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                             II. WHAT IS MIDI?
        1) Just what is MIDI?
        MIDI stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface," an
        international standard which will allow you to connect your
        synthesizer to other MIDI-equipped devices. These include
        other MIDI keyboards, personal computers, rhythm machines
        and tape recorders. You can use MIDI to connect these
        different components together, and create a personal music
        system with extraordinary capabilities.
        2) What can I do with my keyboard's MIDI capability?
        Well first of all, you can connect you MIDI keyboard to
        other MIDI keyboards. This simple connection lets you play
        both keyboards at the same time.
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        You connect the keyboards together using MIDI cables.
        Connect the MIDI OUT on the first keyboard to the MIDI IN on
        the second keyboard. Then, When you play on the first, the
        other keyboard will play at the same time! You can use this
        simple way of connecting with MIDI cables to build a
        powerful and versatile MIDI system.
        MIDI also gives you access to the magic of personal
        computers!
        Imagine... you have a recording-studio in your living room..
        the "albums" you record are played back "live" through your
        personal music system... you create beautiful arrangements
        and compositions even though you are not a "master" musician
        or experienced arranger or composer... these works can even
        be converted into standard music notation and printed as
        your own sheet music.
        Your computerized music center even teaches music theory and
        keyboard techniques...using additional keyboards expands the
        number of "instruments" available in your "orchestra" in a
        concert of pre-recorded music for the enjoyment of you and
        your family.
        These and other possibilities allow your MIDI-keyboard to
        become an exciting and powerful component in your home
        entertainment center! Whatever your keyboard can do all by
        itself is just a hint of what is possible when you
        "computerize" it using MIDI.
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        III. MIDI and YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER.
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        1) How can my personal computer make such a difference?
        A personal computer makes your keyboard more "intelligent",
        and expands its capabilities. Different software applications
        allow you to use your keyboard to record music, play it
        back, compose and print out songs, and even learn to play
        better!
        2) Would it be difficult to use my personal computer with my
        MIDI Keyboard?
        Not at all. The truth is that computers have become such a
        normal part of our daily lives that most of us take them for
        granted. So much so, we sometimes use computers without even
        realizing what we are doing! Automated tellers, information
        booths at airports and shopping malls, and vidio-games are
        but a few examples of computers we use day-in and day-out.
        Connecting your personal computer and MIDI keyboard is
        simple, too. You do it with the help of Two MIDI cables and
        a "MIDI Interface". This interface plugs into your computer
        and allows it to "Speak MIDI".
        The secret to having fun with the computer in your home is
        to choose "user friendly" software. In other words, good
        software should be easy to use, helpful and "friendly" to
        the people who use it.
        3) Exactly what is software?
        Software lets you tell the computer what you want it to do.
        The different tasks a computer can be asked to perform are
        called  "applications". When the applications are musical,
        your personal computer requires music software. The
        capabilities of your MIDI music system will depend on which
        software applications you choose to use.
        4) What are the different music software applications?
        There are four categories of music software:
        a) Music Entertainment Software
        b) Music Education Software
        c) Performance/Recording Software
        d) Music Printing Software.
        Each category of music software allows your MIDI keyboard to
        do something different!
        Music entertainment software lets you play your favorite
        songs on your MIDI-keyboard while your computer plays
        pre-arranged accompaniment and rhythm parts!
        Music education software helps you to develop your knowledge
        of music and improve your playing skills by transforming
        your MIDI music system into a teaching studio.
        Performance/recording software turns you into the
        producer/engineer of your own digital recording studio...you
        make recordings of original compositions and arrangements
        while your personal computer plays back "live" on your
        MIDI-keyboards.
        Music printing software converts these and other
        performances into printed sheet music for almost any
        combination of instruments and voices!
        IV. POPULAR MIDI SETUPS.
        The simplest way to use MIDI is to connect one or more
        instruments together using MIDI cables.
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        The next step with MIDI is a system involving your MIDI
        keyboard, personal computer,home stereo and vidio monitor.
        This system provides the basic components of a computerized
        MIDI system and is useful for Music Entertainment, Music
        Education, and simple Performance and recording
        applications. Your MIDI keyboard and personal computer are
        connected with the help of two MIDI cables and a "MIDI
        Interface:. This interface plugs into your computer and
        allows it to "Speak MIDI".
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        The system shown below includes the addition of a computer
        printer as well as a drum or rhythm machine. The printer
        gives you the ability to use Music Printing Software to
        print your own sheet music. The drum machine will enhance
        your performance with automatic rhythm accompaniment.
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