[sdiy] Who apart from me things the whole MIDI board needs replacing ?

Mike Bryant mbryant at futurehorizons.com
Mon Jan 24 15:51:38 CET 2022

Because most DJs don’t “play songs” anymore.  It’s become an extremely creative medium where they will mix from many sources, use lots of looping and often add their own keyboard or synth riffs over the top.  And if they have the voice, maybe some rap as well.

But to do that you have to plan an awful lot of it in advance, effectively making you a bit of a sequencer.  Have a look at videos filmed behind Swedish House Mafia, Donato Dozzy or any of the other top DJs and you’ll see what I mean, especially when it’s a team thing like SHM.

One advantage of MIDI 2.0 will be being able to synchronise samples in time more accurately, but they can also move samples around quickly and lots of other stuff.  I’m sure we’ll see lots of creative ideas nobody has thought about yet once it’s out in the wild.

From: Chromatest J. Pantsmaker [mailto:chromatest at azburners.org]
Sent: 24 January 2022 14:26
To: Mike Bryant
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Who apart from me things the whole MIDI board needs replacing ?

I don't know very many DJs who prepare their sets before hand and mostly stick to it. How does MIDI help a DJ be creative with the songs they choose to play?

On Sun, Jan 23, 2022, 10:29 PM Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com<mailto:mbryant at futurehorizons.com>> wrote:
Yes - this sort of poor branding could consign MIDI2.0 to being laughed at.

It's obviously not aimed at analogue synths which probably couldn't use most of the improved resolution, but most DAWs are intending to switch to it sometime this year.  It's worth it just for the more accurate timing and for having Ethernet support which opens up a lot of new possibilities.

Also I know some in the DJ community are very keen on it as they will be able to move data far faster in live use, rather than preparing their sets beforehand and mostly sticking to it.  A friend of mine has a MIDI2.0 product in development for them now.

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From: Brian Willoughby [mailto:brianw at audiobanshee.com<mailto:brianw at audiobanshee.com>]
Sent: 24 January 2022 05:16
To: Mike Bryant
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org<mailto:synth-diy at synth-diy.org>
Subject: Re: [sdiy] Who apart from me things the whole MIDI board needs replacing ?

Ha!  My first glance at the Subject made me think that you were talking about some MIDI printed circuit board that needs to be replaced. Yeah, vintage MIDI gear will probably need a new board.

Then I realized that you're talking about the board of directors of the MIDI association.

On the one hand, MIDI has been the longest-lived digital communications protocol ever. Unless I'm mistaken, nothing else (besides ASCII text sent via asynchronous serial at low baud rates) has survived intact such that modern gear and vintage gear can still communicate. It seems highly unlikely that MIDI 2.0 will enjoy a significant fraction of that longevity.

On the other hand, it's not like I could design a better MIDI 2.0, nor do I think that I would recognize a protocol that could last over forty years unchanged (at its core). I haven't even dug too deeply into the details of MIDI 2.0 because it doesn't seem like it could possibly be exciting. Apart from branding, can anyone point to something besides buzz?


On Jan 23, 2022, at 11:35, Mike Bryant wrote:
> https://www.midi.org/midi-articles/pentagram-designs-the-new-midi-logo?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=MIDI+Association+Launches+New+2022+Initiatives&utm_campaign=2022+MIDI+Initiatives+January
> MIDI 2.0 is an important breakthrough and my first thoughts were this looks like it’s sponsored by MacDonalds.

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