I’m trying to make a device panel for a “RADIAS” but I don’t know what the difference is between an Individual and Identical Channel.
Manual says: Identical channels share channel settings and parameters, whereas Individual channels are “exclu- sive”. An example for this are GM/XG devices – in these devices, the channels are all identical, except channel 10, which is always the drum channel.
I’m thinking I should set up MIDI Channel 1 as an Individual Channel as that is the Global Channel on my synth but I don’t know what the difference is at all. Couldn’t find anything via the search function here on the Forums.
Googled it and found a site trying to explain the difference: http://www.cykong.com/CubaseSX/SXpanels-Tips.htm
-when you click Create New Device, this is THE ONLY PLACE where you can set these parameters. Once set, there’s no going back to change them.
-Usually one would want to create a Device Panel that could work on any midi channel, so when sharing with other people, or when you change your setup, the panel would still work on any user selected midi channel.
-By doing this, any parameters you define in any Channel node, will automatically be created across all 16 channel nodes.
-Individual Channels I’ve never really used.
But I guess it’s useful for some synths where there is a dedicated channel for specific parameters (eg the Roland JP8000). If I understand correctly, When channels are checked here, parameters in those channels are fixed to that channel.
but then he says:
-I started to understand more about Individual Channels.
If you have a Multi-Timbral device, you’re probably better checking ALL the Individual Channels rather than al Identical.
Checking ALL 16 Individual Channels, the Midi Device Manager will still create identical Parameters across 16 channels, but the Channel node are independent of each other.
-This is also needed, if your instrument can have different Patch Bank for different midi channels. (Otherwise the Bank Assignment would not work as expected).
I’m thinking I’m going to go all Individual Channels…
NOTE: by default every individual channel is selected as well as MIDI channel 1 in the identical category once pulling up “The Create New Midi Device dialog” by clicking “Define New…” from the Install Device Menu (after clicking the MIDI Device Manager from the Devices menu). HOWEVER if you unselect MIDI Channel 1 in either category the option becomes MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE as in you cannot re highlight MIDI Channel 1 for both the Individual and Identical categories. You would have to cancel and reopen the dialog for MIDI Channel 1 to be highlighted in both categories again.