Congratulations! You're using hardware synths. You know something that
many musicians have forgotten. Whatever the reason, hardware synths and
effects simply sound better and are more reliable than plug-ins.
In an Integrated world...
Software synths and effects do have some great advantages. They work
right inside your sequencer; you can easily store and access all of
your sounds on the computer; and if you want, you can automate changes
to your sounds while your sequence plays. All you have to do is twist
the knobs of your soft-synth to record the changes.
Welcome to the world of Midi Quest 10 XL. With Midi Quest 10 XL, all of
those great features that you have for your soft-synths are now
available for your hardware synths and effects. Imagine being able to
integrate all of your MIDI hardware into your digital audio sequencer
and using it the same way you use your soft-synths. With Midi Quest XL,
Midi Quest XL features its own VST, Studio Connections, and MFX plug-in
versions that integrate virtual versions of your hardware into your
sequencer. Your MIDI synthesizer or effect unit still creates all of
the sound but you create a virtual version of the instrument's
interface and integrate it right into your sequencer. After
installation, you can audition sounds, organize a bank, edit a patch,
record sound changes into a sequence, or do just about anything else
that you would do with a soft-synth. You get all of the advantages of
working on the computer without sacrificing that great hardware sound.
Everything is handled from the comfort of your computer screen and in
the digital audio sequencer of your choice. When you're done, all of
your settings are saved with your song for immediate recall, just like
Not only does Midi Quest XL make it easier to use your synth or effect
hardware within your studio and sequencer software. Midi Quest XL makes
it easier, much easier, to work with your MIDI hardware. Period.
Did you ever wish there was an easy way to get all of your instrument's
patch names into your sequencer so that an accurate list was always
displayed, even if the sounds stored in your instrument changed on a
When was the last time you created a custom bank of sounds using just
your instrument (without wanting to perform a Pete Townsend on it)?
Have you ever wished you could rearrange the sounds on your synth to
match your organizational style but found the synth wasn't up to it.
Or, you just didn't want to have to manually keep track of all of the
links between Performances, Combis, Multis and their associated
Programs, Patches, and Sounds.
Have you stopped tweaking patches because you don't have anywhere to store them, even when you created something great?
Have you stopped tweaking patches because you spend more time flipping
through pages on the synthesizer than you do actually working on the
Do you wish you could create some new variations of your favorite synth
sounds but you don't have time to figure out what each one of those
1500 different parameters does or just where they're found on the
Are you tempting fate by not backing up your custom sounds. Almost
every week there's a posting on the internet from someone saying "I did
something incredibly stupid and I just lost all of my patches".
Would you like to have a library of 5,000, 10,000, or 20,000 sounds for
your instrument and actually be able to find the sounds you need, when
you need them?
The solution is Midi Quest. Not only does Midi Quest provide you with
one of the best ways to work with your MIDI hardware by integrating
directly into your sequencer, it also gives you everything you need to
get the most out of your MIDI hardware investment.
Midi Quest does this by providing a set of fully integrated tools that
not only display, edit, and organize the settings of your instrument.
It also maintains the relationships between the various types of data
in your instrument.
If you want to create a new bank of sounds, its easy, just drag and
drop the patches from one bank to another. Now, you want to create a
new bank of Performances (also called Combis or Multis depending on the
instrument). For Midi Quest, that's also easy. Midi Quest will copy
over the selected Performances along with all of the sounds that those
performances need to work correctly. Try doing that in other software
or on your instrument.
If you want new sounds for your instrument but don't have time to learn
every detail of synth programming, Midi Quest has easy click and go
tools that will give you great new sounds without requiring that you
understand every nuance of your instrument's audio engine.
With Midi Quest you can also be as detailed as you want to, with a
control to tweak virtually every parameter in your instrument. Since
Midi Quest uses the entire computer screen, you won't spend your life
flipping through submenus and with the computer's virtually unlimited
storage space you are free to make as many variations on a particular
sound as you want. While Midi Quest's organizational tools will allow
you to find the sounds you're looking for tomorrow or in a year from
Midi Quest supports over 650 synthesizers, drum machines, effects, and
other MIDI devices so there is a good chance that we already support
most, if not all, of your hardware. You can find a list of supported
instruments here and click here to submit a request for instruments
that don't currently have a Midi Quest module. Of course, with Midi
Quest XL, you can always make your own editor, if you want.
Midi Quest has a features page to give you all of the details. Just
click here or on the "Features" button at the top of this page.
A Little History....
Midi Quest was first released in 1989 for DOS, the AMIGA, and ATARI ST
platforms and is the oldest actively supported software dedicated to
getting the most from your MIDI hardware. And, Midi Quest was based on
a previous 5 years experience creating software to support specific
instruments such as the DX7, DX7II, D-50, M1, K1, and many others. And
before that? Well, before that there was no MIDI.
During the last 20 years, Sound Quest has stayed at the leading edge.
We invented the concept of using audio plug-in formats such as VST to
virtualize hardware synthesizers. Sound Quest was the first company to
provide software that automatically adds patch names to script files
such as Sonar's MASTER.INS and Cubase's instrument patch scripts.
Finally, even 10 years after its innovation, Midi Quest is still the
only software which offers maintenance of parent/child relationships
between Performances and Patches in a hierarchical synthesizer - a
truly critical requirement for making your instrument easy to use.
Midi Quest continues to lead the way with both Intel and PPC versions
for the Macintosh, the only 32-bit editor/librarian supporting Windows
Vista and XP and the first and only Windows 64-bit hardware virtualizer
and editor/librarian software along with the only x64 plug-in software
available for your instruments. When you go x64, Midi Quest is ready.
Watch for more innovations from Sound Quest in the future...
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