polarbreeze wrote:Page 258 contains a table called "General MIDI Drum Map". This includes a column listing alphanumeric note designations (eg "A4"). Those note designations are not part of the General MIDI standard and in fact in many cases the designations shown in this table will be wrong - so the reader will be confused or misled. The table should list only MIDI numbers, which is what the table in the MIDI spec itself does.
The Drum Map dialog in Encore makes references to the note pitches associated with drum traps using that notation, and, in choosing a drum trap for a metronome click, one may enter the note in that notation (and the existing selection is displayed in that notation). So one might think that when the GM drum map is presented in Encore documentation, it would be helpful for it to identify the notes the same way they are identified in the program itself.
Certainly a GM drum map not associated specifically with Encore, perhaps in "Popular MIDI Illustrated", should not have that notation.
You have recently argued the for the pragmatic validity of the note/octave system used in Encore, resisting a proposal that it be made "customizable". (I know you have also argued for it to be disposed of entirely, which I think is your greater preference.) Were it customizable, I would be more sympathetic with the concern you expressed above, that the notation in the manual would not always be correct. In fact, in the context of Encore, it will (for the foreseeable future) be correct.
What would be desirable on that table is a note that calls attention to the fact that these references are in terms of the Encore convention so as not to (incorrectly, as you point out) imply that they are inherent in the "standard", or "universal".