SampleCell II PC
Zip file. The archive contains a full install of the SampleCell
Editor version 2.1.3. Read
Me (included in download)
Supported Windows 98/Me/NT CPU (please see the Digidesign
Compatibility Documents for more information)
SampleCell II or SampleCell II Plus PCI card (note: this
software does not work with the original SampleCell ISA
Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, or Windows NT 4.0
- SampleCell II PCI cards and SampleCell Editor are not
compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems
Zip file. SampleCell TDM plug-in installer for Pro Tools
Zip file. Instructions Below *
See below **
Zip file. See ReadMe below ***
*Question: "I have lost my midi driver... I have been
using Music Quest 8port SE and Samplecell.... I installed the steinberg
virtual midi router... It removed the Samplecell driver. When I
re-install samplecell it removes the other two drivers. How can
I get them installed together?"
Answer: Place the above file oemsetup.inf In your C:\WinNT\System32
First, try going to the multimedia control panel, select the Devices
tab, then expand the MIDI Devices and Instruments branch.
If SimpleCell appears here, click on it and click Remove. If not,
proceed to the next step.
1) Click Add
2) Select Unlisted or Updated driver and click OK
3) When prompted, point it to your c:\winnt\system32 folder and
4) You should then be given a list with Digidesign SampleCell in
it; click OK
5) When asked to use New or Current driver, select Current.
6) Restart your computer.
Note: This fix is only for SampleCell II PCI/Plus on NT. It does
not apply to the SampleCell ISA card/Win 3.1 Editor
** SCFileConvert is a small drag-and-drop application for
the conversion of SampleCell Mac instrument files to SampleCell
PC instrument files. Also converts Sd2 or AIFF soundfiles to Wav
files. You can convert the entire contents of a disk or folder(s),
as well as individual files. Requirements: A Macintosh with System
7.01 or higher - 200k of memory - Enough storage to temporarily
store the converted files on a Mac disk or folder for renaming.
*** SampleCell PC v1.0.2 ReadMe
This "README" file is designed to keep you informed of late-breaking
changes in the Sample Cell PC software, and provide important information
about the system. Please refer to this file anytime you receive
a software update from Digidesign.
Version 1.02 M 08/11/95
-fixed error reading AIFF files without loop points
Version 1.02 L 07/31/95
Added support for AIFF files.
Version 1.02 K
Did an update to allow an alternative colour set for a selectively
Version 1.02 J
Added "Look Before you Load", along with a preference for it. Note
also that it won't Look before Loading, if "Automatically Load Samples"
is not selected because we're not in danger of over-filling the
card. You can also uncheck the "Automatically Load Samples" preference
from the "No Room" warning Dialog if you want to load the instrument
and postpone loading the Samples until later. The names of any keygroups
whose samples haven't been loaded yet will appear in RED. Note also
that if you choose to Load All Samples after loading the instuments,
the program will load as many samples as it can. If you're loading
a bank and it's not going to fit you can Cancel from the "No Room"
dialog and leave the instruments that have been successfully loaded
so far in tact. The program will continue loading instruments following
the cancelled one if there is room on the card.
Version 1.02 I
Fixed a bug where if a bunch of instruments were dropped on a minimized
SampleCell icon there'd be white space to the left of the first
Version 1.02 H
Added ability to start SampleCell with a bank, instrument or wave
file, which lets us
1. Associate bnk, ins or wav with SampleCell and double-click on
it to automatically launch SampleCell with it as the initial file.
2. Add a filename to the properties of SampleCell to get it to
launch with that file.
3. Drop a bnk, ins or wav file on the App in File Manager to get
it to launch with it as the initial file.
Version 1.02 G
Removed some debug stuff from scpcreva.dll. Fixed a bug introduced
in F in which saving banks fails (double path)
Version 1.02 F
Fixed Robert's problem loading from a floppy => fails to read
Version 1.02 E
-Fixed StatusBox trashing when Deleting old instuments.
-Added scroller in Open/Play Dialog for viewing commentsFixed a
calculation on the number of samples downloaded appearing in statusbox.
Version 1.02 D
Fixed a problem where C++/Views was trying to copy from a temporary
file it made on a Hendrix drive to a regular (different drive types)
which showed up as a failure to read the MIF file
Version 1.02 C
Added full path of the MIF to the fDRAMDiskImage to fix reading
from the MIF when loading an instrument file of which the samples
Version 1.02 B
New in 1.02 is Remote Entry of values using an external MIDI controller
for any onscreen Slider. High and Low note limits can also be entered
via an external MIDI controller. Use the right mouse button to put
a control into Remote Entry mode.
Also added was the ability to choose None in MIDI Setup in the
case where MIDI Thru from a sequencer was required. Both the External
MIDI and Internal MIDI drivers were tuned for better performance.
If the installer software reports "No Card Detected" you may have
an address conflict and may need to adjust the setting of the red
rotary switch on the SampleCell PC. The card ships with a default
setting of 0 (zero). There are 16 possible port settings, and these
are set mechanically via the red rotary switch on the SampleCell
PC card. If you have not installed your SampleCell card please does
so now and rerun the installation software.
The SampleCell card requires 4 MB simms (8MB minimum) that are
70ns or faster. If you have not yet installed them, please power
down and do so now.
(See manual for more specific RAM requirements).
