SAVING MEMORY WHEN USING
Dr5Edit's MIDI CONVERSION FEATURE

By Pete Wilson


Before you attempt the following tutorial, open DR5Edit and please READ THE HELP FILE about midi conversion.

Most midi files eat up anywhere from 50% to 100% of the DR-5's memory. What we need to do to conserve pattern memory is basically "THROW OUT THE TRASH" or remove unnecessary patterns, if you will.

Before we start the tutorial, we need to convert the included midi file "Lodi". Track 1 (midifile) will be Bass, Track 2 Piano, and Track 10 Drums. (Do not convert track 7 for now). Once this is done, go to the song program tab. You will see song #00 Lodi00. The pattern structure is seen on the right half of the screen. You will notice the "Specs" to the right of the song title (Fig.1.)


Fig. 1


Note the memory usage is 9696. When we're finished editing, this number will be around 3168.
LEGEND:
Machine = DR-5
[Enter] = Green Checkmark at Top Of Page
(Fig.2)

Fig. 2

The first thing we need to do is get the file we just converted uploaded to our machine. Once this is done, let's play it back just to make sure it basically sounds OK. Now let's get out paper and pencil.
As we once again play back the song, we will write down the following, entering the Section and Part first.
    Section ----------------------- Part ------------------------ *Patterns
    Intro ------------------------- 1-5 -------------------------- 200-204
    Verse1 ------------------------ 6-21 ------------------------- 205-220
    Verse2 ------------------------ 22-37 ------------------------ 221-236
    Guitar Interlude -------------- 38-45 ------------------------ 237-244
    Verse3 ------------------------ 46-61 ------------------------ 245-260
    Modulating to C --------------- 62-64 ------------------------ 261-263
    Short Intro ------------------- 65-66 ------------------------ 264-265
    Verse4 ------------------------ 67-82 ------------------------ 266-281
    Out --------------------------- 83-103 ----------------------- 282-302
    
After this is finished, click on the songs tab. Look at the pattern list (Fig.3) on the right side of the screen and write down the *pattern numbers.


Fig. 3

We now look at the structure and notice that there are four verses. All four verses are basically identical but behold, they all use different pattern numbers. We now start to edit a test song using a blank song
Click on Song01 in the left pane. You will see a blank screen in the right pane. Check Initial Tempo and set to 123 (Fig. 4) [Enter]


Fig. 4

Name Song to Lodi. [Enter]

We're now ready to enter patterns, repeats, etc.
INTRO: Check "Pattern" (Fig. 4)

Using the Append function (Fig. 4), Enter patterns 200,201,202,203, and 204. [Enter]

If you click inside the pattern box and use the arrow keys to change patterns, data entry will be much faster. (Don't forget to Append after each pattern).
VERSES 1 & 2: (Key of B flat)

Check "Start Repeat" (Fig. 4) [Append][Enter]

Check "Pattern"

Enter patterns 205 through 220 (Don't forget to append after each step)

Check "End Repeat" X1 [Append][Enter]
SHORT GUITAR SOLO:
Check "Pattern"
Enter patterns 237 through 244
[Enter]

VERSE 3:
Check "Pattern"
Enter patterns 205 through 220
[Enter]

INTRO INTO MODULATION:
Check "Pattern"
Enter patterns 261 through 265
[Enter]

VERSE 4: (Key of C)
Check Transpose, scroll to +2, [Append] [Enter]
Check "Pattern"
Enter patterns 205 through 220, 217, 218, 219, 220
[Enter]

GUITAR SOLO: (Out)
Check "Pattern"
Enter patterns 237 through 244
Check Transpose, scroll to 0, [Append] [Enter]
Check "Pattern"
Enter pattern 302 [Enter]

The song is now finished. We can now save it. Go the the Transfer tab and click on save entire contents. (Fig. 5)


Fig. 5

Once again upload the entire file to your machine. Play Song01 back just to make sure you entered everything right. If you're satisfied, you can now save the song as a single song file by clicking on the song and then clicking on the floppy icon on the bottom right of the screen. (Fig. 6)


Fig. 6

Now go the Transfer tab and clear the memory. Go to the Song tab, click on song00, click on the open folder above the floppy icon and open your created song. Upload to the machine and surprise, all of the "Trash" is gone and your memory is now 1/3 of the original. You may also notice the pattern numbers have changed. This is because DR5Edit moves them all up to the top of the list starting with pattern 200.

This method is not "Carved into Stone" and I urge you to develop variations through experimentation.