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NAMM Coverage--What Do You Want To See?

Hey everybody--
As the years have gone on and more and more outlets are covering the NAMM show each year, we thought it would be a good idea to take the pulse of the community and find out what you like and don't like about the way NAMM is covered, not only by HC but in general. Obviously, we want to do more of the former and less of the latter.

For several years now, the focus has been on producing the short, from-the-floor demos and product overviews with folks from each manufacturer. Sometimes quantity is placed above quality, but the goal has always been to show you as much of the show and new products as possible.

Oftentimes, producing so many videos means late nights in the hotel room with room service, editing and rendering until the wee hours. As you probably know, there's a whole other side to NAMM, which is what goes on after hours at private events and parties, and our focus on show-floor videos means we really don't take part in any of that.

So, we're putting it to you. When NAMM rolls around in January, what's going to get you excited and make you feel like you're part of the action? Continue to crank out product vids? Less video, more photographs? After-hours coverage? Celebrity encounters/performances? Let us know!

We welcome your thoughts and suggestions and are looking forward to Harmony Central being the premier destination for NAMM coverage in 2015.
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  • #76

    Thank you so much for your amazing explaination about the CP 50. Believe me in Madrid we don´t have so many stores and there, they are not of great help as they keep refering to the official website...wich BTW is o bad...

    Your blog is much more useful than the instructions book.

    Sorry to bother with such a basic thing.. Now I know how to layer voices and choose different sounds but when it comes to store it, I just don´t know how to save it in my user´s sound files.... And how can you save a sound in a user list of sounds? believe me, it´s taking me so long...

    thanks again for everything..


    • #77
      Lo siento mucho, pero...

      I have already returned the CP50 to Yamaha and I don't remember the exact details of how to store edited sounds. Can someone else help?
      There are now 14 music videos posted on my YouTube channel, including four songs by Mark Longworth. Watch the music video playlist, subscribe, and spread the links! Check back often, because there's more to come...


      • #78

        These reviews, as always, have been extremely useful. When asked to select a new keyboard to use in my new position teaching music in a private elementary school, I finally chose the CP50 partly on the basis of your review. I've been using it for just over a month now and have discovered, as have others, that it does take a while to get comfortable with the CP50, but that it's worth the time, effort, and patience. I do like the feel and response - it is definitely a step up from the RD700. I would certainly consider buying one to replace my aging RD700 for gigs.

        I certainly did not find the controls intuitive at first, and I had to discover some not-so-obvious things by accident, but as time has passed, the flow has become natural. Yamaha certainly designed this as a stage piano, and definitely with performance in mind. Get past the learning curve and it's a great DP!


        • #79
          Doe anyone know how to set the foot controller (FC or FS) to control the on/off of the sequencer section when using the preset drum patterns in the CP50 as a backing track?



          • #80
            Hi Everybody,

            I'm new here and really appreciate what I've learned about my CP-50 so far. Can anyone tell me how to get the drum track going at the same time I play back a recorded bass track with my left hand on a split keyboard? I can either get the bass to play, or the drums to play, but I can't get them both at once. I love the sound of the CP-50, but for me, learning it's operations is like solving a riddle locked in a mystery (as someone else noted). Thanks for any help you have!



            • #81
              Hi Phil,

              Could you possibly explain how to get the Preset drum Phrases to play along with a recorded performance again-I have the USB stick in and did not hear the drums when I played back. All I want to do (I play jazz), is pre-record a bass track and drum track and then play live piano on top. Is that possible? How? Thanks so much


              • #82



                I have seen this post and it's very interesting, but, at the beginning, Phil has posted several audio files. How can I download them?

                Does the Yamaha CP50 has metronome? or just when you record? and talkng about recording...you can record an audio file to a USB or MIDI to a PC, but, can't you store first your song in a internal memory and export it to wav or midi?

                Thank you very much.