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Dave Smith to receive GRAMMY!

The Recording Academy® announced today that Dave Smith and Roland Corporation's Ikutaro Kakehashi will receive the 2013 Technical GRAMMY® Award for the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

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Congratulations Dave and Mr. Kakehashi!
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Well worth it I say!! Good on you Dave!
What is next for Dave I wonder.
He has had a great 2012...
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Perhaps contributing to music more than most other Grammy winners this year!


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Perhaps contributing to music more than most other Grammy winners this year!


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Indeed!
Dave is a great man and has done so much for electronic music.
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now this is some good news!
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I can't imagine life without MIDI. Congrats to both of them!
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Well deserved!
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Likely contributing to music more than all other Grammy winners this year!


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Interesting that they could define a standard that has endured where so many other data standards have become obsolete. I'll bet MIDI will be the standard for music when I'm cold in my grave.

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Thanks. Corrected for truthiness!

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Dave Smith and Roland will receive the 2013 GRAMMYfor the development of MIDI
congratulations to Dave Smith (he deserves the Grammy for 5 or 6 different reasons!),

but a Grammy for MIDI in 2013 () sounds like the "Career Oscar" they award to the 80 years old actor who in his 20s was a pioneeer and a rebel, had huge success among young people, made stylistically innovative movies, was ostracized,

and is finally accepted 50 years later.

Giving D.S. a Grammy for "keeping the analogue dream and quality of sound alive in 2012 and refusing to bend to mass production" would have been more intelligent.

But that would have probably made it impossible to give the prize to Roland as well
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Well the "career Oscars" are the ones worth having. Much harder to get.

Recognising the huge impact MIDI has had (and continues to have) is absolutely on ball for the 30th year of arguably one of the most significant developments in music.

Up there with the development of the electric guitar, tape machines and DAWs. Congrats to Dave (and Roland I guess..... hahah).
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The Recording Academy® announced today that Dave Smith and Roland Corporation's Ikutaro Kakehashi will receive the 2013 Technical GRAMMY® Award for the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

Click here to read more:
Dave Smith Instruments. News.

Congratulations Dave and Mr. Kakehashi!
they deserve it. well done to them.

they should give kickamoto one for his developments at roland too.

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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
It's offensive to you?

But yeah... It was revolutionary. It enabled all of the genres have that developed out of electronic instruments - synths, drum machines, samplers etc.... Incredible leap and protocol that was universally adopted. A very very rare thing in music; electric guitars, DAws, tape machines.... Rarely is something made universal in music.

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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
My local science center recently had a gallery setup to honor the history of the guitar. They had many different guitars throughout the years on display. They also had displays showing the science behind string instruments and a short tutorial session for learning how to play. It was pretty cool.

A digital interface for music was inevitable with the progression of computers. MIDI is just a universal standard accepted by the major companies. There were other people involved with the development of digital instruments, well before MIDI was conceived. I think Tom Oberheim should get some recognition for contributions. The DS-2 digital sequencer came out in 1973. The Four Voice digital programmer was also pretty revolutionary for digital interface to analog instruments.
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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
Lol


Yeah some guitars have seven strings now
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Well deserved!
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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
this is offensive lol

it allows for a ton of possibilities that defy human limitations...all depends how you use it.

yay dave, well deserved and too delayed.
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midi sucks. gear with midi in this day and age is offensive to me.

i mean sure, it does it's job, but up there with the development of the guitar?
Well, if MIDI offends you than a MIDI guitar must really offend you!
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sad state of the internet when hate somehow makes it's way into a thread like this. im assuming everyone on this forum values technology art and music and this news is a win for everyone here.
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The funny Thing is that midi is still the standart!!!!
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Changed things dramatically. The most important event to happen in the synth world this century
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Changed things dramatically. The most important event to happen in the synth world this century
You mean last century?

And yes it was important. It made polyphonic sequencing much easier. However, I do have a soft spot for CV.
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I bet in his acceptance speech would say that the standard was a compromise and would have been soo much better if Roland hadn't jacked up and said it was too hard to do what Dave originally wanted.
Midi could have been so much better if somone else would have looked a little further than their own front door and followed Daves original ideas on Midi
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You mean last century?

And yes it was important. It made polyphonic sequencing much easier. However, I do have a soft spot for CV.
I should have said "In a century"
Yes CV, and could argue that even without that....... great electronic music was possible.. and it was....but Midi blew it all open and polyphonicaly. This was like the invention of the light bulb in the electronic music realm.. Huge....The vision to see it and make it happen was really the result of people that were intimately familiar with the limitations of the stuff that existed in terms of control and interface. They innovated .. and took it to the next level
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One other thought about Midi...it's very rare that a "standard" becomes so widely adopted between competitive manufacturers....and Midi was really the exception to that rule... it was faithfully implemented on all instruments regardless of manufacturer. That's the true sign of something successful... So... that's the Grammy.
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It doesn't matter that midi sucks in some ways.
From the moment you could connect multiple synths to one master keyboard or sequencer, music changed.
Game changer.
Like it or not, they deserve this recognition. Well done Dave and Ikutaro
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I agree, they deserve it!

But why 30 years late?
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I think because it has lasted. It proved how useful it has been and unlike many standards, has still to be replaced. It would have been premature if they had done it in the 80's I think!
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