Alesis DATADISK User Manual

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ALESIS

Data Disk

Reference Manual

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................

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FEATURES................................................................................................................

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HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL ...................................................................................

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SECTION 1

 

DATADISK QUICK START...............................................................................

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TO FORMAT A DISK .................................................................................................

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RECEIVING ONE MIDI DATA FILE FOR STORAGE.................................................

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RECEIVING MULTIPLE MIDI DATA FILES FOR STORAGE.....................................

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SENDING A SINGLE STORED FILE .........................................................................

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SENDING MULTIPLE STORED FILES ......................................................................

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SECTION 2

 

DESCRIPTION OF CONTROLS .......................................................................

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FRONT PANEL..........................................................................................................

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3 1/2" DISK DRIVE ........................................................................................

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LCD DISPLAY ...............................................................................................

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SCROLL........................................................................................................

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NAME............................................................................................................

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RECEIVE ......................................................................................................

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SEND ............................................................................................................

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DELETE ........................................................................................................

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BACKUP .......................................................................................................

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DO/YES.........................................................................................................

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REQUEST.....................................................................................................

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INFO .............................................................................................................

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MIDI ..............................................................................................................

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FORMAT .......................................................................................................

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POWER ........................................................................................................

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BACKPANEL .............................................................................................................

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MIDI IN..........................................................................................................

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MIDI OUT ......................................................................................................

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POWER ........................................................................................................

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DATADISK FRONT AND BACK PANEL ....................................................................

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SECTION 3

 

INTERFACING DATADISK...............................................................................

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DATADISK CONNECTED TO A SINGLE MIDI DEVICE............................................

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HANDSHAKING ............................................................................................

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DATADISK USED TO STOREHR-16/MMT-8SEQUENCES.....................................

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DATADISK IN A MORE COMPLEX MIDI SETUP ......................................................

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SECTION 4

 

DATADISK FUNCTIONS ..................................................................................

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THEORY OF OPERATION ........................................................................................

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SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE...................................................................................

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RECEIVE MODES.........................................................................................

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SOFTWARE FUNCTIONS.........................................................................................

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RECEIVE MIDI DATA FUNCTION.................................................................

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RECV ONE SYSEX ..........................................................................

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RECV MULT SYSEX.........................................................................

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SEND MIDI DATA FUNCTIONS ....................................................................

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SEND FILE XXXXXX YYYYYY ZZZZZZZZ .......................................

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SEND ALL FILES..............................................................................

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DELETE FILE FROM DISK FUNCTION ........................................................

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DEL NNNKXXXXXX YYYYYY ZZZZZZZZ ............................

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DELETE ALL FILES..........................................................................

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DISK BACKUP FUNCTIONS.........................................................................

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BACKUP XXXXXX YYYYYY ZZZZZZZZ ...........................................

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BACKUP ALL FILES .........................................................................

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BACKUP TO MIDI.............................................................................

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REQUEST FUNCTION..................................................................................

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REQUEST SAMPLE DUMP XX ........................................................

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REQUEST SYSEX FOR YYYYYY ....................................................

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DISK INFO FUNCTION .................................................................................

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XX FILES = ZZZ% YYY Kbytes free..................................................

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NNNNN XXXXXX YYYYYY ZZZZZZZZ .............................................

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SOFTWARE VERSION ....................................................................

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MIDI FUNCTIONS .........................................................................................

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MIDI ECHO.......................................................................................

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RCV PROGRAM CHANGE ...............................................................

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FORMAT DISK FUNCTION...........................................................................

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NAME FILE FUNCTION ................................................................................

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RENAME XXXXXX YYYYYY ZZZZZZZZ...........................................

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SELECT CHARACTER .....................................................................

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DISK STATUS AND INFO MESSAGES.....................................................................

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NO DISK IN DRIVE .......................................................................................

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DISK UNFORMATTED..................................................................................

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DISK WRITE PROTECTED...........................................................................

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DISK EMPTY.................................................................................................

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DISK FULL ....................................................................................................

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OPERATION ABORTED ...............................................................................

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DUPLICATE FILE NAME...............................................................................

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MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FILES ....................................................................

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NOT ENOUGH DISK SPACE ........................................................................

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MIDI OVERFLOW TRY RECV MULT ............................................................

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ERROR IN SYSEX ERROR ON DISK ...........................................................

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TARGET UNIT NOT RESPONDING .............................................................

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SECTION 5

 

OPERATION .....................................................................................................

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TO FORMAT A DISK .................................................................................................

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TO RECEIVE A FILE .................................................................................................

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TO RECEIVE MULTIPLE FILES ................................................................................

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TO REQUEST A DUMP.............................................................................................

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PRODUCT SPECIFIC DUMP REQUEST...................................................................

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TO RENAME A FILE..................................................................................................

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TO SEND A FILE .......................................................................................................

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TO SEND ALL FILES.................................................................................................

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TO DELETE (ERASE) A FILE FROM DISK ...............................................................

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TO DELETE (ERASE) ALL FILES FROM DISK .........................................................

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TO SET MIDI ECHO ..................................................................................................

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TO SET UP A MIDI PROGRAM CHANGE .................................................................

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TO DISPLAY AVAILABLE DISK SPACE....................................................................

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TO DISPLAY FILE INFORMATION............................................................................

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TO BACKUP A FILE ..................................................................................................

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TO BACKUP AN ENTIRE DISK .................................................................................

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TO BACKUP AN ENTIRE DISK OVER MIDI TO ANOTHER DATADISK ...................

