Thursday, January 27, 2005
Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron - namely, that he is a blockhead.
For grins and giggles I might bring the Conquistador or Walk Away Renee sequences over to the QY70 and play it through an amplifier to see if the XM sound generator is decent (truth be told, it sounded a bit tinny on the earbuds), but one thing that I caught was that there doesn't seem to be a lot of memory in the QY70. It might've been just inexperience with the unit, but a 29K file shouldn't take up 29% of the available memory on the sequencer. I realize this is an older unit, and the QY100 is now the de facto standard for this sort of thing, but I'm going to play with this puppy for a while to see if I can make this happen. There seems to be some demand for them on eBay if it doesn't work out after all, but the alternative isn't that palatable. The alternative is a MIDI filer, in other words, something to just play an SMF file on a floppy into a sound module. Yamaha's MDF-3 runs about $350 from Musician's Friend, although I've seen the legacy MDF-2 on eBay while I was investigating this. Then, you need a sound module on top of that, figure a couple of hundred bucks for a Roland JV synth. Whatever happened to the days of a Tele through a Bassman?