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    Roland Music Atelier organs are fantastic instruments with a large up and down compatibility for styles and voices among all the series.

    I’m pleased to announce a major new version of the whole Atelier PC Tools software package for Music Atelier organs. Here are the new features and versions for all of its components :

    - Atelier Explorer (version 0.0) : totally new, this first version offers basic features to choose a "Master Directory", then a "Folder" in that directory to display and manage or open all the musical items it contains.
    - Atelier Styles (version 5.0) : Atelier Explorer support, control of the Excel environment to hide it, user's manual index, identification of rhythms with New Drum Set variation (only for Platinum or ATUPEX organs), minor bug fixes.
    - Atelier Voices (version 2.0) : Atelier Explorer support, control of the Excel environment to hide it, user's manual index, minor bug fixes.
    - Atelier Registration (version 7.0) : detailed Upper/Lower/Pedal parameters, vintage organs screens (with drawbars and tablets), Atelier Explorer support, Control of the Excel environment to hide it, User's Manual index, new parameters management (Drums/SFX, Pedal Bass mono/polyphony, percussion fast decay, inactive and alternate voices, Sync Start, Pitch), bug fixes.
    - Atelier PC Tools.pdf : there is now a global installation manual with the package to explain how to install Atelier PC Tools on your PC with all its different musical and system components, and to suggest ways to search hidden styles or voices according to your organ model. At the end of the manual, there are two appendices with the exhaustive reference lists of rhythms and voices managed by the high-end instruments (AT-900 Platinum and AT-800/900 upgraded ATUP-EX), classified by category and system technical level.


    Atelier PC Tools is a software package I’ve developed on PC for Roland Music Atelier organs, from older models AT80S/AT90S up to the latest AT800/AT900 upgraded with Artist Edition or ATUP-EX, and even for the flagship AT900 Platinum.

    It includes 4 applications which have the same ergonomics and operating logic :
    - Atelier Explorer to display and manage folders containing Roland musical elements
    - Atelier Styles to give access to all hidden rhythms in Atelier organs and listen to all styles
    - Atelier Voices to give access to all hidden voices in Atelier organs
    - Atelier Registration to display or print the content of registration files in plain text on the PC screen

    The 4 programs are PC applications developed as Excel 2003 workbooks with integrated Visual Basic macros (about 8.500 lines VB). They run on a PC (not a Mac), with a true Excel premium version (not Starter Edition, for macro’s management). Each piece of the package has it’s own User Manual embedded as a sheet. See attached pictures.

    Today, there are about 75 Atelier players all around the world that are using those tools.

    This software package is freeware and is released freely to the home and professional music community without any royalty or obligations whatsoever as a software utility for Music Atelier organ owners or players.

    If you are interested in that package, don't reply to this thread but please send me an e-mail
    (TOF : Chris) with your name, country, city, organ model, upgrade (if any), and your personal e-mail address and I will send you by return the software package. I will keep all this information strictly confidential in order to know “who has what version of software for what organ” and to be able to support the software … if any bug !

    Don’t hesitate to ask any question if you need clarification.


    Atelier Explorer

    Atelier Explorer is the last piece of the software package. It is fully integrated with the other applications.
    Atelier Explorer is a specialized file management application on PC developed to display and manage folders containing musical elements for Roland Music Atelier organs.

    Here is the list of supported elements :
    - registration files AT70-xxx.upg
    - style files AT70_xxx.stl
    - SMF Original files AT70_xxx.rsc or AT70_xxx.rsd
    - standard MIDI files xxx.mid
    - audio files xxx.wav
    - other files (non musical) : text, binary, image, video ...

    As the musical names of those files are hidden inside the files, it is not very easy to navigate with Windows Explorer among meaningless names such as AT70_001.upg, AT70_003.rsc or AT70_002.stl. Atelier Explorer allows to manipulate all those files with their musical name instead of the Windows name, which is much more faster and convenient. As it is not directly possible under Windows, Atelier Explorer gives also the possibility to rename the internal musical names of those files.

    It is also useful to open some files (for example registration files), with the help of Atelier Registration, to display on the screen the content of a registration set.

    This program addresses all Music Atelier organs, from the previous S-Series (AT-80S/AT-90S …) up to the latest high end models : AT-900 Platinum, or AT-800/AT-900 organs upgraded with ATUP-EX.

    Other non-musical files (text, binary, images …) can also be managed by Atelier Explorer to open them by the Windows target application and to know their properties.

