We've just started to make use of Forte with Kontakt 5 sounds for live work, as a replacement for a dying older keyboard we used to use. We're therefore getting used to the differences between keyboard patch switching and using Forte, and generally we're starting to get the output we want. However, there's one issue we've come across that's being a pain, and Googling and reading this forum hasn't produced an answer so far.
The issue is the gap you get when you patch switch. Using our old method, if you want to switch a sound, particularly when building up pad sounds, you hit the last chord with the previous pad loaded, hit the sustain pedal and patch switched. The old sound would continue happily until you released the sustain pedal and started to play the new patch. On the rig we have now, that's not happening - as soon as you hit the patch shift on Forte, the sound drops out completely whether or not the sustain pedal is down, and it sounds pretty pants as the whole momentum of the song dies. I've looked at MIDI settings etc but there doesn't seem to be anything obvious.
I'm fully prepared to accept that I'm doing something wrong, but it seems a reasonable requirement of a system. How do I sustain through a patch switch?
1. Add Kontakt to the list of plugins that don't change with scene changes
2. Arrange sounds into Kontakt Banks
3. Use program change/bank change messages upon scene change to switch sounds
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Hi Antal - thank you for that. I'll try it out this evening or tomorrow. Thanks for the assistance!
Hi Antal - thanks again for the reply. I can see using the diagnostics that Forte is definitely getting the pedal off as well as the pedal on MIDI message, but it doesn't seem to stop the previous scene from continuing to sound. I can find anything in the settings of either Forte or Kontakt that mentions blobs at all. I currently have "All notes off" switched on, and "All sounds off" and "Reset all controllers" switched off in the scene commands section for each scene, if that helps.
I'm a bit stuck on your other idea as well - the big piano I am using as my master keyboard can only transmit on a single channel, so unless there's some clever routing that can be done somewhere I'm stuck with a single MIDI channel, which I think eliminates your possible alternative for getting some multiple sounds working.