Lesson 9: MIDI

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a major part of the modern music production process. Its flexibility and options allow users to create and manipulate sounds in a manner which could never be done with physical instruments. MIDI has many uses from creating scratch tracks, to using it to control FX parameters in a live performance, to creating a virtual orchestra inside of your computer. With proper manipulation, MIDI can be the whole show, or a great compliment to a killer instrumental performance.
We’ll get into it by explaining that MIDI is not audio but a protocol, what that means, and what’s going on at a technical level. Then, we’ll setup your MIDI Controller so that it “speaks” to your computer. After that it’s off to creating in MIDI, using the pencil tool to write notes into the DAW, discussing common pitfalls, associating virtual instruments with MIDI, using an FX arpeggiator and more!


Be able to define what is MIDI.
Be able to interpret what is the MIDI protocol.
Be able to solve problems that arise when using MIDI.
Be able to select the correct MIDI port by the end of the course.
Be able to explain difference between MIDI channels.
Be able to describe in what situation you would effectively use MIDI.