    Atelier Styles

    Atelier Styles is the PC application developed to give access to all the rhythms of Atelier Series organs, whatever those rhythms are “visible” through the normal use of rhythms buttons and screen, or “hidden” in the organ (which means the organ is able to play those styles, but they can’t be selected on the touch screen). It allows to read, write, and modify registration files.

    The last version offers also new features with the ability to listen to all the rhythms of Atelier organs directly on a PC, in order to validate and make easier the choice of rhythms. With this tool, you can listen to the 596 rhythms of the high end models in variation 4 : the introduction, a few measures, and the ending. This version is also an excellent tool to demonstrate the styles richness of Roland Music Atelier organs.

    In addition to this major feature, the last version offers the management of user rhythms to be able to modify a registration file also with your user rhythms. It supports also the AT-S/US format for registration files.

    There was recently a major discovery of a hidden menu for ATUP/EX upgraded organs to show all the rhythms, which makes Atelier Styles unnecessary for these organs (in the hidden rhythm access function only). Anyway, there are again 2 good reasons to use it :
    - for all the other Atelier organs, because the hidden menu to show all styles is only available on ATUP/EX and Platinum organs
    - the audio features can be used profitably on PC to work on an arrangement and to listen successively to many rhythms, which is less convenient on the organ through menus and buttons

    The package includes the Excel workbook, a set of 25 registration files with 296 predefined hidden rhythms that you can play on your organ in order to listen to hidden styles easily before using the worksheet on your PC. The last version includes also a 290 mega bytes “Rhythm Library Folder” which contains all the 596 styles mp3 records (in a good audio quality), to install on the PC.

    Atelier Voices

    Atelier Voices is the PC application developed to give access to all the voices the Atelier Series organs are able to play, whatever those voices are “visible” through the normal use of voice buttons and screen, or “hidden” in the organ (which means the organ is able to play those voices, but they can’t be selected on the touch screen). It allows to read, write, and modify registration files.

    Atelier Voices addresses mainly the entry levels (such as AT-75, AT-100) and older models (AT-15, AT-45 …) which have many hidden voices. It has no interest for the more recent high-end models (such as AT-800/AT-900) which don’t have hidden voices.

    Atelier RegistrationAtelier Registration is the PC application developed to display in plain text on the PC screen (or print on a printer) the full content of an Atelier organ registration file, that is to say almost all the parameters of the different voices and settings of the 12 registration buttons.

    It can also be used to save in an Excel workbook the content of a set of registration files in order to build a reference library. In this format, it is very convenient to access a registration file to have an overall or detailed view of its content without loading it on the organ. Of course, it is possible to keep this library in “paper format”, with the print copies of each registration, in order to constitute your “Reference Arrangements Manual”. It is also possible to use such a library of registrations for training purposes.

    The last version offers new features with the detailed content of the different keyboards, as on the organ, where you push Upper/Lower/Pedal on the Sound/KBD screen. This function displays also hidden parameters, such as the selected voice even if the corresponding part is not active, and the current alternate voice of the part. This version offers also a detailed view of the Vintage organ to show the full H-Bar Manual screen (Footage screen on older organs) with drawbars for Flute organ or tablets for Pipe/Theater organ.
    Attached Files
    Chris

    History : Hammond L111, Hammond A105, Yamaha Electone MC600, Korg 05R/W & Hammond XM-1 Expanders
    Current : Roland Music Atelier AT-800 Artist Edition, Platinum Edition

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    Many thanks Chris for sharing this with us.

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      This video is intended for all owners of Roland Music Atelier organs. It is the synthesis of a presentation done begin October 2019 in Palm Springs (USA) during the musical event "Desi's Music Extravaganza“.
      Atelier PC Tools is a software package on PC developed for Roland Music Atelier organs. It includes 4 applications :
      - Atelier Styles to access hidden rhythms and listen to all the styles directly on the PC
      - Atelier Voices to access hidden voices
      - Atelier Registration to display or print in plain text the full content of registration files
      - Atelier Explorer to manage on PC the full Roland musical environment (registration files, style files, SMF files …).

      For those who are interested, please contact me on YouTube or Facebook. The package is completely free of charge.
      Chris

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsJmqLZV3vI
      Chris

      History : Hammond L111, Hammond A105, Yamaha Electone MC600, Korg 05R/W & Hammond XM-1 Expanders
      Current : Roland Music Atelier AT-800 Artist Edition, Platinum Edition

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