ENSONIQ TS-10 Developers guide

ENSONIQ TS-10 Developers guide
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Windows MIDI and Disk Utility Software for the
EPS, 16-Plus, & ASR-10/88 Samplers
Copyright ©1994-2012 Rubber Chicken Software Co. All Rights Reserved
.WAV files
A standard incorporated my Microsoft for sound within an PC/Windows
system. They can be 8-bit, 16-bit, mono, or stereo. They are used for system
sounds within a PC/Windows, but also for any hard disk recording schemes
and other PC/Windows sound-related items. .Wav files cannot be looped, nor
do they contain multiple wavesamples.
A function where you can view the entire waveform, as opposed to just a part
of it.
A unit on the EPS/ASR that holds a set of parameters affecting sound, and
also either the actual sample data or pointers to another wavesample that
actually holds the data.
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows is the sole property of Rubber Chicken Software Co. You are granted a license to use Ensoniq
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Installation Instructions
List of Files
Brief Overview and History
Important Concepts
Main Screen
Instrument Controls
Control Buttons
Instrument/Layer Screen
Layer Panel
Effects Panel
Wavesample Screen
Loading EPS/ASR File via MIDI
Loading File Images
Global Parameter Screen
Sample Editing - SampleVue
Screen Commands
Going Deeper - Wavesample Data Editing
Truncating and Normalizing
Advanced Low-Level Commands
Basic Low-Level Commands
MIDI Keyboard
MIDI Tester
Naming Wizard
Ensoniq Disk Tools
Ensoniq File Analyzer
MIDI Monitor
Setup Screen
Sequencer Screens
Sequencer Control Board
Sequence Parameter Editing
Personal Support
Update Policy
Shortcut Quick Reference
Final Notes
Thank You's and Legal Notices
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Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows is a full-featured sample editor and
remote parameter editor for the Ensoniq line of samplers. It’s purpose is to
Replace the 22-character display on the EPS/ASR and provide a more
versatile user-interface with a computer screen
To assist the EPS/ASR with many tools programming and editing to
make the complex job of working with the EPS/ASR easier, and
Provide a computer link to the EPS/ASR that will prove truly indispensable to the function and operation of the EPS/ASR
Hopefully, you are excited to install the software and see how it works, and
work with it. Before we dig in, here’s some features of the program:
1. The ability to view and edit sound parameters (instrument-level, layerlevel, wavesample-level, envelope-level, sample-level, effect-level,
sequence- and track-level for the instruments in the EPS/ASR.
2. Global Parameter viewing and editing.
3. Effect view and editing.
4. Sequence and track viewing and editing.
5. A handy MIDI keyboard to remotely play the EPS/ASR keyboard from
the computer.
6. Many programming short cuts.
7. Built-in MIDI Monitor with Sys-Ex programming
8. Remote Load File via MIDI
9. Naming Wizard
If you are a registered owner, you are qualified for free updates for the life of
the program, which will be sent to you automatically from Rubber Chicken
Software Co. There are many things we intend to add to this program to make
it more versatile for you to use. New versions are never far away!
A file saved to your hard drive that stores all the parameters of an Instrument.
See Disk File.
This is a PC file format standard introduced by Giebler Enterprises in their
Disk Manager series. It is essentially the binary data of an Ensoniq file, with
Hex200 header. Using these, you can manipulate Ensoniq files on a PC.
A unit on the EPS/ASR that contains up to 8 Layers and up to 127 wavesamples.
The original author of EPS SENSE. He now is famous with Microsoft, writing
two books (Advanced Windows and A Windows 95 Developers Guide). He
also consults at a number of big name companies.
A unit on the EPS/ASR that holds wavesamples across one keymap of the
keyboard. You can have up to 8 layers in an INSTRUMENT.
A Ensoniq innovation that selects a pre-programmed group of layers from a
pair of momentary onboard buttons.
The makers, developers, sole distributors or Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for
Windows. They also make samples for the EPS/ASR series, and other items,
specifically for Ensoniq samplers.
This area tells you what kind of sampler the computer is expecting. Once you
read the EPS/ASR through MIDI, the computer finds out for itself and changes
this automatically.
SYS-EX (or, more properly, System Exclusive)
A MIDI standard that communicate specific messages to specific instruments.
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools uses this to changes just about any parameter in the
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These lights tell you (from the left) if the MIDI is turned on so the computer can
receive MIDI signals, if MIDI is coming into the computer, and if MIDI is transmitting out of the computer.
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Thank You's and Legal Notices
Thanks to Piet Crombach and Mike De Laat for their patient overseas communication and sharing of ideas about the EPS/ASR sys-ex spec.
Thanks to Arthur Edstrom of Artic Software, and James Shields and Ruth
James of Mabry Software, for their MIDICoolTools/MIDIPack, which is used in
this product. Thanks for their personal gift of support.
Thanks also to James Erwin, Michael Love Graves, Mark Pulvar, Timo Kuittenten, Ed Buchmayer, Dennis Chesanek, Gregg Lentz, James Olsen, Michael
Bahr, Patrick Howell, Ron Williams, Jesper Gummeson, George Kalarant, Leroy Coleman and Michael Baker (for the MIDI Keyboard improvements), and
several other people that took their time and helped us along our way. This
program wouldn’t be without you!
Legal Notices
ENSONIQ, EPS, EPS-16 PLUS, TS-10, TS-12, ASR-X, ASR-88, and ASR-10
are trademarks of ENSONIQ Corp.
GIEBLER is a trademark of Giebler Enterprises.
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows was compiled using Visual Basic 5.0
Professional Version, Microsoft Word 5.0/7.0, and the indefatigable Ensoniq
ASR-10, EPS 16-Plus, and Original EPS keyboards and racks.
A file saved to your hard drive that stores all the parameters of an instrument
read by Tools. See File Image.
Installation Instructions
1. Take your installation CD-ROM, and insert it into your CD-ROM Drive.
2. The Setup program should automatically start up (if Auto-Insert Notification
is turned on in your PC). If it does not, click Start-Run and type d:\setup
(where "d" is your CD-ROM Drive letter). From there follow the prompts (it
should be self-explanatory).
3. After SETUP is finished, connect your EPS/ASR to your MIDI interface.
Both IN and OUT must be connected. Turn on your EPS/ASR and be sure
to either have the OS floppy inserted or the hard drive selected with the OS,
for the program may access the OS for an overlay during its operation.
4. Turn SYS-EX=ON on the EPS/ASR. This is required for use with the MIDI
engine. Double-cluck on the Chicken icon, and you are ready to roll! Please
follow the start-up screen by typing in your name to personalize the program, and set your MIDI In and MIDI Out drivers, what MIDI channel you
want the computer to communicate to the EPS/ASR from, the place where
you want your Disk Files to go, and the type of sampler you will be using. If
the program has problems at any point, don’t hesitate to call or write Rubber Chicken Software Co.
After this, you’re set! We have tested this program on many PC’s and many
sound-cards, but in this world of incontinuity and incompatibility, perhaps there
are conflicts and machine errors that will cause problems. Again, please call
us toll-free and discuss your problems - we have many possible solutions
(please see Troubleshooting as well).
Here is your Registration Name and Number
The Ensoniq 16-Plus and ASR-10/88 have a built-in effects chip, which you
can assign parameters per instrument and bank.
A DOS program developed by Jeffrey Richter (now at MicroSoft) and Donna
Murray that controlled the Original EPS via MIDI.
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Please type in the NAME AND NUMBER exactly as shown. Please pay attention to upper-case
vs. lower-case, or capital i's (I) and ones (1), zero's (0) and O's, etc. Again, the registration is
case sensitive - they must be entered into MIDI-Disk Tools EXACTLY as shown.
Note to European users: if you have problems with your registration number, substitute a
comma for the periods that the registration number might contain.
