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    How do MIDI sliders work

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    In Sonar 2.2, a MIDI track is generally routed to something like a DXi--a synth or a sampler. Each MIDI note has a pre-assigned velocity. Therefore, I don't understand what the volume slider of the MIDI track is for in the console view.

    Is the slider adjusting the pre-existing velocities of the MIDI notes, or what? Is it adjusting the output of the DXi - this is redundant, because the DXi has its own strip on the console.

    I tried some experiments. When I routed a MIDI track to a sampler (DR-008), the slider did absolutely nothing. When I routed it to a synth (Edriol VSC), it changed the volume.

    Does anyone understand how this works?

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    Velocity and volume are not the same thing. Velocity I believe is how "hard" the note is struck. It does have the effect of making it louder, but it is not volume per se.

    The volume slider should control the volume, just as the pan slider controls panning.

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