Midi Quest - Details

Midi Quest, Midi Quest Pro and Midi Quest Essentials include an extensive array of standard features listed below.

Highlights MQ Essentials Midi
The only actively supported editor/librarian software with fully integrated support for multiple instruments from multiple manufacturers Yes Yes Yes  
Integrate MIDI hardware into your computer based music studio with dedicated support for over 650 different MIDI devices (instruments, effects, drum machines, samplers, etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Integrate Midi Quest Pro into any sequencer that supports VST, AU, MFX, or Studio Connections plug-ins and get all of the benefits of your hardware with the ease of software plug-ins     Yes  
Tired of using stock Patch Name Lists that don't represent the contents of your instrument (factory settings) or selecting your patch changes by number? Create customized Patch Name Lists for your instruments based on the patches currently in your instrument, not just the factory settings. Supports Sonar's Master.Ins file and Cubase/Nuendo Patch Script files   Yes Yes
Create custom Patch Name Lists to use with your sequencer, in .midnam XML format for use with Macintosh sequencers and applications such as Pro Tools     Yes  
Backup, organize, and manage the contents of your MIDI hardware from the comfort of your large, easy to read computer screen Yes Yes Yes  
Customize each of your sounds to fit perfectly in the mix. The pro's don't use stock sounds, you don't need to either Yes Yes Yes  
Multi-threaded MIDI support allows Midi Quest to update all of your instruments simultaneously Yes Yes Yes  
Install any Psicraft editor into Midi Quest and take advantage of Midi Quest's additional features Yes Yes Yes  
Visit Sound Quest's YouTube Channel to watch Midi Quest video tutorials        

The Patch Zone MQ Essentials Midi
With over 160,000 patches available to browse, Patch Zone has the largest collection of unique patches available anywhere for MIDI hardware Yes Yes Yes  
Filtered for duplicates, the patches in Patch Zone are unique for each instrument Yes Yes Yes
Access the Patch Zone directly from Midi Quest using the context sensitive Patch Zone window which automatically updates its contents based on the active instrument Yes Yes Yes
1-click audition automatically transmits each selected patch to the instrument so you can decide whether it's the right sound Yes Yes Yes  
Incorporate Patch Zone patches into your sound collection Yes Yes Yes  

iPad, iPhone, OSC and the OSC Editor MQ Essentials Midi
OSC (Open Sound Control) is the new standard in communication and control between MIDI applications   Yes Yes  
Use an iPad with TouchOSC, Lemur, or any other OSC implemented application or hardware for remote control instrument editing Yes Yes
Over 250 free templates created by Sound Quest are available for download - they can be customized or used as is   Yes Yes  
Create custom composite editors to edit multiple MIDI instruments from a single iPad panel   Yes Yes  
Custom templates are easily created using tools provided by TouchOSC and Lemur (or other applications with OSC implementations) Yes Yes
Templates for TouchOSC and Lemur are quickly and easily created in Midi Quest Pro     Yes  
Midi Quest is the first and only editor/librarian to support OSC   Yes Yes  

VST, AU, MFX, and Studio Connections Plug-ins MQ Essentials Midi
Instrument/Device specific plug-ins for every Midi Quest supported device     Yes  
Plug-in formats supported: AU / VST / MFX / Studio Connections     Yes  
Total Recall automatically updates MIDI hardware when a DAW project is opened to ensure that all of the required SysEx data is in the instrument (optional)     Yes  
Trigger Total Recall using DAW events (optional)     Yes  
VST and AU parameter automation     Yes  
Optional CC and NRPN automation for VST, AU, and MFX plug-ins     Yes  
Store and retrieve all MIDI hardware SysEx data from the DAW's project file     Yes  
Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo compatible vstxml files for each VST editor     Yes  
Automation Manager handles devices with hundreds or even thousands of parameters     Yes  
Sound Quest, the originator of VST plug-ins for MIDI hardware, was the first company to envision using VST and MFX (there was no AU at the time) to integrate MIDI hardware into DAWs. The first Midi Quest VST plug-ins were released in 2000     Yes  

