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...which is a MIDI mixer/editor that can also be used to easily program various synths using SysEx. These include Kawai's more popular synths, but you can also create your own programs so it can be used on any synth that accepts MIDI SysEx.
That's seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen on this thread.
What makes it especially brilliant is that it's incredibly versatile:
- It can be used as a realtime mixing console, not by changing the audio volume of actual instruments, but by changing the MIDI value for the volume of MIDI-controlled instruments (really each MIDI channel).
- It can be used as a controller for many MIDI controller functions (e.g. modulation) on a MIDI-compatible device, i.e. each fader matches a certain MIDI controller function (selectable from the MM-16's memory banks) and thus a MIDI device can have various MIDI values changed in realtime. Also handy for adding a MIDI controller knob section to a MIDI controller keyboard that lacks such a section.
- It can be used as a would-be graphic equalizer, however again not by changing the audio signal, but by changing specific MIDI velocity values.
- It can be used to program synths via sys-ex. For Kawai's own synths pre-programmed patches are available in its memory banks, for anything else you can make your own (and dump them via MIDI).
- It can merge and split MIDI channels, including filtering based on specific MIDI events. It has specific modes for splitting MIDI information so it becomes possible to control two MIDI modules at once, e.g. one module will play the even notes while the other plays the uneven ones.
- It provides 64 memory locations to save specific MIDI settings, which can be dumped (saved to another device) and loaded via...MIDI Sys-Ex (kinda recursive there...). 😎
There are a few other MIDI devices that can do this, but they're hard to find, very expensive, or difficult to use. Of course you can also use a DAW and/or specific computer programs, but that's a less hands-on experience (and also not made in the late '80s). This might be Kawai's most awesome device that is not a synth. 😁