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List of Files - Brief Overview and History
List of Files
Program Files (in application folder)
Program File
Effects Information
16-Plus OS
Final Notes
Dynamic Link Libraries (in system folder)
esd32.dll (app dir)
xtool16.dll (app dir)
A couple of things to keep in mind. Please report any alleged bugs that you
might come in contact with. Also, if you have any ideas about how to make
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows better or easier to use, let us know.
Here are a few numbers to keep in mind.
If the program has problems at any point,
Emu-Ensoniq Corp.
Text/Help Files (in application folder) don’t hesitate to e-mail, call, or fax us at our
MIDI-Disk Help
Disk ToolsHelp
RCS Catalog
Read Me
Disk Tools Read Me
Version History
contact addresses.
ActiveX Controls (in system folder)
Brief Overview and History
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows is the pursuit of Rubber Chicken Software Co. to configure a full-fledged computer support vehicle for the Ensoniq
line of samplers. It’s ideological genesis was a small program by Jeffery Richter
and Donna Murray called EPS-SENSE, which was written in 1989 to support
the Original EPS. It feature parameter editing and a waveform form where you
could see the wave (unfortunately, Ensoniq had a bug in their OS that prevented
this - it didn’t get fixed until 2.49, long after the Original EPS passed it’s hey-day).
We had been selling that program, until we entered an agreement with Jeffrey
Richter to obtain the source and modify it to work with the 16-Plus and ASR-10.
Well, we had so many ideas for a great program that we abandoned the shell of
his DOS program and made our own, which you see the results of today. The
idea of this program is to get your hands of the EPS/ASR with it’s button pushing
and on a house and a keyboard and a monitor, where you can see everything.
All the screens necessary are provided, along with a sequencer control and a
special MIDIKeyboard controllable from a mouse or computer keyboard, so you
don’t even have to have a keyboard nearby!
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Final Notes
155 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, PA 19355
Customer Service (610)-647-3930
www.ensoniq.com - www.emu-ensoniq.com
They are not making keyboards anymore, but they still answer questions
EPS/ASR/TS Internet Mailing List
[email protected]
See subscription info at:
Essential for in-depth EPS/ASR/TS probing
Transoniq Hacker
1402 SW Upland Dr.
Portland, OR 97221
[email protected]
They are out of publication, but still a great back order resource
Thank You's and Legal Notices
Thanks to everyone who gave their comments and help, especially on the
Ensoniq Internet Mailing List [email protected]
Thanks to John Bodenstein, brilliant developer of the Ensoniq Sampler Driver.
Thanks for your patience and commitment.
Thanks also to Tony Ferrera and Bert Nuskirk of Ensoniq, whom we've always
counted on for assistance and friendship, and Eric Geislinger and Jane Talisman of the Transoniq Hacker, whom it only seems days ago when we had a
Mirage and we picked up our first Hacker and read it cover to cover.
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Shortcut Quick Reference
Important Concepts
Shortcut Quick Reference
Important Concepts
Control Key
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk is an easy program to use; however, there are two special
concepts that are important to keep in mind. These concepts are the framework
of the program.
A MIDI -ReadAll
B MIDI Tester
C (Copy)
D Write to Disk Image
E MIDI - Read Single
F Format Floppy
G Global Parameters Screen
H Auto-Load Function
I Ensoniq File Analyzer
J SampleVue Screen
K MIDI Keyboard
L Load Remote File
M MIDI Monitor
N Naming Wizard
O Read Floppy to Disk Image
P (Print Parameters)
Q Exit Program
R Read File Image
S Setup Screen
T Ensoniq Disk Tools
U (Sequencer Track Control)
V (Paste)
W Write File Image
X (Cut)
Y (Sequencer Control Board)
Alt Key
F - R Read File Image
W Write File Image
D - R Read Disk Image
W Write Disk Image
F Format Floppy
M -A MIDI - Read All
S MIDI - Read Single
U -
Z Normalizer
N Naming Wizrd
T Ensoniq Disk Tools
I, L or W -R Create
P -
M Main Page
G Global Parameters
K MIDI Keyboard
B (Seq Control Board)
Q (Sequencer Track Control)
Z Ensoniq File Analyzer
I MIDI Monitor
S Setup Screen
I -
C Cascade Windows
T Tile Windows
A Arrange Windows
H -
C Contents
H How to Order
T Trouble Shooting
R Revision History
U Update Policy
In a perfect world, a keyboard manufacturer would make their musical instrument
quickly accessible to the best user interface possible. Roland comes close by
providing a direct monitor output on their keyboards, and programming software
that shows exactly what is loaded into the machine. Ensoniq does not come as
close, but does make many aspects of the instrument available.
Concept 1: MIDI Parameter Reading
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools can query the EPS/ASR for the current contents of the
sounds and sequences loaded into RAM. It stores that information in a file that
is identical to the Ensoniq file format; in fact, you can load the newly made file
into your EPS/ASR via floppy or SCSI and it would be work identically (with two
important exceptions).
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools can then take the Instrument parameters and change
any parameter within that Instrument, just as you would do on the front panel of
the EPS/ASR. It then goes even goes further, by batch certain functions together
to make more efficient operation. At the same time, MIDI-Disk Tools updates
the stored file, keeping it current with the Instrument in the EPS/ASR memory.
There are a couple significant shortcomings of the EPS/ASR MIDI implementation:
1. You cannot find out what Effect is stored within the instrument, however,
you can read a subset (nine) of the parameters via MIDI.
2. Certain parameters are not available; e.g., Pitch Tables, etc.
3. MIDI is a VERY slow data transmission format. Reading the parameters of
an Instrument take a bit of time, but the majority of an Instrument's data is
the wavesample data. Getting this information from the EPS/ASR via MIDI,
given a 500 block instrument, takes about 3-4 minutes. That's too long!
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools attempts to rectify these concerns by establishing the
next concept:
Concept 2: Storage Device Reading
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools can also query an actual Ensoniq file on floppy or SCSI
Device for the same information; parameters, effects information, wavedata;
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Important Concepts
Update Policy
the works. It's MUCH faster than MIDI, and it can get ALL the information. The
disadvantage is that you can't audition your changes (find out what a certain
change will sound like) immediately, since the info isn't in the samplers memory.
So, Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools attempts to merge these to methods of getting the
EPS/ASR information into an acceptable work format. Let's look at an optimum
setup for working with sounds, using a sound called MR BRASS for example:
SCSI Cable
SCSI Drive
SCSI Cable
Computer running
MIDI-Disk Tools,
with a Sound Card
and a Sample Editor
(Sound Forge, etc.)
1. Using the EPS/ASR, load MR BRASS from the SCSI Drive.
2. Using MIDI-Disk Tools, save MR BRASS as a File Image in the computer.
3. Click the READ ALL button on the MIDI-Disk Tool Main Screen; this will query
the EPS/ASR for the contents of the memory.
4. The EPS/ASR will tell MIDI-Disk Tools that MR BRASS is loaded; MIDI-Disk
Tools will find the MR BRASS File Image in the computer, and ask you if you
want to load from MIDI, or from the File Image. Choose File Image.
5. You will have full access to most of the parameters within MR BRASS.
Editing Common Parameters
Example: editing the release time of the wavesamples of Layer 1. Go to
the ENV3, and use the graphical envelopes to edit the release time. The
parameters will be updated via MIDI to the EPS/ASR, so you can paly the
EPS/ASR to see when the release time is just right. The File Image in the
computer will be updated as well.
Editing Effects
These parameters cannot be changed via MIDI, so they are only changed
to the File Image. The only way to audition these is to reload the File Image
to the SCSI Drive, and then load that into the EPS/ASR.
Editing the Wavedata
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools remotely works the Looping and other data-editing
functions via MIDI; however, only some of them update the File Image. You
are able to auditon these directly. Another method is to use your favorite
computer editor (Sound Forge, etc.) to edit the File Image wavedata. Of
course, this will not update your EPS/ASR via MIDI, so you will have to
reload the Instrument to hear the total edit. But immediately, you can hear
the wavedata with the sound card while you edit it in the sample editor.
