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Re: [fluid-dev] invalid instrument/drum selection

From: jimmy
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] invalid instrument/drum selection
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 06:37:57 -0800 (PST)

Hi Josh,

Thinking some more about hardware and software designs, I believe the safest 
thing to do when encounter an invalid request is to ignore it, not blindly 
follow the request/instruction that will cause the system to misbehave.  I 
think FS misbehaves in this case, although it is just my opinion.  You and 
others may think differently, and I respect that.

For example, hardware keyboard or sound modules that has only one sound bank 
(#0) will ignore requests to use soundbank 15.  The keypad selection of 
prog_number may let me type 834, but if there is no such prog_number, it won't 
allow that selection.

User login would not be allowed if an invalid password is entered.  For 
database, a request for adding a tabble, or even just a row would not be 
allowed if that database user doesn't have sufficient permission.

My take for midi rendering is that I would rather keep whatever instrument 
already loaded in each channel than dropping the instrument from that channel.

For a more lively example, let's say a band of 4 players trying to play a 
classical symphony record on vinyl that was written for 50 players using 20 
instruments but only 4-10 instruments at any given time, the band may not have 
all the instruments available, but they can play their specialized instruments 
well enough to replace the viola with bass guitar, the flute with violin, drum 
and bass with keyboard ballroom (modern) rhythm instead of the original 
symphony with varying pace and tempo at times...  Rather than saying, I don't 
have a viola or a flute, just butcher that section and wait for the the part 
with my instrument, which is what FS does right now.

Best regards,



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