Five Reasons Why MIDI Didn't Die

We can all get along. How can a quarter-century-old computer-based protocol remain relevant? Everyone else got it wrong: Betamax vs. VHS. Blu-Ray vs. HD. SACD vs. whatever-that-other-format was. The music industry got it right: Roland and Yamaha and Sequential and Korg and E-Mu and…
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1: We can all get along. How can a quarter-century-old computer-based protocol remain relevant? Everyone else got it wrong: Betamax vs. VHS. Blu-Ray vs. HD. SACD vs. whatever-that-other-format was. The music industry got it right: Roland and Yamaha and Sequential and Korg and E-Mu and

2: The Force was with it. MIDI appeared pretty much concurrently with FM synthesis, sampling, the Mac, cheap microprocessors, and more. MIDI wasn''t only in the right place at the right time—it led a movement.

3: No one had to fall on their sword if it flopped. MIDI was dirt cheap to implement. If it ended up being a big deal, cool. If it was an epic fail, no heads would roll at Corporate.

4:The parents stayed involved. The MIDI Manufacturers Association is one of the few bureaucracies in the history of civilization that did more good than harm, as it kept the spirit of industry cooperation alive to keep pushing the MIDI spec forward (see next).

5:It got down and dirty with Darwin. Like bacteria on crack, MIDI mutated, evolved, grew, and changed with the times. So what if it''s still officially called Version 1.0?