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Load / Save / Download Projects & other Data


The B-Data Manager helps you to manage your projects, chord sets, MIDI maps, snapshots & colour themes.
The B-Data Manager opens in two modes: reader and writer.

Load Projects & other Data

To open the Data Manager in reader mode click on the 'reader' button in the right-hand bar.

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Note: You can find the reader button in some editors and they will open exactly the same reader, just with the focus on the kind of data from where you have opened it, like chord sets if you have opened it from the chord editor.

Load Projects / Data

To open, for example, a project, just select the file you would like to open and click the open button. You can do this at any time you like, even if B-Step is running.

Audio Preview

If an audio sample file is assigned to a project or chord set, the Data-Reader will auto playback it for you. This should help you to remember your own projects or get an idea how the project can sound with the right synthesizers connected. (See: Assign / Record Sample Audio).
It is recommended to disable the auto playback option if you are in a live performance (uncheck: AUTO PLAY SAMPLE AUDIO ON SELECT).
The sample audio will be sent to the default sound card or to the audio out ports if you run the B-Step Plugin.

Download Presets from the B-Repository

In the B-Preset-Repository we provide more free presets for you which we will update from time to time.

To download, for example, a project preset, scroll to "PROJECTS"->"PRESETS (Download)" and click the "REFRESH DOWNLOADABLE PROJECTS. This sends a request to the repository server and lists the available project (which you haven't already downloaded).
To download a single project select the project entry and click download. This will open a download window. If the download is ready you can click "OK | LOAD PROJECT" to load it directly or push the close button to continue browsing.
Also you can download a complete folder of presets by selecting a folder and clicking "DOWNLOAD FOLDER".

Your downloaded presets can be found in "PROJECTS"->"PRESETS (Download)".

Auto load and Save (standalone)

By default B-Step stores all your settings and project data on shutdown and restores this on restart. So if you would like to continue in a few hours or days time, you don't need to save anything - it will be automatically stored or restored.

Open containing Folder

When you want to manage some files directly in your systems default file browser, you can select a folder in the reader and click button "OPEN FOLDER (NATIVE)".



Save Projects & other Data

To open the Data Manager in writer mode click on the 'write' button in the right-hand bar.

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Note: You can find the writer button in some editors and they will open exactly the same write, just with the focus on the kind of data from where you have opened it, like chord sets if you have opened it from the chord editor.

Save Projects / Data

To save for example your current project just select "SAVE PROJECT UNDER NEW NAME". This will create a new project file and you can insert a new name.
To overwrite an existing project, select the entry and click the "REPLACE" button.
To create a new folder to keep your structure clean, select "CREATE NEW SUBFOLDER".

Assign / Record / Remove Sample Audio

To identify your project or chord sets for later use you can assign or record a sample audio file.

To assign an existing audio file just click the "ASSIGN" button at the bottom. This will open a file browser where you can search and select the audio file you want. B-Step makes a copy of the audio file you have chosen and stores it besides the project or chord set.

To record a new audio file, select the sound source you would like to rip and push the "RECORD AUDIO" button and push it again when you think it is enough. It is recommended to keep the recording as short as possible.
VST: If you use the plugin version of B-Step you have to route the source you would like to record in your DAW to B-Step's audio input (e.g. the synthesizer output you trigger with B-Step).

To remove an assigned audio file just click the "REMOVE" button. If your system supports a standard trash implementation you will find the removed audio file in your bin otherwise it is completely deleted.



Import / Export

The import/export function is designed to share projects, chord sets, MIDI mappings and colour themes.
Two basic ideas:
- Share your own data between your desktop B-Step and mobile version of B-Step.
- Share your projects with your friend or share it on the B-Repository

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Export

To export, for example, a project, select the project in the writer and click "EXPORT". This will open the Exporter and provide you with three standard ways to export. "COPY", "SEND AS MAIL" and "SEND AS MAIL TO MONOPLUGS...".

SEND AS MAIL
If you have a configured email client on your system like thunderbird, outlook, iOS mail program or whatever, you can do it this easy way: Clicking the button will open your email client and create a new mail with the data as content. You only have to add the receiver email and send it off.

COPY
No email client? Ok then, click the copy button and paste it where ever you like (email client in your browser or a textfile...).

SEND AS MAIL TO MONOPLUGS AND SHARE IT ON THE REPOSITORY
This does the same as "SEND BY MAIL" but the receiver is Monoplugs and you can add some details about yourself. We will check your preset, while having some fun with it too and we will share it on the B-Repository. In the Repository entry we would like to add your name and e.g. your Web page (if you like), but you can also do this anonymously.

IMPORTANT: Everything you would like to export (projects, chord sets...) must exist as a file beforehand. You can not share your current opened project without saving it first.

Import

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To import, for example, a project which you have received via mail, copy the content of the email and click the "PASTE" button in the importer and then the "IMPORT" button. This will import the data to your current work. So if you import a project, it will open the project immediately (make sure you have saved your current work beforehand).

Important: an import will not create a file! You have to store it as a new project or what ever after you import.

Note: the importer is the same every time and automatically detects which kind of data you paste (projects, chord sets, colour themes or MIDI mappings).



File Types supported by the Data Manager

Project (b2proj)
A project file just contains all the project parameters (file extension: "b2proj"). It does not contain: MIDI IO settings, MIDI controller settings, or things like Multidrag Settings.

Chord Sets
The 6 chords of one chord set (file extension: "b2cset").

MIDI Mappings
A complete MIDI patch (file extension: "b2patch").

Colour Themes
A colour theme (file extension: "b2col").


B-Step, a sequencer by Monoplugs.