36 years on from 1983 NAMM when the first MIDI connection was demonstrated and MIDI 2.0 has been officially unveiled. Here's all the details of what's to come…
You may remember back in January of this year when the internet was alight with news from NAMM 2019 that MIDI 2.0 was being tested behind closed doors with input from some of the biggest names in the industry, which include Ableton/Cycling '74, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha.
Now though, an extensive article of what MIDI 2.0 has to offer has been revealed. Featuring new auto-configuration, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing, MIDI 2.0 is paving the way for the future of music making, but is also keen to stipulate the importance of backwards compatibility. The millions of 1.0 users will still receive the same amount of support as ever, but where possible MIDI is hoping that 2.0 will enhance the feature set for MIDI 1.0 whenever possible.
It should be noted that it's unlikely that any MIDI 2.0 devices will be released in 2019. There's a long list of things that need to be in place for MIDI to work such as devices, applications, operating systems, and DAWs to support these new specifications and that will obviously take time. However, given the current roster of companies working on bringing 2.0 into the fray, we're hoping the wait isn't too long.
For an extensive look at the details of what MIDI 2.0 has to offer head over to the official MIDI post here.
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