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Table of Contents
1.
INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................ 6
1.1.
Credits ...................................................................................................................................... 6
1.2.
Support..................................................................................................................................... 6
2.
INSTALLATION / REQUIREMENTS.............................................................................. 7
2.1.
Before You Begin .................................................................................................................... 7
3.
OVERVIEW.......................................................................................................................... 8
4.
STARTING UP ..................................................................................................................... 8
5.
GETTING CONNECTED ................................................................................................. 12
6.
SOUNDEDITOR Quick Start ........................................................................................... 14
6.1.
Software Menus ..................................................................................................................... 15
6.1.1.
FILE Menu: ................................................................................................................... 15
6.1.2.
EDIT Menu: .................................................................................................................. 16
6.1.3.
MIDI Menu: .................................................................................................................. 16
6.1.4.
OPTIONS Menu:........................................................................................................... 17
6.1.5.
SNAPSHOTS Menu:..................................................................................................... 17
6.1.6.
HELP Menu: ................................................................................................................. 18
6.2.
Alternative Controls............................................................................................................... 18
6.3.
Scrollable Lists....................................................................................................................... 19
6.4.
Toolbar................................................................................................................................... 20
6.5.
Naming Programs .................................................................................................................. 22
6.6.
Receiving and Transmitting ................................................................................................... 24
6.7.
Loading and Saving Files....................................................................................................... 26
7.
GLOBAL SETTINGS ........................................................................................................ 27
7.1.
Global Setting Parameters...................................................................................................... 27
8.
EDITOR (Layer A and Layer B)....................................................................................... 29
8.1.
Editor Controls....................................................................................................................... 31
8.1.1.
Buttons .......................................................................................................................... 31
8.1.2.
Knobs ............................................................................................................................ 31
8.1.3.
Parameter menus ........................................................................................................... 32
8.1.4.
Source and Destination menus ...................................................................................... 32
8.1.5.
Other Editor Windows................................................................................................... 33
8.2.
Program Envelopes ................................................................................................................ 34
8.3.
LFO ........................................................................................................................................ 36
8.4.
Oscillators .............................................................................................................................. 36
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8.5.
Low Pass Filter....................................................................................................................... 37
8.6.
Modulators and Controls........................................................................................................ 38
8.7.
Editor Menus.......................................................................................................................... 39
8.7.1.
FILE Menu: ................................................................................................................... 39
8.7.2.
EDIT Menu: .................................................................................................................. 39
8.7.3.
OPTIONS Menu:........................................................................................................... 40
8.8.
Saving Programs .................................................................................................................... 40
9.
SEQUENCER WINDOW .................................................................................................. 42
9.1.
Sequencer Buttons.................................................................................................................. 44
9.2.
Display Mode......................................................................................................................... 45
9.3.
Sequence Destination............................................................................................................. 46
9.4.
Reset Button........................................................................................................................... 47
9.5.
Function Button...................................................................................................................... 48
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Copy/Paste ............................................................................................................................. 49
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Reverse................................................................................................................................... 49
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Invert ...................................................................................................................................... 49
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Randomize ............................................................................................................................. 49
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Randomize Q ......................................................................................................................... 49
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Step Up................................................................................................................................... 49
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Step Q..................................................................................................................................... 49
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Control Adjust........................................................................................................................ 49
9.6.
Tempo and Clock Divide ....................................................................................................... 50
9.7.
Sequence Templates............................................................................................................... 50
10. USER PROGRAM BANKS............................................................................................... 52
10.1.
Renaming Programs in a bank ........................................................................................... 53
10.2.
Copying, pasting and renaming by popup menu ............................................................... 55
10.3.
Saving and Loading Single Programs................................................................................ 56
10.4.
Program Banks Menus....................................................................................................... 56
10.4.1.
FILE Menu .................................................................................................................... 56
10.4.2.
EDIT Menu ................................................................................................................... 57
10.4.3.
MIDI Menu ................................................................................................................... 57
10.5.
Program Menu ................................................................................................................... 59
11. PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN .......................................................... 62
11.1.
Buttons and Checkboxes.................................................................................................... 63
11.2.
Librarian Functions............................................................................................................ 64
11.3.
Organizing Presets ............................................................................................................. 65
11.3.1.
Librarian Menu:............................................................................................................. 69
11.3.2.
File Menu: ..................................................................................................................... 69
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11.3.3.
11.3.4.
11.3.5.
Bank Menu: ................................................................................................................... 70
Librarian Menu:............................................................................................................. 70
MIDI Menu: .................................................................................................................. 71
12. PROGRAM GENETICS and MORPHER ...................................................................... 72
12.1.
Loading Banks ................................................................................................................... 75
12.2.
Creating New Sounds ........................................................................................................ 75
12.3.
Moving Programs .............................................................................................................. 76
12.4.
Program Genetics Menus................................................................................................... 76
12.5.
Morpher ............................................................................................................................. 77
13. SNAPSHOTS....................................................................................................................... 79
14. PHANTOM PROGRAM BANKS..................................................................................... 81
15. V-PIANO ............................................................................................................................. 84
15.1.
Playing Notes From Keyboard .......................................................................................... 85
16. HELP PROGRAM FUNCTIONS..................................................................................... 88
16.1.
About ................................................................................................................................. 88
16.2.
Help ON Line .................................................................................................................... 88
16.3.
Updating the Firmware ...................................................................................................... 88
17. PROPHET ’08 STACK and SPLIT LAYERS................................................................. 92
18. KEY COMMAND SHORTCUTS..................................................................................... 93
18.1.
MAIN WINDOW .............................................................................................................. 93
18.2.
PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN WINDOW ........................................ 94
18.3.
PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM BANKS WINDOW ............................................................. 95
18.4.
PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM GENETICS WINDOW........................................................ 96
19. APENDIXICES................................................................................................................... 97
19.1.
APPENDIX A. FILE EXTENSIONS................................................................................ 97
19.2.
APPENDIX B. SEQUENCER NOTE VALUES .............................................................. 98
19.3.
APPENDIX C. SEQUENCER CHORDS ......................................................................... 99
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1.
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations and thank you for downloading/purchasing our Prophet ’08
SoundEditor for the Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) Prophet ‘08! This Prophet ’08
SoundEditor is designed to be the ultimate tool for organizing and creating presets for
your Prophet ’08. Through a MIDI connection, this program can receive single presets
or an entire bank of presets from the hardware - as well as replace individual presets
or an entire bank. Once the presets are transmitted to the computer from the
Prophet’08, all preset parameters can be displayed and edited in a friendly graphical
user interface. The program can also be used to learn the inner details of the factory
presets.
Patches can be added to the program library in user-named categories for creating
custom preset banks – a terrific feature for musicians looking to organize programs for
easy retrieval later! In addition, a genetics function is available to create new presets
simply by morphing or mutating two presets together into a whole new bank. The
software allows for each of the Layers A and B to be edited singly or in combined
mode. Lastly, a hardware OS update function is available to simplify updating the
Prophet ’08 firmware.
This manual, both a user guide and handy reference, is designed to get you up and
running quickly.
We hope you enjoy using Prophet ’08 SoundEditor for your Prophet ‘08!
- The Software Development Team
1.1.
Credits
Software Development: SoundTower Software, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
User Guide Development: Derek Prowse
1.2.
Support
Support for this product is available at: www.soundtower.com/prophet/
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2.
INSTALLATION / REQUIREMENTS
No special software installation is required. SoundEditor is a stand-alone program
designed to run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP; Min Pentium 133.
The SoundEditor application requires:
• 15MB Hard Drive space
• 256 MB RAM (min.)
• 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution.
• A MIDI interface
Updates are available at: www.davesmithinstruments.com. The Prophet ’08 already
has the correct firmware. A wheeled, two–button mouse is recommended for
additional control of the program.
2.1.
