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Masters and Slaves Versus Democracy: MIDI and Local Area Networks

Some problems that exist with MIDI are discussed. It is argued that these problems can be rectified without losing the large investment already made in the specification. The approach proposed is to add a layer of communications above MIDI. The proposed layer uses Local Area Network (LAN) technology borrowed from the computer industry. LAN technologies are briefly introduced. An architecture that combines MIDI and LANs is described. The intent is to demonstrate a viable solution to MIDI's main problems which does not involve redefining the specification.

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