Chart Climber 72 BPM - 4/4 Pop/R&B Strings
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This contemporary Pop/R&B Performance features an infectuous KARMA-generated piano arpeggio and resonant filtered gated synth part with panning on center stage. Underneath, a solid analog 808 style drum groove with claps melds with a simple kick-accentuating synth bass pattern using a bright, resonant analog synth sound, and a busy staccato analog synth pattern produced by one of KARMA's polyphonic Arp Model GE's. The Fill button triggers a suitable matching analog drum fill with different variations in the scenes.

The LH/KARMA area provides a simple analog string pad, while the RH area provides a hybrid orchestral/analog string sound for melody lines. A.Sw1 adds an octave down element to the RH strings voice, while A.Sw2 changes the timbre of it somewhat. Since pitch-bending and vibrato are not really suitable for the RH sound, the pitch-bend and mod wheels do other useful things - check them out!
Left Hand: Analog string pad
Right Hand: Strings (A.Sw1 adds octave down;
A.Sw2 changes timbre/sound)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Two Motif arps can be added as additional elements: Pads 9 to 12 trigger a simple gated filter sweep rhythm, while Pads 13 to 16 trigger a square wave synth riff - both of which have ascending scale steps based on the last-played chord and can be layered on top of each other.
  • Master Layer Switch 5 (Note Trigger Mode) Controls whether the Bass, Gated Synth and Piano restart their phrases when new chords are played, or continue from the current position. Try it with Scene 3 and play a new chord every few beats to understand the difference.
  • When not in Remote Mode (i.e. in Song Mode), Tone 1 Knob 8 adds an interesting beat-synchronized delay effect to the Drums, Bass, Synth Riff, Piano and Fill.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: C Maj G Maj A Min F Maj E Min A Maj/C# D Min G Maj/B
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Gated, Arp2: Square Arp1 (root) Arp1 (2nd) Arp1 (3rd) Arp1 (4th) Arp2 (root) Arp2 (2nd) Arp2 (3rd) Arp2 (4th)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change Ex2, Scene Change
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums Bass Synth Riff
GE: 04/064 03/057 01/044
GE Name: RnB Groove 5 RnB Bass 4A Arp Model 12 Poly 2
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: Gated Synth Piano Fill-Drums
GE: 03/092 01/019 03/125
GE Name: Chopper 2C (every other) Arp Model 03 Up/Dn 3 Fill-PopRock 2 [s1]
Category: Gated Arpeggio Drum
RTC Model: GC1 - Gated CCs 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 DF1 - Drum Fill 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         Time Signature [2] Changes the time signature of the Bass from 2/4 to 8/4
Switch 3:     x       Rhythm Multiplier [3] Multiplies the rhythm of the Synth by 200% (half-time)
Switch 4:       x     Phrase Mute On/Off [4] Mutes every other measure of the Gated Synth
Switch 5:   x   x x   Note Trigger Mode Controls whether the Bass, Gated Synth and Piano restart their phrases when chords or pads are played
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Changes the octave of the Synth
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Changes the octave of the Gated Synth
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Changes the octave of the Piano
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 rhythm complexity for all Modules except the Drum Fill
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, Synth, Gated Synth and Piano
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the level of certain notes for the Bass, Synth, Gated Synth and 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 different percussion patterns for the Drums
Slider 7:     x   x   Velocity Pattern Selects one of many velocity patterns for the Synth and Piano *
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects two of many different note patterns for the Piano's two bar phrase
* Note: Slider 4 Velocity Accents may need to be adjusted towards the bottom for the result of changing Velocity Patterns to be noticeable.
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend +/- 12 semitones on the Drums (but not the Fill)
Mod (CC01) Filter cutoff and resonance modulation on the Synth Riff
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 Bass
Knob 2:   x               Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Bass - careful!
Knob 3:   x     x         AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the Bass and Piano
Knob 4:   x     x         AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the Bass and Piano
Knob 5:   x     x         AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the Bass and Piano
Knob 6:   x     x         AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the Bass and Piano
Knob 7: x         x     x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums and Fill
Knob 8: x x x   x x     x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of delay on multiple selected parts
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 Adds an octave down element to the RH strings voice
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Changes the timbre/sound of the RH strings voice
Ribbon:       x           22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the Gated Synth
Damper:             x     64 Latches the LH synth pad
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - minimal activity on all parts, suitable for an intro or breakdown, simple shakers, single root bass notes, with high-octave gated synth chords, a plucky synth riff, and a sparse piano melody; very sparse buzzy delay drum fill ending in vibraslap
Scene 2 (simpler) - analog percussion added, bass plays short octave notes, a cascading synth arpeggio variation takes center stage, variation on the sparse piano melody, open gated chords panning left and right; sparse pitch-bend fill
Scene 3 (simpler) - hi-hats are added to the percussion, heavy bass stabs that alternated with fat chords on the synth riff and gated synth give this scene a majestic flavor, along with a melodic variation in the piano riff; panning toms and snare fill
Scene 4 (simpler) - the kick, sidestick and ride come in, along with more percussion, bass plays a syncopated spitting riff, gated synth picks up, piano opens up and the synth riff plays an occasional phrase with space; cool pitch bending ascending analog-tom fill w/delays
Scene 5 (simpler) - in comes a noise-snare for a more solid beat, a syncopated stabbing bass line, busier piano melody, more activity on the synths, and a triplet snare and toms fill
Scene 6 (startup) - the basic full groove - solid, bouncy, ready for a vocal; straight analog snare and toms fill
Scene 7 (busier) - the drums pick up with a more syncopated beat and additional percussion and so does the bass, while the synth riff and piano melody choose new cyclic variations, alternating gated synth with space; syncopated panning snare and toms fill
Scene 8 (busiest) - 32nd notes on the piano plays off a bouncing ascending synth riff, arpeggiated pitch-bending on the drums, bass stays on one note, high-octave for the gated synth; wild panning 32nd-note drum fill