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MIDI Tutorial

MIDI Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    What is MIDI?

    4:31

    Learn what MIDi is and how its basic DNA works.

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    Tutorial 2

    Status Bytes & Data Bytes

    3:46

    Learn about the different types of data contained within the two main types of MIDI messages, channel messages and system messages.

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    Tutorial 3

    Note Messages

    5:25

    Discover how the most basic channel voice messages, note messages, behave and look within a modern digital audio workstation; see how the status and data bytes are displayed, and how note off messages are created when releasing ones fingers from a MIDI keyboard controller.

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    Tutorial 4

    Understanding MIDI Note Numbers

    3:38

    MIDI note messages contain note numbers as identifiers. Learn how these numbers correspond to the pitches on a piano keyboard, and how various octave numbering conventions correlate with MIDI note numbers.

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    Tutorial 5

    Aftertouch Messages

    5:46

    Learn about the two different types of aftertouch messages, polyphonic aftertouch and channel aftertouch, and hear how they are used to modulate the filter cutoff, and the LFO rate on a synthesizer sound.

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    Tutorial 6

    Pitch Bend Messages

    5:26

    See how these unique fourteen bit MIDI messages generate up to 16,383 steps of resolution and are used to modulate pitch on the receiving device or instrument in either positive or negative ranges.

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    Tutorial 7

    Program Change & Bank Select Messages

    4:19

    Discover how these two messages are used, either alone or together, to change the sound on a MIDI device.

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    Tutorial 8

    MIDI CC Messages

    6:37

    Continuous controller messages, also called Control Change messages, transmit a range of values and are used to control various aspects of sound generation on a per MIDI channel basis. Learn about some the commonly assigned CC messages.

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    Tutorial 9

    CC Messages in Action

    7:13

    See and hear a few examples of how various continuous controller messages are used to alter sound parameters separately from note data.

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    Tutorial 10

    Channel Mode Messages

    4:28

    Learn how poly, mono, and legato modes influence the number of MIDI voices that can be triggered simultaneously, and how portamento is used in conjunction with them.

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    Tutorial 11

    Multitimbral Mode

    4:56

    Discover how multitimbral synths are used to either split or layer sounds across multiple MIDI channels assigned to unique Parts, and how Omni mode is used to allow incoming MIDI messages to be transmitted to Parts set to the corresponding MIDI channel.

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    Tutorial 12

    System Common Messages

    4:27

    Learn about this special category of non channel specific MIDI messages that pertain to the entire receiving device.

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    Tutorial 13

    System Real Time Messages

    3:10

    Learn about how these messages are used to synchronize clock based MIDI devices like sequencers and drum machines so that they playback in sync with each other.

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    Tutorial 14

    MIDI Time Code

    5:34

    Explore this alternate form of syncing MIDI clock based devices, and see how it can be used virtually to sync two DAWs together.

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    Tutorial 15

    System Exclusive Messages

    3:34

    See how the freeware app SysEx Librarian is used to record and store the patch, setup, and device data from an external MIDI sound module.

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    Tutorial 16

    General MIDI

    3:23

    Learn about the General MIDI instrument and drum mapping conventions that insure sequences played back on devices from different manufacturers trigger the correct sounds.

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    Tutorial 17

    Standard MIDI Files

    6:18

    See how MIDI data can be exported and imported in this standard format from one proprietary platform to another.

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    Tutorial 18

    MIDI Timing

    7:36

    Learn about absolute and relative timing. See how MIDI messages are recorded at specific locations relative to bars and beats based on the resolution of clock pulses or ticks in the sequencer. And discover how quantizing is used to move the location of note on messages so that they fall on the clock pulses, or ticks, that correspond with even musical subdivisions.

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    Tutorial 19

    Routing to External MIDI Devices

    6:01

    Learn how to set up MIDI interfaces and external MIDI devices in the OS X Audio MIDI Setup utility, and how to route MIDI signal externally from within Logic Pro X.

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    Tutorial 20

    IAC Signal Flow

    5:13

    Discover how the OS X Audio MIDI Setup utility is used to route MIDI between different applications on the same computer.

MIDI has been around for over 30 years, but do you really understand what it is and how to use it? Let music technology guru Eli Krantzberg explain it all to you, so you can get the most from your Virtual Instruments, Effects, Hardware Boxes and Synths!