Before You Begin
To get the most out of the Prophet ’08 SoundEditor program you should first be
familiar with the operation of your Prophet ’08 instrument The Prophet ’08 instrument
offers an abundance of programmable features, and the accompanying Operation
Manual is the key resource for a complete explanation of the features and workings of
the instrument.
Although this software program can be an invaluable resource to aid in understanding
your Prophet ’08, it is not a substitute for reading and understanding the Operation
Manual.
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3.
OVERVIEW
This User Guide will walk you through the steps to setup the SoundEditor with your
Prophet ’08 instrument. The STARTING UP and GETTING CONNECTED sections
should be followed first to get the hardware properly connected and running with the
SoundEditor software. From there you can freely explore SoundEditor, edit and
audition sounds, create new ones and have some fun!
The Prophet ’08 is a deep and complex instrument with many programming options.
With this in mind, SoundEditor has been designed to be as simple and easy to use as
possible while retaining all of the functional control needed to adjust every single
Prophet ’08 parameter.
4.
STARTING UP
After installing Prophet ’08 and launching the application for the first time by double
clicking on the program icon:
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You will initially be shown a splash screen with version number and the name of
registered owner. In the image shown below this is version 1.1.2 and the program is
currently an unregistered copy:
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The first window you will see upon startup will be the following message window
overlaying the splash screen:
Note: Registration is free for Special Edition model owners.
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Selecting DEMO will put the program in demo mode, limiting file and SysEx
operations, but still allowing you to check out the program.
The unregistered program lets you freely edit all of the Prophet ’08s preset parameters
and use most of the Editor's functions with the following limitations:
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Saving files (disabled)
Loading files (disabled) with exception of SYSEX files in OS UPDATE utility.
Writing presets to the Prophet ’08 (disabled)
Transmitting the User Bank (disabled)
When you re-run the program, you’ll need to select demo mode again. This will
continue until the program has a valid registration. There is no limit to the number of
times the program can be run in demo mode.
To register the software, select REGISTER ON LINE. The program will launch your
default web browser and connect you to the DSI site, where you can purchase/register
your copy of Prophet ’08 SoundEditor.
Note: You will need an active Internet connection in order to register the program.
If you have a valid registration code, enter this information in the appropriate fields and
select ENTER CODE you will be presented with a small thank you message box.
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Registered users will see their name displayed on the program splash screen.
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5.
GETTING CONNECTED
In order for the Prophet ’08 SoundEditor software to communicate with the Prophet
’08, the hardware must be connected to both the MIDI In and MIDI Out connections of
your computer's MIDI interface.
To open MIDI Setup, click on Midi menu and select MIDI Setup or use Ctrl-M.
In MIDI Setup, select both MIDI In and MIDI Out ports where Prophet ‘08 is
connected. If MIDI communication is working correctly then Prophet ‘08’s ROM
software version will be displayed in on top of the MIDI Setup window.
You will need to select the MIDI I/O ports where your Prophet ’08 is connected.
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MIDI IN combo box selects the midi interface port to which your Prophet ’08’s Midi Out
is connected. This interface processes midi data sent to Prophet ’08 Sound Editor
from the Prophet ’08.
MIDI IN recognizes and filters out incoming midi data in two ways:
1) The SysEx dump byte size must match expected byte count for the message type
2) The SysEx dump message signature must be set for the Prophet ’08 (the byte that
specifies the kind of SysEx message) If either of these two conditions is not met,
Prophet ’08 Sound Editor will ignore the invalid message and the data will not be
processed.
MIDI OUT combo box selects the midi interface port to which your Prophet ’08’s Midi
In is connected. All data sent from Prophet ’08 Sound Editor (parameters, commands,
continuous controllers, and notes played by mouse piano or assigned computer keys)
goes to this port.
Poll button looks for and activates the midi ports if available.
Note: To reset (jump start) the connection between your midi interface and Prophet
’08 Sound Editor click Poll. This should reset the drivers, empty buffer contents, and
reset the interface.
After making your configuration selections, click the POLL PROPHET ’08 button. If
MIDI communication is working correctly, the program will display the Prophet ’08
ROM Software Version at the top of the window.
Click the OK button to store the settings and close the dialog box. You are now ready
to explore Prophet ’08 SoundEditor!
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6.
SOUNDEDITOR Quick Start
When you launch SoundEditor you will see the window below.
We will be referring to this as the Main window throughout this manual.
The Main window contains menus, a toolbar and, initially, the Layer A parameter
editing control panel:
Note: The first time you launch SoundEditor, the two program banks, though not initially
displayed, are filled with the Prophet ’08 factory sounds banks. The content of the
program banks, including all edits and changes, are stored when you quit SoundEditor.
They will reappear when SoundEditor is launched again.
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6.1.
Software Menus
Here’s a quick tour of the menus in the Main window:
6.1.1. FILE Menu:
The File menu contains commands to load and save Prophet ’08 data, load Factory
Presets and access the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager and Phantom Program Banks
windows.
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See Loading and Saving
Files, Section 6.7
Loads the Prophet ’08 or
factory programs. Sec. 10
See Prophet ’08 Bank
Manager/Librarian, Sec. 11
Phantom Program Banks,
Section 14
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6.1.2. EDIT Menu:
The Edit menu contains commands
for accessing Controls, Sequencer,
copying, pasting, renaming, writing
and initializing programs.
You have the capability to Copy,
Paste and Initializing the currently
active Layer as well. Renaming the
currently active program can be
done through this menu.
6.1.3. MIDI Menu:
The MIDI menu provides access to the MIDI Setup and Global Settings windows, as
well as transfer commands of all Prophet ’08 data (transmit/receive).
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See Receiving and
Transmitting, Section 6.6
See Getting Connected for
more on Midi Setup, Section
5
See Global settings sec. 7
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6.1.4. OPTIONS Menu:
The Options menu contains the commands for switching between Prophet ’08 Layer A
and Layer B, as well as accessing the Program Genetics and V-Piano windows. This
is also where you would select off-line editing.
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See Program
Genetics and
Morpher, Sec. 12
Screen resolution
control
See V-Piano, Sec. 15
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6.1.5. SNAPSHOTS Menu:
The Snapshots menu contains just two commands for the Snapshots window, Add
and View.
The purpose of Snapshots is to allow you to quickly capture “Snapshots” of all
parameters currently set in an edited program, giving you multiple points of ‘undo’ and
allowing you to check your editing at various stages. See Snapshots, Section 13.
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6.1.6. HELP Menu:
Prophet ’08 Help command will automatically access the SoundTower Prophet ’08
help webpage when selected. An active Internet connection will be required to access
Prophet ’08 Help.
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The Prophet 08 OS Update feature allows for OS update from provided files or from
files saved to HD. This is explained in section xxx of this guide.
6.2.
Alternative Controls
If you are using a two-button mouse, you’ll find that right-clicking in various lists and
menus in some windows will bring up a contextual menu of useful functions:
When in Program Banks Right-clicking
on program number or assigned name
results in the contextual menu shown.
This menu allows you to easily Copy,
Paste, Rename, Save, Load, and
Initialize programs. These commands
are duplicated in the menus, but are
placed here for convenience.
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Similarly, when in Program
Banks, Right-clicking on
program Category column
results in the contextual menu
shown to the right. This menu
allows you to assign a
category to your program. It
should be noted that these
Categories are only
accessible through the
SoundEditor and not the
Prophet ‘08. The Categories
are stored in the Prophet ‘08’s
memory for future recall.
6.3.
Scrollable Lists
You’ve already seen the two program bank lists that the Program Bank window offers.
These lists, as well as program lists in other SoundEditor windows, can be navigated
using the list scroll bars, the scrollable mouse wheel, or the keyboard.
The following keys can be used to navigate SoundEditor’s scrollable lists:
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The UP and DOWN cursor keys will scroll one preset at a time, up or down
respectively.
Left click on the selection.
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6.4.
