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  • #16






    Quote Originally Posted by Athan Billias
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    Um, www.motifator.com has been around for over ten years. Bad Mister has over 20,000 posts and there have been end user surveys for every feature of every Motif that we ever developed.




    That's great to know. I visit Motifator pretty frequently, I haven't actually seen any surveys. Is there a particular page on the site where one can go to participate in surveys, or a way to register for a list to be contacted? Also, apart from a general post on the Motifator forum, is there any good way to make a suggestion to Yamaha about a way to make a feature work more smoothly, or other things along those lines? I'm thinking in particular of things that might be addressable in a software update (as opposed to ideas about future hardware)... interface enhancements and the like.

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    • #17
      Athan Billias is Bad mister in motifator.com?
      Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


      Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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      • #18






        Quote Originally Posted by midinut
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        Hey Athan. Thanks for chiming in. It's good to see that Yamaha is listening to the users over at Motifator. Bad Mister has indeed saved my ass numerous times as well. I haven't personally been involved or invited to any end user surveys myself, but it's good to know that you guys are listening to the end users.




        Bad Mister hass helped me a few times too. The guy is good!
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        • #19
          There are several of us from keyboard manufacturers who participate on this and other forums.

          I hit Sonikmatter and Mastering VAST daily, as they are Kurzweil specific and I try to hit this forum and Musicplayer Keyboard Corner a few times each week.



          For us, interaction with the forums is hugely important - many of the features that were added to our PC3 line were the results of users requests from forums like this one.

          And I must confess, occasionally certain forum posts also provide us with much needed comic relief from time to time, lest we take our jobs too seriously.



          Dave Weiser

          Kurzweil R&D

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          • #20
            Can I kiss your feet ?



            So why only 128 of RAM? kidding kidding



            BTW Are responsible for the Kursweil facebook page ?
            Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


            Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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            • #21






              Quote Originally Posted by minimoog
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              Well for starters What Major or specific knowledge would i need to have In order to work in the keyboard desing in terms of Hardware and also in Sound Design in a keyboard company ? making some really serious educational choises any advice id more than apreciated.



              I know there very different paths but i would like to know all i can about them




              Hardware - You will want to have an electrical engineering degree/background. Learn everything you can about ASIC chips, FPGAs, microprocessors, etc.

              Also, learn everything you can about analog audio electronics, pre-amps, EQs, filters, etc.



              Sound design - You will want to have a strong music and audio engineering background. Become very familiar with how a recording studio works. Learn everything you can about acoustic and electro-mechanical instruments - how they're made, how they function, how they are played, etc. Everything from violins and guitars to B3s, Minimoogs and Mellotrons.



              Also, you will want to become very familiar with as much music as possible. Listen to and study every Beatles song, every Motown song, every hip hop song from the the 80s and 90s, new wave, alt, metal, folk, blues, Latin etc. Study the bass lines, guitar parts, drum parts, string arrangement, etc.

              PLUS you need to be very familiar with current pop music from the US, Europe and Asia (and with the music of your home country, wherever that is).



              Spend some time learning about hardware synths - current and past. Learn what makes a Minimoog's oscillators and filters different than the ones in a Chroma or ARP Odyssey.

              Become familiar with the architecture and UI of synths like the Kronos, Motif, Fantom, etc - study their strengths and weaknesses.



              Last one for sound design - be prepared to wait tables or bar tend for several years while you look for a job. (I waited tables for 8 years before landing the job at Kurzweil!)



              Good luck!

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              • #22






                Quote Originally Posted by minimoog
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                Well for starters What Major or specific knowledge would i need to have In order to work in the keyboard desing in terms of Hardware and also in Sound Design in a keyboard company ? making some really serious educational choises any advice id more than apreciated.




                i think Dave hit it on the head, but note that there's generally very little design work done in the US for non-US MI companies. The big three are all Japanese and as such, their respective American distributors have little to no design input, at least not until much of the products are almost baked.



                The first place I'd check for jobs is a manufacturer's website

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                • #23
                  Mr Dave Weiser I really can't start where to begin to thankyou for the advice, please accept my most greatfull sincere thank's



                  You to Audacity, you really aded some good critical info on that. My most sincere thanx



                  I need to know as much as posible becuase the desicions I'm making are really crucial ...



                  I want to be like stefan Schmidth single handedly did the Schmidth keyboard (I think)



                  BTW 2 . There is no Videos of how they maje keyboards

                  i have only seen one. or more info about it.



                  P.S I have to start learning japanies??
                  Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                  Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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                  • #24
                    Theres' plenty of capable people in the U.S wha'ts the differance?



                    Or all does skills go to NASA and The military and for the Xbox?









                    BTW I'm studiying a Engineering in Renewable Energy The cool thing

                    It that it involves Electronics and Software programming. i Was thinking

                    maybe i can Xpand
                    Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                    Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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                    • #25
                      i believe the craigslist in milwaukee hosts a dedicated keyboard designer forum.

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                      • #26
                        There's always DIY to get your feet wet. Muffwiggler has a DIY section, and there was a mailing list (Synth-DIY) that may or may not be active. I think these were more analog oriented.

                        There's also forums for digital DIY (eg VST makers), can't remember the links offhand. I could probably Google them.

                        Are you more interested in analog (which may involve no code), digital (which will involve code), or hybrids?



                        Pro-tip: Learn how to solder. That's why I never got into DIY, I can't solder worth a damn.
                        What I make with way too many blinky light modular items, plugins, and an Alesis Andromeda.
                        Forbidden Star: home studio / melodic ambient / New Age / the deep zone
                        Boney Fiend: the band, man / punk / garage / beer

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                        • #27
                          Some DIY work here would be a big, big help in opening your eyes to what skills and knowledge you'll need here. You might also haunt the Electro Music forums.
                          Hurrr. Derp, derp, derp.

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                          • #28
                            Well I want to make a 2 rack Soundmodule of the GX1 and a 40 pound Polyphonic Moog Modular, And a Virtual Acustics 2, And to finally make a Good Wind controler



                            Yes actually i'm interested in all! But yes very seriously investigating that direction

                            Well Doing Renewable Energy but i think i can take atvantage of some material I'm seing there .



                            But please I very very very ...... humbly apreciate "any" comments or suggestions you can ad.
                            Guess what? ! I have a Fever and the prescription is more cowbell !


                            Moog Modular,B3 leslie,gran piano, GX1

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                            • #29
                              Mini - check this link out as well when you get a chance: http://www.spectrasonics.net/video/videos.php



                              Click on the video "Mavericks of Sound Design". Rather lengthy but very informative - even funny at times. I think you'll enjoy.

                              After watching you may even want to drop Eric Persing an email and ask his advice on how to get started.
                              Korg Kronos 61 :: Korg M3-73 Xpanded (w/Radias board) :: Behringer B212A Powered Speaker :: Variax 300 Sunburst :: PODx3 Live! :: Epiphone Acoustic Guitar :: Mandolin :: Steinberg Cubase 7.5 :: Omnisphere :: Trilian :: V-Collection :: Korg Legacy Collection :: SampleTank 2 XL :: Sonik Synth 2 :: Ravenscroft Piano :: Komplete 9 Ultimate :: VB3 :: Just Way Too Many VST's

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                              • #30
                                I'm a Synthdesigner and I talk and test with musicians. However not public!

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