The MIDI Manual: A Practical Guide to MIDI in the Project Studio [NOOK Book]


Your indispensable guide to MIDI: Includes all the latest developments in hardware and software, Practical advice on digital audio technology, covering all the major DAWs, Includes tutorials and practical insights into sequencing, Updated and expanded chapter on "groove tool" technologies, Fun and insightful section on "Studio Tips & Tricks".

Written by well-respected sound engineer and author, David Miles Huber, this best-selling guide provides a clear explanation of what ...

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Your indispensable guide to MIDI: Includes all the latest developments in hardware and software, Practical advice on digital audio technology, covering all the major DAWs, Includes tutorials and practical insights into sequencing, Updated and expanded chapter on "groove tool" technologies, Fun and insightful section on "Studio Tips & Tricks".

Written by well-respected sound engineer and author, David Miles Huber, this best-selling guide provides a clear explanation of what MIDI is, how to use electronic instruments and an explanation of sequencers and how to use them. You will learn how to set up an efficient MIDI system and how to get the best out of your music. Packed full of useful tips and practical examples on sequencing and mixing techniques it also covers editors/librarians, working with a score, MIDI in mass media and multimedia and synchronization. The MIDI spec is set out in detail along with the clear guidelines on using the implementation chart. Illustrated throughout with helpful photos and screenshots, this is the most clear and accessible book on MIDI that's available.

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"The MIDI Manual, 2ed is probably the most authoritative book on the subject." - Sound & Video Contractor, April 2000

"The Midi Manual is a great source of information about MIDI and the personal studio. Huber's straightforward writing style and broad view of music production give the book plenty of appeal to readers at all sophistication levels." - Brian Smithers, Electronic Musician

"A useful reference book for anyone using MIDI."
James Eade, Lighting and Sound International.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136119170
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/20/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 451,631
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

David Miles Huber is widely acclaimed in the recording industry as a digital audio consultant, author and guest lecturer on the subject of digital audio and recording technology. As well as being a regular contributing writer for numerous magazines and websites, Dave has written such books as The MIDI Manual (Focal Press) and Professional Microphone Techniques ( He also manages the Educational Outreach Program for Syntrillium software (, makers of Cool Edit 2000 and Cool Edit Pro. In addition to all this, he's a professional musician in the ambient dance/relaxational field, having written, produced and engineered CDs that have sold over the million mark. His latest stuff can be checked out at

