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Sustain pedal giving priority to new notes

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:13 pm
by Jonnycube
I don't think this is a bug, so feature requests seems like the best place to mention it.

ThumbJam is the only app I've found with a sustain pedal, and that's awesome. I also understand that there's a finite number of samples that can sustain at once. But when I sustain a lot of notes, the old voices sustain in favor of the new ones, and the new voices cut out. That is, new voices aren't audible under the previous samples have run their course. I feel like it's obvious it should be the other way around. Is there a technical reason that this is difficult, or is there a benefit to this method that I don't understand?

Hmm, it should be the other

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:33 pm
by Jesse
Hmm, it should be the other way around already. What instrument were you playing with when noticing this?

Whoops, maybe it should have

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:51 pm
by Jonnycube
Whoops, maybe it should have gone in bug reports. I'm using an iPad with the grand piano sound. If I hold the sustain button down, after playing exactly 16 notes, all subsequent notes are silent. Until, of course, the initial notes fade, at which point I can play as many new notes as there are faded notes.

Let me perhaps save you some time by saying that I've been using the latest iOS betas as they've been released, so maybe just wait and see if it's a problem after 4.2 is officially released.

I think that this must only

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:44 pm
by Jesse
I think that this must only happen when holding sustain, if you were to turn off "Release Stops Note" in the sample page for the instrument and then start hitting notes it would do the kind of voice stealing you expect. I must have intentionally special-cased the sustain button there.... I'll look into changing that.

I just tried turning off the

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:26 am
by Jonnycube
I just tried turning off the "Release Stops Notes" option, and the grand piano sustains just as I'd expect it to. No new notes getting cut out. It sounds great. The only problem is I can't control the sustaining, like with a sustain pedal on a piano.

My 2cts: could the sustain

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:41 pm
by mat
My 2cts: could the sustain behavior be an option, maybe am I totally minoritarian here but I kinda like the way it works right now (leaving the 'oldest' notes ringing until I voluntarily release them with the sustain button) it allows me to control the way the sound elements I'm assembling stop... It could be something in the 'controls' panel: sustain priority to new notes yes/no (no!).
And/or the sustain button could have three positions with the middle one allowing the killing of the oldest or most recently played notes depending on the toggle in the 'controls' menu, the top and low positions just behaving as today (or depending to the toggle, not killing notes but preventing new ones to be played until sustained ones are released).

And BTW, I'll love to have more than 500ms release time as a possibility it would be very useful for some instruments when releasing the sustain in particular...

hope it makes sense...