|MUSIC 13-Jul-2019 By DTH Retrospective midi record - Retroactive recording - Midi capture - Score Logger - Capture buffer - Capture Recording - Ensoniq Idea Pad The problem with all digital pianos/ synthesizers/ workstations regardless of brand is the inability to capture anunexpected improvisation, inspiration or creative burst. Wouldn't it be fantastic if your digital piano was always secretly recording everything you play, ie. the midi notes , the sound selected, the drum rhythm selected. There are many times a musician sits in front of their keyboard at home without the intention of recording.When you have to setup your sequencer ie. set tempo / modes/ metronome / number of measures etc thenpush record - you are not so relaxed because you know you‘re being recorded and you have to playsomething. This is ok when you know what you are going to be playing. Scenario: You may just be playing around with various sounds and depending on your mood suddenly invent something newand you continue to play while the idea is still flowing. You play like this for several minutes, half hour or more thensuddenly the phone rings, it's dinner time or you have to pickup the kids from school -you switch off - but whathappens to that wonderful inspiration(s) you just spent the last hour playing - and when you eventually come back toyour keyboard, you've forgotten that inspiration you played. Solution: The digital piano/device should start recording secretly as soon as you pressed any key on the keyboard(Idea1) andthen stop recording when you stopped playing eg. a pause of approx. 10 seconds - then start recording again(Idea2)when you pressed any key again, then stop recording when you stopped playing and so on Idea3 , Idea4, Idea5 etc memory permitting. A RAM memory buffer can be allocated and adjusted just for the Inspiration Pad - when the buffer becomes full the oldest Idea1 is overwritten with the most recent idea. When you want to recall an idea eg. Idea 1-10 (10 being the most recent) from your Inspiration Pad - you just select/recallthe Idea number you want to listen to, and if you want to work on it further just send the idea to a track in your inbuiltsequencer where you can save it. History of Retrospective midi record.
Ensoniq was the company that invented retrospective midi record back in 1996 when they released aworkstation/keyboard called the Ensoniq MR61, MR76 and ZR76. Ensoniq called it the Idea Pad. To my astonishment no othersynth/keyboard workstation manufacturer since has implemented this feature into their products.
The Ensoniq Idea Pad is a touch of genius and should be present on every instrument made!Link to Ensoniq MR76 Idea Pad document
How it works:
Most sequencing software on the market does not implement retrospective midi record properly - it only recalls the lastthing you played and it's too easy to lose your capture. What about the second last thing or the fifth last thing you played.The midi capture process must identify not only when you start and stop playing the keyboard, but also start recording againas soon as you start playing something - so a history of several ideas is recorded and the user then has the ability to quickly choose/recall which idea they want to playback eg. idea 2 of 10. The buffer must have capacity to hold several minutes foreach idea.
Also you should not have to click several icons/ menu options to recall your ideas. The software should have a dedicatedbutton to quickly recall and playback your ideas. Midi capture is something that should always be ON by default.
Retrospective midi record is the most important feature that any synthesizer/workstation/digital pianos/computer sequencers should have. Until you have used it the way Ensoniq has implemented it, you just won't know how extremelyuseful it is to the composing process.
Ensoniq Idea Pad
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