MQ Viewing Patch Names in a Multi/Combi/Performance Editor (Patch Editor) MQ_yes MQLT_yes MQLib_no

Patch Editor Evolver Multi 2

In multitimbral instruments, one of the main functions is to select each of the sound patches that will be used when the instrument is creating multiple sounds.

As highlighted above, the display of patches is handled by a string list. That is, a list of strings where each string is the name of a patch in the instrument. Tapping on the triangle to the right of the name will produce a pop-up which should list all of the available patches. If some or most of the patch names are blank instead, here are a list of causes and remedies.

1. Midi Quest gets the names of patches from the patch banks in the instrument. If the patch banks haven't been loaded from the instrument, there is no way for Midi Quest to correctly display the names. To correct this, load the patch banks and the names will appear.

2. ROM bank patch names aren't displayed and instead are displayed as INT 0, INT 1, and so on. For most instruments, ROM patch names are hard coded into the editor so that they are always displayed. However, there are a few instrument modules where this is not the case. If ROM patch names aren't displayed, create a new instrument using a configuration that includes the ROM banks. Ensure that all banks are loaded and the patch names should now be included.

3. With all patch banks loaded, there are still some references to patches use INT 0, INT 1, and so on. Over the years there have been some instruments which were released using many different memory configurations. A good example of this would be Emu's Proteus 1/2/3 series. Over the years, instruments were release with as many as 8 banks and as few as 1. In this case, Midi Quest has been programmed to support the hardware with the greatest number of banks. If your hardware has a smaller number of banks you can optionally create an instrument with additional banks so that the pop-up display is cleaner. Obviously you will never be able to send patches to these banks because they don't actually exist on the instrument.

Editing Patches from a Multi Editor

Patch selection controls do operate differently from other string list controls. For these controls, double tapping on the control actually opens the selected patch in a patch editor. For example, double tapping on the patch "Shimmer" in Part 2 above will cause Midi Quest to copy the Shimmer patch from the patch bank to the patch editor and then Midi Quest will display the editor.

The provides a very fast and easy way to tweak complex Multi patch setups.