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Resonant Filter Sweeps in
the
The ASR and
Qnd EPS-16
EPS—lé PLUS
The procedure, in a nutshell, is to sample in a
resonant sweeping sound, say a bass sound
that has that distinctive JEEEpOOWWW
JEEEQOOWWW
resonant attack, from a big-n-beefy analog
synth. Next, set up a single-cycle loop on the
sampler, and finally, use the transwave fea
fea-ture to sweep the loop through the entire
sampled waveform, playing it back in
whatever manner you desire. Using the mod
wheel to control the loop position would
allow you to sweep very slowly,
slowly, or to sweep
the filter closed and then back open, etc.
(Note: The transwave function was not imple16 Plus, so EPS Classic
mented until the EPSEPS-l6
users are out of luck on this.)
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Articles:
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This is a neat concept, but how do you pull it
off? Well, the bad news first: You probably
won't be able to get the process to work perwon’t
fectly. Even by hooking up to a Macintosh
running Alchemy software, and doing mas-
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So
just when
the process
process work?
Well,
So just
when does
does ms
work‘? Well,
the gurus at Ensoniq developed proprietary
software to create transwave sets, where the
software makes sure that everything is just so,
and this process works man/elously.
marvelously. Using
Alchemy (or similar software) to make sure
that all wave cycles begin and end at zero
crossings still doesn't
doesn’t do the trick completely,
as that darned
damed fluttering noise can still result
if the slopes of the waves at the loop points
are too different. Ensoniq's
Ensoniq’s software corrects
these kinds of problems.
First of all, to get the smoothest sweeps on
the ASR, it’s
it 's best to sample a long, slow
sweep from the synth. This gives a more
gradual change, as the sampler is sweeping
through a much larger transwave table. And it
is absolutely crucial to sample a synth wave
that is rock steady in tuning. Any slight variations, such as a vibrato, or even detuned oscillators, will wreak havoc on your sound.
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The reason is that when you create your initial short loop that sounds so wonderful, you
are assuming that every other section of the
sampled wave will maintain the exact same
wavelength. This will not be the case if the
pitch changes slightly, and your wonderful
short loop will no longer fit exactly. Rather
than sounding perfectly clean, it will now
sound fuzzy,
fuzzy , or even popping. So, a
three-oscillator detuned Minimoog patch is
better sampled one oscillator at a time, then
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sive amounts of tedious surgery, you still may
not be able to create the perfect transwave
set. And wi
thout such a setup, you will
without
almost certainly not get a perfectly clean
rendition of your sound. Doing the wave
manipulation on the sampler itself will almost
always leave some artifact of the sample that
will create a fluttering noise as you sweep
through the wave.
With all of that in mind, is it even conceivable that a good filter sweep could be done
with just the sampler itself? Thankfully, there
are several ways to minimize the offending
noise, to the point that sweeps can sound
pretty reasonable.
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In This Issue ...
Sam Mims
A letter in the
November "Inter“Interface"
face” raised the
issue about sampling resonant filter
sweeps into the
ASR or EPS-16,
and then using the
/
sampler'
sampler’ss modulation capabilities to
sweep through the
wave, controlling
the sweep in real
time with the mod wheel, for instance. Such a
technique would theoretically give the sampler a resonant filter sound with the control
flexibility of an analog synthesizer.
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ASR.
Once you've
you’ve got the sample made, it's
it’s a
good idea to make sure that AUTO-LOOP
FINDING=ON
FlNDING=ON (press Edit/System to get
there) before setting the LOOPSTART point
of your wave, as this automatically places
the loop start at a zero crossing. It's
It’s easy
now to set the loop at one cycle; simply adjust the LOOPEND percentage parameter
(the one in parentheses) as far downward as
it will go (thus corresponding with the
LOOPSTART point, and thus making an
awful squealing when a note is sustained),
then select the LOOPEND sample number
(the left-most number on this screen) and
click up once with the Up arrow button. This
will place the loop end point at the next zero
crossing, which is frequently right at the
next cycle of the wave. You may have to
click several times to get to the beginning of
the next wave cycle, but you'll
you’ll know it
when you arrive, as the loop will suddenly
play at the correct pitch.
Now, for the heavy stuff. Once you get the
single-cycle loop working nicely, scroll to
the LOOPPOS page, and adjust this
parameter almost to zero. This positions the
loop near the beginning of the sample,
where the resonant filter is wide open. Next,
scroll right one page, and set MOD=
TRANSWA
V. We definitely want to use the
TRANSWAV.
sampler'
sampler’ss transwave function, rather than
using MOD=LOOP POS to modulate the
AV shifts the loop around in
loop. TRANSW
TRANSWAV
increments of the loop size. What this means
is that the smallest shift will move the
beginning of the loop to the beginning of the
next wave cycle, also at a zero crossing in
our scenario. This is why we wanted AUTOLOOP FINDING=ON -— so that all of the
looping happens neatly at these zero crossings (see Fig
ure I).
Figure
l).
Loop
point
single cycle of
ofaa triangle wave,
Figure 1. A sin!:le
with the loop points at zero crossings.
On the other hand, using MOD=LOOP POS
slides the loop around smoothly, not incrementally. What this amounts to is that the
shape of a single cycle changes pretty drasti
drasti-cally as different sections of the sampled
waveform are selected (see Figure 2). If you
were to try butting the wave in Figure Il up
to the wave in Figure 2, the difference in
amplitude at the loop points would cause a
nasty audible popping. That's
That’s why using
LOOP POS as a modulator won’t
won't work for
this application.
Loop
point
Figure 2. With loop points no longer at zero
crossings, a single cycle of the same wavewave form now looks very different. Because of
the difference
dijjterence in amplitude at the loop
points, there would be no smooth transition
In between this and the wave in Figure 1.
I. Inoccur.
stead, an amplitude popping would occur.
stead,
On the MOD=TRANSWA
V page, set the
MOD=TRANSWAV
SRC to WHEEL for now (even if you will
use a different modulator, such as an envelope, in the end). Roll the wheel fully forward (make sure you zero out the default
LFO AMOUNT on the Edit/Pitch page, or
you'll
you’ll get a big vibrato), and then adjust the
MOD AMT for your transwave (one more
Edit/Wave screen to the right). Listen as you
adjust this parameter; and set it to where the
loop now plays just beyond the end of the
resonant sweep. (Note that the RANGE
parameter on this screen has no effect on
transwaves.) Once you are in the ballpark,
fine tune the MOD AMT until there is no
audi
ble ticking with the wheel rolled fully
audible
forward. This insures that the loop is clean
at both ends of the sweep, where sustains are
more likely
likely..
Unfortunately, it doesn
' t insure that the loop
doesn’t
will be perfect everywhere in between.
There is typically still some furriness to
slow sweeps, but at least this gets you as
close as can be gotten without resorting to
wave surgery in software.
modulations, so keep that in mind when
programming your patch selects. Using an
envelope to control the loop position (MOD
SRC=ENVI,
SRC=ENV1, for example) is an effective
.way to sweep the wave quickly
quickly.. If the flutfluttering is not too obvious, you can program
Env 2 to do more interesting
Env lI or Eny
sweeps, such as a fairly quick resonant attack followed by a slow opening back up.
The LFO and key pressure are other modulators you might want to call into use here,
but the mod wheel is still my favorite.
One last bit of interest: Our EPS-16 Plus
(using O.S. 1.30) did not work nearly as
ASR-10 at this job, due to one
well as our ASR-IO
curious glitch. Whenever I tried to sweep
forward through a resonant wave programmed in this way (in other words,
sweeping it from beginning to end of the
sample using the mod wheel, for instance),
the keyboard would not play back the sweep
any faster than it would normally play back
in real time. To illustrate, imagine that my
raw Minimoog sample takes one second to
sweep from fully open filter to fully closed
at Middle C. After doing the programming
outlined here, when I try to sweep through
really fast with the mod wheel, the sound
still takes that one second to sweep closed.
Opening back up with the mod wheel is fine
-— I can do it instantaneously.
instantaneously. And sweeping
slowly closed works fine also. But for some
reason, on the EPS-16 you cannot sweep
forward through the wave faster than the
nominal sample playback.
Nonetheless, this is a really cool feature
unique to the Ensoniq samplers. While it is
indeed difficult to create perfect transwaves
in the ASR and EPS-16, you can get some
quite usable results using these techniques._
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When I was a mere bald-faced boy, I recall I
just loved that variety-pac over which I
could luxuriate in my choices of cereals.
Well, if there be any truth to the cliche
"Variety
“Variety is the spice of life,"
life,” then this offering, POP/ROCK Instruments, Ensoniq's
Ensoniq’s
CDR-IO
POP/
CDR-10 is truly a "Spicy
“Spicy Meatball."
Meatball.” POPI
ROCK represents a major body of work put
together with the help of such notable talent
as Clark Salisbury and Jim Miller, under the
careful tutelage of that legendary digital
depository themselves: InVision Interactive.
Here we’ll
we'll find 59 clean, ready-to-go instruments including acoustic guitars (12 and 6
string), electric guitar, bass guitar. acoustic
bass, synth bass, sax, trumpet, and even a
harmonica cut. Most of these will fit your
expanded EPS-16++
EPS-l6++ as well, and I had fun
with these phat happenings. Take, for instance, this instrument: Acoustic Bass. It's
It’s
real! No, I don't
don’t mean that it is not synthesized I mean it's
it’s the contra basso, the
bass fiddle, a stand-up big box of fine woods
resonating its deep throaty "twump"
“twump” in
muted reflections
reflections off smokey walls in
stale-beer smelling dives and places of
ill-repute (somebody stop me). I couldn't
couldn’t
resist comparing this with Ensoniq's
Ensoniq’s great
ED-OOI
ED-001 "Jazz
“Jazz Bass."
Bass.” Very close, these two,
but this one is smoooooth, without the fuzzy
thumb-pluck (or whichever finger they use)
and they both have an ascending and descending fretless slide of one octave. The
contrabass in the POP/ROCK collection is
quieter and it sounds as if it emanates from a
dark comer
corner of that sultry nightclub while the
older one has that flawless
flawless recording studio
sound. The POP/ROCK bass is 2189 blocks
while the ED-001
ED-OOI loads up in 154.
Let us focus on these "fun"
“fun” ones a bit. We
all know of these lame attempts to use
sampled sax, and I concur in the general
derision cast toward the use of those emula-
tions. I didn't
didn’t make any serious attempt to
"play"
“play” this "Tenor
“Tenor Sax 1"
1” into an actual
piece of music but I got lost in the Hip-Hop
colorings I discovered in this horn. The mod
wheel fully engaged puts the hom
horn into a
rapidly oscillating tremelo like I have never
heard before. Put your youthful energies behind this bad boy and see what happens!
Another one of the instruments that are considered "miserable
“miserable failures"
failures” in performing
as sampled snatches is the harmonica. Because I've
I’ve been active on the diatonic harps
for some 30 years now, and have indeed dismissed every sample of harp I have yet tried
"Haras unusable, I was fascinated by the “Harmonica"
monica” cut found herein. Somebody really
worked on this, and it is different. At 2961
blocks it goes absolutely PSYCHO in the
XO patch select. I'm
I’m not going to tell you
that you can make it sound like a human
playing a harmonica, but this is the first one
that I know could be used in an organized
tune, if sparingly. It has merit.
More conventional instruments appear complete with interestingly realistic "acciden“accidentals"
tals” such as this Kevin Eubanks-esque
"Jazz
“Jazz Guitar 2"
2” in which the XO
X0 patch imparts a tiny pick noise. Hear also the subtle
fret buzz around mid C and the graininess at
A# above it. "Beefy
“Beefy Strat"
Strat” is a clean pun.. where's the beef?
chy-pluck but.
but...where’s
beef‘? "Acoustic
“Acoustic
6-string"
6-string” bounces in with a closet Indian
drum bump attached to it in the default
patch at F4 and above. Find a good Koto
(Japanese banjo) above F3 with the mod
wheel up.
