ARP MANAGER Version 1.0 INTRODUCTION ArpManager

ARP MANAGER
Version 1.0
INTRODUCTION
ArpManager is a utility that lets you work with Yamaha Motif ES 6/7/8, S90
ES and MO 6/8 arpeggio files.
ArpManager lets you open one or many User Arpeggio (.W7G) files, or any
of the supported ALL files (.W7A, .S7A and .M7A) that contain arpeggio
files, and rearrange them into a new .W7G file that can be loaded by these
keyboards.
ArpManager's document windows are simple lists which display the 256
locations for User Arpeggios by name, with some additional pieces of
information such as category, number of measures, number of tracks, the
notes used and whether they are fixed or not, and the amount of memory
(in bytes) used by an individual arpeggio.
Copying User Arpeggios between files or within the same file can be
achieved either by simple drag 'n' drop, or by the traditional
Copy/Cut/Paste menu, with the usual keyboard shortcuts.
A more advanced feature of ArpManager is the ability to edit the User
Arpeggios. Double-clicking on an arpeggio brings up a dialog box that
shows the details of the arpeggio as an event list, similar to the one
present in the Motif ES onboard sequencer. You can alter this event list (or
even build your own from scratch) by adding, deleting and modifying
events for any of the four tracks that the arpeggio engine provides. You
can also filter the events in order to focus on one particular event type or
track.
If you plan to use ArpManager for its editing features, it is best to get
familiar with the native Motif ES arpeggio engine. Even though
ArpManager lets you build your own arpeggios with almost any level of
complexity, your hardware synth will have the final word when it comes to
turning these commands into music. We recommend that you experiment,
so you'll get more and more familiar with what can and what can't be done
in the arpeggio domain.
Finally, backup your data. ArpManager works on native Yamaha files and
fortunately these files are not very large so don't be shy about saving data
– possibly more than once - before any critical operation.
MAIN CONCEPTS
On startup, ArpManager opens an empty document. The menu will provide
you with the usual application operations.
The File >> Open menu will default to files with the .W7G extension. You
can open any file by selecting "All Files" from the File Type list.
ArpManager identifies the files from their content, and not from their
extension. W7G, W7A, S7A and M7A "All" files are supported.
You can save only W7G files (User Arpeggios). Even if you opened an ALL
file then you can still only (re)save the User Arpeggios portion of the ALL
file. If you want to re-insert your new User Arpeggios back into an ALL file,
load the User Arpeggio file back into your instrument and then save
everything as an ALL. File directly from the keyboard.
On a computer, .W7G files appear with an accompanying W8G file.
Although this secondary file is not seen within your Motif/S90 it is essential
to copy both W7G and W8G files when handling files on a computer.
ArpManager will create a default W8G file if one does not exist.
MAIN WINDOW
The arpeggio files are shown as a list of 256 possible locations. The
locations are significant. If you move an arpeggio to a new location in the
same file, then make sure you modify any Voice, Performance or Pattern
Mix that employed your arpeggio in its old location, to its new location.
Locations are either empty (grayed icon), or filled with an arpeggio.
Arp Name. The arpeggio name (up to eight ASCII characters).
#. The location number (1 to 256).
Category. Any of the predefined arpeggio categories: Seq, ChSq, HySq,
ApKb, Orgn, GtPl, GtKM, Bass, BaKM, Strn, Bras, RdPp, Lead, PdMe,
CPrc, DrPc, Comb, Cntr ;
Bytes. The amount of bytes used by the arpeggio. There is a limit of 71680
bytes for the total arpeggio memory. So, having 256 locations doesn't
mean that you can use them all, especially if you have some "big"
arpeggios. You can make a "big" arpeggio by creating a long, complex
one, or by overusing the continuous controllers.
Meas. The bars length of the arpeggio, and therefore the point at which it
will loop (1-16). Any event beyond the last measure set will not be played.
Time Signature. One of the 28 possible time signatures handled by the
arpeggio engine.
Tracks. Number of tracks. The arpeggio engine is a four track sequencer,
so you may have from one up to four tracks here.
Root. The base note from which all the notes in "Original Note" mode will
be shifted from (see Motif ES Owner's Manual p.130).
Original Notes. The list of notes in Original mode.
Fixed Notes. The list of notes in Fixed mode (typically used for a drumkit
where you do not want transpositions.
JOBS AND FUNCTIONS
Printing
The menu File >> Print will print out the list of the 256 arpeggio names in
their respective locations.
Capacity
File >> Properties will compute the amount of bytes used, globally, for
the whole file.
Copy/Cut/Paste
The usual Edit operation lets you copy, delete, and reorder the arpeggios
between different locations. You can also just drag and drop the
arpeggios individually between files, or within the same file.
If you Cut or Delete (Del. key) an arpeggio it will return to its empty state.
