‘What is a MIDI controller? And, what is MIDI?’
‘MIDI’ is the language that we use to get music into a computer (excluding audio recording). Think notes, velocity and timing. The notes could be added with a mouse and played back via virtual instruments but this is a tedious and uncreative way of working. This is where MIDI instruments come into play.
Often styled like a piano or drum, MIDI instruments allow us to input this information into our DAW by utilising musical skills like chord knowledge, rhythm and feel.
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Integrating MIDI controllers into music education can significantly enhance the learning experience, fostering creativity, expressiveness, and engagement in digital music-making. By embracing technology and its potential to revolutionise music education, teachers can help prepare students for success in an increasingly digital world.
What is a MIDI controller?
A MIDI controller is a hardware device that controls various parameters in digital music production, such as pitch, volume, and timbre. They can be in the form of keyboards, pad controllers, or other innovative designs such as our award-winning controller CMPSR.
How do MIDI controllers benefit music education?
MIDI controllers can increase student engagement, improve real-time control of sounds, enhance expressiveness, offer versatility, and integrate seamlessly with music production software, making them a valuable addition to music education.
Do MIDI controllers replace traditional instruments in the classroom?
MIDI controllers complement traditional instruments by providing an alternative means of creating and controlling digital music, expanding the range of musical experiences available to students.
Can students with no prior music experience use MIDI controllers?
Yes, MIDI controllers are designed to be user-friendly and can be used by students with varying levels of music experience, making them a versatile tool for music education.
What popular music production software can be used with MIDI controllers?
MIDI controllers can integrate with various music production software, such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Bitwig and FL Studio. This seamless integration allows students to take full advantage of the powerful features these software programs offer and develop valuable skills that can be applied to professional music production.