Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2012 7:04 AM (in response to dingdangdawg)
Besides on/off, GB is recording velocity data, sustain pedals, pitchbend signals (depending on your controller). Program change data don't make sense for GB, since you can't change the instrument mid-track. It's strictly one track, one instrument. You can only vary the parameters of that instrument with effects curves.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to Christoph Drösser)
Thanks for this info, very helpful. You say that, for example, sustain pedal data (usually CC 64) is recorded. Do you know if all controller change (CC) data recorded (for 0-127 in the MIDI spec), or just some chosen, specific ones? Also, is there a way to tell GarageBand which MIDI channels to record on the software instrument track, or does it just record any MIDI data being received by the system, regardless of MIDI channel?
Is this sort of thing figured out via experimentation (just record and try stuff), or is there someplace online where "deeper" documentation can be found? The reason for my questions: I do live performance using MainStage, and need to do simple multitrack recording of performances (4 channels of audio, and 1 of MIDI performance data), and I need a DAW with low memory and CPU requirements. GarageBand seems ideal.
Thanks again for your help!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to dingdangdawg)
I've never recorded any sustain peda or pitchbend wheel data, so others might be able to tell you more about this.
GB indeed listens to all midi channels at a time recording them to the same channel, that's one reason it doesn't do multi-track midi recording.
And I wouldn't call GB "a DAW with low memory and CPU requirements". It uses quite an amount of CPU power and can get sluggish at times, and especially in a live situation I wouldn't want to rely on it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 18, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to Christoph Drösser)
Christoph - thanks. Yes, GarageBand is great for what it does, but for my needs it turned out Reaper was a better fit and has proved to be reliable for recording multitrack live performances while MainStage is running alongside. Best to you.