I was wondering why synths these days don't have split point buttons - i.e. region 1,2.
Like the OB-8, etc. Many of the old synths had this.
You would hold the split button down while playing a note, and bingo, you've set your split point, and transposition for the regions were set by two buttons with up/down arrows.
Then you can continue playing the left hand patch, while selections of patch changes/parameters are only for the illuminated split point button (i.e.in this case #2).
i.e. Bass/Piano changing to Bass/Rhodes, then to Bass/Organ, to Bass/Organ, to Bass/Synth.Then maybe Bass/Vibes
Presently, in 2017 to do a live performance of this, you need to go deep into the screen to set the split points / transpositions, and unless you've spent a bit of time programming this before a performance, doing it on the fly generally results in the player being distracted from the performance in order to go deep into the screen, something that used to be very simple live.
Doing this very thing was easy on an OB-8 live.
Also, is Polyphonic aftertouch still too expensive to include in modern keyboards? Being able to bring out inner voicings in string arrangements, etc. on the fly would totally be a game changer in separating players from beginning pianists. Playing block string pads, where movement gets globally louder or softer via key pressure, is really not that impressive. The CS-80 was so cool!
Love your Forum.
I'm buying a Montage this week.
I kind of like the way the Kronos sounds better overall (stock sound wise) - but I'm a pianist, and you can't beat the Yamaha Keyboard feel, not to mention the Piano sounds are far better, and of course the Super Knob is a deal closer. Things don't sound a whole lot more modern than when that's in action.