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Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by Quartz » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:34 pm

Good afternoon,
Does anyone still use one of these? I had one many moons ago.
My dilemma is; I found some files on a hard drive called ***.dtx I'm sure these are files I saved of sysex data from various synths and drum machines I had over the years. I saved them as the "Exdata" format in the Q80EX.
Can anyone confirm the suffix of an EXdata file saved to a floppy? And, does anyone know of a Windows based program to convert these files to a sysex or midi file?
Or should I just go find a Q80EX somewhere :)
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:25 pm

If you can find an old computer with a floppy drive that will run MS-DOS, there is this package from Giebler. I have no idea if Giebler is still in business, but their website is still up.

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Re: Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by madtheory » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:52 am

The EX version added Standard MIDI File compatibility. So before buying Geibler, I would try copying the files and changing the file extension of the copies to .syx and see if they can be used in a SysEx loader app like SNoize SysEx librarian or similar. You should be able to load them into a DAW like Cubase or Pro Tools as well.

Failing that, Geibler :)

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Re: Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by Quartz » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:56 pm

Great suggestions both ways. I'll try them tonight.
Although I opened the files in notepad and I think they might be too small to be files for any synth I have.
I'm thinking they're data files for a Roland R5 I have in a box.
But again, I'll give both a try tonight. I still have a floppy drive and MS-DOS on a disk :D

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Re: Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by madtheory » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:12 pm

Quartz wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:56 pm
I'm thinking they're data files for a Roland R5 I have in a box.
Nice machine! Was always curious about the sequencer in those.

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Re: Kawai Q80EX - File format question

Post by Quartz » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:52 pm

They were R5 files. For mee ole drum machine. Just pad configurations for various projects I was working on in the 80's. MIDI note number changes and the like. Appreciate all the help!

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