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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again thanks for all the hard work on this librarian, Michel. I did see your other thread last night requesting for someone to assist you in making a PCG file so you can add categories to the librarian, but unfortunatelty I have been out most of the day and forgot. Sad But if you still need some help in the next day or so do let me know.

Thanks again

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

t_tangent wrote:
Once again thanks for all the hard work on this librarian, Michel. I did see your other thread last night requesting for someone to assist you in making a PCG file so you can add categories to the librarian, but unfortunatelty I have been out most of the day and forgot. Sad But if you still need some help in the next day or so do let me know.

Thanks again

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Thanks for offering help but I already had some help so I could publish it for all (supported) models today.

Next items to work on is the category list and sorting, however I do not dare to give a date since time will be (more) limited for programming now.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:15 am    Post subject: Update 0.2.6.125 Reply with quote

Time for a new update ... just some small pieces since I am way to busy with the Kronos, but still some additions.

The most appreciated will probably be the Patch List, showing categories and the possibility to sort by category (and subcategory).

Also improved some small issues and bug fixes.

For Kronos only:
Also new line characters (returns) can be used inside the descriptions of set list slots (Kronos only). This is NOT possible on the Kronos itself so it is quite a unique feature (sorry for bragging a bit).

For Kronos only:
If my assumption for bank index conversion is right, my app is already capable of handling U-AA to U-GG files ... however of course I could not test it since OS1.5 is not available. But it MIGHT be possible PCG Tools will recognize the new banks already. If not, I will send an update asap after I installed OS 1.5 myself and adapted the app.

Furthermore, I cleaned up the wish list (removed some items which are already present).

The next item I will be working on is a Timbres manager. A combi consists of 8 or 16 timbres (programs). I will add a screen to move them up/down (left/right on your synth) and maybe some other functions like copy/paste if possible. I cannot guarantee I will add intelligence for IFXs because that is really tricky (and differs per synth model).

Below is the complete change list.
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0.2.6.125   2-Nov-2011  Feature: Support for (U-)AA- to (U-)GG banks, added with OS update 1.5 (Kronos only and UNTESTED!).
                        Improv:  Patch List shows categories/sub categories (both Text, CSV and XML file format).
                        Improv:  Patch List can be sorted by category.
                        Improv:  Patch List output for CSV and XML slightly improved (and a bit changed).
                        Improv:  Possibility to use new line characters in a set list slot description (Kronos only).
                        Improv:  Number of characters for patch names/descriptions is shown in the edit screen.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented crash when copying set lists slots using combis from U-A..U-G; Kronos only.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented strange symbols for (sub) categories when loading PCGs without Global chunk.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all,

A new update is published. No new features this time, but several improvements.

One of the is the creation of Cubase sequencer instrument definition files, as explained in a specific thread (see http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=66721 for more info). Because these files might be already obsolete when the Korg editor will be published, I did not make implement it for other sequencers.

Also two tastes of Combi Content lists are supported. The old version (now called Compact), sorts the used timbres per combi and removes duplicates. Thew (called Short), shows the timbres per timbre index, so you can see at a glance how a combi is built up. Later I will possibly add another taste which shows complete patch names and maybe more.

All lists can now be generated in ASCII table format (see post above). This exists next to output to plain text, CSV and XML files.

Then some small issues, like clearing set list slots are added and a few bug fixes.

Also two external links in the about link are added. One to Korg KronosHaven (http://www.kronoshaven.com) and one to Robert Rosen's site (http://robertrosen.weebly.com/index.html).
If you download PCGs, please leave a notice and/or donation for their work.

Also a change is added for copy/pasting programs. You can 're'paste patches to easily make multiple copies of a single or more patches by recalling the copy buffer.

Below the complete list as in the history file:

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0.2.7.126  21-Nov-2011  Feature: Create instrument definition files for Cubase.
                        Improv:  Create all generatable lists in ASCII table format.
                        Improv:  Generate a new kind of Combi Content list (showing timbres by index)
                        Improv:  Set list slots can be cleared.
                        Improv:  Copy/Paste mode has a Recall button to recall the copied copy clipboard.
                        Improv:  Added link to KronosHaven.com in the about box (new news site/forum for Korg Kronos).
                        Improv:  Added link to Robert Rosen's site (keyboardist/repair/patches).
                        Bug Fix: Enables the Copy and other buttons and disables Exit button when clipboard is empty.
                        Bug Fix: Removed unused toolbar icon (arrow down).

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCG Tools update 0.2.7.128: Change categories (and sub categories)

Another new update. Not a lot but as mentioned in previous posts (of the main thread) some people consider it as valuable, so I decided to make an inbetween update.

With this update you can change (sub) categories.

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0.2.8.127  27-Nov-2011  Feature: Show favorite column for program/combis in PCG Window (Kronos only).
                        Feature: Mark/Unmark programs/combis as favorite (in edit screen, menu and toolbar, Kronos only).
                        Feature: Change categories and sub categories (depending on model) in edit screen.
                        Improv:  Use favorite setting as filter for generating all type of lists (Kronos only).

