Working with Programs

Learn to manage QSR Program banks using QS Edit Pro software. Change modes. Select, copy, and paste Programs. View parameter settings.

Before you begin

  • Review the general concepts presented in this Manual.
  • Determine your system configuration, download the software, and assemble your hardware.
  • Launch QS Edit Pro.
  • Verify MIDI communication between the QSR and QS Edit Pro.
  • Transfer the Dump ALL Sysex file from the QSR to QS Edit Pro.

About this task

Note: New users should follow these steps to explore the features of the QSR. Experienced users may skip this topic.

Links to topic sections


Switching to Program Mode

  1. Click QS Mode > Program Mode.
    Tip: You can also use the F5 key or the Switch to Program button Switch to Program button in QS Edit Pro to enter Program mode.
  2. Verify that QS Edit Pro displays the 4 Program sound layers. You may see a different Program name. Your system will show details for the current Program in use.
    QS Edit Pro program mode screen

  3. Verify that the QSR LCD display shows "GLOBAL Edit/MIDI PrgS1:ON".
    Note: QS Edit Pro changes the MIDI Program Select parameter under Global Settings each time you use the software to switch between Mix play mode and Program play mode. That is why the Global Settings page is shown on the QSR front panel LCD display immediately after a mode change.

Changing Programs

  1. Click Program > SELECT using the dropdown menus or click the Select button to open the Program Banks window.
    QS Edit Pro Program Banks window

    Note: QS Edit Pro opens the Program Banks window with the programs in the currently selected bank. User, Preset, General MIDI, and Card banks can be viewed by clicking on the tabs at the top of the window.
    Tip: A listing of the Programs included in the factory Preset, GM, and User banks can be downloaded using the link below.
    Tip: The factory User bank contents can be seen in the screen shot above. If your QSR User bank has been modified you will see different program names. If you want to restore the factory User bank contents download the QSR Factory User bank SYSEX zip file using the link below.
  2. Change the QSR Program by selecting a Program name in the QS Edit Pro Program Banks window.
  3. Verify that the Program name shown in QS Edit Pro matches the Program name displayed on the QSR front panel. The layout of the QSR LCD display is shown below. In this example, I selected the "PureStereo" program so the QSR display shows"00/PureStereo"/BANK: User instead. If the Program names match, close the Program Banks window.

    QSR front panel display layout

    Trouble: You may have to click away from the current program number and then reselect the Program name to get the QSR to respond and show the updated Program information.

Auditioning Program sounds

  1. Use the Virtual Keyboard included with QS Edit Pro to play sounds in Program mode.
    Attention: Ensure that the volume control slider is set to 100 and the MIDI channel slider is set properly.
  2. Use the mouse to click notes on the Virtual Keyboard to play sounds.
    Trouble: The MIDI channel number setting in QS Edit Pro must match the MIDI channel number indicated on the QSR LCD display to play sounds with the Virtual Keyboard when in Program play mode.

Viewing Program Sound Layer parameters (Keyboard mode)

  1. Familiarize yourself with the QS Edit Pro Program Mode window. It shows the 4 sound layers for the Program you selected. The figure below shows the sound layers for "PureStereo" (the first Program in the default User bank).
    QS Edit Pro program mode display

    The "PureStereo" Program is a 4-layer keyboard program. The QS Edit Pro window shows that all 4 layers are set to Keyboard mode. Layers 1 and 2 are the left/right stereo channels for the "VeloPiano" sound. Layers 3 and 4 are the left/right stereo channels for the "GrandPiano" sound. Because the QSR only supports monophonic samples it is necessary to use 2 layers for stereo sounds.
    Refer to the QS Edit Pro tutorials and the QSR Reference Manual for more information on the controls available in Keyboard mode.
  2. Click the grey button labeled 1 to open the Sound Editor window.
    QS Edit Pro sound editor window, keyboard mode

    The functions available for editing sounds in Keyboard mode are designed for instrumental sounds that will be controlled using a keyboard or similar controller. These functions can be applied to drum kits but the parameter settings apply to all note numbers (drum sounds) simultaneously, which limits their usefulness.
  3. Close the Sound Editor window after experimenting with the available functions.

