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Emax II MIDI SDS Guide

This is one of the most frequent e-mails I get. The problem stems from the Emax II manual being incorrect in it's Key Assignment listing which incorrectly stipulate voice #s 256-344 for secondary voices. Also most people seem unsure how to set-up MIDI SDS capable programs to communicate with an Emax correctly. I only use Sound Forge with my Emax II so this guide is written for that combination specifically, however most of the information can be used with any software that supports MIDI SDS. At the end of the guide there is a table with the correct Emax II Key Assignments.


In Sound Forge use the Generic MIDI SDS template to start with. From there you need to do a little tweaking.

First, select your computers MIDI In and MIDI Out ports that the Emax is connected to.

Next set the MIDI Send and Receive channels. They need to match the Emax's Master MIDI setting (Master/9/2). This is very important, you will receive errors if they are set to different channels or if you fail to set your Emax's Master MIDI setting to a specific channel. If you still get transfer errors make sure you have no other MIDI instruments in the chain, sometimes when the requests and data are sent over MIDI if it runs into another instrument along the way it will cause errors. If that still fails try new shorter cables.

Optionally you can set SF's Sample Bias. By default SF assumes sample #12 is assigned to note C1, but on the Emax sample #12 is actually assigned to note A0 so you need to set the Sample Bias option to +3. This way when you request sample #12 in SF you will get the primary sample assigned to note C1. The chart I've included below contains the correct Emax II Key Assignments, but it is for software that start with sample #0 , others may actually start with sample #1.

Note: The chart does not reflect setting the Sample Bias. So why set the Sample Bias? For me it's because I don't use the chart to look up assignments I look at my keyboards all of which start at note C1 and I think of every C as a multiple of 12 (A0 isn't even on my keyboard so I would never assign a sample to it). I don't want to remember that the Emax is actually off by 3. If you plan on having the chart handy and you have no other samplers then you might not want to set the Bias.

Now click on Save As and give the new settings a name like Emax II SDS.

Remember: when sending samples to the Emax that the sample will only be assigned to that one note and it will also only be assigned to the Master outputs. You have to use Preset Definiton #2 - Edit Assignments to assign the voice to your desired zone and outputs.

EMAX II MIDI SDS KEY ASSIGNMENTS
Note Primary Sample Secondary Sample Note Primary Sample Secondary Sample
C1 15 144 C4 51 180
C#1 16 145 C#4 52 181
D1 17 146 D4 53 182
D#1 18 147 D#4 54 183
E1 19 148 E4 55 184
F1 20 149 F4 56 185
F#1 21 150 F#4 57 186
G1 22 151 G4 58 187
G#1 23 152 G#4 59 188
A1 24 153 A4 60 189
A#1 25 154 A#4 61 190
B1 26 155 B4 62 191
C2 27 156 C5 63 192
C#2 28 157 C#5 64 193
D2 29 158 D5 65 194
D#2 30 159 D#5 66 195
E2 31 160 E5 67 196
F2 32 161 F5 68 197
F#2 33 162 F#5 69 198
G2 34 163 G5 70 199
G#2 35 164 G#5 71 200
A2 36 165 A5 72 201
A#2 37 166 A#5 73 202
B2 38 167 B5 74 203
C3 39 168 B6 75 204
C#3 40 169 C#6 76 205
D3 41 170 D6 77 206
D#3 42 171 D#6 78 207
E3 43 172 E6 79 208
F3 44 173 F6 80 209
F#3 45 174 F#6 81 210
G3 46 175 G6 82 211
G#3 47 176 G#6 83 212
A3 48 177 A6 84 213
A#3 49 178 A#6 85 214
B3 50 179 B6 86 215