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More obvious naming of MIDI track automation event

For reference I am using an MPC Live in standalone more with 2.1 firmware. The problem I'm having here is that in the event list view, the track automation events (for the most part) have special names. I presume these names corresponding to their function when used on an internal program (such as a drum or instrument program) but they are extremely confusing in the context of an external synthesizer.

This means that if I am trying to record automations to use on a synth from an external controller, it is far from obvious which actual MIDI events are being sent. An example I ran into yesterday: one of my synths responds to MIDI CC45 to change the decay on the amp envelope. I recorded my automation and all such events where displayed as "Effect 2 LSB". This appears unrelated to my intended message. When only one CC is recorded, it is fairly obvious that it corresponds, but if I'd recorded several CC automations it would have been very hard to discern which was which.

Going into the 'Insert' menu of the event list, and selecting "track automation" events it is clear that the list corresponds to MIDI CC in ascending numerical order. For codes that do not correspond to MPC specific events they are listed by their CC so it was clear that, since "Effect 2 LSB" appeared directly before "CC 46", meaning it was CC45.

My ideal solution here would be that, in the event list view, the names by which events appear correspond to the track type. That's to say, on a drum program track, an event should appear as "Effect 2 LSB" (or whatever said CC does) and on a MIDI track it should appear as "CC 45". For standardized MIDI CC (such as mod wheel) the it could be suffixed with the defacto function: "CC1 - Mod Wheel" This would allow for much more ready examination of the events.

As a second best option, I'd like to see all track events have their program specific name prefixed (or suffixed) with the corresponding MIDI CC. Without this, the event list is awkward to useless on MIDI tracks.
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  • Hey Daniel,

    Thanks for posting!

    I can understand why you might want the option to view the MIDI CC values in a MIDI program's Program Edit menu if you are using many different MIDI CCs to automate a sequence. Be sure to submit this as a feature request with the MPC 2.x Software's built-in feedback module. The feedback module is represented by a smiley icon at the lower right side of the software next to the browser icons. This information goes directly to the Akai team for consideration!

    If you need an alternative method of submitting feedback, you may use the following links:

    MPC - Submit a Feature Request

    MPC - Submit a Bug Report

    Thanks for your feedback!
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