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MIDI 2.0 – Exciting things coming!

February 10, 2020

they’re calling it the biggest
advancement in music technology in decades.
it’s MIDI 2.0. so what does it mean for you? well I don’t have the answer to
every question but there are a few things we know. and with innovative
companies ready to get their hands on it, who knows what will come? let’s explore
what MIDI 2.0 means – what we know so far. if you’re new around here, I’m Sanjay C.
if you like to geek out on music gear like I do. consider subscribing. I have
lots of tutorials and gear reviews on my channel. all right let’s talk MIDI 2.0.
first. a few interesting facts. MIDI 1.0 was established in 1983 by a few music
companies including Sequential Circuits, Oberheim, and Roland who brought Yamaha
Korg, Moog and others to the table to agree on a standard for digital
communications between instruments. interestingly enough, MIDI originated
with a paper by Dave Smith, the founder of Sequential Circuits, makers of
the Prophet 6. MIDI allows electronic musical instruments and computers to
communicate different things like the pressing of a note, pitch bend,
pedal presses, and many other control changes. while original MIDI traveled
through this cable, more recently instruments are
communicating MIDI over USB. the new MIDI 2.0 was agreed upon with those original
big companies as well as others like Native Instruments and Ableton at NAMM
just a few weeks ago. so what’s coming in MIDI 2.0? in a nutshell, more expression,
easier setup, and intuitive music-making between device.s first and most exciting
to me is two-way MIDI messages. MIDI 2.0 devices can talk to each other to
understand each other’s capabilities and then configure themselves automatically
to make the best use of knobs and faders. and who knows what else?
Say goodbye MIDI controller setup! profile configurations means that
connecting and mapping your controller to any DAW will be automatic. I was
thinking, what if that could be taken a step further? giving each plug-in
customized controls on your keyboard! load up Serum. Hey even load up a
certain preset and your MIDI controller configures itself to give you the best
control. if all this still sounds complicated to you, wait for MIDI 2.0
devices to start coming out. I have a feeling it will make computer music even
more accessible to the masses. just simpler to connect and play. so what else
will MIDI 2.0 bring? well everything is higher resolution. this means that your
instrument will understand finer nuances of your touch with more accuracy. at the
moment our keyboards can send values ranging from 0 to 127. that isn’t a lot when you think of how many types of pressure you
can put on a key. MIDI 2.0 allows values ranging from zero to 65,000! and with
32-bit devices, that’ll be a lot more. and it will contain time data as well. will
this solve the latency issue? next up, for you hardware synth enthusiasts, MIDI 2.0
will bring property exchange. this means that your hardware synth can talk to your
DAW and your DAW will know everything about your hardware synth. imagine
loading up a software interface that matches your hardware synth. tweaking
your sounds and saving your project on your computer would be so much easier.
and then you can load up your song the next day and your DAW, your computer,
tells your hardware synth exactly where you left off. dream come true! you know
some of this sounds like features we should have had years ago. well at least
it’s coming soon. but what is soon? well Roland was the first to introduce a MIDI
2.0 keyboard, the A88 MK2, at NAMM this year. when I tried it out, it
didn’t do anything special yet. we may start seeing some devices that do interesting
things by the end of this year. I hope to visit next year and see it taking off.
you’ll hear about it first right here on my channel. I love this stuff! I’ll keep you
posted on new developments and products as they come out and I’ll try to get my
hands on the latest MIDI 2.0 gear as soon as it’s announced. in the meantime,
keep making the music you love with the gear you’ve already got. and I’ll see you
guys later.


  • Reply Roland Gerard February 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    More integration, more ease in setups, a lot of fun….

  • Reply Chris Basmati February 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    New gear out this year! 2020 is gonna be nice!

  • Reply Sanjay C February 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    What's on your wish list for MIDI 2.0? Comment below!

  • Reply Violated February 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Another great video, well explained. New tracks out on my soundcloud + spotify, Sanjay.

