MPE - MIDI Polyphonic Expression

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My experiences with MPE

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MPE Summary

Channel rotation

The clever secret is in channel rotation. For example, when you play a chord, every new note with its unique bend, timbre, pressure, and (eventual) release is sent on its own MIDI channel. So instead of pitch bend affecting all notes, MPE assigns a unique pitch bend, timbre, and pressure value to each note.

When a device is transmitting MIDI according to MPE, it will use a range of channels:

Typical 3 dimensions defined with MPE:

  1. X : Pitch Bend transmitted with Pitch Bend messages.
  2. Y : Timbre transmitted with Control Change messages with controller number 74 (CC74).
  3. Z : Aftertouch transmitted with Channel Pressure messages.

MPE controller with non-MPE synth or DAW:

MPE-enabled controller can be used with non-MPE devices or DAW since all the MPE messages are regular MIDI messages. But they are spreads accrross all channels, so all the device/DAW channels will be used.

Doc and resources

Pitch Bend

Pitch Range:

Allows you to specify the pitch range of your input device. If you glide from one pitch to another one, release the key, and press it again on the same position and pitch, the pitch range is set correctly.

Pitch Bend Range – allows you to match the pitch bend range of the software or hardware instrument your Block is controlling. By default the Pitch Bend Range is 48 to match the default pitch bend range of MPE synthesizers like Equator and Strobe2.

Example setups

LinnStrument configuration

https://www.rogerlinndesign.com/support/linnstrument-support-panel-settings

With the above settings, a slide across 24 columns will use the full pitch bend range (8192).

Hydrasynth configuration

Set the Pitch Bend Range in the Page 2 of Voice Parameters.

LinnStrument with ASM Hydrasynth

To be documented...

https://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=263&t=538346

LinnStrumentASM Hydrasynth
Pitch Bend24
timbre
Aftertouch

Sensel Morph with ASM Hydrasynth

To be documented...

Sensel MorphASM Hydrasynth
Pitch Bend
timbre
Aftertouch

LinnStrument with Equator synth plugin

To be documented...

LinnStrumentEquator
Pitch Bend
timbre
Aftertouch

Sensel Morph with Equator synth plugin

To be documented...

Sensel MorphEquator
Pitch Bend
timbre
Aftertouch

LinnStrument with iOS Moog Model 15 app

To be documented...

LinnStrumentModel 15
Pitch Bend
timbre
Aftertouch

Sensel Morph with iOS Moog Model 15 app

To be documented...

Sensel MorphModel 15
Pitch Bend
timbre
Aftertouch

Sensel Morph

https://forum.sensel.com/t/morph-to-midi-hardware-compatibility/886

ASM Hydrasynth

Pitch Bend This parameter enables the pitch bend wheel to cover as much as a four-octave range: two octaves up and two octaves down (+/- 24 semitones). You can set the range to a whole step, or a musical fifth, or whatever you prefer. The setting is saved when you save the patch.

Voice Parameters: page 2 Control knob Parameter Range Description 1 Pitch Bend 0-24 Positive/negative pitch bend range in semitones

MPE Controllers

There are several MPE controllers available, ranging from something as small as ROLI’s Lightpad Block to something relatively humongous like the Continuum Fingerboard from Haken Audio. Additional robust, MPE-enabled keyboard controllers include the ROLI’s Seaboard series and the Osmose from Expressive E.

Some MPE controllers are designed to emulate the experience of playing common instruments, such as INSTRUMENT 1 from Artiphon and the Eigenharp by Eigenlabs. There are also grid-based controllers like the Linnstrument from Roger Linn Design, and those that don’t really fit into any of these categories, like the Touché from Expressive E, the Joué Board, or the Sensel Morph

https://www.expressivee.com/ https://www.embodme.com/

http://numericalaudio.com/kb1/

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