Hey hey hey! IT WORKS!!!!
This is GREAT!
I've only had a short time to play with it, just simple stuff, but it was really easy! I made a simple drum kit with kick, snare and hihat from ordinary 16bit, 44k .wav files, placed them on a keyboard in the editor, then uploaded them to the ESI2000. The kick was placed in the editor on C1, snare on D1, hihat on F#1, and this is how it then appeared in the sampler once all uploaded.
Here is what I did:
Opened Vienna, made a new "instrument" (a drum kit). Imported the drum wav samples into the "instrument", placed them on the virtual keys in the instrument panel where I wanted them. I then saved them as a .sf2 soundfont file.
Next, I opened Xtrakk. I loaded the newly created soundfont into it. The drum kit appeared in the directory panel, and when you click on it, it expands to show the samples used in the instrument.
Now, I hooked up my Esi2000 to the computer using the SCSI interface, switched the sampler on. I then highlighted the first sample in the kit (the kick drum) and sent it via the SMDI server output menu. The sample loaded into the sampler, already placed. I then did the next sample (snare), and then the last (hihat). They were all loaded into the blank preset that was on the sampler, in perfect placement, as I had had them placed in the editor.
It was so quick!!! It definitely will save time when you've got lots of samples, like a good piano sample set, as you can visually lay out all the samples and see them all at once, no menu diving like in the sampler. It also does layering as well etc but I havent had time to scratch the surface yet.
Now, I mentioned in the previous posts that in order to run Vienna, it needs to detect a Creative sound card installed in your computer. So this is one catch. There may be some other soundfont editor out there that you can use which has nothing to do with the sound card, I haven't really looked. Since I already had a soundblaster card and vienna was on the driver disk I didn't have to look.
But there is one thing you can do without Vienna - you can simply upload ANY pre-made soundfont to your Esi sampler just using Xtrakk, and it will place the samples on the sampler just as in the soundfont. So that means LOTS of free samples everywhere, since soundfonts are pretty much available anywhere on the net. Cool!!!
I will experiment more, and perhaps write up a tutorial on how to do everything for people wanting to do this.
Finally, we now have a software sample bank editor for the ESI series samplers. Yay!!!!!
So, here is a list of everything you need to do what I did:
1) an Emu ESi series sampler, with SCSI port and preferably the latest OS chips (V3,02) - you can still get these chips if you don't, for about $30
2) A PC computer with a SCSI card installed and working properly, and a SCSI cable to connect it to the sampler. Install the Esi drivers on the computer and have them communicating successfully first - this is vital, or you won't get anywhere.
3) A Creative Sound card installed in the computer (Soundblaster AWE32/64/64G, Live, Audigy, Extreme etc)
4) Creative Vienna Soundfont creator software (free!!)
5) Xtrakk Soundfont to Wav software (free!!)
6) a bunch of 16bit, 44k .WAV files to use.
If you just want to upload already made .sf2 soundfonts to your sampler, you only need 1), 2) and 5), and some soundfont files.
Casio: FZ1, CZ101, PG380, VZ10M, SK8, RAP10, DP1 drum kit, DH100, CDP200
Yamaha: TX81z, TX802, SHS10
Roland: SH101, DR660, MS1, PM16, TR33
Others: Korg MicroKontrol & ES-1, Alesis MMT8, Emu ESi2000 & CF card reader, Evolution MK461C, BCR2000