Midi Quest 10 & XL Highlights
How does Midi Quest 10 compare with every previous upgrade? Quite simply, there is no comparison. Almost three years in the making, Sound Quest has never before packed so many enhancements and new features into a single upgrade.
Along with the hundreds of "small" improvements, Midi Quest 10 and Midi Quest 10 XL add major enhancements such as: multi-threaded MIDI I/O, which can cut SysX download times from 50 - 75% or more; Studio Connections plug-in support for all 650 instruments; brand new VST and MFX plug-ins - yes, that's new - and we even enhanced the old ones too; video tutorials are back, 12 hours worth; and finally, 64-bit versions of Midi Quest XL and all of its plug-ins. That's just the beginning of the list.
We know you'll enjoy this new version...
New VST and MFX Plug-ins
Midi Quest 10 XL ships with two different VST and MFX plug-ins.
The first plug-in is an enhanced version of the original. This version can load any Midi Quest data file into your host sequencer as a plug-in. What's new is the plug-in's ability to load as well as send MIDI data so you can add patches to a Library or update a Set from a plug-in stead of having to load up Midi Quest.
The updated VST and MFX plug-ins now receive CC events either from the sequencer track or external MIDI hardware and use these to remotely edit instrument parameters. The VST plug-in also includes enhanced automation features to match those available in the MFX plug-in so you can now automatically trigger SysX transmissions when the data is loaded, when the sequencer starts, when the sequencer loops, and when the sequencer stops playing.
The second VST and MFX plug-ins are completely new and appear in your list of VST or MFX lists as individual instruments. For example, if your studio contains an M1, a Motif, and a JV-1080, your VST plug-in list would list each of those three instruments separately. Choose an instrument and a custom sized Set window appears. Load data in from the instrument or read a Set file in from disk and you're ready to go.
These new plug-ins are designed to let you treat each piece of MIDI hardware as an integrated component in your sequencer, just like a soft-synth. All of the Midi Quest XL's SysX data is stored in your sequence file so when you take your sequence to another computer, the Midi Quest data automatically comes along with it.
Studio Connections - the New MIDI Hardware Plug-in Standard
Sound Quest is proud to announce that it is now providing Studio Connections compatibility for all Midi Quest 10 XL instruments. Support for the Studio Connections standard was previously limited to a small number of Yamaha devices. With Midi Quest 10 XL, Studio Connections now supports over 650 MIDI devices from 60 manufacturers.
Midi Quest 10 XL currently supports all Studio Connections on both Windows and Macintosh with features including Total Recall and access to the host sequencer's MIDI ports. In Windows, this allows Midi Quest XL to work effectively as a plug-in even if your MIDI interface has only single-client drivers.
It's a 64-bit World out there...
The x64 version of Sonar is shipping. The new 64-bit VST standard has arrived so x64 upgrades to Cubase and Nuendo can't be far behind. These new sequencers will offer great new features including smoother operation and access to much more memory but there is a catch, you need 64-bit plug-ins to run in your x64 sequencer.
With Midi Quest 10 XL, you can start using a 64-bit sequencer any time you want. Midi Quest 10 XL includes x64 compatible versions of all of its VST, Studio Connections*, and MFX plug-ins.
Midi Quest Dramatically Improves SysX transfers
How would you like to cut your SysX transfer times by 25%? 30%? 50%? 75%?
Midi Quest 10 features multi-threaded MIDI I/O. What does this mean? It means that you can send SysX data out every MIDI port of each of your MIDI interfaces simultaneously. If you need to send SysX to two or more instruments at the same time, you don't have to wait for each instrument to receive its data, just start a transmit for each instrument and you're done. And even then, you still don't have to wait. The MIDI I/O window that you're so familiar with is gone! If you've got another instrument that isn't receiving a bulk download, you can edit it, audition patches, try out a mix or blend, anything. You won't even know that you're downloading except for some blinking in the MIDI Monitor window.
As a result of this change, you'll also find that all editor graphics are now as smooth as silk.
This is a huge time savings of an enhancement!
Midi Quest Video Tutorials Return...
For those of you purchasing the DVD (yes, DVD) version of Midi Quest or Midi Quest XL, you will find that the disc contains over 12 hours of Midi Quest tutorials in .AVI format. You can watch these from your browser or run them from most AVI compatible players. These tutorials cover virtually all of Midi Quest's features including a number of development tutorials for those of you who always wanted to create your own instrument modules.
If you hate reading manuals but want to know everything that there is to know about Midi Quest, these are definitely for you!
That's not All Folks...
Midi Quest 10 XL has been in active development for almost three years so there are many improvements and refinements that aren't even listed. If you want to see the new version in action, download a demo.
If you have any questions, please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was just an overview of the new features available in Midi Quest 10. For an extended listing of the new features you can follow these links...
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* At present there is no x64 Studio Connections host to test with
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