It is kind of strange they created ID's for synths, but you are not able to adress a specific synth via ID "or can you do that over sysex?". If i have a synth in a midi thru chain, can i adress it to mute that specific synth, or mute channels on that ***specific*** synth?
By allowing the synth standard to use a identification byte with range 0-255 well, things would been different today.
It is kind of weird a single byte at start would had allowed for 256 synths "adjustable number IDs on synths" so....???
But that would have allowed for free chaining "well with a little latency, but the number of midi adapters sold would be reduced drastically....
So what about the new midi standard?
What was the historical reason, did they not see the potential for device to be omni channel, with different instrument?
Was a single instrument thought to be a single channel?