Entering Edit Mode
The menu Edit >> Edit Arp (or double-clicking on an arpeggio) will reveal
the Arpeggio Edit window.
THE ARPEGGIO EDITOR
The arpeggio engine is a 4-track, 16 note sequencer. It is recommend that
you spend some time in getting familiar with how this works directly on
your Motif.
The "General" group will let you change the name, category, number of
bars and root key of the whole arpeggio.
The "Notes" list, on the left, will let you choose which notes are to be used
in the arpeggio, and especially in which mode, on a per-note
basis. You have two ways to change the mode:
1. By selecting a note (a line in the list) and then choosing the mode in the
drop-down list above;
2. By double-clicking on the mode name itself (this will cycle through the
three available modes).
For the notes in "Normal" mode, you can't choose the note, since it
will depend on the actual notes you'll be playing. For the other modes
(Fixed and Original) you can choose the note in the same way that you
choose the mode (except that double-clicking will take you to the notes
drop-list).
Any change in the notes list will update the Events list. All "Note" events
will be resolved to display the actual note.
The "Event" group lets you add a new event, replace or delete an existing
one (use the related buttons). All events are related to a Track (1-4) and a
location (or address). The location is expressed as "Bar: Beat - Ofs". This
format is mandatory. The "Bar" shouldn't be greater than the number of
bars of the "General" group. The "Beat" depends on the time signature.
Finally, since the arpeggio engine (like the internal sequencer) has a
resolution of 480 PPQ (Pulses Per Quarter Notes) the "Offset" (Ofs) can
take any value between 0 and 479, inclusive.
Finally, since the arpeggio engine (like the internal sequencer) has a
resolution of 480 PPQ (Pulses Per Quarter Notes) the "Offset" (Ofs) can
take any value between 0 and 479 inclusive in time signatures of type n/4
(like 4/4, 2/4, 3/4 etc.), 0 to 239 for n/8 time signatures (6/8, 9/8, 12/8
etc.) and 0 to 119 for n/16 time signatures (12/16, 16/16 etc.)
Types Of Events
As on the Motif ES itself, the arpeggio engine can store any event of the
following types:
Note, Pitch Bend, Control Change, Program Change, Channel Aftertouch
(Channel AT), Poly Aftertouch (Poly AT), RPN, NRPN and System
Exclusive (Sysex).
Depending on the type of event selected, the data input fields will vary:
For Note: the Note (1-16), Velocity (0-127), Duration (in PPQ) and
Octave (-3 to +3).
For Pitch Bend: the Pitch Bend value (-8192 to +8191).
For Control Change: Controller ID and value.
For Program Change: MSB/LSB and number.
For Channel Aftertouch: the Channel Aftertouch value.
For Poly Aftertouch: the note and value.
For RPN and NRPN: MSB/LSB, Data 1 and Data 2.
For System Exclusive: a hexadecimal string where the bytes are
separated by one space character. Initial F0 and final F7 are mandatory.
Filters
Below the "Event" group is the filter group, where you can select/unselect
the types of events and the tracks to be displayed.
The Events List
The Events List displays the events according to the filter settings; in
chronological order. For Note events, the displayed information includes
the actual note (when possible), octave, velocity and duration. For other
events, it depends on the parameters that are available.
To add an event, fill in the "Event" group above and click on "Insert,"and
the event will be inserted chronologically.
Note:
It isn't recommended to have two or more events at the same timestamp
(measure/ beat/offset) for the same track. If the file format allows this, I
have noticed that the actual keyboard (Motif ES in my case) automatically
uses another track.
To modify an event, simply select the corresponding line, then edit
whatever parameters you like in the "Event" group, and click on "Replace."
To delete an event, select it and either click on "Delete", or simply press
the "Del" key.
Finally, you can either commit your changes by clicking on "Save & Exit",
or cancel everything by clicking on the "Cancel" button.
Note:
If you wish to save your arpeggio, all of the notes that aren't in the
"Normal" mode have to be resolved, i.e. you must define a real note for
them.
DISCLAIMER / LIABILITY
We hope this program will be useful, interesting, and will also open doors
for you in both in the technical and creative areas of your work.
Please keep in mind that Yamaha has not released any public, official
specifications about these file formats; especially the arpeggio formats, so
the information provided here is ‘unofficial’ and must be used entirely at
your own risk.
ArpManager does not aim to replace any regular sequencing software. Its
purpose is purely to fill a feature gap and provide you with a convenient
way to archive, compile, and hopefully create your own User Arpeggio
files.
If you have questions about the use of this product please post questions
on the new dedicated ARPEGGIOS / ARP MANAGER forum on
Motifator.com, or contact info@motifator.com.
Julien Sabdes, Marseille, FRANCE.
©2007 J. Sabdes / KEYFAX NewMedia Inc