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C1 vs. C2 as a MIDI controller

Postby anotherscott » 21 Nov 2020, 18:12

I know the C2 has certain sonic advantages over the C1, but when using either board to drive an external organ sound (e.g. a VST like VB3, Blue3, B-5, B-3X, etc. or similar iOS app or hardware organ module), are there any advantages of either over the other? Do they both send the high trigger point over MIDI? Any differences in mappable controls or the way Program Changes are handled? Anything?
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Re: C1 vs. C2 as a MIDI controller

Postby maxpiano » 21 Nov 2020, 19:25

Hi Scott, as far as using it as a MIDI controller for Virtual Hammonds is concerned they should behave the same, see also C1 MIDI Implementation Chart on its manual which confirms the fast trigger usage

MIDI CHANNEL
- Channel setting 1 - 16 transmits MIDI Note messages on MIDI channels 1 - 16 with fixed velocity data, using the keyboards fast trigger response. MIDI In is enabled.
-Channel setting E1 - E9 transmits MIDI Note messages on MIDI channel 1 - 9 with variable velocity data, using the keyboards normal trigger response. MIDI IN is disabled.


Not sure about panel controls (drawbars, etc.) to MIDI CCs mapping, i.e. if it is exactly same on C1 and C2 (you can compare them on their manuals, but in the end you will have to remap them on the Virtual Instrument, so...) ;-)

PS: found a cheap C1 you want to buy and use as a dual waterfall master keyboard? :mrgreen:
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Re: C1 vs. C2 as a MIDI controller

Postby anotherscott » 21 Nov 2020, 21:58

I did see that in the C1 manual, the C2 manual seemed a little more ambiguous! I like that the C1 is a bit lighter, too. But I want to make sure I'm not missing some other advantae of the C2.
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