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A quick setup guide to get going with Cubase and your Motif XF via the FW16E (firewire) option: Download and install the following items: _ Yamaha Steinberg FW Driver version 1.6.5 (or later) for your particular Windows operating system _ Motif XF Extension version 1.1.1 (or later) for Windows
WINDOWS: Motif XF USB-MIDI Quick Setup Guide (Updated) Download and Install the following software by going to the Motif XF download site. Official Yamaha Download site
MACINTOSH: Motif XF USB-MIDI Quick Setup Guide (Updated) Download and Install the following software by going to the Motif XF download site. The Official Yamaha Download Site Install “Cubase AI” on your computer Download and install the latest “Motif XF Extensions version 1.1.1” (or later) Download and install the latest Motif XF Editor Standalone/VST version 1.6.3 (or later) Download and install the Yamaha USB-MIDI driver version 1.3.2 for Macintosh (or later) Because the editor uses multiple ports to connect with the Motif XF, you MUST use either USB or FireWire to utilize editors.
If you have not done so already, please see the SETUP article for your computer type first. It will cover the basics of setting up the Motif XF with your computer via FireWire. Normally, the 16 Internal Motif XF Parts are assigned to the main Left and Right outputs. OUTPUT SELECT = L&R However, when you are working with an external DAW, like Cubase for example, you may want to assign Parts to their own discreet audio bus. This will allow you to record each PART to their own audio track.
The Motif XF has an “Auto Load” feature which can be used to automatically restore, for example, any user samples that you have in the sampler section. As you know, user samples are housed in SDRAM - this is a volatile type Memory - this means when you power down the memory is lost. RAM memory has the advantage of being easily user customizable but has the tradeoff of being volatile memory. RAM is the same on your computer.
The External Instrument function is a VST CONNECTIONS feature found in the top-of-the-line version of Cubase series (Cubase 5, Cubase 6, and/or Cubase 7) that allows you to route MIDI tracks played back from Cubase to an external hardware synthesizer, and then create a MIDI Device routing so that the returning audio of that external device can be captured in Cubase via the Virtual Studio Technology. (Of course, this all takes place with Cubase's advanced delay compensation, automatically). This is covered in the Steinberg documentation - I have included it below updated with specifics to help you setup for the Motif XF. (And although this article and it screen shots show the Motif XF (keyboard), the same can be used to configure the Motif-Rack XS or the Motif XS, using its dedicated Editor and/or the MIDI DEVICE MANAGER .XML (Voice List).
The Mix Templates are customizable tone generator setup “starting points” - useful when you want to access multiple VOICES and processing resources together in a single program. They store the entire MIXING program, all parameters and settings. This includes the sixteen Voices selected for the 16 internal Parts, their Volume, Pan, Reverb Send, Chorus Send, Insert Effect Switch status, 3-band EQ per Part, etc., plus two Audio Inputs (Analog AD Input, Digital FW Input). Among the resources in a single MIXING Program are 8 PARTS each recalling two Insertion Effects, a System Reverberation Chamber (Reverb), a System Time Delay Effect (Chorus), a Master Effect and a 5-band fully parametric Master EQ.
Sample Slice: Slice is a function that is designed to make audio loops (up to 8 measures) work at different tempos without adverse pitch change (munchkin-ization). It accomplishes this by analyzing the audio and breaking it into smaller segments (slices). Each slice is mapped to the MIDI keyboard on successively higher notes of a single Waveform assigned to a Pattern Sample Voice or Song Sample Voice. A chromatic scale of MIDI data is created (in a Phrase in Pattern mode/to a linear track in Song mode) accurately placing the trigger notes so that when the scale is played back it re-assembles the audio slices. This is analogous to how individual drawings can be made to animate the movement of cartoon characters by flipping them slower or faster in front of a camera. The Motif can create up to 128 slices maximum – the number of notes on a MIDI channel. The Slice function creates a MIDI phrase to trigger the audio slices. A Phrase is a Pattern mode structure. In Song mode the data is written to a linear track.
Whenever questions arise about the use of and the behavior of the sustain pedal, it inevitably leads to a discussion of the Amplitude Envelope Generator. This is a technical term, also referred to as AEG, and is the way the synthesizer describes how the LOUDNESS of the sound changes over time. Basically, how a sound starts, continues and disappears. You can see how the introduction of the sustain pedal can alter the length of time that a sound might last.
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