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This is partially out of curiosity, and partly, potentially, useful.

The gist of what I'm looking for is an application (preferably OSX, though it wouldn't be a deal breaker to be Windows or *nix, and preferably free) that would capture MIDI controller data as it entered the computer, whether that be SysEx, channel, system, controller, note on/off, pots, you name it. All of it.

I'm not terribly concerned with the format that the data would be presented. I'm sure it would be interesting however it was presented. I picture, basically, a window that fills up with text (midi data) as I send data through. My guess would be that it parsed out whatever OSX's core Midi software saw.

I am not interested in a large piece of software that "also does MIDI", or has some extra small feature amongst the DAW backdrop. Looking for a small footprint.

tl;dr, The last time I had all of my gear set up, my keyboard controller (an Alesis Q25) kept throwing pitch bend data on its own. I was sure that the data stopped when the controller was unplugged, but I had no way of pinning down exactly what was going on. I eventually gave up.

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I think MIDIMonitor will do what you want.

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Yep, I think that's exactly what I want :) –  JoshP Oct 10 '12 at 11:43
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A Windows alternative would be MIDI-OX. Solid stuff.

http://www.midiox.com/

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excellent! thanks :) –  JoshP Oct 10 '12 at 23:41
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Pure Data is an extremely powerful piece of freeware designed and coded by the creator of MAX/MSP.

I've used it a number of times to create powerful midi controlled synthesizers which you can build and fully customize yourself.

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I was about to recommend PD myself, but the asker specifically indicated that he didn't want a larger system that "also does MIDI". –  ObscureRobot Oct 11 '12 at 18:04
    
I appreciate that, but keep in mind with Pd you're free to build a patch with only a functionality you want :) –  Jazibobs Oct 12 '12 at 10:49
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