Friday, September 12, 2014

Acclaimed K-Sounds grand piano and organ libraries for MOTIF XF, MOTIF XS, and MOXF now available through Yamaha MusicSoft!

For over a decade, Yamaha has innovated in the realm of music production synthesizers/workstations, notably in 2001 with the release of the very first MOTIF. Since then, instruments like the MOTIF XF, MOTIF XS and MOXF stand as some of the best-sounding, most requested instruments in the music industry.

Now, for new owners of these Yamaha Synths (and also for some current owners), things just got better. Yamaha MusicSoft proudly introduces Epic Grand, and Organimation; two Synth Voice Libraries now available for purchase through Yamaha MusicSoft.

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These libraries were created by Keven Spargo of K-Sounds, who founded his company in 2002. Keven is a professional pianist and keyboard player, in addition to being an expert sound designer.

Keven specializes in "piano samples and tonewheel organ libraries", which MOTIF and MOXF players can attest with with both Epic Grand, and Organimation.

Both Epic Grand and Organimation were crafted with attention to detail. "Users should expect my content to sound great, be very playable and provide innovative features not found in competing libraries," Keven mentions in an interview.



Epic Grand adds a vast library of grand pianos, ranging in depth, sound and color. Professionals can bring the grand piano to the studio, or to the stage with this extensive voice library.


Organimation uses available wave files within these instruments to create new sounds, yet don't take this library for granted. Extra-thick rotary speaker effects, throaty overdrive and enhanced stereo give you the feel of classic jazz, rock and gospel organs.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hidden Feature – How to perform a “ritard” with a style ending

When playing a song, it’s important to lead your listener along through arrangement, and give musical hints as to what is coming next. For example, it should be obvious to the listener when you are about to end the song. Stopping abruptly at the end with no hint that it was coming leaves the song sounding incomplete and unprofessional. To solve this, quite often in pop music the song simply fades out, and gives the listener a chance to “say goodbye” to the tune.

But another common method that has been used for centuries is to “ritard,” or slow down, that last phrase or measure of a song. That’s easy to do when playing with a band, or playing a solo piano. But when you are using an accompaniment style on your keyboard, such as, “8 Beat 1,” you may be wondering how to slow down then ending of the style to create this effect. Trying to turn the tempo dial while playing is not easy, and doesn’t usually give the desired result.

So here’s a tip – Yamaha keyboards have a built in feature that slows down the ending of a style. To access it, just press the desired ending button, then PRESS IT AGAIN once the ending has started. You’ll hear the song come to a slow dramatic finish!


Here’s a couple tips – it generally works best on shorter endings. If you’re instrument has three different ending buttons, choose the second one. Also, note that many styles already have a built-in ritard, so using this feature will make it doubly slow (in fact you’ll have time to go to lunch and back before it ends).