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Good utility (Windows software) to monitor MIDI output?

1 week 3 days ago
TedS
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Good utility (Windows software) to monitor MIDI output? #781
For the first time in several years, I want to do some heavy-duty analysis of how my arranger(s) transpose a recorded pattern.

In the past I've done this "by ear," and also by recording the output on a sequencer, and then reviewing the recorded data.

This time I'm hoping to make it easier by showing the played notes in "real time." Does anyone here have experience with a MIDI utility that records and/or displays the incoming notes as they are played? At a minimum, I would want to see the note numbers, i.e., "F1 A1 C2" etc. But some kind of graphical display with notes and staff might be useful too.

Many years ago I think I had a utility that displayed the raw hex. Hoping for something easier that runs in Windows 7. Thanks!!

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1 week 3 days ago
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Good utility (Windows software) to monitor MIDI output? #782
Hi Teds, you can use MidiOx. A really good free software to monitor MIDI messages.

You will see the MIDI codes and the notes names beside.

You can also filter the midi messages to only see what you want.

See Picture below

Have fun

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1 week 2 days ago
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Good utility (Windows software) to monitor MIDI output? #784
You are going to have to read pretty damn quick to read an event list in realtime!

I prefer to concentrate on just playing when I'm playing, and then look at the List and Piano-roll displays afterwards to see trends like average velocity and hardest velocity, timing (push or pull) or cleanliness of legato fingering, etc..

I'm really not sure that I would be able to see any of that looking at a realtime stream, even if I did filter the controllers and pitch bend, etc..

As to the arranger's chord transposition, there's always some kind of disparity between how the arranger would play different chords, and how humans do. We still have quite a ways to go before we see the same kind of voice leading and inversion usage that real players do.

Compared to Korg's or Yamaha's, Roland's suffer a little bit in not having the controls in the Style Creator Software to define our own transposition limits and Part ranges, etc.. Plus Korg benefits from their excellent Guitar Mode, making for better chord voicings and picking patterns for guitar Parts. Sadly, the G70/E80 had the start of an even better Guitar Mode system, but it was dropped in the BK series, just as the necessary feature (more than one non-transposable Track so the trigger notes for the strums, etc. don't change as the chord does) was implemented (BK series were the first Roland arrangers with more than one Drum Part).

Such a shame, as Roland's Guitar Mode had several advantages over Korg's.

But, the bottom line is, a style's chord voicings depend a lot on how well it is made in the first place. Not all styles fully leverage the different patterns that Maj Min and 7th allow. And a lot of care needs to be put into how something is voiced in the first place with the transposition engine in mind. Done well, they can sound very realistic. Badly designed, they can jump around quite badly!

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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