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MIDI Event List

+268 votes
asked Dec 30, 2015 in Studio One Feature Requests by Funkybot (21,570 points)
Definitely a lower priority item for me, but some folks like it: the old MIDI Event List. For those who don't know, this would be a screen where MIDI on the selected track or tracks would be displayed in a list/spreadsheet format and could be filtered by event type, edited, etc. In a few cases, I'd use the MIDI Event List in my old DAW to quickly delete CC's or aftertouch data from a performance, so even I've found it handy in the past for clean up.

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+18 votes
answered Dec 30, 2015 by AlexTinsley (924,900 points)
Thanks for the suggestion.

If anyone else agrees or disagrees, please vote on it.
+7 votes
answered Feb 24, 2016 by radian (320 points)
MIDI event list with tracker-style editing and I wouldn't feel the need to rewire Renoise.
+11 votes
answered Apr 24, 2016 by simon48 (1,040 points)
edited Apr 28, 2016 by simon48
Agreed. Invaluable for quickly stripping out unwanted controller data from a track or event. It would be useful to have a filter on there too. So, for instance, if it's only the mod wheel info you're interested in you can filter out everything else and focus on that.

This is an absolute bread-and-butter feature on a mature DAW. :-)
+11 votes
answered Jun 21, 2016 by Scoox (16,820 points)
I up-voted this, I assume the MIDI event list can be filtered by event type etc. Seems like the sort of thing I would use.
+1 vote
answered Sep 26, 2016 by penguin42 (1,290 points)
I think a problem with this is that S1 does not use MIDI to represent instrument track data internally. It only converts to midi upon sending it to a VSTi or MIDI out.
+9 votes
answered Jan 5, 2018 by simonholland2 (510 points)
I use a lot of user-defined CC's to control functions in Hauptwerk (Stops, Couplers, etc) so an event list is essential for me and something Cakewalk/Sonar has catered for from the early days. Fortunately Reaper provides that same capability as my long term fallback until such time as Studio One can support that requirement.
+5 votes
answered Jan 19, 2018 by neiljordan1 (18,340 points)
Even just having them show up on the Pool view (like they do in Pro Tools) would be something.
+8 votes
answered Feb 23, 2018 by philangus (10,130 points)
Definitely a good one for me, in fact I created a vote some time ago on this very topic. This would be similar to the one on the old PC version of Logic Audio. I used to use it all the time. CTRL - Selecting individual events then shifting their positions by a few beats by clicking and dragging the mouse was always a favourite of mine, or as the original poster said, adding in other program change events etc. I always used this for putting a patch change right at the beginning of a song to lock down specific patches etc via midi.
+8 votes
answered Feb 23, 2018 by mavericktaylor (1,010 points)
It's also a real pain if you want to look at, and edit, MIDI note numbers for Drum tracks, brought in as a MIDI file, from another source.

In Cakewalk Sonar, it was always pretty easy to split a track to separate tracks by note number, then transpose, for example the kick drum from note #35 to #36. The other option in Sonar was to apply filtering to what you're selecting within one or more midi tracks, such as controllers or note numbers or ranges of notes, then you could perform edits on the selected data such as transpose, adjust velocity, cut, delete, copy, etc...

I really, really miss the MIDI Event List in Sonar. I have to keep it around for this reason, so I have to do a lot of import/export, and still work on my MIDI tracks in Sonar. Then, I bring the 'finished' MIDI into S1 and do audio. If I run into an issue with a MIDI track, that isn't convenient to deal with in S1, I have export everything from S1, and start over from Sonar. A MAJOR BUMMER.
+12 votes
answered Mar 29, 2018 by waynerose1 (3,760 points)
AFAIK, all major DAWs offer a MIDI Event List. I've been a Pro Tools user since v.4.3 in the mid '90's, and as advanced as PT12 has become, it still has a MIDI Event List. Not to mention, Cubase, Logic Pro, Cakewalk, Digital Performer, Reaper and others. A filterable, editable event list for MIDI data is indispensable in situations where one isn't exactly sure what the problem is, but can identify where in time it is, e.g., sometimes it's as simple as the control event occurring immediately after the note on event instead of before.

This feature has been requested for 3 years or more, and obviously has a lot of votes. I don't buy the argument that in S1 music data is not the same as MIDI data. Surely there's a point in the data stream where all the relevant data is collected before being sent to the instrument. Show us and let us edit that.

Seems like a workflow priority for a lot of people.
+3 votes
answered Apr 5, 2018 by philangus (10,130 points)
Actually, I have never seen another DAW package with an event list like Logic Audio had several years ago. It was definitely lacking on Cubase because it was one of the features I used to argue about the need for with my Cubase using friend!
+8 votes
answered May 25, 2018 by AugerJ (590 points)
Logic style Event List would be useful.

