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We are often asked questions that may have been answered before or are based on some lack of basic knowledge or understanding. We enjoy talkling with like-minded people and are usually able to help with their journeys of enlightenment but sometimes it becomes irksome to be answering the same questions that have been answered many times before or which can be found elsewhere in our vast knowledge (and disinformation) system know as the world wide web.

To reduce the risk of vexing or tiring those individuals who are able and willing to help here, may I urge you to run some basic searches for information before posting a question here. We love to help with your queries, whether they be Zynthian specific or related in some way but we may tire early (especially as we age).

Of course it is fun and comforting to find your information in a conversational manner and there is now technology that offers this interaction with the Internet. For example here are a couple of recent questions asked here that ChatGPT gave full and accurate responses to:

Q. what is midi omni

A. MIDI Omni, short for "MIDI Omnidirectional," refers to a MIDI operating mode in which a MIDI device receives messages from all MIDI channels simultaneously. In the context of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), channels are used to differentiate between different musical instruments or components in a setup.

In the Omni mode, a MIDI device will respond to incoming MIDI messages on all 16 channels, regardless of the channel specified in the MIDI message. This means that the device will react to MIDI information coming from any channel, allowing it to receive and respond to data from multiple sources.

In contrast, devices set to a specific MIDI channel (non-Omni mode) will only respond to MIDI messages sent on that particular channel. Omni mode is useful in scenarios where you want a MIDI device to interact with multiple controllers or other MIDI devices without having to set specific channels for each one.

It's important to note that MIDI Omni is a setting that can be configured on MIDI devices, and not all devices support this feature. Users should consult the documentation for their specific MIDI equipment to determine if Omni mode is available and how to enable or disable it.
Q. what is midi multitimbral

A. MIDI multitimbral refers to the capability of a musical instrument or MIDI device to produce sounds on multiple channels simultaneously, allowing it to play different instruments or voices independently. In other words, a multitimbral instrument can handle and produce multiple timbres (distinctive tones or sounds) at the same time.

Each MIDI channel is capable of transmitting information related to a specific instrument or voice. MIDI multitimbral devices can respond to MIDI messages on multiple channels, enabling them to play different sounds concurrently. This is particularly useful in music production and arrangement, where you may want to simulate an entire ensemble of instruments using a single multitimbral device.

For example, a multitimbral synthesizer could be set up to play a piano sound on MIDI channel 1, a strings sound on MIDI channel 2, and a brass sound on MIDI channel 3, all simultaneously. This allows composers and musicians to create more complex and layered arrangements without the need for multiple separate instruments.

It's worth noting that not all MIDI devices are multitimbral, and the extent of multitimbrality can vary between devices. Some may support only a few simultaneous voices, while others can handle a larger number. Users should consult the documentation for their specific MIDI equipment to understand its multitimbral capabilities and how to configure and utilize them effectively.

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