Toolbar
The Toolbar contains buttons for frequently used functions. A description of each
button follows:
The Receive button receives the current program from the Prophet ’08, allowing you
to refresh after making changes. This button resynchronizes SoundEditor with the
Prophet ’08 if you have been editing a program offline using the Prophet ’08 controls.
The Send button sends the current edited SoundEditor program to the Prophet ’08,
allowing you to refresh after making edits. This button resynchronizes the Prophet ’08
with SoundEditor if you have been editing a program offline using SoundEditor.
These buttons control the Prophet ’08 Sequencer and Snapshots functions:
copies the current program to the Snapshots window. This
The Snap button
button duplicates the action of selecting ‘Add Snapshot’ from the Snapshots menu
(above).
The Start/Stop Sequencer button is below the Snap button on the left. This button
duplicates the action of pressing the Prophet ’08 Sequence Start/Stop button.
The Sequencer Reset button is on the right. This button duplicates the action of
pressing the Reset button on the Prophet ’08. It resets the sequence currently playing.
It also acts as an emergency MIDI ‘All Notes Off’ command.
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Popup labels identifying the
Start/Stop Sequencer and
Sequencer Reset buttons
are displayed when the
cursor is placed on them.
To the right of the Snap button is a MIDI status display. It shows the current MIDI
status, and will display hexadecimal transmissions of MIDI data. With normal MIDI
communication between SoundEditor and the Prophet ’08 instrument, the MIDI status
displays ‘ON-LINE PROPHET ’08’.
The Write button brings up the Write Program window, allowing you to write the
current program to the Prophet ’08 at the location you specify. The Write button
duplicates the action of selecting ‘Write’ from the Editor’s Edit menu.
The Layer B (Layer A when active in Layer B) button brings up the Layer B (or
Layer A) Settings window.
The Sequen (Sequencer) button opens the sequencer control window A or B
corresponding to the Layer editor window currently active. Full control of all 4
sequencers is accomplished from this window.
The Global button duplicates the action of selecting ‘Global Settings’ from the MIDI
menu.
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The Piano button brings up the V-Piano (Virtual Piano) window. The Piano button
duplicates the action of selecting ‘V-Piano’ from the Options menu.
To the right of the Piano button is a group of three smaller buttons and a MIDI status
display.
6.5.
Naming Programs
SoundEditor gives you the ability to name your own programs or change existing
program names that then can be stored and recalled in the Prophet ’08. Here’s how:
In the Program Banks window, activated by clicking
, select the program you
wish to rename, right-click the mouse and select Rename:
Here we’ve right clicked
on Program A008 – Soft
Triangles - and selected
the ‘Rename’ function from
the contextual menu.
Click into the text field and
make the desired name
changes. When done,
press enter. The new
name will be stored
automatically at location
A008 and the Prophet ’08
will be updated.
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Another option for ease of
changing the name of the
current program being
edited is to click on the
main program assignment
panel which brings up the
rename window
immediately.
Note: There is a 16-character limit on program names. Names may include upper
and lower case characters as well as numbers and most punctuation marks.
You can also change the program name using the Write button in the toolbar.
Select the program you wish to change in Program Banks menu then click the Write
button in the toolbar. This brings up the Write Program window:
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Here you can change the name or enter a new name in the ‘New Name’ field. When
done, clicking the OK button will save the new name to the existing (default) location.
Write P also gives you the option of saving the program to another location if desired.
Select the new bank using the Destination bank pull-down menu (shown), and scroll to
the desired program location. Clicking OK will save the program to this new location.
6.6.
Receiving and Transmitting
Receiving and transmitting functions are located in the Midi and Program menus. Here
you can receive or transmit all data at once,
or limit the data to any selected Program Bank or Single Program.
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A transfer window will open at this point.
If your MIDI interface cannot keep up with the rate of received or transmitted data you
can adjust the time interval between transfers from 0 to 1000 milliseconds using the
slider control in the lower left of either transfer window:
Note: When a single bank is transmitted, this bank replaces the corresponding
bank in the Prophet ’08.
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6.7.
Loading and Saving Files
Loading and saving functions are located in the File and Program menus in the Main
window. You can load or save all Prophet ’08 data at once, or limit the data to a
selected Program Bank or Single Program.
Note: SoundEditor also has features for loading/saving Sequences, Phantom (virtual)
Program Banks and Library files.
Refer to those sections elsewhere in the User Guide for details.
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7.
GLOBAL SETTINGS
The SoundEditor’s Global Settings window is displayed by clicking the Global button
in the toolbar
or by selecting “Global Settings” from the MIDI menu (shortcut: Ctrl + G).
The data is automatically polled from the
Prophet ’08 but not if SoundEditor is set
to “OFF-LINE EDITING”.
The Global Settings window displays the Prophet ’08 global settings including, but not
restricted to, transposition control, tuning, clock, MIDI parameters and parameter send
and receive. Whenever the Global Settings window is opened the associated data is
requested from the Prophet ’08 hardware and displayed.
7.1. Global Setting Parameters
The Global Setting window allows control of:
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Master Transpose (-12 to 12)
Master Fine Tune (0 to 100)
Midi Channel (All or 1 to 16)
Poly Chain (No Chaining, Poly Chain Out, Poly Chain In)
Midi Clock Select (Internal, Internal with Send, External and External with
Send)
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Midi Program Send/Receive On/Off
Midi Pressure Send/Receive On/Off
Midi Controller Send/Receive On/Off
SySex Send/Receive On/Off
Parameter Send (NRPN, CC, OFF)
Parameter Receive (All, NRPN Only, CC Only, OFF)
Pedal Destination (Foot Control, Breath Control, Expression, Volume, Filter
Frequency, Filter Frequency / 2)
Damper Polarity (Normally Open, Normally Closed)
Velocity Curve (Curve 1 through 4)
Pressure Curve (Curve 1 through 4)
See image below for layout of described controls.
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8.
EDITOR (Layer A and Layer B)
A unique feature of the Prophet ’08 is the Layer concept. Each Program has two
layers, A and B. Each layer can contain a completely different patch. The layers are
typically used to create stacked and split Programs, though you can also switch
quickly between the layers using the LAYER A/B button. (Please refer to the
Prophet’08 User Guide for full information on this feature.)
The Editor windows for Layer A or Layer B are brought forward by toggling the Layer
A and Layer B buttons. When Layer A editing window is active the Layer button will
have ‘Layer B’ as caption and in the converse when you are actively editing Layer B
the Layer Button will have 'Layer A’ as caption. (See images below):
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We will deal with the combined Layer A/Layer B Mode in section 17.
For the Layer editing window you have access to every Prophet ’08 programming
parameters, including sequences. The Editor’s real-time controls allow you to tweak,
test and audition the sound of your presets right from your PC. Edits are automatically
sent.
Custom knob controls are used in the Editor window to display the functional
equivalent of the Prophet ’08 knobs. Adjusting any on-screen control transmits that
control change to the Prophet ’08, instantly updating the sound.
(See image below)
Note: In addition to the on-screen controls updating the Prophet ’08, adjusting the
Prophet ’08 controls will update the Editor display. This is because MIDI control
messages are transmitted bi-directionally, allowing you to use the Prophet ’08
controls AND the Editor parameter controls simultaneously!
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8.1.
Editor Controls
The Editor window has several types of controls for program editing. Each is
discussed in more detail in the following sections.
8.1.1. Buttons
Clicking on a button toggles it ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’. When ON, the button has the appearance
of an LED that is lit. When OFF, the button appears dimmed. In this example, the
Stack A/B button is ON and the Split A/B is off:
8.1.2. Knobs
Move a knob by clicking and dragging cursor in a rotational manner will change the
parameter value. You can get finer control by placing the mouse cursor in/near the
knob and moving the mouse wheel (clicking is unnecessary). This will increase or
decrease the parameter value by 1 for each mouse wheel increment or decrement.
(You can also use the computers up/down arrow keys to increment or decrement the
values.)
