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14-Bit MIDI CC Support in S1 Please

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asked May 1, 2016 in Studio One Feature Requests by Funkybot (21,320 points)
Please add support for 14-bit MIDI CC's in order to allow users to utilize higher resolution hardware control of instruments, effects, etc.

At the moment, Studio One only supports standard 7-bit MIDI CC messages. Many modern controllers can use 14-bit MIDI CC's, which allows for much higher resolution control of parameters. For instance, if I map the tune control of a synth to a 7-bit knob, it can be difficult to get the level of fine tuning I'm looking for (forcing me to go back to the mouse), whereas with a 14-bit knob and the greater resolution it offers, I'd have much more fine control of the tuning. The same concept would be true for any MIDI CC message.

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answered May 4, 2016 by niles (52,780 points)

Studio One already handles 14-bit (128²) messages. If your external controller is capable of sending out (NRPN) MSB/LSB messages you can control all your plugins through Control Link with a resolution of 16384 steps (more info).

Writing 14-bit automation is a different story though.

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answered May 7, 2016 by Funkybot (21,320 points)
Hi Niles, thanks for your response. I'll play around with that tonight. That said, two problems:

1. This seems more like a hack than what I'd call full support. 14-bit MIDI support should just work no differently than 7-bit support. Users shouldn't be required to manually edit an XML file to make that happen. Ideally, it would be transparent to the end-user. Studio One should recognize both types of controller messages, and just respond accordingly, no further action required by the user.

2. Recording high resolution automation would be a given.

Right now, I'd argue that 14-bit resolution still isn't fully supported. It would be nice to see.