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Chapter 16.  Mastering MIDI's Ins and Outs  > Using Instrument Definitions

Using Instrument Definitions

MIDI labels everything with numbers—channel 10, bank 0, patch 117—so it can be adapted to any manufacturer's devices. Unfortunately, this sometimes makes dealing with MIDI a little too much like balancing your checkbook. SONAR's Instrument Definitions allow you to give meaningful names to the various channels and patches of the hardware synthesizers you have connected to your system.

Assigning Instruments

Instruments are defined at each channel of each MIDI output. Before you can define instruments on a MIDI output, the output must be enabled under Options, MIDI Devices as discussed in Chapter 14. To assign an instrument definition, follow the steps below.


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