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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Stupid digital keyboard question

Purple Valley


Feb 13th, 2014 10:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just wandered over here from the guitar wing--I know zero about keyboards--but I recently bought myself a cheap ($150, PSR-E343) Yamaha digital keyboard, which I've been having fun messing around with.

So, I have two "dumb guitarist" questions:

First, I notice that when playing with some of the voices--like some of the organ patches for example--there's a weird thing going on, where when I'm holding down notes with my left hand, it squashes the volume of the higher right hand notes. When I let up on the left hand, the right hand notes are loud and distinct again. Anyone know what's going on there? Is their a fix?

My second question is about MIDI. About 25 per cent of the available voices are dedicated MIDI voices. What is their functionality if I'm not using MIDI--say, just playing the keyboard thru headphones? They seem to have a different sound than their standard (non-MIDI) counterparts, so I gather they're not simply redundant. What useability do they have when not using MIDI?

Actually, now that I think of it, it may be that my two questions are related. I may just be having the squashed note issue when using a MIDI voice. In that case, the answer to the second question should answer both. Thanks.

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Feb 14th, 2014 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure that you have the latest drivers.

PSR E343

Purple Valley


Feb 14th, 2014 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, fendr. It's only a couple months old--I assume it's working as it should. I think it's something to do with how MIDI functions. I could probably figure it out by consulting the manual, or google. I thought one of you keyboard guys might save me the trouble. I'll look into the driver thing, though.

Purple Valley


Feb 14th, 2014 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

OK, so I now realize the squashed note thing has nothing to do with MIDI--it happens on many of the regular organ patches, at least thru my headphones. I guess it's just one of the technical limitations of the instrument. There doesn't seem to be enough sonic space to hold two simultaneous notes, so the notes on top get squashed somewhat. Odd.

Still wondering how the dedicated MIDI voices function when you're not running MIDI.


Rockin Gibraltar

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Mar 28th, 2014 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

the dedicated midi voices are for general midi compatibility,

there main function would be to be able to play general midi files made on other.

keyboards/sequencers so the voices are in the same patch number and the song sounds correct.

you should also check the "squashed" organ sounds on the keyboards speaker and other high quality headphone to see what happens.


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