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Lesson 11. Setting Up the MIDI Environment > Creating a Standard Instrument

Creating a Standard Instrument

Synthesizers have come a long way in the 20 years since MIDI became standard on all keyboards. In the early days of computer music, most synthesizers were mono-timbral, which means they could send and receive MIDI data only over a single MIDI channel. By today's standards those early synths were MIDIchallenged, to say the least! But even today some digital-effects units use only a single MIDI channel, so to simplify using these MIDI devices in your songs, Logic provides the Standard Instrument Object.

The Standard Instrument transmits MIDI data over just one channel, which makes it perfect for connecting to an external mono-timbral MIDI device such as a Lexicon Alex reverb, so this lesson shows you how to set up this reverb in Logic. If you have an external mono-timbral MIDI device, follow this section's steps by substituting your device for the Lexicon Alex reverb used here. Even if you don't have a mono-timbral MIDI device at hand, you should still work through this exercise, because it covers MIDI ports and Object icons, which are important parameters common to all Logic instruments. (When you're finished with this exercise, just delete the newly created Standard Instrument Object.)


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