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1) Regarding sliders and levels, do the sliders utilize "catch" (slider has to pass through preset value to become active) or "jump" (slider value immediately jumps to slider position when it is moved)? It would be nice if this were a setting option for each Tone that uses sliders. 2) I believe Hex Layers specifically engage the sliders to control each part of the Hex Layer Tone? Do the part names of each part appear so that one can EASILY identify which part is being controlled by the slider? 3). Can any of the sliders be set up to always control Upper 1, Upper 2, Lower 1, Lower 2? Going into the "Balance" sub-menu and adjusting is cumbersome and difficult to do live. (Maybe using registration)?
Been having a blast getting to know my way around this board. It's so user friendly that as I stumble about and try different things I learn more all the time. Being a player (don't use the auto accompaniment much, at least not yet), for me its all about the sounds, and having options. Being systematic, I like creating systems that invite spontanaiety while playing in jam sessions. So far I've been tackling easy, obvious targets. Like populating the registrations with a bank of piano sounds, a bank of EPs, a bank of organs, hex layers, etc. My approach so far has been to mostly use all 4 tones for layering, using Upper 1 as the main or starter Tone, Upper 2 as a supporting, complimentary tone that can be turned on to typically thicken the sound. Lower 1 more often than not is a bass guitar, and Lower 2 is the wild card, often times a hex layer. Building up my User Tones is also part of this effort, which of course is done when you go into Edit mode. Most Tones have the volume lower than 127, even quieter Tones that need more volume. I suppose by having more them at a more moderate volume you don't run the risk as much of overloading the board with too hot of combined signals, but I'd rather know I've got access to full volume, which can be moderated on the Balance page. Have to give major kudos out to Casio. The hex tones solve so many conundrums: how do you have great flexibility and power, while maintaining simplicity? By having registrations with 4 easy to access and see sounds, you've made it very simple to do a lot of basic things with your sounds. Add to that, the User Tones are not just one big pile like it was with the 7600, the User Tones are part of their own sound category, and are easy to get to. And by having some things that are saved to a registration, like relative volume of Tones, and some things that are saved to User Tones, where you get your in depth editing, you get a smooth workflow, though i suppose that structure is inherent in any arranger I've ever seen. And then add to that hex Tones, you get the complexity and depth many of us want, without it being a requirement. Cause hex layers do require another learning curve, but at least you can do the simpler things with ordinary Tones to get yourself started. Am just loving having 6 sliders to control the hex layers. Much to learn, a lot of power, haven't found a solo mode yet though, and wish there was a way (maybe i just haven't found it yet) to know at a glance the name of the layers, the velocity and keyboard ranges they're set to, and if they're on or off. Maybe that's too much info to convey on one screen? Seems like a likely place for an iPad editor, being able to see all of that info for all six layers on one screen would be tremendously helpful. As it is I play in different ranges of the keyboard, from soft to loud, to see if there's even a sound assigned and turned onto that layer. Am looking forward to customizing the existing hex tones and building my own! Editing Tones: tonight i was lowering all my Piano and EP User Tones by an octave. Doing such puts you in the lowest range of an acoustic piano, (minus the lowest B, Bb and A), and truth be told, I consistently play more in the lowest two octaves and hardly miss the uppermost octave I'm sacrificing by doing this. Not that I play so deeply all the time, but having ready acces to that lowest octave is great for left hand bass, grabbing a few notes when you need them. Adding system fx and the DSP really helps a lot of sounds. The Reverb and Chorus on this board is soooo much better than what was offered on the WK7600. Its fast and a blast to use the XY pad for dialing in the DSP setting. For renaming my Tones, I put a capital U at the very end, which means I've got to slightly abbreviate some of the names. It's very useful knowing which Tones have been massaged by me into a U ser Tone. At first I didn't even notice the settings are shown on the Main page for the 2 knobs. It makes sense that by default they're set to eq, esp. low eq, many of these patches can really rumble. I hope y'all get a chance to play this board with some serious amplification. The onboard speakers do a pretty ok job, but it's impossible for them to compete with a QSC K10 or my new K8.2. When you hear the full range, fidelity and astounding bass coming from this board you're instantly glad to have the means to hear what this board can do. I've been kind of blown away by many of the sounds, the basses, the lush strings, the pads, the pianos, and to some degree the EPs. First time I noticed the rhythms that are associated with each registration. Went thru a few of them, and it was quite fun to play along with some of the pop and rock rhythms. So much to explore, so many registrations to customize! Randy