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Update Policy
Starting with updates after Version 3.5, Revision/Build 22, Ensoniq MIDI-Disk
Tools updates are available again on our Web Site. They are in the form of
"Patches", files you download to update your currently installed program.
You will need at least Version 3.5, Revision/Build 22 to use this system. You will simply click
the Tools On The Web/Update menu option under Help in the program - that will bring up
your browser, dial the Internet, and take you to a Web page that will inform you on the availability of an update. If there is one, it will display a link for you to download it.
You will not need to incrementally update. Your only concern is to update your version to the
current one displayed.
These "Patches" ARE NOT COMPLETE PROGRAMS. They only update your current installation. If you need another complete version, it will need to be snail-mailed to you at a $5.00
($8.00 international) charge.
You can always be fully updated; that is, get all the files needed for a full installation, by following these steps:
Download the MIDI-Disk Tools Setup File and install it on your computer. Make sure you note
the directory you installed it in.
Start the MIDI-Disk Tools program file, named mt32.exe (it must be version 3.5 revision 22 or
later) from within the directory you specified when installing the MIDI-Disk Tools Setup File.
the Web/Update menu option, and follow the prompts from the web page that it dials.
go to the About box. Note the Version number and the Revision number (such as 1.4.13).
When you can connect to the Internet, use this syntax to get to the correct web page:
www.chickensys.com/cgibin/update.cgi?type=MIDI-Disk%20Tools&maj=[major ver]&min=[minor ver]&rev=[build number]
Major Version Number, Minor Version Number, and Build number MUST BE two digits!
For example, if you have Version 3.6, Revision/Build 9, you would type:
Save your update file to floppy disk or other backup medium.
Start your program by going to the Start button, go to Programs, go to the Ensoniq MIDI-Disk
Tools Program Group, and click on Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools selection.
Updates, full versions, registration numbers, and/or printed manuals sent
through snail-mail or e-mail carry a charge of $5.00 ($8.00 international) for
each item. You can order these at the Rubber Chicken Software Order Page.
No programs will be transmitted via e-mail - they must be sent snail-mail.
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Personal Support
c) If you have MIDI problems, you must use the MIDITester before
you call in. It is under the MIDI menu, and please tell us which tests
passed or failed.
d) You must have available the following information before calling in:
Program revision of Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools, and the date of
PC platform (Win95 or Win 3.x)
(MIDI problems only) MIDITester results, brand of MIDI interface, date, version and name of the drivers. This can be
obtained (in Win95) within the Control Panel/System/Device
Manager/Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.
e) If the program “crashes”, please be specific - does the computer
freeze, or do you get an error dialog? What does the dialog say?
Contact Information
Rubber Chicken Software Co.
714 5th Street SE
Willmar, MN 56201 USA
Technical Support Line:
e-mail:[email protected]
Web Page:
Main Page: A model of the EPS/ASR display screens
Instrument/Layer Screen: Contains Instrument parameters, Layer Parameters, a Wave list, Effect Parameters,
and a Layer Control area for you to select/deselect Layers.
WaveSample Screen: All Wavesample parameters, and
jump points for the envelope pages and SampleVue screen.
Envelope Screen: Contains all the Envelope parameters
plus a working controllable drawing of the Envelope.
SampleVue Screen: A waveform displayer which will allow
you to see all the changes you make in visual form, as well
as all the sample editing features you’ve come to know and
love in the EPS/ASR. Specific Sample and Loop parameters,
plus the percentage pointers and the Loop Position feature.
Sequencer Control Board: Little display that has transport
controls plus a tempo setting box; provides jumping off point
for the Sequencer Parameter Screen.
Sequencer Parameter Screen: Contains all the Sequence
and Track Parameters, including the Track Mute/Solo/Play
select screen.
Global Parameters Screen: Contains Global parameters.
MIDI Keyboard: Contains all the notes of a 76-note keyboard, including Octave select, MIDI channel select, Instrument Slot Select, and Chord features.
MIDI Monitor: Shows the MIDI information coming from your
EPS/ASR. Simply press a couple buttons on the EPS/ASR
and see the sys-ex information come in. Is able to transmit
custom and pre-programmed Sys-Ex as well.
Naming Wizard: Gives you instant access to all the Instrument, layer, and Wavesamples for editing.
Setup Screen: Contains all the startup parameters and
the user-programmable features you decide to customize
into your program.
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Main Screen
Personal Support
Main Screen
Personal Support
This is the basic and first
screen of the program The
upper Toolbar, Status indicator, menu options, and MIDI
lights are available wherever
you are in the program. The
Instrument Controls are
jumping-off points for the
rest of the program.
At Rubber Chicken we pride ourselves for the personal support we can give,
because we believe the only important problem to you is your own problem!
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools
for Windows shows the
same hierarchy as the EPS/ASR does: There are 3 Envelopes per WaveSample;
there are up to 127 Wavesamples that reside in Layers; in which there are up
to 8 Layers, and 1 Effect, in a master unit, call an Instrument.
But before you call/write in for support, please read below:
1) If you downloaded our files from the Internet, we hope you read all the
directions on the Web Page, concerning which files to download for what
system, etc. There is the main setup program (mtv**.exe), the Accessories file, and the new revision files (mtv**r**.exe). Note: The Accessory
file needs to be run first!
2) Please check the size of the files against what the Web page says they
should be. That should tell you if there was a corruption.
Tool Bar Buttons
3) Our latest Revision has gone through pretty extensive tests, and we are
more confident on this revision that it can run on most persons machines
without some error. However, since we do post frequent revisions, we’d
like to here if an occasional bug got slipped in.
READ Parameters
Cluck on READ ALL Command Button to start the process of reading
everything that is in the EPS/ASR through MIDI or by loading in a preloaded Disk File, or the Single button to read only selected instruments. Be
prepared - for lots of wavesamples, this can take a while! For all functions,
watch the upper right of the ToolBar - it will show you the status of what’s
happening. When you read all the parameters, it shows your progress.
4) We are interested in seeing how the program works with MIDI Communication with various MIDI interfaces. Some MIDI Drivers don’t work as
they should. The commands Tools uses go far beyond what other MIDI
programs (such as Cakewalk, Cubase, etc.) do; it uses heavy systemexclusive code, whereas standard programs only deal with note data and
controller data (easy stuff). If you have MIDI problems, it is most likely
due to a older driver - these problems can be remedied by obtaining the
latest driver from your MIDI interface manufacturer.
Load File
By clucking on this, you can remotely load a file into the EPS/ASR’s RAM.
Load Disk File
By clucking on this, you can select a Disk File you load.
Read Global Parameters
Displays the Global Screen.
MIDI Keyboard
Displays the MIDI Keyboard. This will stay on top of your screen until closed.
Sequencer Controls
Control displays the Sequencer Control Board. Track displays the Sequencer Track Screen.
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5) We do ask you of some things if you do need to call/write for support.
a) Please describe the problem specifically (what screens come up, what
do they say VERBATIM, any repeatable steps we can describe so we
can duplicate the error here). If you say “it doesn’t work”, we’re sorry, that
just isn’t enough for us to go on. IT IS VITAL THAT WE CAN REPLICATE
THE ERROR. We need to know what is the difference in your PC that is
causing the conflict.
b) It is VERY HELPFUL, in case of errors in reading or writing parameters
to Disk Files, to send us the File Image file that your are reading/writing.
Zip the file up using WinZip or related program (it will compress to a very
small size) and attach it in an e-mail message to us. These are very helpful in determining what the problem is.
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PROBLEM: I have a hard time programming, and I don’t have a manual. What
can I do?
