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Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby OneWorld » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:43 pm

Could anyone tell me what the difference is between a song and a patter on the Yamaha MOX/MOTIF? they both seem the same to me
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Re: Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby Stickman0_3 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:02 pm

Hi

I have an alsesis MMT8 which also uses patterns and songs.

I use pattern mode mostly to record basic pattern data ie drum parts, basslines, melody. In pattern mode, during a song, I can bring individual tracks in and out (turn parts on and off manually) on the fly whilst playing live.

In song mode, I can program these changes into each bar of a song to play automatically,

So to recap, you can program ideas for songs into the part section, then arrange them into a song using song mode.

I hope that helps.
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Re: Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby OneWorld » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:40 pm

Thanks, yes from watching a YouTube vid that seems to be the distinguishing difference - you can sort of jam over the top of the pattern, playing live so to speak. But in many videos, tutorials etc there's always a lot of assumed knowledge. Whilst it would be impractical to go back to before the flood when writing a tutorial, making a vid, it would be good idea to approach from the perspective:

1. What is it? It is the Pattern Mode of the sequencer

2. What does it do? It allows for the creation of loops/phrases whilst also allowing the user to play one of the parts in realtime

3. How does it do it? The Pattern Mode can use one of more tracks in a single pattern. Each of the tracks is a 'voice' which can be selected from the library of sounds. Each track can be assigned it's own MIDI track number hence making it 'multitimbral' The pattern is built up 1 track at a time. Once the patterns are complete, these can then be copied across to make a song etc etc etc
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Re: Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby Stickman0_3 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:06 pm

To be honest, I rarely use song mode. I'll record everything in Pattern Mode as I find it much easier.

So, I record all my ideas in pattern mode, for example -

verse in pattern 1
chorus in pattern 2
bridge in pattern 3
etc.

When I have all the patterns I need, I can then use song mode to arrange my patterns. Think of it as a jigsaw - the patterns are the jigsaw pieces and the song is the completed jigsaw
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Re: Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby OneWorld » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:00 pm

Thanks and yes that seems to be the preferred option, to record in song mode then use the song mode as the arranger once everything is done.
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Re: Difference Songs and Patterns on a Yamaha MOX/MOXF

Postby Stickman0_3 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:54 pm

No, no - record in PATTERN mode, then use the SONG mode as the arranger once everything is done.
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