Exactly. I too was a bit surprised to find that I had to change the channel that was going into the Octopus. In my setup it is fairly easy for me to change the channel, because it is routed via a track in Ableton, but if you just have a typical synthesizer going into the Octopus it would be a real pain.
Exactly. This would really boost the intuitiveness (if that is a word) when recording. The only thing (as I see it) that it would conflict with is multitrack (different midi channels) recording. Maybe we could just keep the current mode as a secondary mode (double click on record?).