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Post by Villi » Thu May 01, 2008 7:59 pm

I think I heard some Roland 88 weighted key controllers/digital pianos that had poly-aftertouch. I don't remember the model (So this is really rather pointless :() but I think it was late 80s/early 90s and iirc there was two models, with the older one having true poly-at and the newer had some funky 8 "voice" poly-at.

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Post by gcoudert » Thu May 01, 2008 9:32 pm

Villi wrote:I think I heard some Roland 88 weighted key controllers/digital pianos that had poly-aftertouch. I don't remember the model (So this is really rather pointless :() but I think it was late 80s/early 90s and iirc there was two models, with the older one having true poly-at and the newer had some funky 8 "voice" poly-at.
The Roland A80 perhaps?
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Post by Villi » Thu May 01, 2008 11:10 pm

Ah yes that's it :D

A90 is the one with the strange poly-aftertouch. Appearantly A50 also has true poly-aftertouch.

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Post by MrFrodo » Fri May 02, 2008 2:53 am

Didn't poly-aftertouch find its way into any of the Yamaha Motif workstations or S-series synths?

I've always fantasized having a Prophet T8. I guess that a P08 tabletop will have to sub for that.
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Post by atom » Fri May 02, 2008 3:34 pm

i'm also going for the prophet08 module version, the sequencer got me at hello.

after some thinking i'll go for a multitimbral synth and use that feature to get the results i want. those 80-90's digital synth often had some multitimbrality. will hunt for them i guess (easier to get also).
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Post by Joey » Fri May 02, 2008 6:17 pm

On a side note...

outside of 8 voices, what are the main differences between a prophet 5 and prophet T8?
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Post by Villi » Fri May 02, 2008 7:25 pm

76 key weighted keyboard with velocity and poly-aftertouch, midi, split/layer, double/unison, sequencer, 128 patces, size ;)

I also believe it have software envelopes rather than the hardware ones in the p5 .

Probably some more stuff as well...

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Post by Europe Endless » Fri May 02, 2008 8:35 pm

lovedroid wrote: And I think that there are more Yamaha keyboards that transmit PolyAT, I've read that about the KX88.
Sorry, but the KX88 only does channel aftertouch, otherwise it´s a brilliant keyboard...

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Post by MrFrodo » Fri May 02, 2008 10:37 pm

Villi wrote:76 key weighted keyboard with velocity and poly-aftertouch, midi, split/layer, double/unison, sequencer, 128 patces, size ;)

I also believe it have software envelopes rather than the hardware ones in the p5 .

Probably some more stuff as well...
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Post by furthestreaches » Sat May 03, 2008 8:21 pm

I'm pretty sure the Chroma Polaris has poly aftertouch via Midi as well.

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Post by sacredcow » Mon May 05, 2008 12:08 am

I know my Kawai k4 has normal aftertouch, but I've never taken the time to see if it was poly. I'll give it a look then post results here.
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Post by lovedroid » Mon May 05, 2008 7:45 pm

Europe Endless wrote:
lovedroid wrote: And I think that there are more Yamaha keyboards that transmit PolyAT, I've read that about the KX88.
Sorry, but the KX88 only does channel aftertouch, otherwise it´s a brilliant keyboard...
Ah, ok, I guess that I must have thought about the Roland mentioned above.
I've seen a rather comprehensive list of poly-AT keyboard somewhere... On harmony-central's forums perhaps...?


On a sidenote I have discovered that even thought poly-AT is cool and fun to play around with, it's rather useless to someone who mainly makes music using monosynths... :twisted:

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Post by meatballfulton » Mon May 05, 2008 8:27 pm

MrFrodo wrote:Didn't poly-aftertouch find its way into any of the Yamaha Motif workstations or S-series synths?
Nope, the Motif synth engine does not respond to poly AT and the keyboard doesn't transmit it.

But the sequencer portion can send and receive it :roll:

That does make sense...if you use a Motif with outboard gear that does send/receive poly AT, the sequencer will work OK with it.
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