I just did a bunch of experimenting and it looks like the pick-up bug really depends on the particular softsynth or host. Here's some things I've noticed:
Pick-up works great in Logic for it's mixer and logic instruments, but using plug-ins, pick-up doesn't seem to work for templates. It does work for automapped AU's usually, but depends on the plug-in. For example, native instruments stuff didn't pick up with the faders, but did with pots. Automat synth and blue picked up fine.
So it seems behaviour changes depending on the plug-in, and varies quite a bit. In general, I don't like using automap for synths, as the controls get spread out in not such an intuitive way. And also, sometimes there are just too many pages, and the problem in Logic is that you can scroll through, but you can't go back. For example, fm7 has 90 pages and blue has 105! So once you hit the button to go to page 2, but you want to go back to page 1, you'd have to scroll through all of them to get back to the start. No thanks. And that's in Logic where both the left and right side of the SL are mapped to the plug-in controls. In Ableton you can go back and forth, but you only get the 8 controls, so it's a bit hectic for synths.
I love automap for the host controls and simple devices like effects, but I'd rather use templates for synths. My beef with ableton here is that when you go to a template, the display for the controls on the LCD reverts immediately to the automap readout (even though the knobs control template parametersunless you go into preferences and remove the SL from the control surfaces output. Not very quick for changing back and forth. In Logic, when you change to a template, the display stays on the templates parameters.
Automap is great for most things, but I think it's not quite at an all-in-one solution, unless you use just reason. Man, this thing is perfect for reason folk.
Question: When you click on a device chain in Live, it's only the first device you can control from automap. Anyone know how to select other devices without seperating each instrument?
And on a really cool note:
Have you guys tried using the drum pads for sending midi cc info. It's great, the velocity you strike it with can send a value to, say a filter, to send sudden changes. You can do really cool quick effect tweaking this way.
That's all for now. Over and out.
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