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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:36 am

The MIDI 2.0 initiative updates MIDI with auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing

I'm torn. On paper, some of those things look useful but the optimistic cynic in me hopes that they don't mess up a really solid protocol with decades of implementation under its belt and cause chaos as questionable support emerges on new hardware.

Not so sure about the DAW/Web integrations part either - that sounds like an unstable recipe.

That said, if it's backwards compatible... though I for one would be rather sorry to see the DINs go - I wonder if they'll adopt USB or something like it as 'the' physical interface.

Still, we'll see... ;)
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:34 am

Great news!, It's a shame its taken so long!!

I can't help thinking this should have been happened 15 years ago!

Eddy Deegan wrote:Not so sure about the DAW/Web integrations part either - that sounds like an unstable recipe.

I think computer compatibility is vital as many musicians work mostly ITB

Eddy Deegan wrote:I for one would be rather sorry to see the DINs go - I wonder if they'll adopt USB or something like it as 'the' physical interface.

Still, we'll see... ;)

Basing MIDI 2,0 on USB is a great suggestion and IMHO would be a very clever move !
Standard USB A-B cables are cheap, compact, reasonably strong and might remove the need for dedicated MIDI interfaces ?
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:50 am

How will it work without a host computer, USB/A to USB/A cables (which are rare as hens teeth)? Or would every device have USB/A and USB/B connectors?
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Folderol » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:57 am

Hmmm,
Cautiously optimistic. The MMA have been very good 'gatekeepers' so far. Let's hope it stays that way.

I tend to regard USB connectivity with some reservation. It has been notoriously flaky (although it's getting better) and represents a colossal processing overhead - not exactly what you want it time-critical systems!
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby The Elf » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:08 am

USB seems, to me, to be the worst option. Time for MIDI to embrace the network, I'd say. As long as it does this then whatever network connection hardware (wired or wireless) arrives in the future, MIDI should happily tag long.
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby wireman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:29 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:wonder if they'll adopt USB or something like it as 'the' physical interface.

Not thought about it much but how about a choice of protocols using UTP RJ45 sockets
There would be two variants, serial and Ethernet / TCP/IP defined by the standard.
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Folderol » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:47 pm

wireman wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:wonder if they'll adopt USB or something like it as 'the' physical interface.

Not thought about it much but how about a choice of protocols using UTP RJ45 sockets
There would be two variants, serial and Ethernet / TCP/IP defined by the standard.

You don't want TCP!
It guarantees that all packets will be delivered, but not when, nor what order - this could make for an 'interesting' performance :lol:
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby wireman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:01 pm

Folderol wrote:
wireman wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:wonder if they'll adopt USB or something like it as 'the' physical interface.

Not thought about it much but how about a choice of protocols using UTP RJ45 sockets
There would be two variants, serial and Ethernet / TCP/IP defined by the standard.

You don't want TCP!
It guarantees that all packets will be delivered, but not when, nor what order - this could make for an 'interesting' performance :lol:
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Like I said, I have not thought about it. Modern switched fabrics are pretty reliable and you would think that the packet rate is fast enough nowadays that TCP with any reordering/retransmission should work for MIDI without requiring some sort of real time solution (and these do exist).
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby desmond » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:27 pm

Great! I look forward to reading a new SOS article all about MIDI - just like the good old days of the 80s..! ;) :thumbup:
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:04 pm

Excellent, all this time not learning midi has been the right approach as I'll be able to learn about midi2.0 from scratch. :thumbup:


Alternatively they'll now be twice as much midi that I don't understand. :thumbdown:
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby Folderol » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:28 pm

Hate to upset you BD, but it's the latter.
Having watched a vid. on the matter, it seems the MMA have indeed done their homework, and the new system will be completely backward compatible.
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It is here

Also, it will be transport agnostic, so DIN, ETHERNET, USB whatever you like - although guy did point out the latency issues with Blutooth and wireless.
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:32 pm

Yeah, I thought that was going to be the case. So much to learn, so little time.


Because so much time is wasted on here.... :)
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:58 pm

That is a fascinating video Folderol.

Just reminds you what we're capable of when people work together.
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Re: MIDI 2.0!?

Postby The Elf » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:18 pm

Folderol wrote:Also, it will be transport agnostic, so DIN, ETHERNET, USB whatever you like
JUST the way it should be. Sounds like a very good start.
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