A wandering minstrel I - A thing of threads and patches, Of ballads, songs and snatches, And dreamy lullaby! -- Sir William Gilbert, The Mikado
When a patch is started it becomes the current patch. Each connection is started (see below) and passed the patch’s start bytes to send to its output instrument. When a patch is stopped, each connection is stopped and passed the stop bytes to send to its output.
Connections have an input instrument and (optional) input channel, output instrument and channel, and the following optional values:
If the input instrument’s channel is not specified then all input from that instrument is run through the connection. If the channel is specified then any incoming MIDI bytes on other channels are ignored.
When a connection is started:
The start bytes from the patch, if any, are sent to the output instrument as-is (in particular, status bytes’ channels are not changed)l
The program change is sent to the output instrument (on the channel defined for the output instrument, of course).
The connection adds itself to its input instrument’s list of outgoing connections.
When a connection is stopped:
The stop bytes from the patch, if any, are sent to the output instrument as-is (in particular, status bytes’ channels are not changed).
The connection removes itself from its input instrument’s list of outgoing connections.
While the current patch is running, MIDI data that comes in from an instrument causes two things happen:
The data is sent to the instrument’s triggers. Each trigger looks at the data and decides if it should act by executing its block of code.
The data is then sent to each of the connections connected to the instrument.
An input instrument can be used by more than one connection. Each connection can modify the data and send it to a different MIDI instrument.
The data is ignored if it is not on the input instrument’s selected channel for that connection. If no input channel is specified in a connection, then all incoming data is accepted.
Note messages (note on, note off, and polyphonic pressure) are transposed.
Channel messages (note on, note off, polyphonic pressure, controller, program change, channel pressure, and pitch bend) have their channel changed to the output instrument’s selected channel.
The resulting bytes, if any, are sent to the output instrument.