MIDI Monophonic Legato Mode

Jan 3, 2013 at 5:47pm

MIDI Monophonic Legato Mode


I guess this kind of questions have been asked several times and I’m sorry I didn’t find an answer on the Forum.

I know there are two main Monophonic Modes in analog Synthesizers: the Mono mode and the Legato Mode.
In Mono mode, playing polyphonic will change the Pitch of the Notes by playing the new Note with new Attack (depending on the setting: last note, first note…).
In Legato mode, playing polyphonic will only change the Pitch without giving a new Attack (will only play in the Sustain envelope period).

Is there a way to create a MIDI Monophonic Legato Mode?
By that I mean the Mode which changes the pitch of the notes in Polyphony just in the Sustain envelope period without giving a new Attack.

I guess it is not possible in MIDI, but is it than possible to emulate?
Making a CC Pichbend modulation would not be a good idea, since I will need to see the new note as a MIDI held down note…

Remember that I am not speaking about the sound module.
I would like it to happen just on MIDI.
Like a MIDI pitch change without new velocity or new note on data.


Jan 4, 2013 at 2:28am

there’s no sustain periode with midi. pitch and note on/off messages are directly connected. i think pitch bend is the only way

Jan 4, 2013 at 12:22pm

I think legato mode in some synths occurs when a second note-on occurs before a note-off for the first note-on is received, so it’s just the way a synth engine interprets the midi note-on note-off sequence. So it actually _is_ a sound synthesis issue. If you were interested in designing a synth with legato capability you could use borax to keep track of whether a note is played legato or not and then adjust your envelope-generation parameters accordingly. But I don’t think that is answering your question very well.

Jan 4, 2013 at 2:22pm

it is definetly time for you to build your own synths in max. you will be able to realize tons of that stuff when you can control how incoming note events are interpreted.

Jan 8, 2013 at 11:40pm

Good information. I’ve been wondering how to handle envelopes with a monosynth. I will look into using borax.


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