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older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:16 am
by charles
hi i use an older version of sq
it hosts a pulldown menu
and within a menu item

convert sys to sq

what info can i find about this needs a special "script" or config file

also who knows about hand writing drivers ?


Re: older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:57 pm
by Michael Lambie
Hi Charlie,

Writing drivers hasn't change much over the years with the exception of adding a lot of new commands. The language and the basics are the same. You should check out the videos at

which covers the language and doing conversions. There will also be relevant material in the latest Midi Quest manual which you can view online at:

Obviously the people at both Sound Quest and Psicraft know about writing drives. Beyond that, there are individuals that are quietly doing their own work because we occasionally get questions from them regarding aspects of SQML (Sound Quest macro language).

Re: older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:24 am
by charles
great responce michael
thanks for info.

it would be easier for my
yamaha dx/tx
roland d10/110

to import sysex thru sound quest

at the moment , i have to load into synth , then use quest to extract , so enablialize editing
be nice to load sysex into quest and then be able to send off bank ,voice, whatever

this is an older version of quest i use ,so maybe newer versions allready imploy such features?????

i'll post a couple pictures..

those where my two main grey areas ..

.macro language to write drivers /for use in existing drivers

the ability to use sysex regardless of channel ,unit # etc etc ....

i know years in the making , dont waste time on me ..

i have some good stuff(voice/patch/sound/bank) to share ,
and will once i can spare a moment to find ,
even "clean up" rough sound
using .. you guessed it ,,quest midi editor

thanks michael


Re: older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:00 am
by Michael Lambie
DX/TX data is much easier to convert than Roland because it is a single message.

The new versions of Midi Quest are dead simple. You drop the .syx file on the Studio window (I think in your version it's called the Driver List window) and Midi Quest will do all of the conversions for you and open the data in a new editor. .syx is almost a native file system for Midi Quest now and you don't have to know a thing about the format or what is in the file. MQ works all of that out for you.

Even with all of that, file conversion still exists to handle custom file formats.

For DX/TX creating the macro is quite easy but you do need to know what you are doing in terms of ensuring you only submit appropriate files. The older versions of MQ (but newer than yours) could auto create a .syx import macro based on the MQ driver. So, for example, here are some import macros assuming that you have a .syx file with just the data and nothing else:

Yamaha DX7/TX7 Voice: DR 163 0
Yamaha DX7/TX7 Voice Bank: DR 4104 0
Yamaha TX81Z/DX Voice: DR 101 0
Yamaha TX81Z/DX Voice Bank: DR 4104 0

basically this says "read n bytes from the disk file and place them in the data buffer starting at offset 0". For most instruments, Midi Quest actually stores the data in its files in syx format including the header and tail so literally all you have to do is copy in the data.

The important thing to remember is that MQ is blind about the conversions. If you have a DX7 Voice Bank conversion macro, you should only be submitting files which contain only a DX7 Voice Bank. MQ11's new system is much smarter about this.

Hope this helps.

Re: older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:31 am
by charles
this does help
i was blind and now i see ,,,

i know about sysex and bytes because i have a yamaha dx editor i wrote few years ago ,
you are indroducing a whole slew of features and functions to me i thought were unobtainable in my prehistoric version of mquest /squest

its also very good to see these features are present in the newer versions of quest...and simplified!!!!!!

these features make loading , creating and saving much faster and fun ...
to me its all about fun when i go to design the synth voices

its time i did some"leg work" of my own the macros were unknown to me ,
thanks for helping
ill write back later---> but like i said

ill provide some voices i have made

these are usally synthesizer type voices , and since its been a few years i cant guarentee these are all mine but i have made a good portion of them from scratch......

yamaha dx voice ... ssage=1749

roland d110 voice ... ssage=1747 ... ssage=1774

enjoy !

Re: older version sys ex to sq

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 5:55 am
by Michael Lambie
Hello Charles,

Sorry for "ignoring" this message for so long but - I don't know what is with this system - it only showed up today. Will have a look at the files. Thanks