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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
The best book on MIDI and home studios I've found. 22 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book taught me how to put together a whole home studio with a computer adn different kinds of keyboards and synthesizers. It was clear, easy to understand and even pretty funny. I definately recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about MIDI, synthesizers, home recording, song writing or film scoring.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for beginners! 12 Oct. 2000
By "dna-groove" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very comprehensive, can get you up and running in 48 hours. A very thin book that contains the bare essentials as to familiarize yourself with MIDI and the initial steps to set up a working compilation of MIDI products. Explains concepts such as sequencers, samplers, MIDI-IN/OUT/THRU and countless more... the good part is that even though it holds great amounts of information, the book is orgenized in a way that is easily referenced in the future. It's easy... it's wonderful.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
great book for MIDI overview 27 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who would be better at writing an over view of MIDI than Mr Rona, who was one of the founders of the MIDI Manufacturers' Association? i am thoroughly enjoying this book, because it is not too technical for the average reader, and yet it does explain the internal functions of computers and digital machines to the extent of providing a good understanding of the instruments we use. i always find it useful to know a little background information to anything i'm learning, and there is a (very) short history of how MIDI was developed. the book is written in a very lively manner, with some subtle humour found in the illustrations, veyr clear (almost condescendingly simple) diagrams. the sections are structures in a logical way, so the whole learning process is very comfortable. i know nothing about computers, and wanted to really understand how MIDI works so that i can properly hook up a few pieces of drum machines/sampler/sequencer/MIDI controller i have, and i find this book very helpful. i highly recommend it for the MIDI newbie.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Too old to matter 28 Dec. 2004
By Edo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book really should be removed from circulation. While basic MIDI information is in there, it is so out of date it just makes it hard to read. Examples are of obsolete or vintage gear and has no real relation to todays musician.

Illustrations are all cheesy and look like bad microsoft clipart. Photographs are all poor and dated. The section on MIDI and a personal computers lists atari and commodore as possible good choices - get the picture!

If you are looking for charts of Control codes etc, - they are in here, but you can find those anywhere. If you are trying to get information on MIDI in the last decade or so, buy a different book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Book I've Found On MIDI 11 Mar. 2005
By Skillet - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is thin and concise, I have read many books on MIDI and have found none to be as useful as this and has my full recommendation.

I was prompted to write a review due the poor and inaccurate reviews that say it is out dated. Sure maybe buying a book about Microsoft operating system that is 10 years old would be considered out dated but that is far from the case here.

I challenge anyone to find a more concise book explaining MIDI anywhere. If you have read another MIDI book better than this, I most likely have read it and disagree with you! All the info in this book applies to working with MIDI in this year 2005 in any audio work station today or your Akai MPC or whatever.

As far as the reviewer that said their pages were stuck together, I am sorry, mine was not like that and you just got a bad copy.
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