District of D'n'B 159 BPM - 4/4 Drum'n'Bass Slow Synth
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This fast-tempo Drum'n'Bass Performance has a spacey atmosphere in the earlier scenes and frenetic activity in the later scenes, courtesy of a very busy Drum'n'Bass drum groove with KARMA randomization and some added tempo delay effect, a 101-wave sub-bass pattern with filter modulation and lots of KARMA randomization, an electric piano pattern that generates cascades of piano notes with added repetitions, a busy staccato comping synth-piano pattern (turn off Master Layer Switch 4 "Phrase Mute On/Off [4]" for a more continuous pattern), and a simple synth-bell melody with plenty of space and atmosphere (raise Slider 4 "Velocity Accents" in RT Control Layer 5 to fill up the space with more notes). A crescendoing, panning machine gun snare fill is provided on the Fill button that has many variations including a few with toms as well.

The LH/KARMA area provides a warm PWM synth pad with a flanger effect (no flanger on MOX version due to IFX limitations), while the RH provides two completely different synth voices for soloing, controlled by A.Sw2: an eerie polyphonic spectrum pad (A.Sw2 = off), and a monophonic dual square wave lead with slight portamento (A.Sw2 = on). A.Sw1 transposes both leads up an octave for extended soloing range. You'll find that the odd-numbered scenes call up the spectrum pad, while the even-numbered scenes call up the square lead - courtesy of the "Assignable Switches In Scenes" checkbox. And listen out for Scene 8 which subdues the pace of the Performance dramatically with a laid-back half-time drum groove.
Left Hand: Warm PWM synth pad
Right Hand: Eerie spectrum pad (A.Sw2 = off) (poly)
Dual square wave lead (A.Sw2 = on) (mono)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Two Motif arps can be added as additional elements: Pads 9 to 12 trigger a busy resonant synth arp, while Pads 13 to 16 trigger an offbeat techno style synth stab - both of which have ascending scale steps based on the last-played chord and shut each other off, courtesy of the Chord Trigger exclusives - try alternating between them, for example, Pad 9 and Pad 13. To allow the arps to be layered on top of each, change the Ex1 checkboxes to Ex2 for Chord Triggers 9 to 12 in the Chord Trigger Editor.
  • 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. Turn this off to allow scenes to be changed freely while keeping the current lead sound.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: E Min7 A 7th/E A Min7/E D 7sus4 A Min7 C Maj9/G F# Min7b5 F Maj7
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Synth Arp, Arp2: Offbeat Arp1 (root) Arp1 (2nd) Arp1 (3rd) Arp1 (4th) Arp2 (root) Arp2 (2nd) Arp2 (3rd) Arp2 (4th)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums/Perc Synth Bass E.Piano
GE: 05/106 05/080 02/004
GE Name: Drum'n'Bass 1 New DnB Bass Phrase w/Space 1
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Melodic
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Syn-Piano Bells Fill-Drums
GE: 02/060 05/043 04/016
GE Name: 16th's On 2&4 4 For Bells Fill-TechnoDance 2 [s*]
Category: Chord Rhythmic Pick Drum
RTC Model: GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 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/Perc by 200% (half-time)
Switch 2:   x         Rhythm Multiplier [2] Multiplies the rhythm of the Synth Bass by 200% (half-time)
Switch 3:     x       Time Signature [3] Varies the time signature for the E.Piano from 1/4 to 4/4, lengthening the phrase and/or the space between phrases
Switch 4:       x     Phrase Mute On/Off [4] Mutes certain measures of the Syn-Piano phrase to open up more space
Switch 5:         x   Rhythm Multiplier [5] Multiplies the rhythm of the Bells by 400% (quarter-time)
Switch 6:     x       Octave [3] Transposes the octave of the E.Piano
Switch 7:       x     Octave [4] Transposes the octave of the Syn-Piano
Switch 8:         x   Octave [5] Transposes the octave of the Bells
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 rhythm complexity for the Drums/Perc, Synth Bass, Syn-Piano and Bells
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Synth Bass, E.Piano, Syn-Piano and Bells
Slider 4:   x x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the velocity levels of certain notes for the Synth Bass, E.Piano, Syn-Piano and Bells
Slider 5: x           Alternate Drum Map Selects one of many alternate mappings for the Drums/Perc
