Welcome to the PARISwiki!

...your info source (along with the Paris Forums), for all things related to the obsolete but brilliant PARIS digital audio workstation...

There are many options for browsing the data here; scroll down the page for a "quick reference" table of contents; browse the Recent Changes MindMap; search for a particular term from the "search" box in each page's header; browse the full page index - or just browse around and enjoy.

Got a PARIS issue in the middle of a session - no time to browse? Jump straight to Bugs, Troubleshooting and the Error Code Compendium (and if you're here to diagnose a problem-in-progress: before you go any further, if you've got an error message in PARIS staring you in the face right now with unsaved work at risk, then if PARIS will let you: alt-tab to the Project Window, and ctrl-shift-S to save your project under a new name and then you can proceed to troubleshoot with less panic).

UPDATE, Q1 2016: PARIS 3.01 - PACE-free - released to the community
All the details available here! Incredibly, the day has come - the Windows version of PARIS 3.01 (a small incremental tweak to 3.0 dating from 2001 that never saw the light of day), has been released courtesy of Edmund Pirali - but WITHOUT PACE COPY PROTECTION! This is a game-changer as the cripplingly obsolete PACE copy protection was the only impediment to updating to a modern OS. Great thanks to Edmund and to Brian Tankersley for making this happen! We'll start doing an in-depth assessment of 3.01's changes ASAP - right now we're pretty sure a few bugs are squashed (the "now line cursor freezing" bug is gone) and a couple of new ones have found their way in (the destructive editing in the Audio Editor doesn't seem to be working) but there's lots more digging to do. For those updating from 2.2, knock yourselves out - for those currently on 3.0, keep both so you can switch back as needed.

This most excellent Brian Tankersley/Aaron Allen tutorial DVD collaboration has been released into the wild with their blessing - check it out on Vimeo. Absolutely great tips and workflow ideas here for the novice and the seasoned vet alike!

UPDATE, Q2 2013: Win7/Win8 64-bit drivers available for purchase now!
All the details available here! the redoubtable Mike Audet has finished and released drivers that enable the use of PARIS under Wn7/Win8 64-bit, and has now packaged all the essential PARIS components into one easy-to-use installer - grab them here and support PARIS development!. This package works as a "universal install" for all Windows systems (from XP SP3 onwards) as well - it will auto-detect your OS and whether it's 32 or 64 bit and install what you need, where you need it.

UPDATE, Q4 2011: Win7/64 compatibility update! (NOTE - NOW SUPERSEDED, SEE ABOVE)
Check this thread to see Mike's picture of PARIS booting under Win7 64! Users have now had PARIS running stably on Win7 32 for quite a while using Mike's XP drivers, but this new transition to the 64-bit version of the OS using purpose-built drivers is a critical step in the "future-proofing" of PARIS.

UPDATE, Q1 2010: PARIS OMF support now in AATranslator!
Ever sent out PARIS sessions to be mixed at a non-PARIS facility and had to do the "render dance"? Michael Rooney, developer of AATranslator, has just brought the PARIS community the hands-down coolest advance it's ever seen from an outside developer. Now that PARIS OMF support has been added to the long list of DAW formats supported by AATranslator (Standard version is chock full of different DAWs $59, Enhanced version adds PT5 and other non-PARIS OMF formats $99) you can finally fly your PARIS sessions out to other DAWs ranging from Nuendo to Logic to Cubase to SADIE to Adobe Audition to Sonar and beyond (the full list is at the link). See this page for more information on the process, and the short "preflight checklist" that will help you prepare and export properly working OMFs from PARIS. Make sure you mention you're a PARIS user!

Want your mind blown? Check out this thread on Mike Audet's progress on Windows 7 drivers for PARIS.

UPDATE, end of '09: The PARISwiki gets a facelift
We've updated to WikkaWiki V1.2, which brings increased security, great new functionality (notice the site search box in the upper right?) and a new look, complete with user-customizable themes (which definitely means giving the Wiki a proper PARIS theme as time permits). Let us know if the update has broken anything and we'll get right on fixing it. If you prefer the previous look, go into "Change Settings/Logout" (don't actually log out - just set your theme to "default" there).

