TX81Z Programmer Manual

Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017 Matt Gregory

Thank you for using the TX81Z Programmer!

I've been wanting to write an editor for my TX81Z for a long time, but I kept putting it off. I finally got around to it and this is what I came up with. The TX81Z Programmer is a complete TX81Z editor and librarian. Every function and parameter of the unit is represented. I wanted to create a powerful editing environment, so I threw in a lot of extras that I hope are useful to you. I tried to make this program fast and easy to use, so you can spend less time editing and more time making the sounds and music you want to make. This mostly came from my personal experience in programming the TX81Z and programming computers, so it might feel somewhat quirky at first, but once you get used to it, I think you'll like it.

Organization Of This Manual

First I put a couple of sections on getting started. I wrote a little Quick Start section, which will hopefully be enough to get you up and running at least. Next is a section on how to set up the editor for use with multiple TX81Z units.

Next, I organized the manual by window. There are seven different window types starting with the main window. The main window is kind of like two windows in one, so after a little overview of the two sections and a discussion of the menus, I added two more topics on the snapshot and the library. I highly recommend reading through the section on the main window at the very least. This section discusses the design of the program and how the data is treated by the program.

The rest of the windows come sequentially after these sections: the voice editor, the performance editor, the effects editor, the program change table editor, the two microtuning table editors, and the system setup editor.

After these I threw in a couple of references, one on the controls used in the program, a little glossary of terms, and a section of TX81Z notes, which contains some of the obscurities of the TX81Z.

Last but not least is the license agreement page. This software is free under the GNU Public License version 2.

This software is open source. The source repository is hosted on Github at https://github.com/mgregory22/tx81z-programmer.