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:46 am    Post subject: New update Reply with quote

Hello all,

Another new update, allthough most of the new items are related to the Kronos, some items are interesting for all. See the complete (non Kronos specific changes) list below.

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0.2.9.129  17-Dec-2011  Improv:  Added external link window (removed from about window).
                        Improv:  Added more external links (Kid Nepro, Dreamland Studio and Onksor).
                        Improv:  Added descriptional text with short combi content lists.
                        Improv:  Added copyright symbol in title and copyright mark in each source file.
                        Improv:  Show About box and External Links window in taskbar, for easier nvavigating if unfocussed.
                        Bug Fix: Trinity MOSS/Z1 files froze the app, changed into a more clear error message.
                        Bug Fix: Patch list ASCII table substitute new lines for \ characters preventing disrupted columns.
                        Special: Christmass ball icon (will be removed in a next update).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New update 0.3.0.137

Another new update. This time the new features are not for Kronos only but for every supported Korg model.

The features are:

Compact
It now is possible to compact patches. Compacting means moving the initialized and empty patches down and keeping the really filled ones up. E.g. suppose you deleted 20 patches you don't like (i.e. you cleaned them or initialized them on the Kronos itself), then you select the bank (containing the 20 empty patches), these 20 patches will be moved to i.e. I-A109...I-A128 keeping the filled ones to I-A000 to I-A108.

However it is even better: you can select a range to compact, i.e. compact from I-A050 to I-A070.

And you can select multiple banks so the compact is done over banks. The bank types will not change, so if you select a modeled and programmed bank it will two (separate) compact actions for both types. By selecting all banks you can easily created empty banks (supposing you have enough empty spaces in between).




Combi Content List
Until now, there were 'only' two combi content lists possible, one that showed for each combi ID all used program IDs, either sorted and duplicates removed or per track.

However the new (long) list shows per combi, the category/ sub category name, tempo and for ALL used timbres a lot of info, such as program name, category, sub category, velocity zone, key zone, portamento, pitch bend range, mute, status, etc.






Keyboard shortcut list
I noticed some people are not known to all the keyboard shortcuts available in the app, so I improved some of them and included a keyboard shortcut list.

See a screenshot below.




Complete update list:
Code:

0.3.0.137  30-Dec-2011  Feature: Long combi content list generation with important parameters of the used timbres.
                        Feature: Compact patches, i.e. move the empty patches downwards.
                        Feature: Keyboard shortcut key html file added in Help menu.
                        Improv:  The dirty flag now works correct (before it sometimes was shown without a real change).
                        Improv:  When no patches are pasted, a message box is shown with possible reasons.
                        Improv:  Added and changed some keyboard shortcuts.
                        Bug Fix: Prevent a crash for trying to edit a program/combi from a PCG file without Global chunk.
                        Bug Fix: The status bar does not show the model including " OS" if no OS version is displayed.
                        Bug Fix: Pasting of multiple selected patches did not work (correctly).
                        Bug Fix: Cleaned up footer line for compact combi content list.
                        Bug Fix: Prevent crash for OS1.5 combi content list generation using GM programs.
                        Special: Changed the Christmass ball into a Fireworks symbol.


I will send the update by email a bit later today ....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Update: 0.4.0.139

As written before, I have a new update (thanks to the vacation I had more time).

Lots of new items this time so I hope it helps everybody to manage their PCG files even more easy than before.

Below I added screen shots and additional info.

Timbres Window


With the menu, tool bar or button, when one (or more) combi(s) are selected, you can see a timbres window.



It shows the most important timbres. And you can even do some tricks with it, like:

Move Down: Moves one (or more) selected timbres down
Move Up: Moves one (or more) selected timbres up
Clear: Clears the timbres, not only the mute setting but also several other parameters so you can see immediately in several screens that this timbre is muted.

It is not possible to move patches down or copy/paste while a combi window of that PCG is visible (it would result in a mess).

Changes are automatically performed in the PCG file (not saved though), but the PCG window will show an asterix (dirty flag) to show the contents has been changed, so you will not accidentally close a PCG window without saving.

Also if you close the PCG window, all its combi windows are closed automatically.

Edit Set List Name (Kronos only)
Already patch names could be changed, but now also set list names can be changed, and also the set list name is shown in the PCG window.



Small improvements:
Earlier compacting patches was already possible when only one patch was selected which is not really useful, so I changed it to 'at least two' patches. For banks, only 1 selected is enough because all patches within the selected bank(s) will be compacted.

The Long Combi Content List shows marks if GM of unpresent programs are referred to by combis.

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I have spend quite some time working on this app, so if you find it useful, think about this option.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michel !

Just a little wish for futures updates of PCG Tools : can you add a feature to advert the user when trying to clear a program that is used in a combi ?

For exemple : let's imagine I don't like the program UA001. I want to delete it to make room for another program. But this program is used in the combi UB005, and i like this combi, and i want to keep it. So PCG Tools should say "Warning : this program (UA001) is used in those combis : (UB005....)

