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    Doing interesting things with electronic keyboards

    Have I mentioned I hate software? ...

    Took the plunge, got a USB to MIDI adapter, and brought a decent MS Vista laptop into the fray. Of course, Vista doesn't know anything about such devices, , so had to hunt around for a kludge solution; a good one was found - but there was a lot of trial and error, and cursing, backward steps, until all was happy. Which means, the Yamaha was happy to be driven by MIDI, and so far I'm very pleased with how it sounds.

    There are milions of MIDI files out there, but the next glitch is that most are set to drive a General version of MIDI, which the Yamaha is too old to know anything about - wrong sounds come out: clarinet rather than pipe organ! Straight acoustic piano is easiest to guarantee a good fit, and so I've tried classical, boogie piano, jazz - works nicely. The grand piano sound is pretty authentic, does an excellent Satie for example.

    The fact that there is an MIDI link may impinge on SQ, but nothing too obvious so far - I'll do some experiments, checking to fine tune this - and work out an easy way to map all the standardised MIDI files to the Yamaha's configuration.
    Posted 5th August 2014 at 10:47 AM by fas42 fas42 is offline
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    Cheapest 32bit CPU to date...

    I deleted your comment SyncTronX as I couldn't see any relevance to this blog. I kept a copy though so if you can explain what it was about I'll restore it.
    Posted 3rd August 2014 at 08:37 AM by abraxalito abraxalito is offline
    Updated 3rd August 2014 at 08:42 AM by abraxalito
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    Doing interesting things with electronic keyboards

    Okay, have run enough simple tests to demonstrate that the two issues to be addressed are:

    * Warm-up conditioning, and
    * Interference

    The unit was made well enough so that it achieves acceptable, for me, quality if those items are taken care of - I don't believe in fiddling just for the sake of fiddling, I have no desire to get under the hood and possibly cause problems, by doing things that typically people want to play with - only if I believe a genuine major benefit is possible would I venture further.

    The warm-up I can solve merely by running 24/7; and work out strategies for fastest recovery time after the unit is powered off, for any of the obvious reasons.

    Interference is the key concern, so I'll try simple solutions first, and build up to more complex approaches, depending upon how it progesses ...
    Posted 2nd August 2014 at 12:17 AM by fas42 fas42 is offline
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