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Orville Software Update

OS Version 3.0 for the Orville, DSP7000 and DSP7500 series of Harmonizer® brand effects processors

This update method requires a Windows XP system with a USB to Serial Adapter connecting the Orville to the PC.


Refer to the installation instructions found in oupdate.exe, the firmware updater available as part of this download, for setup and connecting to your Harmonizer product. Note that installing this upgrade will delete all User Programs. Any Programs that need to be saved must be stored to a card or archived to a computer before installation. Following restart after install, when asked "clear setup ?", you must choose YES. It's been observed that some SETUP menus may appear blank after this upgrade. We recommend restarting the machine once more after clearing the setup above and holding the 8 key to force a complete reset. Be sure to read the updated V3.0 User's Manual for more details on the new features.


New in these product releases are the DistortionCurve(tm) analog distortion module and the Predictive Vocoder(tm) module. DistortionCurve models some uniquely analog types of distortion using a proprietary curve-fitting process. The Predictive Vocoder module uses a high resolution physical model of the human vocal tract to implement a truly incredible vocoder. The Version 3.0 release also includes a number of performance enhancements. 

Issues with release 3.000 resolved in version 3.002: Update 06 May 2003 We have found or have been advised of some minor issues in 3.000 that we have resolved in a maintenance release. If you performed your update before 07 May 2003, you might want to consider updating to version 3.002. The issues resolved involve MIDI, sampling rate, and remote control. 

Here's a preview of some of the other important enhancements:

• Tap Tempo and Loop Timer added

• Possible maximum size of presets has significantly increased.

• Many New presets added to feature Tap Tempo, Timer and the new modules.

• Wet/Dry Mix has been modified to allow full volume (100% wet:dry) at the center of this control. This is especially useful for series machine configurations.

• Remotes have added type (absolute, unipolar, bipolar) and are now scaled in the actual units rather than as a percentage.

• MIDI note trigger added to remote types, this is like Note On but is activated by a specific note.

• Improvements to MIDI program load behavior: 1. Works with Links 2. For Orville: Base + 0 = machine A, Base + 1 = machine B, Base + 2 = Routing

• MIDI bank change sysex improved.

Many other bug fixes and system improvements:

• The audio page has been renamed [clock] -- this is where you select clock source and see the status of digital inputs (locked, slipping, unlocked, etc.)

• The [clock] page is now the first in the list when the setup button is pressed (instead of DSP A routing). The first list of soft keys that appear with the first press of the setup key is [clocks] [inputs] [DSP A] [outputs] -- the latter three are in order of the signal flow.

• The wordclock enable field has been moved from the [misc] page to the [clock] page. 

• The [clock] page now has a single field for selecting clock sources, allowing the selection of internal and external sources without having to manipulate a second EXTERNAL ENABLE field.

• The [analog] and [digital] pages have been moved under an [outputs] soft key.

• The DIG 1/2 SPDIF vs. AES input select has been moved to an [inputs] page.

• The levels pages now allow digital gain control for all channels instead of just the digital channels (this is a post A/D and pre D/A gain control in addition to the analog gain control that is pre A/D and post D/A).

• Digital format information has been moved to a [format] soft key under SETUP (second press of SETUP). In addition, the DIG 1/2 SPDIF vs. AES/EBU output format selection is made here. Note that the expanded format page only exists for DIG 1/2 (with fields like SCMS and EMPH).

VSIGFILE Compatibility

Sigfiles using STEXTKNOB will be incompatible unless references to "textnum" are changed to "textnum_out".

This is best done in a text editor rather than Vsig. Several new modules have been added. Note that these are NOT covered in the old Modules manual, but ARE covered in Vsigfile help for detailed info.