#3 Maths behind MIDI
MIDI has been a world-standard protocol for decades. It has been blamed for a lot of troubles throughout all this time. Vince Clarke of Erasure still stays CV and Gate and it sounds great. But many artists sound real tight and groovy while using MIDI. Suppose deep and funky feel of William Orbit or spectacular chill-out of Afterlife. Almost every synthesizer being produced today is midi-compatible, as well as many cool-sounding vintage synths of 80s. Manageability wins.
- synth with CV / Gate input, the most common format before MIDI
To keep it clean you need to know the rules before you play the game. First, your beat clock has to be super-stable in time. Any hardware or software-induced jitter (variations in time) destroys the feel of your track. Second, as your MIDI OUT is a bottleneck that allows you to send only one message at a time, you need to sequence your messages respectfully and understand how it works.