Request for Advance "Slot Select" via pads functionality

Would like to see a "slot select" function for the pads on the Advance series keyboards, a la Roland workstations. The mute feature is less desirable, as it cuts off the sound abruptly when switching slots inside a multi. If you could change a slot by pushing the appropriate pad, you could let the previous sound sustain while you switch to a new one, as long as it were on a different midi channel.
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) July 29, 2015 15:00
    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the idea!

    If you are trying to switch quickly between presets, without muting the previous one, then you may want to try using the setlist feature along with your Multi.

    Using the setlist feature, you can switch between pre-loaded presets from the Advance by just scrolling to the new preset and pushing down the knob to select. The previous preset will come to its natural conclusion instead of being cut off with a mute.

    You can also try setting a keyboard range for each patch in your multi so that only a certain zone of keys triggers that particular patch. This can be done by using the Lo Key/Hi Key adjustments in the Multi sections on the Advance or in VIP:



    Hope this helps!
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    I can appreciate these suggestions, but to me, it doesn't really solve the problem of live flexibility. The pads on the Advance are big and beautiful, and within arms reach at all times if performing live. I guess I don't have as much use for the mute function, I want to be able to use a setlist to load different multis between songs, not individual patches.

    The Roland Fantom and FA-06/08 workstations solved this problem perfectly. They have a bank of pads 1-16 that, when set to a particular setting, will toggle between different parts of a "multi" with spillover. This is such a wonderful tool for live use and on the fly creation. It only makes sense that you should be able to do that with the Akai Advance pads.

    My suggestion would be a software setting that can toggle between the default mute function, or a part select function. Of course, this would only be valuable if the keyboard could control individual slots on a channel by channel basis.

    For example, set up a multi with 4 parts, MIDI channels 1, 2, 3, 3, respectively. Set pad mode to "Slot Select". Select slot 1, piano sound. Sustain the last chord, press pad 2 to switch to strings. Finish with strings, select pad 3 (or 4) to switch to a 2 patch layer with 2 pads loaded in slots 3 and 4. Catch my drift?
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) July 29, 2015 16:14
    That would certainly be a useful feature and I have seen similar requests in the past. I'll be happy to pass your notes along to the team, just wanted to provide some more options in the meantime!
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  • Yes, it would be very useful for me, too. For example:

    I use 6 sounds during one song. I need to switch between them. Start with 1st slot, then 2nd and 3rd slot linked (the same midi channel), next 4th and 5th linked (different midi channels or different MIDI IN - please, do MIDI INPUT filter for different midi keyboards), then I don't need to choose different midi channels on second keyboard), and so on.

    If I could arming slots by pads, it would be easier.

    And something more:

    After first song I need to play another one and I don't have time to load next MULTI from SETLIST. What can VIP to do? SETLIST is great but it is not very fast to load next MULTI with 8 slots on live performance.
    Maybe if I could to select which MULTI from SETLIST VIP has to load into PC's memory, then I could switch between MULTI instantly.

    Of course TEMPO assigned to SLOT and/or MULTI in standalone.

    And I have one more idea: if we could assign MIDI CC# for that (arming slots, load multi and more in VIP. Thanks to assigned MIDI CC# I could arm, load multi by my second midi keyboard like my MPK). Then I do not need anything else, but two keyboards and VIP for my live performance.

    After that VIP will be amazing for live players like me, I hope so. :-)

    I want to say my needs very clearly, but sometimes my English does not allow me to do this ;-)
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