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PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideTable of Contents1.INTRODUCTION . 61.1.Credits . 61.2.Support. 62.INSTALLATION / REQUIREMENTS. 72.1.Before You Begin . 73.OVERVIEW. 84.STARTING UP . 85.GETTING CONNECTED . 126.SOUNDEDITOR Quick Start . 146.1.Software Menus . 156.1.1.FILE Menu: . 156.1.2.EDIT Menu: . 166.1.3.MIDI Menu: . 166.1.4.OPTIONS Menu:. 176.1.5.SNAPSHOTS Menu:. 176.1.6.HELP Menu: . 186.2.Alternative Controls. 186.3.Scrollable Lists. 196.4.Toolbar. 206.5.Naming Programs . 226.6.Receiving and Transmitting . 246.7.Loading and Saving Files. 267.GLOBAL SETTINGS . 277.1.Global Setting Parameters. 278.EDITOR (Layer A and Layer B). 298.1.Editor Controls. 318.1.1.Buttons . 318.1.2.Knobs . 318.1.3.Parameter menus . 328.1.4.Source and Destination menus . 328.1.5.Other Editor Windows. 338.2.Program Envelopes . 348.3.LFO . 368.4.Oscillators . 36Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20073

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide8.5.Low Pass Filter. 378.6.Modulators and Controls. 388.7.Editor Menus. 398.7.1.FILE Menu: . 398.7.2.EDIT Menu: . 398.7.3.OPTIONS Menu:. 408.8.Saving Programs . 409.SEQUENCER WINDOW . 429.1.Sequencer Buttons. 449.2.Display Mode. 459.3.Sequence Destination. 469.4.Reset Button. 479.5.Function Button. 48 Copy/Paste . 49 Reverse. 49 Invert . 49 Randomize . 49 Randomize Q . 49 Step Up. 49 Step Q. 49 Control Adjust. 499.6.Tempo and Clock Divide . 509.7.Sequence Templates. 5010. USER PROGRAM BANKS. 5210.1.Renaming Programs in a bank . 5310.2.Copying, pasting and renaming by popup menu . 5510.3.Saving and Loading Single Programs. 5610.4.Program Banks Menus. 5610.4.1.FILE Menu . 5610.4.2.EDIT Menu . 5710.4.3.MIDI Menu . 5710.5.Program Menu . 5911. PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN . 6211.1.Buttons and Checkboxes. 6311.2.Librarian Functions. 6411.3.Organizing Presets . 6511.3.1.Librarian Menu:. 6911.3.2.File Menu: . 69Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20074

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide11. Menu: . 70Librarian Menu:. 70MIDI Menu: . 7112. PROGRAM GENETICS and MORPHER . 7212.1.Loading Banks . 7512.2.Creating New Sounds . 7512.3.Moving Programs . 7612.4.Program Genetics Menus. 7612.5.Morpher . 7713. SNAPSHOTS. 7914. PHANTOM PROGRAM BANKS. 8115. V-PIANO . 8415.1.Playing Notes From Keyboard . 8516. HELP PROGRAM FUNCTIONS. 8816.1.About . 8816.2.Help ON Line . 8816.3.Updating the Firmware . 8817. PROPHET ’08 STACK and SPLIT LAYERS. 9218. KEY COMMAND SHORTCUTS. 9318.1.MAIN WINDOW . 9318.2.PROPHET ’08 BANK MANAGER/LIBRARIAN WINDOW . 9418.3.PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM BANKS WINDOW . 9518.4.PROPHET ’08 PROGRAM GENETICS WINDOW. 9619. APENDIXICES. 9719.1.APPENDIX A. FILE EXTENSIONS. 9719.2.APPENDIX B. SEQUENCER NOTE VALUES . 9819.3.APPENDIX C. SEQUENCER CHORDS . 99Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20075

