Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

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Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by commodorejohn » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:10 am

I've got an FB-01 that I feel like I really ought to do more with, but I'm kind of hampered by the presets not being that great and there only seeming to be one librarian/editor for it that runs on Windows (this one,) which really, really sucks - like a lot of multiplatform FOSS projects, it solves the problem of different platforms having different UI conventions by inventing its own convention which bears essentially no relationship to anything ever used by any other program in history. There are other FB-01 editors, but they require that I use an Atari emulator (a pain) or an Intel Mac (don't have one,) or they're commercialware multi-synth conglomerations. Does anyone know of a decent Windows editor for the thing?
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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by synthroom » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:27 pm

That editor looks nice from the screen shots - too bad it's not making you happy.

I've only used Sound Quest/Midi Quest for the FB-01. It might be worthwhile to invest in MidiQuest - you've got several other synths that you could use it on - it's not just great for programming, but backing up your sounds and swapping in and out banks of patches as well.

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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by commodorejohn » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:23 pm

The layout's not bad, but the controls are just insane. I'd like to know how the author concluded that a pushbutton you click and drag on (as commonly seen in no other program ever) was a more appropriate choice for selecting from a limited range of values than a freakin' slider...ye gods.

I suppose I probably should look into one of the larger librarians sometime...hmm.
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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by max badwan » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:33 pm

commodorejohn wrote:but they require that I use an Atari emulator (a pain)
Why not get an Atari (ST/Mega) and track down a copy of Steinberg Synthworks or X-Syn? There are versions for most of your vintage gear.

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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by commodorejohn » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:43 pm

True enough, I suppose, but I'd rather not - the Ataris just don't interest me the way other vintage computers do, so the MIDI software would be basically the only reason I'd get one...

Really I should probably just dig up my old copy of VB6 and hack something together.
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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by max badwan » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:37 pm

Isn't there anything available for the Amiga? Or is there a generic Yamaha 4op editor for Windows, which could be configured to the FB?

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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by commodorejohn » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:06 am

Yeah, there's a couple, I've just gotta get around to giving them a try..
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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by Virgule » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:19 am

You can run the Steem (Atari ST) emulator and Caged Artists FB-01 editor.

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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by commodorejohn » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:57 am

Yes, but again, running an emulator just for one application is a sub-optimal solution at best.
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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by Virgule » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:44 am

I never fully succeed in getting it to work but it seemed to run fine for some pp....I think that's pretty much it for 'free' software editors.

Give the Meslin one another chance, it does almost everything one needs and has time to bother with the FB01.

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Re: Is there a decent (free) FB-01 editor for Windows?

Post by max badwan » Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:04 am

Another thought, Yamaha CX-5m and YRM-506 FB-01 editor?

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