are midi instruments electrical or mechanical?

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  1. ingobert

    ingobert New Member

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    are midi instruments electrical or mechanical?
  2. Ronny

    Ronny Midi Mad Super Mod! Staff Member Super Mod

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    It's quite simply a computer programme which instructs the sound card on your pc or keyboard to make the relevant noise or play a particular note or drumbeat in pretty much the same way as if you played a note on your music keyboard or typed a letter on the keyboard of your pc this instructs the machine to do the requested action. Obviously there may be hundreds of such instructions going on every second.

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    Iman 68 New Member

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    how I can make my own midi-file? I want to learn to sequence self, but I dont know the programm I must use. I hope, I dont must do this with an right keyboard, becouse my dont like to work with my pc.

    Iman
  4. rdprod

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    Midi stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Because you must use elecricity to have anything digital, I would say electrical. However, you must use mechanics , meaning, someone actually has to play the notes, to create a midi file.
  5. Gandalf

    Gandalf MIDI Sorcerer

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    They are neither Electrical nor Mechanical.

    They are Electronic.

    Regards
    Mr Pedantic
  6. Kabeem

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    A good program to start doing your own sequencing is Finale Notepad.
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    cgkb New Member

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  8. The Keeper

    The Keeper The Keeper

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    Another way of looking at it. A note is a note when you hold down a note on a keyboard, and stops when you lift your finger off. All a midi note is an on/off switch. The longer you hold the note down for, the longer it goes for. If you have 16 rows(channels) and a different sound on each row, all you have is a lot of on off switches on each row, turning on and off different sounds. It seems complicated, but once you start programming midfiles, it gets addictive. I use cubase, but there are a lot of programs that work just as well
  9. TonePoet

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    It's kind of like a player piano, but the sheet of paper that rolls thru the player is bits & bytes that tell your MIDI componets what to do, & how long to do it.
  10. caruthers

    caruthers New Member

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    All of the above but I think for what you are thinking they are electrical.
  11. LtDan

    LtDan New Member

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    I plug mine in.
    It works =)
  12. ade2055

    ade2055 New Member

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    i think they are two : electrical and mechanical :)
  13. jon-paul

    jon-paul New Member

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    Are midi instrument electrical or etc

    Midi instrument are Not Just a computer program in fact you do not need a computer to run midi instrument. you only need a computer to act as a sequencing suit. However midi does use a binary system to communicate with other midi instrument for example if you press the note C on your keyboard interface this will send a stream of 1 and 0 to the receiving instrument (this could be a sound module or computer or any midi compatable machine) The type of messages from a musical sence are such things as velocity, note on, note off, modulation and Pitch bend to name but a few. Please do not confuse midi with a computer program just remember that midi is not audio but rather a language for comunication.

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