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NoiZe Version 3 Features

NoiZe is a Universal MIDI Patch Editor and Librarian for WindowsTM. NoiZe makes it easy to organize and edit System Exclusive (SYSEX) data for synthesizers, effects units, and other MIDI devices using your computer.

NoiZe lets you edit your patches using 3D graphic controls such as knobs, faders, and envelopes that are color coordinated. You can see and edit the whole patch at once instead of digging through the front panel of an instrument one parameter at a time. You can hear the effects of your changes in real time using the automatic audition facility which plays a note, chord, or sequence each time a parameter is changed. You can also 'scrub' audition using the mouse, or send specific note and controller events using an onscreen piano keyboard.

Project Oriented

NoiZe Projects and Libraries
NoiZe organizes data into Projects and Libraries.

Projects contain a snapshot of your entire MIDI setup or a portion of your setup. Within a Project, you can edit individual sounds, rearrange patches within banks, or export patches as .syx files that can be included in your sequencer. You can send Projects to your instruments with the click of a button any time you want to reconfigure your entire MIDI setup.

Libraries contain collections of banks and patches that can be copied into and out of Projects, or sent to an instrument at any time. Patches and banks can also be edited from within Libraries.

NoiZe lets you have as many Projects and Libraries as you want. You can have a Project for each song you are working on. Or a Project for each client you do business with, or each style of music you play. Whatever makes sense for the way you like to work.

Libraries can contain multiple instruments and patch types. You can have a Library for each instrument, or a Library containing Bass sounds for all of your instruments. A Library of string sounds, or a Library of Rock drums, bass, and organ sounds. Again, whatever fits your style of doing things.

Flexible and Easy to Use

NoiZe Editor View
NoiZe is extremely flexible and customizable. Editor views are built with space efficient layouts that show entire patches at once. Editor Layouts contain panes that you can zoom, move, overlap, or hide however you want. You can define and save multiple Layouts for each editor, with names that are meaningful to you.

Patch Banks in NoiZe can contain any number of patches, and do not have to match the number of patches in a bank on an instrument. For example, if an instrument has two banks of 100 patches each, you can create a single NoiZe bank containing all 200 patches. Or you can create one bank with 25 patches and another bank with 60. Whatever makes sense to you. NoiZe is the only editor we are aware of that has this ability.

NoiZe also provides many preference settings for personalizing NoiZe to work the way you want. You can set custom control colors, set default responses for many confirmation dialogs, and configure NoiZe for the way you like to work.

NoiZe was designed to be easy for musicians to use. You work with objects such as Projects, Libraries, and Instruments which you give descriptive names instead of working with cryptic DOS filenames. NoiZe editors have 3D controls (knobs, faders, envelopes, etc.) with customizable colors for easy identification. Toolbar buttons with pop-up help balloons are provided for frequently used features. Extensive on-line context sensitive help is included with the program and with each instrument Editor Module. All features can be accessed using the mouse, the keyboard, or both.

Instrument Interfaces

NoiZe provides universal librarian capabilities through Librarian Modules and universal editor capabilities through Editor Modules.

Librarian Modules allow SYSEX data to be fetched from an instrument, stored as part of a Project or Library, and sent back to an instrument. Most Librarian Modules allow patches to be moved and copied within banks, so you can rearrange your patch banks to better suit your needs. SYSEX data can also be exported to and imported from .syx files for use with a sequencer or other MIDI program, and basic hexidecimal editor views are provided for editing SYSEX patch data.

Editor Modules provide all of the capabilities of Librarian Modules, plus they add graphic editor views that use familiar controls such as knobs, faders, envelopes, spins, and choosers for manipulating the individual SYSEX parameters.

Editor Keywords and Searching

NoiZe Editor Search Dialog
NoiZe allows you to use keywords to categorize your patches. You can assign keywords that describe the patch by type of sound, style, timbre, genre, or whatever you wish. You can then search for patches based on up to six criteria, including keywords, patch descriptions, patch names, or notes. NoiZe comes with many predefined categories and keywords that you can use, or your can add your own.

Create new Patches using Morph or Randomize

NoiZe allows you to create whole new banks of patches with the click of a button. Patches can be generated either by "morphing" selected parameters between two patches, or by "randomizing" selected parameters from a starting patch. You can then use the bank-loop audition to automatically sequence through each patch in the new bank while you listen!

Windows Standard

NoiZe Drag and Drop
NoiZe is a 32-bit application that makes full use of the features and consistency of the Windows environment, allowing such things as multiple editor windows open at the same time, and "drag and drop" moving and copying of patches between banks, projects, and libraries.
NoiZe supports any Windows MIDI interface and runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT4, Windows Me, Windows 98, and Windows 95.

Extended Librarian Instrument Definitions

Librarian Modules allow complete control over the communication with the instrument, including sending messages and program change events, receiving messages and events (including status messages and variable size messages), specifying delays between messages (in milliseconds), looping constructs, checksums, conversions between 8-bit and 7-bit formats, automatic plug-in of device ids, bank numbers, and patch numbers, complex patch number and address mapping, patch name formats, variable sized banks, and more.

In addition, Librarian Modules allow you to Fetch/Send/Store/Export patches and banks, move/copy/swap patches within banks, and view or edit individual patch names. Patch data may also be viewed or edited using the hexidecimal editor (if you're that adventuresome). NoiZe comes with definitions for many popular instruments, and the Interactive Librarian Development Environment (see below) makes it easy to modify or create your own Librarian Modules or install Librarian Modules created by other NoiZe users.

Interactive Librarian Development Environment

NoiZe LibMod Definition Dialog
In order to take advantage of all of the features of Librarian Modules, NoiZe has a built in Interactive Librarian Development Environment. Easy to use dialogs allow you to modify or create your own Librarian Modules for all of your instruments. You can define new instruments, or add or modify interfaces for existing instruments.

The Interactive Librarian Development Environment also makes it easy to export Librarian Module definitions to text files that can be traded with other NoiZe users. These exported files can be included directly in email messages or posted on the Internet or bulletin boards for other NoiZe users to download. Downloaded files can be easily imported into NoiZe to create Librarian Modules on your system.

Sorry, though, you can't yet create your own Editor Modules which will allow you to edit the individual patch parameters.

Import/Export Raw SYSEX Data

You may also import SYSEX data into and export SYSEX data from NoiZe editors. Export files contain exactly the same SYSEX data that NoiZe would send to the instrument. Import files are read as if the data were being fetched from the instrument. This gives NoiZe the ability to ignore much of the extraneous information in import files, and to generate export files that contain proper handshaking and mode change messages.


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