Is this the future of MIDI?


I saw this article a while ago and it’s been on my mind ever since. The text below is from a page on the Bitwig site. It’s interesting and it could be quite a revolution in expression through digital instruments, but my question is, what will it mean for mobile music?

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression or MPE is a term that applies to a new class of controllers called PMCs (Polyphonic Multidimensional Controllers). The arrival of this technology has sparked a controller revolution, with hardware now capable of sending multiple dimensions of finger movement control – not only from left or right, but also up, down, pressure, and beyond.

The movements of each individual finger is effortlessly captured. In Bitwig Studio MPE is as easy to record as the two-dimensional movements of a standard MIDI keyboard. Furthermore, Bitwig Studio’s unique modulation system allows you to easily assign any of these new controls to any parameter, of the built in Instruments and Effects, as well as third-party VST instruments.

Many Bitwig Studio presets have been optimized for multidimensional control, resulting in a level of expression equivalent to playing acoustic instruments. Bitwig Studio is MPE ready, out of the box.

What will this mean to our community, and how will mobile devices either embrace or react to MPE, or indeed take on aspects of how MPEs work. That’s what’s going to change our world, and make things better, or maybe not so much. What do you think?

One thought on “Is this the future of MIDI?”

  1. MPE is the most important development in MIDI since MIDI. I was skeptical until I had a chance to try a Roli Seaboard. Incredible expressive potential should be enabled that becomes intuitive with practice. More affordable and portable controllers should be appearing in the next few year.


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