MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a protocol developed in the 1980’s which allows electronic instruments and other digital musical tools to communicate with each other.Its a file with .MID or .MIDI file extension (pronounced as “mid-ee”).
Unlike regular audio files like MP3 or WAV files, MIDI files don’t contain actual audio data.They are basically instructional files (series of messages like “note on,” “note off,” “note/pitch,” “pitchbend,” and many more) that explain how the sound should be produced once attached to a playback device or loaded into a particular software program that knows how to interpret the data.

MID files aren’t restricted to keyboards or other electronic musical instruments.There are many different kinds of devices that use MIDI, from cell phones to digital music instruments to personal computers. The one thing all MIDI devices have in common is that they speak the “language” of MIDI.This language describes the process of playing music in much the same manner as sheet music.There are MIDI Messages that describe what notes are to be played and for how long, as well as the tempo, which instruments are to be played, and at what relative volumes.

* Flexibility – MIDI data can be transmitted between MIDI-compatible musical instruments, or stored in a Standard MIDI File for later playback.
* Compact – Entire song can be stored within a few hundred MIDI messages.This makes MIDI a great choice for memory-starved devices
* Versatile – Whether your goal is to play in a band, or you just want to perform privately in your home, or you want to develop your skills as a music composer or arranger, MIDI can help.

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