Internet MIDI

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Internet MIDI is the premiere solution for long distance teaching and performing, enabling you to connect any 2 MIDI instruments together over the Internet. First released in 2007, it is in active use on six continents.

Internet MIDI is an application for Mac and PC that:

  • works with MIDI instruments from all manufacturers
  • transmits and receives up to 16 channels of MIDI data
  • provides an on-screen keyboard with animated keys, pedals, and velocity meters
  • offers recording/playback features
  • includes A/V controls
  • works interactively with Classroom Maestro

Imagine playing a piano concert in two places at once or teaching a student who is across town or across the globe. When you play notes on your MIDI piano, those same notes are simultaneously played on the remote keyboard as though you were in two places at once!

 


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Introduction

The Internet has brought us new modalities of communication. Keyboard manufacturers have provided us new ways to record, store, and transmit musical performances using MIDI.

TimeWarp Technologies has combined capabilities of both the Internet and musical keyboards to enable you to take your teaching and performing to a new level.

Being in Two Places at Once

When giving a long distance lesson or performing for a remote audience, you are challenged to overcome obstacles of time and space. Internet MIDI addresses this situation by enabling you to “beam” your musical self to the other location, enabling you to play on the remote instrument as though you were in that other location.

When you play on your local keyboard, the speed of every keystroke and the subtle movement of the pedals are captured in the form of MIDI data and transmitted to the distant instrument where your performance is faithfully reproduced—as though you had performed while seated at the remote keyboard. And the same is true for the person at the other end of the connection who is empowered to play your keyboard.

Depending upon the speed of your Internet connection, your performance will be reproduced on the remote instrument within less than half a second, perhaps within a few milliseconds. Musically speaking, this is the closest we can come to being in two places at once.

Setting Up Internet MIDI

Setting up Internet MIDI is easy. Just connect your MIDI keyboard or other MIDI instrument to your Mac or PC. Play a few notes and make sure that the on-screen keyboard animates, confirming that the computer is reacting to your playing.

Then, click some notes on Internet MIDI’s on-screen keyboard and make sure that you hear sound coming out of your MIDI keyboard. Once your instrument is properly connected to your computer, your are ready to connect to another MIDI instrument somewhere else in the world.

Connecting to A Remote Keyboard

Establishing a connecting between two MIDI instruments—such as digital pianos or acoustic pianos that have a MIDI feature—is straightforward. In most cases, all you need to do is establish a buddy name for yourself and set Internet MIDI to go online. Check your Internet MIDI buddy list and see if your Internet MIDI partner is also online and then click to connect!

Once you have connected your Internet MIDI program to your buddy’s Internet MIDI program, you can play your instrument and your buddy’s instrument simultaneously. By connecting distant instruments in this way, Internet MIDI creates a situation in which the remote person hears you playing the remote instrument as though you were actually in the room.

Internet MIDI and Video Conferencing

Most people use Internet MIDI simultaneously with a video conferencing program. The video conferencing program enables you to see and speak with your remote musical partner while Internet MIDI handles the transmission of up to 16 channels of MIDI performance data.

Internet MIDI has features that work interactively with Skype. You can set up Internet MIDI to mute the Skype microphone automatically when you play so that you can avoid an audio echo of your performance that may otherwise be generated by Skype. You can even set up your MIDI keyboard to control Skype in other ways, such as to switch between cameras either locally or remotely.

If you use another video conferencing program, Internet MIDI has you covered. Internet MIDI can mute all microphones automatically when MIDI activity is taking place, or you can take control and “manually” turn on and off your microphone by playing a designated MIDI key or pedal.

Advanced Teaching Features

Internet MIDI provide many ways to communicate with a remote student:

  • an on-screen, animated keyboard shows the physical gestures of your performance
  • velocity meters show how loud you are playing
  • record/playback features facilitate musical instruction

Internet MIDI also works interactively with TimeWarp’s Classroom Maestro program. If Classroom Maestro is installed on both the local and remote computers, you and your remote student can work with Classroom Maestro’s interactive display. Classroom Maestro makes it easy to display and analyze:

  • note names
  • interval names
  • chord names (using either jazz or Roman numeral analysis)
  • scale names (approximately 200 scale names in the database)
  • keyboard hand positions

You can think of Classroom Maestro as an intelligent, interactive whiteboard for displaying musical concepts on the fly.

