Which, to me, is why it's perfectly acceptable to record something, and then let a tool "optimize" the result.
I agree with this. I myself use this kind of tools from time to time, some of my harvest.
What I'm trying to point out is that there is a valid approach to be able to record the notes directly on separate tracks. A tool capable of routing instruments or even single notes, on specific tracks. In this way, even if you play several notes while they are on the same track, they will accumulate there. This approach allows not only to separate instruments between different tracks for live recording, directly, on separate tracks. But it also serves to divide the notes of a single instrument to be recorded in several tracks (notes routed). The advantage of a tracker like this is that it is possible to do all this. I have already created a tool that works frankly well in this way.
In this way, we have 2 approaches:
- Record the notes on a single track with your MIDI device. With a second step, use a tool to sort the notes.
- Use a "bridge tool" to record the notes routed on separate tracks, through Renoise's own live recording, through OSC, through your MIDI device. This could already be considered the end of a road. What I like most is that you can experiment with several instruments at the same time on separate tracks, with the effects chains of each track working. In addition, if the tool allows more advanced control to press and release the notes, it is possible to use it for live performances, and all with a single tool and with a single MIDI device, with a specific mapping.
I mention this second option because it also adds an extra fun. To be able to play and record different instruments at the same time on separate tracks, well classified.
Imagine a MIDI keyboard with 61 keys and a pad of 16 velocity sensitive pads. The pads is used for a track and a percussion instrument (or several, that is, several notes). The keyboard can be divided by zones to play different instruments, 3 or 4, each recording the notes on separate tracks, everything from the tool. Everything directly. And this is possible with a "simple" and lightweight tool and a MIDI device of less than 200€, avoiding having several MIDI devices on the table.
I've always wondered how much money people are willing to spend with hardware (MIDI devices), if they only aspire to buy a DAW that costs less than 100€. Then, I see the amount of MIDI devices quite expensive, around € 500, which have several routing options, among other things. Then, with LUA tools focused on it, it is possible to do the same or even more advanced things, even with a very cheap MIDI keyboard.
Maybe I'm deflecting the thread here. But somehow it is related to the need of users to want to separate the notes and classify them. Surely they will have a simple MIDI keyboard, or even that.