Zed Lep Lin Blues 69 BPM - 6/8 Rock/Blues Guitar/Plucked
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This slow-tempo Rock/Blues Performance in 6/8 time is inspired by rock legends Led Zeppelin's more "bluesy" and introspective moments of their successful career. It consists of a solid kick/hat/snare acoustic drum groove with subtle note randomization, a complimentary electric bass guitar pattern, again with subtle randomized rhythm and notes, a mellow, atmospheric electric guitar arpeggio with gentle phasing (Master Layer Switch 4 is useful for switching the gtr arpeggio to a gentle strum pattern), a simple staccato arco strings pattern in straight 8ths (heard fully in Scene 5), and a laidback wah effected electric piano pattern (heard fully in Scenes 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8). The Fill button does not trigger a drum fill as you might expect (since there's basically one built-in to the groove), but a gentle, cascading wurlitzer piano pattern reminiscent of The Doors classic "Riders On The Storm".

The LH/KARMA area provides a hammond organ that can really fill out the mix (use the sustain pedal to latch it while playing) with rotary speaker speed on A.Sw1 (for XS, XF, MOXF) or high tone-wheel on A.Sw1 for MOX. The RH area provides a bluesy distorted lead guitar (polyphonic) for those Jimmy Page solos, which can be transposed down an octave to reach the lower ranges with A.Sw2.
Left Hand: XS, XF, MOXF: Organ w/rotary speaker
A.Sw1 = rotary speed fast/slow
MOX: Vibrato/chorus Organ
A.Sw1 = removes high tone-wheel
Right Hand: Distorted lead guitar
A.Sw2 = octave down
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Pads 9 to 12 provide an additional electric guitar arpeggio (this time with a swirling rotary speaker effect+), while Pads 13 to 16 provide a latched guitar power chord in four different scale steps - both based on the last-played chord. The guitar chords are latched, so once the button is on, playing new chords on the keyboard or with the first eight Chord Triggers will retrigger the guitar chord. (*not available on MOX due to only 3 IFX)
  • In several of the scenes, one or more parts are muted to provide space - but be sure to try unmuting them for additional variations and real-time mixing.
  • Due to the admittedly slightly strange way the GEs have been created in this one, the tempo is actually 92 BPM even though KARMA's tempo specifies 69 BPM.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: E Min A Min7 D Maj G Maj7 C Maj G Maj/B A 7th F Maj7_9
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp: Cyclic, Hits: Gtr Chords Arp (root) Arp (2nd) Arp (3rd) Arp (5th) Gtr (root) Gtr (2nd) Gtr (3rd) Gtr (5th)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change Ex2, Scene Change
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums Bass Strings
GE: 04/070 03/007 02/062
GE Name: Slow Blues Beat 3/4 Blues Bass 3/4 Blues Arco 8ths
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Chord Rhythmic
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 BL1 - Bass/Lead 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: E.Guitar E.Piano Fill-Riff
GE: 02/111 03/007 01/074
GE Name: Fingerpicking Gtr 3/4 Blues Bass 3/4 Kalimba Riff 1A
Category: Pick Bass Pattern Arpeggio
RTC Model: CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 BL1 - Bass/Lead 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
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 the Strings by 200% (half-time)
Switch 4:       x     Chord Strum <-> Pick [4] Changes the E.Guitar arpeggio to a slow strum with arpeggiations (heard in Scene 1)
Switch 5:         x   Rhythm Multiplier [5] Multiplies the rhythm of the E.Piano by 200% (half-time)
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Transposes the octave of the Strings
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Transposes the octave of the E.Guitar
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Transposes the octave of the E.Piano
Slider 1: x x   x x   Rhythm Swing % Varies the swing feel for all six Modules (although it's not very useful to change this, as it is imparting a subtle swing feel to the modules)
Slider 2: x   x x     Rhythm Complexity Varies the rhythmic complexity of the Drums and E.Piano
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, both Guitars and E. Piano
Slider 4:   x   x     Velocity Accents Varies the level of certain notes for the Bass, both Guitars and E. Piano
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     Velocity Pattern [4] Selects one of many velocity patterns for theE.Guitar
Slider 8:   x   x     Note Pattern Selects one of many note patterns for the Bass and E.Guitar
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH lead guitar
Mod (CC01) Vibrato on the RH lead guitar
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 Strings
Knob 2:     x             Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Strings
Knob 3:       x           AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the E.Guitar
Knob 4:       x           AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the E.Guitar
Knob 5:       x           AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the E.Guitar
Knob 6:       x           AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the E.Guitar
Knob 7: x               x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums
Knob 8:               x x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of delay on RH lead guitar
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   x 86 Activates the fast speed of the rotary speaker on the LH organ (XS, XF, MOXF)
Removes the high tone-wheel element (MOX)
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Transpose the RH lead guitar down an octave
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff on the RH lead guitar, for a mellower tone
Damper:             x     64 Latches the LH organ
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - drums on side-stick and hi-hat, doubled root bass note, long strum e.guitar with arpeggiations, muted strings and e.piano; upwards e.piano fill
Scene 2 (simpler) - drums move to side-stick and ride, bass with movement, arpeggiated e.guitar, muted strings, e.piano added with a 3-note phrase; downwards e.piano fill
Scene 3 (simpler) - drums move to snare and hi-hats, bass variation, downwards arpeggiated e.guitar with space alternating with sparse e.piano chords, downbeat string chord added, e.piano muted; wide-range upwards e.piano fill
Scene 4 (startup) - the basic full groove, strings and e.piano modules muted; downwards e.piano fill
Scene 5 (busier) - drums move to the snare and ride, bass and e.guitar continue start-up scene, while the strings are added playing quarter note chords, e.piano muted; randomized e.piano fill variation with melodic repeats
Scene 6 (busier) - drums back to snare and hi-hats with additional percussion, bass busies up its pattern, e.guitar variation, strings on 2 and 3, arpeggiated e.piano; randomized e.piano fill variation with melodic repeats
Scene 7 (busier) - drums move to the ride, percussion changes, bass plays a completely different long-sustained notes pattern with bending, e.guitar plays a higher alternate variation, e.piano adds occasional chords, "two-three" strings; randomized e.piano fill variation with melodic repeats
Scene 8 (busiest) - drums add syncopations with repeated notes and move to open hi-hats, bass returns to funkier pattern with open space and some long bending notes, arpeggiated e.guitar, e.piano plays a busier comping pattern, strings play a more syncopated chordal pattern; downwards e.piano fill with cascading melodic repeats