Sysex Librarian Mac

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As of version 1.1 (September 2006) SysEx Librarian is a universal binary (runs natively on Intel and PowerPC Macs). This app allows you to send and receive sysex messages to other devices. It works quite nicely for Chroma patch storage and retrieval (given a MIDI interface that allows for system exclusive communication). A huge collection of Patch Editors & Librarians software - freeware, shareware, and demos - that you can download for free. Platforms include Windows, Mac and Linux. SysEx Librarian data file extension vgm: Video Game Music file file extension dm1: Desktop Music Software score file file extension ckb: Cricket Audio sound bank file file extension mp1: MPEG Audio Stream, Layer I file extension s3m: Scream Tracker v3 module file extension mgb: Paragon5 Gameboy Tracker audio file extension mct: Musicator MIDI file.

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SoftwareDescriptionOSLicenseFile DateCommentsPower
Everest MA-1 Patch Editor

Patch editor for Turtle Beach Pinnacle and AVM Apex MA-1 Synthesizer

GNIStyle 1.16

KORG i-series midi to style converter


Convert WAV files into RolandS-550/S-330 MIDI system exclusive sample dumps.

DrumFlow 1.70

Easy and powerful MIDI drum sequencer and GS/XG drum setup editor.

M1LibEd 3.1.2

Korg M1 - M1R Editor and Librarian

Obie Editor v1.1

Patch editor for the Oberheim Matrix 1000

Midi Quest XL v10.0.5

Universal Editor/Librarian - Cakewalk, Cubase VST, Guitar Studio.

JUNO Librarian

Make libraries of voice data for JUNO106.

SysEx Solution v97

MIDI SysEx store / librarian / Korg M1 editor

Cherry Picker v2.62

Powerful MIDI patchfile editor.

Bome's SendSX 1.30 Beta 3

Send and Receive arbitrary MIDI Data.

Noize 3.20

Universal MIDI patch editor and librarian

GT Manager v4.5.0

GT Manager for Boss GT-3, GT-5, GT-6 and GT-8.

BorgLib - BorgStation's Librarian v1.2.2

Patch manager/librarian.

Roland GI-10 Control Panel

A contorl panel for the Roland GI-10 guitar MIDI interface

MIDI Patch Lister

Create lists of all of the patches of all of your MIDI instruments

Style Old Format Converter

Convert YAMAHA keyboard style files to old format.

GenMidi DLL

Dynamic link library to add 'Instrument Definition' support.

ExsManager v2.9

Standalone management software for Exs24 instruments and files.

Tunefish v4.0.1

Multiplatform soft synth

SyxLibEd 3.0.3

SyxLibEd is a Sysex files manager and database that allows you to archive patches of any MIDI device that supports system exclusive.

Alpha Juno Control v0.9

A basic patch editor for owners of Roland Alpha Juno keyboards

XG/GS Utilities

XG/GS SYSEX Decoder & MIDI Patch Librarian.

Miniak-editor v1.8

This is a software for advanced controlling with the Akai Miniak in your DAW. [VST].

M3RLibEd 3.12

Korg M3R synth Librarian / Editor


Patch editor for the E-mu Orbit family of sound modules

Style Revoicer

Revoice Yamaha keyboard Style Files.

QSEdit v0.99

Edit (and enhance...) the sounds of DB50XG or SW60 beyond what seemed possible...

MIDI Museum

A universal editor/librarian

SoundPaC JX-8P 1.0.1

Midi Sound Parameter Controller for the Roland JX-8P synthesizer.


MIDI is the language that lets your digital music devices communicate with each other.

It may seem like it’s been around forever, but MIDI was a groundbreaking initiative for it’s time.

In fact, MIDI has been around so long that some of its functions can seem odd and outdated. Sysex is a MIDI message type often used early in MIDI gear that can be extra confusing.

In this article I’ll break down MIDI system exclusive messages and explain where they’re used, why they’re important and how to work with them.

What is MIDI?

MIDI is short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s a protocol that allows computers, musical instruments and other hardware to communicate.

MIDI was first developed in the 80s to standardize the growing amount of digital music hardware.

Today, it’s used in almost every digital music workflow you can think of.

MIDI is a big subject, so if you want to learn more, head over to our in-depth guide to get the full tour.

What are MIDI messages?

A stream of MIDI carries several different types of information at once.

A stream of MIDI carries several different types of information at once.

Each type communicates specific data about the musical performance or the behaviour of the device.

The different instruction types are called MIDI messages.

