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Viewing topic "Editors for the PLG cards -SQ01 and SOL2 and XG-Works"

     
Posted on: July 26, 2017 @ 09:10 AM
javelin276
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If you own any of the PLG plugin cards (I own 4) you will want editors for them.  The last sequencers with PLG support built in were SQ01 and SOL2.  These actually can work just fine today, you just have to know how to install them properly, there is a trick to it.

On Windows-7 you have to run the SQ01 INSTALLER with XP SP3 Compatibility and Administrator privileges.  Not the app after it’s loaded, the Setup.exe Installer program.  SOL2 requires the same settings to install correctly too, I have both up and running properly.  I haven’t tried Windows 8 or 10, but my guess is the same fix applies.

I’ve read too many threads trying to figure this out myself where people have gotten stuck like I did, SQ01 installed, but there were no midi devices in the window to select.  This fixes that problem. 

You can purchase SQ01 on CD directly from Yamaha as a spare part, it was about $15 including the shipping from Japan.  It was a bit of a hassle, I had to figure out how to order the Tools CD for the Motif-ES from the correct department.  SOL2 is much, much harder to find, I finally found it through a friend on a midi tutorials site.  The PLG card editors come on the CD’s with the sequencers.

A simpler method to get a sequencer up and running on Windows-7 (or higher) is to download the older XG-Works 3.0.7e sequencer off the following website (Tools Subsection):  http://xg-central.com/xgc-software.php
The PLG card editors are hard to find online anymore (they don’t come with XG-Works) but if you go to the Japanese Yamaha page you can still download them:
http://download.yamaha.com/search/detail/?language=ja&site=jp.yamaha.com&asset_id=21294&category_id=16244&product_id=437394&1501089322;

On the bottom of the page is a checkbox (click it) then the download link just below it for ‘allplginw.zip (4.66 MB)’ is enabled.

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Posted on: August 02, 2017 @ 12:17 AM
nbadesign
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PLG cards also work with Cubase. I have used them through Studio Manager since Cubase SX 3.11 and now in Cubase 8 Pro installed on Win 7 64bit.
I currently work with my PLGs also with editors in stand alone mode.
All PLGs (PLG150-VL, PLG150-DX and PLG150-AN) are installed in MU2000EX.

Alex

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Posted on: October 08, 2017 @ 08:59 AM
- Henry -
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Hi,

Let’s make a couple of things clear: The SQ01/SOL2 sequencers are absolutely not required to use the PLG AN-, DX-, VL-, DR-, PC- or VH-editors, and neither is the Studio Manager software. As mentioned elsewhere on the forum, the latest versions of almost all the PLG editors (as well as the Motif/S90 editors, to name a few) will run just fine standalone as well. In any case, they have to be installed separately, and are not included with SQ01.

Other OPT-compatible sequencers should be able to open these editors too, although I only know for sure of Cakewalk Sonar to have had this compatibility apart from Yamaha.

There are of course earlier instruments, like the AN200/DX200 “grooveboxes”, whose editors could only run as plugins within the older XGworks sequencers, and these were never standalone-capable or ported to the OPT format used in SQ01/SOL2. There’s also that obscure PLG100-SG card (and possibly the two piano cards), which only has a SQ01/SOL2 editor plugin (non-OPT), that also won’t run standalone.

The obvious advantage of running the editors from within the sequencer, is that your sequencer project files will include the editor settings when done properly. It takes a bit of initial setting up, though, and quite possibly some trials and errors.

I think Phil and others have been a bit quick to dismiss SQ01 in earlier threads. Granted; it is old, and hasn’t been supported by Yamaha for more than a decade. Still, it will run reliably on modern Windows OSes, both x86 and x64, when including the extra installation steps outlined by javelin276. I can only add that I haven’t gotten the DMO (a subset of the old DirectX 8 foundation) plugins working on Windows 7. It looks like these are in fact too antiquated.

There is a small but faithful crowd still tinkering with the old Win95-era XGworks sequencers (v2, v3 or even the “hacked” Japanese v4 version). I can personally and fondly relate to that very special satifaction, that arises from making old stuff - often abandoned by others - work again. That being said, unless the requirement is for something that has to run on Ye Olde Win95/98 computer, XGworks users could really benefit from considering the more modern alternatives.

Because of the layout and the way MIDI is handled, XGworks oldtimers should find SQ01 very familiar in use. Still, SQ01 is a significantly more advanced offering than its predecessors. The audio section in particular feels truly liberating in comparison, with the added benefits of ASIO driver support, 24/96 resolution and VST plugins, among other things.

To get a small taste, have a look at this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgGHKTNW20

It should be noted that SQ01 v1/v2 is a stripped-down version of the Japan-only SOL/SOL2 sequencers. SQ01 actually omits a couple of the features found in those older XGworks versions, such as the notation window and the XG editor. If you need those, they can be found in SOL2.

There’s also a third sibling in the family, called XGworks ST. Being sort of a middle-child, it lacks SOL2’s Motif-derived TimeStretch/TimeSlice functionality, as well as some of the included effect plugins, but is otherwise pretty complete. There are some additional minor differences between the three, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

While SQ01 is possibly still available on CD as a spare part, having been shipped with e.g. the Motif ES synthesizers in their day, the bad news is that it was the only version to make it outside of Japan. Hence, you’ll probably have to visit Japanese auction/classifieds sites to find legal copies of its bigger brethren. In my case, http://www.jauce.com proved to be an invaluable resource. Also, although the actual software is displayed in English, you’ll have to put up with Japanese-language installers and help files. Those can easily be overcome, though!

Feel free to ask questions! :-)

Best regards,

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