MIDI Features

Internet MIDI:

  • works with all MIDI instruments
  • supports nearly all MIDI messages
  • transmits and receives up to 16 channels of MIDI data
  • provides MIDI filtering to eliminate unnecessary data transmission
  • features optional velocity adjustments

Support for Acoustic Pianos with MIDI Record/Playback

Internet MIDI offers a variety of features that are optimized for MIDI playback on acoustic pianos:

  • provides transmission/playback of manufacturer-specific, “high resolution” MIDI data
  • supports the full range of incremental pedal data
  • intelligently compensates for pianos set to receive MIDI data in real-time mode
  • synchronizes playback of MIDI data that is played by the piano’s tone generator

Piano-to-Piano Connections

Internet MIDI facilitates succesful, peer-to-peer connections by providing:

  • sophisticated router navigation
  • intelligent data buffering to eliminate Internet jitter
  • compensation for data loss

Coordination of MIDI Transmission with Video

Most video conferencing programs give you no control over the latency of video and audio transmission. In order to ensure that your MIDI performance is visually coordinated with what you see on your computer screen, Internet MIDI provides a buffer slider that enables you to adjust the timing of incoming MIDI data.

On-Screen, Animated Graphics

Internet MIDI provides you with an on-screen keyboard that features:

  • all 88 notes of a standard piano
  • three pedals
  • velocity meters

The animated keyboard is a useful tool for keyboard instruction, enabling you to show your student what is going on when you play—something that has been traditionally difficult to do because a pianist’s hands and feet cover the keys and pedals!

To make the long distance teaching experience even more interesting, you can set the keys of the on-screen keyboard to use one animated color when you play and another animated color with the remote person plays.

Record and Playback

With Internet MIDI, you can:

  • record yourself or your student, including all 16 channels of MIDI data
  • play back a recorded performance
  • save recorded performances as a Standard MIDI File
  • load and play Standard MIDI Files
  • start playback from any point in the recording
  • adjust the speed and volume of playback

Ergonomic A/V Controls

Imagine teaching a piano lesson over the Internet. How much time do you want to spend fussing with muting and unmuting of the microphone or the switching of webcams?

Internet MIDI offers these ergonomic conveniences:

  • intelligent, automatic muting/unmuting of the system or Skype microphone
  • direct microphone control using a MIDI trigger, such as a key or pedal
  • control over the local or remote Skype camera (using the Skype API)

Taking Your Long Distance Teaching to the Next Level

If you and your student have installed TimeWarp’s Classroom Maestro program, you can access the features of Classroom Maestro within Internet MIDI and engage in a truly multimedia music lesson.

Successful teaching is all about effective communication. Internet MIDI and Classroom Maestro combined with MIDI instruments, video conferencing, and the Internet provide unprecedented opportunities for connecting musically with your students and audiences.

Internet MIDI Demo for Mac 

This is a fully functioning demo version of Internet MIDI that will work for just 15 minutes at a time. You may launch it up to 30 times. It includes the optional Classroom Maestro feature.

Internet MIDI Demo for Windows 

This is a fully functioning demo version of Internet MIDI that will work for just 15 minutes at a time. You may launch it up to 30 times. It includes the optional Classroom Maestro feature.

Internet MIDI Setup

George Litterst demonstrates how to set up a MIDI keyboard for use with Internet MIDI.

Piano Pedagogy Technology Project Guide
Educational Resources : Click the cover to open. Right-click the cover to download.

The Piano Pedagogy Technology Project Guide is a resource for college piano pedagogy instructors, written by George F. Litterst and Shana Kirk. It contains 16 term projects that may be assigned to piano pedagogy students. Each project can be completed independently by the students and shared with the class at the end of the term.

Getting Started with Internet MIDI

What kind of Internet connection do I need to use Skype and Internet MIDI?

In order to have a successful Internet MIDI session, Internet MIDI requires an unimpeded, broadband Internet connection

For the best video conferencing experience, this generally means an uninterrupted 768 kbps connection in both the upload and download direction. More bandwidth is even better. The best Skype video is generally achieved with bandwidth in the 2-4 Mbps range.

In addition, the Internet connection should not be subjected to random data packet delays, such as delays that result from an inadequate Wi-Fi connection or delays that result from heavy use of a shared connection by other users

Internet MIDI by itself does not require as much bandwidth as Skype. Therefore, if your connection is a good one for Skype, it should be good for Internet MIDI.

Is Internet MIDI available for iPad?

Internet MIDI is not available for the iPad at this time. Most users appreciate Internet MIDI’s interactivity with Skype, and it is not possible to create a similar, interactive situation on the iPad at this time.

I want to use Internet MIDI to teach a student. Do we both need to purchase the software?

Yes, each license permits a single user to use the software at any given time.

I want to use Internet MIDI on my laptop and desktop computers, do I need two copies?

You are allowed to installed Internet MIDI on two of your OWN computers, so long as you are the only one using the software at any given time.

Using Internet MIDI

How do I demonstrate music concepts like note names, chords, scales, and hand positions while teaching online?

