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Books on MIDI

Post by Hey_Steve86 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:24 am

I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good books about learning MIDI.

I recently picked up a Roland JV-1080 and a MOTU micro express. I would really like to get out of the MIDI dark ages :bang: and really learn to use these tools to there fullest potential.

From my meager pokings about on the internet I have mainly come across the MIDI Manual 3rd Ed., but also read a bit about an older book, MIDI for Musicians. I'm not against an older book if it still has a relevant grounding in the basics of MIDI control and usage.

I am also not against online resources either, but I would really like at least one book, something I can just crack open while sitting on the couch.

As always thanks for any help!

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Post by rove74 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:01 am

I enjoyed midi for the technophobe when I read it almost 20 years ago. I don’t think of myself as a technophobe, but it presented midi in a straightforward way. Looks to be out of print, but probably copies floating about.

The thing about learning midi is that nothing has really changed since the 80s, so older books are still relevant.

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Post by Hey_Steve86 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:10 am

rove74 wrote:The thing about learning midi is that nothing has really changed since the 80s, so older books are still relevant.
I figured this to be the case. I'll check out that book, thanks!

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Post by Panason » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:12 am

You should be able to get things done (play and sequence) without having to read a whole book. MIDI only gets slightly complicated if you want to do advanced stuff with it using NRPN or System Exclusive messages to edit or controls synths remotely ( from the computer)... However, most MIDI synths allow you to control the commonly used parameters using MIDI Control Change messages which consist of just a pair of numbers.

For most music making purposes it is simple one way communication with the control keyboard / pads or sequencer sending messages ( aka MIDI events like notes, velocity, metronome, tempo, modulation, pitch bend etc) to the synth.

You should be able to find a web page that explains it all in a few paragraphs. Once you familiarize yourself with the few different types of MIDI messages you're ready to play.

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Post by Hey_Steve86 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:50 am

I want better understand about the basics, but mainly I want to learn about System Exclusive messages, understand MIDI clock and sync better, and the best practice ways to organize a multi instrument MIDI setup.

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Post by Misk » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:56 pm

Had to read this in college—boring as fuck but incredibly helpful and will answer any question you could ever have about MIDI. When I say boring, I mean boring. Roads' Microsound was riveting to me.

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Post by Hey_Steve86 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:49 am

It's ok if it's boring as long as it delivers the goods, lol.

That Microsound book looks fascinating, Ill have to try to get a copy!

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Post by Panason » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:07 am

I learned everything I needed on MIDI from Sound on Sound magazine articles... worth searching their site.

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Post by Hey_Steve86 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:54 am

Panason wrote:I learned everything I needed on MIDI from Sound on Sound magazine articles... worth searching their site.
They are indeed a wonderful resource.

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Post by melodydad » Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:24 am

There is also Midi Power! by Robert Guerin (Muska & Lipman 2002).

It is also dry as dust - running to 340 pages!
. . . we better let him in . . . . . he's got a Theremin . . . (HMHB: 'Look Dad No Tunes')

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Post by deepblackjoe@gmail.com » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:27 pm

There is also the zine called do midi by lazy magnet

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