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MIDI QUEST 11 UPGRADE DETAILS

Midi Quest 11 - New Features

If you want a more detailed view of the enhancements for the latest release of Midi Quest, this is the page for you. This page provides a list of many of the v11 highlights. There were many additional enhancements made to improve the overall operation of Midi Quest and Midi Quest Pro.

The Patch Zone MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
The Patch Zone window is a new feature in Midi Quest which provides a direct link to Sound Quest's online Patch Zone resource Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone currently includes over 160,000 unique Patches for instruments and MIDI devices supported by Midi Quest Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone window is context sensitive - as you select different instruments and editors, it automatically displays appropriate content Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone auditions the same way as a Bank, Library, or Collection - just click on a Patch and Midi Quest will download it and audition it to the instrument Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone display can be sorted using any column - name, tags, or any one of six properties Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone supports Drag and Drop to a Set, a Bank, a Parameter Editor, a Collection, or a Library Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone makes it easy to introduce new sounds to your studio Yes Yes Yes
The Patch Zone accepts Patch contributions from you
Yes Yes Yes

TouchOSC, Lemur, OSC and the OSC Editor MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
OSC (Open Sound Control) is the new standard in communication and control between MIDI applications and Midi Quest is the only editor/librarian to support it   Yes Yes
Use TouchOSC, Lemur, or any other OSC implemented iPad app to remotely control Midi Quest and edit your instruments without being tied to the computer   Yes Yes
Of course, you aren't limited to the iPad. Any OSC implemented application (Pd, Max, Bidule) will work equally well   Yes Yes
OSC is an incredibly flexible solution and gives you the option to create custom editing solutions not possible in Midi Quest itself   Yes Yes
For example, create a single mixer page to control levels for each of your instruments Yes Yes
Easily build templates to meet your custom requirements   Yes Yes
Over 250 free templates created by Sound Quest are available for download - they can be customized or used as is   Yes Yes
       
The OSC Editor is available in Midi Quest Pro and provides a fast and easy way to create your own customized Midi Quest editor templates for TouchOSC and Lemur     Yes
Copy controls from any Midi Quest editor and paste them into the OSC editor - Midi Quest will auto-size the controls for iPad and create the appropriate OSC commands     Yes
The OSC Editor offers extensive editing and layout options including multi-tab support - allowing you to accomplish most of your creation and layout work in Midi Quest     Yes
Once complete - export the template in TouchOSC and Lemur file formats and open it in their editor to complete layout or download directly to the iPad     Yes
Simultaneously open multiple OSC Editors so you can easily copy and paste controls between layouts - something that not even TouchOSC or Lemur editors are capable of     Yes
Test mode - Place the OSC Editor in test mode and watch it use OSC commands to control Midi Quest     Yes
Editing options include: Cut, Copy, Paste, Clear, Select All, To Front, To Back, Add Page, Remove Page, Search and Replace, Export, Page and Control properties Yes
Control multiple instruments using a single template
    Yes

Studio Enhancements MQ
Essentials
Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Macintosh version now supports direct download of instrument modules from Sound Quest web site Yes Yes Yes
Automatically import of SysEx data stored in .syx and .mid files - a single file can contain SysEx data for one or multiple instruments, just drop it on the Studio window Yes Yes
Imported SysEx data is automatically transferred into the appropriate Midi Quest editor   Yes Yes
Active Receive - when enabled, any SysEx bulk dump manually transmitted from an instrument is automatically received into the appropriate editor   Yes Yes
Active Receive works with any instrument but is particularly effective with older instruments that require a manual SysEx dump   Yes Yes
Easier instrument module installation and updating by - drag and drop on Studio window, or choose File/Open and select the module to install Yes Yes Yes
Import most SysEx data directly from SoundDiver .lib files when Midi Quest also supports the MIDI device (instrument)     Yes
Install all Psicraft (Vyzor / Vyzex) editors directly into Midi Quest and take advantage of all of Midi Quest's capabilities Yes Yes Yes
Redesigned context sensitive tabbed Settings dialog only shows the parameters you need to see Yes Yes Yes
Improved AutoSense - Midi Quest now uses device inquiry to quickly and accurately find a MIDI device (where supported by the instrument) Yes Yes Yes
Reduce window clutter - Midi Quest can automatically show and hide windows based on their content and the currently selected device in the Studio   Yes Yes
Reorder instrument modules in the Studio regardless of the module's current mode Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced graphics (courtesy of Psicraft)
Yes Yes Yes

