[bct] Re: Keyboard

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 11:01:06 -0600

Frank, I'm not sure what software you are referring to.  I know that
when I got the keyboard, someone had made a program for the Mac that
supposedly read the Kurzweil menus, but I tried it on 3 computers and
could not get it to work.  Are you talking about something else, and if
so, is it supposed to work with the Kurzweil?  It sure would be nice to
not have to remember hundreds of ever changing menus.



-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Frank Lizarde
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:54 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard

Hi Neal,
Are you using the KDR software?
That's a little peace of software that reads the display on your
through your computer.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 6:57 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard

> Beth, live playing of the keyboard is not only easy but quite 
> interesting. One of the very nice things about this keyboard is that 
> you can map parts of the keyboard to do different things.  So, in the 
> upper part of the keyboard, you could have an obo, in the middle a 
> French horn, and in the left hand, you could have a string orchestra.

> So, when you are playing you basically are playing three tracks at a 
> time.  You can also set the keyboard to add instruments with a 
> different touch sensitivity.  In other words, if I am playing a brass 
> choir, I can set the keyboard such that when ever I play a certain 
> note louder than X, It will play the brass choir but also add any 
> other instrument I want such as a timpani.  It also has a way to have 
> certain instruments playing and when you turn a wheeled, the 
> instruments you decide upon will get softer while the others still 
> play at their normal volume.  One can also do things like play a 
> chord, say with the string section, and press down harder on the keys 
> and the volume of the sound will increase.  Letting up a bit on the 
> keys will cause the keys to get softer.  You can actually connect a 
> mouth piece to the keyboard and blow into it while playing the notes 
> on the keyboard.  Blow hard, and the volume increases. Blow softly, 
> and the volume decreases, much as it would do if you were playing a 
> wind instrument.  You can also link sounds together and play them at 
> the same time.  I can play my hand bells while also playing the same 
> notes with the choir.  Too much of this and you run out of memory, but

> one can add a number of sounds before this happens.
> Ok, now I don't have to do a podcast.  You know too much.
> I'm kidding, I will do one and I think people will understand how 
> impressive this keyboard really is.  The reason they have limited 
> their memory is that they wan to always support people who have 
> purchased older units.  While this is a laudable approach, it does 
> mean that one is still limited by that lack of memory.  But, it is 
> possible to work around it.
> Neal
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of beth
> Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:07 PM
> To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bct] Keyboard
> Wow, Neal, that is complicated!  How about if you just want to play 
> and not record--is that easier?  Beth

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