MIDI Basics 1. What’s MIDI? ......1 2. What You Can Do With MIDI....2 3.
What You Can Do With MIDI By connecting multiple MIDI devices (musical instruments and/or computer) with a cable, the MIDI data can be transmitted and received. For example, if you record your keyboard performance as a MIDI data, the recorded data can be transmitted to another instrument (or computer) and played back on it. You can even edit that data on the computer.
MIDI Channels MIDI performance data is assigned to one of sixteen MIDI channels. Using these channels, 1–16, the performance data for sixteen different instrument parts can be simultaneously sent over one cable. For example, when you play a song on your keyboard, the song contains many parts—right-hand part, left- hand part, rhythm part, bass part, etc.
MIDI Messages MIDI data (messages) can be divided into two groups: Channel messages and System messages. The following explanation shows an example of MIDI messages. For more details about MIDI messages—for example, when you want to edit the recorded MIDI data—please refer to any of the ﬁne MIDI guidebooks that are commercially available.