How Midi Quest Works - A Quick Tour
Midi Quest is a studio appl that allows you to edit, store and manage the SysEx from the gear in your studio from the comfort of your iPad. In addition to having the most extensive editor/librarian features, Midi Quest currently works with over 750 different MIDI devices, spanning such vintage products as the Roland D-50, Yamaha DX-7 and SPX-90 to the very latest synths and effects units from today's top hardware manufacturers. This list is constantly expanding as Sound Quest develops and releases new instrument modules, which are available for download for the latest version of Midi Quest from http://www.squest.com. Expandability is never an issue with Midi Quest since you're free to add and remove instrument modules as your studio grows and evolves.
Getting the most from Midi Quest requires a few adjustments in how you relate to your hardware instruments. In the past you have no doubt worked entirely "in-place" within the confines of your instrument's internal memory, which means permanently overwriting an existing sound before being allowed to listen to another.
With Midi Quest, in-place editing is a thing of the past. Instead, you upload your instrument's memory contents to your iPad, where it can be safely backed up. Then you are free to edit, audition, step between sounds, reorganize your banks and create sound libraries with complete security and ease. You are never forced to erase useful sounds to make room for new ones with Midi Quest. Look at your computer's hard drive as a virtually unlimited memory bank for the instruments in your studio. Once you have adjusted to this way of thinking you'll realize how limited in-place editing is, and you'll never want to go back. Your instrument's internal memory is still useful, of course. Whenever you perform away from your studio computer (at live gigs for example), all of the hardware-based storage within your instruments will still perform its duties; only now this memory will be optimally organized with the best sounds in your arsenal (not to mention it will be fully backed up on your studio computer's hard drive). You'll get the most from your gear and never worry about lost SysEx and erased patches ever again.
Managing the SysEx from an Instrument as an Instrument
Each individual instrument has a specific and often unique memory structure. Midi Quest's goal is to manage all of the parts of that memory structure and the relationships between them. From a SysEx perspective, your hardware instrument becomes a virtual instrument in Midi Quest. For example, a simple effects unit may only contain 16 presets while a performance synthesizer could have many separate banks for patches, combis, rhythm set-ups. and drum sets and so on. The point here is that every instrument in your studio has a different internal architecture, and Midi Quest mimics that architecture by creating a set of components. One component for each type of SysEx that can be retrieved from the instrument. This can be as simple as components for a patch buffer and patch bank to instruments where over 50 components are required to manage the instrument's SysEx. Examples of these include the Korg Kronos, Korg OASYS, Kurzweil K2000, and Kurzweil K2500. Most components have an associated Bank Editor or Patch Editor so that the SysEx can be edited and managed in Midi Quest.
To see what components are available to edit, double tap on any instrument in the studio to open its instrument editor. Most instrument editors will have, at minimum, a patch editor and bank editor.
This is the patch editor for the Roland D-50 Patch component. Editors are different for each instrument in Midi Quest.
This is the bank editor for the Roland D-50 Patch Bank component