If Classroom Maestro has been purchased and installed on the same computer as Internet MIDI, Classroom Maestro will be available inside of Internet MIDI. Just click the Classroom Maestro button in the top, center area of the Internet MIDI window to enter the Classroom Maestro module. Classroom Maestro can then be used in the normal way.

NOTE: If, during an Internet MIDI connection, both users have brought up the Classroom Maestro module, either or both users may control the on-screen staff and keyboard displays. You may find it convenient to set up Internet MIDI to show the notes that you play in one color on the on-screen keyboard and the notes of your Internet MIDI partner in another color.

How do I mute the microphone when using Internet MIDI and Skype at the same time?

Internet MIDI has a feature called A/V Controls that enables it to send messages to Skype in order to control the Skype microphone and camera. In general, it is a good idea to let Internet MIDI automatically mute the Skype microphone when the MIDI keyboard is being played in order to avoid an audio echo over Skype.

To use A/V Controls, first be sure you are using the latest version of Skype. Use Skype’s “Check for Updates” feature to determine whether you need to update the program.

In Internet MIDI, go to the A/V Controls menu and select “A/V Controls…” (the second choice). Among the several choices on this page, look for:

“Automatically mute microphone for __ seconds when sending or receiving MIDI data”

and place a checkmark in the box next to this item.

Then, make sure that the A/V controls are turned ON (at the top of the page).

The first time you set A/V controls (or the first time you open Skype after enabling A/V controls), you will get a message in Skype asking permission to allow Internet MIDI to control Skype. Choose “Allow this application to use Skype.”

If you happen to miss this message the first time, you’ll need to set it manually from within Skype. Here’s how:

On a Mac:
Open Skype. In the Skype menu, select “Manage API Clients…”

Internet MIDI should be listed in the window that comes up.

If the Internet MIDI listing says “Not allowed to use Skype,” click on the words Internet MIDI to select them and then click the “Change” button. Select “Allow this application to use Skype.” Lastly click “Done” in this window and the next one.

If Internet MIDI is not listed in the Manage API Clients window, close Skype, be sure Internet MIDI A/V controls are turned on, and reopen Skype.

You should get a new message asking for permission. The default is “Do NOT Allow,” so it’s easy to press the return/enter key and dismiss this dialog. Make sure you choose “Allow this application to control Skype.” You’re A/V controls should now work properly.

On Windows:
In Skype’s Tools Menu, navigated to “Options…” to bring up the Skype Options window and then “Advanced” on the left side of the window. In the middle of the window, near the bottom, there is a link that says “Manage other programs’ access to Skype.” Click that link.

Internet MIDI should be listed in the window that comes up.

If the Internet MIDI listing says “Not allowed to use Skype,” click on the words Internet MIDI to select them and then click the “Change” button. Select “Allow this application to use Skype.” Lastly click “OK” or “Save” in this window and the subsequent windows.

If Internet MIDI is not listed in the Manage API Clients window, close Skype, be sure Internet MIDI A/V controls are turned on, and reopen Skype.

I forgot my Internet MIDI buddy name password. Can I retrieve it?

If you registered your email address when you created your Internet MIDI buddy name, you can recover your Internet MIDI password.

Go to the Internet MIDI menu, select Recover TimeWarp Buddy Password…, and follow the directions.

Troubleshooting

I can’t make a connection with my Internet MIDI buddy list? What could be wrong?

First, double check that you have your computer connected to the Internet. If you can open a browser window and view a website or engage a Skype call, for instance, you are connected to the Internet.

If Internet MIDI produces a message stating that you cannot connect with the TimeWarp server, you may need to make changes in your router settings and/or firewall settings. Before you make any changes, however, we suggest that you simply restart your computer, modem, and router.

If you still can’t connect to the server, you should try connecting by IP addresses instead of via the buddy list system. (Click HERE to find out about connecting by IP addresses) If you still have trouble, you may need to set up your router for Port Forwarding or Port Triggering. These are commonly used features in “peer-to-peer” gaming, for instance, and aren’t difficult to use.

Internet MIDI is only working in one direction (as in, I can transmit but not receive or vice versa). What’s wrong?

There are four likely reasons for this:

(1) You may not have established a two-way connection between your keyboard and Internet MIDI. Before connecting with an Internet MIDI partner, be sure to:

(a) play some notes on your MIDI keyboard and note whether the on-screen keyboard animates.
(b) click some keys on the on-screen keyboard and note whether you hear any sound coming out of your keyboard or other designated MIDI output device.

If either test fails, you need to examine the MIDI cabling between your keyboard and Internet MIDI as well as your MIDI Input and MIDI Output settings within Internet MIDI. Also make sure that volume is turned up on your MIDI Output device and that all MIDI Input Channels are checked in MIDI Setup view.

