MIDI 30 Years

MIDI is 30 years old today! The acronym stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it was created by Dave Smith. You know his name because he’s the guy behind Sequential Circuits and Dave Smith Instruments. We are all very lucky that Dave decided to give MIDI away for free and convince other manufactures to use it. To celebrate the day the BBC interviewed Dave Smith about the birth of MIDI. Read the article here: How MIDI changed the world of music.

“What Smith did next would transform the way recording studios worked, and create a revolution in music and recording production. He persuaded manufacturers to adopt a common format which allowed their synthesisers to be controlled externally by another keyboard potentially made by a rival manufacturer, or even by a computer. It was called Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and would soon become the industry standard for connecting different makes of synthesisers, drum machines, samplers and computers.” – bbc.co.uk

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:29 am, filed under hardware and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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7 Responses to “MIDI 30 Years”

  1. Rock Wave via Facebook says:

    wow! i had no idea dave smith invented it

  2. Rock Wave via Facebook says:

    wow! i had no idea dave smith invented it

  3. Jason Duerr says:

    Met DS 2 years ago at NAMM, and first thing I did was thank him for MIDI. Super nice guy.

  4. Graham Spice says:

    How did you determine the birthdate?

  5. sarah says:

    not strictly accurate,.. (it’s actually older) – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/28/midi_merry_unbirthday/

  6. Chris Shaw says:

    I remember my freshman year at NYU (’83) when Keyboard Magazine sponsored an expo at the student center. At one point they ran a bunch of MIDI cables between the booths and played a Fairlight CMI, a Sequential Prophet 10, and a PPG Waveterm from a newly introduced Yamaha DX7. Everyone’s jaw dropped. Oberheim couldn’t get into the fun because they were still hawking their new OBX, DMX, sequencer system which used large ribbon cables.

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