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TOPIC: Multicast MIDI support

Multicast MIDI support 2 years 10 months ago #6

This is the simplest possible protocol. There is no concept of connection between sender and receiver. Anyone can send to all. Anyone can get from everyone. The recipient is identified with an hard-coded IPv4 multicast address ( MIDI ports correspond to UDP ports (hard-coded from 21928).

The big advantage is the extreme simplicity. Even in a poorly configured network it will work. No IT/Networking expertise.

Despite its extreme simplicity, the common operating systems do not natively support this protocol as a network MIDI interface. Practically the only solution for Windows and Mac is ipMIDI. ipMIDI offers up to 20 multicast MIDI ports. Even iOS / Android / Arduino have a third-party support. Only the Linux platform has a native support with qmidinet.

In any case you can always use the simple multicast protocol directly within your application (as vmpk) or use a gateway between the network and a virtual loopback MIDI interface. A true network MIDI driver is not always necessary especially if the real-time performance is not critical.
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