Alesis JPatches

This site is dedicated to a group of guitarist playing the music of Hank B. Marvin and the Shadows. The vintage echo’s used in this type of music is accurate emulated through the Alesis echo with Jpatch echoes programmed with great care and precision by Jacob Heijer and Piet Verbruggen in the Netherlands.

In order to assure that the Alesis Jpatch community can use the exact settings for the available backing tracks this site offers a common understanding of the required settings. Moreover, this site allows the user community to share the information so both the availability and the quality of the settings are always kept optimal.
The Alesis Jpatch is a DSP version of the vintage tape and disc-echoes like those that were used by Hank Marvin and others in the past and developed,programmed and tested by: Jacob Heijer and Piet Verbruggen. the Netherlands 

Instructions:

Pre-requisites?

The pre-requisite you need to program a Q2/Q20 is a functional MIDI interface. With this MIDI interface and a correct configured QClick program you can access your Q2/Q20 in both data directions (IN/OUT). The JPatches are stored in a zip file so the first step is to un-zip the file. Now, the resulted files are directly compatible with QClick and, pending a functional MIDI interface, can be stored
directly to the Alesis Q2/Q20.

In order to store or recall patches from your Alesis Q2 or Q20 device it is recommended to use a Roland/Edirol UM-1X or equivalent midi interface. This MIDI interface is known to be compatible with  QClick, a Win95 Quadraverb 2 shareware editor, that’s required to actually load/save the patches.

This QClick program is also offering the capability to design/build your own patches. There is a direct dependancy towards the MIDI interfact and QClick as it’s based on a rather old version of MIDI hence the emphasis on this, and possible other, specific MIDI gear

1. Obtain QClick from http://www.synthzone.com/midi/alesis/qv/qclick.zip

2. Obtain serial number using Google with exact this search string “qClick v1.01 : s/n:”  look for XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX formated S/N

What is in this box?

There are 12 basic echo patches representing different vintage echo equipment or with different head selections for that particular equipment. Those prime patches are all starting with the letter P (Parent). All further derived patches are coded with the letter C (Child), those are the patches witch have different echo amplitudes and/ or repeat values..

The advised way to store the patches in the Q20 is alphabetically sorted. Example: PA00, PB00, CB01, PC00, PD00, CD01, CD02, CD03. Etc. etc.

By doing so, it is much easier to find the correct patch by turning the Value/Enter knob.

For your convinience, each patch has an added short description of the equipment it represents; witch will be visible on the display of the Alesis Q20 . E.g. PC00 VoxLT, CD03 Meazzi304, CH04 MeazzDisk…..
What box to be used?


For the Q20 it’s simple., use the one that’s created for the Q20. For the Q2 it’s more difficult as the modulation function we’ve used to simulate the saturationcurve of the tape/head combination is possible also introducing not desirable effects when your Q2 is not capabable using this function. We suggest for the Q2 model to start checking-out the “right channel” package as a first try-out and when not satisfied (hum and/or distortion) try also the “no modulation” package.

How to use the Q20 Patches?

You are of course free to change any of the parameters. But the advised way to do so is as follows.

  • Echo Volume.

First look within the same echo group (e.g. PH00 – CH14) for a similar echo with the desired echo volume.If you cant find the one you want, you can change the echo volume by changing the value of the Master Effects Level.You can find the Master Effects Level on page 3 of the Mix or use the mix knob in Qclick.

  • Repeat duration.

First look within the same echo group (e.g. PH00 – CH14) for a similar echo with the desired repeat duration.If you cant find the one you want, you can change the repeat duration by changing the dB value of the “Feedback-patch-cord”.This is the patch-cord witch goes from the lowpass-filter back to the flanger.

Warning!!

QClick users should be aware of the fact that Qclick does NOT retrieve the patches from the Q20 correctly. (The pach-cord from the EQ to the flanger has a local modifier, from witch the values are changed wen retrieved from the Q20) So, always use the original patch, modify it if necessary, and use qclick to store it in the Q2/Q20.

 

Additional Information related to the echosettings lists:

Pickups selection:

1= Bridge
2= Bridge + Middle
3= Middle
4= Middle + Neck
5= Neck
6= Bridge + Neck

We hope you enjoy the patches.

