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MIDI for Musicians Paperback – 1 Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd; Reissue edition (1 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825610508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825610509
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,517,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A highly technical book with detailed information on how the introduction of MIDI revolutionized the music industry. Examples and illustrations included, this is ideal for enthusiasts or to have in the recording studio!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nik on 18 Oct. 2014
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I used to have a shelf crammed with MIDI books, but gradually gave them all away. Writing a story set mid-1998, which involved musicians & MIDI, I needed to reference some of those 'classics'. This was one such. Printed in ~1986, it pre-dated a lot of the 'modern' tech, but helped musicians more familiar with 'analog' technology adjust to the 'new fangled' digital stuff.
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Well Written Introduction 8 Nov. 2003
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
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There has been a lot of water over the dam since the introduction of MIDI as a protocol for recording and controlling electronic (and some not-so-electronic) instruments. The average musician has gone from completely computer illiterate to technically adept at living in a specialized world where the gut strings are cables and the voices come from chips. All of this has greatly empowered the players and composers who can work with these building blocks.
But truth is that, for many musicians MIDI is still a mystery. Something that just 'happens' when they follow the instructions in a manual, and when something doesn't happen they are lost. Despite being nearly 20 years old, MIDI for musicians is still one of the best guides for the naïve who are looking to become cognoscenti.
Anderton has written a short, to-the-point book that delves into the mysteries of the architecture of electronic instruments and their control without racing ahead of the readers ability to cope. He treats his reader as someone who is both motivated and intelligent, fearlessly broaching some complicated topics and dicing them up into digestible components.
He moves steadily from what is happening in the wires to presenting a strong overview of the potential resources available to the musician. Recommended for both novices and journeymen alike.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MIDI for Musicians 11 Nov. 2008
By Mel Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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It helped me understand the history of MIDI and how and why it works the way it does.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Important historical text 9 Mar. 2013
By Theophilo Augusto Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
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Anderton's book give us in 2013 what should be important to know for a brand new standard at the 1980s, i.e. MIDI. Although usb connections do most of the job today regarding the linkage of devices, most part of the controller numbers, notes and other sensitive parts of digital music is managed through midi without problem. The most outdated section refers to computers and sequencers from the 1980s, but even that can show us how the technology has evolved since then.
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Dated? 2 Oct. 2007
By Gordon F. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I appreciated the one review given here, when I checked the copyright date (1986) I decided not to buy it. 21 years ago in computer (and MIDI) time is ancient history. Am looking for a more up-to-date book.
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