Better MIDI Documentation / Implementation
Quoting EJ SHELDON: "When it comes to MIDI, they're not famous for crystal clear descriptions. Then, none of the amp sim vendors are. But that's a rant for another day....."
Hmm.. I'm wondering, We have a fairly decent sized community here. Is there any chance a community letter to the companies that make these products would have an impact? Something like:
They have no public face other than a computer or tablet screen. The easier their soft instruments and/or effects are to use, assuming they're good in the first place, the more people will want to use them. And when someone with some notoriety gets interviewed and asked, "What's an FCB1010, I've never heard of that pedal." They can say, "Oh, that just controls <virtual product(s) here>. Xyz company made it easy to connect to my MIDI pedal and use their software effects live!". We all win.
With MIDI 2.0 gaining popularity and slowly rolling out, I can imagine future controllers that just work. Tap a knob, tap a control, and they're linked, and the setup saved in the controller as well as the software. Without any prior setup or jumping though hoops! More advanced pedalboards are not that far away (I Hope!), and the plugin/emulator companies are going to have to get with it sooner or later. All we need is ONE popular plugin to go "pro-MIDI", and the others will have to follow suit or get left behind.
The FCB1010 community wouldn't be the only people to benefit from such changes, either. We could see if McMillen, IK Multimeda and other users want to chime in. Am I just smoking the wrong pipe here?