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Thread MIDI basics

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So I'm still fairly new to the world of MIDI. I've played the guitar for years, but just started getting into keyboards and controllers, particularly the Akai Max25. I've researched all I could to get a hang of the lingo but still can't find anything that clearly helps me understand the ins and outs of MIDI.

Most sites throw around terminology as if I should already know what it means, making me feel like a grade A dumbass. For example: what's the difference between a program, a bank and a patch? One thing that confuses me is when several sources mention that "drums are typically channel 10" but sound map listings show 10 as "Glockenspiel". Which 10 applies to which? in short, what the hell is MIDI?!?
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