MIDI HD Protocol? It could finally happen!

by Nikolozi Meladze

KVR News:

The MIDI Manufacturer's Association (MMA) will host an open discussion about the trademark, licensing, and product certification options for the MMA's proposed new voluntary industry standard, code-named "HD Protocol" on Sunday, January 25. The session is part of the MMA's Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting during the NAMM show in Anaheim CA. […]

Developed by consensus of the MIDI experts in the MMA, some highlights of the proposed new protocol's many features and benefits include:

  • Backward compatibility with MIDI 1.0 to ensure wide-spread adoption.
  • Plug and Play network connectivity over USB and Ethernet for easy integration.
  • Thousands of Channels for handling large complex systems.
  • A massive number of high resolution Controllers and Parameters for channels, groups and even individual notes, for unrivaled precision and adaptability to new controller technologies.
  • Precise Pitch Control and Articulation messages for expanded expressiveness.
  • Time Stamped messaging for accurate timing and tight real-time performance.
  • Plenty of room for future expansion to eliminate obsolescence.

After 30 years, are we finally going to see some improvements in MIDI?