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide1.INTRODUCTIONCongratulations and thank you for downloading/purchasing our Prophet ’08SoundEditor for the Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) Prophet ‘08! This Prophet ’08SoundEditor is designed to be the ultimate tool for organizing and creating presets foryour Prophet ’08. Through a MIDI connection, this program can receive single presetsor an entire bank of presets from the hardware - as well as replace individual presetsor an entire bank. Once the presets are transmitted to the computer from theProphet’08, all preset parameters can be displayed and edited in a friendly graphicaluser interface. The program can also be used to learn the inner details of the factorypresets.Patches can be added to the program library in user-named categories for creatingcustom preset banks – a terrific feature for musicians looking to organize programs foreasy retrieval later! In addition, a genetics function is available to create new presetssimply by morphing or mutating two presets together into a whole new bank. Thesoftware allows for each of the Layers A and B to be edited singly or in combinedmode. Lastly, a hardware OS update function is available to simplify updating theProphet ’08 firmware.This manual, both a user guide and handy reference, is designed to get you up andrunning quickly.We hope you enjoy using Prophet ’08 SoundEditor for your Prophet ‘08!- The Software Development Team1.1.CreditsSoftware Development: SoundTower Software, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.User Guide Development: Derek Prowse1.2.SupportSupport for this product is available at: ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20076

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide2.INSTALLATION / REQUIREMENTSNo special software installation is required. SoundEditor is a stand-alone programdesigned to run on Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP; Min Pentium 133.The SoundEditor application requires: 15MB Hard Drive space 256 MB RAM (min.) 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution. A MIDI interfaceUpdates are available at: The Prophet ’08 alreadyhas the correct firmware. A wheeled, two–button mouse is recommended foradditional control of the program.2.1.Before You BeginTo get the most out of the Prophet ’08 SoundEditor program you should first befamiliar with the operation of your Prophet ’08 instrument The Prophet ’08 instrumentoffers an abundance of programmable features, and the accompanying OperationManual is the key resource for a complete explanation of the features and workings ofthe instrument.Although this software program can be an invaluable resource to aid in understandingyour Prophet ’08, it is not a substitute for reading and understanding the OperationManual.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20077

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide3.OVERVIEWThis User Guide will walk you through the steps to setup the SoundEditor with yourProphet ’08 instrument. The STARTING UP and GETTING CONNECTED sectionsshould be followed first to get the hardware properly connected and running with theSoundEditor software. From there you can freely explore SoundEditor, edit andaudition sounds, create new ones and have some fun!The Prophet ’08 is a deep and complex instrument with many programming options.With this in mind, SoundEditor has been designed to be as simple and easy to use aspossible while retaining all of the functional control needed to adjust every singleProphet ’08 parameter.4.STARTING UPAfter installing Prophet ’08 and launching the application for the first time by doubleclicking on the program icon:.You will initially be shown a splash screen with version number and the name ofregistered owner. In the image shown below this is version 1.1.2 and the program iscurrently an unregistered copy:Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20078

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideThe first window you will see upon startup will be the following message windowoverlaying the splash screen:Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 20079

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideSelecting DEMO will put the program in demo mode, limiting file and SysExoperations, but still allowing you to check out the program.The unregistered program lets you freely edit all of the Prophet ’08s preset parametersand use most of the Editor's functions with the following limitations: Saving files (disabled)Loading files (disabled) with exception of SYSEX files in OS UPDATE utility.Writing presets to the Prophet ’08 (disabled)Transmitting the User Bank (disabled)When you re-run the program, you’ll need to select demo mode again. This willcontinue until the program has a valid registration. There is no limit to the number oftimes the program can be run in demo mode.To register the software, select REGISTER ON LINE. The program will launch yourdefault web browser and connect you to the DSI site, where you can purchase/registeryour copy of Prophet ’08 SoundEditor.Note: You will need an active Internet connection in order to register the program.If you have a valid registration code, enter this information in the appropriate fields andselect ENTER CODE you will be presented with a small thank you message box.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200710

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideRegistered users will see their name displayed on the program splash screen.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200711

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide5.GETTING CONNECTEDIn order for the Prophet ’08 SoundEditor software to communicate with the Prophet’08, the hardware must be connected to both the MIDI In and MIDI Out connections ofyour computer's MIDI interface.To open MIDI Setup, click on Midi menu and select MIDI Setup or use Ctrl-M.In MIDI Setup, select both MIDI In and MIDI Out ports where Prophet ‘08 isconnected. If MIDI communication is working correctly then Prophet ‘08’s ROMsoftware version will be displayed in on top of the MIDI Setup window.You will need to select the MIDI I/O ports where your Prophet ’08 is connected.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200712

