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MUSIC PRODUCTION GUIDE - EasySounds

MUSIC PRODUCTION GUIDE

official News Guide from Yamaha & easY souNds for Yamaha music ProductioN iNstrumeNts

Edition

04|2012

Contents

Welcome To The Tribe:

DTX400 E-Drum-Kits 3

Yamaha synthesizers

on facebook 5

Soundlibrary „Phat Analog II“

now available for MOX, S90/

S70XS, MOTIF-RACK XS 6

MOTIF Exploring Sound:

Organ Session 7

Yamaha Synth Guide 10

BFD eco Software Bundle

for Yamaha DTX drums 15

Watch & play...

Free videos about the

DTX400 series 16

Sounds & Goodies 17

Imprint 27

Welcome to the tribe

Yamaha DtX400

e-Drums


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Welcome to the tribe: DtX400

Yamaha‘s neWest e-Drum-Kits

Welcome the beginners to

drummers‘ special world with

reasonable price and true

instruments. The three drum-kits

built around the new DTX400 Tone

Generator feature everything one

needs to play drums in the smallest

space: Dynamic pads, convincing,

realistic sounds and an outstanding

manufacturing quality.

Combining Yamaha’s expertise in drums

and technology, the DTX400 features dyna-

mic acoustic drum and percussion sounds,

plus modern rock drums and electronic to-

nes. Drummers of all levels will enjoy the

full size kit and steel rack system. Customi-

ze the kits to match your style, and practice

with interactive training functions featuring

a „Voice Guidance“ system - it’s like having

a talking drum teacher built-in! Play along

with the musical practice songs or aux input

and develop the chops to play on acoustic

drums.

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With upgrades like 3-zone snare, extra

crash and real pedal action your DTX400

kit can grow with your drumming.

DtX400 tone

Generator

The DTX400 Tone Generator features

169 Drum and 128 Keyboard Voices ta-

ken from its older siblings DTX900/700. Its

32 voices of polyphony are more than

enough for clean drum grooves.

The ten Preset Drum Kits can be

over written with your own sets, nine

different reverb types provide the

desired room sound.

The aux in audio input can be used to

connect a mp3 or CD player, so it‘s

easy to play drums to your favourite

songs. By using the integrated

training functions you can individually

enhance your drumming skills.

The nine trigger inputs connect up to three

tom pads, one snare pad, one kick pad,

two cymbal pads, one hi-hat pad, and one

hi-hat controller.

Thanks to its USB-to-Host port it‘s easy as

cake to connect the kit to a computer - so

you can use the drum-kit to compose your

own songs or record drum tracks using the

included DAW software Cubase AI. Or play

VSTi plug-ins for even more drum sounds.

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Special applications for iOS devices like the

Apple iPad support your drum training with

the DTX400.

The DTX400 Tone Generator is used in three

drum-kits: the DTX450k, the DTX430k, and

the DTX400k.

the neW PaDs

Yamaha has been making drums for over

45 years, so we know that playability is

important to all drummers. Using experience

gained from developing the popular DTX-

PAD we have redesigned the drum pads

of the DTX400 series to provide a natural

response, solid durability and excellent stick

feel. The new pads use a rubber surface

so your sticks will not slide around on the

head, and you can practice single, double

and triple stroke techniques for use on a set

of acoustic drums. The new TP70S (included

with DTX450K) is a 3-zone snare pad that

lets you play open and closed rim-shots for

even more snare expression.

For the kick drum you get a real Yamaha

FP6110A bass drum pedal (included in the

kits DTX450k and DTX430k) that provides

smooth action and real feel for developing

your foot technique to play an acoustic

bass drum. The HH65 remote hi-hat

controller pedal lets you to play the hi-hat

with more expression, allowing not just

open and closed but also half-open, pedal

and splash hi-hat sounds.

And as an entry-level kit, the dimensions of

the DTX400K give you a nice, comfortable

area in which to play so you can really rock

out. The new KU100 Kick unit as a kick

pedal has superior silent characteristics

without sacrificing playability. The same

applies to the new hi-hat controller.

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DtX450K

With a 3-zone snare pad the new DTX450k

features top marks in expression, impression,

and punch. All this in a minimal size

ratio makes the DTX450k our best drum

concentrate.

The DTX450k consists of:

• DTX400 Drum Trigger Module

• Rack system

• TP70S (3-zone snare pad) x 1

• 7“ tom pads (1-zone Pad) x 3

• KP65 (kick pad)

• FP6110A bassdrum foot pedal

• PCY90 (1-Zone cymbal pad) x 3

• HH65 (Hi-hat controller) x 1

DtX430K

Thanks to its ultra-compact design the

DTX430k finds a place in every room. Put

your headphones on and rock like the pros

in your bedroom.

The DTX430k consists of:

• DTX400 Drum Trigger Module

• Rack system

• 7“ snare pad (1-zone pad) x 1

• 7“ tom pads (1-zone Pad) x 3

• KP65 (kick pad)

• FP6110A bassdrum foot pedal

• PCY90 (1-Zone cymbal pad) x 3

• HH65 (Hi-hat controller) x 1

DtX400K

Even though the DTX400k is the smallest

kit in the new DTX400 line-up it has

a very special feature: Thanks to the new

kick unit KU100 the playing of the bass

drum is so silent that the neighbours don‘t

have anything to complain about. This

way Yamaha truely offers everyone the

possibility to play drums.

The DTX400k consists of:

• DTX400 Drum Trigger Module

• Rack system

• 7“ snare pad (1-zone pad) x 1

• 7“ tom pads (1-zone Pad) x 3

• KU100 Kick Unit x 1

• PCY90 (1-Zone cymbal pad) x 3

• Hi-hat controller x 1

DTX450k

DTX430k

DTX400k

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Yamaha sYnthesizers

on facebooK

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Yamaha synthesizers have a new custom page on

Facebook. For fans it thus represents an excellent

opportunity to learn and talk about news, our instruments

and our artists.

Following in the wake of the latest changes by Facebook our previous

Yamaha synthesizer group had to be resolved. So we have created

a new dedicated page for the European division. The „official“

language here is English due to the international nature - but posts and

comments are welcome in any language.

So log in and hit the „Like“ button:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yamaha-Synthesizers-

Europe/230925757035972

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sounDlibrarY „Phat analoG ii“

noW available for moX, s90/s70Xs,

motif-racK Xs

In the last issue, the sound library „Live Instruments“ was introduced in its version for MOX6/MOX8, S90/S70XS,

and MOTIF-RACK XS. This time it‘s about the very popular library „Phat Analog II“.

From now on this soundset is also available for MOX6/MOX8, S90/S70XS, and MOTIF-RACK XS. Here, too, the 128 MB of samples of the XF/

XS version had to be replaced by internal Waveforms. This was done in painstaking efforts by the programming team Ulrich Klauer, Hans-Peter

Henkel, and Peter Krischker.

And it turns out that the library sounds noble and authentic, even on the basis of the ROM Waveforms!

