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  • andyg
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    Quite true, TD. Not all Yammies are the same! MIDI Solutions also do a box that have an input socket for a standard volume pedal for a keyboard (Yamaha FC7 or roland equivalent, say) and will turn its movements into any CC message.</p>

    And of course, it's probably true to say that many of the MIDI equipped home organs of that era can be picked up free or low cost. Most have the 'standard' channels 1,2,3 for upper, lower and pedals, but it's worth checking the implementation chart for how they deal with CC11 and programme changes.</p>

    There were some organs with mod wheels that might just kick out CC1.Yamaha's HS8 springs to mind.
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    Hi Paul, the same brain wave hit me like a ton of bricks too, last year (for me, probably more of a duh! moment!) But yes, absolutely, the Yamahas from about the mid-1980s to mid-1990s can be had for next to nothing or indeed nothing; and they make great MIDI controllers. They're of course limited in utility to serving as organ controllers because of the lack of velocity sensitivity and aftertouch, etc., but at the going prices anyone can indulge in one as a single-use luxury, unless space is a concern.</P>


    A couple quick points to add to Andy's remarks. 1) Be aware that not all MIDI-ed Yamahas will generate a CC message from the expression pedal. I learned this the hard way by picking up a cheap ME-10: the pedal on these only controls the level to the internal audio. So I'm afraid it does require a look through the MIDI implementation chart to ascertain whether a given model sends a MIDI expression message or not. (not to quibble with Andy's advice - just trying to spare you making the same mistake I did!) 2) I'm currently looking into options for using a standard halfmoon switch to control rotary speed on my Voce Leslie module. Midi Solutions makes any number of little special-application boxes for issues like this, and I've found they have one that will do a switch-to-MIDI conversion. A little steep at US $130, but when you've picked up the organ for free or $50, no problem. Lots of modular B3 or Leslie units will respond to a momentary switch for speed control, but I racked my brain and couldn't figure out how to make this happen in a halfmoon-type configuration. (anyone else got any ideas? [:)] )</P>


    Anyway hope this helps - good luck finding your Yamaha B3!</P>


    Scott</P>

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