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lava
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MIDI Channel & Local Control

What is the BSII's behavior with regard to MIDI channel when local control is turned off? As an experiment I turned off local control, routed the MIDI out to the MIDI in with a cable, and changed MIDI channels multiple times. In all cases the synth sounded, suggesting that the dissociated keyboard AND the sound engine can never have a different MIDI channel from each other. Can anyone verify that this is true?

If so, this is a bit annoying. I can think of a few instances where I'd like to use the keys to control external devices on different MIDI channels while leaving the BSII sound engine on its own channel. One possible way to implement this feature would be to allow setting of the sound engine MIDI channel while local control is ON, and when local control is OFF the sound engine MIDI channel remains constant while the keyboard MIDI channel changes. What do you think, Novation?

Apologies if I am incorrect about this.

skijumptoes
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Sounds quite normal to me on a synth in this price range.  While it can be a midi controller, it's not it's selling point - analog synthesis is, so you can understand why it hasn't got enhanced features like that - otherwise where do you stop? Some people would like keyboard splits too so you can control the bass station on the lower octave, and external instruments on the upper.  etc.

However, as it's got midi options, there's a ton of different methods that can be employed to get the results you are looking for, hardware/software midi filters/transformers would be the answer, as they can convert midi cc messages to a new midi channel, while allow note data to go through on the original channel sent.  Some DAW's have this functionality built in also.

So, if you're incoroporating this into a computer based set up you can split the data you require for free - if you're operating in hardware only then a small midi transformer box isn't too expensive and if you're using hardware it would be a great investment anyway.  (i.e. http://www.midisolutions.com/prodrte.htm  / http://www.thomann.de/gb/midi_solutions_router.htm)

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lava wrote:

What is the BSII's behavior with regard to MIDI channel when local control is turned off? As an experiment I turned off local control, routed the MIDI out to the MIDI in with a cable, and changed MIDI channels multiple times. In all cases the synth sounded, suggesting that the dissociated keyboard AND the sound engine can never have a different MIDI channel from each other.

If Novation supplied a damn Midi Implantation Chart, you would have a clearer idea. But they didn't.