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mLAN

A digital network designed for music. Proposed by Yamaha, mLAN uses a IEEE1394 (FireWire) compatible cable to connect multiple(127 theoretically; about 60 or so, realistically) electronic musical instruments and computers. Like SCSI, connections can be made as a daisy-chain, in a “branch” – virtually any way except a loop. Devices can be enabled/disabled from a computer (or other controlling device) without physically unplugging the cable, and devices can be safely plugged/unplugged from a network while it’s in operation. A single cable can transfer both MIDI and audio data in digital form.

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