If you are a generalist, (as am I) you will ap-
preciate the ready reference variety found in
this CD-ROM. If you are a specialist in the
guitar realm you may likewise find this collection of advantage as it is composed of
about 70% deftly tailored guitar voicings.
POP/ROCK is a boot up and kick off with
necessary._
no adjustment necessary.
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Bio: J.D. is now exploring the intricacies of
the theater arts. Explore The Bros. Ryan at
http://home.dmv.com/-brosryan.
http://home.dmv.com/~brosryan.
E-mail: [email protected]
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KS-32 — Philosophy 101
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David Coulson
I don't
don’t generally spend too much time contemplating the philosophy of life. I managed
to survive one college philosophy class on
the way to a journalism degree and that was
enough energy wasted on folks such as Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and Voltaire.
But while remembering how I stumbled on
to one of my favorite KS-32 sounds, I found
the easiest explanation lay in one of those
basics of philosophy.
The premise is this: the things we are doing
today are usually based in the small steps we
took, or little decisions we made, years earlier. My two-year-old daughter didn't
didn’t go
from crawling to running all over the house
overnight. There were plenty of small steps
along the way to the carnage she now leaves
in her wake. And whatever the skill level we
each have on our Ensoniq keyboards has
been built up one practice at a time.
So when it comes to designing new sounds,
think small and you might be surprised with
what you discover.
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To illustrate that point, let’s
let's look at the
sound "Blue
“Blue Flame."
Flame.” Now I'm
I’m not afraid to
admit that many of my ideas are gleaned
from what I’ve
I've learned from others. In this
case, there was a sound I admired from the
Ensoniq SQ Sound Library SC-4 Sound
Card called "Red
Flame." The SC-4 Sound
“Red Flame.”
Card was designed by Sound Source Unlimited (i.e. the Hacker’s
Hacker's own Clark Salisbury and Scott Frankfurt) and features a
number of great ethereal-type sounds -—
Flame."
among them "Red
“Red Flame.”
Two major areas where small changes can
make dramatic differences are in the Wave
and the Effects sections. For effects, "Red
“Red
Flame"
Flame” uses Rotary+Reverb, with fairly
straightforward settings. Now while I like
this effect, I am also a big fan of Phaser+
Reverb, so in order to begin exploring the
new sound universe, I ordered Phasers set
for stun. Next, it was time to make some big
waves. Now a great orchestra has to have ita
good strings section, but what would it be
without brass? So with that in mind, I substituted Ensemble Strings for Solo Trumpet.
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The next step was to convert the Tuned Percussion Piano Ping into a Breath Wave from
the Vocal Ensemble group. The third voice
was turned off, though I did experiment with
the Bubbawave instead of the Clarinet wave
Flame." Have fun with this
used in "Red
“Red Flame.”
change,
change, if you want to try it yourself, but I
found that two voices were enough for me
on this sound.
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Bio: David Coulson is a
free lance writer who has
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mountains of Boone, N.C.
He bought a Rhodes Piano
while in college at the
suggestion of
of a friendly
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spending mass quantities
of cash on keyboard equipment -— mostly Ensoniq -ever since.
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File Formats
Formals for Ensoniq Keyboards
Keyboards
Pat Finnigan
And that's
that’s just the beginning of the problem.
lem. Once you get to the Ensoniq area of
most URL's,
's a dizzying number of
URL’s, there
there’s
“Gee, do I want
file formats to pull down. "Gee,
Just a few minor tweaks here and there, and
Voila, a whole new sound.
Now some folks might not like my new
creation, but it suits me fine.
fine. The thing to
remember in sound design
is that new sounds need to
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‘ music. Whether it works
By: David Coulson
Coulsou
for someone else IS
is irrelevant.
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Yo, gang, now's
now’s as good a time as any to
untangle the file format issues of Ensoniq
disk files. There are an ever increasing number of computers getting hooked up to the
Internet (as Bill Gates or Janet Reno will
agree!).
agreel). Consequently, an ever-larger number of Ensoniq keyboard owners are out
there looking for quality stuff to feed their
pets. So off they go to http://www.darkestzones.com/MIDIIfiles/html/ensoniq.html
zones.com/MIDI!files/html/ensoniq.html to
siphon off some of these unknown files.
minor changes in the Filter department. The
envelopes were left unchanged,
unchanged, with thanks
to Price-Waterhouse.
From there, I moved to the output section,
where I increased the volume of the Breath
voice from 49 to 80 and turned on the boost
for some additional firepower. I also adjusted the keyboard scale in the breath voice
and changed the output bus from FX1
FXI to
FX2 for variety. In the pitch section,
section, there is
a subtle change from LFO to Velocity on the
modulation source and there are also some
SQ, KS, KT Family Hackerpatch
HC1Cké,lpCl’fCh
i
the *.gz file or the *.gnu.tar fileT'
file?” After you
flip a disk, you pull down the *.gnu.tar file
flip
only to find out it doesn't
doesn’t expand into either
an Ensoniq-readable format, or worse still, a
computer-readable format just because nowhere on the web page did it say that
*.gnu.tar files are UNIX-based tape archives
(hence the Tape ARchive extension). So you
download the *.gz file only to discover your
trusty pkunzip.exe app won't
won’t expand it. So
you've
you’ve littered your hard drive with 10-20
Mb of worthless files that you can't
can’t massage
into Ensoniq format, not to mention the 55
hours of AOL time you've
up ...
you’ve just burned up...
So let’s
let's demystify all this *.stp lubricant and
4
explain what all these extensions mean. This
procedure only represents the starting point,
point,
you’ve
you’ll
as once you'
ve pulled the file down you
' ll
also need to know what application to
decompress the file with if not built into
your browser (This is the real issue behind
the Microsoft $1
$1 Million/day fine.) And if
that wasn’t
wasn't enough, you’ll
you'll also need to know
what app to massage the file into Ensoniq
format with (as if it's
it’s built into the
Microsoft Internet Exploder,
Exploder, er, Explorer).
Explorer).
So take a deep breath, think warm and fuzzy
thoughts, and once you see what those
*.exe
' s mean it'll
nature ...
*.exe’s
it’ll become second nature...
Formals
The Computer Formats
Long before Ensoniq was making keyboards, Mac users were making audio
samples called SND files. Shortly after the
introduction of Windows 3.0 and 3.1, PC
users started making audio samples called
*.wav files. Somewhere in the middle of
this, NeXT users and UNIX users were
making audio samples called *.snd (just to
‘n
*l
confuse the Mac users, right?). Then companies like Digidesign, AVID, and others
started manufacturing high-end audio boards
that wrote their samples in another format.
So let's
let’s untangle this very convoluted
thread
...
thread...
SND files:
files: The native Macintosh format for
audio. All the "beeps"
“beeps” and "bloops"
“bloops” in the
System file/suitcaselfolder
file/suitcase/folder (depending on
what version of System software you use)
are of this type. You have to use an application called ResEdit (a Resource Editor) to
determine the "Creator"
“Creator” code to see what
app
lication created these sounds (like
application
MacRecorder, SoundEdit, etc.). Typically,
you can change the formats of these sounds
into other cross-platform sounds by turning
them into...
into ...
AIFF files: Acronym for Audio Interchange
File Format. This will be the creator code of
a Mac-based files or will carry the *.aif extension if PC-based. These were supposed to
be the most transportable of audio sample
files, but the sheer number of PC's
PC’s running
one version of Windows or another simply
outnumbered the machines that started this
format, so the "standard"
“standard” audio file of exchange mutated into...
into ...
files: The native Audio sample for**.wav
.wav tiles:
mat for Windows 3.0, 3.1, 3.11 (Windows
for Workgroups), Windows 95, and Windows NT v. 3.51 and v. 4.0. It is because of
the popularity and sheer number of these
type of sound files that Ensoniq designed the
MR-keyboards to be able to directly import
this type of file; i.e., put the PC-type floppy
floppy
MR’s disk drive and load it into a
into the MR's
Wave Expansion Board. Presto: instant
sound. Well, kind of. These *.wav sounds
could've
could’ve been sampled on any number of PC
cards at any number of sample rates, and if
you've
you’ve heard some of these played back on a
good stereo system, well, calling them
"sounds"
“sounds” was charitable. A 22k sound
sampled thru an 8-bit 1988 Soundblaster
was, well, yes, sound. Sounding like an AM
radio or a 5k phone line, quality was, at best,
unpredictable. Other companies were writin...
...
ing high-quality 44.1k samples in
*.sd2/Sd2f: Enter Digidesign. A little com*.sd2lSd2f:
pany in CA started writing interesting audio
programs for the Mac based on the
popularity
popuiarity of the DX7. FM synthesis was
easily carried out on a computer (it was
DESIGNED by computer), so Digidesign
wrote SoftSynth for the little Macs like the
512, 512KE, and later upped the ante with
Macll,
TurboSynth for bigger Macs like the MacH,
Ilx. Remember, this was 1985. To make a
lIx.
long story short, all their work resulted in
dedicated audio sampling cards like the
AudioMedia, SoundTools, and ProTools.
These cards utilized a program called Sound
Designer to digitize audio, and consequently, being Mac-based, the creator code was,
you got it, Sd2f (all Mac creator codes can
only
Only be 4 characters long). Proprietary file
format, but can be decoded/converted by
other Mac apps and also converted into
PC-format
PC-fomiat by PC versions of these same
shareware apps
...
apps...
Let' s take a breather here, and then move on
Let’s
to Ensoniq-related file formats.
The Giebler Formats
As our old friend Gary Giebler (oracle of
PC-Ensoniq cross-platform utilities) started
this whole shebang about four years ago,
let's begin with his file formats
let’s
formats,, as they
represent the most popular and available
files for download out there. Here
's the
Here’s
scoop on
...
on...
*.EDE tiles:
files: These are typically 800k sample files for the EPS, so they’ll
they ' ll work on the
16+ and ASR as well with some tweaking. I
used to think the EDE stood for "Ensoniq
“Ensoniq
Disk Extractor"
Extractor” which was the parent application used to convert the files into PC
format. Think of the final "E"
“E” as indicating
"EPS,"
it ' ll stick in your head a little
“EPS,” and it’ll
easier. These are easily opened and converted by Gary Giebler's
Giebler’s Ensoniq Disk Extractor, Rubber Chicken's
Chicken’s Ensoniq Disk
Tools, or Terje's
Terje’s EPSm.
*.EDA files: These are typically 1440k
sample files for the ASR-series Ensoniq Instruments. I used to erroneously call these
things Ensoniq Disk Archive files. These
can also be opened by the Giebler utilities,
Terje's
Terje’s EPSm, or RCS's
RCS’s Ensoniq Disk tools.
*.EFE files: A SINGLE EPS file (single instrument, sequence, sysex file). Mayor
May or may
not be a playable sample due to the above.
Giebler, RCS and EPSm will convert it.
*.EFA files: A SINGLE ASR file (instrument, sequence, fx or sysex file). Identical
to above *.EFE procedure. Beginning to see
the "A"
“A” and "E"
“E” connection yet?
yet‘? Then let's
let’s
break for T
...
T...
*.EDT files:
tiles: TS-1O/TS-12
TS-10/TS-12 format files/samples/sequences/patch data. Use the Giebler
pies/sequences/patch
' s Ensoniq Disk Tools or Terje's
utils, RCS
RCS’s
Terje’s
EPSm to convert.
.EFT files:
IO/TS-12 file.
**.EFT
files: A SINGLE TSTS-10/TS-12
Follow *.EDT procedure to convert.
.mid tiles:
**.mid
files: A freebie: this is a PC-format
Standard MIDI File. You'll
You’1l have to open it
in a sequence application like Cakewalk to
5
TWIN‘
H
determine if it
's a Type 0 or Type 11 SMF.
it’s
Wash it thru mrmidi.exe to ensure it loads
and plays correctly on your MR-series keyboard ...
board...
You'll
You’ll occasionally run into a *.gkh file:
file:
this is a true EPS disk "Image."
“Image.” EPSm, Ensoniq Disk Tools, and some of Michael
I'm not misChen's
Chen’s shareware utilities (If I’m
's
taken, the *.gkh format is Michael Chen
Chen’s
format) will open this and convert it as well.
