Hi, when one stores a performance then it overwrites the default demo user performances. How to avoid this since they are a good inspiration?That is correct, storing a Performance will overwrite one of the Factory Performances. All of your guess about how to work around this are wrong. Master mode only points to an existing Voice, Performance, Song or Pattern. If you overwrite the Voice, Performance, Song or Pattern it is pointing to you destroy that relationship... it will simply point to whatever you overwrote it with. Flash Memory boards hold only the large sampled audio data. No Voices, Performances, Songs or Patterns are written to Flash Memory boards, ever... they hold only Waveforms and Samples.
As I understood then I can choose to use a flash drive to save it all onto and this way I will not overwrite the factory performance demos. Is that correctly understood? I forgot to consider the flash drive though it seems an obvious possibilityNo, no. You DO overwrite the Factory Performances... making a backup of the data means you don’t lose them permanently. You can get them back by loading them back in. If you create data, like saving a letter you wrote on your computer, you’ll want to save it to a file. A file can be restored by reloading it into memory.
is there any way to use the "Edit/Compare" button or other means to see if a saved user voice is the same/different as a voice in a .X6a on the USB?No. This is why it is highly recommended when you create something or you edit an existing program, that you take the time to name the new program something appropriately different.
What you can do is open the file .X6A data in the “Yamaha MOXF6/MOXF8 Editor Standalone/VST”
1) A relevant question: Can I copy the setup from one stored performance, into a new performance that I create?Yes. To copy a PERFORMANCE
2) ANother question is whether I can tailor suit the quick setup buttons or are they already covering my needs as they are?Yes, the QUICK SETUPS are completely user configurable and get stored with your SYSTEM SETTINGS.
3) So, apropos your earlier image of the file being like a document which is loaded into the program itself, I assume that using a program directly from the file is impossible? It has to be loaded to work? Not to be run directly?Well, of course NOT...Haha, do you think that the USB stick is capable of 128 Note polyphony with nano-second access time, with filters, envelope generators, clock, etc., etc., etc. You knew that one, you just wanted to see if there was some "magic" going on? <grin> Sorry, you'll need to take the whole synth to the gig... besides the USB stick has no keyboard. :-)