I do not normally compose particular niche short articles for PCMech, however at the very least a few of you will certainly locate it valuable. It manages collaborating with old songs synthesizer workstations through MIDI making use of a procedure called System Exclusive dump or SysEx dump.

There is no chance to utilize synthesizer workstations as well as have no major passion in it, particularly if you are handling old synthesizers from the 80s as well as 90s.

What you are mosting likely to check out below is essentially as enthusiastic concerning songs, strategy as you can obtain. The only method to obtain unusual manually adjust analog sounds,

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MIDI (Music Tool Digital User interface) was specified in the very early 1980s as a standard technique for moving information in between electronic music tools. Nevertheless, it was not up until the mid – 1990s that all makers ‘talk the very same language’.

In the very early eighties as well as up until the mid-nineties you needed to handle your very own layouts. Korg had them, Roland had them, as well as others were tossed right into the complicated. The factor is, none were compatible.

If it weren’t regrettable, several synthesizer workstations do not have integrated disks, so you would certainly need to purchase unbelievably pricey memory sticks which contain just 16KB to 32KB of information, or invest cash on an outside global drive. storage space device.

2 services have actually made global storage space. The very first was bro, as well as the version of what they provided for this job thwarted me. The secondly was Alesis DataDisk:


DataDisk is a dazzling electronic songs equipment since it is identified Any Kind Of You toss MIDI right into it as well as keep it, so it’s really functional. You can link a Korg, Yamaha, Kurzweil, Roland or anything else through MIDI, inform the DataDisk to wait on information, send out the synthesizer workstation to send out, as well as the DataDisk will gladly get it as well as wait to floppies. And also obviously it sends out the information back to the synthesizer workstation if you advise it to. I directly possess among these areas as well as needed to go to a bidding process battle on ebay.com to obtain it (it cost me over $ 100 in my viewpoint). The DataDisk is an extremely straightforward 1U touchscreen, as there is virtually absolutely nothing for the equipment, however the job it does deserves it.

Nevertheless, there is one significant trouble with DataDisk – it utilizes its very own style. Although appropriate, it approves any kind of disks as well as layouts approximately 720KB (high thickness right here, however still formatted with twin thickness), however no DataDisk formatted disk will certainly read on a computer system without devoted software program that is not also ensured.

This implies that your synthesizer information is essentially caught on a floppy, as well as if the DataDisk ever before stops working, it’s done; the information is no more offered. And also no, changing a floppy is not as simple as on a computer system. Not together.

” There needs to be a common software program technique to do the very same task, right?”

Yes, there is, as well as it is called MIDI-OX,

Everybody that makes use of MIDI tools knows with conventional USB to MIDI adapters; it is economical as well as easily offered. These adapters are called MIDI 1 × 1 interfaces,

If you have among these, SysEx dump software program is all you require, as well as MIDI-OX functions fantastic hereof.

I currently made a vintage Ensoniq SQ-1 And also synthesizer in 1990.


It is an outstanding workstation for FM synthesis, however it does not have a drooping disk drive. Nevertheless, it can conveniently send out/ get SysEx information.

The method I can send out/ get information making use of MIDI-OX was as complies with:

Conserve a SysEx dump to a computer system making use of MIDI-OX

1. Select the suitable user interface.

My 1 × 1 user interface is called USB Uno, which is identified by Windows 7. It is simple sufficient to pick through Choices > MIDI gadgets:


2. Begin SysEx Sight/ Scratchpad

It is offered through Appearance > SysEx The home window is vacant since absolutely nothing has actually been gotten yet:


3. Establish MIDI-OX to wait on a hands-on dump.



4. Send out information from the synthesizer workstation.

This is the component where you most likely to the synthesizer as well as advise you to send your information. I can not clarify exactly how to do this, since every workstation synthesizer is various – however if you have a synthesizer workstation as well as know with sending out MIDI information, you currently recognize exactly how to send out information.

Information gotten:


After that you press Exported when the transfer is full (keep in mind: this is a hands-on dump) as well as the SysEx home window is loaded with the information you simply got:


5. Conserve the information as a SYX data.

Simple sufficient:


Return downloaded and install information to Synthesizer workstation

The Good News Is, it is a lot easier than obtaining as well as conserving.

1. Download and install as well as post the SYX data.

This can be done straight from the primary MIDI-OX home window. Click the 2nd symbol from the entrusted to send out the SYX data:


No action 2. This is it.

Managing barrier degrees

This is the only trouble you deal with. Older MIDI gadgets are actually thrifty concerning just how much information they wish to get over the cable.

If you get an overflow mistake, Establish barriers (as well as make certain Pass SysEx all-time low is additionally consisted of right here):


The conventional dimension for import as well as export is 256 bytes. Adjustment to 128:


Transfer prices will certainly be somewhat slower, however overflow mistakes will certainly vanish.

Last notes

What you check out above is what I believe is the most basic method (‘ do you call it that simple?’) To obtain information from an older MIDI synthesizer right into a data that you can conserve. Whether you are sending out audio/ spot information, series/ pattern information or whatever, MIDI-OX approves it as a raw dump as well as sends it back to the synthesizer with no issues.

I’ll inform you this: The Ensoniq SQ-1 And Also has actually been an odd pet given that 1990. MIDI-OX had the ability to deal with it with no issues as well as collaborated with the very first shot.

For instance, if you have a sweetheart Korg M1 lie (which you most likely listened to) is where the saggy disk drive is, however the remainder still functions penalty, link MIDI, utilize MIDI-OX to send out/ get information as well as whatever need to function penalty.

Allow’s claim at this moment your old equipment on a synthesizer workstation has no equipment concerns. You recognize it will become. With MIDI-OX you can download and install all this old information as well as archive it on your computer system. This might take a while, however you will certainly be really thankful that the documents get on your computer system rather than out-of-date floppies that can create check out mistakes at any moment.