What MIDI Channel Voice Messages Are & Why You Should Care

So you use MIDI controllers, the MIDI protocol every day in your studio or live music setup. But how much do you know about how it works? Here's what MIDI Channel Voice Messages are all about.  

How much do you really know about what MIDI is and how it works? Most musicians and producers use MIDI in some form or another daily, whether that be programming software instruments, triggering hardware synths (or plugins) using a MIDI controller keyboard, etc, etc. In the course AudioPedia 109: MIDI, Joe Albano gets to the heart of the MIDI protocol and explains it in a way that's simple and easy to digest.

In this video tutorial from the course Joe Albano explores MIDI Channel Voice Messages. You'll learn what they are and what they do - especially useful for when performing:

Watch the course AudioPedia 109: MIDI in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | AskVideo | Ask.Audio Academy

(Spoiler Alert)... the MIDI Channel Voice Messages are:

  • Note On
  • Note Off
  • Pitch Bend
  • Key Pressure
  • Channel Pressure
  • Program Change
  • Control Change 

AudioPedia 109: MIDI

Our AudioPedia series is a comprehensive video dictionary of audio terminology. Created by audio expert Joe Albano, this encyclopedia of technical terms is the ultimate audio reference tool. Here are the topics covered and defined in the ninth installment of this authoritative series:


  • MIDI | Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • DIN (Cable) | USB (MIDI)
  • MIDI In | Out | Thru
  • Channel Voice Messages
  • Velocity
  • Pitch Bend
  • Aftertouch | Pressure
  • Control Change | CC
  • System Exclusive | SysEx

MIDI - Operation | Applications:

  • Quantization (MIDI)
  • Sound (Drum) Replacement
  • MIDI Controller
  • Touch | Velocity Sensitivity
  • Weighted | Unweighted Keyboard
  • Keyboard Split | Layering
  • Alternative MIDI Controller
  • MIDI Drum Kit
  • General MIDI | GM | SMF
  • MIDI Sequencer | Step Sequencer
  • Arpeggiation, Arpeggiator

So join audio expert and trainer Joe Albano and get a deep understanding of audio terminology with the AudioPedia series!

Watch the course AudioPedia 109: MIDI in the Ask.Audio Academy | macProVideo | AskVideo | Ask.Audio Academy 

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