midi channels

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midi channels

Unread post by zdubair » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:46 pm

Is it possible to set receive and transmit channels to synchronize
with another syntesizer?

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Re: midi channels

Unread post by Derek » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:54 pm


I don't have a PSR, but I assume like most boards it will have a setup/utility menu/button, where you might find some MIDI settings where you can set the transmit and receive channels.
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Re: midi channels

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:42 am

The PSR-E/YPT and DGX/YPG models do not have functions for setting the MIDI transmit/receive channels as the PSR-S models do. However, they are 16-channel multi-timbral instruments that automatically transmit and receive up to 16 channels, depending on the situation.

When the "Keyboard Out" function is on, the three keyboard voices will be transmitted on the following channels:

Channel 1 = Main Voice
Channel 2 = Dual Voice
Channel 3 = Split Voice

Although I know of no way to change those assignments, if for some reason you don't want to transmit on channel 1 then you could set the Split Point as high as it will go, turn on the Split mode, and the keyboard will transmit the notes played on channel 3 (since they will be using the Split Voice).

When the "Style Out" function is on, the following accompaniment channels will also be transmitted:

Channel 9 = Rhythm 1
Channel 10 = Rhythm 2
Channel 11 = Bass
Channel 12 = Chord 1
Channel 13 = Chord 2
Channel 14 = Pad
Channel 15 = Phrase 1
Channel 16 = Phrase 2

And when the "Song Out" function is on, any of the 16 channels which are used in the song will be transmitted.

As for received data, the keyboard will respond to the received messages and play the notes using the specified voices (i.e., as selected by the Bank Select and Program Change messages received on each channel). But the channel messages do not affect the keyboard per se, so they cannot be used to change the Main Voice, Dual Voice, or Split Voice, or to control the style playback.

However, there may be exceptions to that. If you set the Main Voice to 000 (i.e., the OTS or One Touch Setting voice), it might be possible to use Bank Select, Program Change, and other channel messages on channel 1 to change the Main Voice and its parameters. Also, there are a number of SysEx messages which are documented in the XG Specifications, as well as in the Data Lists for the Tyros and PSR-S models, that might be of service. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get many of them to work.
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Current keyboards: Yamaha PSR-E433, PSR-E443, YPT-400, PSR-EW400
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