Creating MIDI Loops on an Alesis QS

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    Creating MIDI Loops on an Alesis QS 7.1 Using “Fruity Loops”, Soundbridge, Exact Audio Copy and Yamaha Wave Editor on a PC is as easy as ABCD or CDAB (“C” and/or “D” can be done before “A” and/or “B”.)

    A.) Steps to Create a MIDI File using “Fruity Loops”:

    1. Install the “Fruity Loops” software from the “Fruity Loops” web site or from the store-bought package.
    Create or import a MIDI Loop into “Fruity Loops”
    2. Go to the “Sample Browser” and select “Plug-in Databases” then select “Generator”, then select “Misc”, then Select “MIDI Out”.
    3. Right-drag “MIDI Out” over to each channel heading in the “Step Sequencer” that you intend on exporting a MIDI Channel for.
    4. Set each MIDI Channel to the channel you want it to play on the keyboard
    5. Set each patch in the “MIDI Outs” to the “USER” PROGRAM you want it to play on your keyboard

    B, C and D will be in Follow-up Posts
    6. Select “File”, then “Export” , then “MIDI File”.
    7. Select a location to save the file and give it a name.
    8. Save the file and select “Go” when the “Rendering Window” comes up.
    9. You now have a MIDI file to export into the QS 7.1.
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    Fruity Loops is now called FL Studio. It is a great Program!
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    B.) Steps to send the MIDI File into the QS 7.1 using Soundbridge:

    1. Install the “Soundbridge” Software and the Alesis QS “Drivers” that came with your QS (also on the Alesis Web Site)
    2. Open Soundbridge and select “File”, then “Add Files”.
    3. Go to the location where your MIDI Loop is stored and select the file.
    4. Click “Done”
    5. Save the Soundbridge Project File in a folder with all your sounds, loops, etc. that you intend on sending to your QS.
    6. Set-up the QS 7.1 by pressing “Edit Select”, then “Bank >”, then “page >” and go to page 7. Press “Value” until you get “MIDI ON”, press “Bank >”, again and go to page 15. Press “Value” until you get the correct Baud Rate for your PC (Most PC’s are 38.4k).
    7. Now, right-click “Project”, then “Send to Synthesizer” to send the file to the QS.
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    C.) Steps to set-up the QS 7.1 to play your loops:

    1. Press “Mix” Play mode.
    2. Select a mix on the user bank to play your MIDI Loop
    3. Press “PAGE” until you select a MIDI Channel in the MIX that corresponds to a MIDI Channel in your MIDI Loop that you previously set-up in “Fruity Loops”
    4. Press “Value” until you get to the correct “User” program that corresponds to the “Patch” that you previously set-up for that MIDI Channel in “Fruity Loops”
    5. Switch to the “Program” Mode.
    6. Press “EDIT SELLECT”, then press “Page” until you get to “Group”, then press “value” until you get to the right Group, then press “PAGE >” once, then press “VALUE” until you get to the right sound within the group.
    7. Follow steps 3 through 6 for each MIDI Channel in your Loop.
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    D.) Steps to put new sounds on your QS:

    1. Record sound from a guitar, drum, etc. onto your computer or use a Digital Recorder and put the sound on a CD, or use an existing Wave File and put that on a CD.
    2. If the file is on a CD, open it up in “Exact Audio Copy” and copy it to a Wave format compatible with Soundbridge and “Yamaha Wave Editor”
    3. Open the Wave file up in “Yamaha Wave Editor” and trim off any excess length of file, so the sound will be immediate, when it is played. (Other useful things can be done to the file in Yamaha Wave Editor, depending on your needs.)
    4. Open Soundbridge and select an “empty” Group folder. Click on Project and then “Rename Group” and give the group a name.
    5. Click on “File”, then “Add Files”.
    6. Go to the location where your Wave file is stored and select the file.
    7. Click “Done”
    8. Save the Soundbridge Project File in a folder with all your sounds, loops, etc. that you intend on sending to your QS. It’s a good Idea to back-up all the files on a CD for later use.
    9. After you have all your loops sounds, etc. in Soundbridge, right-click “Project”, then “Send to Synthesizer” to send all the files to the QS.

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