It’s 30 years since the development of technology that allowed synthesisers and drum machines to be connected to computers - and since then MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) has revolutionised the world of music recording.
The demand for jobs in every sector continues to rise, and the music industry is no exception. There are many musicians who have the talent but have no jobs. Others may have part-time jobs and are looking for something more. Freelance musicians are constantly looking for extra work or new opportunities. Those graduating from music school should realize that musician jobs are not easy to come by. Getting a steady job as a musician can take many years, and it helps to be patient.
MIDI keyboards are a kind of missing link in the modern world of computer generated audio. A great many music hobbyists and professionals working in the field of electronic music are generating their sounds and music from inside their computers. The sounds themselves are synthesized by the computer in a virtual environment, and it is the job of a MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard to control these sounds and make them playable just like a traditional musical instrument.
In a previous article I wrote the basic definition about MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and how modern musicians can use it in their independent productions. This time I will write about the technical side of MIDI, including MIDI ports that are available, MIDI channels and how to use them, and the General MIDI Standard that allows a MIDI file to be read consistently over a variety of MIDI-capable instruments (hardware and software).
Local zoning laws are looking to make Restaurants, Coffeeshops and Bars in Albany pay an annual fee to the local government for hosting live music events. We all know small venues are closing up all over America since times are tough, but this plan to help stimulate Albany’s economy isn’t going to make anything better for anyone. It’ll put even more stress on small business owners and put an end to shows.
If this law passes here, it can spread around the country. Just say NO WAY.
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So, you open up a new song in GarageBand and add a software instrument. It loads up a Grand Piano and sits there waiting for you to play your masterpiece. But wait, there’s a problem. What do you use to play this piano, your computer keyboard? I don’t think so.
One of the first things new GarageBand users realize is that it’s very difficult performing, programming and recording MIDI using a QWERTY keyboard. This sends them on a journey to find the right MIDI keyboard. The problem is that, for a newbie, the number of different MIDI keyboards available is overwhelming. How do they decide which one is right for them? Let’s take a look at the options.