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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, you can.
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 a soft-synth.
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 daily basis?
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 sound?
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 instrument?
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 now.
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.