Is it possible to have multiple instruments in one MIDI track over time?

Hi All,

I just recorded a live set of me jamming on a bunch of different MIDI instruments over the course of half an hour or so. I have an APC20 AKA 8 easy to reach hardware tracks, so I only used 8 tracks. However, I used about 12 instruments, which meant that I replaced four of the tracks at different points in my performance. (e.g. I played for 15 minutes, then switched tracks 2 and 3 to be a different instrument to allow for a new sound).

Now when I listen to the arrangement view recording, it seems that ONLY the instruments that I never changed will play back. I realize now that each track can hold one instrument and that the recorded MIDI will just control whatever instrument is in place. I know that for the future, each instrument will need to be recorded in it's own track.

However, for now - is there any way to remedy this situation? Do I need to essentially create a new track for each instrument I have and copy the midi track into there and load in the corresponding instrument? Is there any simpler way to do this, or will I just need to manually go through and copy and move stuff elsewhere?

Best, and thanks for reading through this,
Sami

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thisissami 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • cygnal
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    Instrument Racks allow you to put several "chains" of plug-ins/devices on a single track.

    (This track then becomes a group track, so, to some controllers, it is not actually a single track, but you can use another plain MIDI track to control the group track.)

     

    How to do switching: the output of the controlling track must be specifically set to the whole Instrument Rack, and not a subchain. It will now controll all chains with one input, but -

    - you can setup the Chain Zones and map the Chain selector to a MIDI control. The chain selector will filter the MIDI input to chains that overlap it.

    You could even do crossfades, by setting up the Chain Zones fades.

    Pretty neat.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    Live Manual, "Instruments, Drum and Effect Rack">"Zones">"Chain Select Zones">"Making preset banks using chain select".

     

     

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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