The sound library „Phat Analog II“ for MOX6/MOX8 contains 128 Voices.

While the first volume of Phat Analog mostly concentrated on leadsynths in Minimoog style, Volume 2 puts priority to polyphonic synth sounds

like synthbrass, synthstrings, pads and synthcomps, as they were used by numerous artists (such as Toto and Van Halen). However, leadsynths

for synthpop, sequencer and arpeggio sounds plus FX sounds are part of the sound library, too.

Especially the sound character of vintage synthesizers such as OB-8, OBX, and JP-8 was convincingly and faithfully recreated using the excellent

preset Waveforms.

More information on „Phat Analog II“ and an extensive selection of MP3 demos can be found here:

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Videos on the soundset can be found on the motifnews YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/motifnews

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motif eXPlorinG sounD:

orGan session

The workshop series Exploring

Sound wants to provide you with

tips, ideas and examples of creative

use of Voices and Performances for

the Yamaha MOTIF.

To allow as many users as possible to participate

in this series, all examples focus

on the MOTIF XS without additional software

support, such as the Voice Editor. As

a bonus, some excerpts of each presented

soundset can be heard on YouTube. And

don‘t worry, you don‘t have to be a synth

expert!

After the sets „Chill Xperience“ and „Phat

Analog“ this time the portrait of a weighty

classic follows: Hammond B3. The sound of

this organ wrote musical history. Introduced

around the mid-1930s by inventor Laurens

Hammond - an enterprising watchmaker -

as a replacement for the pipe organ, the

classic organ sounds were adapted into

rock, pop and jazz by well-known keyboard

virtuosos such as Jon Lord, Jimmy Smith,

or Brian Auger, especially later in the 60s

and 70s.

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With the Yamaha MOTIF and the appropriate

extension „Organ Session“ it is easy

to play the sound of a Hammond B3 live

or in the studio, without having to invest

in expensive musical furniture. The library

„Organ Session“ is an perfect Hammond

simulation via sampling, where every

note in the chromatic scale was recorded.

In addition, the samples are looped in a

fairly generous length, which maintains the

un-evenness of the original sound. One

of those erratics is the so-called „leakage

noise“ that results from a crosstalk between

adjacent tone wheels.

A particular strength of „Organ Session“ is

the reproduction of the key-click, which is

vital for percussive, punchy organ sounds.

And like on the original each key-click

sounds different for each key you play. In

order to spare some of the 128 polyphonic

voices of the Yamaha MOTIF, the soundset

contains samples of popular registrations

like „16‘ 5 1/3‘ 8‘ 4‘“, „Even Bars“, or „Full

Body“ in addition to the multi-samples of

the B3 drawbars.

Organ Session not only contains

sound data, but also an extensive

documentation with many practical

tips plus contains phrases as

Standard MIDI files

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Before you are playing the first organ

sound you should know one thing:

Unfortunately, way to many keyboardists

fail to use a expression pedal to work with

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the volume when performing with organ

sounds. Quite a few live keyboardists do

not even own a pedal, a situation which

should change. Because: As with wind

instruments or with the human voice

simple volume variations cause a certain

naturalness, with which your performance

can obtain that special sound, especially

in gospel, jazz, or soul. Connecting an

expression pedal such as the FC7 is no

problem with Yamaha workstations, simply

connect them to „Foot Controller 1“.

Controller assignments are done in

the Utility mode. Here the default

value is: Foot controller 1 generates

Expression controller events

As you might guess, you can make arbitrary

assignments for „Foot Controller 1“.

This is done on the Control page in the

Utility mode (Utility, Voice (F3), and Control

(SF3)). „Expression Controller“ (CC#11)

is selected here. You can also control filter

and envelope parameters by selecting the

appropriate controller number (CC#71

to 75). You should definitely try this for

performing expressively with synth lead and

pad sounds. However, for Organ Session,

„Expression“ should remain as default.

With a foot pedal the Attack and

Release parameters of the Envelope

Generator can be controlled intuitively.

Here the Decay (CC # 72 Release

Time) of a sound is altered

If you don‘t like to work with a pedal, please

use the Ribbon Controller for Expression.

Simply set Control Assign on the Control

page of the MOTIF to „Ribbon Controller

Control No. 11“ to be able to do so. However,

it is more authentic to use a pedal

- meaning: It is a must for the authentic

playing of an organ sound. When recording

to a DAW you can conveniently use

MIDI controller #11 (Expression) to draw or

edit curves in the editor. It is good practice

to create two separate MIDI tracks - one for

the played notes, a further separate track

for the controller data.

Note: If you don‘t know much about the

use of the Expression Pedal and want to

acquire some suggestions, please look

into the folder „OrganSession_SMF“,

which you will receive along with the

MOTIF-data. There you‘ll find some organ

parts recorded as Standard MIDI files,

which are named after the respective

suitable User Voices. Some files (marked

with the symbol „EXP“ in their file name)

contain controller curves to shape the

volume. Good examples are „Ballad Exp“,

„Deep John“, or „Entertainer“.

creatinG chanGes

The title „Organ Session“ is to be taken

literally. Don‘t consume the Voices and

Performances as ready Presets, but as

flexible starting points for a

spontaneous sounddesign using the

drawbars or the rotor effect. Don‘t just

hold chords on the keyboard, but change

positions of the drawbars during your

Play dynamically for lively organ parts:

Expression represented as CC#11 in the DAW „Logic“

performance - the Yamaha MOTIF XF is

able to replicate the drawbars using its

eight sliders. The footages 16‘, 8‘, 4‘, 2‘

and 1‘(= even harmonics) ensure sonic

substance, while the „odd“ footages 5 1/3‘,

2 2/3‘, 1 3/5‘ and 1 1/3‘(= odd harmonics)

give character to the sound. When

you „register“ you should start with the 8‘

drawbar and add some brightness with 4‘

and 2‘. Or use the 16‘ drarbar for some

stronger bass.

Try the different footages on the MOTIF.

The eight sliders represent the drawbars

of the Hammond B3. Please call up the

User Voice 001 („The Clean AF1“) and

drag all eight volume sliders fully up and

down shortly after, until no sound can

be heard. The footages 16‘ and 8‘ are

summarized on slider 1 (for the orignal B3

has nine drawbars, but the MOTIF XF

only eight sliders). To break it down:

Slider 1 = 16‘ +8‘, slider 2 = 5 1/3‘,

slider 3 = 4‘, slider 4 = 2 2/3‘,

slider 5 = 2‘, slider 6 = 1 3/5‘,

slider 7 = 1 1/3‘, and slider 8 = 1‘.

Now drag all sliders up in turn and pay

attention to the tonal changes. If you

like a creation, store it and continue to

experiment. Incidentally, the individual

footages can also be played separately

as Voices: User Bank 2, starting with

Voice 18 (16‘).

An important part for the simulation is

that smacking popping noise, which is

generated at the Hammond organ when

the key contacts close to produce a sound.

