Fsex is a spartan set of command-line utilities (currently fsex and flib) written to transfer data from and to the Roland Fantom family of synthesizers (Fantom-S, Fantom-X and Juno-G) and manipulate Roland librarian files. The main motivation for writing the utilities was to transfer patches from Linux without the need to boot Windows.
The name is inspired on Vsex, a command-line SysEx dump utility for the Access Virus.
Fsex uses ALSA to communicate with the synthesizer. You need to load the snd-usb-audio module if your synth is connected through USB (a kernel patch is required in kernels 2.6.22 and earlier to recognize the Juno-G). If everything is ok you should be able to see the device using aconnect:
$ aconnect -o client 14: 'Midi Through' [type=kernel] 0 'Midi Through Port-0' client 20: 'Juno-G' [type=kernel] 0 'Juno-G MIDI 1 '
Fsex/flib can be used to:
Example: fsex can be used to retrieve patches from the synthesizer and save them in a library file.
$ fsex -r USER:2,40-42 PR-A:1-3 New.jgl * USER: 128 patches * PR-A: 128 patches Send to MIDI address 20:0 Receive patches from Juno-G: USER:0002 PLS VocoBassline USER:0040 PLS Next Step USER:0041 SBS JP8 Seq Bass USER:0042 BTS RetroSonic 1 PR-A:0001 PNO Juno-G Grand PR-A:0002 PNO Bright Grand PR-A:0003 PNO Soft Grand Create new library: New.jgl
Example: flib can manipulate librarian files in different ways such as splitting a library or merging data from different libraries.
$ flib -e XV_Collection.jgl:1,3 Sineshine.jgl:!1,2,6-16 New.jgl * XV_Collection.jgl: Juno-G librarian file (1024 patches) * Sineshine.jgl: Juno-G librarian file (16 patches) Extract patch from XV_Collection.jgl: 0001 PNO Standard Pno 0003 PNO Classique Extract patch from Sineshine.jgl: 0003 SBS Vintage Bs 1 0004 PLS VocoBassline 0005 BTS OldschoolHip Create new library: New.jgl $ flib -l New.jgl * New.jgl: Juno-G librarian file (5 patches) Patches from New.jgl: Pat# Cat Patch name M/P Part Waveform 1 Waveform 2 Waveform 3 Waveform 4 ----- ---- ------------- -- ----- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- 0001 PNO Standard Pno P -2-- (unset) JD Piano A (unset) (unset) 0002 PNO Classique P 12-- Ac.Pno f A JD Piano A (unset) (unset) 0003 SBS Vintage Bs 1 m 12-- Juno Sqr H Juno Saw H Juno Saw H Juno Saw H 0004 PLS VocoBassline m 1234 Juno Saw H Juno Saw H Juno Saw H Juno Saw H 0005 BTS OldschoolHip m 1234 106 Bs56 Super Saw Sine White Nois
Last update: Sun Jul 8 15:20:27 BRT 2007