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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 02:11 PM
emaruffi
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Hello!

I look forward using the XF with an additional external keyboard controller connected to it. The idea is to have an Axiom or Novation SL MKII connected to the XF playing additional XF sounds on MIDI channels that are not addressed by the XF internal keyboard.

With proper programming and by routing the sounds played from the external keyboard to the assignable outputs, this would simulate perfectly a traditional setup with 2 keyboards.

Can a USB keyboard controller be connected to the XF, being seen by the XF as a USBMIDI input and at the same time the keyboard being powered by XF’s USB?

This would be of course the simplest setup, with the Novation connected to the XF with a single USB cable!

Thanks,

Emanuele

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 02:25 PM
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No. You cannot connect an external keyboard directly to the Motif via USB. The USB “TO HOST” jack connects to a computer and communication is two-way via the Yamaha USB-MIDI driver. You will need to connect your external keyboard to your computer and route it to the Motif XF via the USB-MIDI driver - connected to the same computer.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 02:29 PM
emaruffi
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Thanks for the info. So, in case I would not use a computer I would use MIDI, right?

Emanuele

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 02:33 PM
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Yes. MIDI - with MIDI you can connect directly to the Motif without a computer.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 02:41 PM
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emaruffi - 15 August 2010 02:11 PM

The idea is to have an Axiom or Novation SL MKII connected to the XF playing additional XF sounds on MIDI channels that are not addressed by the XF internal keyboard.

Yes, this can be achieved in Multi-timbral mode (MIX mode). You can copy your Performance settings to a Mix using a MIX Job command [F3] Copy (p.237 of the Motif XS Owner’s Manual).

Can a USB keyboard controller be connected to the XF, being seen by the XF as a USBMIDI input and at the same time the keyboard being powered by XF’s USB?

No, it is not possible. You have to use MIDI connections.
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Posted on: August 15, 2010 @ 07:22 PM
emaruffi
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Thank you very much for the data!

Emanuele

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