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Chapter 16. Recording MIDI > What Is MIDI?

What Is MIDI?

The MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) communication protocol was originally designed to allow synthesizers created by different manufacturers to communicate with each other. MIDI became the glue that held together multiple keyboard and sound module setups. From very early in the computer music era, it also served as the protocol between computers and keyboards. Today, MIDI is most commonly used to record and play parts performed on a keyboard to trigger sounds in a synthesizer.

You can also use MIDI to:


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