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Introduction :
Discover my 33 sets of Cubase 5 mixer maps - designed for the EWS64 !

Take full advantage of the 5,545 controls and 2,173 switches of the EWS64.
It's never been so easy to access all MIDI functions of the EWS64 synth !
Utilize all parameters of the EWS64 in Steinberg's Cubase 5.x !


Contents:
  1. What are mixer maps ?
  2. Special features
  3. Why 33 mixer maps ?
  4. System requirements
  5. How to install
  6. Where to download
  7. Further details on the development of these mixer maps
  8. Very useful - my Cubase patchname scriptfile for the GSSBK320.94B or my GSSBK320.tts sound set
  9. Also very useful - my Cubase Drum Maps for the GSSBK320.94B or my Drumkits.tts sound set

1. What are mixer maps ?

Introduction:
Mixer maps are used to trigger different devices with a MIDI interface (such as synths, mixers, sound modules, soundcards and more) via Steinberg Cubase 5 mixing tracks. The different elements of the mixer maps are able to transmit the necessary MIDI messages to change available device settings.
They're like software editors that you might've use with your synths or sequencers on a PC (or maybe your Atari) to edit all the values for your device's MIDI parameters comfortably on screen.

But there are also MIDI devices without any buttons, controllers or switches like, for example, the integrated synthesizers of PC soundcards (EWS64, Yamaha DB50XG/SW60XG and others).
Such devices are mainly controlled by a lot of MIDI data.
For example, the Yamaha XG sound modules come with thousands of controllable sound parameters, the EWS64 too allows you to modify more than 7000 sound parameters !
All these devices have one main problem in common:
All the sound parameters are changed with different MIDI data, but nobody can remember all those different commands simultaneously!
In addition, many commands are based on MIDI SysEx Data. These are lines of hexadecimal code like 'F0,43,10,4C,02,01,40,48,00,F7'.
Any editing of such SysEx data by hand is anything but easy or comfortable.
What this unfortunately means in practice:
Until now, most owners of an EWS64 or Yamaha XG synth could only partially use the advanced features of their synthesizers!!!

...time for my mixer maps to appear.
These mixer maps offer easy access to nearly all available parameters using 'Virtual Surfaces' for instruments, drum kits or master MIDI settings with named switches and knobs.
You don't need to remember obscure MIDI commands anymore - you can now vary any possible setting intuitively.


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2. Special features

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3. Why 33 mixer maps ?

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4. System requirements

Use of these 33 mixer maps require:
  1. An EWS64 S, L, XL or XXL
  2. The program Steinberg Cubase VST 5.x or Cubase SX 3
  3. Screen size of 1024 * 768 pixels (or higher)
  4. A creative and experimental spirit
Important note:
These mixer maps don't work with Cubase VST versions earlier than 5.0 (like VST 3.7), also you can't use them with Cubase SX 1 or 2!

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5. How to install

It is strongly recommended that you read the installation manual and strictly follow the instructions 'as they are'
- otherwise the mixer maps won`t work !
Follow this link for detailed installation instructions :
Installation of the EWS64 mixer maps

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6. Where to download

You can download the mixer maps here:
Download EWS64 mixer maps

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7. Further details on the development of these mixer maps

I. Introduction:

After purchasing the EWS64 and a glance at the manual, I realised that I had bought a soundcard equipped with a huge amount of dynamic MIDI controls for nearly all sound parameters, just like an advanced hardware synthesizer. Very soon I thought of using the EWS64 in Cubase5 with suitable mixer maps as an easy way to utilize it's enormous possibilities.

II. It's been a very long road from that initial idea to these mixermaps...

...on one hand, the EWS64 synth uses different kinds of MIDI commands: ...on the other hand, the creation of certain mixer map objects in Cubase is quite problematic:
The creation of RPN and NRPN switches are especially very complex - the online 'help' of Cubase 5 isn't much use here...
The study of other, non EWS64, mixer maps with RPN/NRPN controls made it possible for me to insert such controls into my mixer maps.

Pitfalls were the often incorrect MIDI documentation supplied with the Terratec EWS64 (manual wavetable.pdf) - III. Solving those problems
Through empirical testing, I learnt about MIDI programming the EWS64 the hard way
(nearly bringing me to a nervous breakdown...)
...but these mixer maps became reality !

IV. What does this now means for you
No more hassles!
All the problems I encountered are addressed in these mixer maps.
You'll find notes as to the settings and scales for all knobs and switches in the detailed help tables.
What's left is just for you to start...

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8. Very useful - my Cubase patchname scriptfile for the GSSBK320.94B or my GSSBK320.tts sound set

This script allows you to recall every sound or drum kit for this soundbank by name immediately.
You don't need to remember program and/or bank numbers for instruments/drumkits anymore
(goto: EWS64 Scriptfile for the soundset GSSBK320.94B).

9. Also very useful - my Cubase Drum Maps for the GSSBK320.94B or my Drumkits.tts sound set

These EWS64 Drum Maps for Cubase VST 5 and Cubase SE/SL/SX offer easy access by name to all the available instruments of the drum kits of the EWS64 sound sets GSSBK320.94b or my Drumkits.tts (view page Hints to the EWS64)
(goto: Drum Maps EWS64).

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C/O 2002-2012: Werner Ogrodnik (Cologne, Germany)