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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby anotherscott » 18 Jun 2020, 15:26

CountFosco wrote:
anotherscott wrote:As for other pricey boards that lack pitch bend, besides the boards already mentioned (Korg SV1/SV2, Roland V-Piano, and yes Hammond SK1 along with the rest of the SK series), others include Hammond XK5 (though its predecessor, XK-3C had one!), Dexibell P7 and Combo J7, Crumar Seven, Roland FP90, and of course Nord Piano/Grand.


These, including the Electro, are all either piano or organ emulators, and it kind of makes sense that they don't have wheels. But I don't think any in this list straddle both worlds nearly as well as the Electro.

Hammond SK, Korg SV, Roland FP, Dexibells, all have synth sounds in them (Dexibell even having mono lead synth patches, not sure whether any of the others do); and maybe more than that, Hammond SK and Dexibell J7 also function as capable multi-zone MIDI controllers (FP90 as a single zone), allowing you to use their front panel patch recall controls to integrate additional sounds from another board, sound module, laptop, iPad, etc. I'd say that since the Electro has no mono (lead) synth function AND no programmable MIDI controller function, pitch wheel is even less of an omission for an Electro than it is on those other boards that have at least one if not both of those other functionalities where pitch bend is more likely to be useful. So Nord is not only not alone here, but IMO, not even the worst offender. ;-) (BTW, Hammond SK does let you use a footswitch to do a limited version of a pitch bend, for internal sounds only.)
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby EstebanSugarhill » 03 Jul 2020, 08:45

alex78 wrote:The nord electros are supposed to be electromechanical instruments simulators, none of those instruments ever had a pitch bend. Bitch bend is a feature of synthesizers, that's why nord put it on the leads, waves and modulars. It doesn't annoy me at all that electros have no pitch bend, those guys at clavia have wisely designed different instruments for different needs. If your need is to have everything on one board you simply buy the stage.

While that’s true of most of the instruments, mellotrons did have pitch bend, via slowing the tapes speed (at least I think that’s how it worked). It can be heard in the first verse of “Strawberry Fields” during “going to...”
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby anotherscott » 03 Jul 2020, 16:40

Yes, there was a pitch knob on Mellotron. I think it was intended for tuning. Once you turned it, there was no way re-locate your original pitch except by ear. (Or I suppose you could mark a point on the panel to at least quickly get close.) Though sure, it could be used as an effect. Kind of like playing with the power switch on a Hammond to make the pitch drop. ;-) Regardless, pitch bend is not typical of mellotron technique (nor was it even included in the original Electro design, btw).
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby Arjan P » 03 Jul 2020, 20:31

I don't think you actually hear the mellotron bend down at that point in Strawberry Fields, Sounds like guitar only.
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby EstebanSugarhill » 21 Jul 2020, 23:01

Arjan P wrote:I don't think you actually hear the mellotron bend down at that point in Strawberry Fields, Sounds like guitar only.

It’s definitely the Mellotron. Skip to 2:45.
https://youtu.be/tTKPW92ndUA
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby Arjan P » 22 Jul 2020, 00:13

Well, it's definitely also guitar, but indeed Mellotron as well. And that's a great demonstration video BTW, I didn't know they used Mellotron as a complete band replacement.
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Re: Pitch bend on Electro 6

Postby Graspieper » 30 Jul 2020, 22:35

Just an idea to get pitchbending on the Electro:
the Electro responds to pitchbend on the external channel...
So: maybe it's possible to create a Arduino based device with a pitchbend,
which takes MIDI out from the Electro, injects pitchbend messages on that MIDI channel, and sends this to MIDI in on the Electro.
If somebody has good suggestions on a pitchbend wheel/stick/joystick/... that's available for cheap, let me know; I might give this a try :)
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