There used to be a ton of *.gkh files up on
the net a coupla years ago; with Gary
Giebler offering a "runtime"
“runtime” version of his
Ensoniq Disk Extractor at sites like
Sound Central and others, this format is not
SoundCentral
as common as it once was, but you may still
see a few of these *.gkh files out there, so
remember: they’re
they ' re EPS-type files and
ASR's by being
should load into 16+'s
l6+’s and ASR’s
backward-compatible with the original EPS
(given necessary tweaks once loaded into
the instrument).
Compression Formats
These are commonly the least confusing of
formats since most web browsers have one
or two built-in as "plug-ins."
“plug-ins.” Nonetheless, a
description and a nod of the hat to these are
in order just for familiarity.
*.zip
*.zip files:
tiles: These are the PC users most
common file format and can usually be
decompressed by Pkunzip.exe or Winzip.exe. The oldest form of PC compression,
initially used to smush files into a smaller
size so they’d
they'd take less time to upload and
download before there was an Internet.
Some people like me used to pull down 12k
files with 300 baud modems back in 1980,
so Pkzip was a real blessing when you paid
minute ...
by the minute...
*.sit files: These are Mac-based files compressed with Stuffit, the Mac equivalent of
pkzip. Most of these types of files are
self-extracting: once you download them
and log off, they'll
they’ll unstuff themselves and
decompress themselves automatically. If
them ...
not, just double-click on them...
*.gz, *.z: These are usually UNIX-based
compressed files. Stuffit Deluxe and WinZip
non~UNIX decompression apps
are the only non-UNIX
I know of that will open these types of files.
they’re decompressed you can identify
Once they're
them by extension (*.xxx). Usually observed
on sites as [filename].[tar].[gz] or [filename].[tar].[z], indicating UNIX tape backup and GNU-format compression. Usually
only useful if your computer is UNIX,
LINIX,
UNIX, SCO-UNIX, NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP based. And yeah, I still have a pair of
purpose ...
NeXT Stations for this very purpose...
"“
‘
So
S0 there you have it. This is by no means a
comprehensive treatise on the above, as I
haven't
haven’t even touched the Yamaha *.yfe,
Kurzweil *.krz, or Roland *.sdk formats, let
alone all the other instrument file formats
out there. I’ve
I've tried to be more explanatory
than accurate, so please, no sharpshooter
flames
flames dissecting menial errors in description. This is merely a primer on what these
file formats mean, and as such, you, the
reader, will be more likely to pull down the
right file the first time using up those 50 free
hours of AOL before you cancel and go with
a dedicated ISP
...
ISP...
It's
It’s incredibly complex yet incredibly fascinating. I don't
don’t think anyone, in their
wildest dreams, thought that we'd
we’d use a
phone line to connect a computer, download
a file for something other than immediate
use on a computer, decompress and translate
it into something other than a computer file,
write it on a non-computer-disk, stuff it into
a keyboard and make sound out of it. I can
remember my first Mirage (there's
(there’s files out
there for it as well) and having to buy
pre-formatted disks for it for $\3
$13 each when
a guy named Mark Cecys wrote a formatting
program for Triton called the Ensoniq Disk
Formatter for $39.95. Read about it in TH
#4, my very first issue (all 8 pages of it!)
...
itl)...
And a month later Ensoniq re
leased their
released
formatter for $34.95, then $24.95 the next
month, then included it with the 2nd generation Mirages for free. Ah, hex displays, 64k
keyboard halves, we really worked to get
sound massaged those days.
Deceived
Deceivecl by Headphones
The Amp Story
Joe Travo
Did you ever wonder why a lot of music
stores let you audition their keyboards with
a good pair of headphones instead of an
amp? There are actually a few reasons:
amp‘?
1. Large music stores figure it's
it’s more userfriendly than having numerous Keith
Emerson-types cranking up the volume in
competition with each other.
2. It's
It’s easier, less expensive and more convenient for the store to provide headphones.
3. Stereo keyboards (especially Ensoniq
keyboards, which have great frequency
response) sound better through stereo headphones than they do through mono amps,
especially mono amps not designed for keyboard sounds.
Think about it -—- with headphones you get
excellent separation, good frequency
response, and the sound is not only going
through your ear canal, but also through the
bones in your head, providing the same type
of positive effect you get when you hear
your own voice speaking live, as opposed to
hearing your voice on a tape recording.
That'
That’ss why many keyboard owners hear
such a distinct difference between the sound
of their keyboard(s) in the store (or at
home, where they practice or record with
headphones) and the sound of their keyboard(s) when they play live. Headphones
ii
Now it's
... —
_
it’s only a phone call away
away...
,,, .fi...._.-
Bio: Pat’s
Pat' s not having much luck leading a
normal life. Pat’s
Pat's wife recently had a baby
boy.
boy. During all the hoopla she claims she
vaguely recalls receiving SysEx messages
from him, but that was months ago.
than some of our teenage children?
children‘?
There's
There’s always the "vintage"
“vintage” sound crowd,
and tubes do add something, but old tubes
also take something away -— fidelity. Consider your output device.
_
There are three possible solutions (short of
buying two separate, identical amps) to this
problem -— I use all three of these for different situations:
can be deceiving.
For amplification in general:
general: Use a stereo
power amp with some kind of mixer, line
mixer or other pre-amp or EQ-type device
to get the full sound of your instrument.
Here's why: If you don
' t, you can lose vital
Here’s
don’t,
frequencies and harmonics to things like
"hot"
“hot” Preamps and notched-out frequencies
-— things that are vital to electric guitar and
bass sound but are unsuitable for your keyboard, especially the VFX, its ancestors and
its descendants, all of which have pretty hot
Line Out signals. My VFX makes myoId
my old
Kustom amp just scream, and not in a good
way. Phase cancellation, although not as
common, is also a possibility when pumping certain stereo patches through a singlechannel amp.
Here
' s an analogy: You go out and get the
Here’s
best-quality digital video camcorder lhat
that
you can buy. You find the perfect scene to
shoot your video, and using the most complimentary lighting available, shoot the
scene on archive-quality tape using a
fluid-ball head tripod mount. Then you
bring the tape back home and watch it on a
20-year old rotary-tuner 191/
19" TV that makes
everything look vaguely green. Doesn't
Doesn’t
make sense, you say? Then why do
musicians (you know who you are) do virtually the same thing, pumping those pristine (or maybe intentionally not) samples
and textures through an amp that's
that’s older
6
I.
1. For playing live: I bought a stereo power
amplifier and an eight-channel line mixer. I
had a IS-slider
15-slider stereo EQ that I also use, but
this isn't
isn’t absolutely necessary. The amp is
usable with either an 8-ohm or 4-ohm per
channel load, so for smaller venues I bring
just one speaker cabinet with two separate
speaker jacks, and for larger places I bring
two. Two cabinets also gives a much better
stereo image. The eight-channel line mixer
very nicely accommodates my EPS (2 outputs), my VFX (3 outputs, including the
stereo effects pedal) and my piano module
(2 outputs), with one channel left over. By
the way, make sure you get an amp that has
enough power for the biggest place you’ll
you'll
play. Since the I don't
don’t use a pre-amp (most
keyboards provide a line-level signal that
doesn't
doesn’t require a preamp) I got a pretty
powerful power amp, 260 watts. When I
need some extra boost, I patch in the EQ
unit. (Depending on your specific needs, a
preamp may be necessary.) This arrangement gives me the three things I need when
playing live: power, flexibility
flexibility and good,
clean sound.
2. For recording: I use a home stereo
receiver and speakers, which became an
"extra"
“extra” when we upgraded. I figure that
most of the time this is the type of system
that people will be listening to my tapes on
on,,
\. .
K‘.
___
_7
—
so this is the type of system they should
sound good on. I just plug my recording
mixer into the CD inputs, and being careful
with volume levels (remember, Ensoniq
keyboards are professional musical instruments with an uncompressed output and
you ' re pumping them through a home
you’re
stereo system), I set all the tone and balance
controls flat
flat (12
(I2 o'clock),
o’clock), turn off the bass
boost or loudness switch, and record. If it
sounds good on your mid-level home stereo
system, it'll
it’1l usually sound good on someone else's,
else’s, as well as on a boom box or car
stereo, and as an added bonus, it'll
it’ll probably
sound great on a high-level system. Watch
out for speakers that add coloration, though.
Many home systems have speakers that attempt to make up for small size or inadequate construction by artificially boosting
the bass or low-midrange. This is another
area where headphones can give you an inaccurate image of what's
what’s going to tape -—
the recorded sound that's
that’s produced by headphones is very different than that which
comes out of speakers. (Those head bones
again.) While music that sounds good on
speakers will also sound good on headphones, the reverse is not always true.
-1
3. For practicing: In spite of what I said earlier about not buying two separate, identical
amplifiers, that's
that’s exactly what I did do for
practicing, but with a slight variation. I purchased two Fender Mini-Twins. They have
volume, tone, gain (which I don
' t use), a
don’t
single input and an on/off switch, and are
about the size of a Tom Clancy paperback
novel. Although I normally practice with
only a single stereo keyboard, if necessary I
can use my line mixer to play numerous
keyboards trough these small amps. They
claim to put out one watt each, which has
been more than enough for my practice
needs. I use these small Fender amps (other
- I've
brands are also available —
I’ve seen "Mar“Marshalls"),
shalls”), cranked to a volume setting of
about 5, for practice instead of my home
stereo for two reasons: 1. They sound more
like my regular (live gig) amp than the
receiver and speakers, and, 2. They don't
don’t
put out as much bass, so when I’m'practicI'm 'practicing late at night, I don't
don’t disturb the rest of
the family.
J
"But,"
“But,” you say, "couldn't
“couldn’t you use headphones and not disturb the rest of the
'famithe'family?" Once again, I must articulate,
ly?”
= HACKER BASEMENT TAPES
I-.
Artist:
Ar tist: Glenn Govot.
Contact Info: 901 Sunrise Ln #W, Ft.
Lauderdale, FL 33304, Phone:
954-561-5690,
Email: [email protected];
Website: http://www.glenngovot.com.
Equipment: Ensoniq TS-12 (with
ASR-1O
ASR-10 samples), Alesis ADAT XT,
Mackie 24*4, Alesis Quadraverb 2,
Midiverb II, 3630 Compressor, Sony A
A77
DAT, Yamaha SPX-90, Digitech GSP
2101, Gibson Les Paul, Ovation Pinnacle,
and a lot of Marlboro Lights.
Lights.
Glenn Govot's
Govot’s debut CD, Love Today, ((c)
1996) was reviewed in the September '96
’96
Hacker.
Hacker. Two memories endure: Glenn sent
me a red lollipop with his CD, and I really
liked his music! Alas, because of the backlog of Basement Tapes (and CDs) at that
Lest you believe that I harbor some unreasonable prejudice against headphones, be
advised that in addition to the various pairs
that I use with my Walkman and Discman, I
have a pair of high-quality "wired"
“wired” headphones and a pair of high-quality wireless
headphones. I use them for listening to
recorded music (sometimes my own) and
sometimes for a solo sound check before a
gig, just to make certain everything's
everything’s on
and working, and because I know what to
expect from them, they haven’t
haven' t deceived
me
yet. _— .
me yet.
Bio: Joe Travo (still the LizardMan) lives in
Visalia, which is in Central California,
where he plays keyboards with SUSHI
BLUES, a blues/rock band, and AUGUST, a
Latin/funk band. Friends say he is both
electric and eclectic.
Steve Vincent
Th
e C%r
The
Co/or of Me
/\/Ie
G
lenn Govot
Glenn
Me (c) 1998.
CD: The Color of
ofMe
headphones don't
don’t give the same "sound
“sound experience" as amplifiers. With these little
perience”
amps, the (surprisingly loud, but not bassy)
sound is coming through the air, not
through the head bones, as it would with
headphones.
time, we only had room to give Glenn a
"short
“short take"
take” review. This month, we have
the luxury of a full review of Glenn's
Glenn’s
second CD, The Color of Me, released just
two months ago. He did NOT send me a lollipop along with his CD this time, so, Glenn
old boy, get ready for a run through the
wringer.
wringer.....
