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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

This tutorial is written, narrated, and even animated (!) by veteran composer, keyboardist and synthesist Peter "Ski" Schwartz. Designed to "demystify" MIDI in an entertaining yet incredibly informative way, this 4-hour magnum-opus of MIDI will show you everything you've ever wanted to know about MIDI in your studio.

"MIDI Demystified" starts out with a detailed historical vignette taking MIDI from its humble beginnings through to its current state-of-the-art technology. Peter then investigates, explains and provides solutions to the many different MIDI situations that all musicians encounter in both live performance & in a studio setting.

Featuring dozens of animated MIDI signal-flow diagrams, live action footage, and beautiful images of the latest MIDI gear along with vintage MIDI devices, Peter explains the potentially dry subject of MIDI in a way that makes the learning process accessible and fun!

MIDI 101: MIDI Demystified is filled with all kinds of unexpected and informative surprises, and plenty of musical examples in a wide variety of styles. MIDI 101 teaches you everything there is to know about MIDI while keeping you entertained in the process!

So join Peter “Ski” Schwartz on his incredibly fun filled romp through the amazing, musically microscopic and meaningful world of MIDI.

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