Currently (as of Mini Firmware 1.0.0), the only way to add Notes is by using the +/- Buttons on the Tracker Mini. This wish proposes an alternate input method that could be used for note entry.
What do you want to achieve?
Add an additional entry mode that could maybe make note entry more natural and quicker.
This could be achieved by using the 8 screen keys to display a chromatic keyboard and using the Shift key as a modifier to show the sharps. See the mockups provided below (thanks to @SeanMichaelJohnston for these):
Help me clarify some stuff and let me set some ground rules.
This seems to me like a wish for a hardware accessory? Yes?
Polyend has expressed before that wishes should be related to firmware/software. As in: wishes that can improve the existing product as it is. So any wishes regarding hardware accessories are probably not going to be accepted (but duly noted / acknowledged ).
So it would probably make more sense to gear this wish torwards a way to improve the Mini, with its current layout and how we could possibly have a note entry mode, using the existing keys.
Here’s a suggestion: How about a Note Entry Mode, that uses:
The 8 screen keys and the 4 +/- keys to give you 12 notes.
The D-Pads and keys for octave switching?
There might be a better way to map a full (chromatic) octave range onto the mini’s keys.
Or if you enforce a musical scale, the 8 screen keys, actually might be enough (atleast for the traditional western scales).
My apologies. I feel kind of silly now. I didn’t think of submitting this as a wish until miropoly enouraged it on another thread. He might have been joking but anyway…I by no means mean to throw him under the proverbial bus, but I thought it was worth a try although I am aware that it’s a huge change/ask, as it’s a hardware change.
I think I’m going to delete this wish and redo it later. I LOVE the idea of using the screen keys as 8 pads/chromatic notes in a “note editing mode” as you say. Awesome idea. That would definitely help. I love this device so much, it just kills me that I can’t play my chopped samples properly.
This is great, thanks so much! I really appreciate it. Much better than I could have written it And @SeanMichaelJohnston = thanks so much for jumping in on this topic and creating the images, they look perfect! Also a bonus that this would help with the scale feature that other people have brought up. Nice!
I’m going to give it some more thought. Not a huge deal but the only thing I’d mention off the top of my head is that if there is a Shift function (like for showing the sharps), that it be a one press toggle perhaps (or at least the option for it to be a toggle)? As in, I’m afraid that if you have to hold Shift, it will again hinder the “live” playing of the notes if that makes sense?
I’d be so happy if we could get something like this done…
I like this idea a lot! If I understand correctly, pressing and holding the green Note key would show the notes right above the 8 screen keys, instead of the current full screen note selector? And sharps would be Note + Shift + Screen key? A three button combo might be challenging, but I could see it work.