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

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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!

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Advanced MIDI Users Guide

By: R. A. Penfold

Most MIDI users do no more than scratch the surface of MIDI's potential. But dare to dig a bit deeper and you'll find a whole new world of creative possibilities. With the Advanced MIDI User's Guide, you'll learn how to optimize your MIDI system to give the best results for your particular setup, you'll find out how switchers and mergers can add sophistication to your setup and how they can be used in a MIDI system at live gigs. Want to incorporate a multitrack tape recorder into your MIDI system? No problem - there's a section on synchronizers, SMPTE and MIDI time code. And all you retro fans will find out how to use your MIDI system with that dusty old analogue synthesizer! You'll find out how to improvise a simple MIDI tester to help troubleshoot problem systems, and how to use SysEx messages to access some of the more esoteric features of your system. Cimino Publishing Group, ©1996, 184 pp.


What's MIDI? Making Musical Instruments Work Together

By: Jon F. Eiche

A great little five-dollar guide to get you started learning about MIDI. This book explains the basics of MIDI using the simplest, clearest terms possible. All essential details about the MIDI interface are covered. Hal Leonard Publishing, ©1991, 64 pp.


MIDI Survival Guide

By: Vic Lennard

If you've got twelve bucks, then check out the MIDI Survival Guide. This book's got no math and no MIDI theory, but beginners and pros alike can get practical advice on starting up, setting up and completing a working MIDI system. Contains information on connecting synthesizers, sound modules, sequencers and drum machines; how to budget; using switch, thru and merge boxes; General MIDI and more. PC Publications, ©1993 104 pp.

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