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Novation SNX Chapter 5 – Using The Librarian

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Using the Patch Librarian

In this chapter, we are going to walk through the usage of the Patch Librarian and all its functions & possibilities. It might take some time to understand how it works, but for those who used Emagic SoundDiver in the past, this workflow is pretty much the same.

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SNX User Manual – Patch Librarian

We have made the librarian look and feel the same across all our products. i.e., Waldorf Blofeld Editor has the same functions in the librarian, with some additional features like ability to import microQ and Q banks in the librarian.

But in general, you can request data from hardware to the librarian, store data from librarian to hardware, store banks to HDD as you make edits etc.

NOTE #1: Librarian view is not synchronized with hardware memory. Librarian view displays SINGLE, PERFORMANCE or PATTERN data stored in your HDD ( [data folder]/Patches/ -folder ).

NOTE #2: Keep your banks organized. If you have too many levels in your folder tree, librarian is not able to solve it. Detail below.

  • [data folder]/Patches/sub folder 1/sub folder 2/my bank.mid – this is OK.
  • [data folder]/Patches/sub folder 1/sub folder 2/sub folder3/my bank.mid – this is NOT OK.

There is a lot to cover in this chapter, so it is perfect time to get some coffee or tea.

Let’s dive in!


Let’s start with the definitions of basic layout and button / menu explanations.

  • [1] & [9] = Select previous SINGLE, PERFORMANCE or PATTERN bank from the bank tree.
  • [2] & [10] = Display popup menu of SINGLE, PERFORMANCE or PATTERN banks. Menu displays banks from data folder.
  • [3] & [11] = Select next SINGLE, PERFORMANCE or PATTERN bank from the bank tree.
  • [4] = Open Bank Edit menu, with most of the available request, write and other utilities.
  • [5] = Save data from currently selected part TO selected librarian slot.
  • [6] = Deprecated.
  • [7] = Display SINGLE, PERFORMANCE or PATTERN mode programs in the librarian window.
  • [8] = Upper data view, also used as EDIT BUFFER. Data can be edited only in the upper data view. Double click any entry to send the data to currently active part.
  • [12] = Toggle on Category filtering. Selected category results will be shown in the lower data view.
  • [13] = Toggle on Search function. Search results will be shown in the lower data view.
  • [14] = Request Interval – Adjust request interval if you get time-out messages while requesting data.
  • [15] = Sync Data From Hw function was explained earlier in the manual.
  • [16] = Push Data To Hw function was explained earlier in the manual.
  • [17] = Lower data view. This view can be changed while upper data view is locked due to unsaved data changes. Double click any entry to send the data to currently active part.
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SNX User Manual – Patch Librarian Tour

Now that we understand the basic layout, we can dive into more specific details per function.


Double click with Mouse

Sending data from Librarian to hardware is quite simple. Choose part [1] where you want the data to be sent and then double click any program name [2] from upper or lower data view.

This data is sent to hardware edit buffer. It is not written to hardware memory. This also updates the software interface, so you are in sync with parameters on both ends.

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SNX User Manual – Double Clicking item sends it to Part

Computer keyboard Arrow keys

You can also use keyboard arrow keys to select programs. This works only when mouse cursor is over the upper or lower list view.

  • Arrow down will select patch below the current patch.
  • Arrow up will select patch above the current patch.
  • Arrow left will select patch left to the current patch.
  • Arrow right will select patch right to the current patch.


Plug-in Program Change

Changing librarian programs with – [1] or + [2] buttons works too, but only when LIBRARY CONTROL ON PROG CHANGE [3] is toggled on.

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SNX User Manual – Program Changes with Lib Control On

Program Change via MIDI

Program changes via MIDI will select corresponding patch from the librarian and send it to the hardware as well. i.e., Program Change 98 will send patch from slot 98 to the hardware.

TIP #7: Programs are sent to hardware based on the currently active list. Active list is the one which has the white box around the program name.

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SNX User Manual – Upper List Active

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SNX User Manual – Lower List Active

Selecting Previous or Next Bank

Use – [1] or + [2] to select between previous and next bank from the HDD. You can also select bank by clicking the bank name [3] area. This will show a pop-up menu with all compatible banks in the Patches folder. Both lists behave the same unless Category or Search filter is on.

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SNX User Manual – Bank Select

TIP #8: You can use the lower data list if upper data list view is locked due to unsaved edits. This is handy if you want to combine patches from different banks to your personal favorites bank.