The MIDI standard was defined early in the history of computing and it had limited bandwidth to match the performance of the era’s digital music gear.

Even though MIDI can transmit multiple messages, the resolution of each is limited to 128 steps in up to two values.

That’s why MIDI numbers are listed on a scale of 0-127 in your DAW. Even so, MIDI is capable of transmitting a surprising amount of detail.

MIDI messages are broken down into channel messages and system messages.

Channel messages handle note ons and offs, program and control changes, pitch bends and aftertouch. System messages include clock, transport and sysex.

What is MIDI Sysex?

Sysex, or ‘MIDI system exclusive messages’ are a MIDI message type designed to transmit information about specific functions inside a piece of MIDI hardware.

In fact, sysex messages are up to the product manufacturer to define. This means that the set of sysex messages a piece of gear can receive is different for every make and model.

Unlike simple MIDI messages like Note On and program change number, sysex messages are sent in a format called a string.

It means they can send and receive multiple instructions in one data stream.


These complications make sysex a little harder to use than more straightforward MIDI commands.

For that reason, it’s only used in a handful of situations, on mostly older MIDI gear.

Sysex Librarian Mac 10.6.8

Even so, sysex has some important applications that you need to know if your gear relies on it.

Unlike simple MIDI messages like Note On and program change number, sysex messages are sent in a format called a string.

How to send and receive sysex

Unlike other types of messages, you may not be able to easily send sysex with a standard MIDI controller or DAW MIDI channel.

In most cases where you need to receive or transmit sysex, a dedicated librarian tool is the best choice.

These simple apps can import sysex files, send and receive sysex strings from your hardware, and save files to store for later.

Sysex Librarian For Mac

Here are two solid recommendations for managing sysex:

Mac OS – Sysex Librarian

Sysex Librarian is a straightforward but effective sysex tool for Mac.

It can import sysex files of any manufacturer type and send them to your gear via your MIDI interface.

It can also record incoming sysex messages from your synth to save on your computer.


Midi Sysex Transfer File Utility

MIDI OX can handle all your MIDI librarian needs on Windows OS.

It’s great to use as a platform for working with sysex, but it can help with plenty of other general MIDI tasks, like routing, filtering and remapping.

What you can do with sysex?

With all that background info, you may be wondering what you can actually do with MIDI sysex messages.

Here the most common uses of sysex:

1. Send banks and patches to older gear

Buying older gear is great for a lot of reasons. You save money, you get classic sounds and you get equipment that’s been around for a long time.

With old synths and MIDI gear, longer life often means a more dedicated community. You can find thousands of custom patches for well-loved gear posted for free online.

MIDI Sysex is often used to update firmware and other core system information in devices that don’t connect directly to a computer.

For many sought-after pieces, the only way to load sounds you find on the internet is with sysex.

2. Back up presets or sequences

There’s nothing like the feeling of editing sounds and creating sequences on real hardware.

It’s surprisingly different from tweaking parameters in your DAW. But saving and managing hundreds of patches is a different story.

Computers are naturally better at file storage and management. Sysex lets you back up every preset you create on your synth—more than its internal memory could ever hold.

3. Update firmware

Even the oldest digital gear has a history of updates and bug fixes in its lifetime.

If you have an older device you haven’t used in a while you might be surprised to find it’s possible to update it.

MIDI Sysex is often used to update firmware and other core system information in devices that don’t connect directly to a computer.

A firmware update can give old gear a new lease on life.

4. Control parameters

Some gear from the early MIDI era relied entirely on sysex for parameter edits.

I’m talking about old school units like the classic Yamaha FM synths that are still often used for their classic sound.

MIDI Sysex is often used to update firmware and other core system information in devices that don’t connect directly to a computer.

MIDI still works perfectly well on these devices, but they often don’t have the same conveniences as modern gear.

Instead of using the more common CC (control change) message format, some old synths only accept sysex.

This turns real time parameter editing into a frustrating process.


Luckily, crafty developers have created specialized control apps that can generate the correct MIDI data.

Coffeeshopped’s Patch Base is an example of a multisynth editor panel for controlling old-school gear, but you can find plenty of similar software online.

Often, these solutions rely on sysex to work.

Advanced MIDI control

You may never encounter sysex in your journey with MIDI.

Even so, it’s worth knowing how it works and what it does in case you do.

Sysex Librarian Mac Os X

With so much old gear out there waiting to be rediscovered, you might find your perfect sound is just a bulk dump away.