Audio Midi Setup: Share MIDI information over a network

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Share MIDI information over a network

You can use a driver called the MIDI network driver to send and receive MIDI information between computers, over a network. For example, if you have a music studio with several computers connected to MIDI interfaces, keyboards, synthesizers, and so on, you can use the MIDI network driver to route the data from these devices to and from your computers over an Ethernet network. Without the driver, you would need to purchase MIDI interfaces for your devices and connect the devices with cables. With the MIDI network driver, you can have a central computer act as a “master,” sending and receiving MIDI data over the network to other computers and their connected MIDI devices.

To set up MIDI networking on your computer, you first create a “session.” A session identifies your computer as a central location for MIDI streaming over the network. When setting up a session on your computer, you specify the computer port that the network information will use, a session name, and your computer’s name that will appear to other computers on the network. You can also set up specific routings of MIDI devices. For example, you might specify that a MIDI keyboard connected to another computer route its MIDI data to a synthesizer connected to your computer.

  1. In Audio MIDI Setup, choose Window > Show MIDI Window.
  2. Double-click the Network icon in the MIDI Studio window.
  3. On the left side of the MIDI Network Setup window, click the Add button (+) below My Sessions to create a new session.
  4. On the right side of the MIDI Network Setup window, below Session, specify the network computer port, and a network name for your computer.
  5. On the left side of the MIDI Network Setup window, below Directory, click the Add (+) button to add the names and network addresses of any remote computers not on your local network that you want to participate in the session.
  6. Specify which computers can connect to this session by choosing an option from the “Who may connect to me” pop-up menu.
  7. To start a session, click Connect.

    Computers actively participating in the session appear in the Participants list.

  8. To set up live routings, choose the devices with which you want to share MIDI information from the “Live routings” pop-up menus.

After creating your session, MIDI applications present it as an available MIDI source and destination.

Last Modified: Sep 3, 2015

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