By Paul Théberge
A really good researched and assuredly written textual content explaining the social and cultural impression of digital song and particularly synthesizer expertise on musicians of all degrees. it is a most vital piece of labor, and whereas written at a virtually "academic" and scholarly point, is a e-book each glossy musician will locate precious.
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Those plans included participation in the formalization of MIDI as an official technical standard (in preparation for which the IMA joined the American National Standards Association (ANSI) in 1984); the establishment of a network of local chapters of the IMA in major metropolitan areas; and the creation of an independent MIDI Research and Development Center "to continue research on instrument/computer interfacing technologies and designs, and to initiate MIDI software development in a cooperative, open environment" (IMA Bulletin, spec.
As far as industry standards are concerned, the problem of technical innovation in the synthesizer industry is not simply one of profits but also one of power: "This industry is so small that it's easily dominated and swayed by the people that own 30% of it" (Carmine Bonanno, in Milano 1984: 60). Although it should be noted that, since its introduction, many of the newer developments in MIDI (such as MIDI Time Code) have been proposed by software companies, such improvements must occur essentially within the framework of MIDI as it was originally formulated by the major manufacturers and, to be successful, must meet with their approval.
It is also important to note the contradictory role played by technology in these arguments. On the one hand, the companies involved in the innovation of MIDI feel that they have been vindicated against their critics by the fact that MIDI has been accepted in the marketplace. The MIDI specification may display a certain lack of technical excellence, but it has nevertheless proven itself to be useful by thousands of musicians. The success of the technology as a consumer product thus proves to be more important than its precise technical capabilities.