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Computer-based WSA-editors

Looking for computer-based editors and found the following: SEInstall21f.exe: a Windows program (Windows 95?), don't have Windows yet, but the file is only 24k in size, unlikely it's a true editor. SEv30bf.exe: this may be another dated version of t…

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Computer-based WSA-editors

resyn

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Looking for computer-based editors and found the following:

SEInstall21f.exe: a Windows program (Windows 95?), don't have Windows yet, but the file is only 24k in size, unlikely it's a true editor.

SEv30bf.exe: this may be another dated version of the above, 52k so slightly larger, still unlikely to have true editing capability.

The soundman.exe file: with all its ancillary files about 650kb, if very efficiently programmed perhaps an editor. Does anyone have experience using it?

The TMLib files: presents itself as a librarian.

WSALib.exe: presents itself as a librarian.

For SoundDiver: the file WSA 1.ADA which started out to be an Adaptation. If anything it simply provides basic library tools - tested it superficially today: there are no editing abilities other than names/spellings and patch-geography.

For Logic: two files named "wsa anpassung.lso" and "wsa1mix.lso", not sure what they are supposed to do and they will likely require an ancient install of Logic. Will get around to this within a month or two. Small files, highly unlikely they offer very much of use, possibly routing, naming etc but no true editing.

For Cubase: a mixermap or two, plus a couple other files; don't have Cubase and cannot test, but the files are small enough that it's unlikely they allow any sort of editing of the synth itself.

Looking at the general picture of the editor interface (screens, buttons and all controls) provided with the WSA1 it actually reminds of one of the Yamaha Mac OS 9 graphic editors for the VL1, though that Yamaha editor doesn't provide as much numerical parameter input as the WSA1-interface does. However, the WSA-interface doesn't come close to the intricacy of the Mac OS 9 Yamaha Expert Editor (for the VL1) from the middle 90's. Rudy Verpaele is presently planning on developing an editor for the VL1 for modern computers, as long as he gets to hear from enough interested parties. If his project ever gets into the actual work of programming he will be providing an interface to all of the more hidden parameters in the VL1.

Regarding other editors: haven’t yet tried more esoteric searching, like github, other open source sources, archive.org, ancient newsletters (gopher sites even!) - are there any other editors for mac windows or linux out there I haven’t found? (I realize I haven’t yet checked out Unisyn, MidiQuest etc - have them both but cannot use them until later this summer…

/rs

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Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:51 PM
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resyn

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Re: Computer-based WSA-editors

Gave the SoundDiver Adaptation a workout yesterday on a PowerBook 867 running 9.2.2, Diver version 3.0-something. The WSA-adaptation turns out to be a very simple librarian, but it correctly recieves the SOUNDS-contents of the WSA1, and correctly transmits the same files back to the WSA.

Now I've been dusting off the Universal Module Editor manual I got back when I put time in as beta-tester (of Diver and early-ish Logic, probably even Notator/Creator) for Emagic. The manual is shaped like a tutorial for creating "Adaptations" in SoundDiver, files used in SoundDiver that for all intents and purposes can (depending on the skill of the programmer) function as a complete editor for any synth that can speak MIDI. For most likely financial reasons, Apple end-of-lifed SoundDiver soon after they acquired Emagic - too much trouble for such a hardware-intensive operation as Apple then was. In the process they end-oflifed development of one of the most amazing programming efforts ever to hit the music world.

Still, the SoundDiver materials are as good as it gets for making editors, and while it's not an easy task, making an editor for the WSA1/WSA1R should be possible. It's not a high priority for me personally, not for the next year or two, but if someone even slightly familiar with Diver is reading this, has a computer that can run it (has to run Mac OS 9.2.2, even to the point of "booting" in OS 9.2.2) and aches to create an editor for the WSA and other Technics synths, I can provide pointers for planning and for the actual "programming". And, very important: the "programming" manual makes it clear it's not made for programmers at all, but for the rest of us that can work in a detailed fashion on unfamiliar terrain - some of the best "editors" in Diver are Adaptations (instead of Modules) created by non-programmers like you and me. Creating Diver "Modules" instead of Adaptations pre-supposes proven ability programming in C or other languages. Making "Adaptations" is for anyone that can read a slightly technical manual and carefully follow instructions.

Lastly, all of the software and documentation required to perform this miracle is available today, free, on the net.

/rs

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:22 PM

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Re: Computer-based WSA-editors

This is fascinating! My son is the Mac expert around here so I'm going to discuss some aspects of this with him.

I know this is a big ask but would you be able to post more info / links / files to gather the information in one place? So that someone might take this on in the future (me I hope but I have too many projects going right now, unfortunately.

This could be as a response to this post, or we could set up somewhere to collaborate on sharing files in preparation for an article on the new website. What do you think?

Posted on July 20, 2019 at 3:05 PM