Trev & Seal 102 BPM - 4/4 Pop/Rock/R&B Keyboard
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This mid-tempo R&B/Pop/Rock style Performance gives a definite nod in the direction of solo artist Seal and his producer Trevor Horn's sophisticated, atmospheric collaborations during the 90's. It features a funky R&B drum groove with off-beat snare and muted/open triangle, a rhythmic muted electric bass pattern which works well with the drums, a wurlitzer electric piano sound driven by Module 3's "Melodic Repeat" RTC Model (MR1) for chord/note repetitions in real time, in this case producing the one-shot transposed chord echos heard in startup Scene 4, a mellow, atmospheric gated synth pattern with a slow moving KARMA generated filter sweep and a square-wave synth arpeggio which periodically weaves its way across the stereo field (also with KARMA generated filter sweep). The Fill button triggers a metallic Trance/Techno flavored synth riff (instead of the more usual drum fill) - which mutes Module 5's arpeggio for the duration.

A polyphonic acoustic piano/string layer is provided in the RH area for soloing, which can be changed to a mono square wave synth lead by A.Sw2 for a completely different feel - you'll find it is stored as the synth lead in Scene 7. A.Sw1 kicks it down an octave when you want to get into the lower ranges. The LH area provides an evocative, swelling motion synth pad - and listen out for the sci-fi percussive effects heard in Scenes 7 and 8!
Left Hand: Motion synth pad
Right Hand: Piano/string layer (poly) (A.Sw2 = off)
Square lead synth (mono) (A.Sw2 = on)
(A.Sw1 = octave down)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Two Motif arps can be added as additional elements: Pads 9 to 12 trigger a rhythmic metallic dance riff, while Pads 13 to 16 trigger an evocative nylon guitar pattern - both of which have ascending scale steps based on the last-played chord and can be layered on top of each other.
  • Assignable Switch 2 changes the RH sound from a piano/string layer to a mono square wave lead w/portamento. This is accomplished by having two different parts/tracks set up for the RH area in the Motif Song, on different MIDI Channels, and configuring KARMA's Dynamic MIDI Page and Perf RTP Page to change the MIDI Channel by A.Sw2. Also, since the "Assignable Switch In Scenes" checkbox is on under A.Switch 2 in the Real-Time Controls Editor, this setting is stored in the scenes.
  • Module 3 (E.Piano) is driven by a different type of GE - a "Real-Time Melodic Repeat" RTC Model. This type of GE works differently and only generates notes when you play a chord, and they then melodically repeat and fade out, depending on the scene settings. So this module does not keep looping, like the others. If you trigger a fill or use stutter/retrigger, it will retrigger with the last-played chord.
  • Tone 1 Knob 8 (when not in Remote Mode) can be used to add a beat-synchronized delay effect to the drums.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: D Min A Min/C G Maj/B G Min/Bb D Maj/A B Min E Min A 7sus4
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Metal Syn, Arp2: Nyl.Gtr 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 E.Piano
GE: 04/059 03/054 04/101
GE Name: R'n'B Beat 3 RnB Bass 1C Piano Repeater
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Real-Time
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 MR1 - Melodic Repeat
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Gated Synth Arpeggio Fill-Riff
GE: 03/106 01/066 02/087
GE Name: Slow Filter Gate Fading Arp w/Mutes Techno Comp 3
Category: Gated Arpeggio Chord Rhythmic
RTC Model: GC1 - Gated CCs 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 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     Note Scale Type [4] Changes the note scale type for the Gated Synth from regular to fifths
Switch 4:         x   Rhythm Multiplier [5] Multiplies the rhythm of the Arpeggio by 50% (half-time) and changes the time signature from 8/4 to 4/4
Switch 5:         x   Phrase Mute On/Off [5] Activates a muting of certain steps in the pattern of the Arpeggio, introducing silence
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Transposes the octave of the E.Piano
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Transposes the octave of the Gated Synth
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Transposes the octave of the Arpeggio
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 the Drums, Bass, Gated Synth, Arpeggio and Fill
Slider 3:   x   x x x Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, Gated Synth, Arpeggio and Fill
Slider 4:   x   x x x Velocity Accents Varies the velocity levels of certain notes for the Bass, Gated Synth, Arpeggio and Fill
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 [5] Selects one of many velocity patterns for the Arpeggio - effect will not be noticeable unless the velocity scaling for the Arpeggio is greater than zero (i.e. scene 8)
Slider 8:         x   Note Pattern [5] Selects one of many note patterns for the Arpeggio
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH lead sounds
Mod (CC01) Removes the string layer from the RH piano (A.Sw1 = off); adds vibrato on the RH square lead (A.Sw1 = on)
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 LH motion pad
Knob 2:             x     Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the LH motion pad
Knob 3:     x             AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the E.Piano
Knob 4:     x             AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the E.Piano
Knob 5:     x             AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the E.Piano
Knob 6:     x             AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the E.Piano
Knob 7: x     x         x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums and Gated Synth
Knob 8: x     x         x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of delay on the Drums and Gated Synth
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 lead sounds down an octave
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Changes the RH lead sound from a piano/string layer to a square wave mono lead
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the RH lead sounds
Damper:             x x   64 Latches the LH synth pad, and the RH piano/string layer
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - pitch-bending tambourine and hi-hat, simple bass, single e.piano note melodic-repeating downwards, quarter-note gated synth, full-time arpeggio that weaves left and right while opening/closing the filter; fill-riff plays stabs with space
Scene 2 (simpler) - variation on pitch-bending perc, single e.piano note now repeats upwards, busier syncopated gated synth, octaves arpeggio variation; dotted-eight fill-riff stabs
Scene 3 (simpler) - a simplified version of Scene 4, with the repeats turned off on the e.piano so that it only plays the first chord, the arpeggio plays a random note pattern full-time (fading in and out), half-time gated synth variation very slowly opens the filter; fill-riff stab variation
Scene 4 (startup) - the basic full groove; Switch 5 in the Master Layer makes the arpeggio alternate with bars of silence, so it is not on full-time
Scene 5 (busier) - drums and bass get a bit busier, more e.piano repeats at a faster speed, full-time arpeggio with syncopated pattern, gated synth variation; fill-riff plays single notes
Scene 6 (busier) - drums move to sidestick/ride, bass plays a busier variation, e.piano plays a single note that then melodic-repeats upwards to create a long riff, arpeggio plays a fast trill effect that comes in and out due to Switch 5; fill-riff triggers a busier single-note pattern
Scene 7 (busiest) - very cool "sci-fi" noises on the drums,bass opens up space, e.piano uses fast repeats to perform a quick arpeggio, full-time arpeggio alternates a three-note pattern, slow gating; fill-riff triggers a repeated chord
Scene 8 (breakdown) - half-time variation featuring arpeggiated pitch-bending on the drums and noises, bending on the bass, single slow repeat on the e.piano, full-time arpeggio dotted-sixteenths, sparse L/R gating; fill-riff triggers randomized repeated chords