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A very interesting word because it is actually an acronym within an acronym. SMDI, pronounced “smiddy” stands for SCSI Musical Data Interchange. SMDI allows samples to be transferred from some sampling keyboards to a computer equipped with SCSI. The benefit of SMDI over the MIDI sample dump standard is speed. It can take hours for large samples to transfer to a computer over MIDI. With SMDI this happens in minutes. In order to do SMDI data dumps you must have an appropriate software application on the computer, a SCSI port on both the computer and sampler, and a sampler that is compatible with the software program. Of course, then there are the other gyrations you must go through getting the two devices to cooperate with each other on the SCSI bus.

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