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While Midi Quest for the iPad is more structured in its layout, it maintains full file compatibility with the Windows and Macintosh versions and, with some care, files can easily be exchanged between the applications. The entire Midi Quest storage area is accessible from iTunes. To access the files, connect the iPad to a Mac or Windows computer and run iTunes.

Once connected, click on the iPad icon on the option bar. This will display information about the iPad with the "Summary" page displayed. Click on "Apps" (directly below "Summary") to display information on the installed applications. On the Apps page scroll down to "Sharing", find "MidiQuesti" in the list, and select it. There will be one or two folders listed including "SQ". "SQ" is the equivalent of the "Sound Quest" folder in the Documents folder for Mac or Windows.

Drag the SQ folder in your Mac or Windows file system to view the contents. There will be a single folder, "MQi". This is equivalent to the "MidiQuest", "MidiQuestEssentials" or "MidiQuestPro" folder on a M/W system. Inside "MQi" are the same folders and folder names which would be found on an M/W system.

 

Studio Files

In the SQ/MQi/Collections folder are the Studio files that have been created by tapping the Disk icon on the Studio button bar. These are Midi Quest 12 compatible Collection files. They can be opened in Midi Quest 12 and Midi Quest 12 Pro. In order to remain compatible with the iPad version of Midi Quest, the Studio files can only store Sets. The addition of banks or individual patches to the Collection will cause compatibility problems if opened again in the iPad.

In the Collections folder is a file called "Default.sqc". This is a copy of the Studio as it was configured when Midi Quest last exited. This file is automatically loaded each time MidiQuesti is run allowing the software to restart from a state very similar to the one when Midi Quest was closed.

 

The Collection File

In the SQ/MQi/Collections folder is a file called "Default_global.sqc". This is a Midi Quest 12 compatible Collection file and it holds the contents of the Collection found in the Resources view of MidiQuesti. It can be opened and edited in Midi Quest 12 and Midi Quest 12 Pro.

In order to remain compatible with Midi Quest for iPad, this Collection can only store banks and individual SysEx. Adding Sets to this file will make is incompatible with the iPad version.

 

Library Files

Similar to the M/W versions of Midi Quest, Library files are stored in the instrument specific folders and store the patches displayed by the Libraries in the Resources view. The files can be opened and edited in Midi Quest 12 and Midi Quest12 Pro.

What is different from the M/W versions of Midi Quest is that these files are automatically named by the iPad version using the unique Midi Quest ID for each SysEx driver. If the name of the file is changed, the iPad version won't be able to find the file.

The fastest way to transfer a large patch library from M/W Midi Quest to the iPad would be to open the library file on a Mac or Windows system, transfer patches into the library then transfer the files back to the iPad.

 

The instrument folders may also contain .ini files which hold editor state information from one session to the next. Deleting these files will not cause any issues for Midi Quest except for the information loss.