Once again, I was struck with a kind of cognitive dissonance between my first impression from the CD cover, and the music
coming out of my speakers. The jewel case
features a pencil-drawing of Glenn's
Glenn’s face (a
good likeness, having seen some pics of
him), which, coupled with the particular
fonts used on the cover, give the impression
that one is about to listen to a marginally
produced collection of middle-of-the-road
pop. That, dear readers, is a false impression! Glenn
' s music
Glenn’s
music,, as I described in-my
review of Love Today, is a tasty "tamed"
“tamed” alternative rock. Compositionally, it is "alter“alternative”
native" in the tradition of Sheryl Crow,
7
Alannis Morissette and others, but instrumentally it harkens back to a more organic Beatles sound. All in all, a wonderful
combination! I believe that using "timeless"
“timeless”
instrumentation allows the songs to stand or
fall on their compositional strengths, and not
on a few cool sounds that will be outdated in
Let’s
a few years. And stand these songs do. Let's
give a listen to a few tracks...
tracks ...
The Color of Me --— The title track starts
with a catchy hip-hop beat and a melodic
hook played with a cool-sounding guitar
through a phase shifter. Horn stabs on the
chorus add a nostalgic touch.
Randalia -—— Pop with more of a rock edge
Glennl),
(nice and crunchy Les Paul work, Glenn!),
Glenn’s rich and interthis track continues Glenn's
esting compositional style. My only complaint: the slap-bass break is a dead
we’re
giveaway that we
' re not hearing a real bass.
Sunrise Lane -— This melancholy piano song
is beautiful. The chorus line, "I
“I wish it
wasn’tt raining / I wish that I could see / that
wasn'
don’t belong to me"
me”
you belong to you / you don't
has the sound, feel and lyrics of a classic.
Wonderful interplay between the piano parts
and rich Les Paul sounds.
Fear -— This track has a harder-edged alter-
"1
native vocal, but the instrumentation is largely acoustic guitar! One expects a raging
wall 0'
o’ guitars, especially on the chorus, but
the subdued vocals and the quiet steel string
guitar builds tension expertly.
expertly.‘ String orchestration enters the mix later in the song
to add an additional dimension of mystery.
Another example of the strength of a good
composition.
Valerie -— The Beatles'
Beatles’ Hello Hello is the
closest comparison I can make to this nostalgic, bittersweet song. Ringo drums, greatsounding Les Paul and acoustic guitar, and a
sitar-like part on the bridge add up to one
hell of a good song.
The Color of Me contains thirteen tracks of
consistently well-crafted, excellently-produced pop compositions with a combination
of nostalgic and alternative elements.
Glenn's
Glenn’s strengths lie in his composing and
performing chops, as well as his production
and engineering skills. Kudos all the way
around! One criticism I have of this particular project, though, is it seems the vocals
were tracked with less discipline than on his
first CD. Many trailing lines at the end of
phrases drift off-pitch (the number one vocal
sin, in my book). Glenn proves over and
over, especially on his first CD, that he has
the vocal chops to make these tracks shine.
His voice makes me think of a combination
of Michael W. Smith and Bono (Smith's
(Smith’s
earnestness and sincerity, Bono's
Bono’s articulation but not his whining). The vocals are
transparent and at the center of attention,
and his timbre is so pleasant that you could
literally listen to him sing for hours. The
rough-around-the-edges vocal tracks do not
ruin this project (far from it) but fine-tuning
would have been the finishing touch.
get in one of his fan pics).
Congratulations, Glenn, on a wonderful
second lap! Keep churning out the tunes,
and good luck with your giggin
' !_
giggin’!
—
If you want your tape run through the
wringer, err, Hacker, just mail it off to:
Basement Tapes, Transoniq Hacker, 1402
SW Upland Dr., Portland OR 97221. Please
include your e-mail address!
Nitpicks: (1) The song titles are in the
wrong order on the CD and cover, and (2)
the typesetting in the CDs insert does not
flow
panel to panel, but looks like the
flow from panel
word processor was commandeered by an
untrained monkey. It confuses my overtaxed
brain to have to make sense of the maze. (It
really isn't
isn’t that bad; it's
it’s that I just finished
doing my taxes.)
H
Glenn appears to be one busy guy, still performing nightly at different clubs in the Ft.
Lauderdale area (The Elba
Elbo Room, The
Treasure Trove, Marty O'Brien
' s, and still at
O’Brien’s,
the Bimini Boatyard). If you visit his website (address above) you’ll
you'll see pics
pies of his
fans, which is refreshing; it seems many
performing musicians feed their egos with
self-congratulations, but not Glenn —
- he
shines the spotlight on his supporters (although one apparently has to be blonde to
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THI have a TS-I0
TS-10 that will play fine for about 10 minutes,
then loses the ability to play more than one note at a
time. It seems that multiple addresses can either not be
retrieved or not processed once retrieved
retrieved.. When you turn
tum
it off and then on it seems to be resetting itself. Then the
problem is gone for only a few minutes more. Any
thoughts, comments, schematics would be greatly appreciated. The owner doesn't
doesn’t want to have to ship it
back to the factory,
factory , and there is no one in our area who
knows these very well. We mainly service analog
T, ADAT,
ADA T, and HI
reel-to-reels and digital DA
DAT,
I-II 8. By customer
's requests we are slowly getting into keyboard
tomer’s
re
pairs. (Go easy on me.) Thanks!
repairs.
Thank you,
Chris Rappol!
Rappolt
AMP Services
[email protected]
[email protected]flinet.com
[PF -— Wow, you really picked a Porsche to learn auto
repair on, didn
't ya? The TS is unique in that like many
didn't
of the later Ensoniq boards, schematics are NOT avail-
rules of the Rhythm Builder PC-based app (i.e., all patterns must be the same
some length, same
some meter,
meter, etc.).
Download Rhythm Builder from www.ensoniq.com and
print off the documentation for a reference.
Or, if you’re
you're like me, drop a PC Compatibility card into
.. .}
your Mac and have the best of both worlds
worlds...]
Hey everybody -—
Like many others, I have been madly surfing
surfing the Net and
V file I can find. Recently I
snagging every great .WA
.WAV
ran into a problem where the sample does not translate to
the right pitch. (Memo to readers -— if possible, have a
pitch reference ready right after download so you don't
don’t
go through hours of editing only to find your new killer
sample is a quarter tone flat.)
flat.) Is there a utility hidden on
the ASR-tO
ASR-10 somewhere to correct pitch in smaller increments than a semitone, or do I need to find a third-party
utility?
Thanks!
Mark in Houston
deems diagnostics down to the board level are all that'
that’ss
necessary in the field,
field, and represents the fastest and
most economical manner to repair an Ensoniq product...
[PF -— Mark: On the PITCH page select the root key. Beside that parameter is a ''fine
tune" adjust
... }
“fine tune”
adjust...]
But, btw, this issue sounds heat related. Sounds like
something's
something’s sucking lip
up so much +5 or +12 that the
power supply is kakking trying to keep up. Aim a fan at
the heat sink extending alit
fire it up and see
out the back, fire
how long it behaves properly before this anomaly occurs. Remove the 4 screws holding the dashboard down,
re-aim the fan at the "business"
“business” side of the power supply, and time how long it takes to hang. If there's little,
little, if_
if_
any difference,
dijference, your conclusion of logic problems ("ir( “irretrievable addresses"
addresses”)) may be correct.
Hi,
Given, there's
there’s ao coupla 7805-ish and derivative-type
regulators on the logic board that could be suspect, but
the real issue here is WHAT's
WHAT’s drawing so much current
to hang the unit in ten minutes. More often than not, it's
it’s
a proprietary Ensoniq chip at fault, and as such, a logic
...}
board swap is the only answer
answer...]
THTl-II'm
l’m a Mac user and would like to know if I can create
new drum patterns
pattems for the MR's
MR’s sequencer i.e. Big
Band, Dixie Land etc. Can I import drum patterns
pattems from
an external drum machine or from my MAC's
MAC’s sequencer
via MIDI? I hope there's a way.
Thanks,
Paul
[email protected]
files
[PF -— Paul: Certainly. The key here is saving YOllr
your files
diskelle under PC Exchange,
onto a PC-formalled
PC-formatted diskette
Exchange. The
issue here is that you must follow the same caveats and
RD 600, Roland AX 90, Yam Pl50
P150 and the Kurz 88 for
quality of Piano sound?
(2) Is
ls there a module out there which can give top notch
piano sounds ie; those which the ZR appear to have ??.
(3) Is the Perfect Piano EXP-4 board the hub of the ZR
piano sounds or additional? I would love to know of
what quality these sounds are ie; better that MR, not as
good as the main ZR?
able, even to authorized service facilities. Malvern
If this is the case, it's
it’s time for a replacement logic
board. Check and ensure the power supply is delivering
a rock solid +5, +12, etc. with no wander or ripple. If
all this is fine,
fine, you’ll
you'll need to reassemble the unit and
take it to an authorized Ensoniq Service Center to have
the logic board replaced.
(I)
(l) How does the MR rate with the Korg Trinity, Roland
I have a fairly ancient EPS (S/N: EPS-500322-F, date:
04/
12/88). Also the following:
04/12/88).
4
Macintosh Quadra 650, 24MB memory.
System software B
Bl1 -—- 7.1
Syquest EZflyer 230 MB External SCSI removable
cartridge hard drive.
...
Over the years I have built up a considerable library of
EPS floppies
floppies and am starting to worry about their
shelf-life. Is there any hardware or software that would
allow me to back them up on my EZflier,
EZflier, either directly
or (preferably) by allowing my Mac to read the discs and
storing the result? I gather there is some software that allows the discs to be read by PCs.
Best wishes,
Patrick Gowers
London, [email protected],apc.org
[email protected]
[PF -- Pat: On a Mac, all you’ll
you'll need is a program from
Terje Norstad called EPSm. It’s
ft's available from Terje's
Terje’s
Node at hIlP://fysmac04.uio.no/eps.html.
http://fysmac04.uio.no/eps.html. Costs $24 last
time I looked, and works perfectly. There's a freeware
app called scEPSi that might do the trick for you as well.
Both require you connect the EPS-formatted hard drive
your Q650
... }
to the SCSI port of
ofyour
Q650...]
[Garth Hjelte ([email protected]) -— Terje's
Terje’s new
address is hIlP:/lfysmac-elgOI.uio.no/eps.html.}
http://fysmac-elg01.uio.no/eps.html.]
In general I am happy with the MR-76 but not the piano
out another
payout
sounds. The last thing I want to do is to pay
load of money on a new Ensoniq product.
Thanking you all and hope you can be of assistance.
George Brennan
[email protected]
[PF -— George: Opinions, in order:
(I)
(I ) Difficult
Difiicult to say, as no comparative reviews have ever
been done. Ensoniq must obviously think the ROM
pianos were credible enough for a workstation, and then
if pianophiles needed an exact piano replica they could
install the JerryCoakeIy
JerryC0akely (hope the spelling is correct!)
“Perfect Piano"
Piano” expansion card. BTW.
"Perfect
BTW, I understand the
Kurz samples are derived from the Coakely library, so
there's some spin on your question
...
question...
(2)
(2 ) An MR-rack with the Perfect Piano expansion card,
card,
defined ...
defined...
(3)
(3 ) Honestly don't
don’! know: my music store hasn't
hasn’t received
any yet...
yet .. ,
That’s PRECISELY why Ensoniq designed the MR
(4) That's
(and ZR) with expansion slots. That way, a dance/techno/trance producer could install the Urban card without
Ensoniq building it into the wavetable and making
EVERYBODY pay for it. Or guys
gllys like you and me that
want the perfect piano can install that Coakely card
cord
without Ensoniq doing it built-in and jacking the list
price of the MR up by that amount. Again, Ensoniq typically provides the most economical balance of sound vs.
value vs.
vs. ease of use.
But we already know this -— that's
that’s why we're Ensoniq
users
... }
users...]
