Loverz R&B 89 BPM - 4/4 Hip-Hop/R&B Keyboard
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This slow tempo R&B love song Performance with a Hip-Hop flavor consists of a solid analog drum machine groove featuring hand-claps, and a simple percussive organ bass pattern that accentuates the kick drum. Three complimentary synth parts provide the melodic content: a staccato resonant analog synth arpeggio named Synth 1, a panning octaves string-synth pattern named Synth 2 and a resonant analog synth-stab playing chords named Synth 3 (you can use Master Layer Switch 5 "Step Transpose" to turn On/Off the fourth transposition at the end of the pattern - it's set that way in several scenes). The Fill button provides a complimentary analog drum kit fill with variations in the scenes.

A nice piano/string layer is provided in the RH area for soloing, which can be changed to a mono rap saw lead with heavy portamento using A.Sw2, for a completely different soloing feel. You'll find that Scenes 2, 7 and 8 have been set to call up the mono lead, while the other scenes call up the piano/string layer. The LH/KARMA area has a simply tremolo E.Piano assigned. The eight different scene variations provide some distinctively different parts for song construction and jamming pleasure.
Left Hand: E. Piano
Right Hand: Piano/Strings layer (A.Sw2 = off)
Rap Saw Lead (mono) (A.Sw2 = on)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Pads 9 to 12 and 13 to 16 trigger two different Motif arp synth riffs with portamento, in various scale steps, which shut each other off, in addition to being stopped by a scene change or fill.
  • Assignable Switch 2 changes the RH sound from a piano/string layer to a mono saw lead w/portamento. This is accomplished by having two different parts/tracks set up for the RH area in the Motif Song, on different MIDI Channels, and configuring KARMA's Dynamic MIDI Page and Perf RTP Page to change the MIDI Channel by A.Sw2. Furthermore, the setting is stored in each scene courtesy of the "Assignable Switches In Scenes" checkbox in the RTC Editor.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: A Min G Maj F Maj E Min D Min C Maj A# Maj A Maj
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Synth 1, Arp2: Synth 2 Arp1 (root) Arp1 (2nd) Arp1 (3rd) Arp1 (5th) Arp2 (root) Arp2 (2nd) Arp2 (3rd) Arp2 (5th)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change, Fill
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums Bass Synth 1
GE: 04/061 03/063 01/072
GE Name: RnB Groove 2 Simple RnB Bass 1 Glass Strings
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Arpeggio
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Synth 2 Synth 3 Fill-Drums
GE: 03/077 02/057 03/124
GE Name: Techno Line 1 16th's On 2&4 1 Fill-PopRock 2 [s*]
Category: Bass Pattern Chord Rhythmic Drum
RTC Model: GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 DF1 - Drum Fill 1
MASTER LAYER
RT Controls Modules Name Function
1 2 3 4 5 6
Switch 1: x           Rhythm Multiplier [1] Multiplies the rhythm of the Drums by 200% (half-time)
Switch 2:   x         Rhythm Multiplier [2] Multiplies the rhythm of the Bass by 200% (half-time)
Switch 3:     x       Rhythm Multiplier [3] Multiplies the rhythm of Synth 1 by 200% (half-time)
Switch 4:       x     Rhythm Multiplier [4] Multiplies the rhythm of Synth 2 by 200% (half-time)
Switch 5:         x   Step Transpose [5] Activates a +4 transposition of the Synth 3 pattern at the end of every two bars
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Changes the octave of Synth 1
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Changes the octave of Synth 2
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Changes the octave of Synth 3
Slider 1: x x x x x x Rhythm Swing % Varies the swing feel for all six Modules
Slider 2: x x x       Rhythm Complexity Varies the rhythmic activity of the Drums, Bass and Synth 1
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, Synth 1, Synth 2 and Synth 3
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the velocity levels of certain notes for the Bass, Synth 1, Synth 2 and Synth 3
Slider 5: x           Alternate Drum Map Selects one of many alternate mappings for the Drums
Slider 6: x           Percussion Pattern Selects one of many different percussion patterns for the Drums
Slider 7:       x     Note Pattern [4] Selects one of many different note patterns for Synth 2
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects one of many different note patterns for Synth 3
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH lead sounds
Mod (CC01) RH lead sounds: A.Sw2 off: tremolo on the strings and adds delay to the piano; A.Sw2 on: vibrato on the mono synth lead
Tone 1 Knobs Modules Keyboard IFX/ MFX Controller CC# Function
1 2 3 4 5 6 LH RH
Knob 1:       x           Filter Cutoff 74 Controls filter cutoff on Synth 2
Knob 2:       x           Resonance 71 Controls resonance on Synth 2
Knob 3:         x         AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on Synth 3
Knob 4:         x         AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on Synth 3
Knob 5:         x         AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on Synth 3
Knob 6:         x         AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on Synth 3
Knob 7: x         x     x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums and Fill
Knob 8:     x x x       x Assign 2 17 Modulates the filter, envelopes, and delay settings of Synths 1, 2 & 3
For an explanation of how these parameters relate to different Yamaha Models, see the Tone 1 Knobs Reference. *AEG Sustain is SysEx for XS/XF (no CC).
Other Controllers Modules Keyboard IFX/ MFX CC# Function
1 2 3 4 5 6 LH RH
A. Switch 1:               x   86 Transpose the RH lead sounds down by an octave
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Changes the RH lead sound from a piano/string layer (off) to a mono portamento saw lead (on) - this setting is stored in the scenes
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the RH lead sounds
Damper:             x x   64 Latches the LH pad, and the RH piano layer (but not the strings)
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - simple percussion, very low activity in all modules (featuring synth 1), a single bending bass note; sparse toms fill with 16th note delay
Scene 2 (simpler) - the groove picks up with electronic congas and hi-hats, more activity in the bass and synths; sparse panning pitch-bend fill
Scene 3 (simpler) - more activity with the kick being introduced, along with pitch-bending cymbals, chords on synth 2; randomized busier fill
Scene 4 (startup) - the basic full groove; straight analog drum fill
Scene 5 (busier) - building off of the startup groove, a busier variation with more activity, tambourine and perc add, synth 1 provides some interesting percussive effects and synth 3 drops an octave; busier straight analog fill
Scene 6 (busier) - a completely different vibe, with the drums adding the snare and stick, a moving 3rds bass line, syncopated plucky synth 1 part, pitch-bending notes on Synth 2; panning fill
Scene 7 (busiest) - syncopated variation with the most activity, drums add rides and other percussion courtesy of repeats, descending bass line, all three synths with more active variations; rising pitch-bend delayed toms fill
Scene 8 (breakdown) - a half-time wide-open variation courtesty of several of the Rhythm Multipliers, featuring arpeggiated pitch-bend drums; bending bass and synth 2, open plucks on synth 1 and 2; panning falling pitch-bend delayed snare and toms fill