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    What is MIDI? (4:31)


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    Status Bytes & Data Bytes (3:46)


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    Note Messages (5:25)


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    Understanding MIDI Note Numbers (3:38)


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    Aftertouch Messages (5:46)


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    Pitch Bend Messages (5:26)


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    Program Change & Bank Select Messages (4:19)


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    MIDI CC Messages (6:37)


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    CC Messages in Action (7:13)


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    Channel Mode Messages (4:28)


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    Multitimbral Mode (4:56)


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    System Common Messages (4:27)


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    System Real Time Messages (3:10)


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    MIDI Time Code (5:34)


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    System Exclusive Messages (3:34)


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    General MIDI (3:23)


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    Standard MIDI Files (6:18)


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    MIDI Timing (7:36)


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    Routing to External MIDI Devices (6:01)


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    IAC Signal Flow (5:13)


Are you new to MIDI or have you been using it but don’t really understand what it is and how it works? Learn how MIDI works in this series of 20 tutorial videos that will give you an understanding of MIDI and what 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!


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dB Productions
Submitted 2 months ago

Clearly explained!

Have not completed every video but so far it has been easy to understand.

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

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Optimistc
Submitted 3 months ago

Confusing

i think its confusing, it can be easier but in the video explain a lot for nothing

I am a: Hobbyist, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

Response from Customer Service:

Hello and thank you for your review.
I am very sorry you felt the subject matter was confusing. MIDI can be a bit confusing at first and that is why Eli went over the bare basics and built from there. You may need to watch the tutorial videos more than once to start to get an understanding of how MIDI truly works but once you do it can add an entirely new dimension to your workflow.
I encourage you to stay with the course and you may find everything to be less confusing as the concepts start to become more clear with each video.
Good luck!
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Itzhak Yaron
Submitted 4 months ago

A must have

We all need to know midi as many Virtual Instruments are becoming an integral part of our production

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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michael p
Submitted 5 months ago

very helpful

Very useful as i have not understood how midi works.the tutor explains it very well

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WadePhelps
Submitted 9 months ago

exactly what it teaches

A little dry. Not because of the teacher. But it goes to the basic rudimentary fundamentals of MIDI. If you are looking for a quick songwriting class with shortcuts, this is not the class. But if you want a career and a well rounded knowledge, this is a must take course .

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Cakewalk Sonar

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jimkata2000
Submitted 10 months ago

Helpful

I had learned a few things about midi. I wanted to create a controller map for my keyboard, so figured to make sure I understood everything. This helped a lot and there were even a couple items that I could really use. I skipped thru the chapters, but filled in a lot of holes. Glad I watch. Also, I've watched a number of video's with Eli and he is a great instructor and takes his time to explain everything. If you have any questions about midi, watch this course.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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BBOBBYB
Submitted 1 year ago

AAA

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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ProfessorMarvel
Submitted 1 year ago

Great introduction!

A super introduction to MIDI and the technical aspects. I knew a little, but this tutorial is helping to fill in the gaps. Super series!


jay1ner
Submitted 1 year ago

Very informative

Learned so much about MIDI. Goes into the history and all. Very well done.

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Reason, Studio One

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cambritton
Submitted 1 year ago

I thought I knew MIDI...

Most of us probably understand the basic concept of MIDI, but this course goes really deep into the many applications for it. Beginners through to experts will take something away for this!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Logic Pro, Reaper

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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 4.6 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clearly explained! Have not completed every video but so far it has been easy to understand.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Confusing i think its confusing, it can be easier but in the video explain a lot for nothing
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A must have We all need to know midi as many Virtual Instruments are becoming an integral part of our production
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful Very useful as i have not understood how midi works.the tutor explains it very well
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from exactly what it teaches A little dry. Not because of the teacher. But it goes to the basic rudimentary fundamentals of MIDI. If you are looking for a quick songwriting class with shortcuts, this is not the class. But if you want a career and a well rounded knowledge, this is a must take course .
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful I had learned a few things about midi. I wanted to create a controller map for my keyboard, so figured to make sure I understood everything. This helped a lot and there were even a couple items that I could really use. I skipped thru the chapters, but filled in a lot of holes. Glad I watch. Also, I've watched a number of video's with Eli and he is a great instructor and takes his time to explain everything. If you have any questions about midi, watch this course.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAA AAA
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great introduction! A super introduction to MIDI and the technical aspects. I knew a little, but this tutorial is helping to fill in the gaps. Super series!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative Learned so much about MIDI. Goes into the history and all. Very well done.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I thought I knew MIDI... Most of us probably understand the basic concept of MIDI, but this course goes really deep into the many applications for it. Beginners through to experts will take something away for this!
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great tool, I plan to always keep my subscription renewed.
Date published: 2017-04-08
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
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