So I have been limping along with Forte, but finally had the time to dive into Gig Performer. I really love a lot about working with GP, but am still having issues with Program Changes and just can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.
For example, for simplicity I have a set up with one rack… a Novation SL MKII going to Omni MIDI In block, which is connected to Amplitube 4. When I send PC message from SL MKII, Amplitube does not receive them… A MIDI monitor placed after MIDI in block shows those PC messages. The option to pass unused PC messages is checked and I am definitely sending unused PC numbers… only have the one rack. Opening a standalone version of Amplitube and sending the same PC messages from SL MKII directly, Amplitube changes presets appropriately.
Alternatively with the same rack above, I inserted a "knob’ on the front panel and assigned it to Amplitube and PC and still when turning that knob Amplitube does not respond…
I fully understand that the preferred method is to use rack spaces for program changes and that there are advantages to that. However it just does not work for me… and that has nothing to do with legacy products or an outdated MIDIcentric viewpoint. I perform improvisational music,so there is absolutely nothing sequential or linear to my working method onstage. I just need access to many different configurations as easily and simply as possible. Having 100 or more different rackspaces would not work for me, because I have no simple ability to choose between them other then a rotary knob which would be way too fiddly on stage.
What works for me is a hierarchical approach… so I have 16 basic configurations that I can easily access each with the press of a button from my bottom keyboard. And then I am able to change presets in those configurations sending out PCs form my top keyboard. Kinda like the rack spaces and variations if the variations were complete variations (presets).
Anyway, hopefuly someone can help with whatever I am doing wrong with the scenario above. Thanks!