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MIDI input monitor [X/Live]

hello,

with the X 6 MIDI inputs, the Lives 4 MIDI inputs
sometimes it gets messy to pinpoint where a certain MIDI message is coming from

certainly with multitimbral (IN) support coming
it would be very convenient to know where a certain MIDI message originates

there is enough room for another column in the MIDI in monitor to add the port where the message inputs...
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  • Hey tiger001,

    Thanks for posting!

    I agree that including a port column in the MIDI monitor would be useful. I'll mention your request to the team for future consideration. In the meantime, I suggest assigning your external gear to transmit on different MIDI channels. This way, you will be able to distinguish where the data is coming from.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • thanks @eliza

    what if 2 (patches on) external synths are on the same channel but different ports?

    some synths can transmit/receive on more/different ch @the same time

    maybe i have more than 16 synths, even if i gave all of them 1 different ch (so only playing 1 patch on them, even if they could play -way- more), they would be difficult to distinguish apart (just by MIDI ch)
    • Hey tiger001,

      If you have two units connected to different ports but both transmitting on channel 1 then they will appear to be from the same controller in the eyes of the MIDI Monitor. So in theory, if you had 16 plus MIDI controllers connected to the MPC X/Live you would still have trouble distinguishing where the signal is coming from.

      To be honest though, I don't see the benefit of connecting upwards of 16 controllers as the MPC doesn't receive multitimbral MIDI or support multitrack recording.

      That said, I think it is a great idea to include a port column in the Monitor page. I sent your request off to the team for their consideration!
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  • I DO have more than 16 synthesizers, so I still have to depend on external devices for things that obviously the X should be able to handle.

    The current MIDI monitor really does not have any useful purpose for me. I understand that many people are not in my shoes, but that does not invalidate the situation.

    Though, the single most important (to me) thing that cannot be resolved externally is playing two keyboards (or more) and have the MIDI recorded to appropriate tracks. Some people really can do this. :)

    That last one will also flow through the machine, since it adds a fair amount of additional needs throughout the user interface. E.g. how does one identify the port being used (class compliant device names can be really long), what happens if the MIDI device is no longer available when loading a project, etc. These are things Akai has to tackle for us, in order to have the functionality.

    I hope Akai has lots of devices and complex setups in order to test thoroughly. ;)
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  • one more thingie

    a filter analog to the filter in the step edit list would also be awesome

    so we can filter out those +999999 thousand millions real time messages

    or only see notes, or only see MIDI controllers etc

    (The MPC 4000 had this)
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