What do I mean ?
I’ve recorded a midi part on the fly using a guide metronome but with lots of rubato - ending up after tweaking and editing with a part that does not fit the tempo grid, but also the tempo map has been edited and looks like a dog’s dinner.
But it sounds perfect and I can render the audio out exactly as I like - great! (Think Chopin preludes etc…)
But… I then want to import the original midi file into a new project with completely different instrumention for a new arrangement - I don’t want to bring in the tempo map because it just makes everything too complicated. The other option is to play everything in again, which again is a lot of unnecessary hassle.
So what I really want is to export the midi file out but with the tempo “burnt in” - and then re-import into my new project. I can always do a time-stretch to match the new project tempo for the whole file, that’s easy, it’s the little bits in the middle that are the problem.
I cannot figure out a way to do this in Cubase - and I can’t find a simple enough midi recorder app that I can use on my Mac Pro to bounce it onto live.
I have a workaround (sounds bonkers but it does work) I use a bluetooth midi recording app on my iphone. I set up the midi output from cubase to send to the bluetooth and capture it on the iphone. I then use airdrop to copy the new midi file back (now with a default tempo of 120BPM or whatever I set - that part doesn’t matter) - which is my case means hopping onto my macbook pro and then moving the file to the prod machine (Airdrop doesn’t seem to work with non-Apple BT dongle when Mac Pro is in a different room on KVM extenders)
This method WORKS. It even retains the half-pedalling sustain from the original and the velocities are perfect.
But it’s a hell of a faff - it takes ages to set up and execute.
So the question is:
Is there a way of rendering out the midi part whilst burning in all the tempo changes?
OR: Does anyone know of a SIMPLE midi recorder app that will sit on the same machine - (if I search online for such a thing all I ever get is yet more bloated DAWs and complication stealing my audio ins/outs / sample rate pain / midi routing / and all that business.
What I want is something like a Yamaha QX7 or Roland MC500 clone for Mac!