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First Song as InitializerSince KeyMaster goes to the first patch of the first song whenever you open a document, you might want to fill that patch with commands that initialize your MIDI setup. For example, in the enter message of the first patch, you could:
Use MIDI Data to Play NotesYou can use KeyMaster to play some notes for you. Use MIDI commands in a patch's enter message to play a note (note on, value, velocity) then use MIDI commands in the exit message to release the note.
A MIDI note on or off message consists of two parts, note number and velocity. Notes range from 0 to 127; middle C is note number 60 (hex 0x3C). Velocity range is 0 - 127, where 0 is the same as note off.
A note is not turned off until either a note off command is sent or (on most synths) an all-notes-off command is sent.
You can also enter note commands into a programmable MIDI message and send the message from a song or by hand.
See the MIDI reference for a fuller discussion of MIDI messages.
A Tuning SongYou might want to set up a song that helps you tune your instruments by sending the proper program changes and entering note on and note off commands that play the tuning note on different synths. (Yes, you actually had to tune most older synths.) For example,
Programmable MessagesProgrammable MIDI messages can be used for a number of things. For example, you can have one message for each of the "start" (250, hex
You might want to have a message that resets all of your synths to full volume.
See your MIDI devices' manuals for the specific MIDI commands to which each responds.
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