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#1 Shroud

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Posted September 12, 2020 - 07:48 AM

Sometimes I open up someone else's custom in Reaper to make modifications for my own taste or fix PS3 loop ending. I have noticed that occasionally Reaper tells me that some tracks in the multitrack midi file are themselves multichannel, and asks me if I want to merge them into single channels. I didn't see any reference to multichannel in Farottone's authoring tutorial, and always used single-channel tracks for my own customs. I think they might be needed for Pro Guitar but I've seen them also elsewhere.

What is the reason for using multiple channels in a single midi track?

If I modify a custom with a multichannel track, does it matter if I merge it, am I going to break something?

#2 Abacus

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Posted September 12, 2020 - 08:53 AM

If I'm thinking about what you're explaining, all that means is whoever's customs you're modifying just had the song audio loaded in each instrument chart, later to be removed obv lol



#3 Spindoctor

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Posted September 12, 2020 - 10:01 AM

What is the reason for using multiple channels in a single midi track?

If I modify a custom with a multichannel track, does it matter if I merge it, am I going to break something?

The simple answer is 

 

I don't know why it does that, but it does.

It's nothing the author did.

Merge the tracks.

It won't break anything.


Links to all songs are in the Customs database.

 

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#4 Alternity

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Posted September 12, 2020 - 05:29 PM

Pro guitar tracks are multi-channel. The channel number indicates the type of note, like HOPOs, Tapping, etc etc. I am not aware of anything else that actually uses more than one channel except pro guitar.






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