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MIDIbox .syx configuration

Some MIDIbox applications like MIDIbox Plus, MIDIbox64, MIDIbox64E, MIDIbox MF and MIDIO128 are providing additional configuration possibilities which are part of a "Bank". In difference to the program code, such memory dumps can be uploaded on-the-fly during runtime, and some of the applications also allow to store the dumps in a BankStick, so that you are able to switch between different setups very quickly.

There are two ways to edit the bank content. You can either use the mk_syx or mk_midio128_syx script for a text based configuration (the fastest way to customize a large number of settings), or you can use Serge's vmidibox editors which are described here (GUI based configuration).
Link to the MIDI-OX site Download MIDI-OX from this site.
Link to the perl.com Download perl if it isn't installed on your computer.
Unix users: it comes mostly with your distribution.
Windows users: take Active Perl.
Mac users: take MacPerl
Open a .ini file with your favourite text editor and change the settings for your needs.
Open a shell and change to the directory which contains the .ini file. Start the mk_syx.pl script with perl mk_syx.pl [ini-file].
Example: perl mk_syx.pl midibox64.ini
snap1.gif Now Start MIDI-OX and configure the MIDI In/Out Ports.
snap1.gif Ensure that the datastream from the MIDI In port is not forwarded to the MIDI Out port in order to avoid a feedback loop! Deselect the Auto-switch in the lower left corner before selecting a MIDI In/Out port so that this connection will not be done automatically. Check the port mapping at the right side: the MIDI In port should not appear in the list!
snap2.gif Ensure that SysEx is enabled.
snap3.gif Start the SysEx tool.
snap4.gif Go into the configure menu.
snap5.gif IMPORTANT: the SysEx tool configuration is different to the configuration required for the Bootstrap Loader! For a bank upload, the Low Level Output Buffer has to be configured to : Size = 1 Byte, Delay = 20 ms!
Load the .syx file
snap7.gif Send it to the MIDIbox/MIDIO.

Last update: 2021-04-04

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