Today’s word may seem a bit basic to many of you, but we did have a request for it: MIDI – An acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. MIDI was developed back in the early 1980’s as a standardized protocol for communication between electronic musical instruments and peripherals. It allows MIDI devices to transmit and receive almost every aspect of a musical performance. Today MIDI is used in all sorts of applications, including synchronization, sequencing, lighting control, automation systems, more. There are many different types of MIDI messages that are used in MIDI for various applications. A typical MIDI connection is made with a MIDI cable, which has a 5-pin DIN type connector of which only three pins are used (except in some special applications).