yeah, as above the ‘tech head’ in me loves the idea of crossfading … in the general context,
and I love it on the Octatrack :).
I even think cross-fading midi could be used beyond project transitions, as a creative tool…
but the musician in me, fears its potentially solving something in a complicated way.
I mean, the hapax is largely used for multiple synths… no?
so that either means
a) you use a mixer to combine the synths outputs
b) you use a daw/computer with audio interface to combine synths/virtual instruments
in both cases, you have already have a way to do audio crossfades… why complicate it by using midi?
also midi is a bit imprecise… 128 steps (both velocity and 7 bit cc) , for audio thats quite ‘steppy’
also those steps mean, might be different on different synths.
so when you crossfade on a mixer, you use something like a ‘power curve’ , as dB is not linear.
but velocity / cc8 is not necessarily going to do that, it really depends on your synth and even the patch.
usually velocity on a synth keyboard , is set to give you a response that is nice for your keybed and playing style , which is never linear, nor some strict dB relationship.
we then have another ‘factors’ like tracks outputs may change across projects, to different synths…
… and I think if you really dig into it, you’ll just keep hitting these kind of ‘complications’
so, I reckon in practice, for project audio-crossfade, it would require so much tweaking to work, most musicians would just use a mixer that they already are using…
but yeah, the tech head in me loves the idea… its really appealing for creative purposes.
so Id like to see something in this area, but just not quite sure what … e.g. perhaps its even more interesting at pattern level for some automation lanes?
(patterns don’t vary synths target… so might be easier?!)