The more keys are pressed simultaneously,

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the stronger that sound unfolds. In

Organ Session this noise is worked in very

handy, as to be heard in the User

Voice 110 „Samba organ“. First, you can

hear a wide, slightly distorted sound. Press

AF1 to add the „click“. This is advisable if

you want to play solos or more rhythmically.

If the key-click is not enough for your solos,

press AF2, which reinforces the effect by

adding the 2 2/3‘ percussion.

If you want to play very true to style:

Organ Percussion is only available for the

upper keyboard of the orignal organ. It is

adjustable in two volumes (normal / soft)

and release phases (short / long). The

„Percussion“ Element of the footages 4‘ and

2 2/3‘ works in the so-called Single Trigger

mode. This means that the Percussion is

not heard in legato playing, but only when

separate notes are played. Unlike the

original Hammond you can program the

MOTIF, that every keystroke triggers the

Organ Percussion. Anyway, Percussion is

recommended for rhythmic accompaniment

as well as clear concise solos.

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effects

The original Hammond organ integrates

simple effects: Using a knob at the B3

different intensities of Vibrato and Chorus

are available. Musically more appealing

but technically more difficult than Chorus

or Vibrato is the Leslie cabinet, which was

named after its inventor Don Leslie.

It is based on the Doppler effect and

considered as the ideal partner for the

organ. It works with rotating speakers,

where the rotational speed can be varied

by the organist between two levels (slow/

fast) to loosen static sounds. As a general

rule you can remember that long sustained

chords are almost always perfect candidates

for a variation of the Leslie-speed as

well as dynamic effects.

The many good effect settings found in

Organ Session using Leslie, distortion and

other effects can also be used with any kind

of sound. The tip is really simple: Simply

change the Waveforms and construct your

own sounds. Start by selecting those Voices

of Organ Session which you like for their

effects. Make your first attempt with the

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Voice 003 „Big Tube AT“. Start with just one

Element - so de-activate all Elements of

this Voice except the first Element. On the

Oscillator display select one of the many

Preset Waveforms instead of the User

Waveform. You can achieve great results

especially with electric piano and analog

synth waves.

conclusion

So far for a few glimpses of this Organ

Soundset for the MOTIF. More important

than the over-evaluation of the sound is

a lively style of play, which is based on

glissandi, grinders, rotary speaker speed

variations, and a dynamic expression.

With Organ Session the simulation of

classical instruments is far from the end.

Stay tuned for the next episode of this

workshop: It‘s about „FM Xpanded“ with

popular Voices of the Yamaha DX synths.

Until then, have fun with the drawbars of

the MOTIF!

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must-have-oPtion:

fc7

Highly recommended for playing

Organs and other sounds on the

MOTIF: The foot pedal Yamaha FC7.

Depending on the programming this

expression pedal can not only be used

to control the volume but also the filter

frequency, LFO rate, effect depth, or

other sound parameters in real time.

The pedal is made of metal, has a

1.5 meter cable and a non-skid bottom.

Of course, the 6.3 mm stereo jack

of the FC7 can be connected to other

instruments from Yamaha which have a

foot controller jack.

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Video:

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Produkt:

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The soundset „Organ Session“ is available

for the following Yamaha synthesizers

and tone generators: MOTIF XF,

MOTIF XS, MOX, S90 XS, S70 XS, S90 ES,

MOTIF-RACK XS, MOTIF-RACK ES,

MO6 / MO8

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Yamaha sYnth GuiDe

Part 5: motif sounD architecture anD controls

This Synth Guide is a workshop

series which introduces you to the

basic concepts of synthesizers and

workstations with special reference

to the Yamaha MOTIF series.

A special feature of the MOTIF series is

the continuity in its sound architecture and

operation. So if you have once understood

the device‘s concept you can apply this

knowledge on the following models.

The following devices are primarily

considered:

• MOTIF XF

• MOTIF XS

• MOX

• MOTIF-RACK XS

• S90 XS

However, owners of older models such as

the MOTIF „Classic“ or the MOTIF ES can

also benefit from this workshop series,

since, as stated above, the basic sound

architecture is unchanged throughout the

complete MOTIF series (including S- and

MO-series).

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As announced this episode is all about the

controller block.

This includes the keyboard, pitch bend and

modulation wheel, the ribbon controller,

and the knobs and sliders.

KeYboarD

The keyboards of modern synthesizers

have achieved a certain independence due

to the introduction of the MIDI interface.

Strictly speaking, in conjunction with the

MIDI controller board the keyboard can be

considered as a separate unit.

Each key of the keyboard gives the following

information: Note on/off events (which

results in the pitch and the length of the

note), velocity, and aftertouch.

The velocity is measured in terms of the

speed a key is played with. Aftertouch

offers a pressure point after the keystroke.

While holding down the key variable

pressure force generates additional

controller data. The MIDI controller

board adds the pitch (note) to the said

information for each played key.

Normally, this data will be sent to the

second major unit of a synthesizer - the

tone generator. However, a single para-

meter setting in the UTILITY section called

„Local Control“ determines whether the

data of the keyboard is sent directly to the

tone generator (Local = on) or only via

MIDI (Local = off).

Since in electronic instruments no more

mechanics are used beyond the key, all this

information is present in the form of data.

This data can be manipulated accordingly.

For example, you can change the octave

of the keyboard, or add or substract a

value to the notes you play in order to

obtain a transposition. Thus, it is possible to

play in a key which differs from the key you

actually play. Velocity and aftertouch can

also be modulated - the how and why they

are used will be the topic of one of the

following parts of this workshop.

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The described separation of keyboard and

tone generator offers innumerable options

to integrate other sound modules or a

computer with appropriate software.

Pitch benD Wheel

The pitch bend wheel is usually used for

changing the pitch of a note - following its

designation. Moving it upwards or to the

front - as seen from the player - increases

the pitch, the opposite movement results in

a reduction of the pitch.

As the detuning is specifically produced

in a high resolution, you can use it to

imitate special playing styles of several

acoustic instruments. For blowing or

stringed instruments, for example, the

pitch-variation of a note before or after the

correct counting is a regularly used style.

This way of playing wouldn‘t be possible to

recreate on a keyboard without pitch bends.

The range of the pitch bends can be

specified with the according parameter of

the Voice. It is also possible to assign a

different function to the pitch bend wheel

by changing the type of the generated

controller data.

The pitch bend wheel is spring loaded, so

it automatically returns to the zero position

(center position) after releasing it. An

error in these mechanics usually results in a

detuning of the instrument. So, if there are

any problems with the instruments overall

pitch it is advisable to take a closer look at

the pitch bend wheel.

moDulation Wheel

The Modulation wheel - or mod wheel in

short - has a standard connection to the

controller type „Modulation“. In many

cases this produces a vibrato. As with the

pitch bend wheel you can of course change

this default setting to another controller

number.

Typical assignments are filter sweeps, effect

depths, rotary speed for leslie effects, etc.

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The Preset Voices give many examples of

meaningful assignments, the creativity of

the user, however, is set few limits.

