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I am building a HID USB device (via Microchip PIC MCU) with a MIDI interface, which is functioning as intended (sending midi to the host). My intent is to make it usable by a DAW (such as Reaper), and to ensure precise and accurate timing, I believe I need to implement MIDI timestamps. My questions:

  1. Is implementing MIDI timestamps going to dramatically improve the precision and accuracy of recorded midi notes without degrading real-time performance?
  2. Do MIDI timestamps need to be implemented by the MCU, or is that handled inherently by the driver?
  3. Where can I find documentation on implementing timestamps if applicable? (Google appears to not be helping in this case)
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  • \$\begingroup\$ i think that you are asking in the wrong place .... find a forum relating to electronic music generation and recording .... question 2 would be about a musical instrument sending timestamp information \$\endgroup\$ – jsotola Jul 10 '18 at 2:28
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In general, MIDI recording devices just measure the time when events arrive.

MIDI Clock messages are sent (24 per quarter note) by a sequencer to tell the receiver how the events relate to musical tempo, i.e., they tell where measures are.

MIDI Time Code messages are sent by a sequencer to keep the receiver synchronized to the sender's clock.

If you are generating events in real time, you do not need to do anything of this.

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