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Yamaha PLG150-DX

 
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Xeno86k



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 13:20    Post subject: Yamaha PLG150-DX Reply with quote

The original Motif, and ES Motif had expansion slots that Yamaha still sells cards for. One being a FM Synthesis six operator based 16-polyphony card labeled the "PLG150-DX". A screen shot of the expansion card looks like it has a YMP705-F on it, but the fine print from them about using patches from their FM keyboards "Some voices may sound slightly different when played back on the PLG150-DX" makes me a little suspicious.

However with the launch of the Motif XS line in 2007 these slots where removed from the keyboard, and i don't know if the XS Rack version has the expansion slots back in. So you would have to find a used original or ES model Motif keyboard or rack if you want to go this route.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 15:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have PLG150-DX plugged in my MU1000.
I can do some recordings of certain sounds if there is interest?

As mentioned so is it 16 note polyphony but mono-timbral.

I found some midi files that used the DX card purely.
Here is one that is a cover from a game (i have no idea wich game though), probably from PC-88 as it sound very simple:
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/Theme_of_Miho_PLG150DX.mp3

Another game cover... i dont remember if this one has correct instrument but i like this FM sound Smile
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/xanadu_scenario_2_shop_PLG150DX.mp3

And a third recording wich is using other instruments of the MU1000 together with the DX card (yes it's a game cover also):
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/tf5-steelofdestiny_xg.mp3


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 15:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are my posts empty? Is MP3 linking forbidden?

***update** it seems using the URL tag don't work so i had to remove it the links are now non-clickable except the last one as it does not contain spaces. just copy and past to download.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 20:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could as well search for a DX200, a little groovebox with a built in PLG150DX. You can also search for the Kenton Plugstation or a Yamaha SW1000XG as alternative host for the card...
The PLG150DX is DX7 compatible with an filter, noise and realtime control via CCs as addition...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 21:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've considered buying one of these myself (PLG150DX or PLG100DX), as I've got an MU100 sound module waiting to give one a good home Smile but sadly it seems the cons quite far outweigh the pros. On the plus side I very much like the idea of having an authentic DX7 available in sound module form, plus I find working with FM in MIDI just feels right and natural. I use the sound module a lot so by extension a PLG-DX board would likely get used regularly too. Unfortunately these things still fetch a pretty penny (well over £100 it seems, usually), and for your money you don't get a whole lot ~ 16-note polyphony and monotimbrality as mentioned, no advances over the DX7 except for being able to use the host's DSP, afaik.

So it isn't so practical these days with things like FM8 widely available. I think it's more something for die-hard FM enthusiasts at this point, unless you can somehow procure one for super cheap ~ which I've been trying to do on-and-off for a couple of years :J

Thanks for the demos too, although I couldn't get the Miho one to work. Here's another one on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qZ-HHKPwzs
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 01:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fixed my first post with changed filenames so the mp3's can be downloaded.

Yes i agree PLG150DX is expensive it costs about the same price as MU1000 Confused
But i might be useful to have atleast one instrument that is editable Smile And if you are rich you could use 3 DX cards in MU1000/2000.

here is a link to some midis using two 150DX cards plus one 150AN card and custom PCM samples that is loaded into MU2000... i dont really think many people are having that hardware to be able to play those midis properly, good thing MP3's are avaible for downlaod also Very Happy
http://homepage2.nifty.com/4d_rucksack/midi/midi.htm

I have three plugin cards for my MU1000... 150-VL, 150-AN and 150-DX. the PL150AN (Analog Physical Modeling) is also having FM synthesis afaik.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 16:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recorded three more midis that use the DX card:

http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/epr04_mu100_dx.mp3
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/kokodex_mu100_dx.mp3
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/oho06dx_mu100_dx.mp3

Here are the original midi files:
http://www.ym2149.com/dx7/dx_midi.zip
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blitzlunar



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 22:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

whoa that guy's page is great, he's got some neat stuff there. love his twinbee yahho cover.

liking the sounds of these other demos too :J the DX sound is so great. it's so easy to tell apart the FM from the wavetable.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an SW1000XG/R donated to me by a kind chap from the UK. Only thing is it's missing the attachment cable needed to hook on a PLG card. If one knows where one could get one, that would be sweet.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 19:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those cables are worth their weight in gold Smile i want one too.
I have no idea where to get them, but i guess contacting Yamaha is one way... although nowdays not even the latest Motifs support the plugincards so Yamaha might not care Confused
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