Set Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Support for both Synchronized and Virtual instrument editing   Yes Yes
Synchronized editing performs simultaneous editing in both Midi Quest and directly on the hardware instrument - but only when their data is synchronized   Yes Yes
Import and export Midi Quest Sets as VST standard .fxb files     Yes
Export bank names in a Logic Environment file - includes multi-mode name support     Yes
Cubase Patchscript name export - added multi-mode patch name exports for Cubase, Nuendo, and Cubasis Yes Yes
Sonar INS Name export - added multi-mode patch name exports for Sonar and Music Creator   Yes Yes
midnam XML name export - added multi-mode patch name exports for Pro Tools, Performer, Ardour, and others     Yes
Export all bank names in Reaper name format Yes
Export all bank names in ACID patch name xml file format     Yes
Custom name export supports extended output for data such as Korg Kronos' Set Lists (128 banks with 128 references each)     Yes
Enhanced drag and drop support ensures SysEx data is directed to the correct Set editor Yes Yes Yes
Faster display and editing with Midi Quest's new messaging engine Yes Yes Yes
New context sensitive Settings dialog shows only the parameters you need to see Yes Yes Yes
Improved handling of missing linked files   Yes Yes
Enhanced graphics (courtesy of Psicraft)
Yes Yes Yes

Bank Editor Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Export bank names in Logic Environment files   Yes Yes
Export bank names in Reaper (.ReaBank) name format   Yes Yes
Customized parent-child tracking calculates relationships 1000x faster making this information immediately available   Yes Yes
Drag and Drop .syx and .mid files directly into Bank editor windows   Yes Yes
Enhanced patch generator tools provide improved results Yes Yes Yes
Parent/Child auditioning mode - child patches are transmitted to the instrument as well as the auditioned patch   Yes Yes
Parent/Child download mode - transmitting Patches to an instrument also transmits all required child patches required to ensure integrity of the data   Yes Yes
Chunk select - Select a chunk of Patches with a single click Yes Yes Yes
Ctrl-click to toggle the chunk's select state Yes Yes Yes
Copy all Patch names to the computer clipboard to easily paste the names into any other application or document   Yes Yes
Properties - each individual patch in a bank now has its own unique, editable keys and properties   Yes Yes
New context sensitive Settings dialog only shows the parameters you need to see   Yes Yes
Updated interface
  Yes Yes

Parameter Editor Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Opening editors is now up to 8x faster by taking full advantage of multi-core processors Yes Yes Yes
Editor scrolling reduced - all large Midi Quest editors have been redesigned to optimally display in standard 1920 x 1050 monitors Yes Yes Yes
All standard editors feature a new darker, transparent skin for improved parameter display and visibility Yes Yes Yes
Plug-in Automation manager     Yes
Remote editing using NRPN values - now both CC values and NRPN values can be assigned to each editor control for remote editing Yes Yes
CC and NRPN associations display - MQ creates a document showing CC and NRPN assignments   Yes Yes
Storing a Patch to a bank can also automatically update the instrument (forced synchronized behavior)   Yes Yes
Improved text interpretation when converting text to numeric values in an editor making keyboard entry of patch parameters faster, more accurate, and easier Yes Yes Yes
Touch Screen support - Midi Quest has been enhanced with Windows touchscreen support   Yes Yes
Multi-Touch screen support - Midi Quest editors offer multi-touch editing for Windows allowing simultaneous editing of multiple parameters (e.g., level sliders)   Yes Yes
Left handed touch support - specific modifications for left handed touch editing   Yes Yes
Block Copy/Swap implementations and enhancements added to many instruments including: Yamaha Motif series, Korg Trinity series, Korg Triton series   Yes Yes
Context sensitive Block Copy/Swap button interface allows for fast copying of patch segments without using the block copy/swap dialog   Yes Yes
Block Copy Templates allow you to save your favorite setups for envelopes, oscillators, or any other Block and use them as a starting point for future patch development   Yes Yes
Block Copy now shares data between editors - for example, a Kronos effect can be copied from the Program editor to the Combi editor using the Clipboard or Templates   Yes Yes
Remote CC editing triggers an update when status bar mode is selected   Yes Yes
Controls with style icon always enter editing mode when the icon is clicked on Yes Yes Yes
Import a compatible .syx or .mid file directly into an editor by dragging and dropping the file from the file manager/explorer   Yes Yes
Enhanced editor backgrounds and transparency capabilities   Yes Yes
Faster editor operation resulting from a new message processing engine Yes Yes Yes
Remote editing support added for: Yamaha DX7, DX5, TX7, TX812, TX816, DX1, DX21, DX27, DX100, TX81Z, DX11, V50 Yes Yes Yes
Remote editing support added for: Roland A-50, A-80, A-880, CM-32L, CM32-p, CM-64, D-10, D-110, D-20, D2 Yes Yes Yes
New context sensitive Settings dialog only shows the parameters you need to see Yes Yes Yes
New Instrument support added for: Yamaha DX9, Kawai XS-1 Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced MQ11 skin (courtesy of Psicraft)
Yes Yes Yes