Previous updates...
Registered users to date - 130;
Total pages to date - 238
Top 8 contributor(s) by number of pages owned
rank user pages owned percentage
1.  admin 194 81.5%
2.  ParisNg 8 3.4%
3.  DanielCornelius 2 0.8%
4.  JonBergh 2 0.8%
5.  GanttMann 1 0.4%
6.  MichaelYanoska 1 0.4%
7.  LoLowthom 1 0.4%
8.  MikeA 1 0.4%

NEW: Get Mike Audet's new (2009) XP multicore drivers for PARIS - bugfixes, modernization, and the ability to have PARIS run like a champ on modern multicore CPUs!
NEW: Reaper users - download the REAPER libsndfile Wrapper plugin (courtesy of user Xenakios and libsndfile) to let Reaper work natively with PARIS PAFs - plus there are new Reaper scripts to help Reaper and PARIS "play well together".
NEW: Dress up PARIS with cool new skins by Mike Yanoska and Jim Drago! [four great new skins added by Jim 02/10/10: "Bronze/Flame/Camo/Red Anodized"]
NEW: automatic notifications of changes to the PARISWiki via RSS feed!RSS: Recent changes
NEW: track recent changes visually using the Recent Changes Mind Map
NEW: Courtesy of Doug Wellington - Are you on the PARIS map yet?

This is an educational site dedicated to information about the brilliant but now discontinued PARIS digital audio workstation (a joint development of Ensoniq and Intelligent Devices), with an eye towards collecting all available information and lore into one central easy-to-use crosslinked location (click here for the full Statement of Purpose and legal info). The site is greatly indebted to PARIS' voluntary archivists - Doug Wellington, Steve "artguy" Della Maggiora and John Bercik - for their prior copious and painstaking collections from which so many of the initial entries of the PARISwiki have been drawn, and of course to Chuck Duffy and Hiddensound's Kim, whose newsgroups were the heart of the PARIS community for so many years. Users are encouraged to add and edit pages; there is a brief tutorial on how to create, edit and link new pages over here, the full documentation over here, and a list of all sorts of formatting options over here. Editing is easy; some might consider it fun, or even addictive. Administrative requests are minimal: try for a "technical writing" style, stick to PARIS or closely related issues, and adhere to the general principle of NPOV.

In short: if you have PARIS info you feel like contributing - go for it! The new Needed Pages section is a great place to begin. If you see anything on any of the pages that you know is incorrect, or could be worded more clearly, or contains a misused term or an incorrect credit or attribution - please do log in, click twice and fix it!

Quick Reference:

New: The PARIS Reference Library, a collection of manuals, FAQs and tutorials in PDF format (registered Wiki users only).
New: The PARIS Timeline, a visual timeline of some key dates in the platform's history.
An Introduction to PARIS
Some historical background
Correction table for EQ Frequencies

PARIS Setup and Configuration
Know your paris.cfg file
PARIS Signal Flow diagram
Main Windows
Essential Keyboard Commands
Understanding PARIS' Patch Bay
Configuring for +4/-10 operation
Calibrating PARIS (advanced tutorial)
Essential C16 Commands

Basic Use
Sessions: Tracking
Sessions: Editing
Sessions: Mixing
Sessions: Mastering

Native Submixes
New from the forum's Dr. Frankencopter: Expanding PARIS' native FX capabilities using Native Submixes and Senderella

PARIS' onboard DSP processing:
EDS Plugins: tips and tricks
For power users: editing your stockfx.ini
PARIS and native plugins:
VST and DX plugins in PARIS
Setting up native plug-ins in PARIS
"Wrappers" and "Chainers"
Native Plugins: Latencies by plug-in
Setting up UAD Cards with PARIS

Advanced Use
Synchronizing PARIS with the rest of your digital audio hardware and software
MIDI In Paris
Running a "mixer-less" studio using PARIS
Getting the most out of your Patch Bay
PARIS - Abnormal Normalization

Going deeper into PARIS
Bugs and Troubleshooting - Known Bug Codex and Error Code Compendium Project
Customizing the look: "Skinning" PARIS
PARIS wallpaper for your computer's desktop
Useful Third Party Software

The originally included PARIS demos - "Crop Circles" and "See It My Way"
PARIS Export Facilities: Frequently heard over the years: "I have a song in PPJ format but I don't have access to PARIS hardware to open it on; can anyone here open a .ppj and translate the tracks out for me?". List your facility here if you want to advertise your services exporting PARIS sessions for use in other DAWs. No endorsement is implied by these listings. NOTE that AATranslator can now translate PARIS OMFs into a wide range of destination formats, so clients now have the option to request an export as an OMF and buy AAT to do the translation, or find an AAT-equipped PARIS facility and ask them to translate it to a specific destination format at the same time.

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