Patch/Parameter Editors MQ Essentials Midi
Each editor is custom designed with logically grouped parameters to provide an optimal editing environment Yes Yes Yes  
Simultaneously Open editors for any combination of instruments including multiple editors for the same instrument Yes Yes Yes
Real Time Updates - all parameter edits are automatically sent to the instrument so the instrument stays in sync with your editor Yes Yes Yes  
Choose your preferred editing style...
  • Easy to use grab and drag editing in either up/down or left/right directions
  • Direct numeric entry from the computer keyboard
  • Mouse Wheel
  • Remote editing using CC and NRPN messages from hardware MIDI controllers (not available in Midi Quest Essentials)
  • iPad/iPhone Remote editing using TouchOSC and Lemur (or any other OSC implemented application - not available in Midi Quest Essentials)
  • Extended editing popup display with filter for parameters with large data ranges
  • Popup numeric equivalent for all graphic parameters (e.g., knobs, sliders) for accurate editing
  • Record and playback edits as VST or AU automation (Midi Quest Pro only)
  • Multi-touch editing on Win 7 and Win 8 systems
Yes Yes Yes  
Block copy/swap allows chunks of a patch (Oscillator, LFO, Envelopes, Effects, etc.) to be copied and pasted within a patch, to another patch, or stored as a template for future use   Yes Yes  
Automated and manual patch auditioning options: audition after edit, pitch and velocity sensitive mouse clicks, Smart Thru for external keyboard auditioning, computer keyboard Yes Yes Yes
Randomize, Restore, or Copy & Paste any combination of parameters   Yes Yes  
Unlimited Undo with auditionable edit history for risk free experimentation   Yes Yes  
MIDI keyboard based zone and velocity parameter editing for performance editors Yes Yes Yes  
Automatic or manual storage of edited patches back to banks Yes Yes Yes  
Optional Left handed multi-touch support places pop-up information in positions more appropriate to left hand use Yes Yes Yes  
Customize and enhance editors with the Panel Editor Yes Yes
Create new editors with the Panel Editor     Yes  
Customize editor appearance with you own unique "Skins"   Yes Yes  

Bank Editors MQ Essentials Midi
Intuitive multi-patch drag and drop interface to copy, paste, or swap patches within the current bank or with another bank Yes Yes Yes  
1-click audition automatically transmits each selected patch to the instrument to hear the selected sound Yes Yes Yes
Patch Name Export for Cubase, Nuendo, Cubasis, Sonar and Cakewalk using patchscript and ins files Yes Yes Yes  
Patch Name Export for Logic, Pro Tools, Performer, Reaper, ACID, Powertracks and others using midnam, ini, and custom patch name format files Yes
'Set and forget' automated Steinberg patchscript and Cakewalk .ins file creation   Yes Yes  
Parent/Child Link display shows which patches are being used by a parent patch or which patches are using a child patch   Yes Yes  
Parent/Child Link tracking ensures that performances continue to reference the correct sounds even during bank reorganization Yes Yes
Parent/Child Copy ensures that links between different types of data in each patch are automatically updated while banks are edited   Yes Yes  
Unlimited Undo with undo history - back out of any editing changes   Yes Yes  
5 Patch Creation Tools quickly and intelligently create entire banks of unique new sounds: Morph, Mix, Mix All, Blend, and Gen 4 1 tool Yes Yes  
Partial Bank Transfer where supported by the instrument, save time by uploading or downloading selected entries in a bank (when supported by the instrument) Yes Yes Yes  
Open an unlimited number of banks Yes Yes Yes  
Find patches in large banks quickly by entering a partial name   Yes Yes  
Rename patches without opening the patch editor   Yes Yes  
Transfer patches from the bank into the editor with manual or auto save options Yes Yes Yes  

Sets MQ Essentials Midi
A Set contains all of the different types of SysEx data from an instrument (e.g., a Korg M1 has: Combi Bank, Combi, Program Bank, Program, Drum, Sequence, and Global SysEx) Yes Yes Yes
Open an unlimited number of Sets Yes Yes Yes
Edit patches and banks directly in the Set window Yes Yes Yes  
1-click Upload and Download - transfer all of the SysEx data for an instrument to or from Midi Quest with a single click Yes Yes Yes  
Virtual and Synchronized editing modes provide editor only or simultaneous editor and instrument modification of banks   Yes Yes  

