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Solaris Sample Pooler utility

The Solaris Sample Pooler is a Mac OS X software application created by the Subliminal Effect that lets you quickly and easily convert 16-bit, 44.1 kHz standard .WAV Waveform Audio File Format specification sample files to sample data files that can be loaded by the Solaris synthesizer from John Bowen Synth Design for use with its sample playback oscillators.

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Application Setup

Once downloaded and extracted from its compressed .zip file, you can then move the Solaris Sample Pooler application (everything is contained within the single .app file) to your Applications folder (or anywhere else you want to run it from).

Usage Overview

The Solaris Sample Pooler application converts the data in 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample files that conform to the .WAV Waveform Audio File Format specification to new data files that are formatted for use by the Solaris synthesizer. Sample files in other specification formats such as .AIFF files, other bit resolutions like 24-bit, and other sampling rates like 48 kHz or 96 kHz, will need to be converted with other software applications prior to use with the Solaris Sample Pooler application.

Note that your original .WAV sample files are never altered in any way by use of the Solaris Sample Pooler application. The applicatiion was specifically written to open .WAV sample files in read-only mode. The process of conversion only creates (new) files with .raw file extension and .txt text files and typically, these are in a new folder named SE_samplepool.

The user interface of the Solaris Sample Pooler application is very simple and shouldn't require much in the way of instruction or explanation. There is a multi-column browser in the upper portion of the Solaris Sample Pooler application that is used to navigate to the folder with the sample files to be converted. Underneath this is a text window that displays the sample attributes of any qualifying sample files in the selected folder. Selecting the Extract Sample Pool button then creates a new folder named SE_samplepool containing the converted sample data (in files with .raw file extensions) along with a descriptive text file with the name of the selected folder and the .txt file extension. This descriptive text file contains the contents of the text window in the Solaris Sample Pooler application.

Connect your Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card to your computer. Copy the newly created files from the SE_samplepool folder to the Samples folder of your Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card. Rename the newly copied descriptive text file in the Samples folder to the form SamplePool-###.txt where ### is the next sequentially ascending number greater than any other existing SamplePool descriptive text file in that same Samples folder. The Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card now has the converted sample data files that can be loaded for use by the Solaris synthesizer.

Application Instructions

Start the Solaris Sample Pooler application and navigate to the folder containing the 16-bit, 44.1 kHz standard .WAV Waveform Audio File Format specification sample files that you want to convert. 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.

In the multi-column browser, selecting a folder that contains files with .wav extension will create a listing of these files in the next column over. The application will also examine each of these files iteratively and generate a listing in the text window that shows the sample attributes of all qualifying files (those that are 16-bit, 44.1 kHz and conform to the standard .WAV Waveform Audio File Format specification). Alternatively, this text window will display a message reading "No sample files compatible with the Solaris synthesizer found in this folder." if there are no qualifying sample files among all the files with a .wav file extension in the selected folder.

Scroll through the listing of sample attributes displayed in the text window to verify that the Solaris Sample Pooler application will be able to convert the .WAV sample files in the currently selected folder. Select the Extract Sample Pool button to create a new folder named SE_samplepool containing the converted sample files (now with .raw file extensions). The data in stereo .WAV sample files will be split into new, separate left and right channel files with -L and -R appended to the filename (before the file extension). The newly created folder also includes a descriptive text file with the name of the selected folder and the .txt file extension. This descriptive text file contains the contents of the text window in the Solaris Sample Pooler application.

Connect the Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card to your computer. Copy the files from the newly created folder named SE_samplepool to the folder of the Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card named Samples. The newly copied descriptive text file in the Samples folder of the Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card needs to be renamed to the form SamplePool-###.txt where ### is the next sequentially ascending number greater than any other existing SamplePool descriptive text file in that same Samples folder. If there are no other existing descriptive text files in that Samples folder then rename the newly copied descriptive text file to SamplePool-001.txt. See the Solaris documentation for information about how the SamplePool descriptive text files should be named in sequentially ascending order.

Eject the Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card from your computer. Note, do not physically remove the Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card from the reader device without first doing Eject with the Mac OS X operating system. The Solaris Compact Flash (CF) memory card with newly converted samples is now ready to be inserted into the Solaris synthesizer and then loaded for use by the Solaris sample playback oscillators. See the Solaris documentation for information about these procedures.

Note, if you only want to convert a single sample file rather than all the sample files in a folder, just select the file to convert in the multi-column browser in the Solaris Sample Pooler application window. The text window of the application will display the sample attributes of just the selected sample file. Selecting the Extract Sample Pool button will convert the sample data of the selected file to create the new .raw sample file(s) and descriptive text file in the current folder.

While running the application, you can also access brief usage description and instruction from the application's Help menu.

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