MIDI IS AROUND US !
Most popular recorded music is written and performed using MIDI-equipped electronic keyboards (aka "synthesizers"). Much music is also written on computers using "Sequencers" and/or "Digital Audio workstations". Other MIDI-equipped musical instruments may also be used, including digital drums, digital guitars, wind instruments, and more. Your computer probably has the ability to play MIDI files using either built-in hardware or a software synthesizer that responds to MIDI messages, and with an appropriate adapter your computer can be connected to other MIDI-equipped products so you can use MIDI to help you learn, play, create and enjoy music. Even film and TV scores are usually created on MIDI instruments, and with advances in digital sampling and synthesis technologies making digital instruments sound ever more realistic, the orchestra playing behind that big-screen block buster is more likely to be the product of a few MIDI devices than dozens of acoustic instruments.
Besides music creation and playback described above, MIDI has some other interesting and popular uses. MIDI Show Control is a different set of MIDI messages used for controlling rides at theme parks as well as for operating themed events such as are found outside many Las Vegas casinos. And many people have developed unique products that use MIDI. And if you own a cell phone that has "polyphonic ring-tones" (billions do) it's probably got a MIDI synthesizer
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How Does MIDI work ?
There are many different kinds of devices that use MIDI, from cell phones to music keyboards to personal computers. The one thing all MIDI devices have in common is that they speak the "language" of MIDI. This language describes the process of playing music in much the same manner as sheet music: there are MIDI Messages that describe what notes are to be played and for how long, as well as the tempo, which instruments are to be played, and at what relative volumes. Because MIDI data is only performance instructions and not a digital version of a sound recording, it is actually possible to change the performance, whether that means changing just one note played incorrectly, or changing all of them to perform the song in an entirely new key or at a different tempo, or on different instruments. MIDI data can be transmitted electronically between MIDI-compatible musical instruments, or stored in a Standard MIDI File for later playback. In either case, the resulting performance will depend on how the receiving device interprets the performance instructions, just as it would in the case of a human performer reading sheet music. The ability to fix, change, add, remove, speed up or slow down any part of a musical performance is exactly why MIDI is so valuable for creating, playing and learning about music.