What I want to do seems simple on the surface: Play an instrument live in realtime and have the performance scored as I play. That is, have it scored with pitch values and with time duration values. If I play a melody measure on the physical instrument that has three sixteenth notes followed by an eighth note triplet followed by a dotted quarter note and a sixteenth note rest followed by a quarter note triplet, that's exactly what Notion 6 scores. And at the same time it's capturing the melody pitches for each note.
I thought I could do that with my acoustic guitar (via Focusrite 212 interface) and a software product called MIDI Guitar 2 and, with help from folks here at the forum, I learned that this can't be done. At best I can capture something that vaguely resembles what I play, but most of the time it captures and scores just noise.
So now I'm thinking about buying a simple MIDI controller/keyboard (Amazon sells dozens of them) and hooking it up to Notion 6 and playing my melodies on the keyboard. I sort of understand that this approach will work far better than the software approach described above, but would appreciate some insight into what I can reasonably expect from Notion 6 before I shell out the cash and spend several hours trying to make it work.
Important point: I'm pretty sure I can use the MIDI device to capture note pitches while manually selecting the note durations within Notion 6 using Step Time. This is nice, but it's only half of what I'm looking for. I need the note durations as well as the pitches.
So. Can I hook up a consumer-type MIDI controller/keyboard product to my computer and use it to score a melody accurately (as described above) in Notion 6 using Realtime MIDI Record (or other Notion 6 feature)? Or has the state of the art for consumer digital scoring not yet evolved to that point?