The MIDI Manufacturers Association isn’t just resting on their laurels with an uncomfortably-phallic 30th Anniversary logo. They’ve announced a proposal for a new MIDI HD protocol, running over wired and wireless ethernet.
The closed-door event on January 27th will demonstrate a new standard for wired and wireless ethernet, presumably CAT5. Proposals include greater resolution for controllers (really, more than 128 steps?), more channels, and real time control of a note besides note on and note off called a “note update.” When a “direct pitch” is specified, it replaces the normal 12-tone note number, enabling easier compatibility with alternate tuning tables. (All 10 of you must be thrilled.)
Of course, much of this is available today. We have alternate tuning tables, controllers can be sent using two CC numbers for more resolution, and apps like MIDI over LAN allow MIDI data to be transmit over ethernet between computers. But a new MIDI HD spec would standardize all of these approaches, and more importantly allow hardware to be created to control it.
The MMA have been discussing MIDI HD since at least 2008, but this is the first time they have shown a proof of concept. Anyone with the hot ticket to this demonstration, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Learn more at the MIDI Manufacturers Association announcement page.