I think it would be usefull because sometimes you don't like a program by itself, but it's impossible to remember if it's used in a combi you like Smile

Otherwise, many many thanks for your app ! It's great and usefull. I hope i will manage to use it under Linux soon... (does not work with wine yet....)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Athena Music Studio wrote:
Hi Michel !

Just a little wish for futures updates of PCG Tools : can you add a feature to advert the user when trying to clear a program that is used in a combi ?

For exemple : let's imagine I don't like the program UA001. I want to delete it to make room for another program. But this program is used in the combi UB005, and i like this combi, and i want to keep it. So PCG Tools should say "Warning : this program (UA001) is used in those combis : (UB005....)

I think it would be usefull because sometimes you don't like a program by itself, but it's impossible to remember if it's used in a combi you like Smile

Otherwise, many many thanks for your app ! It's great and usefull. I hope i will manage to use it under Linux soon... (does not work with wine yet....)


Thanks for your reply ... and this sounds indeed as a very nice addition and not that difficult to implement. I will also add: not used in set lists.

And I also can come up with another use case that can be interesting:
- Select one or more programs (or program banks) and clear all selected programs not being used by combis/set lists.

By the way, there is a workaround: you can easily generate a list that shows per program in which combi or set list it is used but still clearing is than your own responsibility.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New update: 0.4.1.140

Kronos bugs solved
Sorry not interesting for you guys (and girls).

Window size
For people using laptops or notebooks with a small screen: when making a window smaller and close it, the next time it will open in that same size, so you don't need to make the windows smaller every time you open a PCG window or a combi window.

Updated bar sync
And also when a combi window is shown, the status bar is now showing the data of the accompanied PCG file.

Below the full changes:
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0.4.1.140  15-Jan-2012  Improv:  Windows are opened at the same size as when closed the previous time.
                        Improv:  Updates status bar with PCG info from a focused PCG window/combi window.
                        Bug Fix: Prevent crash when combi banks selected in PCG window when I-A is not present (Kronos only).
                        Bug Fix: Prevent crash/corrupt file for OS1.5 PCG files after moving/compacting patches (Kronos only).

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New update: 0.5.0.148

Support for SNG (Sequencer songs) files
In this intermediate update, for the first time SNG files (created by the sequencer) can be read. Its functionality is not that big, but it is a start for more features regarding these files.

As can be seen in the following screen shot, the song (names) inside the SNG file can be shown and the used samples. I hope this helps you with easy viewing the most important information of your SNG files.

In the next update I hope to show which programs are used but this will take a lot of effort.

See the screenshot below for the the new screen (consisting of two tabs).



Multiple file selection
Multiple PCG or SNG files can be selected. Since it can take some time to load multiple large files a wait cursor is shown. Also for saving files a wait cursor has been added.

Already opened message improved
Now the file name of a file that is loaded multiple times is shown only once and the file name is shown.

File saving improved
Previously, a file could always be saved. Now this is only possible if the file has really changed.

The status bar shows the Triton model and file type (PCG or SNG)
It shows now PCG or SNG. Also for Tritons, a specific name is shown (like Triton LE, Triton Extreme etc). Files can still be copied from one Triton/Karma PCG to another.

Copy/paste/move up/down and compacting has been increased
It might be possible that this feature is very slow ... I removed some unnecessary print statement but I'm not sure if it has affected a version in the past.

Prevented unnecessary warnings when a file is already opened.
When the same file is already opened 3 times and is opened again, previously 3 warning messages were shown. This is reduced to only 1.

Below the full changes:
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0.5.0.148  25-Jan-2012  Feature: Show song names of a SNG file.
                        Feature: Show used samples/sample files of a SNG file.
                        Improv:  Added two columns for set list slots: Timbre ID and name where it refers to. (Kronos only).
                        Improv:  Multiple files can be selected in the open dialog window.
                        Improv:  A wait cursor is shown while opening/saving files.
                        Improv:  When opening a file that is already opened, the file name is displayed with an info message.
                        Improv:  PCG file can only be saved if it has been changed (asterix symbol is shown).
                        Improv:  Status bar shows active file type (PCG or SNG).
                        Improv:  Status bar shows Triton model (i.e. LE, Extreme etc). Copy/Paste Triton in family works.
                        Bug Fix: Increased speed of copy/paste/move up/down and compact functions.
                        Bug Fix: Prevented unneccessary warnings of the same file being already opened.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great new feature - thank you and well done Smile

Looking forward to more features because it sounds like there even better things to come!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cello wrote:
That's a great new feature - thank you and well done Smile

Looking forward to more features because it sounds like there even better things to come!


The next item will probably be the programs being used by songs. However, this can take quite some time because I need to rearrange my app for that. And no, I'm not giving a due date (bad experiences on this forum about not met announcements).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beta testers requested:

Because I made lots of internal changes and some small improvements/bug fixes in around a month time I would be glad if others would take some time to test (certain) areas of this application.

See
http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=70251

If you are interested, please let me know.
Also if you are interested in proofreading the manual.

In case there are multiple people who like to test for the same workstation, I will split the functionality (and believe me, there is enough to test for everybody).

Thanks in advance.
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