[Eric Montgomery (Ensoniq) —
- If you are a trained
pianist or have played acoustic pianos all your life, then
no piano from a synth will sound correct. The some
same rings
true for any other acoustic instrumentalist. Nothing is as
good as the real thing. Now with that said, and remembering that a keyboard is a machine, the piano’s
piano's in all
these "machines"
“machines” sound great. It really depends on your
use and personal preference. It does not mailer
matter if it was
to me it does, I
sampled at 44k and in stereo (although 10
can hear a difference) or if it is an old EPS piano
you.}
sampled piano, you have to choose what works for you.]
Hello all,
THI would like to draw on the experience of fellow hackers
in deciding the cheapest and most practical way to
achieve high quality piano sounds. II have an MR-76. I
would be most grateful even if some of my questions
answered.
wered. I-Iere
Here goes.
could be ans
9
My main question is for the EPS-16+. Is there a way I
can hook up a SCSI adapter so I can use the Zip drive?
drive‘?
Christopher Quirke
[email protected]
[email protected]
{PF
[PF -— Chris: Yes. Install the EPS-16+ SCSI expander
It's really THAT simple. Conand plug the zip drive in. It’s
tact www.ensoniq.com for availability of the EPS-16+
SCSI interface
...}
interface...]
{Garth
[Garth Hjelte ([email protected])
(chickenEP.S'@willmar.com) -— See this
URL for specific
specific information on I6-Plus
16-Plus and ZipDrive
compatibility: www.soundcentral.com/-chickeneps/zipl
www.soundcentral.com/-chickeneps/zip]
6pls.html.
They aren't compatible if you have the Ensoniq SCSI
and the Zip alone in a chain, but if you use a powered
terminator,
terminator, or another drive in the chain, or get the SL-l
SL-I
third-party SCSI, the 16+
fine.}
I 6+ works fine.]
Hello Hackers,
pl33 to
Have just hooked up my good 01'
ol’ EPS-16+ to a p133
try it out with pc sequencing and although the EPS is set
to multi, I can't
can’t get the MIDI info to playback correctly
from the PC to the EPS. It does just fine with my other
gear (Yamaha). Please help asap as this problem is killing me since three weeks now
...
now...
Also, once this is resolved (hopefully), anybody know
how to transfer sequences/songs from EPS to Cubase or
Cakewalk format??
for-mat?‘?
Pleased to hear/thanks,
Andrea, [email protected]
{PF
[PF -— Andrea: The EPS is a VERY multivariate instrument. First, go to Y9ur
sellings pages and
your MIDI global settings
ensure it's
it’s set to "MULTI."
“MULTI.” This allows each track of
the 16+ to respond to its own MIDI channel setting.
selling.
Secondly, ensure each track has a loaded instrument into
it (the obvious) and also has its own discrete (and different) MIDI channel. Normal defaults on a 16+ (so far)
are a BASE MIDI channel of #1, so set the tracks up to
any MIDI channel OTHER than channel #1, and that
each track has a different MIDI channel
...
channel...
Now, the important part. Click on an instrument track to
INSTRUMENT's MIDI IN
select it, and scroll to the INSTRUMENT’s
page. There are 3 possible selections; "LOCAL,"
“LOCAL,”
"MIDI,"
“MIDI,” or "BOTH."
“BOTH.” Chances are they're
they’re set to
LOCAL, in which case they will NOT respond to inbound
MIDI data. Select BOTH: this will allow you to play the
track from the keyboard AND the computer. Then save
these changes so you don't
don’t have to do this again. Repeat
for the other 7 tracks.
fbr
If this doesn't
doesn’t resolve the problem, email back with more
we'll get the next bigger hammer out. As
particulars and we’ll
far as xferring songs from EPS format to PC format, you
need a software application that will translate EPS disk
sequences to Standard MIDI Files (SMF's).
(SMF’s). Gary
.giebler.com)
Giebler has a utility that will do this (at w3
w3.giebler.com)
for $40, Garth Hjelte or Rubber Chicken Software has a
package called Ensoniq Disk Tools that, at last rev,
would do this as well (along with a BUNCH of other
mondo cool functions) for $60: check it out at
hllp:/lwww.soundcentral.coml-chickeneps/.
http://www.soundcentral.com/~chickeneps/.
I know -— the guy who sold you the computer said this
would make things much easier, right?}
right?]
{Garth
[Garth Hjelte ([email protected]) -— Thanks,
Pat. Actually, Disk Tools is only $39.95, and MIDI-Disk
Pat.
Tools (has MIDI stuff along) is $59.95. Also, Disk Tools
now gives you directly ability to edit individual waves on
a EPS/ASR file
file with your favorite sample editing utility
(SoundForge, CoolEdit, Waves, etc.), and the new Unformatter utility is available. This feature can recover
intact files even after you have done a quick format on
info.]
the drive. Check with RCSfor
RCS for more info.}
{PF
[PF -— Garth
Garth:: OOPS! Hope my error didn't
didn’t scare some-
one away from Disk Tools. How’s
How's the sequence converter (ASR->SMF) going? Has that rolled into any of
the packages yet?]
yet?}
Q
Hi!
My name is Samuel Ramos from P.R., and I am a subscriber.
I am trying to convert ASR and EPS samples to Aif for
my MR-61. I got T.J. utilities for the Mac but now I am
getting a "Fatal
“Fatal Error -80, This Mac can not read Ensoniq floppies,
floppies, Please Report!"
Report!” I tried contacting Terje,
but I get "No
“No DNS entry found."
found.”
normal download folder...]
folder ... }
{Eric
[Eric Montgomery (Ensoniq) -— Th
Thee data is and has been
posted on the website.
Go to www.ensoniq.com
Go to Downloads
Go to Musical Instruments
Click on MR-61/76
MR-61 176
Click on MRD-I01
MRD-IOI
Click on Click on Macintosh
Now, all of the download directions and the files
files will be
listed on your screen.]
screen.}
Hello,
My system consists of an M-Power, 604E 200 from
APS, 64ram, running System 8. I have an MR-6I,
MR-61,
ASR-IO,
ASR-l0, with SCSI, Bernoulli 230, CD 4x, Digital Performer 2.2 etc.
Are these addresses current for Terje: [email protected]
fys.uio.no, [email protected]? Is there any other
way, without buying a PC or Sys.exclusive?
Thanks,
Samuel Ramos
[email protected]
[PF -- Samuel: I don't
don’t think Terje's
Terje’s utilities work under
System 8 or 8.1, as it's
first FULLY native version of
it’s the first
software. As Terje's
calls,
system sofiware.
Terje’s utilities make Toolbox calls,
I doubt EPSm is compatible with System 8. Try it with
any other version and it should work fine.
fine. I can't
...
guarantee ANY success with Mac clones
clones...
Another reader had the same problem trying to reach
Terje: when we get either a new URL or address for him
we'll
... }
we’ll let you know
know...]
{[email protected]
Node"
[terje.fi[email protected] -— The web site "Terje's
“Terje’s Node”
has the URL hIlP:/lfysmac-elgOI.uio.no/eps.html.
http://fysmac-elg0I.uio.no/eps.html. It also
contains the
Ihe most up to date and most extensive list of
downloadable samples usable for the ASR/EPS/TS
machines, but/and like the Transoniq Hacker site there is
no unnecessary flash.
flash. My email addresses have been stationary for many years, Samuel has reached me and I
have replied to him. EPSm and all other EPS/ASR/TS related utilities work for system 8.0 and 8.1 (with reservationfor a German system 8).}
8).]
I’m having a little quirk in my ASR·I0
ASR-10 SCSI -> Mac
I'm
setup. Functionally everything works fine, except for
one thing. I have the ASR-IO
ASR-I0 SCSI'd
SCSI’d to my Mac Quadra
700 with a Zip drive in-between for storing my samples.
Well, the Zip disk is not a Mac-formatted disk so whenever I have a disk in the Zip drive, the Mac continuously
tries to access the disk and read the data —
- over and over
again! How can I disable this? The Quadra 700 is running System 7.6.1.
7.6.l. I tried booting with extensions off to
no avail -— so it's
it’s not an Oextension conflict.
conflict. The Iomega
driver is disabled as well.
I'm
I’rn sure lots of others have a similar setup, so any help
would be greatly appreciated.
DigiX
[email protected]
[PFG -— DigiX: As the Zip drive is an ASR-formatted
ASR-formalled
disk, the Mac should prompt you before it drops you in
the finder
finder with that wonderful
wonderfitl message "This
“This is not a
If you're not
Macintosh Disk. Do you want to erase it?"
it? ” If
even getting that far, I truly don't
don’t know what it is.
is. Suf
Suffice to say you want to obtain a program from Terje
Norstad called EPSm that is a godsend for us MacASR-SCSI drive types. You can reach him at:
http://fysmac-elgOI.uio.no/eps.html.
http://fysmac-elg0l .uio.no/eps.html.
EPSm will set
$30, and makes Ensel you back less than $30,
file management a snap on your
soniq SCSI disk and file
...}
Mac. Highly recommended
recommended...]
Hello there,
{PF
[PF -- Terje: That's
That’s VERY good news. Thanx for the
... }
prompt heads up
up...]
Dear Hack,
My browser tells me it cannot locate the MAC compatible version of the MRD 101 disk image. Does it exist; if
not, will it exist?
Thanks in advance for any info.
Mitch,
[email protected]
[/[email protected]
[terje.fi[email protected] (Terje) -— Mitch, it does exist. It
is on Ensoniq’s
Ensoniq's web site, but you can not access it by
pressing the buttons and links on the site. You can
however use a direct URL hllp:llwww.ensoniq.com/bihttp://www.ensoniq.com/binary/mr
_demo _ disk.sea.hqx but then you won't
nary/mr__demo_disk.seahqx
won’t see or be
inspired to buy any new products. You should probably
write a kind leller
letter to the Ensoniq WebMaestro
Webll/Iaestro and make
him aware of that situation and he may fix
fix it when time
permits. It will be faster the more specific
specific YOIl
you are.]
[PF -- Mitch: If Ensoniq doesn
doesn’t
' t have a Mac version of
{PF
it, just insert a PC-formatted floppy
floppy into your Mac. As
long as you have the PC Exchange Control Panel Active
in your Control Panels folder
folder at startup,
startup, the Mac will
Just tell your browfloppy. lust
recognize the floppy
floppy as a PC floppy.
file to this disk instead of its
ser to save the downloaded file
10
As a proud owner of a VFX synthesizer, I've
I’ve been looking for a good, reliable graphical sound editor (PC platform) for a while. It seems like my recent connection to
the WWW might be of great help! Could you please indicate me where to find such a treasure?
I thank you very, very much.
Pierre Lefebvre
[email protected]
[PF -— Pierre: I don't
don’t know what freeware/shareware is
{PF
out there, but my money went to MOTU for a copy of
UniSyn back in 1994.
profiles for just about
I 994. They have profiles
all synths, including the VFX. You might want to check
http://www.motu.com...]
them out at http://www.motu.com
... }
Greetings,
I own an EPS-M and have it hooked up to a 60-meg
SCSI hard drive. It works great. However, I have a I-gig
1-gig
hard drive that I would like to hook it to but it will not
find it when it goes out to look for it. I have tried changing the address to all of the options. Will the EPS-M
read a hard drive of that size? I had the hard drive tested
by one of my computer geeks and it has passed the test it
was run under. It's
It’s a Micropolis.
.
Thank you,
‘H5
"-.
Dan Bono
[email protected]
[PF -- Dan: You need the 2.41 version ROM to format
SCSI drives of I Gb capacity or larger. Check your ROM
version first
first to ensure it's
it’s 2.41. You may be experiencing
a termination issue here. Are you disconnecting the 60
Mb drive when allaching
attaching the I Gb drive? If not,
not, the 60
Mb drive is probably internally terminated and nol
not lelletting the I1 Gb drive get polled at stan
up. Check the
startup.
Micropolis and ensure it has termination. If it does, connect it by itself to the EPS and look for a telltale LED
"blip"
“blip” at startup when it gets polled.
