Happy Birthday MIDI

Roland video celebrates the 30th Anniversary of MIDI   08-Jan-13

We brought you news a few weeks ago that the inventors of MIDI from 30 years back, Dave Smith and Ikutaro Kakehashi are to get a Technical GRAMMY award. Now Roland has celebrated the 30th anniversary of MIDI with a YouTube video.

Roland had this to say "One standard started it all. One technology allowed different musical devices and computers to all speak the same language and make beautiful music together. Thirty years ago, MIDI was born...and the rest is history."

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Mattsynth    Said...

Happy Birthday Midi. I don't know what I could of done without you. One of the greatest break thru inventions for keyboard musicians since the Moog. Midi was a life changer for me. It changed the way I write, compose and play music. It is hard to believe that it has been 30 years and we still use midi. I wonder why the manufactures never came up with a better system? Maybe it is the old saying "If it works, don't try to fix it". Anyway midi did change my life. Thanks Dave & Ikutaro.

08-Jan-13 09:59 AM

Fnord    Said...

@sonicstate: the link is www.midi.org/midi30 in lowercase... your link doesn't work :)

And congrats to MIDI, the fact that there's no real competition until now shows it's brilliance in design (well, apart from the 7bit resolution problem) and felxibility...

08-Jan-13 12:46 PM

al_bot    Said...

Happy Birthday Midi! I luvs u! First Midi Experience: CakeWalk for Win 3.1 with Parallel Port Midi Note1+ interface. God, that interface was pure metal and could kill a gopher if swung correctly. Midi - one of the greatest and long lasting tech.

08-Jan-13 07:30 PM

Twitchy    Said...

Happy Birthday MIDI!!

I can't even imagine what life would be like without you.

You're the bridge that lets most everyone (instruments/computers/people) be heard, equally

Happy Birthday MIDI

09-Jan-13 12:31 PM


Wow, that makes me feel old. I remember the first demos I had of MIDI gear at local stores knowing I was witnessing a revolution. The big difference between then and now....the computers and software have become insanely cheap and powerful. Back in the 80s just buying a PC, MIDI interface and sequencing software could set you back $2000. Today I can just use an iPhone running a $10 app.

11-Jan-13 10:17 AM

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