Side by side with Piano Roll (both available/visible at the same time).

For example, import a MIDI groove and see immediately (in the Event List) which notes are slightly off the grid...

if any. Or if all the notes are dead on the grid and "groove" is just a name...

No need to zoom in and scroll.

Digits (notes' positions) can speak for themselves.

The lack of the Event List kinda keeps me away from Studio One.
+9 votes
answered Nov 21, 2018 by Nip (3,190 points)
Yes, would be nice - Cakewalk Pro I had 1989 had it.
Sometimes really helpful to see what is really there in midi, not searching through various midi CC.
+6 votes
answered Apr 18, 2019 by kentonzahrt (350 points)
This is one of the two feature deficiencies that almost made me not buy Studio One 4, and at the moment, I'm still on the fence as to whether the good features in Studio One 4 are enough to keep me from going back to Cakewalk SONAR Platinum.  Frankly, the only reason I'm here is because it looks like SONAR is EOL.

I use the MIDI Event List all the time, as it allows me to do things that I can't do with the various views and editors, and to do others more precisely.  This is VERY important to me and I cannot understand how a top-of--the-line DAW can fail to provide this feature.  I'm not bashing Studio One 4 - it's a fine DAW and offers some very nice features that I didn't have in other DAWs.  No, it's just that the editable MIDI Event List is such an important thing to me.  Please, please, PLEASE provide this feature in your next release.
+3 votes
answered Apr 23, 2019 by robertgray3 (42,610 points)
I would love to see an equivalent to this in SO! I realize it may take a while.

For everyone complaining that it doesn’t have this old feature in it, it’s kind of complex because from what I’ve gathered SO uses a much different system than MIDI internally. The upside is anything related to MIDI has super high resolution. The downside is if they ever want to make an event list, it’s a slightly more complicated task and brings in another layer of translation if they want to allow entering MIDI-compatible messages.
+8 votes
answered Oct 23, 2019 by Ellinas (2,260 points)
Fully editable event list.

Graphical where useful.
+3 votes
answered Dec 25, 2019 by briancheek (270 points)
edited Dec 25, 2019 by briancheek
I came from Sonar, and I definitely miss this.
+4 votes
answered Feb 9, 2020 by bennyr1 (2,620 points)
I think this is usefull. In 4.6.1 it is not in. if they not add this feature a quick to program and usefull feature is when in the controller edit the current controller data is show in a text edit box. so can change the number or delete(copy paste) this event. and a next/prev button  allow choose the next controller data of the CC. for example when want set pan CC10 to middle. all need set to 50% or 64
+3 votes
answered Feb 23, 2020 by martindiers (220 points)
Adding my two cents in here. I am a general producer, but also, like simonholland2, do a lot of work with Hauptwerk. I have MIDI program changes mapped to registration pistons in Hauptwerk. In Logic Pro X I can place the program changes into a MIDI clip, and then use the Event List to quickly change the value of the events. It makes it trivial to automate registration changes. Reaper also offers the same.

I picked up Studio One second-hand because I wanted a cross-platform alternative to Logic Pro X that had excellent MIDI editing. Studio One is almost there, but there are some gaps. This is one of them. (For the interested, tempo curves are another. Logic has bezier curves that allow you precise tempo automation. Also: clip looping.)
+7 votes
answered Mar 7, 2020 by tomcraig1 (350 points)
Well dang,

I was about to pull the trigger and buy Studio One/Notion to replace Logic Studio, but without a midi event list, I'm not sure it's worth it. I enter a lot of music (vocal arrangements for a choir) by playing the score and parts. I need to be able to strip out spurious controller messages. Is there an alternative way to edit midi CC messages in S1? This could be a deal breaker, (especially since my 20 year old keyboard controller has started randomly inserting Pitch Bend CC messages every now and then).

Very disappointing. Studio One looks really good and immediately solved the two things that bug me most about Logic (1) lousy integration with multi-output VSTs and (2) the ability to route multiple midi events (regions in Logic-speak) to a single instance of a VST.

+5 votes
answered Apr 13, 2020 by ben67 (2,210 points)
+1 Full MIDI viewing and manipulation is a glaring hole in an otherwise awesome DAW. This makes zero sense, what a bummer.
+8 votes
answered Jun 24, 2020 by markogier (480 points)

This is a deal breaker for me. I import MIDI files all the time from various sources. I came over to S1 from Logic which has a superb MIDI Event List and edit feature. Here is a screenshot

Until S1 has such a thing I will be forced to stick with Logic as the event editing capability in S1 with anything other than notes is slow and awkward. All I need to do is remove all events other then notes to 'cleanse' the file and that can take ages in S1 but takes seconds in Logic.

