Vince Lutz's Multipad Files

(1 February 2003) Does anyone use self-created multipads as beat and/or generic lead fill ins?  I don't use any of the preset multipads but I continously use those I've created on my PSR-2000.  I don't consider myself  an expert at creating multipads by any means.  I just  tried to find  a way to get as much music as I could from my keyboard, especially while I'm singing. I prefer (need) to focus more of my attention on my singing than lead work. I believe pads help me with that.

To illustrate how multipads might be used with a style, I have created a seprate zip file that includes two styles, several multipad files, and a registration file to bring it all together. The two styles, RockBallad1 & RockBallad2, are basically an alteration of the "RockBallad" style on the 2000. I simply robbed different parts/tracks from various styles and changed some voices.  You'll notice that, when you change the OTS, a different pad is available. I've tried to name the pads in a way that indicates what voice is available in each pad.  For example, the file 1PGGOz.PAD has a P=piano, followed by a G=guitar (strum),  G=guitar, and then Oz (several instruments in series with orchestra strings first in the series).  Click on the VinceReg link below to download the ZIP file.

VinceReg
MyFirstReg.REG, RockBallad1.S119.STY, RockBallad2.S119.STY
S9171PGGOz.S081.PAD, P StrmMPz.S910.PAD
PGStrmZ-3B.S379.PAD, PHgStrmPbridge.S171.PAD

When I use these pads, I generally have volume for style and pads at 100 when I want an evenly mixed sound. For example, with the Rock Ballad 1&2 (they're really the same style both style and pads.  At an evenly mixed volume, you can bring pads in and out without affecting sound too noticeably. Also, I will bring in 1 or 2 at a time until all 4 are being used. With practise, you'll quickly learn to bring them in on down beat for proper timing. Once all 4 are in use I leave them on throughout song.

Sometimes, with Oz, I'll repress it every so often to bring in or to keep the string sound.  With RockBallad2 using 3 & 4, I will raise the volume of pads to around 115 . The  volume I use on pads is mostly that which will produce an even or a little higher volume for pads than style.

The first two buttons in the registration file (MyFirstReg.S917.REG) simply load RockBallad1 and RockBallad2 respectively.  Each style calls all four PAD files. For this to work, the styles have to be in USER memory and the pads have to be in USER memory.  (Registrations can only load styles that are in PRESET or USER memory.  The OTS, in which the PADS are stored, can only refer to PADS that are in PRESET or USER memory.)

So, to test out this sample, follow these steps:

  1. Unzip the VinceReg.ZIP file.
  2. Copy all the files to a floppy disk.
  3. Insert the floppy in your PSR.
  4. Press [D] to bring up the STYLE file screen.
  5. Press [NEXT] to go to the FLOPPY DISK area.
  6. Press COPY, select the two style files, then press OK.
  7. Press [PREV] to go to the USER area.
  8. Press PASTE to paste a copy of the two style files to your style USER area.
  9. Return to the MAIN screen and press [I] to bring up the MULTI PAD screen.
  10. Repeat steps 5-8 to copy the four multi pad files from the FLOPPY DISK area to the USER area.
  11. You can load the registration file directly from the floppy.  From the MAIN screen, press [J] to bring up the registration file screen.  Go to the FLOPPY DISK and load the MyFirstReg file.

Now you can press R1 to load RockBallad1 and then press OTS1 to load the first multipad file and the other OTS parameters.  To audition the four multipads, you might try turning accompaniment off, starting the rhythm, and then listen to each multipad in turn.  Each OTS setting loads a different multipad with four new multipad phrases.

Now that you've tried out some pads, you may want to click on the link below and download the other multipads I've created.  There are 37 pads in all. Pads are in beat when brought in on the down beat of style. They work well with 4/4 and 8-beat styles.

Vincent Lutz   vinze9@aol.com

VL37Pads


This page updated on January 17, 2015 .