MIDI 2.0 In The Making! Here Are The Latest Updates You Should Know

MIDI 2.0 is expected to bring in many new features including auto-configuration, new DAW/Web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing.

A recent blog post on http://www.midi.org reads about The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and AMEI (the Japanese MIDI association) having finalized the core features and name for the next generation MIDI protocol: MIDI 2.0.

After nearly 35 years since revealing the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) specification in 1983, it is announced recently that the member companies of MMA and AMEI are currently working together to develop prototypes based on a jointly developed, feature-complete, draft specification. A members-only plugfest to test compatibility between some early MIDI 2.0 prototypes is planned for Winter NAMM 2019. It is claimed that companies including Ableton/Cycling ’74, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha will be participating in the plugfest.

According to the announcement, AMEI and the MMA are working closely together and sharing code to streamline the prototype development process. Prototyping is planned to continue during 2019 as the associations work together on MIDI 2.0 launch plans, including exploring the development of a MIDI 2.0 logo and self-certification program for MMA and AMEI member companies.

During the prototyping phase, the proposed MIDI 2.0 specification is said to be available only to MMA and AMEI members, because the prototyping process may trigger minor enhancements to the specification. Once a final specification is adopted, we shall be able to see that joining the current MIDI specifications as a free download on www.midi.org.

The MIDI 2.0 initiative updates MIDI with auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing — all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility. This major update of MIDI paves the way for a new generation of advanced interconnected MIDI devices, while still preserving interoperability with the millions of existing MIDI 1.0 devices. One of the core goals of the MIDI 2.0 initiative is to also enhance the MIDI 1.0 feature set whenever possible.

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