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8.1.3. Parameter menus
Click to select a parameter menu. Clicking on the label produces a drop-down menu
that will display all possible options for the particular parameter. Clicking on a
selection in the drop-down will select that item and close the menu:
8.1.4. Source and Destination menus
Clicking in a Source or Destination field brings up a movable menu of Source or
Destination parameters:
In this example, clicking in the Editor’s
Layer A Modulation first Source field
brings up the Source menu, listing all
possible modulation sources. Here we’re
selecting ‘Sequence Track 4’ from the
available list. To select no source, choose
the ‘Off’ selection at the top of the Source
menu.
The Source menu will remain open until
you make a single click selection.
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Clicking in the Editor’s Modulation
Destination field brings up the
Destination menu, listing all of the
possible modulation destinations.
To select no destination, choose the
‘Off’ selection at the top.
Making a new selection updates the source or destination display fields immediately,
and the chosen selection is transmitted to the Prophet ’08.
Like the Source menu, the Destination menu will remain open only until you single
click on a selection.
8.1.5. Other Editor Windows
The Editor provides additional windows to control program envelopes, waveforms and
sequencing. Accessing and using these components are covered in the following
sections. The Sequencer and Banks windows are sufficiently full featured as to
deserve their own dedicated sections.
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8.2.
Program Envelopes
SoundEditor provides two panels dedicated windows to adjust program envelopes.
The adjustments are viewed graphically as the knob value changes are reflected by
direct envelope changes in the display.
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Click on
and
adjust
the
knobs to
change
the
envelope
forms.
In addition to the ADSR control sliders, the Filter Envelope Window contains slider
controls to adjust the Filter Frequency, Envelope Amount and Keyboard Amount.
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The AMP Envelope window
contains the familiar ADSR,
VCR and Amount controls as
well as controls for Level and
Velocity.
The Envelope 3 window also
contains the ADSR, Amount
controls, and a Velocity control
like the AMP envelope, but
adds a programmable
destination field.
Clicking in this field brings up
the Destination Menu, where
you can select the destination
of Envelope 3.
When you’re finished adjusting envelope parameters, click the DONE button to return
to the Editor.
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8.3.
LFO
All four LFO control are grouped at the bottom left of the main Layer window. The
organization of each of the LFO is the same:
Shape and destination are selected through drop down lists accessed by clicking on
label or arrow. The Frequency and Amount values are modified by knobs controls.
Each LFO can be synced individually by clicking on/off the LEDs.
8.4. Oscillators
Osc 1 and Osc 2 are controlled by controls in the Oscillators sub-panel found to the
top right of the main screen.
As can be noted in image above all Prophet ’08 Osc 1 and 2 parameters can be
modified in real time through this panel including:
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Freq
Fine
Shape/PW
Glide
Noise
Glide Mode
Osc Stop and
Toggling Sync and Keyboard On/Off
Note that Glide Mode is changed through contextual menu not knob. Click on the list
box to open the list.
8.5. Low Pass Filter
Low Pass Filter parameters are controlled by controls in the Low Pass Filter sub-panel
found to the middle right of the main screen.
As can be noted in image above all Prophet ’08 Low Pass parameters can be modified
in real time through this panel including:
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Frequency
Resonance
Env Amount
Velocity
Key Amount
Audio Mod
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4 – Pole (toggle)
Delay
Attack
Decay
Sustain and
Release
8.6.
Modulators and Controls
Modulators and Controls are simply mapped by clicking on the combobox down
arrows and selecting from the list. Above ’28 Env 1 Attack’ was selected as Pressure
Destination on Controls panel.
Levels are controlled by use of the knobs to the right of the Source and Destination
labels. You may make the changes by holding a left click down and moving the mouse
or by mousing over and using your mouse scroll wheel if so equipped.
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8.7.
Editor Menus
Here are descriptions of the menus in the Editor window:
8.7.1. FILE Menu:
The File menu contains commands to access the Load and Save Single Programs,
Program Banks, Librarian, Phantom Program Banks and Exit commands.
8.7.2. EDIT Menu:
The Edit menu contains commands for copying, pasting, initializing and writing
programs.
The Copy Program command copies all parameters of the current defined program
and the Paste command pastes the copied parameters into the current program
Copy, Paste and initialize layer deals with the currently active layer of the program
being edited.
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The Write command brings up the Write
Program window, allowing you to change
the name and select the location where
The program will be saved.
Initialize resets all parameters to default
values.
8.7.3. OPTIONS Menu:
The Options menu gives access to many controls and functions unique to Sound
Tower editors.
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Access to Program Genetics and Morpher windows
Screen Resolution choice of 1024x768 and 1152x864+
V-Piano
8.8.
Saving Programs
All program edits you make in the Editor are automatically applied to the edit buffer of
the Prophet ’08, but they must be saved to make them permanent. To save an edited
program, use the Editor’s Write option. This is accessed by clicking on the write
button on tool bar (in red circle)
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Selecting Write produces the Write Program dialog box:
Select a destination bank, location and click OK to store the program. You can also
change the program name here (limited to 16 characters). Click Cancel to cancel the
operation.
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9.
SEQUENCER WINDOW
From the Sequencer window all four of the Prophet ’08 sequences can be graphically
controlled.
The Sequencer Window is selected from the Editor’s Program menu (shortcut: F6),
or by clicking on Tool Bar button (below)
A quick adjustment option is offered through the controls on the right side of the editor
screen.
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When the Sequencer is selected, it opens a new window (below).
The Sequencer window contains parameters to program the four Prophet ’08
sequences, controls to adjust the tempo and clock divide functions, and buttons to
start/stop and reset the sequencer. Additionally, a Sequence Templates function
allows you to copy sequences from other programs and apply them to any one or all
four sequences:
A closer look of the upper right corner of the Sequencer Window reveals the buttons
for Sequencer Start/Stop and Reset (see section 9.1 below), knob control to adjust the
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Tempo and a drop down list box to control Clock Divider parameters (see section 9.6
below).
9.1.
Sequencer Buttons
The sequencer buttons provide a convenient way to start/stop and reset the Prophet
’08’s sequencer remotely. Like the sequence buttons in the main window, placing the
cursor over the Sequencer buttons causes a pop-up label to appear.
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9.2.
Display Mode
The Display Mode control affects the way the cursor works when adjusting each of
the 16 sequence control bars. There are two modes, Sliders and Pen:
Sliders are just that, individual sliders.
Each bar is adjusted individually by
clicking and dragging on the ‘fader’. Slider
mode is the best choice for sequences
that will control oscillator pitch, or anytime
precision adjustment is required.
Pen makes the cursor function like a
magnet so as you drag the cursor over
the graphic bars the height or each bar
and so the shape of the sequence is
adjusted as if drawing a line or curve.
With the mouse button held down, placing the cursor over a fader causes the fader to
follow the cursor position. Pen mode allows you to draw envelope-like sequences by
dragging the cursor across the control bars. Pen mode is not as precise as slider
mode, but is a good choice for sequences that are programmed to provide ‘evolving’
changes over time.
Once set, the Display Mode control setting remains ‘as is’ until you change it again.
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9.3.
Sequence Destination
Just below each of the four Sequence labels is a display field that that expands into a
list box when clicked showing the sequence’s destination (shown as OSC ALL in the
figure below).
You can change the
destination by clicking in this
display field, which will bring
up a destination menu as
shown.
In the example given here,
Sequence 1 is set to control
Resonance.
Each of the Sequences (1
through 4) must be selected
individually.
You need to set each
Destination for each of the
four sequences separately.
Simply click in the destination
display field for each
sequence, and select the new
destination.
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9.4.
Reset Button
The Reset button resets all 16
sequencer control bars to zero
values. This is a quick way to zero
the parameters:
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9.5.
Function Button
Just below the Reset button is the Function button. Selecting the Function button
opens a window that gives you access to additional sequencer functions, including
adjusting the length of each sequence, options to create pitched sequences from
preloaded sequence data, and functions to alter the sequence data.
