Midi note out in record mode

I have been using the tracker to control midi devices and this is working well on firmware 1.6

I have upgraded to firmware 1.7.1 and also tried 1.8 but the midi notes are only being sent out from the tracker when record mode is not enabled on the two newer firmwares.

I can hit a pad to trigger the midi device but then when I press record the midi notes are no longer transmitted out from the tracker.

On fw 1.6 I can hit a pad and trigger the midi device whether I am in record mode or not

This happens in both 1.7.1 and 1. 8 firmwares, was something changed that would account for this?