Libraries MQ Essentials Midi
Store all of your instrument's patches / sounds in a single searchable library   Yes Yes  
Open an unlimited number of Libraries Yes Yes
Edit patches directly in the library window   Yes Yes  
1-click audition automatically transmits each selected patch to the instrument to instantly determine if it is the sound you are looking for   Yes Yes  
Duplicates Search - optimizes each library by finding and removing duplicate sounds   Yes Yes  
Tags allow each patch`s sound to be detailed by up to eight descriptors or instrument and sound quality (e.g., bass, guitar, acoustic, etc...)   Yes Yes  
Automated Tag assignment uses information in the patch to automatically assign keywords   Yes Yes  
Tag sensitive auditioning - the sequence selected to audition a patch is based on the patch`s tags   Yes Yes  
Tag search finds the patches you need using tags - for example, listing just the patches with tags "electric" and "bass"   Yes Yes  
Properties describe aspects of each patch: author, copyright, song, musician, band, etc. Yes Yes
Sort libraries by name, tag, or any patch property Yes Yes
5 Patch Creation Tools quickly create entire banks of unique new sounds: Morph, Mix, Mix All, Blend, and Gen 4   Yes Yes  
Customize library tag column names   Yes Yes  

Collections MQ Essentials Midi
System Snapshots - create a single file containing all of the SysEx data from each instrument and MIDI device in the studio Yes Yes
Snapshot Editing - edit the contents of any snapshot from within the Collection window   Yes Yes  
Total Recall - Restore a complete MIDI System Snapshot with a single mouse click   Yes Yes  
Unlimited Store, Open and Edit - store, open and edit an unlimited number of Sets (described above), banks, and individual data files in any combination you like   Yes Yes  

Librarian MQ Essentials Midi
Backup and restore all SysEx data from over 650 instruments and other MIDI devices Yes Yes Yes
Multi-threaded MIDI port support allows simultaneous transfer of SysEx data to two or more instruments Yes Yes Yes  
Multi-threaded MIDI port support allows you to edit patches or banks on one instrument while simultaneously transferring SysEx data to other MIDI devices in the studio Yes Yes Yes  
Multi-instrument Management - work with up to 255 instruments of the same type Yes Yes Yes
Active MIDI Port Manager - USB MIDI ports are automatically added or removed when plugged into or unplugged from the computer Yes Yes Yes
Automated Import of SysEx data from .syx and .mid files even if the files contain a mix of data from various devices   Yes Yes  
Automated import of SysEx data from Sound Diver .lib files (import over 500 different types of data)     Yes  
Active Receive automatically opens editors for manually transmitted bulk dumps   Yes Yes  
MIDI THRU - 5 different types of automated MIDI re-routing and re-channelization Yes Yes Yes
Export SysEx in standard MIDI file, MIDIX/Cakewalk, and Text formats   Yes Yes  
Import and export Midi Quest Sets as VST standard .fxb files     Yes  
MIDIX (.SYX) File support - Transmit SysEx data stored in any MIDIX format file to any instrument Yes Yes Yes
MIDI (.MID) File support - Transmit SysEx data stored in any MIDI (.MID) format file to any instrument Yes Yes
Fast Tips Help - contains instrument specific configuration information necessary for the instrument to successfully communicate with Midi Quest Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Load/Save - store and retrieve an unlimited number of screen layouts   Yes Yes  
MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports  - support for up to 255 individually addressable MIDI in and out ports Yes Yes Yes
File Linking allows multiple Set, Collection, and Library files to use the same data   Yes Yes  
Universal storage - backup and restore SysEx data from any instrument or MIDI device even if it isn`t specifically supported by Midi Quest Yes Yes Yes  
Maximum number of Midi devices that can be loaded in the Midi Quest Studio Window at any one time 3  

Sound Checker MQ Essentials Midi
Integrated auditioning tools for faster sound development and auditioning Yes Yes Yes
Standard MIDI File Sequencer plays Type 0 and Type 1 files and supports simultaneous instrument editing   Yes Yes  
Monitor provides complete MIDI input output analysis and system feedback Yes Yes Yes
Graphic MIDI System Monitor Yes
Audition sounds using custom defined notes, chords and arpeggios Yes Yes Yes
Virtual keyboard     Yes  

Basics MQ Essentials Midi
Macintosh OS Support: OSX 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5, Intel Processor Yes Yes Yes
Windows 32-bit OS Support: Win8, Win 7, Vista, XP Yes Yes Yes  
Windows 64-bit OS Support: Win 8, Win 7, Vista, XP Yes Yes Yes  
MIDI interface: any MIDI interface with current OS drivers Yes Yes Yes
Macintosh hardware requirements: Intel Macintosh with 100MB hard drive space Yes Yes Yes  
Windows hardware requirements: any PC capable of running Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, or Win 8 with 100MB HD space Yes Yes Yes  
Download new and enhanced instrument modules from within Midi Quest Yes Yes Yes  
Open Midi Quest data files from all DOS, Mac, Amiga and Atari versions Yes Yes Yes  
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