1) Am I only able to use a PLG voice on the same single track where the board is installed?No, you can use the PLG150 on any Track you desire. It’s basic MIDI: The Keyboard Transmits via the Track to the Tone Generator.
2) What is the best way to silence thei nternal preset voices on the track where I want to assign and seq record a PLG voice.Set the Receive Channel of the internal Part to Off. If it can’t Receive it will be silent. The Receive Channel can be set to any Channel, 1-16, or Off.
Next, I tried making changes in Utility to the PLG port assignments which are default set to OFF, changed them to 3,The Ports are for use with USB or mLAN, when addressing the Motif ES as a multiple Port device. Leave this set to Off..(or 1) the Motif ES using its internal Sequencer will use just the internal Port (Port 1). Off is the same thing in this case.
So why am I able to make "unregistered" change track voices which will be removed if I don't register them through the REC, STOP procedure you described?If you were not able to make, as you say “unregistered” changes to the Voice assigned you would not be able to try out new (substitute) Voices. In MIDI protocol there are events called Program Changes. Because these can be inserted at any measure in the sequence, a way to document the original sound used to record the Track.
...is there any other way to register changes to track voices besides REC / STOP ?You should be able to answer that now, Setup to record Replace... whatever settings you use are automatically remembered by the Sequence (not the MIXING). You still need to press [STORE] because storing will document the Mixing and the Sequence data.
Is it true that I cannot choose to assign a DX voice to any track routed to any MIDI channel that is already assigned to one of my other two PLG boards?Each PLG150-Series Synth Boards (DX, AN, VL, DR, PC, AP, PF) should have a unique MIDI CH. unless you want to layer them.
Second question about adding insertion effects to my user DX voices. I tried doing this in pattern mode (would that in effect be like creating a mix voice?) but the only available insertion effect I could find to connect to the DX voice were those associated with my VH board, not what I wanted. I was looking to add a nice decay but it seems like the only way to add this effect to a PLG User Voice is while in voice mode...Is voice mode the only place to add such an insertion effect to a DX PLG voice? Once I added the decay to my PLG User voice, I went back to pattern to try to then use it within a pattern, but it didn't connect the decay insertion. What did I do wrong?With the PLG150-Series synth Boards you Program the Plug-in Voices in Voice Mode. This is where you can assign the Dual Insertion Effects to the Voice. These Insertion Effects are apart of the Voice.
I went back to ask the guy who sold me the board whether he ever had problems reassigning channels. He said yes, always. He said they weren't designed to allow channel assignments with the Motif ES.He is wrong, period. If you’d rather believe him please go ahead. You are all over the place — you told me you set the channel to Channel 1, now you say it’s channel 3, which do YOU want to use.
I only current question about using DX voices in pattern mode is that they seem to sound a little thinner when assigned to a part in a pattern vs playing them alone in voice mode. Is this normal?All Voices are “thinner” in a Mixing than they were in Voice Mode, remember you have to activate the INSERT EFFECT SWITCH, plus the Reverb and Chorus are now different from when in Voice Mode... you say it’s “thinner” - it normal for the sound to be different from when it was in Voice Mode. Once you understand the Effect allocation you’ll know how and why, exactly, it’s different.
The only guy I reply upon for all things Yamaha is you.... That's why I hope you can help me confirm that I bought a fully functioning DX board. I went back thru all my setting from the beginning and was able to do the following. In pattern mode, assign PLG DX preset 17 to Track 1, Channel 1, Part 1, I was then able to record to Track 1 using this PLG voice. All good so far. Attached is the screenshot of the channel setting change I made.Hmm! You lost me right out of the gate. It should be impossible to assign PLGPRE1 #17 to Part 1.
P3 Silence- Voice 1, MSB 127 LSB 40, What is this?That is a sound location that causes the PLG Board currently in slot #3 to deliver silence. That is not a name, it is the current status. The PLG150 series Board in slot 3 does not have any Voices in that location
What do you think, bad board?The Board is behaving fine, every issue you’ve described is a function of the host.
That sluggish behavior was the first sign of trouble. It all started after I reassigned the channel from 3 to 1. To the extent is relevent, remember I have a VH effects board in slot 1 which I understand is the only slot where that board can be installed. Even though that's only any effects board, and as far as I can see, doesn't have a channel assignment, could it still possibly create a conflict to the extent that PLG boards generally retain default rights to a matching channel?No, not at all. The Synth Boards use MIDI Channels the PLG100-VH is an effect processor board, and must be in slot 1 because of the audio routing connection necessary to make it work.