Viewing Program Sound Layer parameters (Drum mode)

  1. Click the Select button to open the Program Banks window.
  2. Navigate to the Preset 1 tab and scroll to Program location 120. Select the "DM5 Drums" Program, then close the Program Banks window.
    QS Edit Pro Program Banks window, select DM5 Drums Program
  3. Examine the Program Mode window below.
    QS Edit Pro Program mode window, DM5 Drums Program
    Note: The first three sound layers are set to Drum mode. Only the last layer is set to Keyboard mode. Layer 4 is restricted to notes C3 and above (percussion sounds) and also to notes E1 and below. You can test this by disabling layers 1-3 and playing notes on the Virtual Keyboard.
  4. Click the layer 1 button to open the Drum Edit window.
    QS Edit Pro Drum Edit window, DM5 Drums layer 1
    Note: The Drum Edit window opens showing the 10 drum sample slots for layer 1. Each sample slot entry shows the sample name (Group/Voice), volume level (Lev), pan (Pan), output bus (OUT), effects level (FXL), effects bus (BUS), pitch (Pitch), pitch velocity modulation (PVM), filter velocity modulation (FVM), velocity curve (Curv), note number (Note), amplitude decay (AmpD), mute group (MuG), note range (NR), and sound layer number (Sn). For more information on these controls, refer to the QSR User Manual and QS Edit Pro tutorials.
  5. Audition the sounds in each slot by clicking the QS Edit Pro note play icon (Note Play) button.
    Attention: Auditioning sounds directly from the Drum Edit window requires a different MIDI channel setting than the setting used with the Virtual Keyboard. Before you can audition sounds from this window, you must set the MIDI channel on the QSR front panel LCD display to channel 1, regardless of the Virtual Keyboard MIDI Channel slider setting. The Drum Edit window Note Play button only works with the QSR set to MIDI channel 1.
  6. Double-click the Lev cell for drum sample slot 1 to open the Drum Sound Editor window below.
    Drum 1 Edit window in QS Edit Pro
    This editor window provides controls for each of the drum sound parameters. Adjust the sliders or use the dropdown menus to experiment with the effect of each control.
  7. Click Done when finished testing the Drum Sound Editor controls.
    Tip: To learn more about Drum mode Programs, refer to the Exploring the Alesis QS Drum Programs topic.

Managing Programs

  1. Open the Program dropdown menu to access options for editing the program sounds, transferring programs between the QSR and your computer, and saving programs to disk.
    QS Edit Pro Program menu

  2. Click the Select button to open the Program Banks window.
    Preset 1 program bank window

  3. Click the Preset 1 tab, then click to select the TrueStereo program. Close the window.
    Verify that the QSR LCD display shows "TrueStereo" and Bank: Preset 1
  4. Click Program > Copy: TrueStereo.
    Program/Copy menu

    This copies the program settings to the clipboard so you can paste the program into a User bank Program slot.
  5. Click the Select button to open the Program Banks window.
  6. Click the User Bn (User bank) tab, then select the program in User bank Program slot 000. The QSR display should show Program number 000 and BANK: USER.
  7. Click Program > Paste TrueStereo. You will see the QSR briefly receiving data (front panel LCD display message).
  8. After pasting the "TrueStereo" program, the QSR display will show the "TrueStereo" program name in slot 000. But the writing function is not yet complete. After using QS Edit Pro to paste the program (which places it into an edit buffer in the QSR), press the STORE button twice to write the program to non-volatile memory. Using this method of moving a Preset Program to the User bank allows you to edit the Program or save it to disk.

Program Librarian

  1. Click on Program > Program Library to open the Program Librarian window shown below.
    QS Edit Pro Program Library window

    You can use the Program Library window to manage QS Program bank files. However, Sound Tower does not provide documentation for the Program Librarian window. The behavior of this window causes confusion. For example, files can be added to the librarian but it appears removing them may not be possible.
    You can open the SYSEX files from QS-4 and QS-7/8 series synthesizers provided by Sound Tower, or open your own bank data.
  2. Close the Program Librarian window.