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Dan McAvinchey is a composer/guitarist living in Raleigh, NC.

He believes every musician or composer has the power to release their own record.


His CD release on Guitar Nine was entitled "Guitar Haus".

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Understanding and Applying the MIDI Interface

MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, can give the home or project studio owner the ability to be more creative, permits computer control over tape decks, sound modules, and drum machines, and allows composers to write music that no human could ever perform. Not bad for a communications protocol originally invented to allow one synthesizer to control another!

If you didn't grow up following the MIDI revolution, you may be confused about how to best learn about what MIDI can do for you. Following are reviews of several excellent books concentrating on the MIDI interface, and how to best exploit the advantages of MIDI. Good luck!

Note: All books reviewed may be purchased through our association with Amazon.com Books -- simply click on the book cover to order.


Sequencer Secrets

By: Ian Waugh

The manual may tell you how your sequencer works, but Sequencer Secrets goes beyond any manual. In this concise, creative and intensely practical book, Ian Waugh explains how you can get the best from any software sequencer. It contains a collection of hints and tips acquired over many years of experience with a wide range of software sequencers. It explains how to master functions you may have previously ignored, how to use short cuts to speed up your work, and how to turn your sequencer from a recording tool into a creative music machine. Cimino Publishing Group, ©1995, 108 pp.


Descubriendo MIDI

By: José Valenzuela

In Spanish (en Español). Descubriendo MIDI is currently the only Spanish-language guide to MIDI and electronic music technology. Valenzuela illustrates the basics of MIDI with numerous photos, graphs and tables while detailing basic and complex applications and connections for a variety of musical instruments. Included is a glossary of MIDI terms and their English equivalents. If English is your second language, this book may be just what you need for your introduction to the world of MIDI. Miller Freeman, ©1995, 120 pp.


MIDI: A Comprehensive Introduction

By: Joseph Rothstein

MIDI: A Comprehensive Introduction provides an invaluable guide for anyone needing a complete overview of the basic principles of MIDI. The text focuses on MIDI hardware and software as an integrated system, covering multiport interfaces, sound cards, auto-accompaniment software and synchronization. In addition to describing categories of MIDI instruments, accessories, and MIDI computer software, Rothstein explains what they do, what to look for in each, and how to get it all to work together. With this book, you will be able to evaluate, assemble, and manage a complex hardware/software MIDI system. A-R Editions, ©1995, 263 pp.

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