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Instant ACID by John Rofrano

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Chapter 11

Recording MIDI

The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) standard was introduced in January 1983 as a way of controlling electronic keyboards and sound modules remotely from another keyboard or computer. It is very similar in concept to the player piano that was invented almost a hundred years earlier in 1890. Using a series of Note On and Note Off events, much like the holes in a player piano roll, you can record the keyboard actions and store them to be played back later on any MIDI-enabled device.

The advantage of recording MIDI loops in ACID is that they transpose and stretch with absolutely no artifacts because the transposition and stretching is done by generating notes in a new key or generating Note On and Note Off events ...

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