Recently, I met up with a friend of mine for a musical jam session. He has a whole set up of synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, and whatnot, all connected via MIDI. I enjoy jamming on his setup, but this time, I brought along my new Organelle M. I wanted to see how it would fit into his rig.
Well, we ran into some issues. Namely, it didn’t integrate as smoothly as we had hoped. Unless the patch had some means of capturing (or sending) an external clock, there was no way to tempo-sync the Organelle to the rig (this was handled via an Akai MPC One). Further, the Organelle didn’t listen to the start/stop messages from the rig; it didn’t even pay attention to the “panic button” hard stop MIDI function.
This led to a bit of an argument about the Organelle, which made me wonder: Why doesn’t the Organelle handle MIDI the same way as other devices? Why does it allow patches to simply “ignore” mission-critical MIDI messages (e.g. hard stop)? Why isn’t this integrated directly into Organelle OS, as opposed to being handed off to the patches to “choose” whether to use it?
I ask because, seemingly, every other MIDI device DOES conform to these standards, at the core firmware level. It seems quite odd that the Organelle does not, despite it trying to be inter-compatible with other MIDI devices.