Say I have a dual channel synthesizer (Nord Wave) where, I might be controlling CC74 on Channel 1 and Channel 2 using an external controller like a Novation 25SL MKII, and I’m recording that MIDI to a single track in Cubase.
Currently, unless I’m not aware of it, there is no way to tweeze apart CC74 data on Channel 1 and Channel 2. It is instead summed into a sort of glitched out single Omni CC74 where Channel 1 and Channel 2 fought against one another.
My current workaround is to have two MIDI Tracks, Track 1 filters out Channel 2 data, and Track 2 filters out Channel 1 data.
I get by just fine with this workaround, but it might be nicer to improve single track multi-channel editing and data display.
Protocol Change - MIDI Editor CC Lanes should change
CC Lanes in the MIDI Editor should change a bit.
The whole CC Menu should change, it should be more of a GUI window.
In this GUI window, there should be an ‘Active’ column, an ‘Added’ column, and the CC Index.
These CC’s should no longer just be non-descriptive in regards to their channel…
If I open the GUI Window, and Add ‘CC8’, there should be a MIDI Channel Menu selector, and so it creates a ‘CC8 Ch2’ to the lane selection menu.
So you would no longer have just non-described CC8… you would have
If there is a plain non-described CC8 in the menu, it means it is just Omni or Track based.
If I record CC74 from my keyboard and it’s Channel 3, then that would show up in the Used/Active CC Lane menu as CC74 Ch3
So the CC Lanes could display multiple CC8 for different channels.
New Channel Display Mode both in MIDI Editor and Arranger Window
As it stands, multiple MIDI Channel notes and such are combined, and the only way you can tell them apart is by selecting them and looking in the Info Line, and or changing the MIDI note/event colour to ‘Channel’.
To better improve how things currently are, I think the Left Zone in the MIDI Editor should have some sort of channel selector/filter. If I only want to see Channel 2 notes, I could do that. If I want to see both Channel 1 and Channel 2 notes, I could do that.
But I’m also imagining a new Display Mode that is non-destructive and essentially flips between the current protocol and a new one where everything gets splayed out and separated - very similar to how stacked events and lanes work.
This new view mode would essentially give the MIDI Editor its own ‘Track List’ like in our Arranger, except it’s a ‘Channel List’ and is more akin to the In-Place-Editor - imagine having multiple MIDI Tracks in the Arranger with Edit-In-Place enabled for all of them.
There would be Mute/Solo buttons, and the user should be able to minimize/hide Channels.
In the Arranger Window, I think MIDI Tracks should be given a new button that enables also a new track view mode, that essentially ‘unfolds’ MIDI Tracks into multiple channels similar to Lanes, or how a multi channel Instrument Track works.