TIP #9: You can also change bank from the main control display area if Librarian Control on Program Change is toggled on as mentioned earlier.

Librarian View

LIBRARIAN View button allows you to view SINGLE patch bank contents in the data view areas or PERFORMANCE bank contents. SNX also has support for PATTERN data view.

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SNX User Manual – Librarian Data Mode select

When SINGLE mode is chosen, you can load individual patches to your currently selected part.

When PERFORMANCE mode is chosen, you can load PERFORMANCE program to Nova/Supernova, which contains information about the PERFORMANCE only. Only issue with PERFORMANCE programs is that the program data does not “know” which patch was set on each part, instead it only recognizes the programs by Bank and Program numbers.

When PATTERN mode is chosen, you can load user pattern to part sequencer tab just by double clicking it.

NOTE #1: if you write SINGLE data to your hardware memory, PERFORMANCE data is not aware of this change and cannot map the sound from different location of the hardware even if it would be available.

Save Part to Slot

SAVE PART TO SLOT function is only available when LIBRARIAN VIEW is set to SINGLE BANK MODE and only when upper data list view is active.

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SNX User Manual – Save Part to Slot

Now, to understand how this function works, let’s break it down:

Once you click SAVE PART TO SLOT [1] button, it will GET data from currently active part [2] to currently selected librarian slot [3].

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SNX User Manual – Save Part to Slot guide

Upper list bank – / + and bank drop down menus are disabled, until changes are saved or if you DISCARD [1] to trash your changes.

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SNX User Manual – Discard Button

You can continue browsing between different banks with the lower data view if you wish.

Category Filter

You can sort patches based on the category set in the FILTER / ENVELOPES tab. You can set one category tag per SINGLE patch.

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SNX User Manual – Category Filter Button

Category patches will be shown in the lower data list view once Category sorting is activated.

This is helpful when you want to get patches from a specific category and copy those patches to your favorite list in the upper data list view.


Choose Category from the categories [1] pop-up menu AFTER activating the category sorting by toggling on the Category Filter [2].

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SNX User Manual – Category Filter Active

Once categories are loaded, you can use the bank select – [1] or bank select + [2] buttons to browse through the category search results.

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SNX User Manual – Category Filter Bank Select

TIP #10: If category filter and LIBRARY CONTROL ON PROGRAM CHANGE are on and lower list is active, you can change category organized patches with same MIDI, mouse and keyboard commands as mentioned earlier.

Toggle off Category Filter button to display normal patches in the lower data list.

Search Filter

You can search patches from the entire patch catalogue based on your search terms. Activate search function by clicking the magnifying glass.

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SNX User Manual – Search Filter

Category filtering options will be replaced by search field [1].

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SNX User Manual – Search Field is Shown

In order to perform a successful search, type in at least three characters to get some results. Search results are then shown in the lower list and selecting patches happens like mentioned earlier. You can also copy and paste search results to upper list as you wish.

If search term gives you multiple banks or results, you can view them just like with the category filter by choosing different bank with – / + buttons or bank select drop down menu.

Toggle of magnifying glass to display normal patches in the lower data list.

Request Interval

If under any case you run into a situation where our plug-in constantly scans for different Device IDs while it is requesting data from the hardware, it might be wise to increase the Request Interval [1] by next value.

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SNX User Manual – Data write / request interval

This could happen due to bad MIDI or USB cables or bad driver for the specific MIDI interface.

You can experiment with the Request Interval setting yourself. What we have set as a default is good starting point.

Upper Data View

Upper [1] and lower data list views has different function in the plug-in behavior. Upper list acts as a edit buffer or “destination” for your bank editing.

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SNX User Manual – Upper Data view

Here is what you can do:

  • drag and drop data from lower list slot to upper list slot.
  • copy data from lower list slot and paste the data to any of the upper list slots.
  • rename any single patch or multi program in upper list view.
  • initialize single slot from upper list view or initialize the entire bank at once.

Here is what you cannot do:

  • drag and drop data from upper list to lower list.
  • drag and drop data from upper list to upper list.


Lower Data View

Lower [1] data list acts as a “source”, category and search results display area. What this means is that if there are on-going edits in the upper list view, you can still browse lower list to select different programs from different banks.

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SNX User Manual – Lower Data view

You can also initiate category filtering or search for a certain patch from the entire catalogue, even when bank editing is active.

Drag and Drop Examples: 2 is OK – 1 & 3 are not going to work

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SNX User Manual – Drag and Drop options

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