Tron-Hop 88 BPM - 4/4 Hip-Hop Lead Synth
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This mid-tempo Hip-Hop Performance features simulations of two classic Mellotron voices (Violins and Flute) - hence the name. It consists of a typical solid Hip-Hop drum groove with lots of added swing, a kick-accentuating muted electric bass guitar pattern, a Mellotron style violins chord-stab pattern (panned left), and a Mellotron style "Strawberry Fields" flute pattern (panned right). Module 5 interjects a swinging harpsichord riff making it a sort of a "Strawberry Fields meets Eminem" musical experience! (The harpsichord pattern has a "Phrase Mute" setting which mutes several bars of the pattern - turn Master Layer Switch 6 off for a continuous harpsichord phrase, as demonstrated by Scene 3). The Fill button provides a suitably matched Hip-Hop drum fill with a wide range of variations in the scenes.

The LH/KARMA area provides a vintage electric piano with a panning tremolo effect (use the sustain pedal to latch), while the RH provides two completely different soloing experiences, controlled by A.Sw2: a retro "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" synth (played polyphonically), and a retro monophonic analog lead synth, both of which help to complete the 60's vibe.
Left Hand: Vintage electric piano with tremolo pan
Right Hand: Retro polyphonic synth (A.Sw 2 = off)
Retro mono synth lead (A.Sw2 = on)
Split Points: * B2/C3
Motif Arps/Special Notes
  • Two Motif arps can be added as additional elements: Pads 9 to 12 trigger a spiccato strings pattern and Pads 13 to 16 trigger a bouncy, resonant synth pattern - both of which have three different octaves and a fifth 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.
  • Turning off Master Layer Switches 3,4 & 5 provides a more musically "neutral" Performance by adjusting the time signatures of the bass, strings & flute, thereby removing the built-in chord changes. However, since all of the scenes we've provided use the built-in chord changes, we've only programmed the first four Chord Triggers and put record scratches on the second four.
Pads 1-8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chord Progression: B Min G# Min F Min D Min Scratch 1 Scratch 2 Scratch 3 Scratch 4
Pads 9-16 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Arp1: Strings, Arp2: Synth Riff Arp1 (root) Arp1 (oct up) Arp1 (oct dn) Arp1 (5th) Arp2 (root) Arp2 (oct up) Arp2 (oct dn) Arp2 (5th)
Exclusive: Ex1, Scene Change
KARMA Module 1 2 3
Instrument: Drums/Perc Bass Tape Strings
GE: 05/099 05/062 05/014
GE Name: HipHop Groove 4 HipHop Bass 4 Tron Strings
Category: Drum Bass Pattern Harmonic (Poly)
RTC Model: DP1 - Drum/Perc 1 DM1 - Drum Melodic 1 CL1 - Comp/Lead 1
KARMA Module 4 5 6
Instrument: Tape Flute Harpsi Fill-Drums
GE: 05/013 05/016 03/124
GE Name: Tron Flute Harpsidelic Fill-PopRock 2 [s*]
Category: Harmonic (Poly) Harmonic (Poly) Drum
RTC Model: CL1 - Comp/Lead 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 Bass by 200% (half-time)
Switch 3:   x         Time Signature [2] Changes the time signature of the Bass from 2/4 to 8/4, lengthening the phrase and adding chord changes
Switch 4:     x       Time Signature [3] Changes the time signature of the Tape Strings from 2/4 to 8/4, lengthening the phrase and adding chord changes
Switch 5:       x     Time Signature [4] Changes the time signature of the Tape Flute from 2/4 to 8/4, lengthening the phrase and adding chord changes
Switch 6:         x   Phrase Mute On/Off [5] Activates a muting of several bars of the phrase for the Harpsi, introducing space
Switch 7:         x   Note Doubling On [5] Activates a harmonic doubling of the notes for the Harpsi
Switch 8:   x         Octave [2] Transposes the octave of the Bass
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, Bass, Tape Strings and Tape Flute
Slider 3:   x x x x   Duration Control Varies the length of notes for the Bass, Tape Strings, Tape Flute and Harpsi
Slider 4:     x x x   Velocity Accents Varies the level of certain notes for the Tape Strings, Tape Flute and Harpsi
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       Rhythm Pattern [3] Selects one of many rhythm patterns for the Tape Strings
Slider 8:       x     Note Pattern [4] Selects one of many note (index) patterns for the Tape Flute
Wheels Function
Pitch Bend on the RH synth lead sounds
Mod (CC01) Vibrato on the RH synth 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
Knob 2: x         x       Resonance 71 Controls resonance on the Drums-Perc and Fill
Knob 3:         x         AEG Attack 73 Controls amplitude EG attack time on the Harpsi
Knob 4:         x         AEG Decay 75 Controls amplitude EG decay time on the Harpsi
Knob 5:         x         AEG Sustain 31* Controls amplitude EG sustain level on the Harpsi
Knob 6:         x         AEG Release 72 Controls amplitude EG release time on the Harpsi
Knob 7: x         x     x Assign 1 16 Controls the amount of reverb on the Drums-Perc and Fill
Knob 8: x         x     x Assign 2 17 Controls the amount of chorus on the Drums-Perc and Fill
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 by one octave
A. Switch 2:               x   87 Switches the RH lead between two different sounds (stored in scenes):
off = retro poly synth lead, on = retro mono synth lead
Ribbon:     x             22 Controls filter cutoff and resonance on the Tape Strings
Damper:             x     64 Latches the LH E.Piano
Scenes (Master) Description
Scene 1 (simpler) - simple shaker and congas, sparse bass notes, single notes on the tape flute, busy chords on the tape strings, single notes on the harpsi; pitch-bending toms fill with triplet-delays
Scene 2 (simpler) - percussion variation, slightly busier bass, tape flute goes to a busy choral part while tape strings goes to single notes, 3-note figures on harpsi; swinging snare and toms fill ending in ride bell
Scene 3 (simpler) - simple kick and ride introduced with conga percussion; bass picks up a little, harpsi takes center stage by eliminating the spaces and performing a constant repetitive line, simple single notes on the two mellotron parts; snare and toms fill
Scene 4 (simpler) - add claps on the back beat, congas and triangle, bass variation, single note lines instead of chords on the two mellotron parts, shorter durations and doubling on the harpsi part from startup scene; snare and toms fill with panning
Scene 5 (startup) - the basic groove, with the hip-hop bass and drum groove, two mellotron parts left and right, and harpsi; solid snare and toms fill
Scene 6 (busier) - drums and bass get funkier, add tambourine, while the left and right mellotron parts do busier stabs, the harpsi goes to a more open variation with doubling; syncopated snare and toms fill
Scene 7 (busier) - drums add claps and change percussion to triangle, shaker and clave, bass gets more syncopated, mellotron parts get more open, doubled harpsi part; toms fill with pitch-bend envelopes and panning
Scene 8 (breakdown) - arpeggiated pitch-bending on the drums and perc, bass up an octave, pitch-bending on both of the mellotron parts, a different variation on the harpsi part; fast snare and toms fill in triplets with delays