Before we talk about what MIDI is, let’s talk about what MIDI is not.
- MIDI is not a word…it is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. When you see it spelled as midi, or midifile, the author is either a bad typist, or really doesn’t understand what MIDI is.
- MIDI is not a recording. MIDI is a data stream…a chain of instructions sent to a particular device telling it to do something. It could tell the device (usually a synth, or sound card) to play a particular note, or to stop playing notes, etc.
- MIDI is not a sound recording. A MIDI contains no sounds. It tells the connected devices to play the sounds.