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- Preview of XG Multipart mixer map 01
- Important notes
- Differences between 'Part' and 'MIDI channel'
- How do the switches/controls work ?
- Area 'QS300 Voices'
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- These XG Multipart mixer maps are able to control all available XG synth settings
(voice mode) separately for each of the 16 XG Multiparts. Each of them contains
81 knobs and 47 switches to give you easy access to the XG synth settings.
- Like this you have maximum access to the voice settings of a XG instrument.
- Never before it was easier to control Oscillator, Filter, Amplifier, LFOs,
Envelopes... of XG synthesizers.
- Wide range sliders allow you to select any value between #0 and #127.
- All controls are arranged in 'Logic Function Groups': So you will keep
the maximum possible overview.
- Additional information to range scales and default settings will help you
to control all settings.
- Benefit from the common outfit of these 16 mixer maps :
If you are once familiar with one mixer map, you'll be familiar with all other 15 mixer maps too.
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These mixer maps are 'Part based':
First of all:
In the following explanations I will always refer to the Yamaha DB50XG, but all explanations will
be true of any 100% compatible XG synthesizer (SW60XG, MU10, MU50, MU80...).
Besides I will alway use the word 'Part' instead of 'Multipart' (the 'official XG term').
These part mixer maps are based nearly totally (99,9 %) on SysEx MIDI commands (independend from any
MIDI channel). ONLY the switches "All Notes Off", "All Sound Off" and "Controller Reset" are based on
MIDI channel commands (Default MIDI channel of the special part) to give you the chance to interrupt
i.e. any sound of a part very simply.
- The Snapshot 'Basic' in these mixer maps
After opening of a mixer map you will always have the problem, that the shown 'values' of the switches/controls
don't match to the default settings of a part. Therefore I've included the snapshot 'Basic' in these mixer maps:
After a click on this snapshot all switches/controls will move to the default settings of a part and show
the default values.
Important: All default MIDI settings will be send to the synth at this moment! Therefore you can use this
snapshot also to discard any changes you've made.
These mixer maps are optimized for the 'Voice Mode' of a part:
If you switch a part to 'Drum mode', most switches/controls won't work anymore. Please use my
'Drum mixer maps' for parts in 'Drum mode'.
These mixer maps don't offer access to the 'TG300B mode' available with some XG synthesizers:
You won't be able to access any TG300B sounds of these synthies.
Please be carefully, if you use controls of the 'Track inspector' or the 'MIDI track mixer':
Settings made there you should avoid in any static or dynamic mixes of a mixer map
(i.e.: Program/Bank number, Reverb/Chorus-Send etc.).
The best screen resolution for these miser maps is 1280*960 pixels:
Only like this you'll be able to view these mixer maps fullscreen (without any need to scroll).
You can use these mixer maps also with lower screen resolutions (1152*864; 1024*768), but then
you won't be able to view the mixer maps fullscreen.
I don't give any support to Cubase 5.x!
Please read the Cubase manual or contact the Steinberg support in cases of any problems.
This means: Any changes will vary 'XG Part settings', but not 'MIDI channel settings'!
The 16 multi-tembral voices of a XG synth are organized in 16 so called 'Parts'.
Normally (by XG default) the parts 01-16 are assigned 1:1 to the MIDI channels 01-16
(Part 01: MIDI channel 01 ... Part 16: MIDI channel 16).
But you can simply assign ANY (!) part to ANY (!) MIDI channel (i.e. with these mixer maps),
and you can assign simultaneously different parts to the SAME (!) MIDI channel !
Even if you've assigned two (ore more) parts to the same MIDI channel, you will be able
to vary each part individually with these mixer maps.
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There are four different types of switches/controls in these mixer maps:
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The Yamaha synthesizers DB50XG, SW60XG, MU10, MU50 and MU80 have a really great feature:
They have a little amount of user RAM to load voices (only patch data!) of the legendary Yamaha QS300 - like this you
can load up to 32 QS300 voices additionally (!) to the built-in 480 XG voices and use them simultaneously!
I. Basic part controls
With these switches/controls you can vary the basic settings of a part
(mixer map areas: 'VOICE SETUP', 'PART SETUP', 'MESSAGE RECIEVE SETUP',
'SCALE TUNING' and some controls of 'GLOBAL SETUP' ('Level' and
II. Controls to vary instrument default settings
With these controls you can vary many default sound settings of XG instruments
(mixer map areas: 'OSCILLATOR Detune, Transpose, Pitch envelope',
'FILTER Resonance, Cutoff Frequency', 'LFO' and 'ENVELOPE').
Like this you can increase/decrease a lot of default settings (mostly about +/- 64) of many XG instruments.
III. Modulation controls
With these controls you can vary the direct (!) influence of various MIDI controllers to Osc-Tune, Filter-Cutoff and Amp
(mixer map areas: 'CTRL Depth Pitch', 'CTRL Depth Cutoff Freq' and 'CTRL Depth Amp').
The available MIDI controllers are: Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel, Channel Aftertouch, Poly Aftertouch, AC1 and AC2.
IV. LFO Modulation controls
With these controls you can vary the LFO influence via various MIDI controllers (Pitch Bend, Modulation Wheel,
Channel Aftertouch, Poly Aftertouch, AC1 and AC2) to modulate Osc-Tune, Filter-Cutoff and Amp-Densitiy
(mixer map areas: 'LFO Depth Pitch', 'LFO Depth Cutoff Freq' and 'LFO Depth Amp').
V. About the MIDI controllers 'AC1' and 'AC2'
These are assignable MIDI controllers (range: MIDI controls 0 to 95). They are very useful to vary the
sound with fader boxes, breath controllers etc.
If a dial of a fader box uses MIDI control 19 and you assign this control to 'AC1' too (#19),
you can simply use this dial to vary the sound wherever 'AC1' can take influence (oscillator, filter, amp).
It's the same for 'AC2' - just assign it to another dial (with a different MIDI control number).
Unfortunately the former
Yamaha XG server
is down and these files are no more available there.
So I decided to offer these 800 QS300 voices for direct download from this site:
Start download of the QS300-Voices for Yamaha DB50XG/SW60XG/MU10
(ZIP-File ~ 76 kB):
You will find two ZIP files including 25 diferent QS300 soundsets: each soundset includes 32 QS300 voices = totalling 800
Take a try: 800 additional sounds are waiting for you (for free)!
How to load these QS300 soundsets:
These soundsets are included as SysEx MIDI commands in standard MIDI files. Please import any of these
MIDI files into your sequencer and 'play' this track - like this the DB50XG etc. will be reprogrammed.
Now 32 additional QS300 voices will be available at Bankselect MSB=63, Bankselect LSB=0,
Program number=1-32. I've included these voices in my part mixer maps (area: 'QS300 voices') and my
Cubase script files for DB50XG, SW60XG, MU10, MU50 and MU80
as well for simple access.
The area 'QS300 Voices' of these mixer map is ONLY available for XG synthies with user RAM for patches
(i.e. DB50XG, SW60XG, MU10, but NOT MU50 and MU80!).
With many other XG synthesizers these controls won't be
Important: you cannot load own samples into this user RAM, only 'patches' of instrument settings using the fixed
In this way you can only load 2-element-voices of the QS300 into your DB50XG etc. With the shareware programm
'XG Gold' from Achim Stulgies you can also use all 4-element-voices of the QS300
!!! This will
increase the available voices of DB50XG, SW60XG, MU10, MU50 and MU80 dramatically!
(goto: XG Gold from Achim Stulgies
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C/O 2002-2012: Werner Ogrodnik (Cologne, Germany)