I'm a piano player for a Queen Tribute band, and we're having quite an alarming issue:
Our singer sometimes plays the intro of certain songs (just like Freddie Mercury did), after the intro he stops playing, and I take over the rest of the pianopart.
How do we do this, well, we have a wooden shell in the shape of a grand piano, and inserted a MIDI keyboard (M-Audio Keystation).
The MIDI out from the M-Audio goes to the MIDI in of my main synthesizer (Brand new Yamaha MODX8). The reason why we do it this way, is because fist of all, we don't need to have extra input channels on the FOH desk which is already completely full, secondly because this way we can switch seamlessly with the exact same pianosound.
This worked very well in our rehearsals and 2 gigs.
But in the middle of our 3rd gig, the M-Audio MIDI keyboard completely lost control: our singer started the intro and disaster struck...
Only a few notes that he played came out, and stayed sounding sustained, VERY randomly.
After the gig we did some tests, and it was still the same situation. All controll knobs on the M-Audio did things they weren't suppose to do: the volume button turned into some effect trigger, the modwheel changed the volume, the tremolo wheel changed something else,... The +1oct button even CHANGED the sound preset on my main keyboard!
Putting the MIDI keyboard off and on again did the trick, for a while.
BUT: after 2 hours leaving it like that, the same problem was back!!
We did test with other MIDI cables, other MIDI channel, nothing helps.
We suspect the MODX is too complex in transferring MIDI information, leading to problems in combination with simple MIDI keyboards.
Does anybody have an explanation for this? We don't really know where to look at this point, and a gig is coming up...
Thank you so much!