[ddots-l] Re: motif

Hey Bryan,

I didn't catch all that!  Could you repeat that again please?!

He-he!

Sean

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bryan Smart" <bryansmart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 11:45 AM
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: motif


That's true.

The Motif is the most accessible current/modern keyboard workstation
that is out there. It isn't the most accessible workstation ever, and it
isn't the easiest one to learn. When I say accessible, I mean that it is
possible to use all features without sight, but not that it is simple to
use all of those features without sight. For comparison, consider the
Korg M3 or Oasys, and their touch screens. You might be able to
accomplish some tasks on those workstations, but there are many areas of
the workstation that won't be accessible to you, no matter how much
memorization you attempt.

One of the good things about the Motif's design as it relates to
accessibility, though, is that the Motif is organized in layers.
Simplified versions of most every feature are available from a knob,
slider, or one or two button presses. For most people with basic needs,
this means that you can access a majority of the Motif's features
without having to memorize menus. With a few more button presses, the
intermediate functions are available. When you need to get detailed,
there are low-level edit modes.

Here is an example.

There is a group of 8 knobs in the mixer section of the control panel
that can provide real-time control over a voice, mixing settings, etc.
There are two buttons that are used to select between 6 different modes
for these knobs, giving you access to a total of 48 functions.

Suppose you're in voice mode. You find a voice that you like, but you'd
like it to have a longer decay/release. You can use the buttons to
select the tone1 mode for the knobs. In this mode, four of the knobs
provide direct access to attack time, sustain time, sustain level, and
release level. For many people, this is all they'll need.

However, if you press F2, you'll go to the the envelope/tone settings
display. In here, you can adjust attack/sustain/release independently
for the filter and amplifier envelopes (the knobs adjust both envelopes
at once). In fact, if you turn the knobs on the front panel while this
screen is visible, you'd notice that the values change as you turn the
knobs. This screen also allows you to adjust the depth for each of the
envelopes, which is something that you aren't able to adjust with the
knobs. This screen will give the picky user a way to make more detailed
tweaks than they would be able to from the knobs, and the layout is
still fairly uncluttered and easy to memorize.

However, if you're still not getting enough control, you can press the
edit key, followed by one of the part keys. This brings up the detailed
edit screens for each of the 8 elements/oscillators that make up a Motif
XS voice. Now, you can press F2 for pitch, F3, for filter, or F4 for
amp, and each of those screens has detailed settings for its individual
envelope generator, including velocity sensitivity, velocity curve,
extra stages, etc. These screens are complicated. You can memorize them
if needed, but most of the time, if you need to get this detailed, you'd
probably use the talking PC-based editors.

Most all of the Motif is organized this way. The top level screens and
functions are simplified views of lower level screens. This keeps the
details out of your way until you need them. It also means that, if
you're blind, you can memorize the top level screens, which have simple
layouts. Most of the time, that's all you need.

Bryan

-----Original Message-----
From: ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Tim Burgess
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 8:51 AM
To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: motif

Hi,I wouldn't stress
Over this - it just goes to show that accessibility is a somewhat
nebulous
term and that a method that works for some doesn't work for all.  If it
makes you feel any better, I'm rubbish at working things by remembering
patterns of button presses with no feedback.

Best wishes.

Tim Burgess
Raised Bar Ltd
Phone:  +44 (0)1827 719822

Don't forget to vote for improved access to music and music technology
at

http://www.raisedbar.net/petition.htm


-----Original Message-----
From: ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ddots-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On
Behalf Of Steve Wicketts
Sent: 05 May 2009 12:19
To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: motif

Hi all,

Darren H just informed me that a lot of the musicians on this site use
the
Motif? talk about putting my big foot in it?
Well truly against the ropes, I must say, it was the Yamaha RM1X more
than
the Motif that used to fry my Brain.
The RM1X is a Dance Station accessible by counting cursor positions,
counting clicks on knobs and all that Jazz.
I use to use it mainly as a sequencer.

The Motif I used was the rack Version, not two many of the buttons were
dual
function so it wasn't too hard to navigate.

Please don't tell me there are RM1X fans on this site?
I'm beginning to feel like Ricky Hatton.

Steve W


----- Original Message ----- From: Steve Wicketts <mailto:steve.wicketts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ddtots <mailto:ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 1:12 AM
Subject: [ddots-l] motif


Hi all,

Regarding tutorials for the Motif, it's a real brain drainer!
remembering all the Pages and having to count cursor movements and
values.

I'm proud to say, thanks to you guys at DD I'm able to put my
Motif
in the loft.

Goodnight Motif.

Steve W




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