SOLUTION: First thing is to get a manual. Call Ensoniq at 1-610-647-3930
and order one. Another thing to do is to -subscribe to the Transoniq Hacker
(MASTERCARD or VISA, 1-503-227-6848), a super users-mag that helps with
programming questions. Third, just try programming and not know what you’re
doing. Alter some parameters and see what they do. Maybe you could learn
more this way. Or call us - we’ll get you started.
Main Screen
SampleVue Screen
Cluck on SampleVue Command Button on the ToolBar. This will page you to
the SampleVue screen for you to select the proper wavesample to view.
MIDI Monitor
Cluck on Monitor Command Button. This brings up the MIDI Monitor screen,
enabling you to send custom/automatic Sys-Ex messages, and to monitor
incoming messages.
Setup Screen
Displays the Setup dialog.
PROBLEM: I don’t really understand how to use this program to my benefit.
SOLUTION: In the labs of Rubber Chicken, we use it exclusively to program
sounds. You just have to get use to working with it. We know that some of
the functions aren’t available yet, but certainly the truncation for silent space
before the wavesample is valuable, along with the Truncate/Normalize operations. Next version we’ll have a tutorial which will help you with the applications.
PROBLEM: I get a Out-of-Memory error, or Out of Stack Space message, and
the program crashes.
SOLUTION: You either have too many windows/programs open, or the program has given you unstable performance and you need to reboot Windows/
PROBLEM: I edited a parameter, and I got a Program Error screen. Why?
SOLUTION: The display boxes where you enter text will accept only the acceptable range of values. It will also reject most other things, such as symbols
or letters, but if you put something really weird in there, it might cause an error.
Instrument Controls
The Instrument Control resides on the Main Page. It consists of a display
box with four display spots, and two buttons underneath. When a Instrument
resides in a slot (just like on the EPS/ASR), you will see in the display box the
number of Layers it has, the number of Wavesamples, the block size, and the
name of the Instrument. To select the Instrument, cluck on the selection button, numbered 1-8. At this point you will see the display box turn white. Please
notice that only one instrument can be selected at a time. If you select another
Instrument, the previously selected Instrument will deselect (turn gray), and
the new Instrument will turn white. To see the instrument parameters, cluck the
Read Parameters button of the selected instrument.
Control Buttons
The Control Buttons are the Command buttons below the Instrument Controls.
You’ll notice that they have identical functions in the Menu Bar; however, they
work slightly differently. The Main Page Controls (Create, Copy, and Delete
Instrument) only apply to the Instrument selected, whereas you are given a
choice with the functions on the Menu Bar.
Create Instrument
A prompt will appear, asking you if you would like to create an instrument in ?
slot. Type in your request, and cluck OK. An instrument with that name will be
created to that location on screen (as well as on the EPS/ASR) and selected.
Copy Instrument
This automatically copies the selected instrument into the next available
instrument slot. For a specific copy function, use the Menu Bar function under
INSTRUMENT called Copy.
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Main Screen
Delete Instrument
If Confirmation in the Setup window is selected. a prompt will appear, asking
you if you would like to delete the selected instrument. Cluck OK if desired. If
Confirmation in the Setup Screen is not selected, it will automatically delete
the Selected Instument.
Save Instrument
This is a helpful feature, but must be used with caution. There is no response,
asking you to DELETE OLD VERSION? as with the EPS/ASR display. It will
always overwrite what is in the current directory. If confirmation in the Setup
Screen is checked, a prompt will appear, asking you if you like to save Instrument x. Cluck OK if desired.
Create Preset
Instantly creates a Performance Preset based on the present configuration of
the EPS/ASR at the moment.
WaveSample Access
You’ll find a list box on the right hand side of the Main Page. This
lists all the wavesamples available in that layer, and the Key
Ranges in which they occupy. Double cluck on any of these to
jump to the WaveSample Screen for that Wavesample.
- Exit the program, exit Windows to reset the driver, restart Windows, restart
the program, and try it again.
-Make sure your MIDI Drivers, as selected in Setup, are the correct ones.
- It is possible that you do not have the latest drivers for your MIDI interface.
Many less expensive MIDI interfaces do not support system-exclusive calls
properly, and many mainstream MIDI interfaces did not support them until
later revisions of their driver. Please contact your MIDI interface manufacturer for the availability of their latest drivers. If that doesn’t work, call us
- you will need to have the date and the version numbers of your MIDI
interface ready. For Windows95, these are available in the Control Pane/
System/Device Manager.
PROBLEM: I got a MIDI Communication Error, or Read/Write Error. What is
that, and how do I correct that?
SOLUTION: This simply indicates something was wrong with MIDI communication or disk writing, and the program got something it didn’t like. Keep
clucking on OK until it goes away. It also maybe that the Disk File is corrupted
- try deleting it under the Disk File dialog. Concerning MIDI, perhaps you were
touching the EPS/ASR while you were using this program. We don’t recommend that.
PROBLEM: The disk drive light on my ASR keeps coming on while Ensoniq
MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows is reading it. Sometimes that seems to cause
an error, sometimes it just seems to slow the READ down. And always afterwards, when I try to manually manipulate the ASR, I either get a DISK NOT
FORMATTED message, even though I know for sure the disk is formatted,
or File Operation Error, hanging the program. Once I turn the ASR off and on
again, this goes sway. Why?
SOLUTION: There are some problems when your Storage Device is set to
Floppy. Our program usually rectifies the problem, but sometimes it appears.
The Sys-Ex messages that the Tools program uses seem to interfere with the
ASR, and make it difficult to work with. Our suggestion is to always boot off a
hard drive when using the Tools program, and make sure to have the Storage Device set to SCSI = XXX, not Floppy. If you have to keep it on Floppy,
because you don’t have a hard drive or SCSI, we have worked our program to
deal with it as best it can.
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Instrument/Layer Screen
Instrument/Layer Screen
PROBLEM: My EPS/ASR doesn’t respond at all when I cluck ALL or Single - it
doesn’t blink or do anything.
This is where you can edit
Instrument, Layer, and Effect Parameters, as well as
control your Patch selects,
Pitch Tables, and Layer
SOLUTIONS: There could be several problems. Try any of these solutions:
- Check if your MIDI SYS-EX=OFF on your EPS/ASR (available via CMDSYSTEM/MIDI). If it is OFF, turn it ON.
- Make sure your MIDI Drivers, as selected in Setup, are the correct ones.
- Check your physical MIDI connections. You must have a MIDI Loop running - the MIDI OUT of the computer must result into the MIDI IN of the
EPS/ASR; and the MIDI OUT of the EPS/ASR must result into the MIDI IN
of the computer.
- Use the MIDITester (under the menu option MIDI) to check your MIDI
- Exit the program, exit Windows to reset the driver, restart Windows, restart
the program, and try it again.
- It is possible that you do not have the latest drivers for your MIDI interface.
Many less expensive MIDI interfaces do not support system-exclusive calls
properly, and many mainstream MIDI interfaces did not support them until
later revisions of their driver. Please contact your MIDI interface manufacturer for the availability of their latest drivers. If that doesn’t work, call us
- you will need to have the date and the version numbers of your MIDI
interface ready. For Windows95, these are available in the Control Pane/
System/Device Manager.
PROBLEM: When I cluck on ALL or Single in the Main Page, it doesn’t get
past the Reading Instrument 1 Parameters prompt. Either that or it only gets to
Effect 1, and then times out.
or, PROBLEM: Often, I get errors when I do a MIDI Read of my EPS/ASR.
SOLUTIONS: There could be several problems. Try any of these solutions:
- Go into Preferences and increase the Single HS Delay by 1 or 2, or the
Time Out Length parameter by several seconds. Reading at too quick a
delay can introduced errors into the File Image file produced.
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Instrument Name
Place the Text bar over the Name, type in Name, Hit Enter, program will take first
fourteen characters and rename the Instrument
Instrument Block Size
Read-Only - shows the block size of the selected Instrument
Key Range
Cluck on each Command arrow and you will see the list of key ranges. Cluck
on the appropriate one.
