Hi all, I have a question about a midi editors for composition and thought I'd post this question here since it may be most applicable to users in this forum. I've posted a similar question in other places but I think so few people match my situation that they either don't understand what I'm asking or simply don't use software the way I want to. I'm hoping someone here may work similarly and can give advice/direction.
So here's the situation. I'm primarily a guitarist. I'm a bad keyboard player. So when I do compositions in midi I find I often need to edit heavily by clicking in notes and edits with a mouse in piano roll. I enjoy composing little things this way on a small scale, but as track counts expand I find most DAWS clumsy to work in this way.
Is there a midi composition tool that allows:
1) one big piano roll view, with multiple parts shown on one midi piano roll? (like green notes being instrument A, blue notes being instrument B, etc). I'd like this because matching up parts across several separate tracks can be difficult to envision. I'd like to see them all in one big piano roll if I can. (I'd like to not have to open up a separate track to see part for instrument A, or click another track and expand it to see part B, etc) Just one great big view of a keyboard with all the notes arrayed in time - but with different colors (or shapes, or whatever) indicating which instrument is playing which part.
2) ability to simply click on a timeline and hear the chord I'm building out in midi? There was an old software I think called Voyetra Orchestrator that I used ages ago that allowed this. I could simply drag across the timeline and notes would play as they were encountered. I wouldn't have to click start/stop/rewind, none-of that - I'd just click do something like right click on the timeline and as I drug my cursor (fast or slow) the music would play as notes were encountered. This would be great for composition and changing chord voicings, and then click drag again to hear what I just did. I've more recently been working in Acid, Ableton Live, Tracktion, and a few other tools but can't figure out how to make any of them do this. I'd love to just be able to click with the mouse on the piano roll and "hear" the chord (or all the notes at that point in time) to make sure it sounds like I want.
I realize this isn't going to allow for great sounding performances, but I'm such a terrible keyboard player I'm never going to have that, but for composition I find the step write/piano roll / click things in w/ a mouse method to be fun - and I generally don't even know what I'm doing except for "that note sounds pretty cool there" and I have to stop and look at all the notes sometimes to understand what chord or combination of notes I'm even using, but I haven't found software that works very well this way (or at least I don't know how to do it if I have). I don't really want to do this on a musical staff - I'd much prefer piano roll if possible.
If anybody works this way - I'd appreciate any pointers. If Acid, Ableton, or Tracktion will do it maybe I just need to dig deeper - but I can't figure out how to do #1 or #2 on any of them.
thanks in advance for any replies. appreciated.