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Chapter 10. Editing MIDI > Creating a New Event in the Event List

Creating a New Event in the Event List

If you need to do a lot of exacting MIDI editing, the List editor is a great tool to know about. A common use for the List editor is to enter a program change at a particular location in a song. Many synthesizers and hardware effects processors can't switch instantly to a new sound or new effects program; they will produce a short glitch, which can sound really awful. This next task shows how to insert a program change message with the List editor so that a synth can change smoothly in time.

Entering a program change in the List editor

1.
In the Event display, find the place where the program change needs to be entered.

In Figure 10.72, the program change should go before the chord is played, at about measure 23.

Figure 10.72. The program change needs to be entered before the second note shown here.


2.
Zoom in close to the location where you want to enter the program change.

3.
Select the Draw (or pencil) tool, click the Insert type menu, and select Program Change (Figure 10.73).

Figure 10.73. Selecting Program Change as the type of data to be inserted.


The Insert menu determines the kind of event created with the Draw tool.

4.
Click the Event display with the Draw tool wherever you want to create a program change.

This creates a new event, which will be added to the list as well (Figure 10.74).

Figure 10.74. Creating the program change with the Draw tool.



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