For full MIDI functionality you will also need a MIDI interface,
a MIDI controller, and a Windows-compatible software sequencer.
You will need to configure for the appropriate Windows MIDI driver
before your MIDI interface will become available for selection in
the SampleCell Editor.
You will also need to select the MIDI In Port in the SampleCell
Editor. If you subsequently add or delete a MIDI Driver from the
Driver Control Panel in Windows you will need to reselect the MIDI
In Port in the SampleCell Editor.
Refer to Chapter B of the manual for explicit installation information.
Drag and Drop of files onto the SampleCell Editor icon will launch
the application but will not automatically load the files. Drag
and Drop into the Application while it is already open will work.
Control-Click can be used on faders to quickly toggle between Max
and Min. A File-Finder technology is built into SampleCell to try
to be intelligent about finding files that aren't in their original
location. This relates in particular to CD-Roms which on different
PCs will have different drive letters. The File-Finder will search
backwards through the list of drives until it gets to the floppies
looking for the same path as was requested. So it should be immune
to moving the CD-Rom around.
When you open an instrument on the SampleCell CD-ROM it will look
for its samples on drive D: by default. If you have a drive mounted
as D: other than the CD-ROM drive, and you duplicate the directory
structure of the SampleCell CD-ROM on this other drive, then the
instruments on the CD-ROM will find the samples on the D: drive
instead of on the CD-ROM. This could be useful if you want to make
substitutions for some of the samples on the CD-ROM. A Note on the
permanence of Samples on the SampleCell Card: If a sample is downloaded
to the card it remains there until, either the bank is explicitly
closed, the instrument is closed, or "Delete Unused Samples" is
selected from the SampleCell menu. SampleCell does this by reading
and writing a cache file to keep track of which samples are currently
loaded. So if the SampleCell Editor is closed without deleting the
banks/instruments they remain on the card. This allows us to load
up the SampleCell and exit the program and then open up a sequencer
and send MIDI to the SampleCell card to trigger the samples we loaded.
And consequently if the SampleCell Editor is reopened, opening these
same banks/instruments will take no time because the Editor will
first check the cache file to see if the samples are already there.
The samples will even survive a warm boot. These samples will be
deleted automatically if we are trying to load another instrument
and there isn't enough room, so long as they are not currently being
used by any instrument in SampleCell.
One other point worth noting is that if we adjust the sample globally,
for example say we set the Sample Start Medium in the Sample Parameters
windows to cause the sample start to be delayed then if we exit
the program and restart and reload the instrument containing the
adjusted sample then we will hear it with its start delayed. The
two Library floppies included with SampleCell contain a Drums instrument
and a Violins instruments and their respective samples. The instruments
should be loaded directly from the floppy, because that is where
the instruments are set to look for their samples. If you want to
transfer the instruments to the hard drive you should load the instrument
from the floppy and then use the Save As command to save the instrument
to hard disk. You should also answer Yes to "Save the samples to
a new location" also, and navigate to the appropriate directory.
E-PAD.INS, a synth pad instrument on the CD-Rom was saved with
an bogus path name for it's 2 samples. A correct version is included
on the installation floppy disk. Some of our testers experienced
conflicts between the default Port Addresses of the SampleCell PC
Card and the MOTU Midi Time Piece midi card. We suggest if you have
both cards, that you change the SampleCell PC address setting from
the default to another available setting. See Chapter B for specific
instructions. SampleCell will open an external MIDI port via Windows
directly, if you are using a sequencer make sure THRU is OFF. Also
the order in which applications are launched seems important. SampleCell
should be launched before sequencer applications. Note: If the SampleCell
contains samples, because memory will be retained during a warm
boot, a sequencer may be launched straight off and the samples played
back without need for the SampleCell Editor to be reopened.
If you are running a MIDI sequence while selecting different instruments
with the "Pass MIDI thru to selected instrument's MIDI channel"
preference checked, it is possible that some notes will be left
on when the MIDI gets rechannelized. Also, directly adjusting some
parameters in the SampleCell Editor with the mouse has a higher
priority than incoming MIDI, so it is possible that some MIDI will
not be received and stuck notes may occur.
The easiest way to shut off stuck notes is by muting the instrument
in question and then unmuting it. Some screen redraw artifacts,
in particular on pan knobs when they get obscured by a status box
and then uncovered, have been noticed on monitors with slower refresh
rates.Audible clicks can sometimes be heard on slower machines when
auditioning longer samples (usually > 2Secs). If you are running
your monitor in 1024 X 768 mode the Ok and Cancel buttons will not
appear in the bank open dialog. You can hit return to accept the
list of instruments or use the close box in the top right corner
The manual states that the SampleCell's Test Sine waves are full
code sine waves sent at +96dB. Beware, the output level is half
this amount. If samples are located by FileFinders intelligence
and the instrument is never resaved, then when the program is shut
down and restarted the Samples down on the card (courtesy of the
MIF file) will not have the correct path and so it won't make a
match on them. If the instrument on the CD-Rom for example is saved
onto a hard disk then the real paths of the Sample Files will be
used and the caching will work.
Reloading an instrument relying on the MIF file results in the
Extended Names being lost, since these are not cached in the MIF.
We could reload them from the file but only if its still present
(CD-Rom). This will be added in a future version.
--FM 17th March 1994--
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