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MIDI 2.0 Prototyping Announced by MMA


The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI) announce MIDI 2.0TM Prototyping

Los Angeles, CA, January 18, 2019 – The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and AMEI (the Japanese MIDI association) have finalized the core features and name for the next generation MIDI protocol: MIDI 2.0. Member companies are currently working together to develop prototypes based on a jointly developed, feature-complete, draft specification. A members-only plugfest to test compatibility between some early MIDI 2.0 prototypes is planned for Winter NAMM 2019. Participating companies include Ableton/Cycling ’74, Art+Logic, Bome Software, Google, imitone, Native Instruments, Roland, ROLI, Steinberg, TouchKeys, and Yamaha.

As with MIDI 1.0, AMEI and the MMA are working closely together and sharing code to streamline the prototype development process. Prototyping is planned to continue during 2019 as the associations work together on MIDI 2.0 launch plans, including exploring the development of a MIDI 2.0 logo and self-certification program for MMA and AMEI member companies.

During the prototyping phase, the proposed MIDI 2.0 specification is available only to MMA and AMEI members, because the prototyping process may trigger minor enhancements to the specification. Once a final specification is adopted, it will join the current MIDI specifications as a free download on www.midi.org.

The MIDI 2.0 initiative updates MIDI with auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing — all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility. This major update of MIDI paves the way for a new generation of advanced interconnected MIDI devices, while still preserving interoperability with the millions of existing MIDI 1.0 devices. One of the core goals of the MIDI 2.0 initiative is to also enhance the MIDI 1.0 feature set whenever possible.

Read more at https://www.midi.org/articles-old/the-midi-manufacturers-association-mma-and-the-association-of-music-electronics-industry-amei-announce-midi-2-0tm-prototyping

Bitwig Studio, A New DAW on the rise! [Digital Audio Workstation]

With the new release of Pro Tools First coming out (The free version of Pro Tools), I can’t help but wonder if Avid is eyeing its possible new competitor, Bitwig Studio. Maybe they’re thinking if they get enough new people using the free Pro Tools, they eventually want to shell out the big bucks for the full version.

Bitwig is about half the price as the full version of PT, and it looks like there’s many cool features, like multiple output of VSTs, which allows you to sort of “sidechain” many different FXs in multiple ways. I will admit to not ever trying Bitwig myself, so I can’t speak more than just appearance, but it does look pretty interesting.

It’s also multi-platform, Mac, Windows, and Linux! Yes Linux! As a long time Linux user, this makes me happy. However for me, even though it’s cheaper than Pro Tools, $300 is still a pretty hefty price tag for the Bedroom Producer. I think there are some great very inexpensive alternatives out there like EnergyXT, Ardour and Reaper.