I'm working on a project where I have hundreds of MIDI files. I'm using the MIDI Event List view in Reaper, which is how I am seeing if these are GM standard files with pgm change (Reaper calls these events PC - not sure if that's typical) to tell me what instrument each track/channel has. Its a bit time consuming.
I recall that in the old days we used to associate certain tracks or channels with certain instruments. For instance, just like Channel 10 is often used for percussion, as i recall we had a particular channel or track that we would use - I think I used to put keyboards on channel 1, and maybe bass on 2 or 3. (MIDI format 1, so I'm not sure, can't recall the specifics).
I was wondering what the chances are that some of the files I've got here, that have 8 or more tracks/channels, are using some common arrangement of channels for certain instruments. Are there some commonly used schemes?