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Routing MIDI Messages Over Ethernet

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A system, known as the MIDINet system, has been created that routes MIDI messages between MIDI-compatible source and destination devices. These devices are attached to nodes, which in turn are linked into an Ethernet network. Message routing is facilitated by the MIDINet protocol, which is a layer above standard Ethernet. The performance of the system has been measured and documented. In order to address the nondeterminism of Ethernet, a token bus protocol layer has been introduced between the Ethernet and MIDINet layers. The MIDINet system is being used to enhance MIDI routing in a music studio network where studio resources are shared between remote music stations.

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