An Introduction to MIDI Connections

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It consists of a set of digital signals that are used for controlling and playing electronic musical instruments.

It’s important to realise that MIDI doesn’t contain any actual sound itself, it’s simply instructions for how other instruments should create sound. In this sense it works like the conductor of an orchestra. The conductor doesn’t make any sound by their self, but they send signals to all of the other members of the orchestra that tell them what to play, when to play, and what expression to use while playing. MIDI is like an electronic version of that.

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2018 - A Year to Remember

Can we really be at the end of 2018 so quickly? Here at iConnectivity, it’s been an exciting and eventful year for us, unlike anything else we’ve known in the company’s history.
We thought it an ideal time to reflect on some of the events and achievements which have made 2018 a year to remember.

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Bob Malkowski
Great Free Music-Making Programs

The world of music software has totally democratized the business of creating music, making previously unaffordable studio technology available at prices almost anyone can afford. Modern Digital Audio Workstations include technology that used to cost hundreds of thousands of bucks at a price of a few hundred instead.

But even a “few hundred” bucks is a lot of money, especially to those just starting out, or who aren’t making music professionally. But that doesn’t need to be a barrier to entry because there are some amazingly good music apps out there that are absolutely free to download and use.


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A Musician's Guide to USB

USB, or the Universal Serial Bus, has been with us now for over twenty years. It seems strange to consider the modern world without USB; those of us old enough, however, remember a strange and confusing time.

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Bob Malkowski
Using Backing Tracks - A Beginners Guide

In the modern world, the use of backing tracks is widespread and accepted as an essential part of today’s live music experience.

Each different type and size of act will have different requirements, but there are some common features and things to bear in mind when setting out to use backing tracks for your own live performances. Let’s look at the different possibilities…

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The Challenges of Running Computers Live

A modern computer is so powerful and so capable of controlling virtually every aspect of our live shows, that it's become the heart of many musician's live performances. With that though, comes the great danger that with a computer failure comes a complete failure of the gig itself!

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Bob Malkowski