Collection Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Set integration - store any number of Sets in a Collection and use Collections to completely update your MIDI system   Yes Yes
Parent/child Drag and Drop support ensures child patches are also copied when moving bank elements between Collection Sets and individual Sets   Yes Yes
Bidirectional column sorting (A-Z, Z-A)   Yes Yes
Added new Properties columns (Author, Song, Musician, Band, Long Name, Copyright) to the interface Yes Yes
Export Collection properties as a tab delineated text for printing or Database management   Yes Yes
Improved handling of broken links   Yes Yes
Added new "Uses" column to display the names of child patches used by a parent patch   Yes Yes
Double click on patch in bank now opens the patch in a separate editor in the Collection   Yes Yes
A Collection has been added as an additional storage area for each instrument plug-in   Yes Yes
1-click on a patch in a plug-in collection to audition it   Yes Yes
Double click on a patch in a plug-in collection to copy it into the Set for editing   Yes Yes
New context sensitive Settings dialog only shows the parameters you need to see   Yes Yes
Updated interface
  Yes Yes

Library Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Added new Properties columns (Author, Song, Musician, Band, Long Name, Copyright) to the interface   Yes Yes
Enhanced Query function incorporates searches based on Properties parameters   Yes Yes
Multi-threaded library queries allow you to keep working in Midi Quest while a Query proceeds   Yes Yes
Multi-library queries are executed significantly faster on multi-core computers   Yes Yes
Export Library properties as a tab delineated text for printing or Database management   Yes Yes
Improved handling of broken links   Yes Yes
Library defaults to opening in list instead of edit mode   Yes Yes
New context sensitive Settings dialog only shows the parameters you need to see   Yes Yes
Updated interface
  Yes Yes

Midi Quest VST, AU, MFX, OPT, and Studio Connections Plug-in Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
New Automation Manager manages VST and AU plug-in parameters - display all parameters for automation or selectively choose the ones you want     Yes
Since many instruments have hundreds or thousands of automatable parameters, the Automation Manager allows you to reduce this to the customized group you require     Yes
Integrated support for Steinberg's vstxml file format allows plug-ins to provide meaningful parameter value ranges and names when editing automation from within Cubase     Yes
All plug-ins now feature automation support with the editor open or closed     Yes
Multi editor plug-ins (any MQ instrument module with multiple editors) now list all automatable parameters regardless of which editor is currently displayed     Yes
MQ 10's two plug-in Preferences dialogs have been unified into a single Preferences in v11 greatly simplifying setup and configuration     Yes
Smart-scroll support for small screen computers     Yes
Improved MIDI routing     Yes
Macintosh - VST and AU plug-ins are now created on a per user basis
    Yes

Psicraft Editors MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
All Psicraft Vyzor and Vyzex editors can be installed and used like any other Midi Quest 11 instrument module Yes Yes Yes
Each editor can take advantage of the advanced Midi Quest integrated environment Yes Yes Yes
Vyzor and Vyzex editors support the following hardware: Yes Yes Yes
Yamaha: MX49, MX61 Yes Yes Yes
Alesis: Vortex Keytar controller Yes Yes Yes
M-Audio: Venom Yes Yes Yes
Dave Smith Instruments: Evolver, Poly Evolver Yes Yes Yes
Akai: EWI4000S, MPD24, MPD26, MPK49, MPD32, MPK88, MPK61, MPK25 Yes Yes Yes
Line 6: Pocket POD, Floor POD Plus, POD 2.0 Yes Yes Yes
TC Electronic: G-Sharp, G-System, M350, G-Major 2 Yes Yes Yes
Roland: VC-1 Yes Yes Yes
TC Helicon: Voice One, VoiceWorks, VoiceLive, VoicePro, VoiceDoubler, VoiceWorksPlus, VoiceLive 2, VoiceLive Touch Yes Yes Yes
       