Cluck on the arrow, and drag it to the appropriate location. NOTE: Ensoniq
MIDI-Disk Tools can transpose the EPS/ASR more vastly and easily than you
can using the built-in interface.
Available Layers/Patch Selects
Cluck on the “OO”, “OX”, etc. and you will change the appropriate patch
select. Cluck right on top of the layer number in Patch Select Boxes and it will
toggle between - and the Layer number.
MIDI Status
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices.
Pressure Mode
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices.
MIDI Out Channel and Program Number
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
Buttons for Selecting Layers
Cluck on button to switch the lower panel to display the proper Layer Screen.
Only the Layers that are in the current Patch Select may be selected.
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Layer Panel
Layer Panel
When you cluck on a Layer Button on an Instrument Screen,
the Layer Panel appears below
in place of the Effects Screen.
Sequence Paramter Editing
Sequence Count-Off
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Record Mode
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Layer Name
Place the Text bar over the Name, type in Name, Hit Enter, program will take
first twelve characters and rename the Layer
Record Source
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Glide Mode
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Track Mix
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number. The parameter will automatically adjust for you, or you may press Enter to enact the change.
Glide Time, Legato Layer, Restrike Decay Time, and Delay Mod
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
Track Pan
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number. The parameter will automatically adjust for you, or you may press Enter to enact the change. (Note:
for default to WaveSample, enter WS)
Pitch Table
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one. (Note: as of this time, Ensoniq has not implemented access
to this function. In future versions of this program, you’ll see more uses for
Track Out
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Layer Velocity Range Lo and Hi
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter.
Effect Control
Cluck check box to toggle between “On” and “Off”
KeyRange Fix
This is a fun one. Ensoniq samplers have an odd peculiarity of having key
ranges overlap within a layer (such as Wave A0-C8, Wave 2 A0-C4). There
is no pattern on which plays - it’s not really supposed to happen, but it does.
Anyway, clucking on this button makes separate unique ranges for all the
wavesamples. This is a special function of Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for
MIDI In Controls
This set of buttons set the Multi-In MIDI channels, and the MIDI Status (Local,
Both, MIDI, or External) of each track.
Wave List Box
This shows you all the Wavesamples within the noted Layer, and the Key
Ranges associated with them. Double-clucking on the selection will take you
to the WaveSample Screen.
Track Status Bar
Please note the Mute/Play/Solo track bar - this you will find very helpful when
auditioning tracks. Cluck to toggle between M (Mute), P (Play, and S (Solo).
Again, like on the other pages, the display boxes where you enter text will accept only the acceptable range of values. It will also reject most other things,
such as symbols or letters, but if you put something really weird in there, it
might cause an error.
Layer Link
(ASR only) This joins Layer 1 with Layer 2, Layer 3 with Layer 4, and so on depending on which layer you have selected.
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MIDI Out Controls
This set of control determines the MIDI Output channel of each track, and the
Output Bus (Bus1, Bus2, Bus3, Aux1-3)..
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Sequence Paramter Editing
Sequence Parameter Editing
This screen contains all
the available sequence
parameters and track parameters.
Place the Text bar over the
display box, type number.
The parameter will automatically adjust for you,
or you may press Enter to
enact the change.
Loop Enable
Cluck check box to toggle
between “On” and “Off”
MIDI Clock Status
Cluck “Internal” or “MIDI” radio button (you might find this usually set to MIDI
because of the auto-change by the Sequencer Control Box)
Cluck check box to toggle between “On”, “Off” and Record”
Note Values
Cluck to toggle between acceptable note values; wraps around
Cluck Volume
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number. The parameter will automatically adjust for you, or you may press Enter to enact the change.
Click Pan
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number. The parameter will automatically adjust for you, or you may press Enter to enact the change.
Click Out
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Effects Panel
The Effects Panel
You can edit the Effects parameters with this page. Place
the Text bar over the display
box, type number, hit Enter, or
Cluck on Command arrow and
you will see your list of choices.
Cluck on the appropriate one.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The EPS/ASR, in it’s present Sys-Ex abilities, doesn’t
communicate what effect algorithm is attached to an instrument. Our workaround for this is for you to manually select the algorithm and the top of the
page, and the labels for the display boxes will change accordingly. The parameter values shown are correct; the algorithm just has to be changed manually.
The Disk File will reflect that change.
Also importantly noted, Ensoniq only allows 9 parameters (randomly selected
by them) to be edited remotely. This is why you see many N/A on other parameters. Some nasty deletions include BusMix3 and MIXMOD AMT with the
basic HALL REVERB. We’re seeking to work with Ensoniq to allow greater
Effects Algorithm Names
There are 13 effects loaded into the 16-Plus, and 50 loaded into the ASR10/88. Cluck on this to pick one.
Effects Variations
Pick one of four preset variations of the effect. In future versions you will be
able to save your own.
Active Effect Controls
This is an active effect control you can edit. Type into the text box or use the
spin control to the right.
Inactive Effect Controls
You cannot alter this control; however, we have noted what the parameter
name it.
Click Mode
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
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Wavesample Screen
Sequencer Screens - Sequencer Control Board
WaveSample Screen
The Sequencer Screens
Here’s where you will
edit all your Wavesamples. SPECIAL NOTE: It
doesn’t matter whether
the wave you edit is in the
default patch (OO). When
you enter the screen, the
program will either switch
the Patch Select for you or
edit the present one to include it.
Another great feature of Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools is the ability to control the
sequencer remotely. This could be the best way of using the onboard Ensoniq
sequencer while getting the most out of your computer (and it’s free!)
This is where you’ll probably do the vast majority of your work, if you are like
us. There are many parameters on this page; we won’t go through them one
by one, but we’ll give you basic guidelines on operation. Note that the current
edit context (Instrument, Layer, and Wavesample Numbers) is displayed next
to the Wavesample Name, and Copy Status (whether it is a Copied Instrument
or not) is displayed under that. Note also the Envelope Access buttons and the
Sample Close-Up button. Like on the other pages, the display boxes where
you enter text will accept only the acceptable range of values.
WaveSample Name
Place the Text bar over the Name, type in Name, Hit Enter, program will take
first fourteen characters and rename the Layer
“Combo” Boxes
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
Display Boxes
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
A couple of exceptions: The Boost parameter is a check box, and the Volume,
Pan, and Root Keys are modified by sliding bars.
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Sequencer Control Board
This is accessed through the Main
Menus. This will look familiar; common
transport functions (Play, Stop, Continue,
- Record will be implemented in a future
version), along with a tempo control
and a jump-off point for the Sequencer
parameter page.
To work, simply cluck on Play, and you’ll hear the loaded sequence inside the
EPS/ASR RAM start to play. To stop, cluck on Stop. At that point, to continue,
cluck on Continue, or to restart from the beginning, cluck on Play again. You
can either input a different tempo or use the Up/Down arrow to change it.
You’ll find this changes in real time.
A word about tempo: Ensoniq’s infinite wisdom tells us that their instruments will
not accept a MIDI Start command when the MIDI CLOCK status is INTERNAL.
What this means is that we can’t start the sequencer from Ensoniq MIDI-Disk
Tools for Windows unless we provide the timing clock as well. For our implementation, when you display the Sequencer Control Box, it automatically changes
the MIDI CLOCK Status to MIDI, and takes the current tempo and interpolates
that with the programs own clock. One persistent bug, and one that delayed
some releases of this program, is this programs inability to provide a consistent
clock. You might find that the displayed tempo may be a touch fast or slow, and
you’ll definitely find that the clock has little “jumps” in it. We are working on this.
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Setup Screen
ReRead Prompt
This will provide a prompt for you during the READ operation, offering you a
choice between reading the Instrument through MIDI again, or reading the
Disk File. This parameter is dis-enabled when the Read from File box is unchecked, since it does not apply.
