not long after the MIDI 1.0 standard was finalized in the early 1980s, musicians started hooking different manufacturers’ devices together using this new standard. They quickly realized that the MIDI 1.0 specification had overlooked an important detail: No provision had been made in this standard for a set of standard patches, nor had they ventured into specifications for multi-timbral instruments, since at this point in time, they did not exist. It took almost a decade for the MMA (MIDI Manufacturers Association) and the JMSC (Japan MIDI Standards Committee) to adopt what is known as the General MIDI System Level 1 specification, or GM for short. When adopted in 1991, this specification was designed ...

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