[vcf-midatlantic] Any MIDI enthusiasts around?

Bart Hirst louisbhirst at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 14:56:28 UTC 2022

Hi Ethan, totally agree on the openness of those protocols.  What I was
referring to as proprietary are any algorithms / patches inside commercial
softwares used to create lighting performances by automagically connecting
MIDI & Lighting systems.  For example something like Lightjams
<https://www.lightjams.com/#descriptionSection>.  I could be mistaken
though.  Bart

On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 10:46 AM Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> >>  p.s. about "how lighting is mapped to midi" IMHO most of the code in
> the
> >>  DJ
> >>  / Lighting industry is heavily proprietary and non-OSS.  There's no
> silver
> >>  bullet in the hack-a-day scene, but plenty of one-off projects and code
> >>  snippets because as you say midi is well known / supported.
> ???
> MIDI is an open protocol. ArtNet is open. sACN 1.31 is open. DMX512 is
> open. OSC is open. rtp-Midi (Apple MIDI) is open and free to use. IDN
> (laser projector stuff) is open but not popular, people use the
> EtherDream protocol which is open for unprotected content. Some of these
> are commercially developed but no real restrictions?
> The protocols from sender boards to LED video walls are proprietary, but
> some reverse engineering has been done on the lower end stuff. But most
> people don't care about those.
> There are some open source apps for this stuff, but they aren't very
> usable when compared to commercial competitors. But this is the case with
> a lot of software? Qlight+ and all that.
>                         - Ethan

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