  • Reply Maslin JE Beats February 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Notifications squad โค . Watching the video. โฃ

  • Reply Ecristal Cristal February 9, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for explaining it in simple terms! two thumbs up

  • Reply Dhanush Mohana raja February 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    How doing bro?โœŒ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply MCibg February 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Some of the videos are translated into Arabic, please keep translating Thank you

  • Reply MrVleker February 9, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I'd like to see motorized faders and knobs on hardware. Yes it's probably too expensive but it would be fun when a synth can adjusts to presets that are saved in the daw. But then again, I don't have hardware synths lol, just a random thought!

  • Reply Elliot Basmati February 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Nice explanation. I need a new keyboard

  • Reply Matthew Harrold February 9, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    On the fly note assignment could be used to "assist" a keyboard player … allowing a controller keyboard to (realtime) "assist" said-human by altering bung notes … given the song structure and timing info, or even just a basic chord constraint. Per-note controller assignment could also make killer performances easier … example … pitch bend a tone for the third, by an octave for the fifth (or whatever). MPE no longer is an awkward strap-on device. So much good stuff ahead.

  • Reply Margaret Christo February 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Had to watch the video twice, as it was packed with relevant information. Thanks for another great tutorial.

  • Reply Jyoti Christo February 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Very informative stuff as always SanjayC! Thank you!

  • Reply Buc 88keyz KTOWNZ February 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm


  • Reply Acidplayz February 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    thinking of getting my first midi controller to get into production should i wait for all of this midi 2.0 stuff to come out?

  • Reply J Bringas February 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I was going to buy a MIDI controller, debating between a Novation SL Mk3 or an Arturia Keylab Mk2. Now, Iโ€™m going to just have to wait…

  • Reply Margaret Christo February 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    SanjayC – Can you translate your videos in Hindi? Thanks.

  • Reply Less Than 3 Man February 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I understand the value of Midi 2.0 and it sounds interesting, but so far it feels pretty overblown. I haven't heard any massive reasons to "switch" (which is certainly a relief to my wallet!), but it definitely seems like something you should wait for if you're in the market for new gear.

    I don't know what I want out of it honestly other than automatic knob assignment.

  • Reply Palak Chaudhari February 9, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    It's gonna get more easier !

  • Reply Josh choi February 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I hope that someday i can be just like you mr.sanjay!

  • Reply RAtHOR February 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    69th like.


  • Reply bharat ram February 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Excited ๐Ÿฅณ

  • Reply Blue Sunset February 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    So we will all have to buy new instruments and controllers that have MIDI 2.0 !!! Sanjay C donยดt forget that Portuguese is one of the 5 most spoken languages in the world. Brazil is very big where Portuguese is spoken and other countries. I ยดm Portuguese and I speak English without problems but I saw that your videos are translated into many languages except Portuguese ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply FineChordMusic February 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    the real implement of this may be takes quite a while

  • Reply XORAN February 9, 2020 at 1:48 pm


  • Reply Krogan Music February 9, 2020 at 1:56 pm


  • Reply Matthew Lavergne February 9, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I'm just waiting for MPE to become a gold standard as well which would be oh so nice๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • Reply David Anderson February 9, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Oooh canโ€™t wait!!

  • Reply Varun Narayanan February 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Yussss but how does compatibility work and upgrades? It might be an issue to "downscale" for midi 1.0? Also I love the backing music

  • Reply Anthony Bradshaw February 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for keeping us in the loop!!

  • Reply Varun Narayanan February 9, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Also please listen to my latest video when you get time. I covered a realll old song ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply focus gaming yt February 9, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Midi 2.0 is gorgeous sir ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Reply PhilZeGerman February 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I can't wait! Although, didn't they already anounce it at last year's NAMM? I remember an Adam Neely video from last year talking about it, I think?! So, what's you guess on how long it'll take to finally become a real thing? I know you kinda answered that in the video, saying that there's not really a way to know but take a guess? The reason I saks is, since we recently moved out of our small inner city appartment into a big house with lots of space, I was about to move up from my travel tested Novation Launchkey Mini to a full scale, start-your-home-recording-studio Arturia Keylab 88 Mk2. Quite an investment for me and something I am planning on getting a lot of use out of for at least a couple of years. Do you think waiting another year and maybe getting a potential "Keylab 88 Mk3" with MIDI 2.0 would make sense or do you think it's not really worth holding one's breath for now? Or would that be something that could be fixed with something like a firmware update if I bought the Arturia now?? I don't know how anything works, sorry ๐Ÿ˜€ Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks and cheers from Germany ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Graziano Galante February 9, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds promising… we'll see when and how. Meantime…when a hands on video on the Akai Forge with the latest firmware update ? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply MrXtremeBlader February 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm

