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Midi Quest 11 is loaded with innovative new features and enhancements that will help you to get the most out of your MIDI instruments and hardware...
Patch Zone Window

Get in the Zone - the Patch Zone

Looking for inspiration? Sound Quest's latest patch collection for Midi Quest 11 is more than double the size with over 160,000 unique patches and is now available to everyone online using Midi Quest's new Patch Zone window. This context sensitive window tracks which instrument and type of SysEx you are working with and automatically lists the available patches. Editing a Korg Kronos Program? The Patch Zone will list over 30,000 available programs you can audition with the click of a button or add them to your Kronos banks, collections or libraries . Switch to a D-50 Patch editor and the Patch Zone window will automatically display 2,400 patches for your consideration.

The Patch Zone window is fully integrated into Midi Quest. To audition a patch from the Patch Zone, click on it, just as you would in a bank or library, and the patch is sent to the instrument so you can evaluate it. Like a patch? Drag and drop it into a bank, editor, library, collection or set to incorporate it into your existing SysEx data. Just like a library, it can be sorted by clicking on the title of any of the columns including name or any of the other displayed properties including tags.


iPad Control for Midi Quest

For those who asked for iPad editing - here it is...

Patch and bank editors in Midi Quest 11 and Midi Quest 11 Pro can now be controlled by any OSC enabled iPad or iPhone application such as TouchOSC or Lemur. Remote control is via OSC (Open Sound Control), the new standard in controlling music and MIDI applications and Midi Quest is the only editor/librarian software to support it.

Use the tools provided by TouchOSC or Lemur (or any other OSC implemented software or hardware) to create templates for controlling just about any aspect of Midi Quest editing. Sound Quest has already created over 250 templates that you can use as is or as a starting point to create your own. SysEx or CC message, it doesn't matter. You can even create a single template to simultaneously control and edit multiple instruments. All of these templates can be customized by TouchOSC and Lemur's development tools.

At Sound Quest, we wanted to make using your iPad or iPhone with Midi Quest as easy as possible so we went one step further and created an OSC template editor for Midi Quest Pro. To create your own TouchOSC or Lemur templates, simply copy controls from a Midi Quest editor and paste them into the template editor, position them and save. Your new template is now ready to be transferred to the iPad or it can be further enhanced with their development tools. Midi Quest 11 Pro's template editor even offers you something that those for TouchOSC and Lemur don't - you can simultaneously open and edit any number of templates and freely copy controls between them.


Your Studio Upgraded

The Studio window had been enhanced in many important but not-so-obvious ways...

Drop an instrument module file (.sqz) on the Studio window and Midi Quest will automatically install it.

Drop a MIDIX (.syx) or standard MIDI (.mid) file containing SysEx data on the Studio window and Midi Quest will automatically import the data into the appropriate editors. Each file can even contain SysEx from multiple instruments - no problem.

Drop a Sound Diver .lib file on the Studio window and Midi Quest will import compatible SysEx data and automatically convert it to Midi Quest format. Midi Quest is now able to import over five hundred different SysEx dumps directly from Sound Diver files (MQ Pro only).

Active Receive - manually dump data from an instrument to Midi Quest and it will automatically receive, store, and display the SysEx in the appropriate editor. This new feature works with most MIDI devices but is particularly useful with instruments which do not support dump requests.

Midi Quest 11 automatically adds or removes MIDI ports as interfaces are connected and disconnected. Midi Quest also automatically reconnects instrument modules and data files that were "disconnected" when an unplugged MIDI interface is reconnected. And, each instrument module now tracks which port it is connected to by name so if MIDI ports are arranged in a different order the next time Midi Quest is started, the modules still use the correct ports - even if a MIDI interface is connected after startup.

Midi Quest 11 is specifically designed to handle multiple instruments of the same type. If you have 5 Korg M1s, each one is separately identified and the SysEx data associated with it will be sent to the correct instrument. Remove one of the M1s from the Studio and the data will automatically be assigned to another M1.

Easily install any Psicraft editor into Midi Quest. If you have a Psicraft editor for a MIDI device from Yamaha, Roland, M-Audio, Line 6, Dave Smith, Akai, TC Electronic, Alesis, TC Helicon or other manufacturer, you can now install the editor in Midi Quest and take advantage of Midi Quest's integrated multi-instrument Collection, Library, and other features not found in the stand-alone editors.


Export more Bank Names to more DAWs

Midi Quest now creates Logic environment files containing bank names. This is a first for any editor/librarian and Logic users can now display and select their patches by name instead of just numbers.