In contrast to the pitch bend wheel the

modulation wheel has no return spring.

Therefore, it makes sense to pull the wheel

back to the minimum position to avoid

the accidental activation of an effect after

switching to a different Voice.

A small example of an alternative usage:

Suppose you want to detune the last sound

of a synthesizer solo way down below the

range that is set for the pitch bend wheel.

This is possible by assigning the modulation

wheel to the controller „coarse tune“

and setting the value range to the desired

detuning (up to -64 semitones). Now you

have the normal pitch-bending for your

performance within the normal range

and you are also able to use the desired

detuning on that last note.

ribbon controller

The ribbon controller is a pressuresensitive

sliding band, which is also

assignable to all sorts of controller data.

Due to the fact that its mechanism behaves

differently from that of the wheels, you can

also use the above-mentioned types of

modulation here to open up new

possibilities.

With the ribbon controller - contrary to the

wheels - you can directly reach a value,

without having to scroll through the intermediate

values. And since you can program

for each Voice, whether the value

automatically falls back into a central

position or not, there are many possible

variants. Here, too, diverse suggestions can

be taken from the Preset Voices.

Again a small example: Just by his ang-

le offset to the wheels by 90° the pan

position of a Voice or of individual Elements

is an obvious idea. The parameter „Ribbon

Mode“, which is stored with each Voice

(Voice Mode → Edit Common → General),

determines whether the value jumps back

to the zero position (reset) after releasing

the ribbon or remains in the last position

(hold).

So you are able to directly change the

pan position while you‘re playing, either

temporarily or for specific parts of a song.

aftertouch

Aftertouch does not have a separate control

element, such as the aforementioned

components of the controller section,

but adds an additional controller to the

traditional function of a keyboard. By using

a pressure sensor after playing a key, the

played note can be modulated.

Almost all assignable controller numbers

can be assigned to the aftertouch, even the

features that are normally accessible via

other physical controllers. A typical appli-

cation is Expression, which enables you to

create a crescendo that is suitable not only

for wind sounds. But vibrato, tremolo, pitch

bend, filter sweep effects, or the volume of

certain Elements of a Voice can meaning-

fully complement your performance, too.

And so again, only a few examples were

mentioned. It is worthwhile to invest some

creativity here.

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manY controllers,

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Perhaps the described variety may seem

confusing at first. For example you might

ask yourself: „Why do I need to be able to

assign pitch bend to two wheels, one ribbon

controller and aftertouch?“

To be able make a good decision

concerning the controller assignment

you must first have to know the context

you want to play the Voice in. Another

criterion is whether a well-defined

intermediate value of the controller is to be

achievable (which is hardly possible using

aftertouch for instance) or not. Here are a

few tips and a practical example.

It is obvious that for operating all said

controllers - except aftertouch - a free hand

is required. For more complex organworks,

it is not unusual that in addition to

the player another person is present for

choosing the registers and/or turning the

music sheets. Although there are plenty of

possible interventions for many hands on

modern synthesizers, current performances

rather not make use of additional

personnel.

So let‘s assume you want to play a

synthesizer solo and add a pad sound with

your left hand over the entire part of the

solo. For the solo sound you need pitch

bend (+ 2 semitones) and vibrato, you

want to influence the filter and at the end of

the solo the last note should disappear in a

giant „reverb cloud“. During the solo there

is no time to operate a wheel, so pitch bend

must be realized using aftertouch.

Pitch bend can not be assigned directly to

the aftertouch, but the same result can be

achieved by using the tuning parameters

(„coarse tune“ and „fine tune“).

The vibrato can be synchronised to the

tempo of the song and the speed of the

solo, it can also be faded in for longer

notes within a defined period of time. This

is achieved using a LFO - totally without any

controller.

Cutoff (Filter) is assigned to the ribbon

controller (set ribbon mode to „hold“) and

the reverb cloud to the modulation wheel.

By doing so you are able to play your solo

with one hand. For changing the filter

value, it is sufficient to briefly use your left

hand during a chord change. Alternatively,

you can use the sustain pedal exclusively

for the pad sound - that way your left hand

is available to operate controllers during

longer sustained chords.

As a cherry on the cake here‘s another

tip from the bag of tricks: Each controller

can be assigned more than once in order

to influence different parameters simul-

taneously. That is very suitable for sending

that last note of the solo into the planned

reverb cloud. With the parallel control of

AEG release value you can release the last

played key after having pulled the modu-

lation wheel up - then the note is slowly

decaying in an enlarged reverb cloud.

With a third assignment to the modulation

wheel even the self-settling vibrato can

either be eliminated or at least reduced to

a desired level.

Consider the possibility to set these

con troller assignments only to certain

Elements. The following screenshots show

the controller settings for the example, so

you might try them for yourself on a solo

sound. As a starting point we have used the

Preset Voice „Soft RnB“ from the „Ld“ (Lead)

category.

Knobs anD sliDers

On the MOTIF XF and MOTIF XS eight

knobs and eight sliders are available for the

real-time controlling of parameters.

While the sliders are responsible to control

the volume of each Part or Element, the

knobs are used for a variety of different

parameters.

Using the buttons SELECTED PART

CONTROL and MULTI PART CONTROL you

can select the current group of functions.

TONE 1, TONE 2, ARP FX for the Selected

Part Control and REVERB, CHORUS, PAN

for the Multi Part Control.

The MULTI PART CONTROL button can

only be used in Performance, Song, or

Pattern mode. The presence of two buttons

considerably facilitates switching, because

if only one button was provided, you would

have to press it five times to get from the

first to the last position.

The two buttons work together, so that of

all the function groups only one LED is lit,

namely the active function.

For example, if in a Performance the LED

for function TONE 1 is lit, pressing the

SELECTED PART CONTROL toggles

between the functions TONE 1, TONE 2,

and ARP FX. If the button is held a little

longer automatically the first function

TONE 1 is activated.

As soon as the button MULTI PART

CONTROL is pressed, the currently active

LED in the upper group (SELECTED PART

CONTROL) is switched off. Instead, the

first function of the lower group (REVERB)

is activated. Now you use SELECTED PART

CONTROL to toggle between the functions

REVERB, CHORUS, and PAN. A longer push

activates REVERB.

In the PLAY mode the functions assigned

to the knobs and the current knob settings

automatically appear in the display. In EDIT

mode it is sufficient to select a function with

SELECTED PART CONTROL or MULTI PART

CONTROL to display the knob‘s settings

and values.

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The display shows the physical positions

of the knobs. If these do not match the

programmed settings, a small red

triangle next to the displayed knob

indicates the current parameter‘s value of

the selected sound.

Turning the knobs has no effect until this

indicated current value is reached. As

soon as the position of the red triangle is

reached, it disappears and the movement

of the knob affects the sound.

Tip: If you find that the movements of the

knobs remain ineffective, take a look at the

display. Presumably, you will discover the

red mark, which has to reached first.