It's possible that this particular Micropolis isn't
It’s
isn’t .
EPS-compatible, but I kinda doubt it. Just make sure it's
it’s
the only drive connected when testing, and ensure it’s
it's
formalled and stuff.
terminated. Once you get it formatted
stufli you can
remove the termination and connect the 60 Mb as the
last device in the chain. Remember, only the LAST drive
on a SCSI chain is allowed termination
... J
termination...]
I've used my Micropolis
[Mark ([email protected])
([email protected]) -- FYI, I’ve
I1 gig with my EPS-16+ many successfitll
successfull times. BTW, I
also use il
it wilh
with my Mac and Session 8 and SDII.
SD11. Sorry,
no info if it
il works wilh
with Ihe
the EPS Original. Good luck!
http://www.midimark.com.J
http://www.midimark. com.]
Dear Hacker,
I decided to tackle the SysEx monster with my TS-IO.
TS-10.
I've
I’ve got the SysEx specification version 2.00 here and a
couple of software tools to send the messages in addition
to a sequencer. I've
I’ve gotten as far as to send a Device Inquiry Message, turn the GM mode on and off and also
send bank and program changes from the sequencer.
How
I-low would I send a bank and program change through
SysEx? The specs say that the pressing of the soft buttons on the panel can be simulated with SysEx but I
would guess that there is another way to send bank/program changes; the sequencer surely does not send simulated button presses. Also, can a SysEx message change
the effect algorithm and its variation directly, instead of
changing it with a patch number + 60? (Great manua!!)
manual!)
If anyone has messed with this thing already, I'd
I’d appreciate any help.
Marios Kefalopoulos
[email protected]
[PF —
- Marios:
Marias: That's
That’s what ALL Sysex messages to ALL
musical instrument manufacturers keyboards do. You
press a button and a code is sent to perform the button's
button’s
description. Sysex allows you you send the some
same code
Hi again!
Thank you PF for your very effective solution to our
EPS keyboard configuration problem. Unfortunately, we
now find another problem. We have a "nice"
“nice” 50Hz
present in our output signal. This is how it behaves:
- It varies from almost gone to very present.
- When playing and loading simultaneously, a strong 50
Hz seems synced to the working (activities) of the hard
drive.
- The EPS seems much more susceptible to household
gadget generated mains noises than other modules (same
power source).
- After 24 hours plus operation, the external.
external,, internal
heatsinks and transformer seem very hot. We realize this
to be subject to opinion, but we would compare the
temperature to that of a severely overstressed amplifier.
Your thoughts and ideas on these queries would be
greatly appreciated -— thank you once again for your last
suggestion.
Thank you,
Tom
[email protected]
[PF -— Tom: The heals
ink gets
gelS VERY hal
heatsink
hot after about a
half an hour. With a SCSI card and OEX-8 expander on
mine, it'll
it’ll burn you in about 15
I5 minllies.
minutes. Ensoniq said
this is normal, so I don't
don’t worry about it unless someone
backs into it and burns slripes
stripes inlO
into Iheir
their bare shoulder.
without pressing the button on the front panel so that
you don't
don’: have 10
to be in proximity of the instrument.
I would think the Sysex documentation should spell most
of this out. As I don’t
don' t own a TS, I'll
I’ll ask for any reader
input here
... J
here...]
[Eric Montgomery (Ensoniq) -— That stuff is getting more
technical than I want 10
to be. I did crack open the sysex
manual and checked that the buttons are all named,
every code you can imagine is in there. Good luck!J
luck!]
Help!
When I start my MR-76 and use sounds in the SoundFinder, the volume control slider changes the pitch of
the sound, not the volume. I’ve
I've temporarily gotten
around this messing up my performance playing by
making sequences of just sounds and using them. When I
do this, I always turn pitch bend up and down to OFF.
This effectively stops the problem
problem.. But when I go back
to SoundFinder sounds, the same problem with pitch is
Finder sounds, I can
back. If I go into the EDIT Sound
S0undFinder
turn
tum Pitch Bend up and down to OFF. But this is not
saved from one section to the next. Is there a problem?
Have I done something wrong? This can't
can’t be the way it's
it’s
supposed to work..
work....
I've
I’ve written to Ensoniq and they seem stumped. Perhaps
there are other things I can check. Any considerations
wi
willll be welcome.
[PF -— Greg: Press the "System/Midi"
"System/Midi” button four times
to get to the "Edit
“Edit MIDI settings?" page. Press "Yes"
“Yes”
and scroll the left
lefi knob 8 clicks until you get to the
"CTRL
x " page. Ensure you don't
“CTRL 1= =
xxxxxxxx"
don’t set CC #7
and Pitch 10
you're
to the same CC# at this screen, and you’re
go ... J
good to go...]
...
(Greg
[Greg lolicoeur
Jolicoeur -— My mind is going to mush
mush...
this. I'm
Pat, I really appreciate YOllr
your help in all this.
I’m still
stuck though. The CTRL pages only show 4 controllers
that I can scroll through -— CTRL 1-4. These are set to
the factory default values:
CTRL I
CTRL 2
CTRL 3
CTRL 4
=
=
=
=
Breath Controller #002
FXContro/l #012
FXControl1
PatchSelct #070
Timbre #071
II tried changing them 10
to different
difierent vailles
values but there was
no change, reducing the volume still lo
wered the sound
lowered
Ihe pitch by 2 semitones. I don
't aplevel, and lowered the
don’!
pear to have access to the other 8 real-time MIDI controllers from this screen:
Data Entry Slider
Sustain/Sostenuto pedals
Pitch Bend Wheel
MIDI Volume messages
Mod Wheel
MIDI Pan messages
Foot Pedal
MIDI Expression messages
Should II be able to access these somewhere and check
which MIDI controller # they are set to? Am I making
sense?
Oh, BTW, I have a FLASH card installed and the
Ihe latesl
latest
2.11I firmware
I've also reinitialized the MR
2.1
firmware release. I’ve
to its condition. Do I have a bug, or is
with no change 10
there still something I’m
I'm missing? Either
Eilher I'm sick or the
... GregJ
MR is
is...
Greg]
[PF -— Greg: At this point, I’d
I'd have to recommend
professional he/po
help. It mighl
might be something so obvious I
can't
can’! see the forest for the trees
trees,, or something may in
fact be bogus in your MR. In which case, it's
it’s probably a
warranty repair that your local dealer can handle
without too much trouble. Keep us posted -— this sounds
...J
like an interesting one
one...]
[Eric Montgomery (Ensoniq) -I
- I am not sure with whom
spoke, but Ensoniq would (should) have suggested a
you spoke,
service center. That is nOI
not normal behavior.
us
/ist of US Authorized Service Centers can be found at
A list
the following URL on our Web Site: http://www.ensoniq.comlhlml/servlist.htm.J
soniq.com/html/servlist.htm.]
THThe hum is Irollblesome,
troublesome, however. A degree of SCSI
"whine"
“whine” is normal when present in the outputs, but not
60 Hz (or 50 where YOIl
you are) hum. Sounds like a ground
loop bel
ween the hard drive and the EPS.
between
I~
If the drive is disconnected and the EPS is loaded from
floppy, does the hum go away? If so, yes, we've
floppy,
we’ve found
the culprit. Another issue could be C5 on the Memory
Expander board. If you're not technically inclined, have
the following procedure performed at an Authorized
Service Center. Replace C5 on the Memory Expander
BV cap that always burns alit
board. It's
It’s a 3.3 ufd
uftl I18V
out on
these expanders. Have him repla
ce it with a 25V (or
replace
higher) rating. It may not be in the signal path, bUI
but since
your problem is SCSI related, replace it anyway, because I'd
I’d almost guarantee thai
that it's
it’s burned alii.
out.
If it still likes singing to you at 50 Hz, ping us back and
we'll
... J
we’ ll grab the NEXT bigger hammer
hammer...]
Hope you have an answer soon,
Greg Jolicoeur
[email protected]
[PF - Greg: Sounds like you've set
sel the volume slider to
Ihan CC #7 (continuou;send somelhing
something other than
(continuous controller
#7, which is volume). Go 10
to your "System"
“System” pages and
ensure the volume slider is sella
set to send MIDI controller
#7 messages, and life should be good again
... J
again...]
{Greg
[Greg lolicoeur
Jolicoeur ([email protected]) -— Thanks for the
info.
infb. The volume control slider controls the volume AND
lowers the pitch on this
Ihis MR-76 at the some
same time. I looked
for the information you mentioned on the system prefs.
find anything relating to assigning
pages but could not find
different
diflerent controllers to the volume slider. The book mentions that it is set to #7??!!
Ihe setting
#7??!.' Have 1I missed the
somewhere? Can some knowledgeable wizard walk me
through this
this?J
?]
11
I have done onboard sequencing with my Ensonjq
Ensoniq keyboards for years. I have just started using Logic Audio
with a P166. I have followed every instruction for both
Logic and my two keyboards and I can only get one
sound (patch) to sound on playback. If I switch tracks in
Logic, the selected sound for that track becomes the
"default"
“default” sound Il hear.
This is happening with both the SQ-2 and the EPS.
Granted, Logic is insanely hard to learn but I imagine
my trouble is with the keyboards. There is almost zero
info on using outside sequencers with these keyboards in
16-part multi-timbral? The
their manuals. ls
Is the SQ-2 l6-part
EPS is 8-part. ls
8-part‘?
Is the SQ-2 also only 8-part?
Please help, I am a new subscriber and I am not sure
if/when you last covered this. (l
(I did read Andrea's
't work.)
responses and they didn
didn’t
Thanks,
Thanks.
Cody
[email protected]
[email protected]
[Gerry Valle, [email protected] -- You need to make
sure that you have all your channels routing properly
your MIDI port.
port. This is determined by how you set
out of
ofyour
things up in the environment. I use an ASR, but
bur if your
EP S has the equivalent of "multi-mode"
EPS
“multi-mode” for MIDI, make
sure that your EPS is set for that. If you need more
details on selling
setting up the Logic environment, YO
youIl can
email me privately.]
privately.}
[Peter C Heim ([email protected])
- Hi.
Hi. I used to do a
([email protected]) —
un Iii
lot of editing on the 16+ (same system -- just aboul)
about) until
gal my Mac and Performer, but as I remember, the way
I got
to move an event is simply to delete it and move to the
clock (bar or beat) position you want, and hit insert, and
the sequencer remembers the note you deleted, and puts
il
it where you want it. If I understand your second queslion,
/0 select Ihe
tion, you have to
the kind of evenl
event you want, (key,
controller, elc)
pilch,
etc) (scroll left)
lefi) and then type in the pitch,
duration, etc. The event is inserted as soon as you move
to a new position.
positioll. I found it slow, clunky, and hard on
the eyes,
eyes. which is one reason I go/
got a Mac, and Performer, which is an illtuitive
intuitive delighl.
delight. Good luck.}
luck.]
[PF -— Cody: COllpla
Coupla key issues to use the EPS and the
SQ-2 w/Logic.
w/Logic. First off, ensure the latest ROM and software revision for both keyboards. EPS is 2.40 ROM and
OS 2.49, SQ-2 is 1.2. Ensure the MIDI mode on both
keyboards is set to "Multi."
“Multi.” The SQ-2 must be set in
"Sequencer"
“Sequencer” mode by pressing the "Sequence"
“Sequence” bUlton.
button.
At that point it becomes an 8-channel multitimbral tone
module. Ifyou
If you create a song using this preset (by definidefinition, a sequence without note data), and then select the
song, YOIl
you have a 16-channel
I6-channel multilimbral
multitimbral lOne
tone module.
module.
Can'l
Can't do Ihe
the Song mode trick with Ihe
the EPS, as it's
it’s 8
"Song"
Iracks (9-16)
“Song” tracks
(9-I6) share the same sounds as the "Se
"Se-quence"
quence” tracks (1-8).