Midi Quest now supports Reaper and exports banks of patch names using the custom .reabank file format.

Midi Quest now supports ACID and exports banks of patch names using their custom patch name xml file format.

Exporting to the most popular name formats (Cubase, Nuendo, and Cubasis patchscript, Sonar and Music Creator ins, and standard midname xml for Performer, Pro Tools, and Ardour) have all been greatly enhanced with modal support. Many workstations actually use the same bank select messages to select different patches depending on the mode that the instrument is currently in. Midi Quest now recognizes instrument modes during export. Using this information you now get direct access to more of your instruments' name information.

New instrument specific name export capabilities mean that now, and into the future, you will be able to export more non-standard patch name information to these files. For example, it is now possible to export all of the Programs, Combinations, and Songs as they are used and organized in the Kronos Set List mode. That is actually, 128 banks of 128 names each or 16,384 names automatically exported for you based on your instrument's custom configuration.


Get Set and Go...

Midi Quest's Instrument Sets have a small number of very significant enhancements.

Workstation class multi-timbral instruments, which make extensive use of parent/child links, can now now have customized modules written to manage these links. These instrument specific managers run as much as 1000x faster so creating a map of all of the relationships between all of the banks, an operation which previously took up to 30 seconds, is now completed in a fraction of a second. Midi Quest is now much more responsive when performing any type of parent/child link operation and is also capable of handling more complex relationships compared to previous versions.

Faster bank organization and editing. Midi Quest 11 now features both virtual and synchronized bank editing. All previous versions of Midi Quest used virtual bank editing exclusively (where bank edits were manually transmitted the the device). Midi Quest 11 adds synchronized editing providing which edits the physical instrument's bank at the same time as the bank in Midi Quest is edited. This makes managing your instrument much faster and easier and Midi Quest is now able to act as a "window" into your hardware's memory.

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Editor Enhancements

Midi Quest doesn't leave instruments behind. With Midi Quest 11, virtually every instrument editor has been updated and enhanced with new features, even if that editor is for a 30 year old instrument like the DX7. Following is a small selection of the enhancements made in Midi Quest 11...

All large editors have been re-design for optimal display in 1920 x 1050 monitors. This has drastically reduced the need for scrolling. Midi Quest now takes advantage of multi-core processors to open editors faster.

A new transparent skin with improved knobs and sliders.

Block copy/swap has been enhanced allowing for additional options in editors which weren't previously supported. Block copy can also be used to copy data between editors that share similar data. For example, Korg Kronos Effects settings can be copied from a Program editor and pasted into a Combi editor. Midi Quest Pro further enhances Block copy with context sensitive buttons so copying all of the parameter settings from LFO 1 to LFO 2 is just a couple of button clicks away. Finally, block templates allow you to store a list of favorite settings for the sound's components (e.g., OSC, Envelope, LFO, etc.) and quickly access them whenever you want.

When CC controllers aren't enough, every Midi Quest editor parameter can now be remote controlled using NRPN controllers as well.

Touch and multi-touch editing for Win 7 and Win 8. Not only will Midi Quest 11 editors respond to touch control but multiple parameters can be edited at the same time using multi-touch screens. Midi Quest can even be adjusted for left and right handed touch.


Midi Quest Pro Gets Plugged In

For Midi Quest 11 Pro, Sound Quest redeveloped much of the Midi Quest architecture to improve plug-in performance.

Plug-ins now optionally use information provided by a new Automation Manager to display only the parameters you want to automate. For instruments that have hundreds or thousands of parameters, this makes finding and selecting parameters for automation much easier. This new feature is also absolutely essential for automation of the Korg Kronos, as providing all Kronos parameters to any VST or AU host causes the host to overload.

Creating a VST plug-in for any instrument also creates a corresponding vstxml file. This file is used by recent versions of Steinberg's software Cubase, Nuendo, and Cubasis to provide more detailed information when displaying, creating and editing VST automation data.

Midi Quest now processes automation events and generates SysEx data regardless of whether the instrument editor is opened or closed.


And much more...

Midi Quest 11 includes improvements to almost every aspect of the program so you will find major enhancements and improvements to Sets, Bank editors, Patch editors, Collections, Libraries, the Panel editor and much more that has not been covered above. If you'd like more info, check out Midi Quest 11's enhancements in greater detail.

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Some described features will only be available in specific versions of Midi Quest. Please see the upgrade details page for further information. 

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