This procedure is known as „picking

up the value“ in synthesizer jargon. It is

usually not necessary if the knobs are at

their center position when you call up a

sound program.

At least with the factory sounds, the knobs

were not used to influence the sound, which

is quite reasonable. Because this ensures

that parameter values always match the

locked center position of the knobs.

For the sliders a divergence of the physical

position of the slider and the actual

parameter value is indicated by the red

triangle marks, too. The following two

illustrations show the principle of operation.

First, the physical positions of the sliders

are all set to maximum. The set parameter

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values, ie the levels

of the Voice‘s

Elements, are displayed

with the red

triangle.

In the second picture

the sliders are

adjusted to the

actual parameter

values - the values

were „picked up“.

The red triangle

marks are no longer

visible.

Step 1: The

differences between the parameter‘s value

(Element Level) and the physical position

of the slider (maximum) is indicated by red

triangles.

Step 2: The physical positions of the sliders

match the actual parameter values. There

are no red triangles.

Unlike the Voice or Performance mode the

red triangles do not appear in the Mixing

display of the Song or Pattern mode. Here,

however, the displayed value of each Part

can be used as a guide.

In Performance mode, the knobs can control

the tone for each Part separately. For

the functions of the MULTI PART CONTROL

group this is possible at any time. For the

SELECTED PART CONTROL functions it

is only possible, when PERFORMANCE

CONTROL is set to ON. The knob

movements are effective for the Part that is

selected via one of the number buttons

1 - 4. This can be monitored very nicely in

the display, where different values appear

with the selection of one of the four Parts.

A global control of all four Parts is still

possible if COMMON EDIT is pressed.

In Song and Pattern mode the knobs control

the currently selected Track. An overall

control of all the Tracks wouldn‘t make

much sense here.

But there is one exception, where

multiple Tracks can be simultaneously

controlled with knobs and sliders. This is the

case when the respective Parts are set to the

same Receive Channel.

Deviations in

the moDels

motif-racK Xs, moX,

anD s70/90 Xs

The MOTIF-RACK XS as a pure tone

generator is an exception in the family

of MOTIFs. All of the knobs and sliders

of the MOTIFs keyboard versions are

designed for real-time control of parameters

in conjunction with a fast access.

So fast and direct control is ensured during

live performances, among others. Besides

the most essential buttons for operation,

editing and parameter changing the rack

version offers five knobs for direct, realtime

access. Sliders were not possible, however,

for lack of space.

The operation principle of the knobs from

the MOTIF XF / XS, as described above, was

taken over in the MOX, and the S70/90 XS,

only in a partially reduced form.

The MOX features eight knobs, but

arranged in two rows. The S70/90 XS has

four knobs located on the control panel.

These are also assignable to five different

sets of parameters. The MOX has no

additional sliders. The S70/90 XS features

four sliders, whose assignment can be

selected with a selection button - similar to

the knobs.

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control

Parameters: amP

enveloPe anD eQ

A word about some of the parameters in

the control section.

The envelope parameters Attack, Decay,

Sustain, and Release refer only to the

Amplitude Envelope. The Filter Envelope is

not controlled with the knobs.

The EQ parameters within the function

TONE 2 do not refer to the MASTER

EQ. Rather, it is an additional EQ that is

accessible by pressing F3 (EG/EQ) in the

Voice Play mode.

This EQ allows a quick and intuitive correction

of the entire Voice and thus represents

an interesting alternative to the commonly

used 3-band EQ as an insert effect or to the

Element EQs.

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The EQ in the Voice Play mode

correlates the Part EQ in Performance

and Mixing mode

With the exception of LOW and HIGH

frequency, all parameters of the EQ can be

controlled with knobs.

But you have to know that the settings of

this new EQ are indeed stored with the

Voice. But these are not effective in the

Performance, Song, and Pattern mode.

Here this EQ appears as Part-EQ, but it

does not inherit the EQ settings of the Voice

Play mode.

This behaviour should not be viewed

critically, because it does make sense to readjust

the equalization of the Voices in a

new situation (Performance, Song, Pattern).

The idea of a Voice that sounds exactly the

same in any other mode as in the Voice

mode, should have its limits here.

sliDers in the

miXinG moDe

Since the MOTIF XS has eight sliders, the

selection of the Parts is much easier than

on the MOTIF ES. Instead of four groups

you now just have to switch between two

groups.

If the current Part belongs to the group

1-8, the sliders adjust the volume of the

Parts 1-8. If the current Part belongs to the

group 9-16, the sliders adjust the volume

of the Parts 9-16. To toggle between these

groups you just have to activate the TRACK

button and use the number buttons to select

either one of the Parts 1-8 or 9-16.

storinG the

settinGs of the

Knobs anD sliDers

Both the selection of the function group with

the buttons SELECTED PART CONTROL or

MULTI PART CONTROL and the positions

of the knobs and sliders are stored in the

Voices, Performances, Songs, and Patterns.

So it is quite possible to use the knobs

and sliders for a so-called Easy Editing.

However, caution is necessary here.

Because if MIDI controller events from an

external sequencer later change these

parameters, the stored knob settings would

be overruled.

the authors

Peter Krischker

Works for Yamaha since 1991 as a sound designer and

synthesizer specialist, he also runs his own sound distribution

EASY SOUNDS.

pkrischker@t-online.de

www.easysounds.de

Hans-Peter Henkel (alias hape13)

Keyboardist in several bands since 32 years. Is also involved

as a mentor at the Yamaha Synthforum and author for the

Music Production Guide.

hp@hape13.de

www.hape13.de

In addition, the stored knob settings of a

Voice are not copied when the Voice is used

in Performances, Songs, or Patterns.

Normally, the knobs are more suitable for

real-time control or temporary changes as

for the programming of Voices.

assiGnable

function buttons

Left to the Master Volume slider the two

ASSIGNABLE FUNCTION buttons can be

found.

The assignment to these buttons is done in

several ways from within the Voice mode.

For a start they can be assigned with parameters,

just like the knobs assigns in VOICE

EDIT - COMMON EDIT (F4 - CtrlSet).

However, in contrast to the knobs a

continuous control of a parameter is

not possible here. When a ASSIGNABLE

FUNCTION button is switched on, the

Depth set in the Controller Set Assignment

is immediately retrieved. The same applies

to programmed „XA-Mode“ (Expanded

Articulation mode) configuration of the

Voice‘s Elements.

We‘ll talk about that in a later episode on

Expanded Articulation.

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softWare bunDle

for Yamaha DtX Drums

Yamaha Drums of the DtX500, DtX700 & DtX900 series

are incluDeD in the offer for the neXt four months

Purchase a new Yamaha DTX drum kit from the 500, 700, or 900 series between

1 st September and 31 st December 2012 within Europe, and receive a free superb collection

of acoustic drum sounds from the renowned software BFD eco. All you need to do is to

register via e-mail as the owner of a new Yamaha electronic drum kit.

BFD is a specialist on acoustic drum sounds, a virtual instrument from the British software company FXpansion.

