Hidden Connections 134 BPM - 4/4 Euro-Trance Lead Synth
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This bubbling mid-tempo "Euro-Trance" Performance features lots of retro analog synths, with a Techno drum groove firing analog drum-machine samples, a simple pulsing offbeat techno style synth-bass, a choppy comping chord synth with a phaser effect (Synth 1), a retro polysynth arpeggio with a distinct Jean-Michel Jarre flavor (Synth 2), and a bouncing square wave synth pattern which ping-pongs across the stereo spectrum courtesy of a fast moving KARMA pan pattern (Synth 3). The Fill button triggers a matching analog drum kit fill with different variations in the scenes.

A slowly rising filter-sweep pad is provided in the LH area, while the RH area provides two different synth leads, controlled by A.Sw2: a square wave lead and a warm techno lead with ribbon filter sweep. The settings of A.Sw2 have been set to be stored in the scenes, so you'll find the techno lead in Scenes 1, 2 and 8, with the square wave lead in the others. A.Sw1 kicks either lead sound up an octave. Listen out for Scene 8, which instead of being the busiest is a half-time breakdown that takes you into pseudo-reggae territory, courtesy of the Rhythm Multipliers on Master Layer switches 1~5.
Left Hand: Slowly rising synth pad
Right Hand: Square wave lead (mono) (A.Sw2 = off)
Techno ribbon lead (mono) (A.Sw2 = on)
A.Sw1 = octave up
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Two Motif arps can be added as additional elements: Pads 9 to 12 trigger a portamento synth acid riff, while Pads 13 to 16 trigger a gated hi-pass synth pattern - both of which have ascending scale steps based on the last-played chord and can be layered on top of each other.
  • You can store which lead sound you want to use in each scene because the "Assignable Switches In Scenes" checkbox is on under A.Sw2 in the Real-Time Controls Editor. If you'd prefer to not have the scenes change the lead sound, uncheck the checkbox and A.Sw2 is under manual control.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: A Min D Min F Maj7 E Min7 C Maj G Maj/B F Maj/A E Maj
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Acid Riff, Arp2: Gated HP 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 1
GE: 04/044 03/016 02/067
GE Name: New Hardcore 3 Euro Bass Dancey Comp
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Chord Rhythmic
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Synth 2 Synth 3 Fill-Drums
GE: 01/097 01/060 04/005
GE Name: Sweeping Arp 1 Dancey Arp 1 Fill-PopRock 4 [k1s1]
Category: Arpeggio Arpeggio Drum
RTC Model: CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 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         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   Rhythm Multiplier [5] Multiplies the rhythm of Synth 3 by 200% (half-time)
Switch 6:   x         Octave [2] Changes the octave of the Bass
Switch 7:     x       Octave [3] Changes the octave of Synth 1
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   x   Rhythm Complexity Varies the rhythmic complexity for the Drums, Bass, Synth 1 and Synth 3
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass and all three Synths
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the level of certain notes for the Bass and all three Synths
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 [3] Selects one of many different note patterns for Synth 1
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects one of many different note patterns for Synth 3
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH synth lead
Mod (CC01) Vibrato on the RH synth lead (both), filter cutoff on the dark techno 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 1
Knob 2:     x             Resonance 71 Controls resonance on Synth 1
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   Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of delay on the RH synth lead
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 the RH synth lead up one octave
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Changes the RH synth lead from a bright square wave to a dark techno lead
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the RH synth lead voices (especially effective when A.Sw2 is on and the techno ribbon lead is selected)
Damper:             x     64 Latches the LH synth pad
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - minimal activity on most parts, simple shaker, root bass note, scalic arpeggio on synth 1 takes center stage, while synths 2 and 3 provide simple 8th note plucks; half-time pitch-bend snare/kick fill
Scene 2 (simpler) - hi-hat, shaker and tamb percussion, bass adds octave upbeat on 4, more activity on all parts, especially synth 3 with all three synths provided an intricate plucked counterpoint; triplet bending snare/kick fill
Scene 3 (simpler) - kick enters four-on-the-floor, bass picks up with a backbeat pattern; interesting melodic figure with bend on synth 3, reggae-like phrase on synth 1, synth 2 provides a string-like line; pitch-bending panning kick/snare/hi-hat fill
Scene 4 (simpler) - getting closer to the startup scene in activity and flavor, half-note kick and backbeat open hi-hat, backbeat bass with octaves, synth 3 continues reggae-like phrase; echoing toms fill
Scene 5 (startup) - the basic full groove, bubbly and effervescent, kick/snare fill
Scene 6 (busier) - drums move to sidestick and ride, while the bass doubles up with octaves, all three synths change variations providing an intricate yet open counterpoint; syncopated randomized snare and toms fill
Scene 7 (busiest) - pitch-bending and upbeat claps on the drums, unique bending octave bass with open space, heavy percussion, busier interweaving synth parts; panning snare and toms fill
Scene 8 (breakdown) - half-time rhythm multipliers on the pitch-bending drums and synths 1 & 3 result in a reggae feel, open bass with repeating octaves, synth 2 provides the syncopated melody; fast-delay toms fill