So I am finally playing around with soundfonts and placing them in different banks. In an attempt to easily change the banks I'm using, I'm trying to copy/paste Instrument Changes across different staves with only the Bank Select selected. For some reason, the Inst Change object I edit works fine, but if I try to paste it, it's blank. Pls fix my family.
You have to install the VSTi .DLL file and then use the given virtual MIDI driver to pass it through to the VSTi. Although I'm not sure if this is the one you're looking for; the sax sounds a little wonkly. (Maybe I'm using the wrong sax patch)
>HOWEVER, if you want to actually produce an end product of electronic music rather than simply create scores, then you really should be looking at a DAW and a slew of VSTi's etc. Use NWC for the initial creative process, export to MIDI for the DAW and take it from there. Yes, that was Plan. I'm well aware of the... ancience of the default MIDI offering. But eh, some sounds aren't so bad.
Could you recommend some good orchestral soundfonts to use with BASSMIDI?
Oh, also. I do still make MIDIs to send to other people for WIP purposes, do you guys know any good lists of alternate patches in the banks that would come by default in the MS GS Wavetable Synth? I can't really find anything in the iTree forum about that (also everything is 4+ years old, wat?) I fear there's just the one bank available, huh.
Flurmy: Thanks a lot! That should really help with "DRUM SOUNDS." I didn't actually know how to use the bank select, or rather, what numbers would actually do anything...
Lawrie/HMM: It sounds like neither of you guys are using direct MIDI output, which is the only thing I thought NWC was capable of. I mean, I knew about the Coolsoft Virtual MIDI thing, but when I used it it was kinda slow and the soundfonts I had weren't that great. HMM, you're saying that Reaper or one of its VSTis gives access to a virtual MIDI output device that NWC can hook into? I guess most DAWs do that, then?
I dunno what you're using for output Lawrie, but maybe it would also be better for me. I mean, I was using NWC for orchestral arrangements, but I'm more interested now in stuff that I can produce on my own, stuff that people could actually listen to seriously. Those tinny samples have to go, for sure. I just thought I was gonna have to use a different program.
And yeah, I did know about DRUMREF. I started messing around with NWC when I was about 11 and memorized some of the note -> drum mappings. That was ~2000 or so.
Thanks for your tips! I wonder how much other stuff is lurking around that I never knew about.
Hi y'all. I've been using NWC for over a decade now, but I don't have much experience with the MIDI controllers. When using MPCs, I only use volume, pitch bend, and tempo as the controller, because I don't know what the others do. I have no idea how to search for this online, because "MIDI controller" also means a physical MIDI input device.
For example, I'd like to add echo/reverb to tracks to give pianos more sustain, but the "reverb depth" controller doesn't seem to have any effect whatsoever.
Does anyone know of a good primer on which of these controllers actually do anything? I know it all depends on what your sound card actually supports, but I imagine the default GS Wavetable Synth has some features.
Also, I recall there was a .mid file that used a very specific drum sound that I couldn't find in the normal chromatic drumkit. I imagine that had something to do with MIDI commands. Does anyone know about that? Are there ways to access additional instrument sets or anything like that through MIDI commands?