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DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard, polyphonic MIDI?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:52 am    Post subject: DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard, polyphonic MIDI? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi guys,
I want to sell my DSI desktop evolver and swap it for the mono keyboard version. Will the MIDI on that thing be polyphonic? Or is the fact that it's a monosynth will somehow prevent it from sending out polyphonic MIDI data like on older retrofitted analog monosynths?

Stupid question I know, just want to make sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

That was a good question. It's not intuitively obvious.

Page 24 in the mono evolved keyboard manual says the keyboard midi out can be set to "poly, mono, unison1, unison2" also the stacking output can be set to up to 20 voices.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks!

Anybody actually tried it?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Not the mono evolver keyboard. I do have a poly evolver keyboard and its midi out can handle many more than 4 voices.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well being a polysynth, it would naturally. But does the mono version handle poly midi?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'd try sending an email to dave smith instruments - they're usually nice fellows and answer questions you send them.

My own intution says that it ought to be polyphonic midi - given the nature of MIDI (note on/note off), I think it would be harder not to support polyphony, especially since they make other models where the synth engine is polyphonic, and also they have the poly chain feature that enables you to hook up other Evolvers for polyphony.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The "poly" evolver is a 4 voice synthesizer. The keyboard outputs a polyphonic stream of midi notes, meaning I can play complex chords and other more polyphonic sound sources can play the stream of notes.

If you're really in doubt, do as Antimon suggested and ask over at DSI. If you'd be kind enough to post the answer here, then this thread will be complete.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Here is the reply from DSI:

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You'll be happy to know the MEK does in fact transmit polyphonic MIDI data so you can use it as a controller keyboard. It will also send aftertouch, but it will not send polyphonic aftertouch.


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