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Your Cubase® Studio by Steve Pacey

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Understanding MIDI

The explosion of computers among recording engineers and studios can be credited in large part to the development of MIDI. Short for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface,” MIDI (pronounced mid-dee) was invented in the early 1980s by synthesizer manufacturers to enable various synths and hardware sequencers to talk to each other, regardless of who manufactured the device. Put another way, MIDI was developed as a universal language for synths.

Undoubtedly, a lot of musicians frowned on MIDI when it came out. After all, this new technology put some musicians, such as string players, drummers, percussionists, composers, and even keyboard players, out of a job. Where were those jobs going? To the guys who embraced the MIDI technology. ...

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