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What Is MIDI?

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a special kind of computer language that lets electronic musical instruments (such as synthesizer keyboards) “talk” to computers. It works like this: Say you use a synthesizer keyboard as your musical instrument. Every key on the keyboard of your synthesizer has a corresponding electronic switch. When you press a key, its corresponding switch is activated and sends a signal to the computer chip inside your keyboard. The chip then sends the signal to the MIDI interface in your keyboard, which translates the signal into MIDI messages and sends those messages to the MIDI interface in your computer system.

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MIDI INTERFACE

A MIDI interface is a device that is plugged into your computer, allowing it to understand the MIDI language. Basically, you can think of the interface as a translator. When your electronic musical instrument sends out MIDI messages to your computer, the MIDI interface takes those messages and converts them into signals that your computer can understand.


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