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Posted by: chrisNova777
« on: February 23, 2018, 09:20:18 AM »

What is the Apple MIDI Manager?
MIDI Manager is a System extension from Apple computer that was designed
to enable the Macintosh operating system to support MIDI. There are actually
three necessary components: MIDI Manager, the Apple MIDI driver, and the

The PatchBay lets you “connect” MIDI software to the Mac serial
ports and other MIDI Manager-compatible programs. MIDI Manager and
PatchBay are necessary if you have more than one application sharing the MIDI

If you have a Macintosh Plus or Macintosh SE, you’ll need at least 2.5 meg of memory and
System 6.0.2 or higher to use MIDI Manager.
MIDI Manager can be used with great success on Macs with 68020 or higher microprocessors (running system 6?) .

description from the master tracks pro macintosh manual (mid 1990s)
Posted by: chrisNova777
« on: November 24, 2017, 04:19:06 PM »

Apple MIDI Manager 2.0.2
Apple MIDI Manager requires System 6.0 or later.

according to sweetwater development on AMM (Apple MIDI Manager) was halted in 1995 largely due to the rise in precedence of OMS + Freemidi
Posted by: chrisNova777
« on: May 28, 2017, 07:42:41 AM »


MIDI Manager dates from the time (1989?) when >>Apple Computer believed that the professional music market was important and worth of some respect. MIDI Manager (or, more correctly, the MIDI Management Tools) provided an extension to the Macintosh system which allowed MIDI applications to address the hardware in a high-level, portable manner. In fact, MIDI Manager applications could even communicate with one another, transparently, and could (in theory) work with new types of hardware, so long as the hardware vendors provided MIDI Manager drivers for their devices. MIDI Manager provided data transfer services (including message parsing), and some respectable timing functions, including timecode conversion.

In fact, MIDI Manager worked extremely well, and I still make heavy use of it. It was small, simple and elegant. Politically, however, Apple managed to shoot themselves in the foot with it. Apple Corps., the Beatles' recording company, immediately took Apple to court over copyright infringement, since Apple Computer had licenced the name "Apple" for use in non-musical products. By the time the court case was concluded, several things had happened: MIDI Manager's developers had left, Opcode had developed OMS, and Apple had lost interest in the music market.

(The illustration shows MIDI Manager's PatchBay application (top) with OMS emulating a MIDI Manager driver (bottom).)

These days, everyone has a MIDI operating system, and all the punters want lots of options, lots of features and lots of cool, coloured icons. Personally, I think MIDI Manager had it about right: small, simple and reliable. Other vendors could learn something here.

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