Saving the Studio
If you have reached this portion of the tutorial, we will assume that you have successfully transferred SysEx from at least one piece of MIDI hardware to Midi Quest. Congratulations.
Midi Quest will automatically save the SysEx stored in the studio both when the iPad switches to a different app and when the app is closed. The SysEx is also automatically loaded when Midi Quest is started. This also the program to restart in exactly or very close to the same state it was left.
At some point, you will want to start creating multiple Studio projects so that instruments can be configured in different ways for liver performances or different studio projects. To save all of the SysEx for all instruments in the Studio, press the Save button on the Studio button bar. The save button will display a dialog listing the existing Studio files and allow you to name or rename the current Studio before saving it.
press the Ok button to save the Studio. You have successfully saved the SysEx in the Studio. You will now be able to restore your SysEx at any time in the future. This is important should you make a mistake while learning Midi Quest and inadvertently lose part or all of the contents of the instrument.
Now that you have saved the SysEx for one instrument, you should repeat the process for each of the instruments in the Studio as well. Once all of the SysEx has been loaded from the MIDI hardware in Midi Quest. Save the Studio again. The reason? You always want to have a backup of your studio's entire memory should something unexpectedly happen.
Loading a Studio
With a successfully saved Studio, It is a good idea to verify that the SysEx has been successfully saved.
Press the Add button in the Studio button bar and choose "New" from the pop-up menu. Tap "Yes" to verify that all instruments should be removed from the Studio. Press the Open button in the Studio button bar to display a list of Studios you have saved.
Select the Studio that you just saved and the Studio will return to its previous state.
Editing a Bank
With the Studio reloaded, double tap on the instrument that had SysEx loaded in Tutorial 1. From here we will edit one of the Banks in the Set. For this demonstration, it would be best to choose the Bank containing the instrument's Sound Patches. This is often called the Patch Bank. Click on the Patch Bank line in the Component list and a Bank Editor is displays the Patches in the Patch Bank.
Above is an example from the D-50 but this will obvious vary depending on the instrument.
Auditioning Patches in a Bank
Midi Quest lets you quickly listen to Patches in a Bank or Library, we call this auditioning. When you click on a Patch in a Bank or Library, the Patch is immediately sent to the instrument. Midi Quest then automatically plays a chord so you can hear the selected sound. Go ahead, try it.
If you would like to play specific notes, from the iPad, edge swipe up from the bottom of the display to show the Status view. Alternately, the Status view can be opened by pressing the Back button to return to the Studio view and tapping the Status button to display the view. With the Status view open, if the Monitor view is currently displayed, tap on the keyboard button in the upper right side to switch to the Keyboard view. Tap on the keyboard to play it.
Swap a Patch in the Same Bank
One of the more common activities you will be involved in, while editing Banks, is organizing your Patches. This is accomplished by either pasting or swapping Patches within the same Bank or with another Bank.
In this example, we will swap two patches in the Bank you have opened to edit:
Creating New Patches with Mix All
Mix All is one of five different Randomize functions in the Bank. Each of these Randomize functions processes Patches in a different way to quickly produce a Bank of new Patches. No editing knowledge is required. This is a fast way to create or try out new sounds in a piece of music. To create a Bank of new Patches using Mix All you will need to select two or more patches in the bank:
You can now try out the different patches you have created. Tapping on each Patch will audition it to the instrument and play a chord on the instrument. Any patch you wish to keep must be saved to either the Collection or Library by tapping the appropriate button. When the dialog is closed, the bank is removed from memory.
For more information on Bank editing click here.