[LAD] successive note on midi events

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Mon Apr 12 14:04:04 UTC 2010

On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 9:53 AM, drew Roberts <zotz at 100jamz.com> wrote:

>> The question is what happens at the other end when a note gets struck a
>> second time.
>> a) Nothing, the note is already on.
>> b) Re-trigger, the voice is reset and the note gets played from the top
>> c) Trigger, a new voice is assigned and will play simultaneously to
>> previous voices
> So... which "real" instruments work like a, which like b, and which like c?

most acoustic instruments works like (b) because their sound producing
mechanisms use a particular set of material (possibly the entire
instrument) to generate a particular note. if you just hit/stroke/blow
it again, it starts a new sound using the same note.

i can't think of any acoustic instruments that can do (c) because it
would imply some means of generating more than 1 "copy" of the same

(a) would imply an instrument that can just ignored a performance
gesture some fo the time, and again, its hard to think of any acoustic
instrument that could do that.

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