Phil’s Fave 68 BPM - 4/4 Pop Ballad Keyboard
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Here's a slow tempo 80's Pop Ballad Performance in the style made popular by Phil Collins on hits such as "One More Night" etc. It consists of a laid back 808 drum box groove with plenty of reverb, a simple electric bass pattern which underpins the mix with mostly sustained single notes, a muted electric guitar pattern panned left with plenty of echo/delay to add some rhythmic complexity, a simple finger picked electric guitar arpeggio panned right, again with plenty of echo/delay and a simple Bell/DX E.piano arpeggio pattern to round things off. A matching analog drum kit fill is provided on the Fill button, with different variations in the scenes.

An acoustic/DX piano layer hybrid is provided in the LH and RH areas with an analog pad layer; the pad can be removed from the RH area by A.Sw1. The scenes provide a wide variety of pop grooves for different song sections - and listen out for Scene 8, which takes the Performance in a completely different direction.
Left Hand: Acoustic and DX piano layer
with dark analog pad
Right Hand: Acoustic and DX piano layer
with dark analog pad (A.Sw1 = pad off)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • A single Motif arp is provided in this Performance: Pads 9 to 16 provide the user with a single rhythmic wavesequencing/plucked synth pattern that ascends through the 8 steps of the last-played chord's scale.
  • Since ptich-bend is not particularly useful on the RH piano layer, the pitch-bend wheel can be used to bend the Drums (but not the Fill) up or down an octave for additional tonal variations.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: A Maj E Maj/G# G Maj D Maj/F# B Min F# Min/A G Maj E 7sus4_9
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp: Wave-Sequence/Perc Arp (root) Arp (2nd) Arp (3rd) Arp (4th) Arp (5th) Arp (6th) Arp(7th) Arp (oct)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums Bass Guitar-Mute
GE: 04/052 02/032 02/119
GE Name: Phil's Drum Box Feel Bass 2 Phil's Muted Gtr
Category: Drum Harmonic (Poly) Pick
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 DM1 - Drum Melodic 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Guitar-Elec Bells Fill-Drums
GE: 02/120 01/084 04/008
GE Name: Phil's Picked Gtr Phil's Arp Fill-PopRock 5 [k1s1] 2
Category: Pick Arpeggio 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       Time Signature [3] Changes the time signature of the Guitar-Mute from 8/4 to 1/4, shortening the phrase
Switch 4:       x     Rhythm Multiplier [4] Multiplies the rhythm of the Guitar-Elec by 200% (half-time)
Switch 5:         x   Rhythm Multiplier [5] Multiplies the rhythm of the Bells by 200% (half-time)
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Transposes the octave of the Guitar-Mute
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Transposes the octave of the Guitar-Elec
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Transposes the octave of the Bells
Slider 1: x x x x x x Rhythm Swing % Varies the swing feel for all six Modules
Slider 2: x x x x x   Rhythm Complexity Varies the rhythmic activity of all Modules except the Fill
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, two Guitars and Bells
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the velocity levels of certain notes for the Bass, two Guitars and Bells
Slider 5: x           Alternate Drum Map Selects one of many alternate mappings for the Drums
Slider 6: x           Percussion Pattern Selects one of many percussion patterns for the Drums
Slider 7:       x     Note Pattern [4] Selects one of many note patterns for the Guitar-Elec
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects one of many note patterns for the Bells
Wheels Function
Pitch Bends the Drums (but not the Fill) up or down an octave
Mod (CC01) Sends the RH acoustic piano voice to the delay effect
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 the Bells
Knob 2:         x         Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Bells
Knob 3:       x x         AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the Bells and Guitar-Elec
Knob 4:       x x         AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the Bells and Guitar-Elec
Knob 5:       x x         AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the Bells and Guitar-Elec
Knob 6:       x x         AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the Bells and Guitar-Elec
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 Controls the amount of delay on the two Guitars and the Bells
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 Removes the analog pad layer from the RH piano layer
A. Switch 2:       x           87 Activates a sliding effect on the Guitar-Elec
Ribbon:             x     22 Controls filter cutoff on the analog pad voice of the LH piano layer
Damper:             x x   64 Latches the piano/analog pad voices of the LH piano layer
Latches only the piano voices of the RH piano layer
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - Very minimal activity with the focus on the muted guitar; simple shaker pattern, periodic notes on the bass, e.guitar and bells; toms fill with fast delays
Scene 2 (simpler) - perc adds analog congas, the mute guitar repeats a single note, while the focus shifts to the e.guitar pattern, sparse sustained notes from the bells; toms fill with slow delays
Scene 3 (simpler) - perc adds clave and gets busier, focus shifts to a nice bells pattern while the mute guitar simplifies, sparse sustained notes from the e.guitar, single bending bass notes; panning pitch-bending snare/kick/hi-hat fill
Scene 4 (simpler) - a simplified version of the startup scene, with kick and tambourine (instead of snare), an open bass pattern, and the other parts doing simplified versions of scene 5; slightly busier panning pitch-bending snare/kick/hi-hat fill
Scene 5 (startup) - the basic full groove, you know it, you love it; straight snare/toms fill
Scene 6 (busier) - drums add a syncopated clap, bass moves to dotted eight notes on the root, the e.piano does an ascending phrase, while the e.guitar adds more notes from the previous scene's phrase, the mute guitar adds a little flourish at the end of the phrase; panning snare/kick/hi-hat fill
Scene 7 (busiest) - drums switch to a different kick/snare, the bass moves to driving 8th notes on the root, the bells play sustained chords, the e.guitar does a sustained high phrase, the mute guitar jumps up an octave and sounds almost ethnic; rising pitch-bending toms fill with fast delays
Scene 8 (breakdown) - a completely different pop direction with an open feel with bending bass notes, bending bell notes, the muted guitar plucking chords, and the e.guitar doing chopped periodic chords; rising pitch-bending snare/kick fill with fast delays