Given my other duties it is difficult to make a statement when the VL-Wizard will be fully released, but I start seeing the end of the tunnel now. Also more and more people start encouraging me to go to the finish of this marathon. I really appreciate this.....
Below you find the screenshots (subject to changes) of the new Beta 2, currently under evaluation by a limited testing team. Their feedback is valued a lot and will be used to finalise the VL-Wizard and make it commercially available.
I'm from the principle that it is better to take the time and do it right. Developing the Wizard I've kept in mind following;
- guidelines at your fingertips
- hear immediately the impact of your sound design
- remove as much as possible technical barriers
- visualise as much as possible the VL-architecture
- make it visually attractive
- make VL-sound design fun and a re-discovery
- releasing such editor stimulates you again to build and share VL-Voices
- show Yamaha that there is still a hard-core VL-community
- and ofcourse get some financial return on this so I can buy more VL hardware
Interested to join the test team or sponsor this project?
- drop me an e-mail VL70m (at) imoxplus.net
- improve & fix bugs based on input of testers
- create usage manual (not to confuse with a VL-sound design manual)
- All parameter editing is done real-time. So you change the parameter , play and hear the difference.
- Several tooltips are included to explain the purpose of VL-parameters.
- The parameters and functional behaviour are all based on reverse engineering of the original VL-Expert Editor (this with approval of Yamaha).
- An extensive voice library of about 900 VL-voices will be included, these are voices found on the internet, extracted from the Yamaha VL Editors, converted from VL1m. These voices are included as a start basis and have not been improved with the VL-Wizard.
- Factory and Windlist voices can be send to the VL-Wizard using the standard VL70m-Current Voice Dumpout.
- The editor does function also with VL70m units that have been upgraded with the Windlist or Turbochip EPROM.
- Multipart mode is not supported (yet).
- Nothing is included, derived or copied from PatchMan. Editing of Turbochip voices is not possible.
- The VL-Wizard is not compatible with the VL1-m. Maybe this is a future improvement, if I can get hold of (and afford) a VL1m.
1- The Voice Tag editor and VL-Wizard menu window
- edit the Tag data, comments and image of the loaded VL-Voice
- menu buttons to go to the different editor modules
- CC controller feedback + Note information
- information on sysex data sent
2- The VL-Voice Browser
- Add, delete and search voices
- Rebuild the Voice Library
- Import .ALL libraries (.ALL .LIB VL70m format)
- Select voice templates (similar as with the Visual Editor of Yamaha)
- Quick preview on voice information before loading the voice
3- The Instrument Editor
- Contains all advanced parameters to edit the each setting of the VL-Element voice
- Entirely based on the reverse engineering of the original VL-Expert editor from Yamaha.
- Does change its labels and modelling behaviour (signal routing) based on the selected voice algorithm
- Full integration with the Key Scale editor
4- Advanced Key Scale - Break Point editor
- Fully integrated with the advanced Instrument editor. This means that you can change min/max levels in both windows
- multiple ways to edit the key scaling (graphical by moving the dots or sliders and also numeric)
5- Common Parameter Editor
- Edits all parameters that are not part of the VL-Element data. This is done to allow the possibility to enhance the VL-Wizard for multi-part editing.
- Important: System Parameters are not part of the loaded voice.
6- Advanced Tuning Editor
- Individual tuning of the 128 Notes (using derivative and length mode). Either manually or automatic tuning
- Scale editing
- audio feedback + sensitive frequency analyser
- Pitch and Pipe Length editing
- The tuning buffer of the voice is updated real-time and can be restored in case of tuning errors.
7- Effects Editor
- Editing of all 4 effect blocks of the VL70m
- Visual overview of the two routing modes (insert vs system)