MQ Tags (Common Elements)


About the Tags Dialog

The Tags Dialog can be opened either from the Settings Dialog which can be opened from the Studio, Bank, Editor, Set, Collection, or Library. It can also be opened from the Patch Dialog in the Library Window.

This dialog is used to add, remove, and modify the list of tags available to the Midi Quest for describing SysEx. Please notice that there is no Cancel button in this dialog. All changes to the list of tags and categories are made immediately.


The left column contains a list of tag categories currently available to the software. This provides a means of organizing your tags into logical groups so they can be found more easily. Tag Categories can not be placed in the Settings and Patch Dialogs themselves, they are just a means of organizing the available tags.

To add a Tag Category, type in the name of the new category in the text area above the Add button then press Add. To remove a Tag Category, choose the category in the list and press the Remove button. Remember that all of the tags in the category are also removed.

To change the name of a category, select that category then change the name of the category to your liking in the text entry area. Press the Modify button.

Category Tags

The tags are the actual entries which go in the Settings and Patch Dialogs and provide for efficient searching of different types of Patches.

To add a tag, type in the name of the new tag in the Tags text area above the Add button then press Add. To remove a Tag, choose the tag in the list and press the Remove button.

To modify a tag, select that tag then change it to the preferred text. Press the Modify button.

When this dialog is opened from Options/Update Tag List..., the Update option is enabled. If this option is checked then when a Key is modified (eg. you select a Category tag, enter a new  Category tag and press the Modify button), Midi Quest will automatically search through all of the libraries on disk in the Midi Quest documents folder and its sub-folders and any patch that has the old tag will automatically have the new tag substituted in its place. Remember that if you have many or large libraries, this operation could take some time to perform. Note that only libraries on disk are updated. Libraries currently open in Midi Quest are not updated

Important: If you enhance your list of tags, you will want to backup the MQKEYS.INI file before reinstalling or updating your program. The MQKEYS.INI file is found in "c:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Sound Quest\<Midi Quest>\v12\MQSkins.ini" (Windows 7/8) or "<HD>/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Sound Quest/<Midi Quest>/v12/MQSkins.ini" (Macintosh). This file holds all of the keys entries and may be overwritten each time the program is installed. To maintain your custom list, make a copy of MQKEYS.INI, install the new version of the software, overwrite the new MQKEYS.INI file with your backed-up copy.

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Midi Quest Pro


Midi Quest


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