IconLib The Library Window


About the Library

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The Library is used to create a master listing of Patches for your instrument.

If you have a large number of Patches, the ideal place to store and organize them is in a Library. The advantage of the Library is that it can store up to 37,000 Patches. This allows you to keep all of your Patches in one place.

Use the Library as a source area when you are looking for Patches for a project. If all of your Patches are kept in a Library, your Patches will be easy to find and you will be saved from having to hunt through large numbers of Banks on disk.

The Library has another advantage. The tags attached to each Patch in a Library can be used to identify the tonal or other quality of the Patch during searches which makes finding the sounds you need easy. For example, if you code all of your bass Patches with the tag BASS, you can ask the Library to only show you all of your BASS Patches. You will then have a complete list of all your basses and can select the one that is most appropriate. In the long run, you will find this to be a real time saver.

Each Library can hold only one type of Patch. For example, for the M1, you will need to create a separate library for Programs, Combis, and Global SysEx.

You cannot create a Library of Banks. For instance, you can create a Patch Library but not a Patch Bank Library. However, by using Drag and Drop, you can easily move all or a portion of the Patches in a Bank into a Library. You do not need to transfer them one at a time. When this transfer occurs, the program automatically adds the bank's name and the position of the patch into the patch's tags in the Library. This allows you to rebuild the bank in the future if you wish.

It is possible to have as many Libraries as desired displayed simultaneously on the screen (limited only by available RAM).

On Windows, a useful function, particularly if you keep your Library sorted, is the Quick Search. After selecting any patch in the Library, you can press any alphanumeric key on the computer keyboard the you will automatically jump to the next Patch that starts with the selected letter. If you know that the patch you are looking for starts with an H, this is an extremely fast method of getting there.

On Windows, individual Patches in the Library can be reordered as follows: (1) Choose the Patch to move. (2) Hold down the ALT key on the keyboard. (3) Use the up and down arrow keys to move the Patch to the desired location. On Macintosh, the library is always auto-sorted.

Key Commands

Shift+Esc cancels any drag from a Library window to another window currently in progress

Library Menu

The Library contains 28 menu functions with which to organize the Patches and other SysEx used by your various instruments. These functions are all contained in the Library menu. The Library Window must be activated before you can see and access the Library menu.


Available in:

Midi Quest Pro


Midi Quest


Midi Quest Essentials


Midi Quest one