MIDI Cue Point meta message

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The MIDI cue point meta message denotes a cue in a MIDI file, usually to signify the beginning of an action.

This message belongs to the category of MIDI meta messages. Since this is a meta message the MIDI event that carries this message may exist in MIDI files, but it is never sent over MIDI ports to a MIDI device.

This message consists of a variable number of bytes of data. The first byte is the status byte and has a hexadecimal value of 0xFF, which shows that this is a meta message. The second byte is the meta message type 0x07 and shows that this is a cue point meta message. The third byte carries the length of the text to follow. The remaining bytes carry the text of the cue.

The following is an example of a MIDI cue point meta message.

0xFF 0x07 0x04 0x53 0x6F 0x6C 0x6F

The status byte 0xFF shows that this is a meta message. The second byte is the meta type 0x07 and signifies that this is a cue point meta message. The third byte is 4, which means that the text to follow has four characters. These characters are 0x53 0x6F 0x6C 0x6F, which in ASCII translates to "Solo" (without the quotes).

See also:
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)



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