Pro Tools 8 midi editor
I just watched demos about pro tools 8, because I'm searching for a great midi editor for huge orchestral soundbanks, and then, a very large number of midi tracks and notes in each track (because of complex articulations) : about 128 midi tracks (8 ports) which goes out to 4 LinuxSampler PCs (2 midi ports each, to render it in audio going out to a hardware mixing console).
Then, obviously rosegarden is ridiculous for this... and, I realized there's unfortunately no huge midi editor in the free world :(
Here is a demo of the Pro Tools 8 midi editor :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-nzy0QWRMY (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6-zDgUir34 (part 2)
It looks really great for many tracks and articulations, because of one great idea :
=> the track list on left side !
Each midi track is listed at the left of the editor, and you can check 2 boxes: [show] [mute] (even check them by clicking, holding it and moving the mouse, then drop it : really handy ! )
Then, you can always stay in the midi editor window instead of closing every 5s to open another track...
(there's also another great thing: adjusting the velocity of the note just by pressing a key while selected, and moving the mouse up or down. Then, every velocities of selected notes follows !)
All theses details become really serious specifications when working on a big professional project, because you can spend so many hours to edit each note for soundbanks articulations...
I think Ardour could be the most amazing editor if we could :
- do this
- also editing smooth round curves just under the matrix (for volume, pan and velocity of each midi channel)
I'm talking about a "LightWave" kind of curves editing (I remember it was amazing to edit the position of each object. Look at this at 2:50 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2C6vJWGsZk )
Imagine a volume or velocity curve like this, which looks like a line, that you can deform to make it straight or round, but which is in reality a sequence of progressive midi values (between 0 and 127) - And sure, if you want to control precisely the value at a moment, just add a point to the curve :)
With these 2 functions, you can use ardour as a huge midi editor, for huge midi projects.
Thanks a lot in advance and by the way, many thanks to be free :D