Read Effects
This enables the reading of the 16-Plus and ASR’s effects during a READ
operation. The reason for this is to avoid possible crashing of the EPS/ASR if
you do not have an effect load into the instrument. For Original EPS users, this
control is dis-enabled.
Auto Load MIDI Keyboard
This will automatically load the MIDI Keyboard upon startup of the program.
Sampler Type
Click this to choose which Ensoniq sampler you are reading from.
Disk File Path
Use these to select where your Disk Files will be stored on your computer.
Beep on MIDI Input
Select this to beep through the PC speaker whenever MIDI information comes
into your MIDI Input.
Tool Tips
Select this to show small reminder messages on the tool bar.
Selecting this creates a box overlaying the Main Screen, which gives you
some idea on what bytes are coming into your computer. Unchecking it removes it.
There are three envelopes
available on the EPS/ASR,
somewhat hardwired into the
Pitch (Env1), Filter (Env2), and
Volume (Env3) operations.
These are accessed by each
envelope button. Only one
envelope is accessible at one
time (this should change next
We are particularly proud of the these envelope controls - they are dynamically
controllable. You can edit any portion of the envelope, and the rest adjusts for
you. As far as basic operation, the same rules for the wavesample parameters
apply to these pages. You’ll notice the big box above the parameters; this
contains the envelope drawing. You are able with the mouse to point-and-cluck
your envelope points. Again, like on the other pages, the display boxes where
you enter text will accept only the acceptable range of values. It will also reject
most other things, such as symbols or letters, but if you put something really
weird in there, it might cause an error. To close, cluck on the Close button or
hit ESC.
Clucking on this button resizes the entire envelope for it to fit on the screen.
Note the top numbers change as well
This Shrinks the screen in half, giving you more room to work.
This notes how far you moved the Label. Helpful for redos.
Future versions of MIDI-Disk Tools will feature user-saved envelopes. You
will able to add to the list of Ensoniq factory envelopes with your own custom
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Remote File Load - Load Images
Loading Files Into the EPS/ASR memory via MIDI commands
This enables you to remotely load a file off a disk connected to or part of the EPS/
ASR into the RAM contents
of the EPS/ASR. For the
option to work, it temporarily
turns the MIDI-IN Mode to
Multi, and the Program Change option to ON. It will turn the parameters back to
what they were (if they were different) when the dialog box closes.
The one thing to remember is that Tools is “blind” to what is going on in the RAM
of the EPS/ASR. You must watch the EPS/ASR 22-character display to make
sure the File numbers match up with what is going on in the screen.
Also, please note the In directory and Out Directory buttons, and the Load and
System-MIDI buttons. These simulate the actual buttons on the EPS/ASR, and
will help you navigate your way through the directories.
Loading a file off of the EPS/ASR is also dependent on what you have the MULTIOUT’s selected to. On the Original EPS’s, they are consecutive numbers after
the Base Channel; but on the 16-Plus and the ASR-10 they can be changed.
Cluck on the MULTI-IN button to changes these.
Loading from File Images
Not only are you able to locate
Instruments by reading the
EPS/ASR memory using the
READ commands, you can
also load sounds into MIDI-Disk
Tools from File Images.
During the READ procedure,
Tools reads the parameters
from the EPS/ASR and stores
them to a Disk File. Using this
function enables you to load Disk Files from disk without having to read them
again from the EPS/ASR.
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Setup Screen
This is the number that can speed up or slow down the READ operation if need
be. We have optimized it at 0 - to slow it down, set at higher number (up to 10,
say), to speed it up, try -1 to -10. 0 should be right for most computers.
Time Out Length
This determines the amount of the time for the program times out, waiting for
a response from the EPS/ASR. a higher number for this is better. Default is 5
Default Instrument Name
This will automatically name your New Instruments with this personal Name
when you create an instrument, and set the Auto-name function in the Naming
Default Layer Name
This will automatically name your New Layers with this personal Name when
you create a layer, and set the Auto-name function in the Naming Wizard.
Default WaveSample Name
This will automatically Name your New WaveSamples with this personal Name
when you create a wavesample, and set the Auto-name function in the Naming Wizard.
Auto Name
This turns on the Personal names section
This puts Confirmations on most of the important edits you do
Read Only Selected Instruments
This will prompt a screen asking you which wavesample you want to read.
Display Error Messages
This enables prompting of MIDI communication errors when then come in. If
you need to troubleshoot something this will be of value; otherwise, since the
program relies on the “errors” to give it proper information on the Ensoniq, it
will hinder operation.
Error Protection
Always keep this selected - this enables all the error handles within the program to be activated. If it is not selected, any error will crash the program.
Read from File
Enables reading from a Disk File during a READ operation.
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Setup Screen
Frame. Hex format, not decimal. There will be a switch to change this on a
later version. Please use a space between every byte to separate them. Use
the SEND button to transmit the contents of the box to your Ensoniq.
Parameter Combo Box
Click on this to see the different parameters, based on what you selected in
the Category Frame. Click on one and the appropriate sys-ex string will appear in the Manual Edit box below, ready to send.
Parameter Value Box
This automatically will send the value you choose to the parameter you select.
Loading Images
You have the option of choosing which slot it goes into. Note that they are
translated from the actual file name, with the extension .efe or .efa (for example, the instrument CHILDLIKE will be stored in the file childlik.efe. The actual
file name is shown at the top box. You also may delete a disk file by pressing
DEL on the keyboard.
Instrument List
This is a list of actual instrument names that you have saved as a result of
reading them from this program. Double-cluck to load in the Slot Occupied
Clears the screen.
Slot Occupied
This is the slot which the Disk File will go into. It automatically adjust to the
next unoccupied slot; however, you can change to any slot.
Close (or ESC)
Closes the window.
File Name
This is the actual DOS file name in which the file is stored under.
Setup Screen
This enables you to set your global preferences, which are saved after you close
the program. You can input what kind
of sampler you are using. This gets
you started with the program. Under
the Special bar of the Tool Bar, you
will find a Setup screen. Cluck, and
below we’ll briefly describe the options.
Personal Name
This is your personal Name that will
identify your program
MIDI Input - MIDI Output
These are the Drivers you have
installed in the Drivers section of the
Windows Control Panel, and allow
you to select which are to be used by the program.
MIDI Channel
This is the MIDI channel that your EPS/ASR is set to (base channel)
SampleVue Size
This sets the Window size of the SampleVue screen.
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MIDI Monitor
MIDI Monitor
Read Floppy
Read All
Main Screen
Write Floppy
Read Single
Naming Wizard
Format Floppy
MIDI Tester
Disk Tools
MIDI Keyboard
File Analyzer
MIDI Monitor
Arrage Icons
Main Screen
Loads a File into MIDI-Disk Tools from a
Opens the Main Screen. See Page 8
File Image.
Global Paramters
Open the Global Parameters screen.
Write a File Image or Disk Image to an
See Page 19
Ensoniq volume from your computer.
MIDI Keyboard
Open the MIDI Keyboard. See Page 26
Closes the program.
Opens SampleVue. See Page 21
File Analyer
Opens Ensoniq File Analyzer. See
Read Floppy
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Reads a Disk Image of an Ensoniq floppy
MIDI Monitor
to your computer.
Opens the MIDI Monitor. See Page 31
Write Floppy
Write a File or Disk Image to an Ensoniq
Opens the Setup dialog. See Page 32
volume from your computer.
Format Floppy
Formats a floppy write a File Image or Windows
Disk Image to an Ensoniq volume from
Cascades open Windows on the screen.
your computer.
Tiles all open Windows on screen
Arrange Icons
Read All
Lines up all minimized Icons on bottom
Queries the EPS/ASR on all the Instruof screen.
ments loaded in memory.
Read Single
Queries the EPS/ASR on a select Instru- Help
ment in memory.
