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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
Adan #3015973 11/13/19 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Adan
A question to those who've done the update . . . if you split the keyboard between organ and piano, does organ "high trigger" mode still work in the split?


Installed the 2.0 update tonite. *Yes*, the Hi/Lo organ trigger system setting is still honored in the new split mode, and it works identically, regardless of which side of the split is playing organ. So, yep, you can play hi-trigger organ and lo-trigger piano in the same split. thu


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
teashea #3016087 11/14/19 12:07 AM
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Did you first do the v1.0.1 update or directly go V2.0?

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Fleer #3016131 11/14/19 03:56 PM
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I went directly to 2.0. Never checked what my current version was. Logically, an y.0 update would include an x.0.1 update, but I can't verify this.


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
teashea #3016216 11/14/19 11:46 PM
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Thanks Dave, would think so too.

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So my Continental 73 is in the shop. Less than a year after purchasing it, I'm having a problem with the scene and instrument select buttons. It appears each group of buttons is mounted on strips - which seem to have come loose inside, and each group wobbles back and forth. On a few occasions now I've had to push buttons twice for changes to register. So I took it in under warranty.

Well... two weeks in and I'm told the shop hasn't heard yet "when and if" the parts will be available from Korg. Very disappointing to hear this so far into the production run.

This was my bottom board of a two board rig, so I'm making do by pressing my old MOXF6 back into service in the interim.

Have any other owners experienced similar issues with their boards?

Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
teashea #3017282 11/25/19 03:21 AM
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Only thing I noticed (from the beginning) is one key seemingly lacking a bit of felt as it sounds off a little tick when playing. Could also be a plastic remnant hitting another piece of plastic. No biggie of course, and all keys are perfectly aligned and play absolutely effortlessly. Don’t want to take this beauty back for a beauty spot like that wink

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teashea #3017305 11/25/19 12:54 PM
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I had a shot of one in store. Very fun keyboard, feels like an actual instrument. This would be perfect for the ska/funk band I'm now regularly out with. We use a lot of Vox organ sounds.

Let me get this straight: This is basically a Nord Electro 5 but with pitch bend and more synth capabilities (cutoff, release, etc) for £400 less?


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Originally Posted by N4dr0j


Let me get this straight: This is basically a Nord Electro 5 but with pitch bend and more synth capabilities (cutoff, release, etc) for £400 less?


Nope.

There are many differences but one that stands out in my mind is the Electro is more flexible and functional for splits. Also more functional for B3, allowing you to choose percussion and C/V settings.

This is aside from all the subjective stuff like which one has sounds you prefer. I think the Vox has a better keybed both for organ and piano, and the keybed is a big reason for liking the Vox, but that too might be objective.

The comment that the Vox "feels like an instrument" is a good distillation of why the keyboard has a small but dedicated fan base.


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
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Electro vs. Continental also discussed at http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2937480 though with the 2.0 update, Vox now 64 user presets instead of 16, and some LH bass split capability.


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Brad Kaenel #3025071 01/22/20 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Brad Kaenel
Originally Posted by Adan
A question to those who've done the update . . . if you split the keyboard between organ and piano, does organ "high trigger" mode still work in the split?


Installed the 2.0 update tonite. *Yes*, the Hi/Lo organ trigger system setting is still honored in the new split mode, and it works identically, regardless of which side of the split is playing organ. So, yep, you can play hi-trigger organ and lo-trigger piano in the same split. thu


That's the same as VR700 but missing from the VR730/09 - a very useful feature. As another poster asked a while back do you know if the Hi trig point is transmitted over MIDI out. I am interested in this board but would like to trigger an organ module. Plenty of empty space on top too for a module.


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Since this thread has been revived, has there been a definitive yes or no on whether or not any of the organ presets have the third harmonic?

Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
ChazKeys #3025117 01/22/20 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ChazKeys
do you know if the Hi trig point is transmitted over MIDI out. I am interested in this board but would like to trigger an organ module. Plenty of empty space on top too for a module.


The trigger point setting would not translate into MIDI data, and it doesn't need to. This is just a "mechanical" setting that determines the point in the Vox key's downward travel where it actually "triggers", and sends the MIDI note ON command. An attached organ module would always just play the note as soon as the MIDI message from the Vox arrived (which is essentially instantaneous if the two instruments are simply connected via a MIDI cable). The time differential between pressing a key and the MIDI data being generated is something that happens completely on the Vox; it doesn't show up in the MIDI data stream as CC controller values, or anything like that.


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
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Originally Posted by Brad Kaenel
Originally Posted by ChazKeys
do you know if the Hi trig point is transmitted over MIDI out. I am interested in this board but would like to trigger an organ module. Plenty of empty space on top too for a module.


The trigger point setting would not translate into MIDI data, and it doesn't need to.

I think the issue here is that some boards that have a high trigger option for their internal sounds still only use the low trigger point when transmitting MIDI, which means you lose the benefit of the high trigger point if you use the board to trigger an external organ module/VST instead of using the board's internal organ sound. I'm pretty sure the Nord Stage 3 falls into this category.


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Well, I learned something, too; thanks, Scott.

It seems like an odd way to implement things, though. Perhaps it's not as widespread a design convention as I assume, but I thought that nowadays most every MIDI-fied synth/DP was implemented "under the hood" as essentially a module, and a keybed that just sends MIDI commands internally (as well as externally). I suppose it's not always that simple...


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
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Tonight at 7:00 PM EST Korg software engineer Bill Barton who developed the Vox and Farfisa models will be doing a Zoom presentation for combo-organ@groups.io. There may still be time to join for anyone interested.


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Re: new Vox Continental - Some thoughts
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Any chance to find the presentation later on?

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