The Snowflake Ballet 139 BPM - 4/4 Orchestral Woodwind/Reed
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This mid-tempo Classical/Orchestral type Performance is based loosely in style on Tchaikovsky's Sugar Plum Fairy, featuring a triplet motif on layered flute and celeste-like bells. It also features an orchestral percussion pattern using orchestral snare and bass drum, cymbal, sleigh bells, tambourine and bell-tree (heard in Scenes 5, 6, 7 & 8), a strident pizzicato strings pattern combining plucked pizzicato bass notes and chords, a simple triplet harp variation that plays off the spaces in the previously mentioned flute and celeste combination, and a staccato strings arpeggio (muted in Scenes 2 & 4). The Fill button triggers a harp glissando pattern that mutes the main harp and bell/flute combination in its duration.

A string pad is provided in the left hand/KARMA input area, while the right hand soloing area can be switched between an oboe with natural vibrato, and a fat orchestral brass section (using A.Sw2).
Left Hand: String Pad
Right Hand: Oboe with natural vibrato (A.Sw2 = off)
Orchestral brass (A.Sw2 = on)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Pads 9 to 12 provide a Motif arp flute riff in ascending scale steps based on the last-played chord, while Pads 13 to 16 provide layered tympani, orchestral snare and tubular bell hits in four different scale steps, based on the root of the last-played chord.
  • If you hold down one of Pads 13 to 16 (try 13, for example), each time you play new chord in the LH area of the keyboard or use Pads 1 to 8, a new tympani/snare/tubular bells hit matching the root note and scale step will be triggered.
  • You could store your choice of RH lead sound with the scene by turning on the "Assignable Switch 2 in Scenes" checkbox in the RTC Page.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: C Min G Maj/B D Min A Maj/C# E Min A Maj/C# D Min G Maj/B
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp: Flute, Hits: Tymp/Bells Arp (root) Arp (2nd) Arp (3rd) Arp (4th) Hit (root) Hit (2nd) Hit (3rd) Hit (5th -12)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change  
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums-Orch Pizzicato Harp
GE: 04/082 02/083 01/053
GE Name: Xmas Roll Stride Piano Lefty Bolero Bells 3
Category: Drum Chord Rhythmic Arpeggio
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Flute/Bells Strings Fill-Riff
GE: 01/052 01/016 01/076
GE Name: Bolero Bells 2 Arp Model 03 Up 3 Koto Glissando
Category: Arpeggio Arpeggio Arpeggio
RTC Model: CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 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-Orch by 200% (half-time)
Switch 2:   x         Rhythm Multiplier [2] Multiplies the rhythm of the Pizzicato by 200% (half-time)
Switch 3:     x x     Note Doubling On Activates a harmonic doubling of the Harp and Flute/Bells phrases
Switch 4:       x     Rhythm Multiplier [4] Multiplies the rhythm of the Flute/Bells by 200% (half-time)
Switch 5:           x Rhythm Multiplier [6] Multiplies the rhythm of the Fill (harp) by 68% (triplets, faster)
Switch 6:   x         Octave [2] Transposes the octave of the Pizzicato
Switch 7:     x       Octave [3] Transposes the octave of the Harp
Switch 8:       x     Octave [4] Transposes the octave of the Flute/Bells
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-Orch, Harp and Flute/Bells
Slider 3:   x x x x x Duration Control Varies the length of notes for all Modules except the Drums-Orch
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the velocity levels of certain notes for the Pizzicato, Harp, Flute/Bells and Strings
Slider 5:   x         Cluster Randomize[2] Randomizes the number of notes in the Pizzicato clusters (chords)
Slider 6:     x       Rhythm Pattern [3] Selects one of many rhythm patterns for the Harp
Slider 7:       x     Rhythm Pattern [4] Selects one of many rhythm patterns for the Flute/Bells
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects one of many note patterns for the Strings (may need to vary the Rhythm Pattern in the Module Control Layer to notice variations.)
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH lead sounds
Mod (CC01) Adds a bit of chorus and key on delay to the Pizzicato voices, loosening up the plucking
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 Pizzicato
Knob 2:   x               Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Pizzicato
Knob 3:         x         AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the Strings
Knob 4:         x         AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the Strings
Knob 5:         x         AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the Strings
Knob 6:         x         AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the Strings
Knob 7:               x x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the RH lead sounds
Knob 8:               x x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of chorus on the RH lead sounds
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 Transposes up the octave of the LH string pad
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Changes the RH lead sound from an oboe to an orchestral brass section
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff on the RH lead sounds (make darker to the left)
Damper:             x     64 Latches the LH string pad
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - very open patterns for pizz, flute/bells, strings and harp, with an interesting poly-rhythmic feel; slow upwards triplet harp fill
Scene 2 (simpler) - the harp takes center stage with a syncopated pattern, playing off of very simple flute/bells and pizz patterns; slow downwards triplet harp fill
Scene 3 (simpler) - both the flute/bells and harp move to syncopated patterns that interweave, while the bass pizz and strings provide single note counterpoint; the harp fill plays a different randomized phrase each time
Scene 4 (startup) - the basic full groove, strings and orchestral percussion muted; fast downwards harp glissando fill
Scene 5 (busier) - this and the next three scenes bring in the orchestral percussion, while the other parts play off of variations of the startup scene; fast downwards harp glissando fill with scalic notes
Scene 6 (busier) - the flute/bells double up notes from the previous scene, while everything else picks up; fast upwards harp glissando fill
Scene 7 (busier) - a very different sounding scene, again with a somewhat poly-rhythmic feel, with the flute/bells taking focus with a very nice melody; slow downwards triplet harp fill with scalic notes
Scene 8 (busiest/open) - an open yet busy variation, with the parts all playing off of the large pizzicato chord; super-fast downwards harp glissando - watch for broken fingernails