Opens the Help file; Table of Contents
MIDI Tester
Opens the MIDI Tester. See Page 27
Opens the About program dialog.
Opens the Normalizer. See Page 28
Naming Wizard
Opens the Naming Wizard. See Page 28
Ensoniq Disk Tools
Opens Ensoniq Disk Tools. See the Ensoniq Disk Tools manual.
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This used to be mostly a diagnostic tool - it shows all the Sys-Ex
information coming in. But now
we’ve got it reved up to send
almost any Sys-Ex message the
EPS/ASR will receive!
Message Screen
Push a few buttons on the EPS/
ASR while this screen is up you see all the information come in. You’ll notice the input setup right next to
it - this will be fully functional next version.
Instrument and Layer Option buttons
Select the instrument or layer.
Wave Combo Box
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools will automatically load the wavesamples that exist in
that particular layer/instrument, If the Instrument has not been read from the
EPS/ASR as yet, the Combo Box will reset to include all wavesamples.
Request Type Frame
There are four different types of transmissions:
Request: You may request from the EPS/ASR a parameter; i.e., find out
what it’s value is.
Update: Change a parameters value.
ACK: Send an Acknowledgment. This is useful if you are sending a block
command. You won’t use this often, if at all.
Manual: This disables all appropriate buttons/boxes and enables you to
edit directly the output string displayed below.
You probably will need to refer to the External Command Specification by
Ensoniq. Call Ensoniq at 1-610-647-3930 for a copy.
Category of Message Frame
This selects every parameter in the EPS/ASR to edit. Notice the Combo box
resets with each button push.
Manual EDIT Box
This either displays the output sys-ex string to be outputted, or allows you to
internally edit the values, depending on your selection in All values are in Type
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Ensoniq File Analyzer
File Analyzer
This is a very versatile
File Analyzer, which view
Ensoniq file byte contents, and allows you to
edit them as well.
Select a file to view.
Enter in a byte pattern,
either in Hex or Decimal,
to look for in the file.
Global Paramter Screen
Global Parameter Screen
This is accessible
through the Main Menu;
either through the specific Command button
or the Toolbar menu.
This will reveal all the
Global parameters.
When opened, you will
view the special Global file stored in the computer, rather than seeing what is
actually in the sampler. You may READ the global parameters by clucking on
the READ command button. This will read the sampler, and save the settings.
Allows you to specify a
byte number in the file, and edit it in Hex or Decimal.
Master Tune
Use the handy slider to change the tuning.
This registers specific file information.
Global Bend Range
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
File Name
This is the file name that is being viewed.
Touch/All Notes Off
Due to a weird Ensoniq idiosyncrasy, this is not available to be read or changed.
Maybe next ASR version. (Why did we put this in here?)
Read Block
Click this to refresh the view screen with the desired range and area.
View Slider
Adjust this to read any area of the file. Once you release the mouse, the area
will appear in the View area.
This determines how large of an area will be read and viewed. It is adjustable
between 512 bytes (1 block) and 4096 bytes (8 blocks).
Shows you the object contents of the file. By double-clucking on the desired
object, the view screen will move to that area.
Foot Pedal
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. (EPS only)
Sustain Pedal
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices.
Aux Pedal (LftFtswtch on ASR)
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one.
MIDI Base Channel
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
Greater than 512 byte view of a files contents. The file position numbers are
on the right, followed by the Hex byte numbers to the right, followed by the
Ascii equivalents.
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices. Cluck on the
appropriate one. (ASR 3.2 bug prevents this from working. Maybe next version.)
Well, you know what this is.
BaseChannel Pressure Mode - FXSendBus3
(EPS/16-Plus only - on ASR-10 this works properly.) This is a strange one.
Due to another strange Ensoniq idiosyncrasy, Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for
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Global Parameters Screen
Windows will read the Basechannel Pressure Mode, but you cannot change
it for the screen. However, it will not read FXSend Bus3 properly (it will always read “On”), but will find you change it from this screen. Cluck to toggle
between “On” and “Off” for FXSend3. (Why is this? Ensoniq accidentally
switched the access numbers between these two.)
Cluck on Command arrow and you will see your list of choices.
Check to turn on CAUTION: Once you change this, you will be cut-off from
communication. Don’t tell us we didn’t tell you so...
MIDI Program Change, MIDI Song Select, MIDI Controllers, Auto-Loop
Finding, Multi-Controllers
Check to turn on or off
MIDI External Control Number
Place the Text bar over the display box, type number, hit Enter
Enter Plays Note
Use the Command button to make your selection
Read / Close
READ instructs the Tools program to reread the Global parameters of the
EPS/ASR. If you are using the program for the first time this is mandatory.
Close exits the screen.
Ensoniq Disk Tools
You may use the TAB key to move around the Naming Wizard. The field will
update (through MIDI and on the Disk
File either when you press Enter or you
leave the field.
Auto-Name Frame
This enables you to automatically
name all your Instruments, Layers, and
WaveSamples. Use the check boxes at
the side of the Default names to enable
this in the Auto-Name function.
By clucking on the Auto-Name button,
this start the naming process. You will see this on the screen as it happens. As
an option, you can auto-number the names as well (by checking that respective check box). This puts the appropriate Instrument/Layer/WaveSample number at the end of the name. If the name is too many characters, it will truncate
your default name to make room.
Ensoniq Disk Tools
This option takes you into the Ensoniq Disk Tools area. Ensoniq Disk
Tools is sold as a separate program;
however, it is tightly integrated into
MIDI-Disk Tools It’s purpose is to do
all the external disk functions (floppy
and SCSI) that the Ensoniq’s can do.
You will notice that there are some
other places with Ensoniq MIDI-Disk
Tools that these can be done. There is a separate Help file for this - use the
Help within that screen.
For more information, please refer to the Ensoniq Disk Tools manual.
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WaveMapper - Normalizer - Naming Wizard
Dual Handshake Test: The computer sends out a request for all the parameters within the first instrument of the EPS/ASR. (You must have one
loaded in.) The computer then waits for a confirmation of the message from
the EPS/ASR. Once this is received, the computer sends out another request for the information. The computer then waits for the EPS/ASR to send
back the information. The test completes when it has received the second
batch of information.
The WaveMapper
The WaveMapper is a handy device that:
a) combines different wavesamples together into one instrument,
b) maps wavesamples into certain format
maps, such as General MIDI, or a different manufacturers format,
such as Roland, Akai, etc.
c) names wavesamples in a drum/percussion kit.
Note: This is not available in the current version. Look for it soon!
The Normalizer
Ever wonder why your Instrument sounds so
quiet? Maybe your wavesamples haven’t been
normalized to their highest level, insuring the
best signal-to-noise ratio.
Cluck on this feature and a prompt will display all the wavesamples as they are
being normalized. There is no Audition prompt for there is never anything wrong
with normalized a wavesample - if it is noisier, you can always turn it down.
Sample Editing
Sample Editing - SampleVue
Of course, you want to
be able to see Wavesamples - that’s what
the SampleVue screen
is for.
As the screen comes
up, the Wavesample is
read, and then displays
on the screen. There is
a couple of things to
consider, though:
Reading Sample data over MIDI tends to be extremely slow. For this reason,
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools only does a partial read when you enter the Sample
View screen. The Wavesample is divided into 512 parts, and the sample with
the highest amplitude is read. Thus you get a very general look at the wavesample, but it is accurate. More importantly, you see where the loop points are.
Since one of the major tenets of MIDI-Disk Tools is to work with MIDI and the
Ensoniq Disk itself, we make it easy on you if the data is already in the Disk
File. If so, we read the data immediately off the file, and not through MIDI. This
speeds up the process.
On the top of the screen there is the WaveSample View area, with moveable
arrows for Sample Start, End, and Loop parameters. Below are areas for file
information, and Play button for playing the file, Radio buttons for viewing
either the entire wavesample or just a section of it, List Boxes showing the
present contents of your EPS/ASR, and of course the Close button.