[PF -- PCH7: Peter is right
righl here. For serious evellt
event editing, you want a computer and
alld the BIGGEST monitor you
call
can afford (Ihere's
(there’s NO subslitule
substitute for glass real eslale
estate if
you're picking and pulling single nOles).
you’re
notes). Personally, I
Ihe take rather than polish the
find it easier 10
find
to redo the
prelly cool 10
single notes, bUll
but I must admit it's pretty
to drag and
drop notes around. The Ensoniq sequencer interface is
hard pressed on event editing (as well as step-entry) just
Ihe size of ils
because of the
its display (and by most comcomparisons, is a pretty large display), which is why a lalla
lotta
people migrate into a computer-based sequencer environmentto
vironment
to do their editing.
I'd
and Program Change is on for
I’d make sure Sysex is off
offand
By the same loken,
token, it's
it’s another thing entirely configurconfigur-
bOlh
both keyboards. And Ihal
that should do il.
it. I use Performer
like Ihis
problems ... }
this occasionally, and no problems...]
ing an Ensoniq keyboard to become a MIDI slave, and
once you've got it fooled into thinking
Ihinking it's
ii's just a MIDI
module, YOIl'
ve lost a lot of the substance thai
you've
that made you
first place. Nonetheless,
Nonetheless , even if
purchase Ensoniq in the first
it isn'
isn’t/ a seamless integration of an Ensoniq board into a
compuler-based
computer-based sequencinglDAR environment, you can
be assured that it's
jusl as difficliit
/0 integrate ANY
it’s just
dilficttlt to
olher
manufaclurer's "workstation"
other manufacturer's
“workstation” keyboard inlO
into a
...}
similar setup
setup...]
[[email protected] -— The sequence mode is
working but it does seem kind offimny
of funny that
Ihat this is really
kind of letting
lelling Ihe
the keyboard "Ihink"
“think” it is controIling
controlling the
inlO the sequence I have to lise
sequence,
sequence. Also, recording into
use
Sound Select mode -- do the sequence tracks have MIDI
parameters which can be set so I don't
don’t have 10
to keep
switching things around for every new track? Finally,
producls similar in their
are Ihe
the more recent Ensoniq products
MIDI selup?
setup? I'm
I’m just curialiS
curious since I am thinking of
upgrading soon.
soon. Keep up the good work, I have learned
alai
a lot in just afew
a few days!}
days!]
[PF -— Cody, Lyn: Whal
wanl to do is to make a
What you want
blank "Song"
“Song" lemplale
template consisting of a single "Se“Sequence."
quence.” This gets you 10
to the 16-channel multilimbral
multitimbral
ton
tonee module "mode."
“mode.” The track sellings
settings CAN be sel
set so
that each channel will respond to inbound MIDI info by
selling
from "Local"
setting the Track Sialus
Status fi"om
“Local” 10
to "MIDI."
“MIDI.” Once
you've done that, save it with Ihe
you’ve
the name "Templale."
"Template."
Then copy Ihis
this "Template"
“Template” song 10
to a couple more Song
localions
locations so (A) you don't
don’t lose all your work, and (B) so
you have a blank template to begin with for the next
song
... }
song...]
[[email protected] -— Thanks!!! Got mosl
most of it
figured alit.
only I had a new
.....}
figured
out. Now if
ifonly
new.....]
PFPF—
I just bought an ASR-IO
Ijust
ASR-10 and the manual does not go into
feature . I do A LOT of
detail about the "Event
“Event Edit"
Edit” feature.
editing to notes after a sequence is recorded.
I) Can I change (move) the location of a single note
within a track? Ie:
Ie: If it's
it’s a little off, I want to move it
closer to the position I want it to be without having to
"insert"
“insert” anything.
2) How do you make "Event
“Event Edit"
Edit” changes? The manual
(pg290) is not clear about this. When I insert an Event,
how does it correspond with the note that II want it to?
Thanks, PF
Robert Greaney
[email protected]
the reader input here: says it beller
better than
[PF -- Bob: See Ihe
don’t event edit. I just
ofiending
I could, as I don't
jusl redo an offending
track
...}
track...]
hllp://www.soundcentral.com/-chickeneps/
http://www.soundcentral.com/~chickeneps/ for details.}
details.]
[Dan Estes ([email protected])
([email protected]) -- My current exEP S-M. All I
ternal SCSI hard drive works well with my EPS-M.
want to
with a two or
10 do is replace the external drive wilh
three hundred meg external SCSI drive. The drive I am
using is gelling
getting harder 10
to cold boot.
EZI35 Flyer from Rubber Chicken, but
I purchased the EZ135
it would nol
EPS-M. IJ had to
/0 send it back.
not work lVith
with my EPS-M.
Ihe Ensoniq website, their chart recomWhen IIlVent
went 10
to the
mended the Syquest 105
I05 or 270 meg removable drives.
Also, I don’t
I 05, 135 or
don'l know where you can buy the 105,
the 270 meg drives anymore.
Also, do I need ROM version
version,, 2.41 to rlln
run the
Ihe Syquest
EZ135?
EZI35? As I mentioned on my previous message, I am
currently using ROM version 2.21 with 110
no problem wilh
with
my current external SCSI device.
Ih e previous help and suggestions.]
suggeslions.]
Thanks for the
Dan:: If your drive is getting
to boot, it's
it’s
[PF -- Dan
gelling stubborn 10
probably Ihe
the C5 issue on the memory expansion board
and NOT a HD issue. I didn’t
didn't believe it at first
first until I
changed it and resurrected an EPS keyboard. Replace
Ihal cap with a .33 ufd 25V electrolytic (the original was
that
an 18V Ihat
/I bet
that poops out after
afier about a year) and I'
I’ll
first time, every time
...
your drive boots first
time...
I use an EZI35
EZ135 on my ASR, and contrary to whal
what Garlh
Garth
Ihe
noted, I could not bool
boot my EPS from it. I assume the
same holds Irue
true of your EPSm, although
although,, I HIGHLY
recommend the V. 2.41 ROM for the interleave, SCSI
ID#O boot oplion,
formalling drives larger than
ID#0
option, and for formatting
11GB
GB (smallest SCSI drive manufactured these days is a
2.tGb Quantum, BTW). I don’t
don't know where you can buy
2.1'Gb
Ih
thee 135
I 35 carts anymore.
1*
I
Replace Ihat
that bad cap on your memory expansion board,
upgrade the
Ihe ROM to 2.41, and you’ll
you' /I be good to go...]
go ... }
THTH ~
I have an EPS-M and a Rodime Systems 45 Plus external SCSI hard drive. I want to replace the hard drive because it is becoming more difficult to boot. Currently I
am not sure what is available to replace the drive
drive,, because of the potential for compatibility problems. I tried
the Syquest EZflyer 230, but I had no luck. Also, I tried
every SCSI address/ID on the EPS-M to link to the
4." I later
EZflyer 230. The Syquest ID was defaulted at "“4.”
changed it to "2,"
“2,” and still no luck.
My RAM version is 2.49 and my ROM version is 2.21
-M. If the ROM version is a problem, is there
on the EPS
EPS-M.
a removable or fixed SCSI drive available that will work
with my current RAM and ROM versions? NOTE: Approximately a 100-300 Meg external drive.
menlioned
[Dan ESles
Estes ([email protected])
([email protected]) -— I mentioned
earlier I purchased the EZI35
EZ135 from Rubber Chicken. I
typed il
it wrong. The correction is, I purchased the
EZ230.
Also, is replacing the 2.21 ROM 10
to 2.41 as easy as popIhe old and snapping in the new one? Thanks.}
ping the
Thanks.]
yajust
[PF -— Dan: Yep, ya
just pull the old ones and plug in the
new ones. Observe the notched end matches the notched
Ihe new
ends of the EEPROM sockets, and you plug the
"ROM
HI" into the "ROM
“ROM HI”
“ROM HI" socket and not the
"ROM
La" socket, and you're Ihere
...
“ROM LO”
there...
I also sland
stand corrected: I was trying 10
to boot my 135 on an
fine on my olher
old EPS with V.
V. 2.0 ROM; il
it spun up fine
other
EPS wilh
2.41 ... }
with V.
V. 2.41...]
Thanks.
Dan Estes
[email protected]
[email protected] l2.mi.us
[PF -- Dan: Latest
LOlesl EPS ROM version was 2.41. You
gotta have that for the following reasons:
(A) Booting fiom
from SCSI ID #0 is now possible.
(B) Formatting
Formal/ing HDD’s
HDD's larger than
Ihan I1 Gb is now possible.
(C) Selectable interleave (to optimize data xfer rate) is
now possible.
Hi:
I'm a long-time user of both the EPS and EPS-16+ (keyI’m
ASR-IO
board versions). I recently purchased a used ASR-10
Rack, and was able to borrow a buddy's
buddy’s ASR (keyboard
version) manual
manual,, but I'm
I’m puzzled by two things that
were not in the manual:
another.
1- There's
There’s no patch select buttons on the rack! Am I
missing something here? How do I select the other 3
variations of each patch in a "live"
“live” way? Do I really
have to navigate to the Edit/Instmment/Patch
Edit/Instrument/Patch Select
Mode page and manually change to each different variation?
couldn'l boot (or intermillently
I couldn’t
intermittently boot) from ANY SCSI
device until I replaced that
Ihat burned lillie
little cap. Tip from
our readers. Alas, most removables will not
nol baal,
one of
ofour
boot,
EZI35 Flyer from
from Syquest: it's
with the exception of the EZl35
it’s
copecetic with the EPS. See RCS’s
RCS's SCSI lips
tips page at
2- My rack unit has jacks for Digital 110,
I/O, however when
there's no option for DigiI hit "Sample/Source
“Sample/Source Select,"
Select,” there’s
InputDry," "lnput+FX,"
tal input, only "“InputDry,”
“Input+FX,” and "Main“Mainth is mean that I really *don’t*
'don't' have Digital
Out." Does this
110,
I/O, or am I doing something wrong?
you're not a lechie,
Also, if you’re
techie, have your local Ensoniq
dealer check oul
out C5 on your memory expander board.
It's the closest one to where the expander mates with the
It’s
logic board. It’s
It's a lillie,
-ufd, 18-V
little, .33
.33-ufd,
I8-V electrolytic cap
that's
that’s burned up in both of my EPSs at one time or
12
I;
-
Thanks in advance,
Dan Nigrin
[email protected]
[email protected]
[PF --— Dan: Answers, in order:
(1) You nOliced.
palch select
seleci messages.
noticed. No. Send Sysex patch
Yes.
(2) Your ASR-M has a pair of black RCA filler
filler jacks 10
to
ASR-JO. One of them will be
plug the holes, as does my ASR-I0.
red if an AESIEBUISPDlF
AES/EBU/SPDIF Digital 110
I/O card is present.
Pisser ... ]
And Ensoniq doesn'l
doesn't make them anymore. Pisser...]
Hi againagain —
Last summer I added an ASR-IO
ASR-10 rack mount to my
EPS-16+ and found that most things are the same on
both instruments. I'm
I’m only more recently finding
finding things
that are NOT the same -— like:
I've
I’ve been trying to modulate Pan on some sounds, and
for some reason don't
don’t get the results I expect. Using a
slow sinewave LFO, for example, I hear some change in
the sound, but it definitely doesn't
doesn’t move all the way
from L to R and back the way I’d
I'd want it to, and nothing
I've
I’ve done seems to help much. I did it on the 16+
l6+ in
times past with no sweat, but so far, I’m
I'm stymied on the
ASR-IO??
ASR-10??
Feelin
Feelin’' frustrated
frustrated -—
Peter Heim
[email protected]
[email protected]
[Von Krogh ([email protected])
sellings,
([email protected]) -— with these settings,
it works exactly as it should:
[edit,pilch}
[edit,pitch] Ifo
lfo amount 0
[edit,amp]
[edit,amp] pan mod=lfo,99
[edit,lfo}
[edit,lfo] wave=triangle
wave=triangle (or any you like)
.,. (set
rate=
rate=...
(set the speed)
Ifo depth=99
lfo
delay=O (if
you want to start the modulation at once)
(tfyou
Make sure you’re
you're using a mono sample, otherwise copy
the wave parameters to the related sample as well. Hope
this helps, Derek.}
Derek.]
