Robert Conrad, Registered Piano Tuner/Technician, Tucson, AZ

Creating A Header Sheet for xMem Tunings

Let me first say that I have two AccuTuner IV “980”s.   I have two because I don’t want to work without one.   I alternate them, using one  one week and the other, the next.   And, since I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 when I tune,  I have two of them as well.   I’m backed up, with both hardware and software.   It’s great to know if one of my SAT’s or one of the Surface Pro’s go down,  I’m can remain stress free and still in business without losing a step, or any sleep.

I can experiment as much as I want, because even if I mess it up, I can still go tune using my backup working combo.  Both of my SAT’s are exactly the same, and have the exact same tuning tools in each.   They are interchangeable.  The Surface Pros are also virtually identical.   (I bought a little more than I needed when I bot the first one, but when I bot the 2nd one, I got one with a slightly smaller SSD drive, and a slightly slower CPU).

These backups make me fearless, knowing almost whatever I do, I will still be able to work.

When working with Piano Manager, especially when working with the Extended Memory, reading and writing files to the SAT IV “980”, there will be times when files get corrupted.   When that happens, if I only had one SAT, I’d probably freak out.   But being backed up, I can calmly keep working with the program and the SAT until I get everything working smoothly and how I want it.

Piano Manager is a unique and relatively new piece of software  The SAT “980” is a relatively new piece of hardware.  In fact, the “980” has only been available since late 2016.   There have been numerous SAT firmware updates, a number of new versions of the Piano Manager program.  I recommend using the latest version of PM and of course, the latest firmware for your SAT.   You can download the latest version of PM here.    Call Inventronics for the correct and latest firmware update for your particular SAT.

This post is on how to create a header sheet for the xMem sections of the SAT IV.

The SAT IV’s xMem sections are comprised of ‘Banks’ of tunings.   Each bank contains 140 tunings.   Each bank’s numbering starts with Page 1 of that bank and goes to Page 140.   Bank 2 is exactly the same, page 1 – 140, same with Bank 3, Bank 4, Bank 5, and Bank 6 – all starting at page 1 and going to 140.

Whenever a bank of tunings (a Piano Manager .lib file) is installed into the xMEM section, the page number from that bank is included in the Header for that tuning.

However, when those tunings are installed in the SAT, the SAT sees the tunings as going from page 1 to 980.  So the first page of the xMem section is in the SAT is 141.   But the Bank page number in the Header display would still start with 001 since each bank starts with Page 1.

The name of the tuning (the ‘Header’) can be seen in the SAT’s display.   If left unchanged, each tuning’s header will contain the 3 digit number that was on the Bank of xMem tuning.

This post will show a way to get rid of those Bank page numbers.  It will also show how to add the page number the SAT will show when the Page Buttons are used on the SAT.

The page number in the header’s display on Page 141 will also show Pg. 141.   When going to Page 425 using the SAT’s Page buttons, the first 3 digits that will show up in the SAT’s header display will also be 425 – instead of 089 or whatever that page number was on that 3rd Bank of xMem tunings.

There are probably more ways to do this than the one contained in the video, but this one works nicely and is fairly quick. This method uses Excel and Word.

I like using Google Drive for viewing the Header Sheet when ‘in the field’.   With Google Drive, the header sheet can be viewed on both your phone and your computer.   Once you put the newly created header sheet into the Google Drive folder on your computer, you will be able to simply open the Google Drive app on your phone, open the Header Sheet file, and look up the tuning or template you are wanting to use, find what page it is on, and then go to that page in the SAT.

I hope this video can be used by those with only limited experience with Excel.   Those with a basic knowledge of Excel, will have no problem with this method.

 

 

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