Also notice that we’ve selected Major from the Chords column, creating a sequence of
pitch values based on a major chord. This sequence will be simultaneously applied to
all four Prophet ’08 oscillators because ‘OSC ALL’ is the selected destination:
Preloaded chord data is available for major and minor chords, and several major and
minor sevenths to get you started. Refer to Appendix B for a list of sequencer note
values and Appendix C for details on SoundEditor chord structures.
To the right of the Chords column is a Functions column containing commands to
copy, paste and modify the selected sequence. These functions include:
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Copy/Paste: Copies the selected sequence/pastes to any selected sequence.
Reverse: Reverses the sequence order within the specified step range.
Invert: Inverts all values within the specified step range. Zero values become
Resets and vice versa.
Randomize: Randomizes all values within the specified step range. Repeated
selecting of the Randomize function creates a new series of random sequence
values.
Randomize Q: Works like Randomize, but automatically adjusts step values
up or down to real note values.
Step Up: Creates a sequence of incremental positive values based on the first
value in the range. For example, if the first step value is 0, Step Up will create a
series of values where the second step value will be 1, the third 2, etc. If the
first step value is 45, then the second will be 46, the third 47, etc.
Step Q: Works like Step Up, but increases the step values by 2. If the first step
value is 10, Step Q will create a series of values where the second step value
will be 12, the third 14, etc.
Control Adjust arrows act to raise or lower the selected sequence value by 1
for each click of the control. Holding the control button instead of clicking
provides for rapid adjustment of the sequence values.
The Undo button offers multiple levels of undo. You can undo any chord or function
selection back to the point at which you started.
The Done button closes the Function drop-down window.
Note: the Sequence selection buttons on the left side isolate the sequence to apply
these settings to. As each sequence is selected the colour of the bars of the selected
sequence change from the light blue-green to mauve to help remind which sequence
is actively being edited.
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9.6.
Tempo and Clock Divide
At the top right of the Sequencer Window are the Tempo and Clock Divide function
controls. To adjust, simply click and rotate control for Tempo and click on the label for
activation of contextual menu for clock divide.
Tempo is continually adjustable from 30 to 250 BPM.
Clock Divide is adjustable in increments from Half Note through 64th N T.
9.7.
Sequence Templates
Sequence Templates are a way to copy and paste sequences from other programs
into your current sequence, as well as loading and saving sequences to your
computer.
The Add button adds the current
sequence to the list.
The Load From…… button produces a
dropdown menu that allows you to load
sequences from bank A or B or from a
File saved to your HD. There is also a
selection here to clear the list. Selecting
Load File… brings up an Open File
window that allows you to navigate to
where the file is located.
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The window will display all the files on your computer, but only those files having an
‘.p_s’ extension are valid template files that can be loaded. All other file types will be
ignored.
Use the Add button to save the current sequence as a template. You can display all
sequencer settings from all programs in Program Banks. To select and apply
sequencer settings from a template, use your mouse to click on the small arrow in the
right most column in sequencer Template list. The Sequencer Template settings will
be applied to the current program and sent to the Prophet ’08’s program buffer for
auditioning.
Click on step value labels to toggle values: 0 -> RST -> OFF -> 0
The Save button allows you to save all sequences that appear in the list of programs.
Clicking the Save button brings up the Save Sequence Templates window:
Enter a name for the file and select a location. Click SAVE when done. Sequence
templates are saved with a ‘.p_s’ extension.
The layout of the Sequencer window corresponds to the Prophet ’08’s 16x4
sequencer. You can adjust step parameter values using sliders. Reset buttons set all
16 sequence step parameters to “0” and if clicked again to “OFF”
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10.
USER PROGRAM BANKS
To streamline functionality of this software the Prophet ‘08 user banks are set in their
own powerful sub-window easily accessed from the main GUI, from main menu or
short cut key. (Ctrl+B). The Banks window is, in essence, a smaller main control
window that can be left open and use in conjunction with the main editing window. If
the program is to be heavily edited the Banks window can be minimize or closed until
needed again.
The Prophet ’08 program banks are accessed in several ways. In main menu select
File -> Program Banks (Ctrl+B).
As well the SoundEditor has a Bank button set just to the right of the current program
name panel. Click this once and the Bank window will be activated.
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The program banks display both Bank A and Bank B for editing.
10.1. Renaming Programs in a bank
There are two options to rename a program from the program bank Edit menu select
Rename (Ctrl+N) and open the rename box. (see below)
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The other option is to left click select a program in one of the bank windows and then
click the Edit button to set this program to be the active program in main edit window.
This will also cause the program name to be placed in the current program name label
(in the example below A001 ‘Wagnerian’ was select and set by Edit.
A single click on the program name in green label brings up a small rename box:
Type the new name, press ENTER, and the Prophet ’08 will automatically be updated.
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10.2. Copying, pasting and renaming by popup menu
To copy selected program, click right mouse button to show pop-up menu and select
“Copy Program”. You can use “Copy Program” from the “Edit” menu. If you have
edited/changed any parameters, they will be included in the copied program.
To paste the copied program to a different location in any of the banks, select the
destination location, click the right mouse button to show pop-up menu and select
“Paste Program”.
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Note: The Paste function from the pop-up menu described above is different than
Pasting from the “Edit” menu:
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Pasting from the “Edit” menu sends the program to the Prophet ’08’s buffer for
editing or auditioning.
10.3. Saving and Loading Single Programs
Use the right mouse button pop-up menu to save the selected single program to a file
or place it into a bank.
10.4. Program Banks Menus
Here’s a description of the menus in the Program Banks window:
10.4.1.
FILE Menu
The File menu contains commands to Load and Save phantom banks, and Close the
window.
The Load All Prophet 08
Data command loads a saved
bank file into the selected
bank. Valid Bank files contain
the ‘.p08’ suffix, and are the
only file type that will load
here. All other data
files will be ignored.
The Save All Prophet 08 Data command allows you to save the currently selected
phantom bank. Selecting it brings up a save window where the Bank file can be
named and saved to the location of your choice:
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The Load Factory Presets command has a fly-out menu of program banks to choose
from. The current OS has only the one choice.
You can also open the Librarian and/or Phantom Program Banks from this menu as
well.
10.4.2.
EDIT Menu
The Edit menu contains commands to Copy, Paste, and Rename, Initialize and
Clear a program bank.
The Copy Program and Paste/Write
Program commands operate on the
selected program, and are used to copy
and paste programs between Banks.
The Rename command opens a rename
window; the selected program name can
be changed or replaced.
The Initialize command initializes the
selected program, returning all
parameters to their default values.
10.4.3.
MIDI Menu
The MIDI menu contains commands to transmit the selected bank to the Prophet ’08
Bank A or B.
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Selecting any of the MIDI Dump Banks
commands brings up the Transmit
Program Banks window. The contents of
the selected Program Bank will be
transmitted to the chosen Prophet ’08
Bank when you click on the Transmit
window Start button.
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10.5. Program Menu
The program menu selection is very important to the functioning of Banks
management. It contains the core list of functions for loading and sending/writing
programs to and from the Prophet ’08.
When you have selected a program of
interested that is to be edited the first option
of the Program menu, Edit Program Ctrl+E,
sends the entire program to the
SoundEditor’s buffer and is represented on
the editing surface by updating all
parameter groups.
When satisfied with the edit the Write
Program option (Ctrl+W) can be selected to
send the modified program to be auditioned
on the hardware.
Receive and Transmit Bank will pull or
send all of a selected Bank, or both
banks, from or to the Prophet ’08
hardware when selected.
A small receive/transmit window will be
activated that always for adjustment to
pause intervals between individual
program upload/download to account for
system data receive/send limitations in
different setups.
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Load Program Bank To and Save Program
Bank will pull or send all of a selected Bank
from or to file on memory media when
selected.
