BEFORE GENERAL MIDI, HOW DID DEVICES COMMUNICATE THE LOCATIONS OF THEIR PERCUSSION SOUNDS?
I ask this because of the bold text on page 81 of the (attached) user manual. This mysterious MIDI 1.0 protocol predates GM because the device was released in 1989.
I would like to have my drum sounds readily available on the pads of my controller without sending a 'program change message' first. I CAN reserve an arbitrary channel from the ones available, BUT synthesis on my device occupies more and more channels the deeper you get into sound design, and it is conceivable that I use up all 16 channels for sound design thus leaving me with no room for my drums.
As shown on the attached page from the user manual (pg77), my Proteus/1 apparently has a secret 'bank' (called 'sampled sounds') only accessible through each patch's own submenu. APART from the factory preset patches and slots for user created patches.
My previous keyboard controller, M-Audio Code49, seemed to access the drums automatically without my changing any settings, however, having sold it, I cannot confirm exactly what the settings were for It's drum pads.
I want to express myself through the limitations of my instrument and not operate a machine through limitations of my ignorance.
When operating a machine artfully, accidents are only happy if you know what you are doing.
tl;dr BEFORE GENERAL MIDI, HOW DID DEVICES COMMUNICATE THE LOCATIONS OF THEIR PERCUSSION SOUNDS?