Sheesh, Bob! I can see that you're got that "quickie Wiki" thing down pat. Now I'm actually going to have to [gulp
what I write down; there's not enough time left to post the Inevitable Editable
. I really didn't think this little one-off deserved to be "Wikified", but I now see where it might help out in a general sense. Thanks again, but ease off on that coffee!
As you can see here, Shaun, we kind of pride ourselves on a quick response to questions. As for the MIDI Learn in Dimension, Rene has mentioned that everything is considered if it's put in as a formal feature request. I've personally gotten used to doing all Remote Control through the P5 interface. That way, I have it all in one spot, can save each set of assignments as a Device Chain template, and don't have to deal with each synth's individual peculiarites in their MIDI Learn implementation. One size fits all.
Those are some nice controllers that you have there [I want my DX7 back!]. If you're just getting into the Novation end of things, make sure that you download the 2.x O/S for the Remotes [found here
]. You get the benefit of some bug fixes, Keyboard Zones; enhanced controller options, and a whole lot more.
At the same link, you can download the Learn files. They're useful for general information relating to control surface support, but nothing specific to Project5 [Sonar, though]. There's also the newest MIDI drivers, the factory defaults for all of the templates, and a template editor that'll sure make life easy on you. All of it's free for the asking.
When you start getting into the X-Y pad programming, check out using pitchbend in an X direction, and Mod wheel in the Y. You can do some things with this that can't be duplicated in any other way. Stuff like whammy bar 'slams' & 'leans', PB 'tapping' effects, PB vibrato with adjacent mod wheel effects, bent trills, hammer-ons and pull-offs, staccato sample mangling, and a host of other effects.
Same goes for filter parameters. I don't know how I ever got along without the X-Y pad, and it sits there right under my left pinky [finger, that is ...]. If I had room to put it, I'd consider a Kaoss pad just for the X-Y, but it'd have to bunk up with the Trigger Finger. There's just no good spot to put anything else, unless I go vertical with a controller rack. Hmmm ...