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideMIDI IN combo box selects the midi interface port to which your Prophet ’08’s Midi Outis connected. This interface processes midi data sent to Prophet ’08 Sound Editorfrom the Prophet ’08.MIDI IN recognizes and filters out incoming midi data in two ways:1) The SysEx dump byte size must match expected byte count for the message type2) The SysEx dump message signature must be set for the Prophet ’08 (the byte thatspecifies the kind of SysEx message) If either of these two conditions is not met,Prophet ’08 Sound Editor will ignore the invalid message and the data will not beprocessed.MIDI OUT combo box selects the midi interface port to which your Prophet ’08’s MidiIn is connected. All data sent from Prophet ’08 Sound Editor (parameters, commands,continuous controllers, and notes played by mouse piano or assigned computer keys)goes to this port.Poll button looks for and activates the midi ports if available.Note: To reset (jump start) the connection between your midi interface and Prophet’08 Sound Editor click Poll. This should reset the drivers, empty buffer contents, andreset the interface.After making your configuration selections, click the POLL PROPHET ’08 button. IfMIDI communication is working correctly, the program will display the Prophet ’08ROM Software Version at the top of the window.Click the OK button to store the settings and close the dialog box. You are now readyto explore Prophet ’08 SoundEditor!Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200713

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.SOUNDEDITOR Quick StartWhen you launch SoundEditor you will see the window below.We will be referring to this as the Main window throughout this manual.The Main window contains menus, a toolbar and, initially, the Layer A parameterediting control panel:Note: The first time you launch SoundEditor, the two program banks, though not initiallydisplayed, are filled with the Prophet ’08 factory sounds banks. The content of theprogram banks, including all edits and changes, are stored when you quit SoundEditor.They will reappear when SoundEditor is launched again.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200714

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.1.Software MenusHere’s a quick tour of the menus in the Main window:6.1.1. FILE Menu:The File menu contains commands to load and save Prophet ’08 data, load FactoryPresets and access the Prophet ’08 Bank Manager and Phantom Program Bankswindows. See Loading and SavingFiles, Section 6.7 Loads the Prophet ’08 orfactory programs. Sec. 10See Prophet ’08 BankManager/Librarian, Sec. 1 1 Phantom Program Banks,Section 14Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200715

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.1.2. EDIT Menu:The Edit menu contains commandsfor accessing Controls, Sequencer,copying, pasting, renaming, writingand initializing programs.You have the capability to Copy,Paste and Initializing the currentlyactive Layer as well. Renaming thecurrently active program can bedone through this menu.6.1.3. MIDI Menu:The MIDI menu provides access to the MIDI Setup and Global Settings windows, aswell as transfer commands of all Prophet ’08 data (transmit/receive). See Receiving andTransmitting, Section 6.6See Getting Connected formore on Midi Setup, Section5See Global settings sec. 7Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200716

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.1.4. OPTIONS Menu:The Options menu contains the commands for switching between Prophet ’08 Layer Aand Layer B, as well as accessing the Program Genetics and V-Piano windows. Thisis also where you would select off-line editing. See ProgramGenetics andMorpher, Sec. 12S creen resolutioncontrolSee V-Piano, Sec. 15 6.1.5. SNAPSHOTS Menu:The Snapshots menu contains just two commands for the Snapshots window, Addand View.The purpose of Snapshots is to allow you to quickly capture “Snapshots” of allparameters currently set in an edited program, giving you multiple points of ‘undo’ andallowing you to check your editing at various stages. See Snapshots, Section 13.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200717

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.1.6. HELP Menu:Prophet ’08 Help command will automatically access the SoundTower Prophet ’08help webpage when selected. An active Internet connection will be required to accessProphet ’08 Help. The Prophet 08 OS Update feature allows for OS update from provided files or fromfiles saved to HD. This is explained in section xxx of this guide.6.2.Alternative ControlsIf you are using a two-button mouse, you’ll find that right-clicking in various lists andmenus in some windows will bring up a contextual menu of useful functions:When in Program Banks Right-clickingon program number or assigned nameresults in the contextual menu shown.This menu allows you to easily Copy,Paste, Rename, Save, Load, andInitialize programs. These commandsare duplicated in the menus, but areplaced here for convenience.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200718