Slider 6: x           Percussion Pattern Selects one of many percussion patterns for the Drums/Perc
Slider 7:       x     Pattern Select [4] Selects one of many note and rhythm patterns for theSyn-Piano
Slider 8:         x   Time Signature [5] Varies the time signature for the Bells from 1/4 to 32/4, lengthening the phrase and/or the space between phrases
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH lead sounds
Mod (CC01) Vibrato on the RH lead sounds
Tone 1 Knobs Modules Keyboard IFX/ MFX Controller CC# Function
1 2 3 4 5 6 LH RH
Knob 1: x         x       Filter Cutoff 74 Controls filter cutoff on the Drums/Perc and Fill-Drums
Knob 2: x         x       Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Drums/Perc and Fill-Drums
Knob 3:       x           AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the Syn-Piano
Knob 4:       x           AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the Syn-Piano
Knob 5:       x           AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the Syn-Piano
Knob 6:       x           AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the Syn-Piano
Knob 7: x         x   x x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums/Perc, Fill-Drum and RH lead sounds
Knob 8:               x x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of delay 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 the RH synth pad and synth lead pad up by one octave
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Switches the RH lead between two different synth sounds (stored in scenes):
off = spectrum pad (poly), on = dual square wave lead (mono)
Ribbon:               x   22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the RH lead sounds
Damper:             x x   64 Latches the LH pad and the RH spectrum pad (but not the RH square lead)
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simplest) - lots of space with shakers and triangle, long root bass note with up pitch-bend, bells and e.piano alternate simple phrases over a 4-bar length while the syn-piano does an every other bar motif in the background; fast 8th-note toms fill with panning and downward bend envelope ending in bell tree
Scene 2 (simpler) - prominent hand drums pattern takes focus along with a complimentary repetitive pattern on the syn-piano, short open notes on the bass with bend, e.piano cascades every 4 bars, low sustained background notes from the bells with downward pitch-bend; interesting looped pitch-bend on the panning toms fill gives it a unique sound
Scene 3 (simpler) - shakers and hi-hats while the bass plays an ascending motif that alternates with rapid stacatto chords on the syn-piano, and the bells play a random four notes every 8 bars and the e.piano does scalic icing on top; interesting looped pitch-bend on the snare fill gives it a unique sound
Scene 4 (simpler) - kick is added to the shakers and hi-hats from the previous scene, while the bass moves to doing a simple whole-note based phrase, the e.piano plays an ascending cascade of notes every 4 bars, and the bells plays every 8 bars; crescendoing high-pitched snare-fill
Scene 5 (startup) - the basic opening groove with frenetic d'n'b drums, heavily randomized syncopated sub-bass line, cascading e.piano notes every 4th bar, stacatto syn-piano chords, and a four-note bell line every 8 bars; crescendoing machine gun snare with pitch-bend envelope
Scene 6 (busier) - drums move to ride cymbals and add more percussion, bass line picks up with a straighter rhythm and some pitch-bending, variation on the cascading e.piano notes every 4 bars, syn-piano does a cyclic riff like a swarm of bees while the bells invert and play a randomized four-note phrase every 4 bars; crescendoing machine-gun snare with rising pitch-bend envelope and panning
Scene 7 (busiest) - different snare sound, more percussion, more of a walking bass-line with pitch-bend, half-note bell riff every 4 bars which alternates with a sustained e.piano part with quarter-note bends while the syn-plays a repetitive ostinato; high-pitched crescendoing machine-gun snare with panning
Scene 8 (half-time) - a breakdown interlude with a lot of space featuring half-time drums, a randomized improvisational riff on the bass, a cascading upwards melodic bell part, a single note line on the syn-piano and e.piano cascades with bend; crescendoing machine- gun snare with downwards pitch-bend envelope and panning