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Re: [fluid-dev] MIDI commands for reverb/chorus parameters

From: Peter Billam
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] MIDI commands for reverb/chorus parameters
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:03 +1000

Greetings.  Element writes: 
> Seems like the MIDI standard doesn't really have a "unregistered" 
> manufacturer ID though for Sysex which makes things awkward and 
> I don't think it is worth trying to buy our own ID for $200/yr. 
I keep dreaming that something like the Free Software Foundation 
will register as a "Manufacturer" then allow various open-source 
project to construct their sysexes, identified by project-name 
(eg: "fluidsynth") right after the initial magic FSF-bytes and 
followed by a space or some other delimiter.  But it's most 
unlikely that the MMA would tolerate such a break-out :-( 
The cost of writing feral SysExes could be very high; you can 
get sued by some vast global manufacturer who claims your sysex 
caused one of its synths to upgrade its OS to garbage, and sues 
you for reputational damage, up in the multi-Bn$-range ... 
There is an vary out-of-date list of manufacturers at: 
scroll the left frame to System Exclusive Manufacturer IDs and it says: 
  Educational Use  0x7D     ( = ascii "}" ) 
  This ID is for educational or development use only, 
  and should never appear in a commercial design. 
which does not mention open-source software designs, but Clemens 
Ladisch in comp.music.midi reckoned don't mess with it except in 
very strictly in-house files, it's asking for trouble;  become a 
MMA member instead. (I can't find the posting where he said this...) 
I wrote: 
>   http://www.midi.org/techspecs/index.php 
>   http://www.midi.org/techspecs/midimessages.php 
Those URLs are out of date;  the specs are now only offered by 
the MMA in PDF form, and you have to "register" or "join": 
http://www.pjb.com.au      address@hidden     (03) 6278 9410 
"Follow the charge, not the particle."  --  Richard Feynman 
 from The Theory of Positrons, Physical Review, 1949 

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