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xv
What Is MIDI?     1
What MIDI Isn't     3
A Brief History     4
Why Is MIDI?     5
MIDI in the Home     6
MIDI on the Go     7
MIDI in the Studio     8
MIDI in Audio-for-Visual and Fihn     9
MIDI in Live Performance     10
MIDI and Visuals     10
MIDI and Multimedia     10
MIDI on the Phone     11
MIDI 1.0     13
Exploring the Spec     13
The Digital Word     14
The MIDI Message     15
MIDI Channels     17
Auto Channelizing     18
MIDI Modes     19
Channel-Voice Messages     22
Note-On Messages     22
Note-Off Messages     23
All Notes Off     24
Pressure (Aftertouch) Messages     24
Channel Pressure Messages     25
Polyphonic Key Pressure Messages     25
Program Change Messages     26
Pitch Bend Messages     27
Control Change Messages     28
Controller ID Numbers     29
Controller Values     30
Explanation of Controller ID Parameters     31
Bank Select     31
Mod Wheel     34
Breath Control     34
Foot Pedal     34
Portamento Time     34
Data Entry     34
Channel Volume (formerly known as Main Volume)     35
Stereo Balance     35
Pan     35
Expression     35
Effect Control 1 and 2     36
General Purpose Controllers     36
Hold Pedal     36
Portamento On/Off     37
Sustenuto Pedal     37
Soft Pedal     37
Legato Pedal     37
Hold 2 Pedal     37
Sound Variation (Sound Controller 1)     37
Sound Timbre (Sound Controller 2)     38
Sound Release Time (Sound Controller 3)     38
Sound Attack Time (Sound Controller 4)     38
Sound Brightness (Sound Controller 5)     38
Sound Controller 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10     38
General Purpose Buttons     38
Portamento Control     39
Effects Level     39
Tremolo Level     39
Chorus Level     39
Celeste Level      39
Phaser Level (Set it on stun, Scotty!)     39
Data Button Increment     39
Data Button Decrement     40
Non-Registered Parameter Number (NRPN)     40
Registered Parameter Number (RPN)     40
All Sound Off     40
All Controllers Off     40
Local Keyboard On/Off     40
All Notes Off     41
Omni Mode Off     41
Omni Mode On     41
Monophonic Operation     42
Polyphonic Operation     42
System Messages     42
System-Common Messages     42
MTC Quarter-Frame Messages     42
Song Position Pointer Messages     43
Song Select Messages     43
Tune Request Messages     43
End of Exclusive Messages     43
System Real-Time Messages     43
Timing Clock Messages     43
Start Messages     44
Stop Messages     44
Continue Messages     44
Active Sensing Messages     44
System Reset Messages     44
System-Exclusive Messages     44
Universal Nonreal-Time System Exclusive     45
Universal Real-Time System Exclusive     45
Running Status     46
The Hardware     47
System Interconnection     47
The MIDI Cable     48
MIDI Phantom Power     49
Wireless MIDI     50
MIDI Jacks     51
MIDI In Jack     51
MIDI Out Jack     51
MIDI Thru Jack     51
MIDI Echo     52
Typical Configurations     52
The Daisy Chain     53
The Multiport Network     54
MIDI and the Personal Computer     55
The Mac     56
The PC     57
Portability     57
Super-Portability     58
Connecting to the Peripheral World     58
USB     59
Fire Wire     61
Networking     61
The MIDI Interface     63
The Keyboard Controller     65
Foot Controllers     66
The Audio Interface     68
DAW Hardware Controllers     69
MIDI Diagnostic Tools     71
Electronic Instruments     73
Inside the Toys     73
Keyboards     75
The Synth      76
Synth Modules     77
Soundcard Synths     78
Software Synthesis and Sample Resynthesis     78
Samplers     80
Software Samplers     82
Sample CDs, DVDs, and the Web     84
Instrument Plug-Ins     86
The MIDI Keyboard Controller     87
Alternative Controllers     90
The Drum Machine     90
Alternative Percussion Voices     93
MIDI Drum Controllers     94
Drum Machine Button Pads     95
The Keyboard as a Percussion Controller     95
Drum Pad Controllers     96
MIDI Drums     96
Other MIDI Instrument and Controller Types     98
MIDI Vibraphone     98
MIDI Guitars and Basses     99
MIDI Wind Controllers     99
Sequencing     101
Hardware Sequencers     102
Integrated Workstation Sequencers     103
Software Sequencers     103
Basic Introduction to Sequencing     104
Recording     105
Setting the Session Tempo     106
Changing Tempo     107
Click Track     107
Setting Up a Track      108
Multiple Track Recording     109
Punching In and Out     109
Pre-count     111
Record Loop     111
Stacking     112
Step Time Entry     112
Saving Your MIDI Files     113
Editing     113
Main Edit Screen     114
MIDI Grouping     115
Piano Roll Editor     116
Snap to     116
Notation Editor     118
Drum Editor     119
Event Editor     119
Practical Editing Techniques     120
Transposition     120
Quantization     121
Humanizing     123
Swing     124
Slipping in Time     124
Editing Controller Values     125
Thinning Controller Values     128
Filtering MIDI Data     128
Mapping MIDI Data     129
Program Change Messages     129
System Exclusive: The Musician's Pal     130
Work Those Tracks!     131
Splitting Tracks     131
Merging Tracks     132
Layering Tracks     133
MIDI Echo, Echo, Echo      133
MIDI Processing Effects     133
Audio-to-MIDI Interpretation     136
Replacing Audio Tracks via MIDI     136
Playback     137
Mixing a Sequence Using Continuous Controllers     138
Tips and Tricks     138
Digital Audio Production     141
The Digital Recording/Reproduction Process     142
Sampling     142
Quantization     143
Samplers     145
Sample Editing     146
Sample Looping     147
Distribution of Sampled Audio     148
MIDI Sample-Dump Standard     148
SCSI Sample Dump Formats     149
Hard-Disk Recording     149
The Digital Audio Workstation     150
Integration Now...Integration Forever!     150
DAW Hardware     152
