Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts



First Advisor

Lanier Sammons


MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is the technology that allows synthesizers and controllers to communicate and manipulate other pieces of gear as well as computer software. This technology has permanently changed the way music is produced and performed. This paper will explore the importance of MIDI technology as a tool for music production as well as for music performance. This will be done by first examining the history and development of MIDI technology, including the reasons why it was created. Many examples will be given of how MIDI is a crucial component in recording studios, music production studios, and live performance. An in-depth look at MIDI controller design will also be provided in order to determine its effect on style of use. A portion of this project has been dedicated to the building of a MIDI controller with a unique design, which this paper will describe. By doing this, MIDI controller design can be analyzed to determine how it can affect music production and performance. The conclusion will illustrate how MIDI technology is important in today’s world of music production as well as discuss the possible future of MIDI and music production technology.

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