+2 votes
answered Jun 26, 2020 by lousyracuse (190 points)

I'm getting back into things after a taking a break for a while. I have a LOT of old MIDI files I want to work with, and I REALLY need this functionality!

I was among Cakewalk/Sonar's first users, dating back to version 1 running in MS Dos 3 circa 1988.   I spent a LOT of time in their event-viewer:

I moved to Studio One knowing that someday BandLab is going to shut down the servers that serve Sonar users, and I have no interest in BandLab.  I really need this view in Studio One when going through all those old MIDI files though.  

Column 7 is velocity for note events, in case that wasn't obvious.  :)

Thanks for listening,

+4 votes
answered Aug 8, 2020 by normanyoung2 (870 points)
Having recently moved to Studio One 5 from Cakewalk (originally my version was Sonar Platinum) this is just one of those things I don't get why an event editor window isn't integral to this DAW.

There are so many excellent ways Studio One handles MIDI (particularly the keyswitch area - the main reason for switching from Cakewalk) that it seems Presonus isn't really that interested in MIDI editing after all.

Please introduce this feature as a standard inter-version update.

I'm sure many are put off buying this otherwise brilliant software!
+6 votes
answered Sep 7, 2020 by JoPiano (630 points)

Very useful! Would love it!yes

+5 votes
answered Oct 13, 2020 by sonopol (240 points)
Hi, is it very difficult to implement the MIDI Event List?

I like the DAW but the day they implement it I will buy it, for most composers and musicians in general it is very important.

Thanks and regards.

Leopoldo Alonso.
commented Oct 19, 2020 by Lukas Ruschitzka (256,440 points)
Why should it be difficult to implement it? ;-)

And why is it important for most composers and musicians? I never missed a Event List and I've been using Studio One since 2010.
+3 votes
answered Nov 14, 2020 by studioj (1,960 points)
I was disappointed by the lack of a MIDI event list in Studio One. I'm often using the event list in other DAW's (even Pro Tools!) to make micro adjustments to cc data and strip out extraneous MIDI events. although an ancient feature, it is still a must-have in any program that utilizes MIDI! Thanks for considering.
+4 votes
answered Jun 12, 2021 by scottlarsen2 (240 points)
I would really like to see this implemented (Raw MIDI Event View / Editor)

I will get MIDI files from others that have random CC events that don't easily show up in the editor.

A tabular view would allow for a quick "search and destroy" on the offending events.
+6 votes
answered Sep 19, 2021 by richardparish (270 points)
This is an important feature - and extremely basic functionality. It would have saved me time repeatedly in diagnosing issues. I'm not understanding why this would be difficult to program since it appears that the decoding logic has already been written. ...and yes, I'm a Sonar/Cakewalk user trying to convert before that product is unsupportable, but this is bread and butter stuff. As a programmer, I need to see what's being fed to the software before I can analyze an issue - GIGO.
+2 votes
answered Jun 5, 2022 by andies1966 (270 points)
Midi event list for midi like system exclusive messages etc.
+1 vote
answered Oct 1, 2022 by coolmusicgear (430 points)

S1 has dropped the ball BIG TIME for many many years now by NOT implementing a robust/comprehensive "Midi Event List" editor in Studio One.   People have been requesting this addition for the last 7 - 8 years at least and Presonus just ignores this repeated feature request to add a "Midi Event List" editor!

Presonus...if you ever decided to listen to your customers and would-be new customers to add a robust/comprehensive "Midi Event List", please check out how Logic Pro 's midi event list editor so you can be sure Studio One has an exceptional midi event list editor like the one in Logic Pro X (see screenshot attached)!


+1 vote
answered Dec 11, 2022 by FaveDave (780 points)
Huzzah! Yes, as a new S1 user coming from many years in Logic, this is really a must-have. Frankly, I was quite stunned to find that this feature has never been implemented in S1.

It is the MOST VALUABLE tool when troubleshooting a dense MIDI track. Sometimes weird controllers or events sneak in and they're very difficult to find w/o Event List. It don't use this feature often, but when I need it I need it!

It's like the Panic All MIDI Notes Off function (I forget what S1 calls it). Rarely used, but a lifesaver when needed.
+1 vote
answered Mar 9, 2023 by robertreid2 (170 points)
One more vote for me.  I use the equivalent feature in Cakewalk the same as lousyracuse's screenshot.  Trying to fix up some midi with doubled up/zero length phantom notes, it would have been a snap in Cakewalk's tool, but I'm here manually dragging notes around in StudioOne to find and fix.
+1 vote
answered Mar 19, 2023 by Michael1985 (12,820 points)
...and drag&drop midi events from there.

You could use the scratch pad.