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I'm looking for a list of DAWs that supports editing MIDI of multiple instruments in one single track.

For example, if I had a group of cellos playing slightly differently, I could separate them in different MIDI channels (preferably color-identified) and edit them as one unified track, as opposed to being split in multiple tracks / clips.

Just for illustration, basically imagine the dark-red notes are one instrument (ex: cello), the pinkish-red as another (ex: viola), and the palest-red is yet another instrument (ex: flute).

A mockup of what I mean (in Ableton Live)

Again, this is just a mockup screenshot. In Ableton Live, those note-color variations actually signify the strength of the velocities for each note in that given MIDI instrument track (unless, otherwise you cleverly layer an instrument-rack in multiple keyboard split ranges, but that's not a solution here).

Does any DAW exists (preferably Mac compatible) that can do this?

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I'm not quite sure and can't test it right now, but I think I also did this kind of editing in Reaper already. –  leftaroundabout Mar 29 '12 at 13:35
    
Yeah from what I experimented last night, looks like each notes can be assigned an individual channel. One visual issue though, they look the same color - so it can get confusing which one are which instrument / part . Maybe if they can be assembled in one track with enough octave separation, but transpose their MIDI output back to a normal range usable by the VST / patch it's associated to... takes much more preparation and careful keyboard-range adjustments. –  bigp Mar 29 '12 at 13:45
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Are you looking for the ability to process their audio together (which you can do with a track group or submix in most DAWs), or are you looking for a way to edit MIDI together in one visual interface? –  Warrior Bob Mar 29 '12 at 14:18
    
MIDI together in one visual interface yes. I understand how to route the audio (in most DAWs) from the resulting virtual instruments into one Audio track, but I'm asking here about how to trigger the MIDI notes of individual instruments within one track (so that nudging, moving, stretching, cutting and inserting can be done in one pass as opposed to opening each individual track and risking to do inaccurate / out-of-sync alterations to each MIDI tracks). –  bigp Mar 29 '12 at 14:44

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Cubase and Sonar will both let you alter parameters of groups of tracks as well as single tracks, so you could group all your cellos and fade them all in using one control if required.

In fact you could do the same with any parameter, and automate the entire thing.

I've used both for many years - probably current preference for usability is Cubase, but Sonar isn't far off in terms of functionality.

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Logic allows you to select multiple MIDI regions simultaneously and edit the notes within them all in conjunction. This allows you to do much of what you want, while still keeping the individual tracks separate.

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