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Selecting a Style And Exporting It To a PC

Up to now, I haven't been able to find a way of selecting a style using Sonar but have used the following work-around for doing this.

I'll keep working on this issue, as this way of doing it, isn't by any means ideal, but it's a start.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of the system exclusive messages used to select the styles, multipads and voices is virtually nil, but with this knowledge, it is probably possible to make changes during playback of a file from within sonar or other sequencing packages, by way of system exclusive messages inserted into the file as sysX events. These can then be viewed in the event list for any given MIDI channel.

The exception to all this, of course is controller and voice Patch changes, which are quite easy to deal with, using controller and patch change events.

If there's another way of being able to have sonar select the style etc, when playing back a MIDI file, at the time of writing this document, I'm not aware of it, but would welcome information on any alternative methods for achieving it. For now though, you can try the following.

For information regarding the location of buttons on the T3's panel, see Wally's Panel Button Chart.

1. Create a new song; see my document on the subject of Recording a NewSong
but don't actually play any notes as shown in the above document.

2. When the Keyboard is set up with the intro, style, multipads and voices for all the parts you wish to use at the beginning of the song, press the record button, left section, (row 1, button 7), and play a chord with the left and any note with the right hand.

3. If the song you are creating has an intro, hold the left hand chord until the style itself comes in, and then release it. If your song starts with the style, e.g. no intro, press and release the chord immediately. The right hand note can be pressed and released immediately in both instances.

4. Press the stop button, (left section, row 1, button 8).

5. Save the file to the hard disk or a USB memory stick, se my document Recording a New Song
for details on how to do this.

6. Transfer the file called new song.mid to your PC, see my document How To View The Contents Of The T3's hard disk
for details on how to do this.

7. If all has gone according to plan, when you open the file in your sequencer, you will be asked if you want to send the system exclusive data to the keyboard. Answer yes and the set-up of the T3 should be exactly as you want it to be for the song.

8. If you examine the file in your sequencer, you will see that all 16 MIDI channels have been assigned to a track of their own. You can now clear the note data from each track leaving you a project that has the style, multipad and initial voice information but no note or controller information and can begin constructing your song.

Note: the channel assignments are set to those given in my document All Parts MIDI Assignments

Note: if you wish, you can play the song in a single take and all the controller and note data together with the system exclusive information will be in a single file. You can then edit this in your sequencer.

While recording, you can insert breaks, style changes/variations, multipad changes, voice changes, turn parts on or off, in fact, any item that relies on system data, as you play and the data will be stored in the resulting file.

Note: the system exclusive data can be viewed and edited in sonar, by opening the system exclusive viewer from the view menu.

Note: When clearing event data from a track when viewing a file in your sequencing package, don't use the wipe track feature as this clears everything out of the track leaving it completely empty.

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