Is it possible to send two midi sequences simultaneously to two separate tracks using one midi sequencer?

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Is it possible to send two midi sequences simultaneously to two separate tracks using one midi sequencer?

Post by Organism » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:24 am

Hi Cubase community.

I'm having an issue with trying to play and midi record dual midi sequences, a synth pattern and a drum pattern simultaneously on two separate instrument tracks using one hardware sequencer via USB. In this case, I'll be using a LinnStrument.

In order to achieve this, LinnStrument needs to send one midi sequence to midi channel 1 and the other sequence to midi channel 16. As shown here: (LinnStrument Step Sequencer: https://youtu.be/bhy_Wx2PWVw?t=912).
Now the strange thing is that when I try to play a drum pattern simultaneously with a synth pattern, both patterns go to both VST instruments (with both tracks highlight/selected with shift+left click), not one pattern per VSTI as I would like.

I made sure to test the problem with Midi Monitor. The strange thing is that when ever I change the midi channel via the Inspector, Midi Monitor says it's receiving the currently assigned midi channel. So if in the inspector's midi channel select's drop down menu I select midi ch. 1, Midi Monitor says it's ch. 1. If I select midi ch. 2, Midi Monitor says it's ch. 2, etc. The only time when Midi Monitor says the correct incoming midi channel from the LinnStrument is when receive "Any" is enabled, Then Midi Monitor says channel 1 or 16.

I can block entire midi controllers via the inspector's "Input Routing" menu. I can make the LinnStrument only able to record to specific instrument tracks like to synths and I can make the Akai MPK mini only able to record to a groove agent instrument track. I made sure it wasn't just the LinnStrument and the same issue with not being able to block unwanted midi channels via the inspector happens with the Akai MPK mini. So with "Any" select in the inspector's midi channel select's drop down menu, Midi Monitor says it's receiving midi channel 1 (which is the MPK's default channel). With midi channel 2 selected, Midi Monitor says channel 2 is received, ch.9 = ch.9, etc. I can only block the MPK via the Input Routing menu in the inspector.

The only VST I've found so far that I can block specific incoming midi channels is HALion Sonic SE: 2. If in HALion Sonic SE: 2, I go to the "MIDI" tab in the "Edit Instrument" screen and go to the "channel selection" drop down menu of the "key range" screen and I select the desired midi channel, every other midi channel will be ignored. Every other VST including, Groove Agent, Steven Slate Drums 5, Retrologue 2, Synthmaster 2.9 and Synthmaster One accepts all incoming midi data, no matter the restrictions I put on the inspector's midi channel select's drop down menu.

Is there any way around this issue? Or is simultaneously recording two different midi patterns on two separate instrument tracks from a single midi controller a feature that most people don't need?
I'd appreciate any help given.

Thanks and have a great day.

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