DSS-1 Copy QM instruction page
If you own a DSS-1 you need to know about Copy QM. This is the single most useful
utility available for ANY DSS-1 user as it gives you a great way to back up all of your
great DSS-1 disks to your PC and / or CDR. And, you can also share disk files with
other DSS-1 users.
I recently helped Tony get started with CopyQM. He didn’t need much help, just some
of the tips and tricks. Tony was kind enough to write these Copy QM instructions you
find below. It is difficult the first time, but after you have done it once or twice, it seems
OK, Here is what Tony wrote (I have done a little editing to add value):----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OK LARRY and other DSS1 -heads : Or just get it here
We all know and love our beloved sampling dinosaur, and can't seem to get
rid of it ! For that reason we need to COPY DSS-1 Sound library disks for ONE
ANOTHER and share our sounds.
The software Utility " CopyQM " is the only proven way to do this procedure
WITHOUT resorting to trading diskettes like baseball cards.
OK: here goes
FIRST : LOCATE AND DOWNLOAD " CopyQM " from an available WEB SITE
Once you have CopyQM downloaded, and stored on your hard drive (we will
designate that DRIVE C), you must UNZIP the file using WINZIP (go to
winzip.com and download it for free)
UNZIP CopyQM and put it into a convenient folder on you C drive.
Access Cary Roberts DSS-1 disk image page and check out the available sound
libraries, Especially Larry Hendry's as he has posted a library of the more unusual
and rare sounds (or go here to get to my sound libraries now available here at Wise
Guy Synth). Keep in mind , NOBODY has any new DSS-1 stuff for sale.
Note: Wise Guy Synth downloads are not zipped.
Once you have downloaded a sample library, store them in a convenient folder
on your C drive , and label the folder " samples" , or whatever you like.
Unzip all of the disk images individually one by one with WINZIP and store the
resulting .DSK file in another folder, labeling that folder "unzipped samples." You
may choose to call this folder anything you like as long as you remember it and
Each resulting UNZIP procedure shall result in creating 2 different files :
you really don't need the text file, but the file with extension .DSK is the DSS-1
disk image file.
Larry has labeled all the individual UNZIPPED sounds with a SAC prefix and the
subsequent sound file in DSS- format with a two letter prefix :
EXAMPLE : NC.DSK is the sax/brass/flute sounds
ND.DSK is the guitar / bass/ synth sounds
Once you have you library UNZIPPED, you are ready to USE CopyQM. ( which is
now on your C drive in it's own folder , in UNZIPPED form )
Some folks like to take a BLANK 3.5" diskette at this time , format it and
using Windows Explorer, copy " CopyQM " to their 3.5" floppy diskette.
This is a good idea, as you may need additional copies (back up).
It is IMPERATIVE ( most important ) to posses a sufficient quantity of BLANK
3.5" diskettes for use with CopyQM and your Korg DSS-1. They MUST BE
ONLY unformatted 1Mb DSDD diskettes. DSHD high density will not work.
Also they MUST NOT HAVE ANY FORMAT whether PC or MAC .
This is CRUCIAL, as you will waste time with any other 3.5" media. Unformattedhere.
DSDD disks are available in the USA from CDW. See
Dick Hamberger wrote:
I've been searching all over for unformatted, DS/DD Disks. You really don't get them
any more. But it works also with this simple Trick: Use standard DOS-formatted HD-
isks, then put a label or sticker on the hole that marks the disk DoubleDensity, and
voilà... CopyQM regards the disk as DS/DD AND(!) unformatted and it works!
Assuming you have a successful download and unzipped CopyQM on you hard
drive (or 3.5 " diskette made from your hard drive ) you are ready to begin.
Open the CopyQM folder thus accessing the files COPYQM INSTALL
WINDOWS 95 or 98 will have a blue / white box folder icon for each of these.
They are also accessible through MS dos as .exe files if you choose to go
that route. FOR NOW we will use the easy route of COPYQM MENU
OPEN COPYQM MENU by double clicking left mouse on the icon.
You will get a blue screen , with a number of setting options:
START WITH THE FIRST SETTING , and use the enter button to select the toggle
for it's options. You may , using the arrow on your keyboard, move the cursor
and change the first setting to " COPY FROM IMAGE FILE "
the following are the other setting options you must engage:
2. BIOS ACCESS (I am having better success with hardware access. L.H.)
5. NO checking
6. no conversion
7. After diskettes
when complete , press F10 to start COPYQM
THE SCREEN should now change to large SYSEX letters, an antiquated looking front
page and then to a prompt question : ENTER NAME OF IMAGE FILE or ESC to quit.
What you must do now is tell COPYQM where your files are located so that it can
Do this by entering the following path designation
C:\ windows\ desktop\ unzipped samples\ ( letters.DSK)
Remember you have to tell COPYQM exactly where you have store your unzipped
disk image files .DSK !!
So, assuming COPYQM found your file , it will read the file off your hard drive and
store it in RAM. It will give a beep when done.
An example would be to enter: C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\UNZIPPEDSAMPLES\NI.DSK
After it has read and stored the image, it will ask for a blank diskette. Insert your blank
unformatted disk in the 3.5" disk bay.
COPYQM will check the disk, and assuming you bought the correct type ( DS DD
unformatted ) , begin writing the image file in Korg format onto the 3.5" disk.
You will see a percentage indicator , and it will progress through the write procedure
until completed ( usually 3 minutes , depending on complexity of the sound).
It will then beep, completed . Remove your finished disk label it and try it out on you
If it does not completely load, or indicates a problem, check your DSS-1 drive, and
or your computer's 3.5 drive. There may be an alignment problem, which means you
must try the whole procedure on another PC drive.
You may then repeat the procedure for the remaining .DSK files.
OK for those of you who like MS DOS
DO NOT ACCESS THE INTERNAL COPYQM MS DOS SCREEN. It does not
want to work.
Instead, minimize your COPYQM folder and go to START > MS DOS prompt
You will have a black screen with a C: and flashing cursor
Enter C: cd COPYQM
This changes you into the COPYQM folder in MS dos
You should get the previously listed files stored in your COPYQM folder
Enter COPYQM.EXE A: PLAYBACK=C:\windows\desktop\unzipped\
(letters).dsk BLIND BIOS
This starts copyqm reading your C drive files and starts the same above writing
Hopefully this will be successful, shake hands with your computer and synth,
Sit down have a beer and a smoke and RELAX
---------Thanks for the tips Tony. Check out Tony’s music at:
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