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  The supplied CD-ROM is a fundamental part of the S80 package, including software support for both Windows95/98 and Macintosh (Power PC/MacOS8 or better) platforms. Installation procedure and applications change depending on the computer operating system.

Installing the software on a PC/Win computer, 4 folders become available:
1) ACROREAD: it includes Acrobat Reader 4.0 to open the applications PDF manuals.
2) MIDIDRV: it enables the S80 communication with PC when they have been connected thru a serial cable.
3) CARD: it provides the Card filer function that enables the Bulk Data Dump between PC and S80.
4) XGworks: it includes XGworks lite vers.3.0, a lighter version of the Yamaha XGworks sequencer software. Besides the sequencer function, a S80 AWM2 Internal Voices Editor is available. Moreover, dedicated sound editors are also included to easily manage the synthesis generators available after Plug-in boards installation (FM, AN, VL synthesis). A Yamaha CS6X/CS6R dedicated Voice Editor is also provided. An Auto Play funcion for Song playback repeat is available too.

Installing the software on Macintosh, the following 5 folders are available:
1) ACROREAD: it provides Acrobat Reader 4.0 to open the applications PDF manuals.
2) OMS: it includes both Open Music System 2.3.6 (enabling the Mac OS MIDI functions) and OMS Yamaha Setup (OMS settings for a wide range of Yamaha tone generators).
3) XG Editor: it allows to set the Voice and Effects parameters of an XG tone generator.
4) VL Visual Editor: a convenient VL Synthesis Voice Editor that allows an easy management and editing of the VL sounds available after VL Plug-in board installation.
5) TOOLS: it provides the Card filer function and enables the Bulk Data Dump between Mac and S80. It also includes two Voice Editor programs for S80 and for Yamaha CS6X/CS6R.

Here below, you can find more details about the XGworks lite software and the most interesting Voice Editors supplied with the CD-ROM.
XGworks Lite by Yamaha (MacOS/Win)  
As mentioned above, this software is a light version of the more complete XGworks.

Basically, it provides the same operation, but some features (i.e.: digital audio recording), functions and windows (Staff window, Staff printing, Drum window, Auto Arranger, Guitar Arranger) are missed.
Anyway, in spite of this, it is a very useful tool.

The XGworks lite Plug-in applications, in fact, provide a convenient graphic interface that allows an easy management of the synthesizer parameters thru virtual knobs, sliders and switches.

The Internal Voices can be easily and quickly edited. The Plug-in boards synthesis generators can be more intuitively programmed too.
The Menu bar of the sequencer main window gives access to the Voice Editors. The sequencer provides advanced editing functions of MIDI events and it can record up to 9.999 bars both in real and step time (through mouse or MIDI keyboard). 100 tracks are available. The resolution is 480 clock x quarter note.

The main window includes all the Song setup and editing functions and gives access to other dedicated windows (Piano Roll, Event List, Mixer, Master Track, etc.). The Songs can be saved in XG or SMF 0/1 formats. Data communication between computer and S80 can be made by MIDI connection (Handshake mode) or thru the built-in synthesizer To Host serial port.
This is the main window of the S80 Voice Editor.
The basic structure of the Voice is displayed in blocks. A Voice can combine a maximum of 4 elements (sounds).
Once a Voice has been selected, this window allows:
- to switch on/off each Voice element.
- to edit the Voice common parameters (filter, EG, Pan and Volume)
- to switch on/off the Insertion and System Effects (Chorus and Reverb)
- to set the real time controls
- to switch on/off the Arpeggio function selecting the sequence type.

Some blocks of this window give access to other windows that provide more specific parameters (i.e.: element wave type, effects settings, etc.). Clicking on the virtual keyboard while editing parameters is a convenient way to check the resulting sound.

A similar window is available for Drum sets. Here, drum sounds can be directly assigned to the keyboard notes, also changing timbre and volume. When S80 is switched off, all edited data are lost. So, it is necessary to save the new Voices into the dedicated program library.

If the computer also uses Smart Media Card, the Voices can be saved onto it. S80 will directly read the sounds, not needing MIDI Data Bulk Dump.
The picture on the left shows the main window of the VL (Virtual Acoustic Synthesis) Voice Editor, a really useful tool after PLG150-VLboard installation.

The Virtual Acoustic Synthesis (also known as Physical modeling) reproduces realistic winds, reeds and string instruments sounds thru mathematic algorithms. The "instrument" defines the basic tone of the sound and it consists of 2 elements: driver and resonator.

The driver simulates the sound generating vibration (i.e.: reed/mothpiece, lip/mouthpiece or bow/string system). The resonator is the instrument resonant element (i.e.: trumpet flare, pipe, violin body, etc.). Therefore, first of all the VL Voice Editor main window allows to create the "instrument", combining the driver and the pipe/strings elements on the screen.

Depending on the created "instrument", two [or more] variations are then available (on the left picture Clarinet and Bass Clarinet). Unusual combinations are also possible (i.e: string drived by breath) generating a wide range of unique sounds. Other windows are provided for timbral (i.e.: brightness, thickness, color, distance, reverb) and amplitude (EG attack and release) variations.

A specific window is dedicated to the BC3 optional breath control, that allows the user to perform in a more expressive way. Sound timbre and dynamics, in fact, can be controlled in real time by the breath strenght.
The AN (Analog Physical Modeling) synthesis has been conceived to faithfully reproduce the typical fat sound of the vintage analog synthesizers. On the other hand, very particular sounds can also be created.

The picture on the left shows the AN Voice Editor main window. This software allows to create and modify AN sounds after PLG150-AN board installation.
The window reproduces the panel of a typical analog synthesizer and provides virtual knobs and switches for an easy management of the complex Physical Modeling Analog Synthesis. Some of the panel blocks give access to sub-windows that allow graphical and numerical programming of specific parameters. Waveforms are generated by 2 virtual VCO.

Both typical and unusual waveforms are available. Moreover, the PWM can control not only the Pulse Wave, but also Saw and Mix (a combination of Saw and Pulse) waves.
Once generated, the waveform is processed by virtual VCF and VCA for timbral and amplitude shaping. VCF and VCA are both provided of an individual EG control.

Oscillators Sync can be enabled as well as a type of FM Synthesis, in which VCO 1 is always fixed as carrier, while VCO2, LFO and EG can be alternatively selected as modulators.

The Mixer block includes Noise Generator together with Ring Modulator and Feedback controls. In addition, a dedicated vintage-style window provides a monophonic step sequencer too. The on-board additional effects include a 3-band EQ and a guitar amplifier simulator with distortion drive control.

This one is quite unusual in a vintage analog synthesizer panel, but it is very useful to create more aggressive sounds.
The picture on the left is probably very familiar. It reproduces, in fact, the firstborn Yamaha FM synthesizer: the DX-7. This is, also, the main window of the FM Voices editing software that allows to manage the PLG150-DX board.

Clicking on the synthesizer virtual panel, the LCD display and the switches are magnified. At this point, the parameters can be selected and set as usual like in a real DX-7.

Alternatively, it is possible to select another window (Edit List View), that displays a chart including all the programming parameters. In this case, sound edit can be performed by directly entering numeric values.

At last, clicking the DX-7 virtual keyboard, it is possible to check the results while editing sounds.