Your OS system dependent save/open
dialogue window will guide you through this
process.
Load Single Program and Save Single
Program will open and load or save a
selected program from or to file on
memory media when selected.
Your OS system dependent save/open
dialogue window will guide you through
this process.
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The last function available for use in the Program menu is the Initialize function.
Selecting this option resets all program parameters back to initial factory presets.
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11.
PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN
The Prophet ’08 Bank Manager is accessed through the Main window by clicking on the Bank
button just to the right of the main program label. The Prophet ’08 Bank Manager’s Librarian
lets you organize and store an unlimited number of Prophet ’08 programs. You can also have
as many Library files on your computer as you wish. The Librarian provides 24 sound
categories to organize your Prophet ’08 sounds and have them available for immediate use.
For convenience, these sound categories have already been defined, but all categories can
easily be renamed according to your needs.
A view of the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager window is shown below. The User Program Bank is
shown on the left (1), Librarian sound categories are displayed in the middle (2), and a list of
the programs contained in the current Librarian sound category is on the right (3). Buttons for
Bank Manager and Library functions are at the top.
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11.1. Buttons and Checkboxes
A detailed view of the buttons and checkboxes in the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager is
shown below.
Here’s how the buttons and checkboxes function:
The Use Bank Data checkbox is part of the User Program Bank functions.
When Use Bank Data is unchecked (disabled), selecting a preset from the User
Program Bank switches the Prophet ’08 to the corresponding preset. This guaranties
synchronization between the hardware and SoundEditor. When Use Bank Data is
checked (enabled), the selected preset data from the User Program Bank is sent to
the Prophet ’08 edit buffer for editing and audition. This feature helps to browse
through presets in the User Program Bank without the need for dumping the entire
bank to the hardware.
Note: When Use Bank Data is enabled, Tempo and Clock Divide data is not
sent with the program data. If a sequence is playing when you select a new
program, you will hear the new program’s sound, but it will be played at the
tempo of the original program. This can be used to quickly audition new
sounds/sequences at pre-determined tempos.
Despite its location in the window, the Auto Dump checkbox is part of the Librarian.
When the Auto Dump checkbox is checked (enabled), a selected preset from the
Librarian Program list is automatically sent to the Prophet ’08 edit buffer for
editing/audition. When Auto Dump is unchecked (disabled), no data is sent.
The Add Current Program button copies the selected program in the User Program
Bank to the current Librarian category.
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11.2. Librarian Functions
The Librarian function contains 24 sound categories and a program list which display
the contents of each category:
The selected sound category is indicated by boldface type and a triangle to the left of
the name.
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Note: When the number of presets exceeds what can be displayed in the list
window, the program will add a scroll bar to provide access to the complete list of
presets.
You can change to a different category simply by clicking on the small arrow to the left
of the desired sound category name. For example, in the figure below we selected the
Strings category, which currently contains no presets:
Navigating the Librarian’s program listing is exactly like navigating the User Program
Bank listing, using either the mouse or the keyboard. Options for changing the sort
order of these programs is done in the same way as described for the Users Program
Bank list.
11.3. Organizing Presets
The Librarian’s Add Current Program button adds the current preset from the User
Program Bank to the selected sound category. Note that new entries are always
added to the end of the list, so if you have a lot of presets in a particular category, you
may have to scroll down to see the new entry.
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You can import all 128 programs from the User Program Bank into the Library using
the Load From User Bank Data command in the Librarian menu
You can also import the sounds from the Program Genetics Top Offspring bank using
the Add From Top Offspring command.
It’s important to understand that when using the Load From User Bank Data or
Add From Top Offspring commands, programs will load into the currently
selected Librarian category. Should you accidentally load a bank into the wrong
category, you can use the Librarian’s Clear Category command to delete the
bank, but realize that doing so will clear ALL presets in that category, including
any presets you intentionally placed there.
You can use the Delete command to selectively delete programs in categories,
one program at a time. Right click on library list box and select cut or delete.
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Programs can be moved from one category to another by dragging them with the
mouse. Here we are dragging program 013 ‘Tarkus (F1 seq)’ into the Res Bass
category:
And here is the result. Note that after the move the number of programs in the Strings
Library category is now 99 (down from 100 as seen in image above), and 1 program is
now in the Res Bass category:
You can also drag programs from the User Bank to the Library and from the Library to
the User Bank. When dragging from the Library to the User Bank, the Library program
will replace the currently selected program in the User Bank, and be written to the
Prophet ’08 at that program location.
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Found under Librarian menu the New Library command allows you to create a new
Library.
After selecting New Library, you’ll see a message dialog asking if you wish to save
the existing library:
Clicking the OK button will present you with a ‘Save Program Library’ dialog box that
will allow you to name and save the current library to the location you specify. Clicking
the NO button will clear the existing library including all 24 categories, leaving an
empty library. Clicking the Cancel button will cancel the operation and return you back
to the library unchanged.
The Load command allows you to load a library file into the program. Library file
names have the extension ‘.p_l’. When loading a library file, all file types will be
displayed, but only those with a ‘.p_l’’ extension will load. All other files will be ignored.
The Save command allows you to save the library file, displaying a dialog box that will
allow you to name and save the current library to the location you specify.
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11.3.1.
Librarian Menu:
The Librarian menu
is found at the top left corner of the Librarian window.
11.3.2.
File Menu:
File Menu contains links to the Load and Save Prophet ’08 Data, Load Factory
Presets, Program Banks, Phantom Program Banks and Quit options.
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11.3.3.
Bank Menu:
Bank menu contains the command to handle Librarian edit operations, including
Copy, Paste, Rename, Initialize, Edit Program From Bank, New Bank, Load to A
and Save A options.
11.3.4.
Librarian Menu:
Librarian menu contains the usual Copy, Paste, Cut, Delete and Rename Program
functions. In addition there are:
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Edit Program From Lib
Write
New Library
Rename Category
Clear Category
Load Prophet 08 File
Save Prophet 08 File As
Load From User Bank Data and
Add From Top Offspring.
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11.3.5.
MIDI Menu:
The MIDI menu contains a quick link to the Midi Setup window that contains all the
MIDI setup linkages and information as well as Receive A (or B), Transmit A (or B)
and Global Settings link.
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12.
PROGRAM GENETICS and MORPHER
The Program Genetics window is selected from the Options menu of the main page
(Morpher is a subset function of Genetics and will be discussed at the end of this
section):
Program Genetics can also be accessed from the Bank Manager/Librarian Options
menu selection as well:
Genetics allows you to quickly build new sounds from two existing ones in a similar
fashion to breeding. Parameters of each of the two sources (Parents) are combined
using four different functions to generate a new bank of presets (Kids).
A view of the Preset Genetics window is shown below. The two source banks (Parent
banks called Mommy and Daddy) are located in the upper left, along with buttons for
the four different genetics functions. The generated bank (Kids) and the Top Offspring
bank are located in the lower left. On the right are filters to exclude selected
parameters from the genetics function, and three buttons at the top for editing
functions and resetting excluded parameters.
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Any pair of programs can be used for the genetics functions (one program each from
mother and father). The result of applying the user-selected genetics functions creates
a child bank of 128 new programs, and any ‘keepers’ auditioned from the child bank
can then be moved into the Top Offspring bank.
The four Program Genetics functions are selected by using the buttons at the top of
the window. Here’s what the four functions do:
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Mix button: The parameters of each child program are randomly chosen using
parameters from either the mother or father source. For example, if the
mother’s cutoff frequency was 10 and the father’s was 88, the child’s value
would either be 10 or 88.
•
Morph button: The value of each parameter is linearly interpolated from one
parent to the other. The first child is identical to the mother; the last child is
identical to the father. All others are weighted towards each parent depending
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on their placement within the list. The middle child program is exactly 1⁄2 of the
mother and 1⁄2 of the father.