The Desktop Computer     152
The Laptop Computer     155
The Audio Interface     157
Audio Driver Protocols     158
Latency     159
Wordclock     159
DAW Controllers     160
Sound File Formats     162
Format Interchange and Compatibility     163
Sound File Sample Rates      164
Sound File Bit Rates     165
DAW Software     165
Sound File Recording, Editing, Region Definition, and Placement     168
Real-Time, On-Screen Mixing     173
DSP Effects     175
DSP Plug-Ins     180
ReWire     181
Accelerator Cards     182
Power to the Processor...uhhh, People!     183
In Closing     188
Groove Tools and Techniques     189
The Basics     190
Time and Pitch Change Techniques     190
Warping     191
Beat Slicing     191
Looping your DAW     192
Loop-Based Audio Software     193
Reason     197
ReWire     200
Groove and Loop Hardware     201
Groove and Loop Plug-ins     201
Pulling Loops into a DAW Session     201
DJ Software     203
Obtaining Loopfiles from the Great Digital Wellspring     205
Editor/Librarians     207
A Historical Perspective     209
The Patch Editor     209
Hardware Patch Editors     212
The Patch Librarian     213
SysEx Dump Utilities     213
SysEx and your DAW     214
Alternative Sources for Obtaining Patch Data     216
Music Printing Programs     217
Entering Music Data     217
Scanning a Score     219
Editing a Score     219
Playing Back a Score     221
Display and Printing Out a Score     222
Multimedia and the Web     225
The Multimedia Environment     226
Delivery Media     228
The CD     229
The DVD     229
The Web     229
Delivery Formats     230
Digital Audio     230
Uncompressed Sound File Formats     231
Compressed Codec Sound File Formats     231
Perceptual Coding     231
MP3     233
WMA     234
AAC     234
RealAudio     235
Tagged MetaData     235
MIDI     236
Standard MIDI Files     237
General MIDI     237
Graphics     238
Desktop Video     240
Multimedia and the Web in the "Need for Speed" Era     241
Thoughts on Being (and Getting Heard) in Cyberspace     242
Uploading to Stardom!     242
Copyright Protection: Wanna Get Paid?     244
Secure Digital Music Initiative     244
Internet Radio     244
The Virtual E-Dub     245
On a Final Note     245
Synchronization     247
Synchronization Between Media Transports     248
Time Code     248
Time Code Word     250
Sync Information Data     251
Time Code Frame Standards     251
LTC and VITC Time Code     252
Time Code Refreshment/Jam Sync     253
Synchronization Using SMPTE Time Code     254
SMPTE Offset Times     255
Loops     256
Distribution of SMPTE Signals     256
Time Code Levels     256
Synchronization in the Pre-MIDI Era     257
Click Sync     257
TTL and DIN Sync     257
FSK     258
MIDI-Based Synchronization     259
MIDI Real-Time Messages     259
Song Position Pointer     260
MIDI Time Code     261
MIDI Time Code Control Structure     261
SMPTE/MTC Conversion      262
Proprietary Synchronization Systems for Modular Digital Multitrack Recorders     263
Video's Need for a Stable Timing Reference     263
Digital Audio's Need for a Stable Timing Reference     263
Digital Audio Synchronization     264
Real-World Sync Applications for Using Time Code and MIDI Time Code     264
Master/Slave Relationship     265
Audio Recorders     266
VCRs     266
MDMs     267
Software Applications     267
Digital Audio Workstations     267
DAW Support for Video and Picture Sync     267
Routing Time Code to and from Your Computer     268
Keeping Out of Trouble     270
Mixing and Automation     271
Console and Mixer Basics     272
Understanding the Concept of "The Mixer"     273
Insert Point     277
Grouping     284
Hardware and Virtual Effects in Action     285
EQ     285
Dynamic Range Processors     288
Compression     290
Limiting     292
The Noise Gate     293
Time-Based Effects     294
Delay     294
Delay in Action!      295
Reverb     296
Reverb Types     297
Pitch Shifting     298
Time and Pitch Changes     298
Effects Automation     300
Write Mode     300
Read Mode     301
Drawn (Rubberband) Automation     302
Hardware Effects Automation and Editing via MIDI     303
The Art of Mixing     303
Mixing and Balancing Basics     303
Need More Inputs?     305
Exporting a Mixdown to File     306
Studio Tips and Tricks     309
Studio Acoustics     309
Monitoring     312
Monitor Volume     313
Monitor Speaker Types     315
Nearfield Monitoring     315
Small Speakers     317
Headphones     317
Your Car     317
Is It Live or Is It MIDI?     318
Reamping It in the Mix     318
Transferring MIDI to Audio Tracks     320
Helpful Production Hints     320
Power- and Ground-Related Issues     326
Power Conditioning     327
In Conclusion     333
The MIDI Implementation Chart      335
Guidelines For Using the Chart     337
Detailed Explanation of the Chart     337
Header     337
Basic Channel     338
Mode     338
Note Number     338
Velocity     338
Afterrouch     339
Pitch Bender     339
Conttol Change     339
Program Change     339
System Exclusive     339
System Common     339
System Real Time     340
Auxiliary Messages     340
Notes     340
Tax Tips for Musicians   Jeffrey P. Fisher     341
A Business of Your Own     341
"But, Dude, I Gotta Eat."     342
Write-Offs     342
Gear Lust = Tax Savings     344
Home Sweet Home     344
Self-Employment Tax     344
Health Insurance     345
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry     345
Vehicular Reductions     345
Feed The Nest Egg and Save, Too     345
End-of-the-Year Tax Tips     346
Get Help From the IRS     346
Final Word     346
Musician's Guide to Saving For Retirement   Jeffrey P. Fisher     347
Simple Sep Steps     348
Keogh Dough     348
Author Bio     349
Continued Education     351
The Web     352
Index     353
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