I agree.


> Rosegarden sends a Bank selection (CC 0 + CC 32) and Program change
> every single time playback starts from the beginning (i.e. measure 1,
> and this includes if you are looping with a measure which includes
> measure 1).
>
> This _can_ be disabled by deselecting Bank and Program checkboxes in the
> Instrument Parameters pane. But..
>
> I think this behaviour is still a bit too 'aggressive'. An example is
> using Rosegarden with Yoshimi where yoshimi is set-up to react to MSB
> and program changes. If the bank and program change are on, and you have
> a note on the very first beat the note is effectivelycut off. I'm
> assuming this is because Yoshimi (but this could apply to any other
> synth) is 'doing stuff' each time it needs to set-up a new
> bank/instrument.
>
> Anyway, why does the sequencer need to send program change at each
> playback restart? My experience with both hardware and soft synths is
> that  typically a synth/sound generator sets the program for the channel
> and then retains it _unless_ it is changed. I am not aware of a synth
> were bank/program set-up is directly related to position zero (plus most
> synths don't even know anything about (position) time??)
>
> Now, we know that program changes can also be embedded in a track as an
> event (this was quite common with midi files in the day when you had
> harder limits on numbers of tracks and midi channels), but still I think
> if whoever made the midi track is embedding program changes in the
> events (segments to use the rosegarden terminology) they should take
> care (if needed) to embed the first program they want at position 0 in
> their track(s).
>
> If I'm setting the program in the dropdowns I probably want to retain
> that program throughout the track and piece.
>
> So my proposal would be that Rosegarden only changes bank program
> changes if:
> - They are selected in the pane (this is currently already like this,
> good!)
> - The user changes them explicitly from the Instrument parameter
> dropdowns (then a synth should 'remember' and keep that setting until
> there is another change)
> - A program change is explicitly in the track/segment
>
> The fact that a program change is being re-sent at each restart is a bit
> of an unexpected and 'hidden' behaviour which IMHO creates more
> confusion than benefit as it stands.
>
> A compromise could be to have a new option to 'Always send Bank /
> Program changes when playback is restarted' in the options for users who
> are really fond of this feature? :)
>
> Lorenzo
>
>
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