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideSimilarly, when in ProgramBanks, Right-clicking onprogram Category columnresults in the contextual menushown to the right. This menuallows you to assign acategory to your program. Itshould be noted that theseCategories are onlyaccessible through theSoundEditor and not theProphet ‘08. The Categoriesare stored in the Prophet ‘08’smemory for future recall.6.3.Scrollable ListsYou’ve already seen the two program bank lists that the Program Bank window offers.These lists, as well as program lists in other SoundEditor windows, can be navigatedusing the list scroll bars, the scrollable mouse wheel, or the keyboard.The following keys can be used to navigate SoundEditor’s scrollable lists: The UP and DOWN cursor keys will scroll one preset at a time, up or downrespectively.Left click on the selection.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200719

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser Guide6.4.ToolbarThe Toolbar contains buttons for frequently used functions. A description of eachbutton follows:The Receive button receives the current program from the Prophet ’08, allowing youto refresh after making changes. This button resynchronizes SoundEditor with theProphet ’08 if you have been editing a program offline using the Prophet ’08 controls.The Send button sends the current edited SoundEditor program to the Prophet ’08,allowing you to refresh after making edits. This button resynchronizes the Prophet ’08with SoundEditor if you have been editing a program offline using SoundEditor.These buttons control the Prophet ’08 Sequencer and Snapshots functions:copies the current program to the Snapshots window. ThisThe Snap buttonbutton duplicates the action of selecting ‘Add Snapshot’ from the Snapshots menu(above).The Start/Stop Sequencer button is below the Snap button on the left. This buttonduplicates the action of pressing the Prophet ’08 Sequence Start/Stop button.The Sequencer Reset button is on the right. This button duplicates the action ofpressing the Reset button on the Prophet ’08. It resets the sequence currently playing.It also acts as an emergency MIDI ‘All Notes Off’ command.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200720

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuidePopup labels identifying theStart/Stop Sequencer andSequencer Reset buttonsare displayed when thecursor is placed on them.To the right of the Snap button is a MIDI status display. It shows the current MIDIstatus, and will display hexadecimal transmissions of MIDI data. With normal MIDIcommunication between SoundEditor and the Prophet ’08 instrument, the MIDI statusdisplays ‘ON-LINE PROPHET ’08’.The Write button brings up the Write Program window, allowing you to write thecurrent program to the Prophet ’08 at the location you specify. The Write buttonduplicates the action of selecting ‘Write’ from the Editor’s Edit menu.The Layer B (Layer A when active in Layer B) button brings up the Layer B (orLayer A) Settings window.The Sequen (Sequencer) button opens the sequencer control window A or Bcorresponding to the Layer editor window currently active. Full control of all 4sequencers is accomplished from this window.The Global button duplicates the action of selecting ‘Global Settings’ from the MIDImenu.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200721

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideThe Piano button brings up the V-Piano (Virtual Piano) window. The Piano buttonduplicates the action of selecting ‘V-Piano’ from the Options menu.To the right of the Piano button is a group of three smaller buttons and a MIDI statusdisplay.6.5.Naming ProgramsSoundEditor gives you the ability to name your own programs or change existingprogram names that then can be stored and recalled in the Prophet ’08. Here’s how:In the Program Banks window, activated by clicking, select the program youwish to rename, right-click the mouse and select Rename:Here we’ve right clickedon Program A008 – SoftTriangles - and selectedthe ‘Rename’ function fromthe contextual menu.Click into the text field andmake the desired namechanges. When done,press enter. The newname will be storedautomatically at locationA008 and the Prophet ’08will be updated.Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200722

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideAnother option for ease ofchanging the name of thecurrent program beingedited is to click on themain program assignmentpanel which brings up therename windowimmediately.Note: There is a 16-character limit on program names. Names may include upperand lower case characters as well as numbers and most punctuation marks.You can also change the program name using the Write button in the toolbar.Select the program you wish to change in Program Banks menu then click the Writebutton in the toolbar. This brings up the Write Program window:Prophet ’08 SoundEditor User Guide Dave Smith Instruments 200723

PROPHET’08 SoundEditorUser GuideHere you can change the name or enter a new name in the ‘New Name’ field. Whendone, clicking the OK button will save the new name to the existing (default) location.Write P also gives you the option of saving the program to another location if desired.Select the new bank using the Destination ban

Prophet ’08 firmware. This manual, both a user guide and handy reference, is designed to get you up and running quickly. We hope you enjoy using Prophet ’08 SoundEditor for your Prophet ‘08! - The Software Development Team 1.1. Credits Software Development: SoundTower Software, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. User Guide Development: Derek .

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