How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Samples?

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How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Samples?

Post by who » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:51 am

Hi All,

I have a set of SF2 files I created for my E-mu samplers and now I want to play them my Akai S950. I read the S950 supports S1000 programs and samples, so I converted my SF2 files to program.p and sample.s files. Assuming these files will work with the S950, the next thing I need to do is put the files in a .akai image file. That's where I'm stuck.

Has anyone made Akai S950 image files from SF2 files and is willing to share?

Thanks!

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:33 pm

I suspect the answer starts with the "Raw File Format Configuration" page provided when you click the "Load Raw Image" button in the HXCFloppyEmulator software. However, I have not found the magic combination that works on my S950. I suspect I may have another issue because I'm only able to load one of the HFE file provided in the "Quickstart" set.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by Jeff » Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:38 am

What is a SF2 file ?.
Anyway, if you can do this with true floppy disk, this is doable with the HxC too with the same way.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:54 pm

Thanks for your help! Can you explain how, or point me in a direction to learn more?

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by Jeff » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:48 am

who wrote:Thanks for your help! Can you explain how, or point me in a direction to learn more?
Is it possible to do this with a normal floppy disk ?

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:09 am

I'm trying to do it without a floppy. To do it with a floppy I would have to get a Kryoflux and I would rather not do that.

There has to be a way to create an s950 (or S1000) floppy image without using a floppy so I can load up my HxC. :)

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by Jeff » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:27 am

who wrote:I'm trying to do it without a floppy. To do it with a floppy I would have to get a Kryoflux and I would rather not do that.

There has to be a way to create an s950 (or S1000) floppy image without using a floppy so I can load up my HxC. :)
No that's not the question...

Is it possible to do what you want to do with a normal PC with an internal floppy disk drive and a floppy disk (without kryoflux). Is there any software available to make such operation/convertion to a floppy ?

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:32 pm

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your help! I don't think there is with the possible exception of Translator. I was hoping there might be a way with the HxC software. I wish the Disk Browser supported floppy types other than DOS. It would be great to select "Akai S950" as the file system type, create the virtual "disk," add files to the disk by drag and drop, then save/export the image file as HFE. Such a workflow would be huge for S950 owners. At least, it would be for me.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by Jeff » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:42 am

who wrote:Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your help! I don't think there is with the possible exception of Translator. I was hoping there might be a way with the HxC software. I wish the Disk Browser supported floppy types other than DOS. It would be great to select "Akai S950" as the file system type, create the virtual "disk," add files to the disk by drag and drop, then save/export the image file as HFE. Such a workflow would be huge for S950 owners. At least, it would be for me.
Yes sure, would be great. Is there any description of the internal S950 format ?
Is there any developer ready to work on this ?

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:32 pm

Here's info about the S950 disk format:

http://mda.smartelectronix.com/akai/akaiinfo.htm

As for a Developer to do the work, who develops the HxC Floppy Emulator software? I assume it is someone who benefits from sales of the HxC Floppy Emulator.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:38 pm

Is the software open source? It looks like it is:

http://sourceforge.net/p/hxcfloppyemu/c ... yEmulator/

Sorry, I'm not a developer. I wish I was. :(

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:23 am

I found some interesting information here:

http://mda.smartelectronix.com/akai/

I downloaded AkaiDisk and found the following information in the text files included with the software:

DISK4.EXE
==========

ADISK4 is a new version of ADISK designed to be integrated with
other software - it copies files to and from Akai floppy disks
without decoding, allowing access to all file types and all
parameters such as sample loops and tuning.


For further information on ADISK and Akai disks in general, see
http://www.abel.co.uk/~maxim/akai/


ADISK4 Command Line
-------------------

ADISK4
Gives a listing of the following commands:

ADISK4 d
List directory of Akai disk to ADISK4.LOG file.

ADISK4 r123 "AKAINAME" DOSNAME.EXT
Copy file type 123 from Akai disk.
The file type number is shown in the directory listing.

ADISK4 w123 DOSNAME.EXT "AKAINAME"
Copy file type 123 to Akai disk.

ADISK4 f3 "LABEL"
Format S3000 high density disk with 12-character label.
f9 and f1 can also be used to format S950 and S1000 disks.

ADISK4 i
Copy whole Akai disk to an image file (adisk4.img).
Current version assumes high density disks.

ADISK4 B: ...
Use floppy drive B: with the above commands.


How to use ADISK4 from other applications
-----------------------------------------
When called from a Windows application, a .PIF file should
be used to ensure ADISK4 does not suspend, and the DOS window
closes automatically when the program terminates.

To call ADISK4 from another application, delete any ADISK4.LOG
file, shell to ADISK4 with the required command line, and wait
for a new ADISK4.LOG to be written.

ADISK4.LOG contains a text string describing the result of the
operation - usually "Finished!" but possibly an error mesage:

No Akai disk found!
Disk is write protected!
Disk is full!
Disk Error!
File Error!
File not found!

When "ADISK4 d" is successful ADISK4.LOG contains a directory
listing in the following format:

Akai S3000 HIGH DENSITY "NOT NAMED "
REAL DRUMS 240 1536
REAL KICK2 243 25912
REAL KICK1 243 26512
REAL KICK3 243 25492

Where the sampler family will be S900, S1000 or S3000. The
numbers following the filenames are the ASCII code describing
the file type (which are used to select files when reading and
writing) and the file length in bytes. The file type depends
on the sampler family, but the codes are related to sensible
ASCII characters such as 'S' for sample and 'P' for program -

Remember that ADISK4 is a DOS program, so should not be passed
long filenames as arguments - it is probably best to use
temporary files in ADISK4's own directory.

The command "ADISK4 i" writes an image of the floppy disk to a
file "ADISK4.IMG". This is very slow so should only be used
for rescuing information from corrupt disks.


---
Copyright(c)1996-1999 Paul Kellett (paul.kellett@maxim.abel.co.uk)

ADISK4.EXE is distributed free for individual use from
http://www.abel.co.uk/~maxim/ but must not be distributed
from any other source or as part of other software applications
without permission. The software is supplied 'as is' with no warranty.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:28 am

Oh, and I checked with the makers of Chicken Systems Translator and FMJSoft Awave and neither supports writing directly to S950 image files.

The only other company I can think of is the makers of CDXtract.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by dxman » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:54 am

I have the same problem with my AKAI S3000XL...
I dont know how to right work with ADISK4 program.
I write: adisk4 b: w243 clave.wav "clave" and nothing happens.
Riding samples and programms fine working with adisk4.

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Re: How To Create S950 Floppy Disk Image From Programs/Sampl

Post by who » Thu May 19, 2016 2:01 pm

EMXP now supports writing of Akai S1000 files!!! I'm trying to figure out how to create HFE files from the AKI files created by EMXP. Anyone know?

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