This month marks the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the MIDI spec.
A brief history of MIDI:
Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits) proposes a “Universal Synthesizer Interface” at the Audio Engineering Society show.
He had worked on this proposed interface with his colleague, Chet Wood (Sequential Circuits).
The MIDI 1.0 specification is ratified by the MIDI Manufacturers Association
Dave Smith demonstrates MIDI at the 1983 Winter NAMM show.
The MIDI specification is published
MIDI is one of the greatest innovations to happen in the music industry.
The MIDI file was also something of a predecessor to the MP3.
Another result of this standard was the release of software sequencing programs, including a certain line of sequencers that began with Pro 16 in 1984.