Thanks for the reply. The DUMP SYSTEM bit seems clear, but I am still wondering about the purpose of BANK DUMP. What would be the point of saving a single bank if we couldn't restore a single bank? I wish the owner manual explained this better, but I'm kind of MIDI-challenged, anyway. Here's what is stated on pgs 21/22 of the owner manual:
For a complete system backup, press MENU. All the NOVA Systemâ€™s basic settings and all User presets are sent via MIDI as a MIDI Data Dump.
The entire User bank is sent via MIDI as a MIDI Data Dump when â€œExecute Dump" is performed.
How to Dump via MIDI â€“ Step by Step:
â€¢ Connect the NOVA Systemâ€™s MIDI Out to the MIDI In of a MIDI sequencing device.
â€¢ Set your sequencer to record on all MIDI channels (â€œOmni" ) and start recording.
â€¢ Set the NOVA System to dump either all data (System) or User Bank (see above) and press ENTER.
*A computer with a standard MPU 401 MIDI interface is recommended and tested for best results.
Q: Does anyone know what a "MPU 401 MIDI interface" is, and if it differs from other MIDI interfaces? I presume its some sort of MIDI specification.
I noticed this post from TC regarding MIDI interfaces:
MIDI interfaces for use with Nova System:
The list below is partly based upon tests done by TC, and reports coming in from users. This does not denote a guarantee that an interface will work, as software updates can fail under certain system configurations.
These interfaces can be used for doing software updates:
â€¢ CME U2MIDI v2,
â€¢ Creative Soundblaster PCI-128,
â€¢ Edirol FA101,
â€¢ M-Audio Oxygen 8,
â€¢ Midiman USB Midisport 1x1, 2x2, 8x8 (old version of Midisport),
â€¢ MPU-401 compatible soundcards,
â€¢ Steinberg USB2,
â€¢ Terratec EWS88
These interfaces cannot be recommended for doing software updates:
â€¢ M-Audio Uno "Revision" (old version works)
â€¢ Creamware Luna II
â€¢ Edirol UM-1
â€¢ Edirol UM1S
â€¢ Edirol PCR-50
â€¢ Edirol SD-90
â€¢ Emagic MT4 & Unitor8
â€¢ RME FireFace
â€¢ RME HDSP Digiface & Multiface
â€¢ Steinberg MIDEX3
â€¢ Steinberg MIDEX8
â€¢ Turtle Beach Voyetra
â€¢ M-Audio Midisport 1x1
Please note: this does not mean that theyâ€™re bad MIDI interfaces; they are just unsuitable for software updates.
Is it correct from this statement to assume that the DUMP SYSTEM saves everything (global user settings plus all banks of user presets), but BANK DUMP only sends a single bank, with just the 3 presets associated to that bank?
Yes you are correct and I believe the banks are chosen from the last set you were on?
Is there a way to restore just a single bank? If so, how does one determine the destination bank it will end up in? The owner manual doesn't discuss how to do a restore, so I'm wondering if the currently selected bank is the one that it will write to.
I could be wrong but I do not think this is possible.