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

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to: thehorrorist.com

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  1. 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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