Here is a tutorial on creating a custom CP4 piano Performance using the S6 piano (APIANO3) for the Main Voice and the CFIIIS piano (APIANO2) for the Split Voice and saving it to a Performance location for instant recall.
There are some solid reasons why this might be something you'd like to create but before I get into that, let me introduce you to the three core piano Voices in the CP4, the tonal quality of each piano Voice and how they can be utilized in different musical ways. The CP4 is a great Stage Piano for a number of reasons with on of the best being the selection of three very different pianos. I have played the real instruments on many occasions and I'll give you my impression of each one.
"The CFIIIS Concert Grand incorporates numerous refinements in performance and appearance. The previous crowning glory of the Yamaha line, the CFIIIS concert grand incorporates numerous refinements in performance, appearance and safety, elevating this revered instrument to an even higher standard of excellence".
The CFIIIS has a big, round low end, a very balanced and even middle register and a nice pronounced high end. I find that the notes develop like a raindrop: they sound and open up in a really nice way. It is different than the CFX since it is a bit more resonant and "darker" throughout the range. It is a perfect instrument for virtually any type of music from classical to pop, jazz to country and everything in between.
1. First, press the PERFORMANCE PLAY/SELECT and turn the DATA wheel to navigate to performance 014(A14):S6 Grand:
2. Press the [SPLIT] button and the screen should say “M:AP3:01:S6 St” on the top to show that the main Voice is the S6 stereo piano and below that it should say “S:G/B:24:AcousticBa” to signify that the selected Split Voice is the acoustic bass Voice. Note that there is a blinking arrow just to the left of the number 24 that show that the Split Voice is selected for editing purposes:
3. In the Voice CATEGORY area on the right side of the screen, press the [A.PIANO2] button and select the CF St Voice. This is the stereo sample of the 9 foot CFIIIS concert grand. The screen should now look like this:
4. Now, PRESS and HOLD the split button and, on the keyboard itself, press the F key below middle C (located directly under the [STORE] button). The screen will briefly say “Split Point F2” to confirm. If you were to play the instrument at this point you will find that the two pianos actually blend quite nicely with the exception of the lack of reverb on the Split Voice (which I'll fix in a moment), but if you depress the sustain pedal it will only sustain the main Voice and not the split. This can be easily changed by making a quick part edit to the Split Voice. You can navigate to the part edit screen seen below in several different ways by pressing the [EDIT] button, then either moving the DATA wheel or pressing either the [+1/YES] button or [DOWN ARROW] button (between the [EXIT] and [ENTER] buttons) to move from “01:Common” to “02:Part":
5. After you see the screen above and press [ENTER], and then navigate to “06:Receive Switch” and press [ENTER] again:
6. Note that in the top part of the screen it says “Part:SPLIT” to signify that you are editing the Split Voice. (Quick side note: If you were editing the main Voice it would say “Part:MAIN”. If you DID wish to edit the main Voice you can press and hold the [PART SELECT] button on the far left and press the [MAIN] button).
Using the [DOWN ARROW] button, move down three pages until you see the “Sus” receive switch:
7. On the Split Voice, the sustain switch defaults to "off". This is by design as the most frequent use of a Split Voice is to have a bass in the left hand and a piano or electric piano Voice in the right hand. In this scenario you would not want the bass Voice to sustain when you pressed the sustain pedal. However, I want to use the performance that is being created to be a piano sound composed of two types of pianos—the S6 from the top C (C7) all the way down to the split point at C2 and the CFIIIS from the split point all the way to the lowest note (A-1)—and want the sustain to affect the entire performance sound so sustain must be set to on:
8. Before backing out of Part edit it is a good thing to set the reverb send of the Split Voice to match the main Voice. The main Voice defaults to 24 and the Split Voice defaults to 0; I need to match the sends so they are the same. There are two ways to do this. The first is simply to press the [SLIDER FUNCTION] button on the left right next to the part sliders a few times until the green lamp next to the word “REVERB” is illuminated, then matching the sends so that they both say “24” in the screen. So you would press the [SLIDER FUNCTION] twice so that the green lamp next to "Reverb" is illumintated...
From this: To this:
9. When you move the slider the screen will change as well to show that you are adjusting the reverb send level to the split part from "0" to "24" to match the main part:
You can also select “Part Edit", then select "01:Play Mode” and move one page down from the top of the list and set the “RevSend” parameter of the Split part to “24”:
10. Press the [EXIT] button twice to get back to the “02:Part” screen and, using the [UP ARROW] button, move up to “01:Common” and press [ENTER], the select “04:Name” to name this Performance. Use the [ARROW] buttons to select the letters and pick a name that will work (I chose “CF/S6 Grnd” as you can see below). First go to edit "01:Common":
Then name the performance:
11. Press the [STORE] button and save the Performance. Note that you will be saving this into one of the 128 Performance locations but realize that a simple factory reset will bring the instrument back to original. I am going to save this over Performance “014(A14):S6 Grand” but you can save it into any available Performance location:
I created an audio example right after I did the edits listed above. You can hear that I have the Key Off parameter ("KeyOffVol" under "Part Edit/Play Mode") set to "+10" for both Voices to simulate the sound of the key action release like that of a real piano. I started off playing some chromatic scale stuff right around the split between the two pianos before the actual musical example begins so you can hear how well the CF and S6 blend. You can certainly perform some additional edits to further refine this performance but I am quite pleased with how this custom piano plays and sounds. Try out some different combinations yourself!
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