IconStud Install Instrument Modules from Sound Quest's Web Site (Studio Window)


This command opens a dialog which you use to install instruments from Sound Quest's Web site into the program. It allows you to easily access and install new or updated instrument modules.

After selecting the instruments, Midi Quest installs the instrument from the web site and attempts to automatically determine which MIDI port the instrument is connected to and what channel it is using to communicate SysEx on.

note: McAfee anti-virus software interferes with the installation of Midi Quest instrument modules whether they are downloaded from the internet or installed from disk. In order to install modules, this software must be disabled.



To install additional instruments into Midi Quest:

1.If you do not have a permanent connection to the internet, initiate one now
2.If an instrument is being re-installed, first select and remove (Studio / Remove Instruments)  the existing module from the Studio
3.Choose Studio/Install from/Sound Quest's Web Site
4.Midi Quest will scan Sound Quest's web site for new and updated instrument modules
5.The Web Install/Update Instruments Dialog is displayed listing the instruments
6.Select the instruments to install from the displayed list
7.Press the OK button when all of the instruments have been selected
8.Midi Quest will install the select instrument's modules
9.Configure the instruments MIDI and SysEx channels and MIDI Ports before communicating with the instrument


The Web Install/Update Instruments Dialog


This dialog is use to install instruments from Sound Quest's web site. When displayed, the dialog searches for instruments available from Sound Quest's FTP site and lists them. Simply select the instruments you window to install or update and press the OK button..

Add to Studio when checked, the selected instrument modules are installed and then automatically added to the Studio window. This is preferable when installing new instruments. When unchecked, the modules are install but the instrument is not added to the studio. This option is suitable when the instrument module is already listed in the studio and you are just installing an update.

Downloading from an Alternate FTP Site

Midi Quest instrument modules can be downloaded and installed from an alternate FTP site if desired. To do so, enter the appropriate parameters for "Alt FTP Site", "Directory", "Username" and "Password", then press the Connect to button. Midi Quest will connect to the alternate site and display the available instrument modules in  the specified folder. (At this time we are not aware of any alternate sites hosting Midi Quest instrument modules.)

Downloading using an FTP Application

Midi Quest instrument modules can also be downloaded using a standard FTP application if Midi Quest, for some reason, fails to connect to the server. You should be able to use any FTP application providing that the connection is correctly configured. As an example, we will use Filezilla which is a free FTP application.

To connect, follow these steps:

1/ Choose "File / Site Manager..." from the menus to open the Site manager dialog
2/ Press the "New Site" button in the lower left corner of the dialog to add a new site
3/ Name the site whatever you want (eg. MidiQuest11)
4/ Enter the following settings under the "General" tab in the dialog

Host: ftp.soundquest.org
Protocol: FTP (default)
Encryption: Only use plain FTP (insecure)
Logon Type: Normal
User: MidiQuest12@soundquest.org
Password: MidiQuest12Download

5/ Press the "Connect" button to connect to the ftp site.

The instrument modules (.sqz files) can be stored anywhere on the hard drive. Once the files have been downloaded, the instrument modules can be installed by dragging and dropping the files onto Midi Quest's Studio window or use the menu option "Studio / Install Instruments from / Disk..."


Available in:

Midi Quest Pro


Midi Quest


Midi Quest Essentials

CheckYes(limited to 3 MIDI devices installed at any time)

Midi Quest one

CheckYes(limited to 1 MIDI device)

See Also: Introduction - Installing Instruments