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Motif XF Advanced Application: Seamless Transitions

Motif XF Advanced Application: Seamless Transitions
This advanced programming tutorial will show you how to perform multiple sounds with seamless transitions.

• Seamless Transition.X3S – this ALL SONG file will load your XF sequencer with 3 "songs". Select Track Select 1 in order to play them properly. It contains the three example "songs" – there is no music data, per se, just the PARTS setup and saved as MIXING VOICES.
Also included are Motif XF Editor versions of these same three setups:

• PianoStringPad.X3E
• PianoFC2 StringAF1.X3E
• 2Splits&Piano.X3E

Alternatively, you use the Editor files, which can be opened in the Motif XF Editor and sent via MIDI (USB-MIDI or Firewire-MIDI).
As explained in the article, editing Preset data created Voices. These Voices were then placed in an XF Performance. The Performance was then imported into a SONG setup and MIXING VOICES created from the data. The only reason this was done was to not take up multiple Voice locations in your USER banks just to try this data. You are given all the information to create the Voices and Performances yourself.

Included with this article is a SONG File that shows off some of the possibilities using the Assignable Function buttons and the new Xpanded Articulation (XA) Control parameter. In my particular setup I have (2) FC7 pedals, an FC3 for sustain, and an FC4 as the assignable foot switch.


You can link two FC7 pedals together using the removable metal plate on the bottom. This way they remain attached to each other when on the floor.
The first "Song" file actually has 3 MIXING VOICES programmed that will show off what is possible with the XA Control (Xpanded Articulation Control) fucntion. They are provided as MIXING VOICES so that they do not take up your USER VOICE locations. Below I will describe how I edited each of the three Voices, created a USER PERFORMANCE, and then moved that PERFORMANCE into a SONG MIXING location so that you can understand the potential here.

A common request is to move seamlessly between already programmed VOICES. The architecture is designed so that up to four Voices can be used simultaneously in a PERFORMANCE; Placing four Voices in a PERFORMANCE allows you to move between them dynamically during a live performance (please see the Power User guide on "Learning about Performances" for more information on customizing Performances). In spite of the design, users still may want to transition between VOICES without removing their hands from the keys and having to reach for a slider. Unfortunately, there is not a way to transition between VOICE programs or PERFORMANCE programs on the MOTIF XF without an "ALL NOTES OFF" command that ends abruptly the current sound. There are many reasons why the engineers prevent this from happening that have to do with hanging notes and worse. What you can do in the Motif XF is to place multiple sounds in a SONG MIXING or PATTERN MIXING setup and actually change MIDI transmit channels using Track buttons [1]-[16]. You can sustain a note, switch transmit channels via the Track Select buttons and transition into playing the new PART. However, the new ARTICULATION CONTROL provides a new method to switch between Elements within a VOICE, and as we will see, you can actually use it to turn on and off entire VOICES within a PERFORMANCE.

The "How to" info:
I selected three Voices that I would like to seamlessly switch between during a stage performance:
Piano: Full Concert Grand ...... PRE 1: 001(A01)
Strings: Back Ground ................. PRE 4: 032(B16)
Pad: Analog Sweep .............. PRE 4: 047(C15)

8 Element Piano VOICE
• Press [EDIT]
• Press TRACK SELECT [1] to view ELEMENT parameters
• Press [SF5] 4 ELM to view multiple Elements
• Change each Element, 1-4, XA CONTROL = All AF Off

• Change each Element, 5-7, XA CONTROL = All AF Off

Element 8 (the Key Off Element) is left unchanged.

What this edit accomplishes is that the Piano will only sound when the AF1 and AF2 buttons are both OFF. If either the AF1 or AF2 buttons is illuminated the Piano will not be heard. I then STORED this VOICE to a USER location.

BACK GROUND – PRE 4: 032(B16)
3 Element String VOICE
• Press [EDIT]
• Press TRACK SELECT [1] to view ELEMENT parameters
• Press [SF5] 4 ELM to view multiple Elements
• Change Elements, 1-3, XA CONTROL = AF 1 ON
What this edit accomplishes is that the Strings will only sound when the AF1 button is ON. (See where I'm going?)

I then STORED this VOICE to a USER location.

ANALOG SWEEP – PRE 4: 047(C15)
• Press [EDIT]
• Press TRACK SELECT [1] to view ELEMENT parameters
• Press [SF5] 4 ELM to view multiple Elements
• Change Elements 1-3 XA CONTROL = AF2 ON

I then STORED this VOICE to a USER location.

What this edit accomplishes is that the Strings will only sound when the AF1 button is ON.

Next I initialize a PERFORMANCE and placed these three VOICES in it and named it "Piano/Strings/Pad".

