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MIDI 1.0 Specification

Musical Instrument Digital Interface 1.0

 

INTRODUCTION

MIDI is the acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

MIDI enables synthesizers, sequencers, home computers, rhythm machines, etc.to be interconnected through a standard interface.

Each MIDI-equipped instrument usually contains a receiver and a transmitter. Some instruments may contain only a receiver or transmitter. The receiver receives messages in MIDI format and executes MIDI commands. It consists of an optoisolator, Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART), and other hardware needed to perform the intended functions. The transmitter originates messages in MIDI format, and transmits them by way of a UART and line driver.

 The MIDI standard hardware and data format are defined in this specification.

 

CONVENTIONS

Status and Data bytes given in Tables I through VI are given in binary.

Numbers followed by an "H" are in hexadecimal.

All other numbers are in decimal.

 

POWER-UP DEFAULT CONDITIONS

On power-up all instruments should default to Mode #1. Except for Note On/Off Status, all Voice messages should be disabled. Spurious or undefined transmissions must be suppressed.
 

 

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