MIDI 2.0™ Prototyping has started

Decades old MIDI is going to advance with new major specification change.

The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Association of Music Electronics Industry (AMEI) announce MIDI 2.0TM Prototyping
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and AMEI (the Japanese MIDI association) have finalized the core features and name for the next generation MIDI protocol: MIDI 2.0.
The MIDI 2.0 initiative updates MIDI with auto-configuration, new DAW/web integrations, extended resolution, increased expressiveness, and tighter timing — all while maintaining a high priority on backward compatibility.

Member companies are currently working together to develop MIDI 2.0 prototypes planned to be tested at Winter NAMM 2019.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Please Meet ‘Capability Inquiry’, Part Of The MIDI 2.0 Standard

    The MMA lists the key features of MIDI 2.0 as: Bidirectional, Backwards Compatible, and the enhancing of MIDI 1.0 where possible. Using a new technology called MIDI Capability Inquiry (MIDI-CI), a MIDI 2.0 device can exchange feature profiles and more with other 2.0 devices. 1.0 is the fallback if MIDI-CI finds no new functionality. MIDI-CI-based configuration can allow 2.0 devices to automatically configure themselves for their environment.

    Suffice it to say, MIDI 2.0 is a far cry from the original MIDI standard. By transforming MIDI into a more versatile, bidirectional protocol, it opens new ways in which it can be used to tie musical devices and related together.

    “To implement MIDI-CI and MIDI 2.0, you need a manufacturers SysEx ID. A SysEx ID by itself is $250 a year, but it is included with your MMA membership.”

    Analog Synth and Drawbar Organ Profile Demo

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MIDI 2.0 spec confirmed: “the biggest advance in music technology in decades”
    By Ben Rogerson (Computer Music, Future Music) a day ago

    MIDI Manufacturers Association adopts the new standard

    been years in the planning, but now the core spec for the MIDI 2.0 standard has finally been confirmed and adopted by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. In fact, the MMA is calling MIDI 2.0 “the biggest advance in music technology in decades”

    The decision was taken at the MMA’s annual meeting, which took place at the recent Winter NAMM Show.

    The five core documents adopted were as follows:

    MIDI Capability Inquiry (Update)
    Specification for Universal MIDI Packet (UMP) Format and MIDI 2.0 Protocol
    Common Rules for MIDI CI Profiles
    Common Rules for MIDI-CI Property Exchange
    Property Exchange Foundational Resources and Basic Resources

    MIDI 1.0 messages went in one direction: from a transmitter to a receiver. MIDI 2.0 is bi-directional and changes MIDI from a monologue to a dialog. For example, with the new MIDI-CI (Capability Inquiry) messages, MIDI 2.0 devices can talk to each other, and auto-configure themselves to work together. They can also exchange information on functionality, which is key to backward compatibility—MIDI 2.0 gear can find out if a device doesn’t support MIDI 2.0, and then simply communicate using MIDI 1.0.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    USB-IF Publishes USB Device Class Specification for MIDI Devices v2.0New update defines USB device class to support next generation of MIDI devices

    Beaverton, OR, USA –July 16, 2020 – USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology, today announced an updated USB Device Class Definition for MIDI Devices, Version 2.0 in support of MIDI 2.0 devices. The standard represents an industry-wide effort by the USB-IF, MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), and Association of Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI) to provide MIDI users with an expanded MIDI environment connected byUSB.“USB-IF is proud to support the MMA and AMEI by publishing an updated USB Device Class Specification for next-generation MIDI devices,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “USB has been an integral part of the MIDI environment over the past 20 years, and we look forward to seeing innovative new devices that are enabled by this updated specification.”

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Dual Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered ProtoZOA Offers a Quick Start for MIDI 2.0 Experimentation

    Building atop tinyUSB, this dual-RP2040 development platform is available free-of-charge with permissive source to MIDI Association members.


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