•
Mutate button: The parameter values of each child preset are randomly chosen
from within the range between each parent’s parameter. For example, if the
mother’s cutoff frequency was 10 and the father’s was 88, the child values
would be anywhere between 10 and 88.
•
Random button: A random value from within the min/max parameter range
produces the value of each parameter for the child.
Notes: Experimentation by using vastly different parents and similar parents creates
the most interesting results. You can also ‘interbreed’ the child patches, too. In
addition, you can set filters to excluded parameters that will not take a part in the
generation of new offspring. Experiment and have fun!
The Auto Audition checkbox enables automatic transfer of the selected presets from
the mother, father, kids or top offspring banks to the Prophet ’08's edit buffer. When
the Auto Audition checkbox is unchecked (disabled), no data is transmitted to the
Prophet ’08.
Other buttons at the top of the window include Edit, Write and Reset.
The Edit button brings up the Editor window, permitting on-screen editing of the
selected preset from the Parents, Kids or Top Offspring banks. Note: The Auto
Audition button must be checked for the Editor to correctly display the selected preset
in the Genetics window.
The Write button brings up the Write Program dialog box. The Write function works on
the currently selected program, which can be from the Mommy or Daddy Bank, the
Child Bank or the Top Offspring Bank:
The Reset button resets all selections made under the ‘Exclude Preset Parameters’
section. When the Reset button is clicked, all checked parameter selections become
unchecked.
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12.1. Loading Banks
Both Parent banks use the programs from the ‘A’ bank by default, but any bank can be
loaded into either parent by clicking on the list box masthead and selecting Bank A or
B as shown below:
12.2. Creating New Sounds
To create a bank of sounds based on a Program Genetics function (Mix, Morph,
Mutate, or Random) you must select a pair of ‘seed’ programs, one each from the
Mommy bank and Daddy bank. Use the scroll bars to scroll through the Parent bank
lists and select the desired programs. If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel you can
quickly scroll through either bank list by placing the mouse cursor onto the list and
scrolling up/down.
With a pair of programs chosen, selecting any one of the four Program Genetics
functions will create a bank of 128 programs in the Kids bank. Selecting the Program
Genetics function a second time will create a new bank of 128 programs, replacing the
previously generated Kids bank.
Notes: Program names in the ‘Kids’ bank become scrambled or rearranged when
you use the Genetics functions. This is normal.
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If Auto Audition is enabled, the newly generated programs can be auditioned by
selecting a program from the Kids bank. With Auto Audition enabled, the program
data is automatically sent to the Prophet ’08 edit buffer. Programs can be auditioned
using SoundEditor’s V-Piano function, or by using the computer keyboard.
Note: Be sure to turn down the volume before trying out “Kids” programs because
the resulting levels can be unpredictable!
12.3. Moving Programs
Programs created in the Program Genetics window can be moved in several ways:
Selected programs in the Kids bank are moved into the Top Offspring bank by clicking
on the thin copy bar that separates the banks.
Selected programs can be dragged from either the Top Offspring or Kids bank directly
into any Librarian category in the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager. Programs can also be
dragged from either the Top Offspring or Kids bank directly into the User Program
Bank in the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager where they are automatically written to the
Prophet ’08 at the currently selected program location.
12.4. Program Genetics Menus
Program Genetics has just one menu, shown below.
The File menu contains commands to open Bank Manager/Librarian and Phantom
Program Banks.
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12.5. Morpher
The Morpher function is accessed through the main menu Option selection:
The resulting window is a reduced view of the Morpher:
This window contains a slider that allows for real time Morphing (the same Morph
algorithm as used in the Program Genetics function) between any two programs from
either or the same bank. Checking the Live Scroll option sends each incremental
blending of the two programs being morphed to the editor buffer and window GUI as
well it will be auditioned so that you can hear the actual result as you scroll. Please
keep your speaker volume down using this function. There can be some very strange
an extreme results that have high gain characteristics.
The expanded view of the Morpher window (found by clicking the More button) offers
a few editing/filtering options for the Morpher.
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Options include preserving certain parameter groups as presented in the original
programs (options for preservation are):
•
Base Sequencer
•
Freq/Tune
•
Base Mod Sources
•
Base Mod Destination
•
Base Analogue Oscillators
•
Base Controls
There is also the option to Morph the Analog Oscillators only and to use Controller by
number.
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13.
SNAPSHOTS
Program Snapshots add extra functionality to quickly capture UNDO points or
“Snapshots” of edited programs. To add the current program to Snapshots click on the
Snap button on Layer Tool Bar (seen below)
Use SnapShot menu option and select Add Snapshot
Press Ctrl+A to display SnapShot window.
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To rename a program in Snapshot collection, double-click on the program name.
To send the Snapshot to the Prophet ’08’s edit buffer, click the Send button as seen
above. As you build a list of snapshots you may want to go back to one of interest and
re-edit it or audition. This is simply done by clicking on one of the SnapShot selections
and clicking the Edit button. The parameter settings on main window will automatically
reset.
Snapshots allows you to quickly capture “Snapshots” of edited programs, giving you
multiple points of ‘undo’ and allowing you to check your editing at various stages. The
Snapshots Window is accessed from the Snapshots menu in the Main window.
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14.
PHANTOM PROGRAM BANKS
The Phantom Program Banks function allows you to add virtual banks of programs
(phantoms) to your Prophet ’08. Phantom Program Banks allows you to load up to 16
banks of programs into SoundEditor, and have any program in any bank immediately
available for auditioning. This means you can have as many as 2048 programs (16 x
128) at your disposal (2560 program when you include the four Prophet ’08 instrument
banks!).
Banks of programs can be loaded from SoundEditor’s Program Banks (A and B), or
from the Top Offspring list in the Program Genetics window, or from any saved bank
files. Banks can also be assembled by pasting or dragging single programs to this
window.
The Phantom Program Banks window is selected from the File menu in the Main
window (shortcut: Ctrl-H):
Note: You can expand the Phantom Program Bank window both horizontally and
vertically to accommodate long path names and long program lists.
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Phantom Banks serve as a librarian for your Prophet ’08 programs. You can load 16
different Program Banks into Prophet ’08 Sound Edit at a time. The banks can be
loaded from the Prophet ’08’s Program Banks, from Genetics’ Top Offspring or from
saved Prophet ’08 Bank and SysEx Files. Loading functions are located in the File
menu.
By double clicking on the Category column members a Category rename dialogue box
will be activated and you may re-label the Category the phantom programs belong to.
In the example below we double clicked on the S002 (the second of the modified Rare
Peace programs) and see that it is Not Assigned.
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One click on the – Not Assigned label will bring up the contextual menu filled with the
available categories. These are changed in Librarian.
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V-PIANO
The Virtual Piano (V-Piano) provides a way to ‘play’ the Prophet ’08 remotely using
the mouse. V-Piano is selected from the Options menu in either the Main window or
the Editor window (shortcut: ctrl-P)
To play, simply use the mouse to press keys on the V-Piano. When a key is pressed
with the mouse, the corresponding note will be displayed in Red on the bottom left
side of the keyboard:
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The vertical slider on the far right of the keyboard adjusts the velocity of notes played
from 0 to 127. The Midi channel is changed by clicking on the label just above the
Velocity label (‘Vel. 127’ below) and choosing from the popup menu.
15.1. Playing Notes From Keyboard
You can also play notes on the Prophet ’08 using your computer's keyboard. The
middle and bottom rows of computer keys act as a single octave of keys mapped like
a piano keyboard. You can use these keys to remotely play notes on the Prophet ’08:
Mouse Piano and Computer Key assignment are as follows:
Sliders adjust Midi Channel change and velocity of notes played.
3-4 notes can be played at the same time.
