What is MIDI, anyway?

MIDI is a wire-protocol that was developed in the 80’s to allow synthesizers to send musical performance data between devices. So a MIDI keyboard can send performance data ( i.e. “notes” ) to an instrument that actually creates the sound. It is beyond the scope of this manual to explain MIDI in detail. But a MIDI Primer has been provided here.

What can Mixbus do with MIDI?

Here are some of the tasks that are typically implemented with MIDI:

  1. Play a multitimbral MIDI file through a General MIDI instrument, as a backing track. Learn more here: General MIDI
  2. Add a Virtual instrument to a track, and record MIDI data to play through it. Learn more here: Virtual Instruments
  3. Send MIDI to an external device. Learn more in Setting up an External MIDI device
  4. Arranging tracks by assembling and triggering MIDI loops and phrases.
  5. Using a MIDI as a controller ( for knobs and faders ). You can learn more about that in the External Control section


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