MQ Introduction

Manual Organization

The manual is divided into eight basic chapters which are, the: Installation, Tutorial, Set Window, Bank Window, Editor Window, Collection Window, Library Window, Studio Window, Sound Checker, and finally, Common Elements chapters.

The Installation Chapter walks you through the installation of Midi Quest, various options for connecting your instruments to the computer, and finally, setting up the program so that it can talk to each of your instruments.

The Tutorial Chapter first takes you through the steps necessary to receive the contents of each of your instruments and save them to disk. This will ensure that Midi Quest is properly configured to talk to each of your instruments. It will also ensure that you have a backup of the SysEx for each of your instruments. With this complete, you will not have to worry about inadvertently losing SysEx from any of your instruments or other MIDI devices while you are learning the program. After saving the SysEx, the Tutorial steps you through many of the most commonly used features of the program so you can begin to get a feel for how it works.

The Set Window Chapter discusses how to use the Set Window and the features within it.

The Bank Window Chapter discusses how to use the Bank Window and covers Bank organization features and Midi Quest's automated new Patch creation functions.

The Editor Window Chapter covers the parameter editors which you will use to make new sounds, create multi-timbral configurations, and edit the various other parameters in your instrument.

The Collection Window Chapter discusses the Collection's major features.

The Library Window Chapter covers the Library's major features including how to best organize your Patches so that you can quickly and easily find the Patches you want in the future.

The Sound Checker Chapter details the tools within Midi Quest which are available to you for auditioning the Patches you have stored in Midi Quest or the Patch you are currently creating.

The Common Elements Chapter. This chapter covers features which apply to the whole program and not just one particular portion of it. This covers all of the global settings in Midi Quest along with the ancillary windows that do not directly relate to storing, organizing, and editing SysEx. These windows include the Instrument Creator and File Conversion windows.

The Panel Edit Chapter. Provides extensive details on creating and modifying Midi Quest the panel files that .

The Technical Chapter. Provides information on creating Drivers, SQML (Sound Quest Macro Language) and other technical details.


Manual Conventions

Throughout the manual, the following form is used to refer to menu selections: menu/menu item. As an example: Files/Open.... This says you should go to the Files menu and choose the Open... menu item.

If the menu item has a sub menu, it is shown in the following form: menu/menu item/sub item. As an example: Studio/Open/Library. This says you should go to the Studio menu and display the Open sub menu. Choose Library within the sub-menu.