RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

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RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Chalky64 » 18:24, 11 May 2015

Inspired by the librarian created by MarcoPolo on these forums, I have created an RD-700NX librarian of my own which can be found here: http://retroclonez.co.uk/Z9aY0bX8cW1dV7eU2f/RD700NX_Librarian.zip.

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In addition to being able to copy, swap, insert, delete and rename Live Sets, the program also offers basic editing of the parameters normally editable via the RD-700NX display (VOL, PAN etc. as well as PEDAL and CONTROL SLIDE settings). Layers can also be switched ON/OFF, and the program is keyboard-range FULL aware.

Before anyone gets too excited -Tones cannot be selected/changed. As far as I can determine, a shed-load of data is copied into the Live Set every time a Tone is changed - and the only way to do that with an external editor would be to have a database of all 964 tones. Although this is technically feasible, it would need changing every time Roland updated anything via a firmware update - besides which, I have yet to work out exactly where the Tone data resides within each Live Set. One day...

I have developed/tested this on a vanilla RD-700NX with firmware v01.001 - so have no idea whether it will work with newer versions. There is an "Upgrade" function - which simply adds another 100 Live Sets to a v01 file and sets the firmware ID to v02.000 - whether this will actually load into a v02 keyboard I have no idea! Use of this software is therefore at the user's own risk, and no liability will be accepted for any damage caused etc.

There are no instructions supplied - but hopefully use of the program is fairly self-explanatory. It is portable, so does not require an installer. RDS files saved from the RD-700NX should be copied to the LiveSets folder (although this is not obligatory) for editing. "Export" simply creates a text file of all Live Sets and their parameter settings (I found this useful when trying to replicate NX sounds on a GX). "Copy To..." and "Swap With..." functions are cancelled by right-clicking the mouse.

I plan to add other functionality as and when time allows - but until then I hope this is of use to someone.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby prunenoveggie » 19:44, 11 May 2015

Thanks. This really looks great.

I'm curious why you developed it with/for firmware v01.001. Don't you want the extra fifty live sets and extra 100 user live sets?

Please let us know if you anyone tests it with system version 2.02. I might be willing to test it sometime when I don't have so many gigs coming up.

Thanks again!
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Chalky64 » 14:44, 12 May 2015

I developed it on my firmware V01.001 NX simply because (until today) I had not felt the need to upgrade to V2. However, I have just upgraded my NX to V2.02 and am pleased to confirm that (after a couple of minor bug-fixes [negative-pan/sns & upgraded-firmware-id - corrected in librarian v1.5.r19]) V01 NX files upgraded via the program will load into a V2.02 NX without problems. The Scratch Pad is still limited to 100 Sets though (which means the "Scratch All" will only actually copy the first 100 sets) - if people think this should be increased to 200 let me know and I'll update the program.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby howardS » 19:03, 12 May 2015

Chalky64, thanks for this utility. I will give this a try as well at some point. Does that link from your first post on this thread give us the updated version?
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Chalky64 » 09:18, 13 May 2015

Yes - the first post of this thread will always link to the most recent version of the program.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby howardS » 13:22, 13 May 2015

That's great. Thanks.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Chalky64 » 16:30, 16 May 2015

Version 1.5.r20 uploaded with 200 capacity scratch pad.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Chalky64 » 16:47, 13 August 2015

Download removed due to lack of interest.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby howardS » 19:34, 13 August 2015

Thanks for the effort, Chalky64. I found that I didn't need the added functionality your software offered such as panning and volume since I like tweaking that stuff while at the keyboard. If it was an extension which allowed for editing the RD700nx while sitting at the keyboard then I might have used those functions. All I really needed though was the the ability to move live sets around. Anyhow, that's for trying to get something better out to us.
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby carlstef » 11:28, 28 April 2017

Hi, is your librarian still around for trying? Would be happy try it, but the link didn't work. All the best/S
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Re: RD-700NX Librarian with Basic Edit

Postby Benjo26 » 05:34, 9 June 2017

Hi Chalky64, kudos for making that!

I'm thinking about trying something similar for the RD-800.

From my reading of the MIDI implementation doc, there is no available command (MIDI or sysex) to execute a live set write.

Can I ask - how did you get around this with the 700?

Cheers!
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