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#15398 - 11/16/01 01:41 AM GEM Equinox OS update request: add your wish!
JoostMerema Offline

Registered: 02/22/00
Posts: 92
Loc: Netherlands
Hi again!

1) Does anyone around here which person in the GEM organisation I should sent the following list of wishes for an OS update.

2) Here is my list; please please add yours to! Let's make it long

Dear GEM, please
1 ADD an option to rename a block on the harddisk. There is now only a load, save and erase function. A rename function would be welcome.

2 ADD an option to use a sound as source for a new template, copying the settings of effects from that sound to the new performance. In that way I would be able for example to keep the strings effects, but put a nice piano on top of it, without making a complete make-over to keep that strings effect as in the Sound -> Hope it is clear what I mean.

3 Optimise the sound loading proces. And I mean the loading of WK4 files as object of that. When loading WK4 sounds, 50% is corrupt, I get a funkgitar + warmpad sound mixed with the sample, without an extra layer in the Sound Edit menu (I tried if the Equinox added new layers with those sounds, but that wasn't the case.).

4 Make the Equinox compatible with loading User Drumkits from Wk4 series. Now, I have a drumkit sound (it is being recognized), but the drumkit sound is empty, I have strange links to other sounds eg a C2 would be a bassdrum, but now it is a sitar sound?!

5 ......<>........ That was it for me right now

Add your own here please!


I think I'll stick with my Equinox and WK4 -

#15399 - 11/17/01 11:33 AM Re: GEM Equinox OS update request: add your wish!

Hi Joost,

Thanks for your input. I agree with all of your suggestions. Unfortunately, at the moment the Equinox lab is being used for the Genesys project and we are flat out working on this new instrument.

Of the points you mentioned, number 2 and 4 would be useful additions and there is currently no way to work around them on the instrument that I know of. As for numbers 1 and 3, there are work arounds;

For block rename, simply save an empty block with the desired new name. Then load the block you want to re-name and re-save it into the same position as the empty block you saved at the beginning. The original block can then be deleted. I realize that this is not as simple as the BLOCK RENAME function on the WK series but it does work.

Personally, for hard disk management, I use a little device from H45 Electronics, ( which connects to your USB port and allows you to plug in your 2.5 HD from the Equinox, (or WK/SK) and use it just like a second hard drive on your PC. In this way you can easily rename, copy and backup your Equinox/WK/SK hard disk blocks from Windows.

As for your point #3, there is a solution. For some reason, when loading sound scripts from the WK series, the Equinox sometimes generates these "phantom sounds" you desribed. These are actually held over from PERFORMANCE mode and are not technically inside the imported WK sound. Try this: after you've loaded your sound from the WK, instead of selecting it under the SAMPLES button, try selecting it in PERFORMANCE mode. Take a single sound performance like THE PIANIST (#6) and then substitute the piano sound in track 1 for the newly imported sound, (which will be in one of the USER banks). You should now hear your WK sound with no additional interference.

To hear the sound correctly in SAMPLES mode, switch to PERFORM and reduce the volume of all 16 tracks to zero with the sliders. Then switch back to SAMPLES and try your sound. It should be ok. If you want, you can also program one of the USER panel buttons to automate this operation for you. Press USER, then select EDIT (F1) and press any button under the sliders. Edit the button's values as follows:

MODE: Internal
FUNCTION: Controller
DATA 1: 7, (Volume)
DATA 2: 0
PART#: Highlight every track.

This user panel button can now be used as your "INSTANT WK SOUND FIX" button.

Hope this helps. Thanks again for your input.


#15400 - 12/27/01 08:40 AM Re: GEM Equinox OS update request: add your wish!
Equinox61user Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 15
Hi Chris, Joost,

Great to finally see a workaround for the sample-playing problem. I had the same with a sample coming from the S2 Turbo.

I have one other thing, and that's related to the recording of a song using a piano sound with the Physical Modelling damper effect on - it refuses to play it properly back after recording. Any ideas????????




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