Yesterday I tried out using a midi keyboard as an input device for Renoise, to record notes in the pattern editor. Overall, I liked being able to use a midi keyboard rather than a computer keyboard, but I had one significant issue: switching instruments. I’m using an MPK Mini mkII.
When I started, I assigned the instrument I wanted to the keyboard, and entered notes. But to switch to a different instrument, I had to unassign the first instrument, and assign the new one. I know it’s possible to put different instruments on different midi channels, but the keyboard I’m using doesn’t have a hardware control for switching midi channels.
Is there an easy way to just have the midi device enter notes for whatever instrument is highlighted in the instrument panel? Or a quicker way to assign/unassign the keyboard to an instrument as the input device?
If not, should I just look for a midi keyboard that has a hardware control for switching channels?