Contents of the READ.ME file
X-or: A System Exclusive Orchestrator/ Editor/ Librarian.
by Caged Artist Productions, for Dr. T's Music Software.
This is an X-or demo disk.
X-or runs under the MS-Windows environment. The package comes with a
Runtime version of Windows (2.11). This way, you can use X-or even
if you don't own Windows. This demo does not contain the Runtime
Windows in order to save space.
X-or may be the beginning of the end of Editor/Librarian programs as
we now know them. Until now, these programs have been written for
a single instrument. X-or does everything a good Editor/Librarian
program should do, including a database style librarian and many
automatic patch creation tools, and it does it for every instrument
in your arsenal. In fact, its integrated design makes your entire
MIDI setup look like one big, multi-faceted instrument.
With a programmable MIDI switcher accepting MIDI program
change commands (such as those by J.L. Cooper, 360 Systems,
KMX, Digital Music, etc.) XOR completely takes over and makes
"hands-off" operation a reality. The X-or user dosn't have to
sidetrack a musical thought to deal with equipment; everything
in the studio is controlled by the fast and intuitive X-or interface.
Consider this: XOR's list price is only $325 (U.S.); about the same
price as two of our older patch editors. Is it worth it? We
certainly think so. Judge for yourself with this demo!
The Demo on this disk (XORDEMO.EXE) is almost the same as Version
1.1 of X-or, except that none of the MIDI functions work (except for
Mouse Play). X-or comes with a program that configures it for any MIDI
system, and a whole disk of Profiles (files which support a specific
instrument) covering many of the more popular instruments.
Our X-or Profile Editor (which we call E-or) allows us to rapidly
generate Profiles for instruments. Caged Artist/ Dr. T's is
working hard to insure that X-or covers as many instruments
as possible, as soon as possible. E-or is not yet available
to the general public, but we will send it to registered users as
soon as it is available.
So much has gone into X-or that it is almost impossible to come
up with a complete list of all its features, but here are a few -
maybe you'll find more when you run the DEMO:
XOR Integrated features:
-Any instrument in your MIDI system is always one click away.
A click in the Performance window displays the banks, library,
and edit window for the chosen patch.
-A Performance is a group of patches and banks, which together
form a snapshot of your entire MIDI setup. If your entire
setup were one instrument, the Performance would be one patch
and one bank. In X-or, Performances may be Loaded, Saved,
Sent or Received. This lets you save the state of your entire
system, and later get it back exactly the way you left it.
-Profiles for Multi-timbral instruments are able to support
different instrument modes, and many automatic features are
available to aid in multi-timbre programmming.
XOR Librarian features:
-Single Patch files, Bank files, and Library files for
each instrument, all with comments.
-The Library/Database file may include as many patches as
your disk will allow.
-Library entries include the date of creation, and may be
sorted by date, as well as alphabetically. Each library
patch also has eight "keyword" attributes -- words which
describe the catagory, quality, and techical aspects of
-The "Find" command searches the Library for patches with
certain keywords and/or text (either in the name or the
comment). A bank of "found" patches may be created, or
the "Show Some" command may be used to show only the "found"
patches in the normal Library window.
-The list of keywords is user-programmable, with almost any
word processor, and may be extended to include project names,
or instrument-specific parameter settings, or whatever
you need to more effectively organize your patches.
-Four Banks per instrument may be open concurrently, up
to the limit of available computer memory. Patches may
be Copied, Swapped or Moved by dragging them between banks.
-Bank patch lists expand to fill the available window space -
by "full-ing" the bank window, you can see as many patch names
as will fit on the screen.
XOR's Editing features include:
-A Patch Edit Window, where patches may be edited with
a variety of sliders, buttons, and graphic envelope
-Transplant, which copies sections of data between
patches (for example, a D-110 partial, or DX-7 operator).
A transplant can be made to the patch you're editing,
or to an entire bank of patches (to change the pitch
bend on every patch to 2 semitones, for example).
-Randomization, with a mask. This is our standard
randomization routine, except that in X-or an entire bank of
patches is created when you use this command. Only the
parameters you choose to randomize are affected.
-Blending and Mingling are ways of combining two patches
to make a patch. Blending averages the parameter data,
while Mingling uses a probability scheme to copy parameters.
Both can use a mask to affect only certain parameters. With
these commands, you can get anything from a bank of smooth
transitions, to completely random combinations.
A MIDI file player is also included in the program so you can preview
your edits in context with the song you are working on.
Supported instruments as of 11/14/90 include:
Alesis HR-16, Quadraverb,
Casio CZ-101/1000, CZ-5000, CZ-1, VZ1, VZ10m
Digital Music MX-8,
E-MU Proteus1, Proteus XR
Ensoniq ESQ-1, ESQ-M, SQ-80, VFXsd
J.L.Cooper MSB+ (version 2),
Kawai K1, K5 (Librarian), K4
KMX MIDI Central,
Korg DW-6000, DW-8000, EX-8000, M1, M1R, M1rEX, M3r, T1, T2, T3,
DVP1, Z3, Poly6, DSS1, Korg707
Lexicon LXP-1, LXP-5, PCM-70,
Oberheim Matrix-6, 6r, 1000, Xpander & Matrix-12 (Librarian)
Rane MPE14, MPE28, MPE47
Roland D-10/20, D-110, D-50/550, MT-32, GM-70, GP8, DVP-1, R-8,
MKS20, MKS70, MKS80, Juno 106, Alpha Juno1, CM32P,
Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, -600, Six-Track, Drumtrax, Max
360 Systems 8x8 MIDI Patcher,
Yamaha DX-7, TX-7/TF-1/TX-216/TX-816, DX-7II, TX-81Z, FB-01,
V-50, DX-100, RX-11, SPX90II, TX802, DMP7(librarian)
We have many more on the way, so if you don't see your instrument
here, give us a call.
Once you've experienced XOR, I know you'll agree that it is an
essential tool for anyone with MIDI equipment. When you're actually
creating music, normal Editor/Librarians can't even come close.
If you have questions about XOR, please write:
Dr. T's Music Software, 100 Crescent Road, Suite1B
Needham, MA. 02194
Phone: (617)455-1454 FAX: (617)455-1460