Midi protocol gets an update in the form of midi 2.0 after 37 years




MIDI Manufacturers Association and the Japanese midi organization AMEI have released the preliminary specification and the name of the new midi generation. Midi 2.0 gets a more extensive feature set than the protocol that was announced in 1982.

This is a preliminary specification , which can be adjusted based on tests with prototype devices and software. In the coming months, several manufacturers will try out midi 2.0 prototypes, including Ableton / Cycling ’74, Art + Logic, Bome Software, Google, Imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys and Yamaha.

The next step is that the MMA and AMEI design a logo for midi 2.0 and create a program for manufacturers to certify devices for specification. Midi 2.0 is backward compatible with midi 1.0 and extends the standard with automated configurations, new integrations for daw ‘s and tighter timings.

For example, Midi Capability Inquiry enables devices to communicate their features via midi 2.0, which brings features with profiles within easy reach, as well as Property Exchange for the exchange of configuration settings and controller values. Furthermore, there are improvements in resolution and timings. For example, midi 2.0 messages may contain 16-bit velocity values ‚Äč‚Äčinstead of 7-bit values.

Midi stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. The standard dates back to August 1983 and came into development after Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Kawai and Sequential Circuits saw the need for a protocol that allowed instruments from different manufacturers to synchronize with each other. Until then, manufacturers used their own methods, such as via the analogue CV / gate.


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