  • Reply ZEoJEROMENATOR25 February 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Looks like I'll have to wait for the midi 2.0 version of the Keylab 88 ๐Ÿ™

  • Reply Being Tamilan Music February 9, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    To be honest

    You look Handsome in this video ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply Metaldude X February 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Thatโ€™s a long time for a midi upgrade. Especially when we get a new usb standard every couple weeks. My question with midi 2.0 is the comparability with the old standard.

  • Reply JONATHAN JIMENEZ February 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    This is definitely the future ๐Ÿ”ฅ just think about everything you could do ๐Ÿคฏ

  • Reply Samma February 9, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Seems like future is close!.. But i hope this won't replace completely the classic midi in music like we know it today, apart from that, looks really interesting and I'd like to see how it gets developed.

    Also, the nexus 3 beat ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Ivor Thomas February 9, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe my little Roli Block won't be such a PIA to use soon? Bring on 2.0!

  • Reply Tobias Antolini February 9, 2020 at 4:51 pm


  • Reply Lisa P February 9, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    It would be awesome if there could be a firmware upgrade that would allow us to use MIDI 2.0 features without having to buy new hardware. I foresee a very expensive upgrade to my arsenal in the future. But a great one indeed.

  • Reply Only1Dharti February 9, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Looove the music! And ๐Ÿคฉ WOW 1983 is the best year!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Only1Dharti February 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I love 2-way messages!!! Remember when 2-way calling had just come out?! It was like ๐Ÿคฏ

  • Reply Rev. Elaine Njerve-Zack February 9, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Four hours late since I was listening to a friend's live stream from the Netherlands.

  • Reply EdrumSense February 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    MIDI 2.0… but no one talks about USA still in imperial units

  • Reply Peter Young February 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Sanjay, I have an important question for future shopping: if I follow your link on your trusty computer I realize you only have 8GB RAM on your MacBook Pro….. how are you able to make any music at all when my own iMac with the same RAM-amount signals it is almost crashing only when I open my Logic Pro X-DAW? Leaving alone my plugIns which wait to be integrated? I was so stupid to upgrade to Catalina…. that is when all this shxx started.

  • Reply Desiree Debonis February 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Wow! It's fantastic!๐Ÿคฉ

  • Reply Wayne Hawley February 9, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    65k sounds really really promising

  • Reply Nick Tumi February 9, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    This is exactly what the Axiom Pro tried to do. Thank the music gods that this is becoming a standard 10 years after the idea from Axiom Pro line.

  • Reply biggdrake February 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I'd hope MIDI 2.0. would have an arrow on it that says line up this way as anyone who uses this knows you always have to turn it to line up right. Lol. But if MIDI 2.0. has property exchange back and forth meaning you wouldn't need a MIDI In and MIDI Out? You would only now need one chord? And then if they make that with a USB on one end of the chord too???…๐Ÿคค Oh joy.
    Lol. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Toortog Pown February 9, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    MIDI is just a data definition so it's all on the companies that make software that reads the MIDI data to see what enhancements we'll see. What I'm will be waiting to see is if there will be speed issues. Sending more data is nice, but that mean much bigger packets of data that has to be encoded, transmitted, then decoded. Also more memory will be needed hold the increased packet sizes. So this will be interesting to see how it all pans out, will we need more beefy hardware/computers to handle MIDI 2.0.

  • Reply Synth Player February 9, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I see it not so promising. MIDI 1.0 is well working. What's missing is development in musical useful tools. Why is there until now in a HW synth setup no solution for total recall? This can just be done with MIDI 1.0.
    MIDI 2.0 only defines a complex protocol. The manufactures have to use it in useful and communicative ways and there is the problem. This didn't happen with MIDI 1.0 and this will not happen with MIDI 2.0. Sorry.

