Straight from this year's Game Developers Conference, Dolby disclosed details on an advancement in MIDI technology which they say will make it "the future of audio technology in next-generation console gaming." The news came as a shock to the audience, after all MIDI remains in our memories as an old, old standard practically unused in today's games and applications.
But MIDI has improved, the Dolby representatives said. Due to the power of next-generation consoles, MIDI samples can attain a fidelity comparable – or even better – than those performed on dedicated synthesizers. Plus, file sizes would be smaller and load times would be quicker.
Dolby says that processing power is not as scarce anymore and high quality tunes could be created using MIDI, furthermore its use could add to the experience as real-time interactivity could be easily achieved.