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Combine\Consolidate\Merge complete libraries

#1 Post by hunz » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:43 pm

In this article, we will discuss a specific method of Library management, which has already been discussed in relevant forums but has not been discussed here. It is about combining several Sound Libraries into one to make room for other Libraries.

The capacity utilization of the Sample Memory may still be below the memory limit. So there would be more space available for additional Sound Libraries. However, since the Libraries 1 - 8 were already used, only one other Soundset could be loaded into the User Bank. But the User Bank should be better kept for temporary actions or individual compilations. So, if you are able to merge some Libraries, you would regain space for additional Libraries.


If all Performances are selected in the Library Import display with "Select All", a complete Library including all Performances, User Waveforms, and User Arpeggios is copied into the User Bank. Only the Live Sets contained in the Library are not taken into account.
Thus, with Library Import, complete Soundsets can be copied to the User Bank and subsequently stored as a new USER File and LIBRARY File. This makes sense if you want to combine several Libraries (Soundsets) into a new Library. The prerequisite is that the combined Libraries contain no more than 256 User Arpeggios in total and that the available Sample Memory is sufficient.

In order to ensure that the original order of the Performances of the Libraries is preserved, certain steps are necessary, which are shown here as examples using the EASY SOUNDS Library "Xtasyn".

• Load the Library File "Xtasyn.X7L" into the MONTAGE. You'll see performances organized by default order, which is not by Name.

• Select UTILITY - Contents - Library Import. You can see that the Performances are suddenly, sorted by name, which is not their default order.

• Tap on "Date" to the right of "Name". Still, they are sorted by name.

• Tap on "Date". The sorting changes and now corresponds in principle to the original sorting of the Library. However, the Performances are not shown in rows, but in columns. The first four Performances "XtaSyn", "Fifth Dance", "SpaceLine", and "Tears 4U" are in the first column, the second column begins with "Fairyland".

• Tap on "Select All". All Performances of the Library are marked with a check mark.

• Tap "Import to User Bank" and confirm with "Import - Yes".

• The Import process starts and takes a few minutes because of the Samples contained in the Library.

• After successfully completing the Library Import, you can see in CategorySearch (Main = all, Sort = Default) that the Performances appear in the User Bank in their original order.

The above example showed the steps to completely copy a Library to the User Bank while maintaing the original order of Performances.


Now that you understood the procedure of importing a complete Library, you can begin to merge several Libraries using the Library Import function. As mentioned above, however, you should first check whether the maximum number of User Arpeggios is not exceeded. All combined Libraries may not contain more than 256 User Arpeggios.

Here is an overview of the current EASY SOUNDS Libraries and the number of User Arpeggios contained in them:

• Phat Analog = 0 User Arpeggios
• Phat Analog II= 48 User Arpeggios
• Dance Pro= 256 User Arpeggios
• Xtasyn= 182 User Arpeggios
• Nature of Chill= 0 User Arpeggios
• Live Instruments= 256 User Arpeggios
• Live Organ= 244 User Arpeggios
• Organ Session= 0 User Arpeggios

For example, you could make these combinations, in which a Library with User Arpeggios is combined with a Library that contains no User Arpeggios:

• Phat Analog and Phat Analog II = together 48 User Arpeggios
• Live Organ and Organ Session = together 244 User Arpeggios
• Live Instruments and Nature of Chill = together 256 User Arpeggios

It is also possible to combine several Libraries with User Arpeggios if the number of 256 is not exceeded. For example, a combination of "Xtasyn" (182 User Arpeggios) and "Phat Analog II" (48 User Arpeggios) would be possible. Other Libraries without User Arpeggios could be added, if desired. In this case, the maximum number of 640 Performances for a single User or Library File must be considered in addition to the utilisation of the Sample
Memory. Basically, however, you should avoid to pack too much content into a Library, since it can become quite confusing.

If you want to combine two of the Soundsets listed above, you only need to perform the Library Import for one of the two Soundsets, because with the EASY SOUNDS libraries the first File can be loaded directly as a User File.
The steps for a combination of "Phat Analog" and "Phat Analog II" would thus look like this:

• Load the User File PhatAnalog.X7U
• Load the Library File PhatAnalogII.X7L
• Perform the complete Library Import of "PhatAnalogII" using the steps described above

After this procedure, which is executed in a few minutes, both Soundsets are stored together in the User Bank and can be saved as new User and Library Files.
To this end, here's an important hint: In case of later changes, you should always keep the corresponding User File in addition to the Library Files. If you want to change Library Performances, you first have to load the identical User File, make the changes, and save the content as a User and Library File. Finally, the old Library is deleted and the modified Library is re-loaded into the MONTAGE.

After the Library Import the Performances of "Phat Analog II" follow the Performances of Phat Analog in their original order. As with all EASY SOUNDS Libraries, the Multi Part Performances (blue) are stored ahead of the Single Part Performances (green). So if you want to get to the first Performance of Phat Analog II, you have to step through the Category Search Pages until the first Multi Part Performance of Phat Analog II (blue) appears.

If you only want to select the Multi Part Performances (blue) of both Soundsets, select the "Multi" attribute in Category Search.
When all the steps of this particular Library management have been completed, you should use the "Backup File" function (new from Firmware 1.50) to save all Libraries together in one file (UTILITY - Contents - Store / Save - ContentType "Backup File").

I hope that the procedures described are helpful for your daily work with MONTAGE. Have fun and succeed with your Library management!

(Credit: Peter Krischker, Yamaha MPG)

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