7Using MIDI Live

MIDI has become a staple in live performance. The technology has not only made it easier on artists, allowing them to have the sounds of 100 instruments while only bringing 1, but has also changed the way performers play live. The advent of MIDI on stage has also transformed the concert-going experience and has allowed for extreme creativity along the way.

Traditional Setups

In the early days of MIDI, artists were skeptical of performing with the new technology. With its inconsistencies and frequent fail rates, artists were unwilling to trust the success or failure of a show on MIDI. The benefits of the technology, however, soon overcame the artist’s original skepticism.

Figure 7.1 On Stage

Keyboardists were among the first ...

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