Whether you’re a classically trained pianist or a hobbyist who thinks synths sound really cool, the allure of DIY MIDI projects are incredibly tempting. It can be hard to know how to get started though. What board should you use? How does the code work? What even is MIDI?
This guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started with your own MIDI projects. It goes into detail about how MIDI is transmitted, MIDI messages, code examples and circuit examples for you to use to kickstart your own projects with MIDI.
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