MIDI association announcement


MIDI association announcement

MIDI 2.0 capabilities added to Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) from Analog Devices 06/02/22

The MIDI Association announced the addition of MIDI 2.0 capabilities to the car audio bus (A2B®) from Analog Devices, Inc. The technology will be showcased at the MIDI Association booth #10300 at the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, June 3-5, 2022. Here’s the live story from the Association…

A2B® is a bi-directional, high-bandwidth digital audio bus capable of distributing 32 channels of audio and MIDI control data as well as clock and power over a single unshielded twisted-pair cable. The technology enables the development of advanced, feature-rich, and cost-effective LAN audio and MIDI systems in a variety of musical instrument and professional audio applications.

“We see many opportunities for extending Analog Device’s A2B® to musical instruments and professional audio applications, particularly for guitar effects, electronic drums, digital keyboards and small-scale audio mixers. format,” said David Dashefsky, Director of Strategic Marketing and Systems, Consumer Business Unit at Analog Devices. “MIDI 2.0 and ADI’s A2B® digital audio bus now lets your whole band connect with multi-channel digital audio via low-cost cables, or cheaply connect modular systems like guitar pedals or electronic drum kits”

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is the industry standard developed to connect digital musical instruments to each other, as well as to computers, tablets and smartphones. MIDI 2.0 is a significant upgrade from the original MIDI 1.0 specification adopted in 1983 and makes MIDI more expressive and easier to use by changing MIDI from monologue to dialogue and allowing MIDI devices to discover shared capabilities and configure itself automatically. A2B® will support both MIDI 1.0 and MIDI 2.0 devices and provide backward compatibility/translation if needed.

“Combining the multi-channel audio networking capabilities of Analog Devices A2B® with the expressive musical control of MIDI creates an entirely new technology platform for the musical instrument and professional audio industry,” said Athan Billias, president of the MIDI association. “This inexpensive platform for connecting multiple digital instruments together is a boon for designers of musical instruments and professional audio applications.”

At the June 2022 NAMM trade show in Anaheim, the MIDI Association will demonstrate A2B technology using the ProtoZOA USB MIDI 2.0 prototyping and testing tool developed by Amenote Inc.

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