Chapter 8. MIDI: Notes, Rhythms, and Physical Control

Chapter 8. MIDI: Notes, Rhythms , and Physical Control

If you're like most musicians , you think about sound as notes and rhythms rather than as frequency and time in seconds. You express music in sound but also in physical gestures like strumming a guitar, playing a keyboard, scratching a turntable, nudging a foot pedal, or tweaking a fader or knob. Using MIDI data, you can store and manipulate these musical gestures digitally, making it easy to record and edit performances and sound mixes .


MIDINotes, Rhythms, and Physical Control

To use MIDI, you'll first need to understand how MIDI devices and software communicate, then how to record, edit, and manipulate MIDI data:

  • Learn when to use MIDI

  • Make MIDI connections and configure your studio

  • Understand MIDI's data structure and how different messages can be mapped to musical expression and control

  • Record, edit, and manipulate MIDI performances to create a song

  • Use MIDI to control your mix and your instrument parameters in real time

Essential Terms

  • Controller, receiver, sequencer

  • In/out/thru

  • RMC pickup, piezo sensors/drum triggers

  • Channels, multitimbral

  • MIDI data messages: note-on/off, velocity, aftertouch, control change, program change

  • Advanced MIDI: Most Significant Byte/Least Significant Byte

  • System messages: MIDI clock, MMC, MSC, MTC, SysEx

  • Tap tempo, quantization

  • Splits, step entry

  • General MIDI (GM)

Where to Start

Try using an external keyboard to play a virtual instrument like SampleTank2 FREE, included on the DVD. Check out the data you've recorded using a MIDI monitoring tool, like MIDI-Ox for Windows and MIDI Monitor for Mac, also included on the DVD.

Real World Digital Audio
Real World Digital Audio
ISBN: 0321304608
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 96
Authors: Peter Kirn

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