Its strengths lie in the detailed multi-channel samples, which can be played very dynamically and

articulately, and in the drums-optimised post-production and mixing functions. BFD

eco is designed as the little brother of the big drum workstation BFD2 and

provides a choice of its great sounds and possibilities - either as a standalone

software or as a VST, AU or RTAS plug-in. BFD eco reacts to any MIDI

events, you can play it directly with your DTX drum kit, thus widening the

already large range of sounds. Or record your performance on the drum kit using a

DAW software such as Cubase, and route the track to the BFD plug-in for the rest of your session.

BFD eco can be expanded using separately sold BFD2-compatible expansion

libraries. That‘s a guarantee to find just the right drum sounds for everyone!

Best of all, for a limited time, new owners of Yamaha DTX drums from

the DTX900, DTX700, and DTX500 series are entitled to a fully

functional version of FXpansion’s BFD eco to download & install free

of charge.

Register as an owner by sending an e-mail to our

co-operation partner Easy Sounds.

• If you purchase one of the following Yamaha

DTX drum kits between Sept 1st and Dec 31st :

DTX560k, DTX540k, DTX530k, DTX520k,

DTX500k, DTX750k, DTX700k, DTX950k, DTX900k

• Register yourself as the owner of your DTX kit, by

sending an e-mail with the subject “DTX registration for

BFD eco” to

DTXnews@easysounds.de

It is necessary to give the following details: your full name,

your country, the model number of your DTX drum kit as well

as the serial number of your drum trigger module

• After successful registration you will receive an e-mail with a

license serial number for FXpansion BFD eco as well as

instructions on how and where to download the

installation software

• The promotion period will start on 1st September 2012 and

ends on 31st December 2012 and is only available for Europe

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Watch & PlaY...

free viDeos about the

neW Yamaha DtX400 series

The new Yamaha DTX400er series offers many features and great new

functions. To give you an easy start, Yamaha has produced a series of

online videos to introduce you to the new e-drums and help you learn how

to play drums.

Ralf Gustke was employed to introduce the sounds and drum kits in various musical genres.

These videos make quite clear that the 400 series is not only for beginners. Ralf Gustke is

playing with other musicians and shows the new DTX450k.

http://www.youtube.com/user/yamahacorporation/videos?query=dtx400

In addition to the product presentation a set of training videos were made with

Emre Ramazanoglu from England. In these videos for beginners drumming is explained

from the start. Emre Ramazanoglu shows the correct stick holding, seating position, and the

basic functions of e-drums. This allows the beginner to immediately start drumming and to

learn all the features of his DTX400 kit.

The video series will be constantly replenished. You should visit the Yamaha channel from

time to time.

Have fun browsing!

Ralf Mersch

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music ProDuction GuiDes –

comPlete archive online

On the last page of the Music Production Guide a link can

be found to download a zip-file containing all previous

editions (in the Box „Music Production Guide History“).

In addition, we now offer all readers the opportunity to access all previous

issues online. So the Guides archive is available from everywhere

you‘ve got connection to the internet.

After entering the access data, simply click on the relevant issue in

order to open it for reading.

The link to the German editions:

http://easysounds.macbay.de/MusicProductionGuides_DE

The link to the English editions:

Login:

http://easysounds.macbay.de/MusicProductionGuides_EN

Name: musicpro

Password: guide

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neW Yamaha GooDie:

moX „sounD & Groove Kit“

The free MOX „Sound & Groove Kit“ is available for all registered users of the MOX.

This soundset includes an „Electronic & Dance“ soundlibrary featuring 128 Voices - a selection of the best synth-sounds from the EASY

SOUNDS soundlibraries for the MOTIF series.

In addition, the package includes a WAV loop pool with drums, synths, vocals, sound effects and atmospheres for Cubase AI and other DAWs.

Registration for this goodie is done by writing an informal e-mail with the keyword „MOX“ to this e-mail address:

motifnews@easysounds.de

easY sounDs sounDsets for moX

The popular MOTIF soundlibrary from EASY SOUNDS will be available shortly in the MOX format.

The following products are in preparation:

• Yamaha MOX „Xtasyn“

• Yamaha MOX „Synth Xtreme“

• Yamaha MOX „Magical Pads“

• Yamaha MOX „Stage & Studio“

• Yamaha MOX „Phat Analog“

• Yamaha MOX „Organ Session“

• Yamaha MOX „Hypnotic Stepz“

• Yamaha MOX „Chill Xperience“

• Yamaha MOX „Mystic Spheres“

• Yamaha MOX „Dance Xpanded“

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Yamaha cP 1 artist Performances

A free soundset available in excellent quality is abvailable for every CP1 user.

A total of 64 Performances were programmed by renowned sound designers Johannes Waehneldt and Peter Jung on behalf of Yamaha Music

Europe.

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The soundset can be requested by sending an e-mail to

motifnews@easysounds.de

containing the keyword „CP1 Artist“.

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You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS containing a link where the file can

be downloaded.

In addition you are automatically registered for the free subscription of

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motif Xf

flash memorY

content

Yamaha is working with third

party software vendors to offer

an extensive amount of free and

optional Flash Memory content for

registered MOTIF XF users.

The flash memory content package

„Inspiration In A Flash“ make a perfect first

stock for a sample-library of up to 2 GB for

the non-volatile Flash Memory of the MOTIF

XF. This content package contains three new

User Voice Banks, 353 User Waveforms,

458 MB of Samples and 12 User Drum Kits.

It focusses on the sound categories piano,

organ, brass & reeds, pads, synths, oriental

instruments and drums.

These Voice Banks can be individually

loaded into the volatile SDRAM of the

MOTIF XF, if no Flash Memory Module is

installed.

The „Symphonic Orchestra Library“ fea-

tures 128 User Voices, 34 User Waveforms

and 336 MB Samples (979 Keybanks).

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The orchestra library produced by Prof. Dr.

Peter Jung (Duisburg-Essen, Germany) is

based on recordings that were created over

the past five years with the participation of

two well-known Central European sympho-

ny orchestras.

The recorded sounds are very lively and au-

thentic. Some feature delicate impressions

of „disturbances“ that are typical for strings,

such as the sound of slightly hitting the in-

strument body with the bow. All recordings

were digitally processed on PCs, collabora-

ting with well-known sound designers.

In addition to the orchestra sounds the

Voice bank also contains sounds of catego-

ries like Electric Organ, Pipe Organ, Acou-

stic Piano, and Electric Piano.

To be able to load the complete All-file a

Flash Expansion Memory Module (512 MB

or 1 GB) is required. Single Voices can also

be loaded into the SDRAM memory of the

MOTIF XF (volatile sample memory).

This free content for the MOTIF XF can be

requested by sending an e-mail containing

the keywords „MOTIF XF Inspiration & Symphonic“

to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

The MOTIF XF user will receive an e-mail

from EASY SOUNDS with a password and

a link where the file can be downloaded.

In addition you are automatically registered

for the free Music Production Guide.

