30 Years of MIDI
It’s already 30 years ago that the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was created.
MIDI technology is now being used by more than 700 companies in a wide range of devices ranging from electronic keyboards and drum sets to video game consoles and cell phones.
To commemorate its birthday, the MIDI Manufacturers Association have displayed perhaps the most fitting demonstration of its technology at the NAMM 2013 show (the same event where the technology was first demonstrated in 1983) by combining the computer that spearheaded the home computer revolution and that boasts one of the most versatile sound chips ever, the Commodore C64 with a Sequential Circuits Model 64 sequencer cartridge, an IK Multimedia iRig MIDI, an iPad and finally feeding data into the Animoog app from the household name in synthesizers, Moog.
If you remember from my article on “30 years of Commodore 64”, the engineer that was responsible for the design of this infamous sound chip in the C64, the SID chip, was a musician as well, who wanted to see his creation not just being used in the Commodore, but see it in use in music studios as well.
It would take 20 years or so for companies to pick up on this idea, like Elektron with their SID station (which got used by world famous artists like Depeche Mode and Robyn) and use the SID chip outside of the breadbox’ case.