Archive of posts with category 'Article'

Footswitch button types

Perhaps you have come across a vague and non-intuitive specification of footswitch buttons. The range of different buttons can be quite confusing: latching / non-latching, toggle / momentary. In this short...

What is Rhythm?

Rhythm is the sequence of sounds in time. In other common musical terms, it is also referred to as ritmo (Italian), rythme (French) and Rhythmus (German).

MIDI System Real-time Messages

We have already written a lot of posts on MIDI messages. We described how Channel Voice Messages work: Control Change, Program Change, Pitch Bend and Aftertouch. There was also a post about Channel Mode Messages....

What do the three pedals on the piano?

Each acoustic keyboard instrument is equipped with two or three pedals, located at the bottom of the front of the instrument, within reach of the user’s legs. Why do pianos...

What is a semitone?

The semitone is the smallest interval between sounds.

MIDI Connections

In this article, we will talk about the physical connections of MIDI devices — wired and wireless.

MIDI Channels and Channel Modes

In this article, we will talk about MIDI Channels (finally) and Channel Mode Messages (as opposed to Channel Voice Messages, which we have written about earlier).

What is the time signature?

The time signature refers to regularly recurring accents (e.g. beats and bars), organising the rhythm.

How to understand notes?

Musical pieces are made up of notes. Strictly speaking, notes are marks placed on the staff, which provide information about the pitch and duration of the sound.

What is an interval?

This is the difference between the pitch of two sounds, the distance between them.

How do you use Pitch Bend and Aftertouch?

In previous articles, we discussed most types of Channel Voice Messages. We described Note-On / Note-Off, Control Change and Program Change in detail. Today’s post will be devoted to last...

What is Program Change?

We devoted the previous article to the Control Change MIDI message.

What does CC stand for in MIDI?

This is another article about MIDI, this time about control.

What does MIDI stand for?

What does MIDI stand for?

Introduction to MIDI

“What MIDI did is it allowed the first home studios to be born” - Dave Smith

Ear Training — What is it?

“All musicians practice ear training constantly, whether or not they are cognizant of it. If, when listening to a piece of music, a musician is envisioning how to play it...

How to read music — Pitch

The only background knowledge you need when learning how to read music is a basic understanding of the fact that some notes sound higher than others — this difference is called pitch....

How To Read Drum Music?

Before we start on the basics of reading drum music, being able to read drum notation isn’t mandatory! Plenty of great drummers can’t read drum music at all and play...

What Is Tempo?

Timing and rhythm are vital to all forms of music. Without them the sound becomes unformulated and the musicians cannot play in unison.