2002-04-24 00:13:06 UTC
I've been using the 5050 editor that Roland provides from its website:
The thing, for lack of a better term, sucks. The synth has got some
killer sounds, but boy does it take a lot of time to get anything
done using the Roland editor. It's still better than the front panel
and LCD screen, but still...
I don't know too much about the inner workings of Sound Diver and the
Roland editor, but I suspect that Sound Diver first requests all the
sysex data from a synth and then loads it into system RAM where it
can quickly be manipulated and transferred to the device; in the
Roland editor, it has to request EVERYTHING and transmit EVERYTHING
across the MIDI cable EACH time you try to edit something or change
between patch and program modes.
For something simple like changing a patch within a part, it clocks
in at a mere 7 seconds...in Sound Diver with my 2080 it is immediate.
My guess there is that instead of sending the appropriate program
change to call up the patch, it is requesting the entire patch data,
transferring it to the computer to load into the editor, and then
back into the synth's RAM. Ridiculous.
The interface is clumsy, you cannot numerically insert values, you
cannot edit the envelopes with a mouse, the help file pretty much
tells you only how to set up the MIDI stuff, etc.
So, please Emagic, see it in your hearts to make an editor for the
5050, because the guys at Roland aren't doing so well!