Octave Shifting:
Letters Q W E R T Y U I O P select the octave (transpose
computer keys)
Note Velocity:
- and + decrease and increase note velocity
Key Notes:
X =C
D =C#
C =D
F =D#
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V =E
B =F
H =F#
N =G
J =G#
M =A
K = A#
,=B
. = C (one octave above "X" key)
All Notes Off - Space Bar key
Additional functions:
+ and - = change Note velocity +/- 5
* and / = change Play channel +/- 1
Visually this is roughly represented by the following schematic of the keyboard:
Hint: You can “hang” a note by pressing down a “note” key and while it is depressed,
press “octave” key.
When computer keys are played, a value of note played is displayed together with a
midi channel and velocity on main window’s status bar.
Each key press generates a MIDI Note ON message corresponding to the note as
specified. When the key is released, a MIDI Note OFF message is sent. You will see
the Voyager’s MIDI LED blink as these commands are sent, and the Voyager will play
the corresponding note.
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Note: This feature works in all windows, allowing you to audition sounds at any time.
Note that the CAPS LOCK key must not be ON, as only lower case letters send
MIDI note data. You can use the CAPS LOCK key to temporarily turn off remote
playing if desired.
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16.
HELP PROGRAM FUNCTIONS
16.1. About
This menu item simply opens a splash screen that gives the registered owner and
version details of the software.
16.2. Help ON Line
The Help On Line menu item opens your default web browser with a direct link to
SoundTower.com/prophet online help page. This help page is a replication of the help
file included with this software’s installer package for use in case the original file is lost
or for the user to get access to inclusions that may occur from time to time.
16.3. Updating the Firmware
IMPORTANT: Refer to the documentation supplied with your OS update for
full details on the update procedure BEFORE updating the firmware with
SoundEditor.
Begin by confirming that MIDI connections are established and the correct MIDI Out
port is selected.
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There are several options to update the Prophet ’08 OS using the ‘Prophet ‘08 OS
Update’ function located under Prophet ’08 in Help in main menu:
Selecting this command will initiate the update.
You will be presented with a dialogue box offering update options.
There are two different methods to update the operating system.
The first is broken down into a two part procedure involving update of MainOS and
then VoiceOS. Clicking MAIN first invokes a dialogue window as follows:
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When this part of the update is finished the Prophet’08 will close and then restart.
Please do not turn off your Prophet’08 during this procedure.
When the software restarts, go back to the Help menu and open the OS update
dialogue again and click the VoiceOS update button. This will invoke the following
dialogue window:
Please note that the software will close and then restart again automatically when
update is completed.
Please do not turn off your Prophet’08 during this procedure.
Clicking OS Udate From File will present you with a load window. You must navigate
to where the SysEx Update file is located that you downloaded from the DSI site and
select the file:
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Clicking the OPEN button will load the file into SoundEditor. You will be presented with
a dialog box.
Clicking the START button will initiate the transfer of SysEx data to the Prophet ’08.
You must NOT interrupt, turn off or other wise disrupt the update while it is in progress
as this may have sever consequences with regard to your Prophet’08’s OS integrity
that may require reinstallation of the OS.
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17.
PROPHET ’08 STACK and SPLIT LAYERS
Prophet’08 Stack and Split functions are easily and simply engaged by the editor by
toggling between two LEDs at the top of the editor screen.
In the upper of the two images above the Stack function is engaged and the lower of
the images demonstrates the Split function view.
The Split point is set by clicking on the label to the right of the LEDs and clicking on
the popup keyboard (see below):
Here we clicked on the C3 key (grayed out above) and set the split point at this key.
The label changes it’s text to reflect the currently selected key.
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18.
KEY COMMAND SHORTCUTS
Most of the menus in the SoundEditor have key command shortcuts for frequently
used items on the menus. Many users find these key command shortcuts quicker and
easier then using the mouse for most operations.
Key command shortcuts are found in the program menus.
Here is a list of the complete key command shortcuts for SoundEditor.
18.1. MAIN WINDOW
File menu:
Ctrl + O
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + L
Ctrl + B
Ctrl + H
Ctrl + Q
Load All Prophet ’08 Data
Save All Prophet ’08 Data
Prophet ’08 Bank Manager/Librarian
Program Banks
Phantom Program Banks
Quit
Edit menu:
Alt + C
Alt + S
Controls
Sequencer
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + V
Ctrl + W
Copy Program
Paste Program
Write Program
Crtl + Shift + C
Ctrl + Shift + V
Ctrl + I
Copy Layer
Past Layer
Initialize Layer
Ctrl – N
Ctrl – I
Rename Program
Initialize Program
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MIDI menu:
Ctrl + R
Ctrl + T
Ctrl + G
Ctrl + M
Receive Current Program
Transmit Current Program
Global Settings
Midi Setup
Options menu:
Crtl + Shift + G
Crtl + Shift + M
Ctrl + P
Program Genetics
Morpher
V-Piano
Snap Shots menu:
Crtl + A
Crtl + Shift + A
Add Snapshot
View Snapshots
18.2. PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN WINDOW
File menu:
Ctrl + O
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + B
Load All Prophet ’08 Data
Save All Prophet ’08 Data
Program Banks
Bank menu:
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + V
Ctrl + N
Ctrl + I
Ctrl + E
Crtl + Shift + O
Crtl + Shift + S
Copy
Paste
Rename
Initialize Program
Edit Program From Bank
Load to BankB
Save BankB
Librarian:
Crtl + Shift + C
Crtl + Shift + V
Crtl + Shift + X
Copy
Paste
Cut
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Crtl + Shift + D
Crtl + Shift + E
Crtl + Shift + N
Delete
Edit Program From Lib
Rename Program
MIDI menu:
Crtl + R
Crtl + T
Crtl + M
Crtl + G
Receive BankB
Transmit BankB
Midi Setup
Global Settings
Options menu:
Crtl + Shift + G
Crtl + P
Program Genetics
V - Piano
18.3. PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM BANKS WINDOW
File menu:
Ctrl + O
Ctrl + S
Ctrl + L
Ctrl + H
Ctrl + Q
Load All Prophet ’08 Data
Save All Prophet ’08 Data
Prophet ’08 Bank Manager/Librarian
Phantom Program Banks
Close
Edit menu:
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + V
Ctrl + N
Copy Program
Paste/Write Program
Rename Program
Midi menu:
Crtl + R
Crtl + T
Crtl + G
Crtl + M
Receive BankB
Transmit BankB
Global Settings
Midi Setup
Program menu:
Ctrl + E
Ctrl + W
Edit Program
Write Program
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Options menu:
Ctrl + G
Ctrl + P
Program Genetics
V-Piano
Snap Shots menu:
Crtl + A
Crtl + Shift + A
Add Snapshot
View Snapshots
18.4. PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM GENETICS WINDOW
File menu:
Ctr l+ L
Prophet’08 Bank Manager/Librarian
Ctr l+ ALt + option L Phantom Program Banks
Ctr l+ W
Close
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APENDIXICES
19.1. APPENDIX A. FILE EXTENSIONS
Here is the complete list of file extensions used in the DSI Prophet’08 SoundEditor:
Save/Load Prophet 08 Program Bank
.p_b
Save/Load All Prophet 08 Data
.p08
Save/Load Single Prophet 08 Program .p_p
Save/Load Prophet 08 Main Settings
.p_m
Save/Load Sequence Templates
.p_s
Program Library
.p_l, .p_b
OS Update from File
.syx
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19.2. APPENDIX B. SEQUENCER NOTE VALUES
The following chart of note values is provided to assist in adjusting sequence pitches
in SoundEditor. The step values shown produce musical half-steps and are based on
an oscillator pitch setting of C0 with no transposition:
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19.3. APPENDIX C. SEQUENCER CHORDS
The Function section in SoundEditor’s Sequencer window contains a number of preset
‘chords’ which are programmed as arpeggiated patterns of notes. These preset chord
patterns are shown here for your convenience. The patterns are based on a starting
step value of 48 (C4, although the step value is completely programmable), and
visually grouped to shown the chord played. All 16 steps are shown:
Basic (alternating major third):
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Sequencer window preset ‘chords’ continued:
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