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motif Xs:

euroPean loYaltY ProGram anD

oriental sounDset

The „European Loyalty Program” offers MOTIF XS users free additional but nonetheless high-class content.

It is mainly a premium Voice and sample library produced by EASY SOUNDS in collaboration with Yamaha Music Europe which contains

the following:

• The 3-layers Yamaha S700 stereo piano (32 MB compressed)

• „Sweet Voices“ and new choir and scatvoices from the Yamaha Tyros

• Best-of compilations of optional soundsets from EASY SOUNDS

• A WAV pool containing 200 WAV files with 93 MB in total

The MOTIF XS soundset „Oriental Instruments & Percussion“ was produced by turkish musicians and contains the following:

• 36 Performances

• 128 Voices

• 9 User Drum Voices

• 113 User Waveforms / 84 MB Samples of oriental instruments

• 6 Turkish Authentic Micro Tunings

„Oriental Instruments“ is developed for the use in both traditional and modern turkish music and is based on authentic samples of oriental

musical instruments. Nonetheless these special oriental instruments can be used in music styles like pop, world, chill out, ambient and whatever

you can imagine.

To register for the Loyalty program and the Oriental Soundset simply write an e-mail with the keyword „MOTIF XS Goodies“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

As soon as the registration process is complete the MOTIF XS user will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where

the file can be downloaded. In addition you are automatically registered for the free Music Production Guide.

s90 Xs / s70 Xs:

sounDPacKaGe

A free „Soundpackage“ with additional high-class content is available for S90 XS / S70 XS users.

This Soundpackage is produced by EASY SOUNDS under contract to Yamaha Music Europe and contains the following:

• Soundset „Pop & Dance“ - 128 professional Voices from the EASY SOUNDS library

• Soundset „Vocoder Dreamz“ containing 40 Vocoder-Voices

• The WAV pool contains 200 WAV files with a total size of 93 MB

This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „S90 XS / S70 XS Soundpackage“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be down loaded. In addition you are

automatically registered for the free Music Production Guide.

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motif-racK Xs:

sounD & infoPacKaGe

MOTIF-RACK XS users can obtain the free „Sound & Infopackage“ that‘s produced by EASY SOUNDS under contract

to Yamaha Music Europe.

The software package contains a Soundset (128 Voices), a WAV pool with 200 loops and audio -phrases, a demo song, and a comprehensive

guide plus tips & tricks.

This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „MOTIF-RACK XS Sound & Infopackage“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be down loaded. In addition you are

automatically registered for the free Music Production Guide.

s90 es, motif-racK es, mo6/mo8:

sounD & infoPacKaGe

Users of the MO6 / MO8, S90 ES, and MOTIF-RACK ES can obtain a free Sound & Infopack age that‘s produced by

EASY SOUNDS under contract to Yamaha Music Europe.

This includes the soundset „Pop Xpanded“ with 192 profesional live- and arpeggio-sounds. Furthermore a comprehensive documentation and

other useful files are included.

This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „Pop Xpanded“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be down loaded. In addition you are

automatically registered for the free Music Production Guide.

tenori-on:

euroPean voice & samPlebanK

Yamaha Music Europe and EASY SOUNDS provide their free soundlibrary „European Voice & Samplebank“ to all

Tenori-On users.

The downloadable file (48 MB) contains the following:

• 18 Tenori-On User Voices (Samplings)

• 4 Tenori-On Demos (AllBlock-Files)

• 268 Samples in WAV-Format (19 MB)

• Comprehensive PDF documentation

This free sound library can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „Tenori-On European“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

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You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be down loaded. In addition you are

automatically registered for the free Music Production Guide.

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free Drum Kits

for DtX900 & DtXtremeiii

Yamaha offers free content for DTX900K, DTX950K, and DTXTREMEIII.

There are five content packages available for downloading:

• Extra Content 1 - Jazz Kit (4 Drum Kits)

• Extra Content 2 - Rock Kit (13 Drum Kits)

• Extra Content 3 - Electronic Kit (15 Drum Kits)

• Extra Content 4 - Vintage Kit (6 Drum Kits)

• Extra Content 5 - Oak Kit (6 Drum Kits)

Altogether there are 44 Drum Kits (containing 150 MB samples) available.

For more information and the download links visit:

http://dtxdrums.yamaha.com

Go to the Downloads / Driver and Software section.

OcEaN Way DrUMS DTXPaNSION KIT

These three Drum Kits have been produced by Yamaha‘s sound designer Dave Polich and are based on the sample library from Ocean Way

(Sonic Reality).

The Drum Kits feature a very complex programming containing multiple velocity layers. You can download the file at:

http://www.dtxperience.com/dtxpansion.php

free Drum Kits

for the DtX-multi 12

Yamaha provides 25 high quality Drum Kits (75 MB) for the DTX-MULTI 12 for free download.

It is the same content that has been available for some time now for DTX900K, DTX950K, and DTXTREMEIII.

Here‘s an overview of the available Kits, which are divided into two files:

File 1 = Acoustic Kits

• Jazz Maple (5 variations)

• Oak X Single (5 variations)

• Vintage (5 variations)

• Rock Single (5 variations)

File 2 = Electronic Kits

• ClasscDance

• Classic RX

• Drum’n’Bass

• HipHop90bpm

• House 128bpm

More information and download links can be found here:

http://download.yamaha.com

First select your country and then enter DTX-MULTI12 into the search form.

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DtX-multi 12 sounDset:

„oriental Percussion“

The DTX Electronic Percussion Pad MULTI-12 uses many of the high-end features and sounds from the DTX and

MOTIF series and provides an optimum tool for live drumming, productions or rehearsals.

With over 1,200 high-class sounds - including newly-developed drum, percussion and keyboard sounds - the DTX-12 MULTI enriches any

musical situation. Up to 200 User Sets can be programmed and added with effects to get ready for every conceivable musical style with the

best sounds around. In addition, the large 64MB Flash-ROM Wave-Memory can be filled with additional samples which then can be assigned

to the Pads.

Now the brand new soundset „Oriental Percussion“ for the DTX-MULTI 12 is available for registered users. It is provided by EASY SOUNDS on

behalf of Yamaha Music Europe - free of charge.

The download package includes the following:

• 50 Patterns

• 24 Kits

• 132 User Waves (18 MB Samples)

The soundset has been designed primarily for traditional and modern Turkish music. It‘s based on authentic samples of oriental percussion

instruments.

The oriental instruments are however well suited for use in other music styles such as Pop, World, Chill Out, Ambient, etc.

„Oriental Percussion“ was programmed by the Turkish musician and producer Mert Topel.

Since 1990 Mert Topel is working as a musician with nationally and internationally known pop and rock stars such as Tarkan (1993-2008) and

many others. Mert recorded several albums as a producer of jazz, fusion, rock bands, and singers like Kirac, Mor ve Otesi, Gülden Goksen,

Grizu etc. He also has his own jazz-rock band „Fenomen“, which published its first album in 2006 - with very good response from jazz lovers.

