Who mentioned anything about old equipment?
Craig was addressing this:
So, what hope that manufacturers will make any use of the MIDI 2.0 extended ranges, when they don't even use the MIDI 1.0 features currently available?
So the mechanism is there for a more accurate representation of the data but, so far, all of the manufacturers I've tested don't even bother to use the MIDI 1.0 spec to it's fullest.
Of course, my tests are limited to just a few, but take in some of the 'big names'.
Craig was addressing the shortcomings of processors and the design decisions of new products.
Back when MIDI was introduced, keyboards was a very competitive market. Everything was judged by price. To be frank, for a long time after MIDI became reality after 1983 the microprocessors sucked
. With precious few exceptions, during the 80s and 90s microprocessors selected for new products were 1970s era 8 bit crunchers like Z80s and 68xx. That was by design in order to keep the price down in the very competitive market.
That meant those new products were limited how much they could process dense MIDI streams. I've seen boards that implement aftertouch, but only generated very discrete (not continuous) MIDI AT messages. While the ad copy may claim they implement aftertouch, monitoring the MIDI stream may tell a different story. That's just one example of many.
This still remains true today - in an attempt to keep the price down, designers don't use state of the art microcontrollers or peripherals. The trend I have noticed is that by the time a music product is introduced, it is using computer peripherals a generation behind the current technology. I love my Alesis HD24 hard disk multitrack recorder but the TCP/IP protocol they used (10BaseT) was a generation behind the current computers back then and is agonizingly slow (10MB/s) for transferring audio files.
In both cases - old and modern - the end user is going to find that not all the MIDI features - 1.0 or 2.0 - are implemented due to design decisions.
So is there hope that manufacturers will make any use of MIDI 2.0? That depends on if the customers are willing to pay for the better components to handle the new features.