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MIDI Demystified

MIDI 101

beginner

If you use MIDI and always wondered how - and why - it works, MIDI 101 is for you! Informative and entertaining, "MIDI Demystified" is a required tutorial for anyone looking to get the most out of their MIDI hardware and software.

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2 Somewhere in MIDI-eval Europe... (a short film) 03:27
3 Controllers, Sound Modules, Plugins, and other MIDI Instruments 02:43
17 MIDI Note Numbers 02:01
31 CC's 7, 10, and 11 07:43
41 The Local Control 04:02

Course Outline

  1. Section 1: Welcome to MIDI 101

    1. 01 Welcome
      02:28
  2. Section 2: Introduction to MIDI

    1. 02 Somewhere in MIDI-eval Europe... (a short film)
      03:27
    2. 03 Controllers, Sound Modules, Plugins, and other MIDI Instruments
      02:43
  3. Section 3: Basic Concepts and Perspectives

    1. 04 An Overview of MIDI Messages, and Perspectives on What MIDI Is
      06:53
  4. Section 4: Connecting MIDI Devices

    1. 05 MIDI Connectors and Connections
      02:52
    2. 06 MIDI In, Out, and Thru
      01:21
    3. 07 The Golden Rule of Signal Flow
      02:11
    4. 08 MIDI Thru, in Detail
      03:23
    5. 09 Thru Boxes and Daisy-Chains
      05:00
  5. Section 5: MIDI Channels & Omni Mode

    1. 10 MIDI Channels & Channel Voice Messages Primer
      02:58
    2. 11 Transmit and Receive Channels, and Applications Part 1
      03:26
    3. 12 Transmit and Receive Channels, and Applications Part 2
      03:42
    4. 13 Omni Mode
      03:30
  6. Section 6: The Serial Nature of MIDI Messages

    1. 14 The Serial Nature of MIDI Messages
      03:38
  7. Section 7: Channel Message Structure

    1. 15 The Message Structure of Channel Voice Messages
      04:23
  8. Section 8: Note On and Note Off Messages

    1. 16 Note On and Note Off Message Structure, Note Off Variations
      06:42
    2. 17 MIDI Note Numbers
      02:01
    3. 18 Note Off Handling in Percussion Controllers
      01:30
  9. Section 9: Aftertouch (Mono and Poly)

    1. 19 Basic Concepts (or, "A Guide to Making Music Using Carpenter's Tools")
      02:58
    2. 20 Comparison of Mono & Poly Aftertouch-based Effects
      04:21
    3. 21 Aftertouch: MIDI Message Structure (Mono and Poly)
      05:46
  10. Section 10: Program Change

    1. 22 Applications for Program Change Messages
      05:14
    2. 23 Program Change: Message Structure, and, the Dangers of Using Program Change Messages
      08:15
  11. Section 11: Pitch Bender

    1. 24 Pitch Bender Message Basics
      07:26
    2. 25 Pitch Bend MSB and LSB
      04:12
    3. 26 Adjusting the Pitch Bend Range
      02:26
  12. Section 12: Control Change Messages

    1. 27 Introduction to Control Change Messages
      03:30
    2. 28 Message Structure, Continuous and Switch Controllers
      07:32
    3. 29 Controller Default Values and Compatibility
      06:35
    4. 30 Perspectives on Control Change Message Function
      02:32
    5. 31 CC's 7, 10, and 11
      07:43
    6. 32 CC's 0, 32, and 74
      04:37
  13. Section 13: Multi-Timbral Instruments

    1. 33 The Meaning of Multi-Timbral, and, Sequencing with a Multi-Timbral Sound Module
      04:49
    2. 34 Multi-Timbral Plugins
      06:51
  14. Section 14: MIDI Interfaces, and MIDI & USB Compared

    1. 35 When and Why You'd Need One
      04:46
    2. 36 Connecting and Using USB Devices
      01:20
    3. 37 Comparing MIDI and MIDI-over-USB
      06:01
  15. Section 15: MIDI Mergers

    1. 38 How Mergers Work
      03:58
  16. Section 16: Sequencing

    1. 39 Sequencing Using a DAW and a Multi-Timbral Sound Module, and, the Concept of Channelizing
      03:38
    2. 40 "The Mind of MIDI" -- Thinking Through a More Complex Sequencing Setup
      06:49
    3. 41 The Local Control
      04:02
  17. Section 17: Multi-Channel Interfaces

    1. 42 Bringing it All Together: Combining MIDI Concepts and Overcoming the 16 Channel Limitation
      07:31
  18. Section 18: MIDI Synchronization

    1. 43 Basic Concepts
      03:16
    2. 44 Master and Slave Devices
      04:18
    3. 45 Scenarios: Deciding on Which Device to use as the Master
      04:06
    4. 46 MIDI Clock in Detail
      03:38
    5. 47 MIDI Time Code (MTC)
      04:11
  19. Section 19: System Excludive Messages

    1. 48 Sysex Primer and Bulk Dumps
      04:44
    2. 49 Recording Sysex Data (and why you'd want to do that), Part 1
      04:18
    3. 50 Recording Sysex Data, Part 2 (Sound Parameter Changes)
      02:15
  20. Section 20: Active Sensing

    1. 51 Annoying Blinking LED's
      03:00
  21. Section 21: Tech Sector

    1. 52 All About Binary Numbers and Why We Have Only 128 Values in MIDI
      05:29
    2. 53 Hexa-whatimal?
      02:04
    3. 54 The Importance of Reading MIDI Implementation Charts (and how to read them)
      05:29

Course Overview

Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz

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