  • Reply Blue Sunset February 9, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    You have a Roland Juno 106. I use it sometimes but on the Roland Cloud. It's a great synthesizer! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Alex Boulos February 9, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Amazing !!!

  • Reply David Dosi February 9, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    I was just going to buy an arturia mk2 88 keys. Do you suggest i should wait now?

  • Reply HLEET February 9, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I hope midi 2.0 will help ditch out all theses automation and expressions keys that you have to trigger in vsti and daw … it is so time consuming to try to make a vsti sound real

  • Reply Katleho Motaung February 9, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    What controller is that at 2:13 ?

  • Reply V4D2 February 9, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Man.. I have been reading about MIDI 2.0 on & off..for the past few months….. and i must say.. the general public (the music general public) hasnt been giving this enough importance.
    The recent Standard Update is Huge!! , and will allow us to doing many things that we've been wishing we could do, for years.. now..
    I wonder what such an upgrade will imply .. for anyone wishing to move to MIDI 2.0 enable devices.
    in the end..though… and looking at MPE alone..for eg.. i reckon that MUSIC will evolve very very much.. as we will be able to, not only express ourselves more thoroughly… but also… waste less time fixing up gear..and setting up devices..
    Thanks for the video Sanjay.
    I'll be very much standing by for any development u share with us.. in this department.

  • Reply Fabian Lazarte February 9, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    You are just awesome

  • Reply Lachlan Russell February 9, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Ok but can we just admire the production in this video? Both musically and video-wise, itโ€™s gorgeous, easy to hear, easy to understand, and generally well done. Brilliant Sanjay!

  • Reply Cicada 3301 February 9, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Little known factoid nugget. Itโ€™s been possible to send midi over usb for years.

  • Reply AndreasR February 9, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I'm hoping this means more MPE capable hardware and greater compatibility between MPE hardware and software and synths.

  • Reply Saif Sameer February 9, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Awesome video as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks buddy

  • Reply Sparklecitis February 10, 2020 at 12:07 am

    so ur telling me that i dont need a midi setup, cuz midi 2.0 would pretty much help me with my midi keyboard?

  • Reply Pasha Khan February 10, 2020 at 12:43 am

    As usual, very insightful. Thank you Brother Sanjay.

  • Reply anonagain February 10, 2020 at 3:16 am

    I'd like to see MIDI 2.0 directly handle micro-tones rather than the cumbersome and inaccurate method now (note value + pitch bend). Wouldn't be hard if they increased the number of note values and shrank the interval represented by each step in value.

  • Reply Costron February 10, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Sanjay ji
    kya aap mujhe ek choti si madat kar sakte ho ???

  • Reply Kumar Sawkar February 10, 2020 at 8:44 am

    hey Sanjay I wanted to see Audient id14 and ssl 2+ review

  • Reply Bryan Gan February 10, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Good quality content right here ๐Ÿ‘Œ Hopefully you can make a top(x) DAW video?

  • Reply T. Dub February 10, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Too easy means too much competition yet more profit for music companies. Midi 20 will probably increase latency which do not look forward to. I think Midi 2.0 can wait till we've all blown up to be great musicians. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Reply Howard Anderson February 10, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Yo Sanjay! Great Vid as always….Nice to hear a very nice shout to to Dave Smith and all the other folding fathers of MIDI
    Also looks like 2.0 is a whole new ball game

  • Reply OniB February 10, 2020 at 10:38 am

    I bought recently rise 49, s61 mk2 and push 2. What should I expect? They"ll work after their 2.0 daw updates? And what is gonna happen with hardware that don't have midi inputs like rise which has USB only or other stuff? And what will happen with daws upgrades? What if one day ableton or other daw make an upgrade for 2.0. The existing midi 1 devises will work properly or they will have problems?

  • Reply kerem breaKist February 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the news ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Š

  • Reply Rita Patel February 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ what a knowledge ! Thanks a lot for videos ! They are always very helpful ! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘thanks Sanjay C ! โค๏ธ

  • Reply Sphinx February 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I think it is so awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž……… Nice………Bro what version albeton you use??? Pls tell…..

  • Reply NRTHRN February 10, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Maybe thatโ€™s why Ableton hasnโ€™t joined the MPE club yet? They were waiting for MIDI 2.0

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