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The goal of us Mox users

What a disappointment! I think that Yamaha Mox is a very good machine compared to the price. Perhaps one of products with a ratio performances / weight / price among the best on market at the time of its release but even now in 2013, year of birth of this site. However surprise, disappointment, and discouragement was great when with passing of time I realized that for Yamaha Mox, with few exceptions, practically there aren' t free libraries on web. Of course there are many libraries on payment, and it is right and I also say fortunately, but free libraries...what happens to them? Why for some older synth such as Yamaha DX7 there are thousands of free sounds on Internet while for Yamaha Mox that has higher possibilities and potential, even today after some years from its release I can find only a few hundred sounds after desperate search? What happens to generosity of man of good will who loves to share with others the product of his work to increase collective heritage to which he is himself to draw on, enriching at the same time its own culture? And still benefits are obvious. The concept behind it's very simple: seeding "1" with others and reaping "100". I cannot therefore think that people' s generosity is being lost with passing of time forgetting consequently models so good also for personal gain. The reason therefore must  be another. Is it possible that we are leaving the beautiful custom to reshape with programming the sounds that these keyboards provide? Maybe we do it less than in the past because we have always more sounds preset, however continuously in forums we read advice like "open that filter" and "add a bit of effect", etc...So I would tend to exclude also this possibility. However I think it is realistic to say that at the time of Yamaha DX7 there were not many other alternatives, thus all energies were concentrated on a few products. Today on the contrary, market is saturated with alternatives and a product becomes obsolete because soon replaced by a later model often incompatible, creating in this way a dispersion of all efforts on different machines. But Yamaha Mox is a great product that is just a step below various flagships of manufacturers. It is cheap to the point that would have to carve out a discrete segment of market. Therefore its users probably should be many thousands around the world. So, why do you not even count on one hand the users who have uploaded their sounds on web? Forcing myself to reject the first hypothesis I just cannot give me a full explanation.

For this reason I have decided to be part of those few who have tried to take the first step; of those few who hope that with their shy flapping wings sooner or later will cause a hurricane on the other side of the world on this aspect.

So this site was born with the intention to create a collection point of shared resources for Yamaha Mox, made freely available by all users, and myself starting to make available for free a bank of 128 sounds processed by me.

What I want in exchange

You can freely download my sounds bank and if you'll be satisfied and enthusiast about my work I offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude in one of the following ways:

  1. Send me your work product, whatever the number of sounds that you have been able to create for Yamaha Mox. Specify for each library if you authorize or you don' t authorize its publication on this website. My hope is that you provide me the permission to publish because only in this way the site will grow and will achieve the purpose for the good of all. The sounds received and authorized (by you), will be filtered by my personal taste and only the sounds with a certain level of decency will be deemed worthy of publication. Don' t worry! I will be quite tolerant and open to timbres of all kinds, but what I want to avoid is that a service may be turned into its exact opposite. You can also send just a timbre and only in case you want publication I inform you that libraries received under 10 units will be grouped together with those of others to form larger units.
  2. Notify links to free libraries or on payment that are not already present in dedicated sections.
  3. Even a message of appreciation and gratitude will bring me pleasure and it might be already something, but know that you will not make me really, really happy ;-)

What's in this bank

The 128 voices in this bank represent an attempt, I hope successful, to improve a certain amount of sounds present as factory preset on the instrument or an attempt to give them some "variations", that is to say sounds similar or related to original ones but that are good also for other situations. Regarding the variations, in several cases but not in all, the resulting timbre has not much of the starting Voice and therefore it can be considered to all effects a real new sound. This is the case for example of "Pluck Bells 2" where even the patch category changes, to the point that my decision to keep this name for other reasons, does not reveal the true nature of the timbre that now has become an EP and no longer bells. Another example of new patch could be "Cosmic Psyche 2". "Pluck Bells 3" instead is not a variation but an improvement of "Pluck Bells". Sounds programming is made in most cases with a focus on Voice usability and I'm sure that almost everyone will be able to find something good in this bank. Regarding the names assigned to the patches, I wanted to keep those starting, giving to everyone a progressive number depending on variations, to know always what is the Voice source so that you can do right comparisons and consider the utility grade of this bank for you. Only in a few cases the names assigned to the patches reflect the title or part of the title of songs that I do with my band in which I use these sounds. In this bank are present also some Voices taken from Peter Krischker' s demo library. These sounds have received some slight changes and in this case I wanted to keep the name given by the author. In conclusion...they will not be all very original sounds, but what's the problem? the bank is free.

Programming tip

The volume of a large part of factory preset has been programmed by the technical staff to levels so low to border on indecency. This keyboard has a comfortable and useful VU meter to 8 LED that allows you to always have an eye on the volume of each sound....a real gem perhaps unique in its kind or in any case prerogative of few machines. Looking at the VU meter you will notice how many sounds switch on one, two or three LED. My tip is to programming all new sounds at least half of 8, then to 4 LED switched on without intermittences. Personally I chose to programming almost all my new sounds switching on completely the LED 5 with just a little excursion to LED 6. This allows me to have a boost sound like other keyboards that I own, making easier for me an overall balance in live performance. Furthermore the greater boost reduces signal / noise ratio and as a sort of gain improves sound quality.

There are three main areas in "edit mode" where you can take action on the volume and two secondary areas, so to speak "of emergency", to touch only as a last resort by paying some attention because they also involve other sound characteristics and dynamic response of the keyboard. The first main area on which you must intervene regards the overall volume of the patch that is located in "Edit (button)> Common (button)> output> volume". The second main area on which to intervene regards the relative volume of individual elements that form the voice and you can find it in "Edit (button)> Element 1,2 ... (button)> amp> lvl/pan> level". If at the beginning the patch is well programmed, try to keep the same ratio between the volume of various elements and increase them all at the same value. The third main area in which to intervene is the equalizer of individual elements of the voice that is in "Edit (button)> Element 1,2 ... (button)> EQ> Type". Here you can "pump up" a single element choosing gradually in growing "Boost6", "Boost12" or "Boost18" from the "Type" parameter. But, pay attention that is not set another type of equalizer in which "Gains" are different from "0" or it will cancel the effect. If this at a certain point is not enough, the fourth secondary zone is located in "Edit (button)> Element 1,2 ... (button)> amp> vel sens> level". For values close to 0, the volume increases. Attention! change the value without overdoing, because intervening in this area you sacrifice keyboard dynamic. If this still is not enough, the fifth secondary zone is located in "Edit (button)> Element 1,2 ... (button)> filter> type> gain". Attention! change the value without overdoing, because intervening in this area you could change at the same time filter action, and then sound quality and harmonics. In general by dosing some changes between the fourth and the fifth area you should reach your goals without upset other features. The higher you want to go with VU meter the more you will be forced to put your hands in these two zones. Beware! therefore, always look for a right limit.

Special Christmas 2015

A great gift by the musician and friend Per Skovgaard who for all Mox users, has chosen in the beginning this site to make public its new "PSC Songwriters Collection Vol.2" containing other 384 unmissable sounds and available in the list of downloads.

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