[Ardour-Users] MIDI velocity editing facilities

fred f.rech at yahoo.fr
Tue Sep 20 10:16:06 PDT 2011

Le 20/09/2011 16:17, Nando a écrit :
> Need not to say I'm willing to give any help I can!
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM, Nando <nandinga at gmail.com 
> <mailto:nandinga at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi people!
>     I was writing a feature request in Mantis, but after filling it,
>     thought that it should come here first for discussion. Copy&paste
>     follows :)
>     *0004324: A3 should have MIDI velocity editing facilities*
>     Not sure if it is the time now (on alpha10) but I think this is
>     important:
>     It is crucial for a MIDI editor to be flexible about velocity
>     values, in order to produce more close-to-reality results.
>     MIDI velocity values normally vary not individually but in
>     relation to its neighbors e.g. build-ups, accents, rolls, etc.
>     This is why a velocity editor should offer the possibility to edit
>     values of groups, as opposed to note-by-note editing.
>     This is what regular "bar graph velocity editors" allow, when e.g.
>     drawing an ascending line to create a build-up, or "humanizing"
>     velocities (randomly increasing/decreasing the values for selected
>     notes).
>     Several changes are needed for implementing one such editor in A3,
>     but there might be other alternatives. I can think of one, and
>     that is working with dialogs over selected notes.
>     With this approach we could select a bunch of notes, right-click
>     and select from the menu:
>     - Randomize velocities: Dialog asks the velocity range.
>     - Build-up: Dialog asks min and max velocities, and maybe shape of
>     the curve.
>     Changing channels (current right-click assignment) is also
>     important for expressiveness, so we could leave it as is but with
>     a key modifier.
>     Also in the menu we could offer other non velocity related options
>     like the following:
>     - Humanize (randomizing the position in time of the notes)
>     - Transpose
>     - Quantize
>     - even copy&paste?
>     I understand that every one of this options is a feature itself,
>     but they don't need to be implemented at once. This approach can
>     give us functional flexibility while reducing the development
>     effort. If the need or the will to develop a graphical velocity
>     editor of any sort arises later, the algorithms could be reused,
>     so only the dialogs would be thrown away.
>     This is probably a feature to take into account for the release of
>     A3, that will be offering MIDI sequencing capabilities as one of
>     its main improvements.
>     Cheers!!

+1, it will be really great, and save alot of time compared to the 
"Ctrl+arrow" note by note actual method

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