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Old 01-22-2015, 10:17 AM   #2
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Hi Diki Ross, and welcome to the forum.

I'm sorry, I thought somebody with more knowledge regarding your questions would have answered by now. I have no need for most of what you're asking here so I don't know much about it.

If I import an SMF, how do I get the Mixer to pick up the initial MIDI volume and Pan commands from the tracks and reflect them in the Mixer's initial settings? How do I get the Mixer's meters to show MIDI output rather than audio?
You might be able to put a FX like ReaControlMIDI on the track and set it up to move the controls. I've never done that so I don't know for sure. I use VSTis, mostly Kontakt, and I just check it out to make sure all the CCs are working.

And is there a way on import to have the Track's input and output channels set automatically (to reflect the MIDI channel of the track), rather than having to go and do it manually for each channel..?
Here again I don't know for sure but I don't think so. I've imported quite a bit of midi and I just do it manually. In my case, the imported midi probably wouldn't have the correct channels that I want anyway.

My next weird request is, how do you get the little piano keys on the left side of the MIDI Piano Roll editor to play the same MIDI channel as the track? I can have a drum track open, and if I click on the notes, the drums sound fine (so being sent on Ch.10), but clicking in the piano keyboard on the left seems to play some other MIDI channel. Is there a way to set it up so that whatever MIDI channel the track is set to is what the keyboard outputs?
I don't think I've ever had a problem with this. By the time I get in the Midi Editor I've usually got the midi channels I want to use set up in the track routing.

Also, there's a little box down in the right corner of the Midi Editor where you can select a particular channel or set it to "All".

Finally (for now!) is there any way to do 'positional' editing? One of my favorite tricks on drum tracks is to be able to say 'select all the snare backbeats (beats on 2&4, for instance in a 4/4 song) and raise their velocities 20' or things like that? When working on drum tracks, it's very handy to do stuff based on the position in the bar, and incredibly time consuming to have to go through an entire piece selecting only the backbeats by hand. Cubase's Logical Editor made stuff like this a snap!
Check out the Event Filter. It's in the upper left corner of the main Midi toolbar. There are ways there to do just what you're asking.
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