Solaris Bank Lister utility
The Solaris Bank Lister is a Mac OS X software application created by the Subliminal Effect that lets you quickly and easily generate text listings of the preset names contained within banks of the program data files used by the Solaris synthesizer from John Bowen Synth Design.
The preset names of the Solaris synthesizer are essential to visually identify and distinguish among the many different programmed sounds that are stored in files on the Compact Flash (CF) card plugged into the back of the instrument. These preset names are ordinarily only seen in the main display screen of the synthesizer when browsed and are otherwise opaque. Even looking at the contents of the myriad folder structure of the Compact Flash (CF) card with a computer reveals only hundreds of similarly obtuse filenames (e.g., p0.pre, p1.pre, p2.pre, etc.).
The Solaris Bank Lister utility application however makes short work of creating text listings of the program data files in each bank and their corresponding preset names. These listings will make it easier for you to keep track of, organize and manage all your Solaris synthesizer program data files.
Once downloaded and extracted from its compressed .zip file, you can then move the Solaris Bank Lister application (everything is contained within the single .app file) to your Applications folder (or anywhere else you want to run it from).
Before you start running the Solaris Bank Lister application, connect your Solaris Compact Flash (CF) card to your computer running Mac OS X and copy the folders that contain your Solaris Preset files (those with .pre extensions) to one of your computer drives. These copied files will be the ones that the Solaris Bank Lister utility will be run upon. Once you have finished generating the lists of Solaris Preset names with the Solaris Bank Lister utility, the copied files are no longer required.
The user interface of the application is very simple and shouldn't require much in the way of instruction or explanation. Essentially, use the multi-column browser in the upper portion of the Solaris Bank Lister application to navigate to the folders with your Solaris Preset files (those with .pre extensions). The application starts at the root of the drive that you used to boot your computer. To navigate to a different drive, you need to select the (ordinarily hidden) Volumes folder to see any other available drives. These will be listed in the next column over.
When you have navigated to a folder with Solaris Preset files, all the files with .pre for an extension will now be listed in the next column over (in ascending order of program number). Just select the Export Bank List button to (immediately) save a listing of the preset names contained in the Solaris Preset files in that particular folder. The newly generated bank listing of Solaris preset names will be contained in a file named SE_banklist.txt in the same folder. If that folder already contains an identically named file, it will be over-written by the new bank listing. Note that if you happen to copy the entire folder (including the new text listing file) back to the Compact Flash (CF) storage card that you use with the Solaris synthesizer, the text file will not adversely affect the ordinary operation of the synthesizer.
Select another folder containing a bank of Solaris Preset files in the multi-column browser to generate a listing of the preset names contained therein and repeat as desired. When you are done creating listings of Solaris preset names in all your banks of programs, just quit the application. That's it.
While running the application, you can also access brief usage description and instruction from the application's Help menu.
Excuse the minimal nature of this site. We're only launching it bare like this to make the Solaris utility applications available to you earlier. We're going to be working hard to dress up the site and, of course, finish writing more Solaris utility applications so check back here soon for more.