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SECTION 6

 

REAL-TIMEMIDI SEQUENCE PLAYBACK .....................................................

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TO RECEIVE A MIDI SEQUENCE ................................................................

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TO SEND A MIDI SEQUENCE......................................................................

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SYNCING DATADISK TO A SEQUENCER...................................................

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APPLICATIONS ............................................................................................

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STORAGE OF DATADISK MIDI SETUP PER DISK .....................................

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TO STORE THE DATADISK.........................................................................

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SECTION 7

 

APPENDEX.......................................................................................................

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TROUBLESHOOTING ...............................................................................................

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PROBLEM SAVING TO DISK .......................................................................

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RECEIVING INSTRUMENT WON'T RECEIVE..............................................

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SPECIFICATIONS .....................................................................................................

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BOOKS ON MIDI .......................................................................................................

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VIDEOS ON MIDI ......................................................................................................

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AlesisDATADISK

Direct MIDI to Disk/Universal Data Storage

USERS MANUAL

INTRODUCTION

Alesis DATADISK

Direct MIDI to Disk /Universal Data Storage

INTRODUCTION

The DATADISK is areal-timeMIDI data storage and retrieval unit capable of storing 800K bytes of data onto a 3 1/2" floppy diskette. Unlike similar units which store data to a large RAM (Random Access Memory) buffer before processing, data inDATADISK is stored and retrieved directly from disk so there is no waiting for large RAM buffers to fill.

The disk functions are used to transfer data between the disk drive and MIDI. Because the disk size is fixed, data can not exceed

800K bytes. Each disk can hold 53 MIDI data files, but the total size of the data cannot exceed the maximum disk size, or 800K.

As an additional benefit, DATADISK is universal in that it will read virtually all manufacturers system exclusive data without updating software.

A large 16 character by 2 line LCD display is fitted to make the functions and operations faster, easier, and less cryptic.

FEATURES

Instantly expands memory of any synthesizer or sequencer, drum machine, or effects processor

Easier, safer, and faster than tape backup

Will store MIDI System Exclusive data from virtually any manufacturer

Uses standard 3 1/2" floppy diskettes

Stores up to 800K of data per disk

SEND ALL command allows sending stored data to all MIDI devices in your systems at once

INTRODUCTION

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

Since a musician's time is better spent making music than reading manuals, we've tried to make this manual not only easy to use, but also fast and easy to find things when you need to. Therefore, the manual is broken down to 6 major sections, of which Section 5 will be probably be referred to the most. They are:

SECTION 1 - QUICKSTART

This section tells you how to use the most frequently needed operations. If you have to use your DATADISK now but don't have the time to read the entire manual, Section 1 will quickly guide you through.

SECTION 2 - DESCRIPTION OF CONTROLS

This section gives a brief explanation of all front panel and rear panel controls and indicators.

SECTION 3 - INTERFACING DATADISK

Section 3 deals with the interfacing of DATADISK to another MIDI device or into a MIDI system.

SECTION 4 - DATADISK FUNCTIONS

Section 4 gives an overview of the software functions and pages of

DATADISK .

SECTION 5 - OPERATION

This section will probably be the most used part of the manual as it describes how to execute every function in a step by step manner.

Actual display readouts of DATADISK are also included.

SECTION 6 - REAL-TIMEMIDI SEQUENCE PLAYBACK

This section decribes the DataDisk's Real-TimeMIDI sequence recording and playback functions.

SECTION 7 - APPENDIX

Section 6 provides a simple troubleshooting guide and operational specifications for DATADISK.

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SECTION 1

SECTION 1

DATADISK QUICK START

TO FORMAT A DISK

DATADISK will use any standard 3 1/2" double sided, double density floppy diskette, but first the disk must be customized for use in

DATADISK . This is called "Formatting".

1)Insert Disk

2)Press the FORMAT button. The display will read:

"FORMAT DISK?".

3)Press the DO/YES button. The display will read: "ARE

YOU SURE?"

4)Press the DO/YES button again to initiate formatting.

DATADISK will proceed to format the disk and will tell you what its doing.

5)When formatting is complete, the display will return to

"FORMAT DISK?" once again. You can now begin a Receive operation by pressing the RECEIVE button.

RECEIVING ONE MIDI DATA FILE FOR STORAGE

1)Press the RECEIVE button. The display will read "RECV

ONE SYSEX: WAITING FOR DATA".

2)Send the MIDI exclusive file from the sequencer, synthesizer, or sampler. The display will tell you that it's receiving the data.

3)When the transmission is complete, the DATADISK will display that the file has been stored and assign a file number.

RECEIVING MULTIPLE MIDI DATA FILES FOR STORAGE

1)Press the RECEIVE buttontwice. The display will read

"RECV MULT SYSEX: WAITING FOR DATA".

QUICK START

2)Send the MIDI exclusive files from the sequencer, synthesizer, or sampler. The display will tell you that it's receiving the data.

3)At the end of the data transmission, the DATADISK will ask if the file is complete. Send more data or press theYES button to store all of the data received into one file.

SENDING A SINGLE STORED FILE

1)Press the SEND button. The display will show a file.

2)Press SCROLL UP orSCROLL DOWN button until the desired program is displayed.

3)Press the DO/YES button to send the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Files are displayed alphabetically by manufacturer, product, and user name.

SENDING MULTIPLE STORED FILES

1)Press the SEND buttontwice. The display will ask "SEND

ALL FILES?".

2)Press the DO/YES button to begin transmission of the files.The display will show each file as it is sent.

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