You may have seen my rant over the MPC’s handling of Program Change Messages.
I am happy to say that adding the MIDI Solutions Event Processor is a fine solution to the problem.
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What it allows you to do is to program 10 separate programs (there is a bigger one that can do more steps) that can transpose, map, or otherwise process incoming MIDI signals into new events. It can even transform them into little series of events. It’s a MIDI FX box on steroids and is merely a little black box you insert between your controller MIDI out and your MIDI patch bay.
I set it up to listen to channel 8 and mapped the velocity of specific notes to Program Change messages, so that C3 velocity on channel 8 will trigger a PCM on channel 2 corresponding to the velocity value of the original message. It works beautifully with my Rytm and allows me to change patterns from my MPC using the piano roll.
Somehow, though, I can’t get it to work with my Avalon, which bugs the hell out of me.
But, those of you appreciating the finer points of MIDI might find this gizmo quite intriguing. It cost me $150.
I also am now the proud owner of Social Entropy’s super duper MIDI sequencer Engine. Cool, cool thingy. Got it with the CV expansion in case a modular might be added at some point.