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Old 12-02-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Has anyone else noticed that the Musical Instrument Device Interface has become almost obsolete? There used to be great programs that could amplify midi songs, which were also great for karaoke music...and the possibilities were almost endless.

So what happened? Did it have something to do with the low speeds of the 90's?
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MIDI's still used for talking from and to musical instruments.

The format used for playing music is still used to, but not as much by anyone really, as VST's have pretty much replaced the need for the sounds that came pre-built in a sound card driver, and
MP3 sounds have also replaced WAVE for storing sound data too, so file sizes are a lot smaller. The advantage of this, is that when you upload a song, if not as an MP3 file, but with MIDI information and the instruments used, it'll sound the same on any PC, whereas with a simple MIDI file *.mid, it won't.

You'll still find MIDI useage for storing data though in any program you use to create music, if you aren't recording directly to a sound wave, be it Calkwalk, Sonar, etc.

Velocity/note pressed/instrument used/effects, etc are still functions it stores that are as useful today, as yesterday
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Has anyone else noticed that the Musical Instrument Device Interface has become almost obsolete? There used to be great programs that could amplify midi songs, which were also great for karaoke music...and the possibilities were almost endless.

So what happened? Did it have something to do with the low speeds of the 90's?
MIDI is still here big time and will be for a long time to come.

Understand what MIDI is and what it means to a DAW user, music producer etc and you wouldn't have made that statement.

I work with Pro Tools, Cakewalks Sonar 7, Cubase 4, Reason 4, Hard Synths, Soft Synths, Synth Plug-ins(VTS,RTAS,AU), the list goes on, all the time and to use these kind of programs properly you need to understand MIDI and have some kind of MIDI controller. In fact you'll find sequencers in this list which deal mainly with MIDI messages and their arrangement.

Also you cant simply amplify MIDI signals/messages. MIDI messages alone won't produce sounds. You use MIDI messages to control DAW's or hardware synths to produce the sounds you want.

Nothing to do with the 'low speeds' of the 90's and most of the pop, (popular), music you hear today will contain some kind of MIDI implementation.

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@ Stratusdodge ... congratulations you have successfully obtained a second red rep box. Way to go.
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MIDI is still here big time and will be for a long time to come.

Understand what MIDI is and what it means to a DAW user, music producer etc and you wouldn't have made that statement.

I work with Pro Tools, Cakewalks Sonar 7, Cubase 4, Reason 4, Hard Synths, Soft Synths, Synth Plugins(VTS,RTAS,AU), the list goes on, all the time and to use these kind of programs properly you need some kind of MIDI controller. In fact you'll find sequencers in this list which deal mainly with MIDI messages and their arrangement.

Also you cant simply amplify MIDI signals/messages. MIDI messages alone won't produce sounds. You use MIDI messages to control DAW's or hardware synths to produce the sounds you want.

Nothing to do with the 'low speeds' of the 90's


Thank you Remeniz.

Alright people does anyone have any good insight into this?
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I replied too you know...pfft
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I replied too you know...pfft
Your comment was excellent; thank you. I didn't realize that MIDI hadn't really dated itself.

The last comment that i quoted though...wow..useless.
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Thank you Remeniz.

Alright people does anyone have any good insight into this?
I have a term for a phrase like that ... "that's the pot calling the kettle black." Out of 80 posts, you'd be lucky if 10 were "insightful".
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Thank you Remeniz.

Alright people does anyone have any good insight into this?
There's just no helping certain people is there....

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