Re: More information on my problem.....

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Posted by Mike on September 02, 1998 at 11:07:37:

In Reply to: Re: More information on my problem..... posted by Markus nentwig on September 02, 1998 at 08:30:20:

: Hi friend,

: maybe you have the following problem:

: If you play your QS in MIX mode by using its keyboard and the mix consists of several programs (more than one little lamp on the display that lights up when the right keys are hit) your QS has to transmit MIDI information on more than one channel.
: This means: if you hit one key and more than one of those program indicators lights up, it sends data on more than one channel, although you did hit ONLY one key!
: If you want to obtain the same sound by means of MIDI input rather than by hitting the keys, you may have to send data to several channels.

: First possible error: not all programs contained in the mix send MIDI.
: Remedy: Set the SEND MIDI switch for all used programs to ON.
: Second possible error: Now that your QS sends on several channels, the sequencer converts input from ANY channel # to the sequencer track channel you're recording to.
: I'm not quite sure how cakewalk works but my MicroLogic (Emagic) does exactly this by default.
: Make sure that the sequencer sends the same that it has received earlier, look at the program indicators in your QS' display to confirm this.

: As mentioned earlier, this refers only to MIX mode.
: (it doesn't only sound complicated, it IS.)

: But, as mentioned before, MAYBE.
: Maybe it's something completely different - I can only guess.

: Now for the global option:
: These settings determine how the information 'a key is pressed' is routed to the internal sound generation AND/OR to the MIDI output.
: Please have a look at that f*unky manual and try to figure what which setting means.
: I don't think that anybody can tell you the 'one' correct setting - there are different approaches to how you can rig up your gear.

: Tip: if you use OUT1..OUT16, the data must be routed back through the sequencer to hear anything.

Markus is right on all counts. Here's the Cakewalk specific stuff you need to know:

Be sure your QS-6 is hooked up to both transmit and receive MIDI information. You need to have both cables from your computer connected to the QS-6, with the MIDI Out cable going into the Midi In port of the QS-6, and the MIDI IN cable going into the Midi Out port on the QS-6.

Next, select User Mix 00 (Multitimbral).

On Page 6, choose CH 1. You also want to set LOCAL OFF. You want all the sound generation to come through the computer. What will happen here is that the QS-6 will send messages on Channel 1, which Cakewalk will map to the channel of the track you have highlighted. The patch that is associated with the channel assigned to that track will sound as you play. The MIDI messages from the computer will trigger the sounds in your keyboard.

Using this configuration, you can play using one patch while listening to previously recorded material playing using many other patches.

In terms of your sound degradation, there are two possibilities:

1) Programs use a wide variety of FX to generate the final sound. The FX applied in Mix mode must be the same for each program in the mix. This changes the FX applied to some programs. These changes may affect the sound the QS-6 generates.
2) You're hearing the sound card generate the tones, not the QS-6. There is no way an AWE 64 will sound as good as a QS-6.

Do you have the QS-6 amplified? Or can you only hear it through the headphones if your computer is turned off? If it's not amplified (that is, plugged into an amp via a patch cord, and not simply played through the headphones), then the sound you are hearing is coming from the sound card, not the QS-6. That will account for the difference.

Between the two of us, Markus and I have covered a lot of ground. I hope this helps.


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