(2) Internet MIDI has a feature that enables you to mute MIDI transmission and MIDI reception. You can mute/unmute MIDI transmission but clicking the upward-facing, triangular button in the upper right area of the Internet MIDI window. You can mute/unmute MIDI reception by clicking the downward-facing, triangular button in the upper left area of the Internet MIDI window.

(3) Internet MIDI has sophisticated options for filtering MIDI data that is transmitted or received. Click the “Filter” buttons in MIDI Setup view and make sure that you have not checked the box for filtering Note On/Off data/

(4) If you are using Internet MIDI with an acoustic piano that has MIDI capabilities, you may have a MIDI channel mismatch between Internet MIDI and your piano. Take a look at the designated Channel number next to “Piano Plays Data Received on” in MIDI Setup view. Make sure that the designated channel matches the MIDI Receive channel for your acoustic piano.

Some of the Internet MIDI windows have incomplete text or seem cut-off. What’s wrong?

You have probably set your Windows Display Setting to show text at a larger size than 100%. Please return your Display Options preference to 100%.

Why don’t the A/V Controls work with Skype and Windows 8?

Internet MIDI communicates with Skype via the Skype API. At the present time, there are two versions of Skype available for Windows 8:

Skype for Modern Windows (which does not support the Skype API)
Skype for Windows Desktop (which currently supports the Skype API)

At the present time, you need to use Skype for Windows Desktop which is available here:

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-windows/downloading

How do I send my log file to TimeWarp?

If you are having a connection or performance issue with Internet MIDI, we may ask you to send a log file to TimeWarp. To do so, go to the Internet MIDI menu and select Send Log File to TimeWarp…. When you do, please fill out the request information completely. Doing so will help us help you!

I am using Internet MIDI with a MIDI organ. Why are Skype A/V controls not functioning properly?

Our original development of the program focused on the needs of piano players. Because piano tones decay without releasing the key, our A/V control feature does not take into account note-off messages. Instead, it simply restores the microphone to the On position X seconds following the last note-on message. Clearly, this won’t work with organ sounds, because sound continues to be produced as long as the key is depressed. We hope to remedy this problem in an upcoming version.

In the meanwhile, you can use another A/V feature in a more manual way. You can assign a MIDI note or pedal to mute/unmute the microphone. This might work if you set the automatic microphone mute feature to a higher number, say 8 seconds. In some cases, the microphone will not come back on as quickly as you would like. When that is that case, you would simply play the note or pedal that forces the microphone into the On position. The note or pedal that you use for this purpose will not be sent over the Internet as a MIDI message.

Why can’t I use the Classroom Maestro icon in my Internet MIDI software?

Classroom Maestro is a separate software product. When it is installed on your computer, it can be used from within Internet MIDI.

Creative Uses of Internet MIDI

How can I use Internet MIDI with a college piano pedagogy class?

Locate and download the Piano Pedagogy Technology Project Guide from the TimeWarp website. It contains 16 term projects for piano pedagogy students.

Internet MIDI Testimonials

I have been using Internet MIDI successfully for the last 3 years, and I must say that there is something magical when I play my piano in Saudi Arabia and simultaneously play a piano in Florida!

Internet MIDI takes online lessons to the highest level possible and even enables teachers to have effective online lessons with sketchy internet connections.

Sarah Lyngra
Yellow Cat Music Education

Internet MIDI is an integral part of my distance teaching. I use Internet MIDI in my own synchronous online teaching and train all of my pedagogy students to use it.

With Internet MIDI, I can easily synchronize video with my piano. The on-screen keyboard visuals allow me to quickly demonstrate single notes or chord progressions when students need help. However, I can also reinforce more complex ideas such as chord voicing, dynamic contrast and pedaling for my more visually-inclined students.

Best of all, my students navigate Internet MIDI easily. The technology is not distracting rather, it supports the teaching and music-making throughout the lesson.

Dr. Pamela Pike
Assistant Professor, Piano Pedagogy
Louisiana State University

Internet MIDI is awesome! My girls have piano lessons online and with Internet MIDI, they always know what keys they should play. The lessons are so much better than with Skype alone.

Caleb Powell
father of two cyber piano students

Internet MIDI is an invaluable tool that can connect two remote pianos in order to share music-making in a pure, authentic environment. Whether you teach piano remotely or concertize to distant locations, Internet MIID enables you to connect with any MIDI-equipped piano, anywhere in the world

For over 4 years, I have used Internet MIDI in my independent piano studio, which has allowed me to offer quality piano instruction to students in the United States and Canada. I recommend Internet MIDI to teachers and students who aspire to establish the highest quality, long distance teaching environment.

Dr. Rebecca Bellelo, Ph.D. and NCTM
Private Teacher
Piano Pedagogy Faculty
Southeastern Louisiana University