Jacob Heijer & Piet Verbruggen

 

 


Comments

Alesis JPatches — 17 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I’m not quite clear as to how to store the JPatches in the Q20 user bank 2 without deleting my own echos which are in user bank 1.

    Bank 1 contains the factory defaults. User bank 1 is being used by my own stuff. So I want to store the JPatches in the user bank 2 which is completely empty. How do I tell Qclick or the Q20 to write the JPatches to user bank 2?

    Thank you and regards,

    Joachim

  2. Thanks a lot.

    While we’re on the subject – is there any reason why there are no echo patches available for TC Electronic’s D-Two? Would this unit be a perfect candidate as a Shadows echo machine?

  3. Joachim,
    Firstly back to your initial question: on the Alesis there are 3 distinctive banks. There are two banks called bank0 and bank1 available for your patches. The preset bank is not visible for you using Qclicks and contains non-erasable patches. You have the choise to store your patches in bank 0 or bank 1. I’m assuming you have particular patches in bank0 stored making bank1 available for the Jpatches.

    Developing patches is very time consuming and, with exception of our Jpatches and related hardware and software, are only available ‘at cost’/sold items. This ratio and the amount of users of the product you’ve mentioned is key if patches will be developed. Also, in most cases, modern equipment is not fit to be used to emulate vintage gear. That’s a different story but correct!
    Gr. piet

    • Guy, possible would agree with you! The ratio cost/performance is also a factor in having ‘that sound’. Seems your solution is fully geared to the pro’s who need to play on stage for a living!
      Cheers! Piet

  4. Hi. Thanks for these superb patches. Is there any way I can load all echotapper patches at once, rather than opening each one and saving it to the quadraverb 2 or perhaps later on a Q20 if I can find one

    • Steve, following the outline below you’ll get a scenario were you can select to which bank you like to store all the patches in one go! Remember one bank is read/only.

      The pre-requisite you need to program a Q2/Q20 is a functional MIDI interface. With this MIDI interface and a correct configured QClick program you can access your Q2/Q20 in both data directions (IN/OUT). The JPatches are stored in a zip file so the first step is to un-zip the file. Now, the resulted files are directly compatible with QClick and, pending a functional MIDI interface, can be stored
      directly to the Alesis Q2/Q20.

      In order to store or recall patches from your Alesis Q2 or Q20 device it is recommended to use a Roland/Edirol UM-1X or equivalent midi interface. This MIDI interface is known to be compatible with QClick, a Win95 Quadraverb 2 shareware editor, that’s required to actually load/save the patches.

      This QClick program is also offering the capability to design/build your own patches. There is a direct dependancy towards the MIDI interfact and QClick as it’s based on a rather old version of MIDI hence the emphasis on this, and possible other, specific MIDI gear that’s compatible.

  5. Dear Piet

    Yes, you are right, the Apache is a syage machine for pros. But the Q2 with your very good patches sounds great. Much better than the EFTP from Charlie Hall!

    Thanks a lot!!
    Best regards
    Guy

  6. Hello Echotapper
    Ich habe bei euch die jPatches des Quadraverb2 downloaded auf channel right.
    habt Ihr auch die zip datei für right and left channel für ein q2 gerät?
    Bitte um Nachricht
    mfg H.R.

  7. Hi, I have a q20 and the disc with the patches, also on the disc is
    Qclick to load files with a midi interface.
    “Qclick” is apparently not compatible with my windows
    operating system which is Windows 7/64bit. is there a update or another program to load files with a Boss UM-1X.
    I have been to the Synthzone site and found qclick only for Win 95
    pretty old.
    Regards Les

    • Les,
      I’m not sure but would it be possible to tell the application to be compatible with older versions? This is a common solution in windows. Look under properties as I recall that as a Apple user.;-)

      • Hi, Thanks for your help.The setup finally loaded but not with windows 64bit only win 32bit loaded setup.the Qclick program still
        Doesn’t recognise the Quadraverb q20.Connected UM1 midi in and out
        set Q20 to midi setting as manual instructs send all, channel one
        setting and omni tried that too not sure what the problem is.
        Les

  8. Hi!
    Is it possible to use SysExBox for instance to download your patches? QClick is so old and needs Win 95, nobody has that old working machines in use.

Leave a Reply