While it does not sound logical, it is just the opposite.
Poly Mode (sent from the controller) will send MIDI messages on ONE MIDI channel but will play all six strings on that channel; however only one string at a time will ‘bend’. This is the mode at which a typical keyboard is set.
‘Mono Mode’ will send MIDI messages on six different (but contiguous only)
MIDI channels at a timeand will send separate bender messages on each channel.
example: if string one is on MIDI channel 15, then the other
MIDI channel string assignments will be:16-1-2-3-4
And yes the receiving sound module [hard or soft] must be able to handle the info.
I do this live on stage every week where I use a Roland GR33 (controller)
MidI’ed into a Roland SC-880 and a Korg M3R and an Alesis QSR. (sound modules)
While the info sent from the guitar ‘digital’ pick-up to the GR33 is not MIDI,
(it is Roland’s own proprietary language which is actually faster than MIDI)
the info sent from the controller, is sent via MIDI MONO mode to all three sound modules.
It works and tracks well for live work and in the studio all I do is
stick Cubase in between the controller and the sound modules and hit record. (no latency)
At that point stuff gets recorded and can be played back either thru soft synths (HAO/GAO/NI/SampleTank etc) or the external gear.
But there are times (when I am doing work for a client) I like to play right into my softsynths the way a keyboardist does.
(latency probs and all)
Till now in order to do that I would have to use SampleTank or NI stuff because I could not adjust the bend rate in HAO.
I could use HAO for some drums work using Poly Mode but that was about it.
I am looking forward to ‘playing into’ HASE with the bender rate set the way that is comfortable to me.
BTW here is a kool lil MIDI guitar trick.
Using Mono Mode, playing a nylon string guitar patch in Cubase with six different sound modules each routed to
one speaker in a 5.1 sound system.
If you sit in the middle of all the speakers and play, the perspective is like you are right in the sound hole. Kool sound.
Try that keyboardist!