Wow - you can name anything you want! This was a cool feature of the original
EPS-SENSE program. Only this is better.
All the sample-editing commands (loops, truncate, and low-level editing commands) are accessed using a right-click on the WaveScreen. Note: we don’t
want to repeat what’s already mentioned in the EPS/ASR manual here. In fact,
if you haven’t read throughout the manual, we strongly suggest you do so. It is
informative and clear about the different functions that the EPS/ASR is capable of. It will also make this screen a little clearer to understand too.
Cluck on the instrument radio button to select the Instrument. This will change
all the layers and wave name fields to the proper names.
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Naming Wizard
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools has two modes of wavesample viewing:
This shows you the entire wavesample, from beginning to end.
This shows you a 30K portion of the wavesample. If the wavesample is less
than 30K, only a portion of the wavesample will show. If the wavesample is
larger than 30K, there will be a scroll bar listed under the view screen. You
can move this around to view different portions of the wavesample.
When you go into the SampleVue screen, the program will automatically attempt to read the selected Wavesample. Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools will check
first if the portion of the wavesample has already been written to disk. If it has,
it will read that portion and write it to the screen - very fast. If it has not, it will
attempt to read the Wavesample portion via MIDI, which is slower.
Remember, all the data is being written to a authentic Ensoniq file in the PC,
so you can always download it using the Disk Tools utility to floppy disk or
SampleVue Screen Comands
Clicking on this will play the viewed wavesample. It will be looped, but not
according to the loop positions.
Instrument Box; Wavesample Box
Select the desired instrument, and selects the desired wavesample within
the Instrument selected.
Full - Zoom
Described above.
Selects the Loop Type of the selected Wavesample.
This area shows you the range of the viewed wavesample, along with the
percentages as well.
Range Slider (underneath View Screen)
Visible when you are using the Zoom position. Selects the area in the
wavesample viewed.
Loop Markers
Drag these to position new loop points.
Close SampleVue
Cluck on this close the SampleVue screen.
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MIDI Tester
MIDI Channel
Acceptable range 1-16, Place the Text bar over the display box, type number,
hit Enter, or use the Spin button
Wavesample List Box
When you cluck on a key on the keyboard, this will tell you which Waves and
in which Layers are being played. Double-Clucking on one of these will jump
you to the respective Wavesample Screen.
Root Key and KeyRange displays
This will tell you the Root Key and the KeyRanges of the selected WaveSample in the Wavesample List box.
Wavesample Name Combo Box
This enables you to change the name of the WaveSample selected in the
Wavesample List Box. You may also scroll down and choose one of the default
names (mostly drum sounds now - will be expanded in the future).
Closes the MIDI Keyboard and returns you to the current screen.
MIDI Tester
This will help you test the MIDI Communication between the computer and your
Ensoniq. Four tests are implemented,
designed to imitate the type of communication the program will have.
Try all the tests. If any of them fail, explore the options the program gives you. If
you are still stumped, please call us at the numbers displayed. We recommend
that you be in front of your computer when you call.
Send Test: The computer sends out a Virtual Button Press (Sys-Ex). The
EPS/ASR should blink when this is received.
Receive Test: The computer waits for a Sys-Ex message to be sent from
the EPS/ASR. Once it is received, the test completes.
Single Handshake Test: The computer sends out a request for the Master
Tune parameter. The computer then waits for a Sys-Ex message to come
back. The test completes when the sys-ex message is received.
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Utilities - MIDI Keyboard
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools offers many utilities for working with Ensoniq Instruments and other types of files. The following sections show you these.
The MIDI Keyboard
WARNING: This is not your ordinary MIDI Keyboard! Not only can you play
the notes on the EPS/
ASR just as you would
the actual keyboard,
you can also jump to
a particular note's parameters. Keeping this
window open at all times is helpful. The window always stays on top, for easy
access. This is accessible through the Main Menu; either through the specific
Command button or the Toolbar menu.
When opened, you’ll find a wide keyboard display with 76-notes. To use the
MIDI Keyboard, simply cluck on any key you want to sound. If you want to hold
notes, use the Hold button.
Hold Button
Cluck to indefinitely hold notes after clucking.
Instrument Name
Select which instrument you want played.
Note Played
This indicates what note of the keyboard you have played.
Panic/All Notes Off
This will cut-off all sounding notes. First note: you might have to cluck this twice
to be sure. Second Note: this does not send the specific AllNotes Off Command,
it rather sends Notes Off to all notes of the key range.
Changes the octave, acceptable positive or negative
Changes the velocity the note that is clicked on the MIDI Keyboard.
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Wavesample Data Editing
Going Deeper Wavesample Data
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools can operate the EPS/
ASR's data editing features via MIDI commands.
Right-clucking on the Wavesample screen brings
up the menu dialog shown on the right. This is your
access point for all of the low-level data-editing
functions available.
Truncating and Normalizing
Truncate Wavesample
This automatically truncates the Wavesample,
based on the parameters you have changed in the windows and especially
with the arrows below the Viewing area. Remember, this is updated through
MIDI and on the Disk File.
Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools for Windows offers truncation of the Wavesample
whether you have copies of the wavesample or not. If there are copies, a
prompt will notify you, and asks you if the program can automatically adjust
the Sample Start and Sample Ends of the copies. (If the wavesample is a
copy, you’ll get the same prompt.). This is much handier than truncating every
wavesample by hand. Only with the Tools!
Normalize Gain
This normalizes the Gain of the present WaveSample you are viewing. If it
is a copy, Tools will give you the option of normalizing the copy and making it it’s own separate wavesample, or to Normalize the original. (only with
This simply adds the Normalize Gain function at the end of the truncation to
allow the greatest possible dynamic range.
Advanced Low-Level Commands
Volume Smoothing
Accesses the Volume Smoothing algorithm of the EPS/ASR.
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Wavesample Data Editing
Copy-Add Wavesamples
This invokes the Merge, Mix, or Splice Wavesamples feature. Accesses
the mixing, merging, or splicing algorithms of the EPS/ASR.
SampleVue Preferences
This takes you to the Sample Preferences dialog, where you can select
your draw colors, set the Vision Window parameter, and choose other particular options.
All of Ensoniq’s looping functions are available with Ensoniq MIDI-Disk Tools.
With the Preferences page, you can either display the advanced options, or
just have the program perform the loop. Loops available are:
Cross-Fade Loop
Reverse Cross Fade
Lengthen Loop
Bi-Directional CrossFade
Bowtie Cross Fade
Synthesized Loop
Basic Low-Level Commands
Scale Data
Scales any part of your wavesample.
Clear Data
Erases any part of the sample data.
Copy Data
Copies data from one wavesample and copies it to another part.
Add Data
Adds data from another wavesample.
SampleVue Preferences
This is where you set your options for the SampleVue screen.
Vision Window
This gives you the option of how many samples you want to view. Default is 10240
bytes, but you can lower it to 256. Remember, the more samples you want to
view, the longer the reads are.
Draw Color - BackColor
The Draw Color is the color of the wave itself, the Back Color is the background.
Don’t make them the same color!
Read Entire Wave - Prompt First
This causes the SampleVue functions to read the Entire wave, sample for sample.
Always Read via MIDI
This cause the SampleVue functions to always read via MIDI, not from the disk.
Replicate Data
Takes wavedata and copies it consecutively to the end of the wavesample.
Reverse Data
Reverses (pays backward) a section of wavedata..
Invert Data
Takes the sample range and changes the positive waves to negative waves
and vis-versa. This really has no effect on the sound, but it can help with
phase-cancellation problems.
Fade In/Fade Out
Accesses the pre-fade or post-fade functions of the EPS/ASR.
Import .WAV Files
This will take the whole Wavesample and convert it into a .WAV file.
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