jdow jdow at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 12 04:28:07 UTC 2006

From: "Tony Nelson" <tonynelson at georgeanelson.com>
> At 9:41 PM -0500 11/11/06, Gene Heskett wrote:
>>On Saturday 11 November 2006 21:00, Tony Nelson wrote:
>>>At 4:21 PM -0500 11/11/06, Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> ...
>>This thread might be of interest to the linux-audio-dev group, so I've
>>added them to the Cc:
>>>>Yup, and its been a constant src of amazement to this old fart that
>>>> when the midi spec was setup, they used a serial port, thats fine, but
>>>> when they set the data rate at only 31,250 baud, ...
>>>>Consistently attrocious timeing, with the horns always 1/16 beat late
>>>>unless the actual output order of each instrument is scrambled in the
>>>>order output.  That would make it sound a heck of a lot less
>>>> mechanical. And there isn't a heck of a lot that can be done until we
>>>> put midi on an optical circuit running at several megabytes/sec.
>>>> Something like TOS maybe?
>>>Firewire.  Many products already, plenty of speed, almost robust enough.
>>>1/8 millisecond isoch cycle times; each cycle can contain packets from
>>> many senders; each packet can contain lots of notes.
>>More robust IMO than the din connectors now used for midi interconnects,
>>however the cabling itself can't help but be more fragile when subjected
>>to the rigors of a jam session with bodies walking on them all night.
>>And that has to be a consideration else the first users will get
>>discouraged at the high cable failure rates and revert, particularly if
>>they have a tin ear and can't hear what to many of us would be an
>>extremely obvious improvement.
>>But I like that idea, a lot.  Maybe some enterprising LAD people could get
>>together and spec something like a midi interface running over firewire,
>>complete with the repeaters so it can be daisy-chained just like midi can
>>be, and hopefully release it into the PD as a new midi-2 interface
>>standard.  And design it such that it never, ever gets into the snails
>>trail of the 31,250 baud interface it uses today.
> It's already done.  MIDI runs over Firewire, along with audio.  Google for
> "midi firewire".  Buy it now.

Look at its specs. It is designed to closely mimic wire transport. So
any given chunk of virtual wire is going to be as slow as MIDI wires.
But you can cram a whole LOT of them in there. (And the jitter will
be low.)


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