In this series of 20 movies, Eli will guide you through all the aspects of MIDI that you need to know in order to connect, program and control all of your MIDI-capable software and hardware.

Beginning with a general overview of what MIDI is, Eli explores the different types of data contained within MIDI messages. That leads into Note Messages, perhaps the most important MIDI message, and a video on understanding MIDI Note Numbers.

Eli then covers the rest of the most common and important MIDI messages such as Aftertouch, Pitch Bend, Program Change, Bank Select, MIDI Continuous Controller, and Channel Mode messages.

Once you've learned about the MIDI messages, Eli dives deeper with Multitimbral Mode, explaining how to layer sound across MIDI channels and parts. After that, he covers some of the more esoteric MIDI features such as System Common and System Real Time messages, MIDI Time Code, and System Exclusive messages.

Finally, Eli explains the General MIDI convention and Standard MIDI Files, along with the difference between Absolute and Relative Midi Timing. If you have external MIDI devices, you'll learn how to route MIDI to them, and if you are an OS X user needing to do complex routings, Eli explores the OS X MIDI Setup Utility for even more control and customization.

If you're just getting into computer music and are confused by MIDI, or you're a longtime musician who really wants to understand it all, check out "MIDI Explained" today!

mrkaplan
Submitted 1 week ago

Cool!

Nice to have a refresher on MIDI

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Arlen2133
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Informative

A great introduction tutorial to MIDI. Good for both beginners and those that need a refresher on what MIDI can do. Eli is a great video instructor and keeps each video short and sweet allowing the student to absorb each concept. Definitely worth keeping around for quick review

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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spike3440
Submitted 3 weeks ago

beginner informative

great course for my basic understanding of midi concepts.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Marzin
Submitted 1 month ago

Songwriting Theory Explained

Great Product and value for money packaged with other

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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ZAZKUASH
Submitted 2 months ago

Bien Estructurado

Ayuda a saber lo básico del MIDI para explotar al máximo un secuenciador de Audio/MIDI

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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rans53
Submitted 2 months ago

Eli Kranzberg

This is mainly a review for Eli. He is the reason I subscribe to Groove3. Outstanding communicator! If he goes I go.


Gbam55
Submitted 4 months ago

MIDI explained

I'm new to midi and this is a great introduction well done.

I am a: Audio Engineer

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jim ligon
Submitted 6 months ago

VERY good with details...

Helped me alot... filling in pieces I was missing. Midi mapping tools on mac would have been more helpful if he covered the win 10 answer to the problems the audio midi setup tool in mac covered.

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Hobbyist, Student

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noisekrux
Submitted 9 months ago

Midi Basics

This is another great video series by Eli. He explains the basic concepts of midi with clear and easy to understand points and examples. This is a must see for anyone new to midi that is truing to get a firm basic foundation of what midi is & what it has to offer by understanding it. I particularly like his examples with soft synth and hardware synth to better understand how midi is used.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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MIDI Explained is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Cool! Nice to have a refresher on MIDI
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Informative A great introduction tutorial to MIDI. Good for both beginners and those that need a refresher on what MIDI can do. Eli is a great video instructor and keeps each video short and sweet allowing the student to absorb each concept. Definitely worth keeping around for quick review
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from beginner informative great course for my basic understanding of midi concepts.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Songwriting Theory Explained Great Product and value for money packaged with other
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Bien Estructurado Ayuda a saber lo básico del MIDI para explotar al máximo un secuenciador de Audio/MIDI
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli Kranzberg This is mainly a review for Eli. He is the reason I subscribe to Groove3. Outstanding communicator! If he goes I go.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from MIDI explained I'm new to midi and this is a great introduction well done.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY good with details... Helped me alot... filling in pieces I was missing. Midi mapping tools on mac would have been more helpful if he covered the win 10 answer to the problems the audio midi setup tool in mac covered.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Midi Basics This is another great video series by Eli. He explains the basic concepts of midi with clear and easy to understand points and examples. This is a must see for anyone new to midi that is truing to get a firm basic foundation of what midi is & what it has to offer by understanding it. I particularly like his examples with soft synth and hardware synth to better understand how midi is used.
Date published: 2016-07-15