How did the MIDI standard eventually got to be so used? Which changes were made and why? Find out in this section about MIDI history. Since its creation in 1983, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface has transformed the world of commercial electronic music. The growth of interconnectivity among musical components has made equipment cheap enough, and easy enough to maintain, that even amateurs can build home studios with which to experiment. MIDI is not without its limitations, made all the more problematic in that they are not just accidents of implementation - they are inherent in the underlying models that MIDI builds upon. These limitations become apparent when MIDI is applied to applications which, though logical extensions of its expressive power, were not MIDI ' s original purpose. Still, MIDI is nearly ubiquitous in the electronic music industry. Any future system which attempts to replace MIDI will need to concern itself with backward compatibility with existing systems, and it seems likely that such a system will contain the MIDI protocol as a subset of its capabilities. Knowing MIDI history means knowing why is it like this, and what happened to make it like it is today.