What’s funny is, as I recall, the MIDI editor is not a Singular product – someone else contributed it. I could be wrong about that, though.
Anyway, yeah, I agree, I’d love to see a proper, dedicated editor, too. But you do have to remember that we’re talking about a small company that probably needs more saleable products before it needs free software to give away. As a very regular user of my Beat Buddy, I need these guys to still be here in ten years, because I rely on them to support the products they already have in-market. So if I have to make do with third-party software for editing, I consider that a small(-ish) price for what I have.
Besides, I already know Reaper well enough to be moderately proficient in it.
That said, I am beginning to understand what you’re after – a complete development platform. What would be cool is a platform with the ability to plug in new modules that program and manage the new hardware they’re working on. Maybe if we all buy MIDI Maestros and the upcoming looper, it will free up enough capital to spend some time and money on new supporting software.
Meanwhile, it’s still incredibly good value: I only paid the drummer once (actually, twice, I have a backup), and he’s making me money every time we play (142 shows in the last three years). So learning how to program through third-party offerings has been a reasonable trade-off – for me, anyway.
The other thing to consider is there ARE libraries of material available commercially, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of free MIDI files out there that, with some minor editing, become one-press solutions that the Beat Buddy will cheerfully use. And, let’s not forget all the songs being posted here on the forum. It may not be perfect, but we are a part of a pretty reasonable and supportive ecosystem.
So, all that to say, I now think I understand your pain, but I don’t think the issue is a show-stopper, because, between the resources available here and online, you are never really completely stuck.
Oh – right, almost forgot iPad. Apple is a whole other issue. Don’t hold your breath on that one. Apart from the complexity of programing what already exists in the BBM (not even looking at the new functionality you want), there are the resource constraints associated with iOS apps, not to mention the Apple Police, who have to vet and approve your app for sale. Plus, of course, you have to hire someone to build an app in the first place. So, sorry, no help here on Apple…
So, to sum up:
- Yes, I get your pain now;
- Maybe the challenges are are not insurmountably difficult to manage; and
- No, Apple is bad, very, very bad.