This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Widely known as the industry audio standard that connects a wide variety of digital musical instruments, computers and other devices such as DJ controllers and music apps, MIDI is still the essential technology for music creation and enjoyment today.
Synthesizer designer Dave Smith is the founder father of MIDI. He and Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi are among the recipients of the Recording Academy’s Special Merit Technical Grammy Award this year for their contributions to the development of MIDI technology in the past 30 years.
HD Protocol announced
The technology has been maintained by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. The people at MNA have now announced they will premiere a prototype of hardware and software using a working draft of the HD Protocol Specification at the 2013 NAMM show being held Jan 24-27 in Anaheim, California.
Various devices will be connected via wired and wireless Ethernet, to demonstrate the plug-and-play connection and session management capabilities built into the HD Protocol, as well as features such as higher resolution controls, more throughput, and MIDI device compatibility.
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