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

Posted on: July 26, 2017 @ 01:10 PM
Total Posts:  31
Joined  07-30-2016
status: Regular

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):
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:;

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

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Posted on: August 02, 2017 @ 04:17 AM
Total Posts:  994
Joined  08-20-2007
status: Guru

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.


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Posted on: October 08, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
- Henry -
Total Posts:  124
Joined  10-30-2011
status: Pro


Let’s make a couple of clarifications:
The SQ01 sequencer is not required to use the PLG AN-, DX-, VL-, DR-, PC- or VH-editors, and neither is the Studio Manager software. The latest versions of these PLG editors can run as plugins within an OPT-compatible host, such as SQ01, but they work just fine standalone too. In any case, the editors must be installed separately. The phrase “PLG support built in” is therefore a bit of a misnomer!

I’m not too confident that the PLG-editors included with SQ01 are final version ones either. The latest version of the editors can be downloaded here:;_id3=&product_id=106828

Running the editors as OPT plugins within SQ01 has an obvious advantage, in that your project files will include the editor settings, if done correctly. This is covered in various walkthroughs found elsewhere in this forum. You should be able to use these PLG card editors in other OPT-compatible sequencers too, although I only know for sure of Cakewalk Sonar and Sony Acid Pro to have (had) this ability.

Please note that the PLG-150AP and PLG-150PF piano cards have SQ01/SOL2 editor plugins, but these are non-OPT and cannot run standalone. The same thing goes for the japan-only PLG100-SG card editor and the MU2000 sampling editor. These editors will only run within SQ01/SOL2.

Some earlier instruments, like the AN200/DX200 “grooveboxes”, had editor plugins designed for the older XGworks (v1-v4) sequencing environment, but these editors are not compatible with SQ01/SOL2 at all.

Best regards,

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