MIDI Monophonic Legato Mode

    Jan 03 2013 | 5:47 pm
    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 04 2013 | 2:28 am
      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 04 2013 | 12:22 pm
      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 04 2013 | 2:22 pm
      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 08 2013 | 11:40 pm
      Good information. I've been wondering how to handle envelopes with a monosynth. I will look into using borax.