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  1. brandon
  2. MIDI Software
  3. Tuesday, 26 January 2016
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I have been using midi for many years and I am one of many who really miss the Atari for its ease of use ,as a result of its basic but powerful midi only sequencing.
I would pay good money to have a simple rock solid sequencer that had no bloatware /No latency/ no silly softsynths etc
It seems we are forced to buy software with 90 percent more on it than we need. Ableton. Reason. Cubase etc
I am struggling along with Cubase Elements , it is good time wise but still rubbish really . Jerky etc etc I know my stuff to have tried everything . The design is poor etc
Steinberg will not answer any questions regards a midi only sequencer so I am sick of trying to find a good soultion.
Piano roll Key Edit. Horizontal track layout out . Is it really that much to be asking for? Less bloatware well actually no bloat wear, no audio ,just the ability to arrange midi. Thank you can anyone help? I have even spoke to programmers . Surely someone can make a basic midi sequencer as simple as the Atari versions of Cubase etc
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Douglas Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Sekaiju, Frinika for MIDI Sequencing and Musescore for MIDI notation. For a free DAW (Digital Audio Workstation including MIDI, use Tracktion 5.

Sekaiju

Frinika

Musescore

Tracktion 5

Don't be afraid to take the time to learn a little of the bloat, perhaps what you are calling bloat are advanced features that can be usefull.
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For Windows, I have always been happy with Voyetras' Digital Orchestrator (formerly Midi Orchestrator). It wasn't free, but it was a professionally developed suite from time where there wasn't any space for bloatware. It might be quite tricky to get hold of it and get it running nowadays, but checking whether I can do that would be my first choice if I had to come up with a sequencer.
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Paul Nash Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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I still have an Atari plus software which I use to play very old Cubase .ARR files. I sympathise with your problem to some extent, but I have also been using the more recent versions of Cubase for some years and haven't had any timing issues. Maybe you should consider whether your other equipment is causing latency. Possibly your arrangements are very big -- in that case it's hard for any software to cope perfectly.
I use an outboard interface and Roland hardware synths for the vast majority of my stuff, and my Mac Mini seems to run it all with no problems, as did my Vaio PC laptop a couple of years ago. I also record some tracks on an outboard recorder and import them.
The latest Cubase has an arrangement list feature that is like the one on the old Pro 24 for Atari, only better.
There is an inherent timing issue with software metronomes, but that exists on the Atari as well and is much less noticeable on my present system.
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zxc Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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In general the problem is more related with the design of the computer motherboards than with the software itself.

It could happen the paradox that a 15 years old (or more) motherboard with an old OS like Windows 98SE, an old MIDI interface like an MQX32 and any old sequencer could have a much more better timing and timestamping that any of the new computers with Intel i7 or Xeon processors.

This old computers could access directly to the hardware instead of accesing to a virtualized abstraction layers, the cost was that when they fail it was a complete catastrophe and you lose all your work.

This is a problem of the HARDWARE design of the motherboards related with the packetized internal comunication of the data in the PCIe buses.
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