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TA-1H/TRI AVATAR

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CHORUS

Firmware Update
Procedures
Overview of Update Steps
1. Prepare a PC (Windows) or Mac (Macintosh) computer and setup your MIDI interface for data
transmission.
2. Download MIDI software (for Mac: SysEx Librarian, for Windows: SendSx) from the specified
website and install it on your computer.
3. Download the latest firmware from the Free The Tone s website.
4. Connect the TRI AVATAR to the MIDI interface and send the firmware to the TRI AVATAR by
using the installed MIDI software.
5. After writing the data to the TRI AVATAR, press the MODE switch. This will cause the TRI AVATAR
to reboot and complete the firmware update procedure. Note that user preset contents
will not be erased by this firmware update.

Firmware Update Procedures


1. Confirmation of Firmware Version
1) Turn on the power to the TRI AVATAR.
2) Confirm light-up times of the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs above the SELECT footswitches.
3) Turn off the power to the TRI AVATAR.
After powering on, the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs above the SELECT footswitches turn on and off
from 1 to 4 in sequence. Then all of the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs will turn on and off. The current
firmware version can be checked by counting the number of light-up times. If the PRESET
1‒4 LEDs do not illuminate, then the TRI AVATAR is running with the ver. 1.0 firmware. If it is
running with the ver. 1.1 firmware, it will reboot after all of the 1‒4 LEDs illuminate once. The
light-up times of the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs for each firmware version are shown on the firmware
download page.

2. Preparation of Computer and MDI Interface


1) Prepare a PC (Windows) or Mac (Macintosh) computer and a MIDI interface.
2) Connect the computer and the MIDI interface.
3) Download the MIDI interface driver and make data transmission ready.
At this phase the TRI AVATAR and the MIDI interface are not connected.
Regarding setup procedures for your MIDI interface, please refer to its operation manual.
(* We recommend YAMAHA USB-MIDI INTERFACE UX16 because we use this model for
operation tests.)

3. Download of the Latest Firmware for TRI AVATAR


From the Free The Tone s website (http://www.freethetone.com/support/), download the
latest firmware file for the TRI AVATAR (TA-1H_FIRMWARE_V**.ZIP) and unzip it.
(Note that ** denotes the version number.)
Be sure to write down the name (ex: FIRMWARE) for the download destination folder in which
you save the file.
NOTE: When downloading the file, you may sometimes encounter a message says that
downloading TA-1H_FIRMWARE_V**.ZIP can damage your computer. In such a case, ignore
the message and proceed to downloading.

4. Download and Installation of MIDI Software


Mac users: go to page 3.
Windows users: go to page 7.

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For Mac Computer
1. Preparation of MIDI Software
1) Download the freeware SysEx Librarian from http://snoize.com/SysExLibrarian/ and save it in any folder.
2) Unzip the downloaded ZIP file and install it.
3) Start SysEx Librarian. The following screen will appear:

2. Configuration of SysEx Librarian


Select the MIDI interface to be used from the main window s pull-down menu.
Select Port1 for the YAMAHA UX16. The list of interfaces will not be shown if the MIDI interface is not
connected or the MIDI interface driver is not installed correctly. In such a case, please check if the MIDI
interface is connected correctly and the driver has been installed.

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When you select the interface to be used, the screen changes to the following one:

3. Selection of Update File


1) Click the + (or Add... on some versions) button located near the left bottom corner of the main window.
2) Select the latest TRI AVATAR firmware file you ve downloaded.
  After selecting the file, the following message appears. Click the OK button.

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When the file is successfully read, its file name is listed as shown in the figure below. Click the file name to
highlight. Now the file data in your Mac is ready to send.

4. Connecting TRI AVATAR and MIDI Interface


1) Connect only the TRI AVATAR s MIDI IN terminal to the MIDI interfaces MIDI OUT terminal.
2) Turn on the power to the TRI AVATAR while holding down both the MODE and EDIT switches.
  The PRESET 1‒4 LEDs above the SELECT switches turn on and off in sequence and the PRESET MODE  
  and MANUAL MODE LEDs above the MODE switch and the EDIT LED above the EDIT switch illuminate.  
  The TRI AVATAR is now ready to receive data.

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5. Data Transmission
Click the Play button near the left top corner of the SysEx Librarian s main screen.
As soon as the data transmission starts as shown below, the PRESET 1 LED on the TRI AVATAR flashes.
The PRESET 1‒4 LEDs flash and illuminate steadily starting from the PRESET 1 LED. When all of the
PRESET 1‒4 LEDs illuminate, then the data writing process is completed.
CAUTION!
Even when the indication on the SysEx Librarian shows that the data transfer is completed, the writing
process on the TRI AVATAR is not completed until all of the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs turn on.
Never turn off the power to the TRI AVATAR during the data transmission and writing process.

When all of the PRESET 1‒ 4 LEDs illuminate, press the MODE switch to reboot and to be ready for
operation. This completes the firmware update procedure.

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For Windows Computer
1. Preparation of MIDI Software
1) Download the shareware SendSx from http://www.bome.com/products/sendsx and save it in any folder.
  You can use it free for a trial period.
2) Unzip the downloaded ZIP file and install it to your computer.
3) Start SendSx. The following screen will appear:

2. Configuration of SendSx
Select the MIDI interface to be used from the MIDI Out menu.
Select Yamaha UX-16-1 for the YAMAHA UX16.
The list of interfaces will not be shown if the MIDI interface is not connected or the MIDI interface driver is
not installed correctly. In such a case, please check if the MIDI interface is connected correctly and the
driver has been installed.

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When you select the interface to be used, its name is shown in the lower half of the screen:

3. Selection of Update File


1) Select Open from the File menu.

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2) In the file selection window, select the firmware file you ve downloaded.

When the file is read successfully, a screen that looks like the following will appear. Now your computer is
ready for data transmission.

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4. Setting up Data Transmission Speed
1) Select Settings… from the Options menu.

2) When the Settings window is opened, adjust the slider so that Sending MIDI Speed is lower than 742  
  bytes/s and click the OK button. The PC is now ready to send data.

CAUTION!
If the data transmission speed is too fast, the TRI AVATAR will freeze during the data writing process and
the firmware update will fail. In such a case, reboot the unit and lower the Sending MIDI Speed and try
data transmission again.
NOTE: User presets will not be lost even if the firmware update fails.

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5. Connecting TRI AVATAR and MIDI Interface
1) Connect only the TRI AVATAR s MIDI IN terminal to the MID interface s MIDI OUT terminal
2) Turn on the power to the TRI AVATAR while holding down both the MODE and EDIT switches.
The PRESET 1‒4 LEDs above the SELECT switches turn on and off in sequence and the PRESET MODE
LED and MANUAL MODE LED above the MODE switch and the EDIT LED above the EDIT switch illuminate.
The TRI AVATAR is now ready to receive data.

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6. Data Transmission
1)Click the Send(F4) button located in the lower left section of the SendSx s main screen.
As soon as the data transmission starts as shown below, the PRESET 1 LED on the TRI AVATAR flashes.
The PRESET 1‒4 LEDs flash and illuminate steadily starting from the PRESET 1 LED. When all of the
PRESET 1‒4 LEDs illuminate, then the data writing process is completed.
CAUTION!
Even when the indication on the SendSX shows that the data transfer is completed, the writing process on
the TRI AVATAR is not completed until all of the PRESET 1‒4 LEDs turn on.
Never turn off the power to the TRI AVATAR during the data transmission and writing process.

When all of the PRESET 1‒ 4 LEDs illuminate, press the MODE switch to reboot and to be ready for
operation. This completes the firmware update procedure.

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