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Receive. Dump data from a synthesizer into the selected Sysx bank. If the bank contains data, SONAR asks you whether you want the new data to overwrite the existing data or be appended to it.
When receiving dumps, remember to connect both the MIDI In and Out ports of the synthesizer to the MIDI interface. Also, make sure that your instruments are set up to receive and/or transmit Sysx. Synthesizers that you normally use only to play sounds—for example, sound modules that don’t have keyboards—don’t need to be hooked up in both directions except for receiving dumps, so it is easy to forget this. (If you will only be sending Sysx messages to the device, the normal one-direction hookup is sufficient.).
Save. Save the selected Sysx bank as a .syx file. This is a good way to copy a Sysx bank between two SONAR project files. Save the bank into a file, load the other SONAR project file, then load the bank again. This is also a good way to copy one bank to another in the same project file.
Edit Data. Although SONAR’s Sysx features aredesigned mainly to store System Exclusive data for you, you can edit the bytes of shorter messages in hex format (many of the more popular synthesizers have special patch-editing programs available that let you edit data using sliders and other tools rather than raw hex data).
When you select a bank and choose the Edit Data command, SONAR converts the binary data into a text representation and pops up the Edit System Exclusive Bytes dialog box, in which you can edit the text. If you make changes and click OK to keep them, SONAR tries to convert the text back into binary format. You’ll get an error message if the text does not begin with an F0 and end with an F7, which are the System Exclusive begin and end bytes.
Auto Send on/off. Automatically transmit the selected bank every time SONAR loads the project file. You might use this option for banks that contain System Exclusive messages that load a set of sounds for a synthesizer at or before the start of a project.