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The Ensoniq Disk Extractor program (ede109.exe) was created by Giebler Enterprises as a means of creating Ensoniq-readable disks using an IBM-compatible computer. Most Ensoniq keyboards format floppy disks differently from computers, so a disk from a keyboard will not be recognized by a computer, and vice versa. Gary Giebler's software, Ensoniq Disk Extractor (EDE), instructs the PC's floppy drive to read the disk sectors in the manner that an Ensoniq keyboard would, thereby allowing it to read and write data to the disks, and to save the disk data to the computer's hard drive in a PC format. The Syntaur demo files that you can download are in this PC format; EDE is then used to read the PC-format file and write the sound data to floppy disk. The floppy disk is then inserted into your keyboard and loaded like any other sound disk.

First of all, take note that ede109.exe is an DOS-based PC program. The software will work best on older machines, running just DOS. You may experience trouble if you have a processor faster than 200 MHz, or if you are running Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows XP. Also, if you are running anti-virus or compression software, disable or remove it, as these types of programs interfere with accessing the floppy drive. Finally, you must use the correct type of floppy disk for the file you are trying to write; the desciption for each demo disk specifies whether you will need a double-density (DS/DD) or a high-density (HD) disk.

If you are using a Macintosh computer, this software will not work. (In that case, you can order a demo disk for $2.00 from Syntaur; this disk will be ready to load directly into your keyboard.)

It's a good idea to set up a new directory or folder first, as you will need to place the ede109.zip file and the syntaur demo files in the same directory. You might want to call this directory EDE or ENSONIQ.

Download ede109.zip and the demo file(s) you want into this directory, or copy them here after downloading. The first step is to unzip the files; you can use pkunzip, WinZip, etc. to extract the files. Once you have unzipped everything, you will have several files in the folder or directory along with the zipped files, and you're ready to run the software.

EDE is not a Windows application, it is a DOS program, so running it from the DOS prompt - or actually running your PC in DOS mode - gives the best results. To do this, make sure that you are in your new EDE (or Ensoniq) directory, and then type

ede [Enter]

at the DOS prompt. Or, you can run the program from Windows by double clicking on it from Windows Explorer, for instance. When the program starts, you'll first be presented with a couple of screens explaining EDE and some other products offered by Giebler Enterprises. Then, at the main screen, there will be some numbered files; these are the disk image files that are used to create the Ensoniq-compatible disks. Select the number next to the disk you want to create, and press [Enter] to get ready to begin writing to disk. Once you have a blank disk in the drive, press [Enter] again to start the writing process. The writing of the disk can take several minutes.

Be aware that certain keyboards only recognize certain types of disks, and EDE therefore requires that you use the right disk type. The TS-10/TS-10 demo and the ASR-10/ASR-88 demo disks require a normal high density (HD) disk, but all of the other Syntaur demos require a harder-to-find double-density DS/DD disk. If all you have are HD disks, you can cover the HD identifier hole with a piece of tape (this is the hole in the corner of the disk that does not have a sliding write-protect tab), and the keyboard will probably recognize the disk. Once you've loaded the data into the keyboard, it's a good idea to then save it to the right type of disk directly from the keyboard.

If you need further help, please contact Giebler Enterprises, who created this software. Syntaur Productions cannot help you with any computer-related issues.