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  1. thomas
  2. Sherlock Holmes The Voice
  3. Legacy Yamaha Synths
  4. Monday, 20 July 2020

I always understood it to be a good practice to start with a clean slate when beginning a new performance, song or pattern so I perform an initialize job to make sure to clear everything first back to default. I know I can pick and choose to initialize all or some parts. I was reading some of your replies to other questions suggesting that there are times to do a second initialize job on a new pattern or performance. Let's take the example of creating a new 2 part Performance. First, I understood I should initialize checking all parts to initialize all. You then went on to tell me to then perform a second Initialize job, but this time only initialize the parts I plan to use. Why initialize twice? Let's say I only plan 2-parts in my performance. Does the second initialize somehow limit my new performance to two parts, i.e. does it then turn off parts 3-4 ? I couldn't find anything in the manual to address how / why to perform two consecutive initialize jobs. I thought I only needed one initialize job....


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Bad Mister
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Because it ensures success.

In doing this kind of application support, I’ve learned that to ensure success with any written instructions you have to make sure everyone starts from the same starting point. If/when the user has attempted to figure something out on their own, I’ve discovered that writing step-by-step instructions it is best to return things to a neutral state before setting the path to execute the routine.

The manual assumes you are working on a ‘clean’ machine, and could not possibly account for everything you might have changed inadvertently or on purpose. Particularly, with the PLG150 series boards, I found (through experience) to double the INIT routine, first one is to undo any previous experiments (returns it to how the Manual anticipates your instrument will be) and the second to actually initialize the Internal/External slot situation for the program they wish to build.

Because PLG150 series boards could be moved from slot to slot, often the condition of the customer’s instrument might be darn near anything. As you may know, you can only (truly) address a PLG150 Board through the parameters of the particular slot that contains the board.

Owner’s and Reference Manuals are different from Application Guides...Application Guides are more real world. The manuals are written before the product hits the market... before some of the PLG150 series boards were even invented. Having written a Power User article on this 17 years ago, it was based on field tested information. To ensure success... I highly recommend you initialize the Performance twice.
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Understood -- I will stick with your recipe for success.
Looking back (and forward) the Owner's Manual combined with your Power User Guides have and will continue to be a clear and comprehensive guide learn the ES.

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