[sdiy] How many synth patch changes "per-song"?

Veronica Merryfield veronica at merryfield.ca
Fri Oct 5 18:18:44 CEST 2012


Do you have to limit any of them other than running out of memory?

On 2012-10-05, at 8:51 AM, MTG <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com> wrote:

> I'm working on the firmware for the MIDI Patch Changer keypad again. The device holds 200 Presets (think of them as "patches" or parts in a song ... verse, chorus, etc). I'm adding 50 Chains to the firmware (these being more like "performances" or songs ... a chain is a list of presets that you step through).
> 
> I figure that for a device that can hold 200 presets (patches), 50 chains (songs) would be more than enough.  But how long should each chain be??  Put another way, how many patch changes on a MIDI synth/rig would there reasonably be worst case in one "song"?  I realize some Prog Rockers might have pretty long songs.
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> GB
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> PS It's mainly for keyboard players, but not exclusively. People use them for show control type stuff too.
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