I then edited the Controller Assignment so that I could manipulate the VOICES with the Xpanded Articulation function. Here's how:

Press [F5] CONTROL

AF1 sends cc086 and AF2 sends cc087. I used this knowledge and programmed additional controllers to send these same Control Change messages. It is convenient for me to switch the AF1 button on and off with the Assignable Foot Switch (an FC4/5 plugged into the jack on the back panel). By assigning "Foot Switch Control No. = 086" I can now turn the AF1 function ON/OFF with the momentary foot switch. I also reprogrammed the Ribbon Controller to and the Foot Controller as alternate controls for cc087. If I have time, I can tap the Ribbon on the left or right side, if not, the position of my second FC7 will determine if the Analog Sweep Voice is in or not.

How it works:
Call up the Performance and it plays as a piano. Touch [AF1] to change to strings. Alternatively, step on and hold down the FC4/5 to change to strings. The [AF1] button is programmed to "latch" meaning it will remain strings, the FC4/5 is quite naturally a momentary pedal so it will work to switch to strings while you hold it down – I have a choice of methods. Use either one as appropriate for what you are playing. Working the FC4/5 to bring in the strings, I can sustain a chord of strings, release the FC4/5 and play piano while the strings continue.

AF1 ON = Strings
AF2 ON = Pad
AF1 + AF2 ON = Strings + Pad
AF1 OFF + AF2 ON = Pad
AF1 ON + AF2 OFF = Strings
Both OFF = Piano

The Analog Sweep (pad sound) can be brought in either by touching the Ribbon on the right side or by lowering the FC7 to toe down position (the FC7 plugged into the FC2 jack). Touching the Ribbon on the left side switches back to piano (unless the strings are active, in which case it simply turns off the Analog Pad). If the strings are active the Ribbon and FC7 can add the Analog Sweep layered with the strings.

With a little thought and programming you can create many different scenarios to meet your needs.
FINALLY: Any Performance can be moved, in tact, into a SONG MIXING or PATTERN MIXING program, as follows:

Go to a blank SONG or PATTERN
Press [MIXING]
Press [JOB]
Press [F3] COPY
Press [SF3] PERF
Set the parameters you wish to copy:

I then converted the Voices in PARTS 01, 02 and 03 into MIX VOICES so that they would automatically be saved with the SONG file. This is accomplished on the MIXING screen by simply highlighting the PART, pressing [F6] VCE EDIT, then [STORE] to store the Voice to a local Mix Voice bank location.
The Mix Voice bank (63/60) is like an additional 256 locations you have for storing customized Voices. You can move data into and back out of this bank by simply using the STORE function. Say you want to copy the MIX VOICES provided to a normal USER bank location, here's how:

• Press [MIXING]
• Highlight the MIX VOICE Part
• Press [F6] VCE EDIT
• Press [STORE]
• Target the USER 1, 2 or 3 bank location you want to move the VOICE
• Press [ENTER]

The second "SONG" is made with the Full Grand Piano set so that Elements 1-7 are set to "AF 2 ON". The Back Ground strings are set so that Elements 1-3 are set to "AF 1 ON". This was made by programming a different Full Concert Grand (AF2 ON) and combining it with the same Back Ground string Voice. I left this as just two sounds as it is often necessary to transition from Piano to Strings and yet have the ability to layer when necessary. You can add a third Voice of your choosing to this – try it. Place a Voice in PART 03 and set it to receive from MIDI channel 1. You can defeat the Expression pedal from controlling the Piano and the Strings, by setting the Receive Switches as below:

_The Piano will only be in when AF2 is ON
_The Strings will only be in when AF1 is ON
_The PART 03 will only be in when the FC7 (Expression) pedal is toe down.
The third example "SONG" setup has two Split setups. One can be recalled by lighting only the [AF1] button. The other split can be recalled by lighting only the [AF2] button and you have a Piano, when both are OFF.

With [AF1] ON you will recall the first split:
• Electric Bass (Prec Flat Wound) Part 01
• B3 Organ (16+8+5&1/3) Part 02

With [AF2] ON you will recall the second split:
• Acoustic Bass (Velo Growl) Part 03
• Electric Guitar (Jazzy Pick) Part 04

With [AF] buttons OFF, you have a solo Voice.
• Acoustic Piano (Full Concert Grand) Part 05

The [AF1] button will "latch" with the button or you can turn it on momentarily via an FC4/FC5 plugged into the assignable Foot Switch jack.
The [AF2] button can "latch" with the button or simply tap the Ribbon controller (set to "HOLD") on the right side to bring in the second split; tap it on the left side to return to piano.
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