Programs for converting wav to ESI?

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Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:08 am

I can't seem to find any programs that will convert wav files to Emu ESI soundbanks. Chicken Sys translator doesn't work! :banghead: My understanding of ESI Win is that is can only send EMU soundbanks to ISO images. A couple of programs can convert FROM Emu formats but not into. :(

I need to be able to make cds that my ESI will be able to read (I have a rackmounted Glyph harddrive & CD reader connected via SCSI to my ESI 4000).

any recomendations?
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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:13 am

Extreme sample converter doesn't support ESI files & neither does Awave Studio. I heard that Emus can read Akai CDs so would I be able to convert into some Akai format instead?

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by gmeredith » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:44 am

Do you have a PC with SCSI that you use for it as well?

If you have your ESI and Glyph connected to a computer, Sound Forge 4 and above will send single WAV files to your ESI, from there you can make banks with them and save them via SCSI to the Glyph. From there on, you can use ESI-Win to turn it into an ISO image for burning to CD.

Also, Esi-Win can convert single wav files to a readable sample for the ESi. You need to use the ESI floppy drive for this though. This is good if you don't have a PC with SCSI at hand. In the ESI-Win menu, click on the PC floppy drive icon and select the floppy drive. Insert a blank floppy disk into the computer. Now right click on it, and select the "import WAV to ESI floppy" option, find the WAV file on your computer, follow the instructions.

When done, take the floppy out and put it in the ESi and load the sample into the sampler. From there you can make or add it to a bank. Then save your bank via SCSI to your Glyph hard drive, and use ESI-Win to turn it into an ISO image for burning to CD.

Very slow and clumsy way but it does work if you have no success any other way.

Xtrakk will load whole soundfonts to your ESI via SCSI from PC. So if you have a .sf2 soundfont file of something you found that has multiple samples, it will load it all in one go. Or make a .sf2 file on the PC with your WAVs and then upload it.

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:33 am

so the ESI will take wav files. that's good, I guess I will go the floppy route :cry:

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by Spadz » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:09 pm

If you have SCSI card on your PC, can't you just use SMDI to tranfert wavs to and from ESI?
I have E4's, Yams and that's pretty much the trick.

I don't know if the ESI supports SMDI, but if it does and you have the PC SCSI card, try that.
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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by madtheory » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:20 pm

Yep, ESI supports SMDI, it's the way to go.

Read this:
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Dec01/a ... ede0d5b1d7

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by Hugo76 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:05 pm

What about the Emulator X software sampler?

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:23 pm

well, I have a DB25 port on the back of my computer, has anyone tried a scsi to db25 cable? I think that would work for a scsi connection. My computer already has a few scsi cards (printer, dvd r/w, floppy). If I didn't use the printer, would I be able to use that port?

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by madtheory » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:19 pm

Emulator X will import ESI programs, but it will not export them.

DB25 will not work at all. You just need a SCSI card, they are very cheap now on ebay.

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:21 am

Thanks for the info and suggestions everyone. :D I should have this sampler loading samples soon!

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by awol9000 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:31 am

HAHA. Now that I got everything figured out the volume dies. LOL.

Is it worth it to get the volume repaired, upgrade the ram and buy a PCI card? I'm thinking no.

The Roland SP404SX looks like it might fit my needs. Plus it can hold up to 32gb on a SD card and those cards are pretty cheap.

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by tallowwaters » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Well, if you are just triggering one shots and phrases, it will work fine. Personally, I would prefer working with the E-mu.

32 gigs of samples.... sheesh.
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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by gmeredith » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:14 am

What exactly do you mean that the volume died? I mean, did the volume control physically fall apart, or it just no longer responds to it, or it's quieter.... The ESI volume control isn't an analog control - its a digital volume setup, and sometimes needs recalibrating. The manual talks about this, and how you can recalibrate it. Maybe it lost its calibration.

Hope that may help,

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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by tallowwaters » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:40 am

Graham, we should just make you a mod over here in samplers. You should be compiling all this sampler knowledge into nice threads.
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Re: Programs for converting wav to ESI?

Post by gmeredith » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:34 am

I'd be glad to help out ;)

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