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  • MIDI version 2.0 is coming

    The MIDI Manufacturers Association has announced the prototyping of MIDI V 2.0.

    https://www.midi.org/articles-old/th...tm-prototyping

    This is the first real update to the specs since MIDI's release in 1983.
    My MIDI controlled, module and software driven virtual 'organ' thread is here: http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...l=1#post427320

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    Good news. I'm glad to see Roland is working on it, but I wonder what Google's interest, other than world domination, could be?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Silken Path View Post
      Good news. I'm glad to see Roland is working on it, but I wonder what Google's interest, other than world domination, could be?
      For those new fangled voice activated MIDI controllers:

      "Hey Google, turn on note 60 on channel 1 at velocity 89"
      My MIDI controlled, module and software driven virtual 'organ' thread is here: http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...l=1#post427320

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      • #4
        Big update in specs and features were added around 1990 when the GM standard was introduced, with a further update around the 00s when GM2 came about.

        Midi 2 has supposedly been coming for well over the last 10 years so I will believe it when I see it.

        All electronic musical instrument manufactures signed on with Midi in 1983, so just because Roland is involved is nothing new. (Roland introduced their own variation called GS to add more features and sounds, (It has been the standard protocol in Windows computers for about 20 years or so) as did Yamaha with the XG variation, with most instruments supporting all 3 these days)

        Bill

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        • #5
          The current set of MIDI specs can now be downloaded for free from the MIDI Manufacturers site.

          https://www.midi.org/specifications

          You used to have to buy them.
          My MIDI controlled, module and software driven virtual 'organ' thread is here: http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...l=1#post427320

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          • #6
            They've been promising MIDI 2 for well over 10 years, I think. It hasn't happened so far. I'll believe it when products start featuring it!
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            • #7
              I'm with you, Andy, I'll believe it when I see it. At least I'll be able to update my lengthy MIDI post here from 10 years ago!
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                peterb_2795 commented
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                picothinker: that is a really informative initial post and ensuing thread that you have posted. I have enjoyed reading it and gained much food for thought. Thank you.

            • #8
              Thanks peterb_2795 I just re-read it tonight. It holds up pretty well, for something in a field of fast change, 10 years later. One thing that has really changed is MIDI guitars and controllers. I have a Roland GR-33 (already old and discontinued) with it's special MIDI pickup mounted on a crappy BC Rich guitar. They have gotten pitch bend working very well now. Each string can have a different patch, velocity is great, etc.
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              • #9
                And here is Roland's first MIDI 2.0 capable product. The A88 Mkii:

                https://youtu.be/uoJLRd2irYA
                My MIDI controlled, module and software driven virtual 'organ' thread is here: http://www.organforum.com/forums/sho...l=1#post427320

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