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MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) releases TRS adapter specification for MIDI devices

The document defines how to wire “tip-ring-sleeve” connectors and describes the necessary device circuitry and cable specifications to support MIDI 1.0 compliant electrical connections to DIN-MIDI devices.

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The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) has published a Recommended Practice for the use of “TRS” connectors with MIDI devices. The document defines how to wire “tip-ring-sleeve” connectors and describes the necessary device circuitry and cable specifications to support MIDI 1.0 compliant electrical connections to DIN-MIDI devices. It is available now for download from www.midi.org.

The inclination towards smaller hardware devices has made it increasingly difficult to make use of DIN connectors for MIDI In/Out in the past few years. Many manufacturers have chosen to use 2.5mm or 3.5mm “TRS” connectors instead. But since there was no specification for wiring a TRS MIDI connection, the situation exists where two devices may not have chosen the same wiring scheme, so compatibility between devices is not known. By specifying the pin-out for the TRS connection, and also the connectors for the adapter cable, we can ensure greater interoperability between TRS and DIN-MIDI equipped devices.

To download the “Specification for use of TRS Connectors with MIDI Devices” [RP-054], join the MIDI Association, the global community of people who work, play and create with MIDI at www.midi.org.

About the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA)

The MIDI Manufacturers Association is an international group of hardware and software companies working together to develop new MIDI specifications and promote MIDI technology. For more information on the MMA corporate membership benefits and cost, please visit www.midi.org/about-the-mma.

The MMA also supports “The MIDI Association”, a global community of over 16,000 people who work, play, and create with MIDI technology at www.midi.org. To stay up to date with the latest MIDI news and stories, access current MIDI specifications and receive the MIDI Association newsletter, sign up for free at: www.midi.org/midi-signup.

By our press release coordinator Tuesday August 14, 2018
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