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Article from Sound On Sound, June 1988

Practical hints and tips for the modern recording musician. Martin Russ shares some of his hi-tech pearls of wisdom.

Kawai Drum Machine ROM Table

When you buy the excellent second ROM of sounds for the Kawai R50 or R100, you find that the new sounds no longer match up with the abbreviations used in the LCD display. Also, patterns which sounded perfectly OK on one set can sound very silly when the busy shaker line turns into a bass guitar! To help you cope with both these problems you need a chart showing which sounds correspond in the two ROMS. You can photocopy the chart below and stick it on the top panel for quick reference. The three columns list what you see in the LCD (left), ROM 1 sounds (middle) and ROM 2 sounds (right).

BD1 Bass Drum 1 Atomic Kick
BD2 Bass Drum 2 Room Kick
BD3 Bass Drum 3 Acoustic Kick
SD1 Snare 1 Atomic Snare
SD2 Snare 2 Room Snare
SD3 Snare 3 (Rim Shot) Acoustic Snare
TOMH Tom High Electronic Tom High
TOMM Tom Mid Electronic Tom Mid
TOML Tom Low Electronic Tom Low
HHCL HH Closed HH Closed
HHOP HH Open HH Open
RID1 Ride 1 Orchestra Hit
RID2 Ride 2 Room Tom High
CRS1 Crash 1 Crash
CRS2 Crash 2 Room Tom Low
CHNA China Brass Hit
COWB Cowbell Rim Shot
CLAP Claps Claps
SHAK Shaker Mellow Bass Guitar
AGOG Agogo Bell Click
CONG Conga Funk Bass Guitar
TAMB Tambourine Electronic Snare
TIMB Timbale Tympani
CLVS Claves Finger Snap

Using a Master Keyboard as an Expander

I have seen several cases recently where problems have arisen because of advances in technology - namely the way that most synthesizers can also be used as master keyboards. More specifically, many people buy DX7IIs or D50s as a master keyboard and use it to input notes to a computer-based sequencer, which then drives a synth expander. The problems occur when you try to use the sequencer to drive the master keyboard and the expander, as well as try out sounds and ideas on the expander using the same master keyboard. You will find that you need either to have the computer on and acting as a Thru box, or you need to switch the expander input between the master keyboard Out and Thru sockets.

The solution is very simple. Take a MIDI switching unit and connect it so that it selects between the Out and the Thru of the master keyboard. You can now use the same set-up for auditioning sounds on the expander by playing the master keyboard, and for playing back sequences on both the expander and the master keyboard.

Other solutions are possible using master keyboards which have a Local Control Off function, but they have none of the immediacy or simplicity of this system. The accompanying diagram shows the necessary connections.

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Sound On Sound - Jun 1988

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