With the exception of the Dave Smith editors, each can be downloaded from the respective company's web site, installed, then installed into Midi Quest
Yes Yes Yes

Patch Name and SysEx Data Export Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Modal Patch Name Exports for instruments that support multiple modes   Yes Yes
Logic Environment - Create Logic Environment files with Patch Names, supports Modal Patch Name exports with up to 15 banks per mode type     Yes
Reaper - Export Patch names in Reaper's .Reabank file format     Yes
ProTools - Export Patch names in midnam xml format - added support for modal patch name exports, switch to create specially customized midnam files for ProTools     Yes
Performer - Export Patch names in midnam xml format - added support for modal patch name exports     Yes
Sonar - Export Patch names in .ins format - added support for modal patch name exports by creating multiple .ins files - one per mode Yes Yes
Cubase - Export Patch names in Patchscript format - added support for modal patch name exports   Yes Yes
ACID - Export Patch names in Sony's PatchMap.xml file format     Yes
New custom Patch name interface adds support for specially customized patch name output - currently supported by Kronos to export Set List patch names     Yes
Export Sets as VST .fxb files     Yes
Macintosh - Midi Quest Pro automatically creates a matching .middev files when writing midnam files (required by ProTools)
    Yes

MIDI Communication and Monitoring Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Support for real time connection and disconnection of USB MIDI interfaces (when supported by USB MIDI Driver software) Yes Yes Yes
Instrument specific download monitors allow SysEx transfers to multiple instruments while editing Yes Yes Yes
Copy MIDI and SysEx data to the clipboard for transfer to other MIDI applications   Yes Yes
Real time monitoring of VST and AU automation messages
    Yes

Editor Development Enhancements MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
4 New Controls for creating editor modules     Yes
Block Copy control interfaces with Block Copy/Swap data to immediately display a menu of options to copy from, copy to, or swap with     Yes
Help control - displays a button allowing any pdf manual to be opened to any page (page selection only available on Windows)     Yes
Multi Toggle control - a more advanced toggle control displaying four possible graphic states     Yes
Grid control - includes the same features as the Tab control except with a grid instead of a linear display     Yes
Button control - new default display     Yes
Transparency support - most controls have been further enhanced to support alpha channel transparency     Yes
Dozens of new macro commands
    Yes

Miscellaneous MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Midi Quest support board at support.soundquest.org Yes Yes Yes
Midi Quest html help system is now available online Yes Yes Yes
Midi Quest pdf manual has been expanded to include all information previously included in help files - the manual is now over 900 pages Yes Yes Yes
Simplified setup - patch bay support is disabled and hidden by default as patch bays are rarely used now   Yes Yes
Optimized file format to save disk space Yes Yes Yes
Manual .syx and .mid SysEx downloads now includes a MIDI port selector   Yes Yes
Preferences are automatically saved after each editing session Yes Yes Yes
Windows: instrument modules are stored on a per user basis to meet current Microsoft security requirements Yes Yes Yes
Macintosh: instrument modules are stored on a per user basis to meet current Apple security requirements Yes Yes Yes
Customized MQSkins.ini and MQKeys.ini files are not overwritten by subsequent program installations   Yes Yes
Improved MIDI Thru options reduce the possibility of MIDI loops Yes Yes Yes
Supports multiple instruments of the same type - handles up to 255 instances of the same MIDI device or instrument
Yes Yes Yes
Visit Sound Quest's YouTube Channel to watch Midi Quest video tutorials      

OS Platform Support MQ Essentials Midi
Quest
Midi Quest Pro
Supported Windows x86 (32-bit Windows) releases: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP Yes Yes Yes
Supported Windows x64 (64-bit Windows) releases: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP Yes Yes Yes
Supported Macintosh OS X releases: 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5 Yes Yes Yes
Midi Quest Pro x64 supports: Windows 8 x64, Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, XP x64     Yes
       
Macintosh: AU and VST plug-ins are now installed to the appropriate user AU and VST folders in accordance with Apple's current security requirements     Yes
Macintosh: Midi Quest automatically generates MIDI Device definition files in case they are needed by Performer or ProTools to correctly import the midnam xml files     Yes
Windows: storage of program configuration files meet new Windows 8  / Windows 7 location requirements
Yes Yes Yes

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