Synth wars: The story of MIDI (2023)

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  • overtone

    Collaborative Programmable Music

  • > Midi being an “artist” tool places it more as a medium like paint.

    I’ve used MIDI “as paint”.

    Written music using code to MIDI(1), and wrote “cross instrument” music, ie using my keyboard as drum machine.

    But these days MIDI is chiefly an archival method for me.

    Every time I touch my keyboard is recorded, is much smaller than a comparable audio recording, by design “forced fidelity” in the recording, and I am able to pipe the MIDI format through transcription software (which would be near impossible from an audio recording today).

    (1) http://overtone.github.io/

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  • chip-player-js

    Web-based music player for a variety of video game and chiptune music formats.

  • In case anybody is in the mood to browse and listen to a MIDI collection:

    https://chiptune.app/

  • streamdeck-linux-gui

    A Linux compatible UI for the Elgato Stream Deck.

  • You may find also interesting the projects at ucapps.de, and on the commercial side, the Elgato Stream Deck which has FOSS support.

    http://www.ucapps.de/

    https://www.elgato.com/us/en/p/stream-deck-mini

    https://github.com/streamdeck-linux-gui/streamdeck-linux-gui

  • arduino_midi_library

    MIDI for Arduino

  • That makes me wonder how often one runs across a synth that doesn't support running status. I'm working on a MIDI controller myself, and that's a thing I probably ought to enable if I want the lowest latency.

    It seems the standard MIDI libraries that Arduino uses don't enable it by default, but it's a configuration option you can turn on, along with a note not to try to use it with USB[1].

    [1] https://github.com/FortySevenEffects/arduino_midi_library/bl...

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