- Right on. Thanks. It turns out the main
[Peter C Heim —
problem was a device inserted across the main out of
ofmy
my
mixer which was converting everything to mono! I also
discovered
discovered that unless the sample is panned hard right
or left
lefi in the edit amp section, a sine wave LFO only
gave me half the stereo spectrum; left (or right) to center
and back -- things that make you go "hmmm"!]
“hmmm”!]
[PF -- Pete: I’ve
I've had that exact same problem, but my
issue was because of external FX boxes. Unless they are
TRUE stereo, they sum their outputs and you get a mono
for the CDC, doesn't
doesn' t it?)]
wash. (Sounds
(Sounds like something for
Hi Hackers,
I have an ASR-IO
ASR-10 and Emagic Logic Audio (LAW) on
my PC. I am configuring my LAW environment to use
my ASR as a multi instrument. As part of the set-up
LAW lets me set-up banks of 128
I28 sounds (eg: standard
MIDI or whatever) for the multi instrument. This would
allow to me select my bank of instruments on Logic
without have to load the instruments by hand on the ASR
each time I hit the studio. My question is, can I set
sounds for my ASR to load as a bank per the LAW
multiinstrument?
multi-instrument?
My current configuration is set-up with 2 SCSI devices
hooked up to the ASR: EZ-135 (SCSI 4) and an Iomega
can to store sequences,
230 (SCSI 6). I use the Iomega cart
soundbanks, and instruments specific for each song (I
change soundbanks for every sound since I sample
guitars, backing vocals, etc. for each song). I use the
EZ-I35 to store all of my non-song-specific sounds (ie:
Audio CD Samples, Ensoniq sounds, etc.) I have them
set-up in directories like: SCSI 4>SOUNDS>BASSES>REAL>FUNKBASS
SES>REAL>FUNKBASS I.
l.
- Can I use my EZ-1
35 cart as a bank on LAW with each
EZ-I35
sound having its own unique number that LAW will
recognize and be able to load?
- --
load file
file #4 into instrument #2, send out a program
change #4 on MIDI channel #2. This assumes that each
instrument slot number has the same MIDI channel number assigned to it. Also, make sure that the ASR is in the
correct directory to load that file,
file, and that the
Ihe ASR is in
"Load" mode. And if
if]1 remember correctly, you can load
changes.]
banks and change directories with program changes.}
TH
TH-
- Would I have to assign macros to each instrument?
I am thinking about getting a SCSI expander for my
- Would I have to use each ASR Soundbank (I for each
sound banks on LAW
song) that I have created as the soundbanks
(each bank wo
uld only contain 8 instruments)? How
would
I-low
would Logic recognize them?
- Does each sound that I've
I’ve already saved to the EZ-135
EZ-I35
cart have a unique location that LAW would be able to
use as is? What If I have more than 128 sounds saved?
- How do I figure out what standard MIDI messages that
LAW sends out to locate the ASR instruments? (ie: how
do I figure
figure out the instrument locations on the EZ-135
EZ-I35 to
tell LAW where they are?
EPS-16+, and IIhad
had a couple of questions about it:
l. Can you put the OS on the SCSI disk along with your
samples, so that it a) loads faster, and b) doesn
't keep
doesn’t
telling you to insert the OS disk all the time?
2. When you make a sample bank, does it know which
directory sounds are in and automatically retrieve them,
or do you have to put all the sounds in a bank into the
same directory?
Thanks for you help!
Michael
[email protected]
.ca
[email protected]
Thanks for putting up with the long list of questions (although they all can probably be addressed with one
answer).
[PF -- Mike: Answers, in order:
Thanks,
Dave Radisewitz, Radtznest Studioz
[email protected]
[email protected]
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for the 16+
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POST" s). The only thing faster is a 16+ Turbo with the
POST’s).
OS stored in Flash...
Flash ...
[PF -— Dave: You're
ASR-IO
You’re right, one answer. The ASR-10
Sysex Specification
free jrom
from Ensoniq: just give
Specification is still fi'ee
...}
them a holler at 610.647.3930 and request it
it...]
[John Dougherty ([email protected])
- Not to
([email protected]) disappoint
you're creating a lot of work for
disappoint you, but you’re
not' 10
yourself Your best bet is '*not*
to use a multi-instrument. Use separate instruments for each of the eight
MIDI channels. The ASR-10
ASR-IO just wasn't
wasn’t designed as a
sample-playback synth with patches located in the same
place every time you turn it on.
If you are looking 10
to load instruments
instruments while you are
playing Logic, just send out a program change that corresponds to the file
file # you wish to load. It will load the
instrument file
file 10
to whatever MIDI channel the program
change was received on. For example, if you want to
(2) You should store the instruments in their respective
directories
directories (i.e
(i.e.,., drum sounds in a "percussion"
“percussion” directory, bass sounds in a "basses"
“basses” directory, to include
saving the bank in a bank directory). The 16+ "remem“rememautomatically load these inbers" the locations and will automatically
struments from their respective directories.
BTW, a neat trick I learned
learnedfrom
to save
from Rick Parent was 10
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mances, you just leave the "Set
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"Floppy,"
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I recently bought the EAVES
EA VES parameter editing software
for Mac and ASR-IO,
ASR-10, from Rubber Chicken Software.
I've
I’ve tried and tried, but I just can't
can’t get past the "timed
“timed
out"
out” message, and into the program. The best I can tell,
it's
it’s a problem with OMS, because after it fails to concopies" message, which
nect, I always get the "multiple
“multiple copies”
is an OMS problem. I've
I’ve made sure the Mac and
ASR-IO
ASR-10 are talking to each other, sys-ex is on, and I've
I’ve
tried multiple changes in the delay preferences -— nothin
'.
nothin’.
Any suggestions?
Peter Heim
[email protected]
[email protected]
[PF -— Pete: Try running FreeMIDI. It’s
It's free ("duh,
( "duh, I
FreeMIDI"?),
wonder why they called it FreeMIDI”
?), and allows optional OMS support as well. No guarantees, but you can
"allow OMS compatibility"
compatibility” when installing. And if it
doesn't
doesn’t help, just ditch it. (w3.motu.com.)
(w3.rnotu.com.) Funny, I
downloaded the "demo"
“demo” version of it and got the same
message, so I just assumed it was me. Maybe it's
it’s an interface timing thing, 'cause
’cause Macs CAN do 2Mblsec
2Mb/sec oulla
outta
the serial port. The caveat? Golla
Gotta externally clock it.
MTP's utilize "Fast"
... }
That's
That’s how MTP’s
“Fast” mode
mode...]
[Peter C Heim -- Hi again. Garth saw my posting, took
pity on me, and called to suggest downloading a newer
OMS version, which I did. After hassles I won'
won’tt describe,
I eventually got it working (at last) before the desire to
destroy my computer with a large hammer became ac·
actualized. Garth sez FreeMIDI won't
won’t work. OMS is the
deal -- it's
it’s been real-nifty
real-nifiy program, by the way -- been
wanting it for years!]
years!}
[PF -- Peter: Glad you guys found
found the bug spray. All my
music apps and hardware (Performer, Unisyn, MTP A/V,
AIV,
etc.) need FreeMIDl
FreeMIDllO
to run, but Cubase VST and all my
stuff runs fine
fine under
IInder the OMS emulation option
ProTools stufi’runs
within FreeMIDI.
FreeMlDl. Must be an international thing or
... }
something (PAL vs. NTSC, etc)
etc)...]
[PF -— Alejandro: rI’d
d bet even money the drives are plug
& play compatible, but as I don't
d
don’t know that for a fact rI’d
have 10
10 answer for you. Give them a
to point 10
to Ensoniq to
ping at www.ensoniq.com; been pretty quiet up there
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outfield challer
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anyway
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the ’net...
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Also a company called TechZam repairs floppy
for $40 and shipping, but in your case, shipping could be
section ... }
an issue. Check them out in our support section...]
And the issue with your computer is a config
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MIDl driver for your soundcard,
MIDI in rather than the MIDI
or (C) the MIDI driver for the soundcard is not installed.
Check (B) and (C) in the Device Manager, and (A) in the
MIDI applet ofCakewalk...}
of Cakewalk...]
[Eric Montgomery (Ensoniq) -— Based on the fact thal
that the
SD-I, SQ-80, VFX-SD, EPS and EPS-16+ all use the
same drive it is possible that it will work. But without
actually doing it and testing it there is no way I can say
for certain it will or will not work. If Rubber Chicken
has a replacement, then Il suppose they are your only
time.}
choice for repairing it at this time.]
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Help...
Hi,
I have an SDl-32
SDI-32 and a Digitech Studio Vocalist. Can I
use my sequences to talk to the Vocalist? I would like
the sequencer to make the song and chord changes rather
than use the Vocalist’s
Vocalist's footswitch. I've
I’ve read the manuals
and some books on MIDI with no luck...it’s
luck...it 's like learning
a new language without a teacher.
Could you please tell me where I can get technical support for my TS-12?
TS-12'? I wanted to upgrade it to 8 megs and
the store where I purchased it said Ensoniq only does its
ASR-88 and ZR-76.
Thanks for the great mag.
[email protected]
And what's
' s internal
what’s going to happen when the TS-12
TS-l2’s
battery dies?
dies‘?
[PF -— .IRSoul:
JRSoul: A friend of mine bought the older
rack-mount
rack-mount version of the Vocalist
Vocalist and used it with his
EPS without a hitch. The secret here is to send program
changes from an open track in your sequence to correspond to the particular patch you want the Vocalist
Vocalist to
change to. He had to insert different
diflerent patch changes in
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to gel
get the desired effect,
ejffect,
but it was pretty
prelly cool. The SD-1132,
SD-1/32, with more tracks to
do this with, should perform this function
function justfine...]
just fine ... }
Thanks,
Kevin
Bristol, VT
[PF -— Kevin: You call Ensoniq at 610.647.3930. They
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from
RCS directly at hllp:llwww.soundcentral.coml-chickhttp://www.soundcentral.com/~chickenepsl.
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think they sell them for $80Ipr
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TH-
I was wondering if you knew of anyone who sells
sample disk with hip hop loops for the ASR-X.
I am considering the purchase of a used VFX-SD. I am
familiar with some of the stock sounds on the ASR-IO,
ASR-10,
and I think it sounds good. Will the sounds on the VFX
sound good, or will they be dated and "cheap"
“cheap” sounding
in the way that synths used to sound a few years back?
And, I don't
don’t know why my Cakewalk Homestudio on
my computer isn't
isn’t receiving any sound from the
sampler. Sampler MIDI lights blink with the computer's
computer’s
MIDI and MIDI out is enabled.
Chris Jones
[email protected]
[email protected]
Will
[email protected]
[email protected]
[PF -- Chris: The VFX-sd sounds are samples taken
directly from the EPS sample library. It has a usable
response of up to about 30k, so it's
it’s not going to sound as
ASR-IO, but it doesn't
sterling as an ASR-10,
doesn’t sound like a
It's a very flexible
flexible synth with an EXCELEXCEL·
Juno-60 either. It’s
LENT sequencer that makes it a logical choice as a
MlDI Master keyboard in any performer’s
performer's arsenal. Com·
MIDI
Comfor sound and sequence data, l'd
plete with disk drive jor
I’d
... }
say it's
it’s highly recommended
recommended...]
[PF -— Will: The preferred medium of exchange is the
Hello, Transoniq!
I'm
SD-l/32-Voke synthesizer. Its disk
I’m the owner of an SD-1/32-Voice
drive failed and I asked Rubber Chicken Software for a
replacement. They told me that they have a replacement
for the EPS, but they were not sure it would work in an
SD-1.
SD-l. I would like to know if anyone knows whether or
not this drive would work in my synthesizer. Waiting
desperately.
Thanks !
Thanks!
Alejandro Arias
Argentina
[PF -— Kevin: Forgot to answer the second question.
flat, you’ll
you'll lose your
When the internal ballery
battery goes flat,
patch data once the machine is shut off.
off When the time
comes, have your keyboard tech install a new backup
for it. Some TS's
ballery
battery for
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