Right now his band is working on a second album. Another project is a collaboration with Alper Maral in the production of an electro-acousticoriented

album called „The Voltage Control Project“, which appears in 2010.

The DTX-12 MULTI Patterns produced by Mert Topel should inspire the musician in the first place and serve as basis for his own music productions.

This free soundset can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „DTX-M12 Oriental“ to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

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The user will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded. In addition you are automatically

registered for the free Music Production Guide.

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free tutorial DvD

for motif Xs / Xf users

cubase ai tutorial viDeos

for reGistereD users

Thanks to the cooperation between Yamaha and Steinberg most of

the recent instruments and mixing desks from the Yamaha Music

Production range have the DAW software Cubase AI included – for

those who do not own a DAW software yet this is one good reason

more to buy from Yamaha. Even more Cubase AI is a music production

tool with functions which were exclusive for high-end studios not

very long time ago.

Even better: European customers buying a Yamaha Music Production

instrument with included Cubase AI software are qualified to request

a free English language tutorial CD from ASK Video containing 23

videos on how to use Cubase AI4.

The CD is English language only and only available as long stocks

last. So better be quick – request your CD by sending an e-mail

containing the serial number of your Yamaha instrument and your

name and address to:

musicproduction@yamaha.de

MOTIF XS users can order this CD in combination with the tutorial DVD „The World

of MOTIF XS“.

Important note: This cD-rOM can not be shipped outside Europe!

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The free tutorial DVD „The World of MOTIF XS“ (English language) is available for all regis-

tered european MOTIF XS and MOTIF XF users.

The DVD procures comprehensive instructions on how to use a MOTIF XS in a music production

environment. The running time of over 3 hours covers deep insights in topics like interactive

Arpeggios, live performances, sampling, recording sessions, Cubase AI and much more.

Although the instructions refer to the MOTIF XS, this DVD is of interest for MOTIF XF users,

because the XS‘ operation is substantially the same concept.

To request this DVD simply write an e-mail to:

musicproduction@yamaha.de

Please give your name, address, serial number of your MOTIF XS or MOTIF XF, and the keyword

„The World of MOTIF XS“ - even if you already are a registered MOTIF XS user.

Important note: This DVD can not be shipped outside Europe!

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oPtional sounD sets for

motif-series / s-series / mo

„XTaSyN“

Up-to-date synth and drum sounds for dance,

trance, pop, and electronic. Phat leads &

synth comps, pads, FX. Special attack Waveforms

for punchy sounds

„FM XPaNDED – VOl. 1:

ElEcTrIc PIaNO & claVINET“

Sample-based FM sounds with very high dynamic

and authenticity, which are heavily

based on classic DX7 sounds, but also offer

new and innovative creations

„PHaT aNalOG“

Synthleads, pads & more! Timeless

Voice and sample library with a

Minimoog emulation (Leadsynths) and JP-8

sounds. The ultimate analogue extension!

„cHIll XPErIENcE“

Soundset for Chill Out, Lounge, Ambient,

New Age, Electronic, and related genres.

These sounds offer a high level of musical

inspiration

„DrUM PErFOrMEr“

Lavishly produced ‘Real Drums’ for extremely

realistic sound; dry, fat and punchy. Extreme

range of sounds achieved by different recording

techniques

„STaGE & STUDIO“

The ultimate top 40 and live set! Contains

the most important standard instruments and

synth sounds for live musicians. Outstanding

performance and power

„DaNcE XPaNDED“

Sounds for Dance, Trance, Electronic, Chill

Out, Pop. The Voices include atmospheres,

pads, leads, synth basses, chord synths, gated

pads, and arpsounds

„SyNTH XTrEME“

Offers a vast range of fat, analogue synth

sounds of the highest quality. Suitable for

Trance, Electronic, Techno, and many other

genres of trendy pop music

„HyPNOTIc STEPz“

For users having a penchant for step-

sequencers and analogue synth sounds. Synth

sounds, drums and sequences are impressively

combined

„MaGIcal PaDS“

Provides warm, analogue pad sounds with

huge atmosphere. Refined with sweeps,

swells, synthbrasses, atmo-sounds, and musical

sound effects

„MySTIc SPHErES“

The ultimate Ambient + Electronic set. It contains

atmospheres, pads, sound effects, spacy

synth leads, trance sounds, vocal pads, and

analogue vintage sounds

„VOcODEr DrEaMz“

Combines vocoder Voices, vocal phrase kits,

and drum loop kits. The vocal phrases and

drum loops are controlled by User Arpeggios.

Its speciality is the vocoder choirs

„OrGaN SESSION“

GENEral INFOrMaTION:

This set is an impressive emulation of the

legendary Hammond B3. Smacky organ

sounds with concise key click and controllable

percussion. Perfect for Rock, Pop and Jazz

The above sound sets are available for the following devices:

• MOTIF XF, MOTIF XS, MOTIF ES, MOTIF-RACK XS,

MOTIF-RACK ES, S90 XS, S70 XS, S90 ES, MO6, MO8

• The sound sets ‘FM Xpanded’, Drum Performer and

‘Vocoder Dreamz’ are available exclusively for MOTIF XS

and MOTIF XF

Each sound set contains 128 Voices. Depending on the device,

additional content such as Performances, Samples, User Arpeggios,

and WAV Loops are included. Further details can be found on

www.easysounds.de

Price per soundset= 35,- EUR

The soundsets are available from:

EASY SOUNDS – Peter Krischker

vertrieb@easysounds.de

http://www.easysounds.de

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imPrint & further linKs

imPortant Websites

for motif users

Official international Yamaha website for synthesizers

including a comprehensive download section

http://www.yamahasynth.com/

Official website of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH

http://www.yamaha-europe.com

American MOTIF support website including message

board + KEYFAX webshop + „XSpand Your World“

downloads

http://www.motifator.com/

EASY SOUNDS website + webshop sounds and

USB sticks for Yamaha synths

http://www.easysounds.de

John Melas MOTIF Site

Editor softwares for the MOTIF series

http://www.jmelas.gr/motif/

music ProDuction GuiDe

historY

You can download all English editions already published

as one single ZIP file using this link to the EASY

SOUNDS website:

http://www.easysounds.eu/NewsGuides_E.zip

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Yamaha

music ProDuction GuiDe

The official News Guide about the Yamaha Music Production

product series and Computer Music Instruments

Published by

EASY SOUNDS

Peter Krischker

Am Langberg 97 A

D-21033 Hamburg

Telephone: +49 40 - 738 62 23

in cooperation with

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH

Siemensstraße 43

D-25462 Rellingen

Telephone: +49 41 01 - 30 30

e-mail: motifnews@easysounds.de

The free Music Production Guide contains news,

tips & tricks, software offers, and interviews on and

around Yamaha synthesizers of the MOTIF series,

S series, MO series, MM series, Tenori-On, and articles

about recording, software, and Computer Music Instruments.

You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the free Music Production

Guide by sending an informal e-mail to:

motifnews@easysounds.de

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