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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd; Min edition (2 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860742629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860742620
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 15.2 cm
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Basic MIDI. OK so like so many of you I considered that I knew quite a lot about MIDI…. Wrong, all I have been doing is muddling 18 devices on a daisy chain and not even considering other aspects of what can be achieved with this system. “Omni, what’s that?”. This book has been an eye opener as to what can be achieved. The title is accurate though, Paul White gives a clear understanding from Multitimbrality to SMPTE (if you don’t know you need this book) without all the wads of technical jargon to confuse the issue. “I just want to play and produce music, not worry how the bit’s and bytes communicate with each other.” Very descriptive, lots of tips and pointers and very down to earth with his explanations and examples and some good diagnosis of potential problems.
For those who are just entering the world of MIDI, and those who have not been doing a great deal with your MIDI “because you got it working and just want to get on with the music” this book is a must, before you get into the other bigger beefier volumes about the subject.
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Many books have already been written about MIDI and how to connect things and instruments to let the music flow. This book does perhaps not offer many new things, but it is competent and inspiring. Effort has been done in making the book easy to understand and easy to carry around (due to its handy size) so that any wannabe musician can bring it to the music store without fear of making a fool of himself.
I could have wanted some real or good examples of the different ways that some synth modules have to be programmed, knowing that they are quite more complex than good is. However, the book - held as an introduction - is quite good.
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This book, while good as a general introduction to midi, is fairly repetative. It seems that large sections of the book have been cut and paste into different chapters making the reading somewhat monotonous. The author states many times how he is keeping the book simple and that an in-depth knowledge of midi is not required for general midi use. While I agree entirely I would have preferred him to mention this only once or twice at the beginning of the book rather than in every second chapter. The size of the book is convenient for transporting around. Unfortunately the size is not taken advantage of as it would make for a good source of references had information such as the general midi instrument and drum sets been included. Sadly the only included reference is one on common cable connections.
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This is a difficult review in the sense that I really like Paul White and the work that he does at the Sound On Sound magazine. This is a good factual book about the features of MIDI but it very difficult to apply the information that is contained in the book to get my MIDI setup work. I have a number of MIDI sound instruments and getting them to cycle through different sounds contained in them is not helped by this book. If this book was updated to contain explanations of how to get the various Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software packages (such as Logic and Reason) to effectively control instruments and sound modules through a MIDI setup then it would be much better and I would happily buy another copy.
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paul white has produced several books about music making and music technology in this series. this one is a handy guide to midi, which has been used to connect music equipment together since the 80s, and is still in use today. simple language with clear illustrations, ideal gift for anyone making their own music. recommended.
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Basic MIDI "does what it says on the tin" - it's a good basic guide to what MIDI is about, what it can do and a definition of terms.
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The first book I have read from cover to cover on my phone.
It does not have a lot of crowd pleasing photographs just the facts
it's quite old mentions floppy disks a lot could do with being updated.
I have now purchased more books from this author on Kindle
I would recommend to beginners its BASIC MIDI.
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