Let's say I have an idea for a new song, or I want to do my own version of a pre-existing song. The Montage comes with a large number of Performances and Arps that could be of use to me. But how do I find the ones that I need?
At the moment, the only way I know of finding the best ones is to laboriously go through them, auditioning them until I find what I'm looking for. There is some encoding in the names of Arps, which makes it easier, but it's still a pain. And the encoding in the names of Performances is cryptic, to say the least. (The same problem exists in Cubase. The MediaBay database is helpful, but only up to a point.)
This has been a large enough problem for me that I even went to a music store a couple of days ago to see if doing this would be easier on a Genos. It turned out to be pretty much the same thing, no easier, and way more expensive.
But last night I thought of something that could really help, if Yamaha or someone else wanted to build it.
There could be an app that took as input the audio of a song, and would give you back four lists of (let's say) 10 items each, starting with most potentially useful/similar and going down from there:
* Drum Arps
* Bass Arps
* Rhythm Arps (e.g. piano backup)
An app like this would be a competitive advantage for Yamaha. Or, alternatively, some independent software developer could potentially make money selling it.
Or does something like this already exist? If not, I'm hoping Bad Mister or some other Yamaha person will send this idea to the right place.