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MIDI technology is being updated to support new capabilities.

Developers Team Up To
Update MIDI Spec

Update enhances expression, makes configuration easier.

Leading software developers Ableton, Aodyo, Audio Modeling, Art+Logic, Jammy Guitar, Melodics, MIND Music Labs, Native Instruments, OnSong, and TouchKeys have joined the MIDI Manufacturers Association to collaborate with other hardware and software developers to update MIDI technology to expand its capabilities. The planned update to the MIDI spec is designed to support new levels of musical expression and make electronic instruments easier to configure and use.

Standardized in 1983, MIDI 1.0 has adapted over the years to support all operating systems and communication protocols, but its core specifications have stayed the same. The MMA’s initiative updates MIDI with in-demand options: auto-configuration, new DAW/Web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing—all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility. This major update of MIDI will support the development of a new generation of interconnected devices and preserve the relevance of existing MIDI 1.0 devices.

“Our goal is to assemble a diverse group of companies of different sizes and business models and help them come to a consensus on how to make their products interoperable using MIDI technology,” explained Tom White, president of the MMA.
The MIDI Manufacturers Association is an international group of hardware and software companies working together to develop new MIDI specifications and promote MIDI technology. Any company can join the MMA to participate or keep abreast of the development of MIDI technology.

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