II-2. MIDI Transmission Standard
MIDI is transmitted as asynchronous
bytes at 31250 bits per second.
One start bit, eight data bits,
and one stop bit means a maximum
transmission rate of 3125 bytes
per second. If the first bit is
set, the byte is a Status Byte.
The Status Byte determines the
length of most messages, which are
usually one, two, or three bytes
in length. System Exclusive messages
are variable length, and have a
beginning and ending status byte.
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