About PCMCIA Cards in Slot [B]

Care must be taken when allocating data between cards used in slots [A] and [B] of the QSR. Use slot [B] for Sample data only.

You can create cards in slot [A] that will be installed in either PCMCIA slot, but there are limitations as to what data (samples, Programs or Mixes) can be used in slots [A] and [B] This constraint is related to the way the QSR behaves when programs and mixes are moved between the User bank and the two PCMCIA cards.

Flash Cards can only be programmed in slot [A]. Flash Cards intended for use in slot [B] are programmed in slot [A], then moved to slot [B] for use in operation.

The way the QSR works is not intuitive and can cause problems when the card is moved to slot [B] for playback. For example, if an internal Program uses one or more samples that reside on a sound card, the sound card must be used in the same PCMCIA EXPANSION CARD slot, [A] or [B], as when the Program was stored. In other words, if a Program uses a sample found on the card currently inserted in slot [A], then the same card must be inserted into slot [A] for that sample to be found when this Program is recalled. Likewise, if an internal Mix uses one or more Programs on a sound card, the sound card must be inserted into the same PCMCIA EXPANSION CARD slot, [A] or [B], as when the Mix was stored.

This behavior is very confusing, but the easiest, and most practical approach, is to use card slot [B] for sample memory only. Avoid using Program of Mix data in card slot [B].

Also, there are limitations related to the number of card banks that can be used. When storing Mix and Program Banks to PCMCIA cards, the maximum number of accessible card banks is 11. This is because the QSR’s grand total of banks possible is 16, and 5 of them are already built into the QSR. The 11 card banks can be split among the two PCMCIA EXPANSION CARD slots. For most applications this is not an issue. The QSR Drum Synthesizer Sound Bridge projects use only one Drum Group (bank) for sample data on each card, and only uses the Program Group to store the User bank sysex file on the card used in slot [A].