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Re: New Yamaha YC 61 vs Nord Electro

Postby solderball » 30 Mar 2020, 22:24

I currently own the following keyboards: Yamaha S80, Yamaha Rack XS, Yamaha MotifXF6, Yamaha MOXF6, Yamaha CP4, Nord Electro 6D, Roland A-800PRO, Novation 61SL MK2.
I have spent my social distancing time diving into understanding the Electro 6D, which is a fairly recent acquisition.
Specifically, I intend to use either the MOXF6 or the Roland as a lower manual/Master keyboard with the Electro.

To echo some of the prior comments, the organ sounds are beautiful and the reason to own this keyboard (plus the cool look).
I find the user interface somewhat disorienting because I generally use the Yamaha's in Performance mode, which allows up to four sounds layered or split in any combination on the same MIDI channel.
Buttons to enable or disable the sounds are grouped next to each other as are the volume and pan controls. I find myself searching for buttons and knobs as I play the Electro.

Also, I have figured out the Electro MIDI implementation to get the lower manual working with the help of MIDI OX and it works great once it is up and running, but it does not seem like a good general solution for the types of gigs I play.
I am not a dedicated organist and generally play two to four parts during a song, for instance strings, synth lead and electric piano. Consequently I have yet to gig with this keyboard.
I think the build quality is excellent and the sound engines are excellent as well.

I won't be trading the Electro for a YC-61 anytime soon, but I think there's a reason people use them as a dedicated organ only and not a general purpose synth.
I think the CP4 suffers somewhat from the same issue. Set it up as a dedicated piano and leave it for the night.
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Re: New Yamaha YC 61 vs Nord Electro

Postby fieldflower » 10 May 2020, 10:30

From the video comparisons I've seen I've found the Yamaha to have a more "in your face" sound on the organ, which seems nice for distorted rock sounds.
But it seems to always be there, so I'm lacking something in the Yamaha sound in the fuller sounds. It sounds scooped in some way...

LED and physical drawbars is really good though.
But motorized drawbars would be the feature I'd really spend a significant extra to get.
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Re: New Yamaha YC 61 vs Nord Electro

Postby anotherscott » 10 May 2020, 17:24

fieldflower wrote:motorized drawbars would be the feature I'd really spend a significant extra to get.

The 73-key Dexibell J7 Combo with motorized drawbars is the same price (at least in the U.S.) as the 73-key Electro. So you almost don't have to pay extra... except from the demos I've heard online, the organ is unimpressive, soyou'd probably have to add a Neo Ventilator, that would probably make it good enough, and that would represent the extra you have to pay. Just one way of looking at it...
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Re: New Yamaha YC 61 vs Nord Electro

Postby fieldflower » 11 May 2020, 12:15

anotherscott wrote:
fieldflower wrote:motorized drawbars would be the feature I'd really spend a significant extra to get.

The 73-key Dexibell J7 Combo with motorized drawbars is the same price (at least in the U.S.) as the 73-key Electro. So you almost don't have to pay extra... except from the demos I've heard online, the organ is unimpressive, soyou'd probably have to add a Neo Ventilator, that would probably make it good enough, and that would represent the extra you have to pay. Just one way of looking at it...

Yes but... I love my 5D for sound/usability...:D
If the 7D would have motorized drawbars I'd be first in line to the music store.
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