CowboyNQ Posted December 7, 2018 Share Posted December 7, 2018 Below is a story which reinforces something I've long believed - this forum is the most incredibly useful resource any keyboard player could hope for. Not a short tale but I hope you'll find it entertaining and relevant. Recently I initiated this thread: Kronos Noob Questions As a quick perusal will attest, I received a ton of insightful, honest and relevant advice in short order. ALL of it useful. This info gave me a boost of confidence which made me feel that I could indeed find my way around the backlined Kronos without too much difficulty, and I might also be a fighting chance of using the famous "set list" mode. Off I toddled to my local music store, to acclimatise myself to the beast that is the Kronos: As suggested by my KC brethren, I was able to fly around the menus very easily, and find the sounds I wanted without difficulty using the "categories" menu. My Krome experience certainly stood me in good stead, but quite frankly the Kronos is even easier to get around from a purely navigational point of view. I quickly realised that "set list" mode was going to be a massive boon, again exactly as suggested, assuming I would have the time to build the set list. During my visit to the shop I took comprehensive notes on what the sounds were called and where they were registered so I could find them easily at the gig. Fast forward to the gig (today) and things started well. I had all the sounds I wanted to use written down, and was lucky enough to be able to spend some quality time with the Kronos to whack them into the set list. I also did not forget the good advice I received to ensure I saved the changes to the set list as I went along. I was feeling super confident...until I gave all my set list sounds a test drive. For some bizarre reason all the piano patches simply didn't make any noise. Organs - OK. EP - OK. Synth - OK. Combi with piano and strings: Strings - OK, Piano - no sound. Bizarre and scary when 50% of what I needed was piano. At this point I started on a process of expectation management with my band mates. They were trying to be nice but I could tell they were somewhat unimpressed. In a moment of clarity amidst the descending haze of panic I remembered David's (Nursers') kind offer to assist me in real time if I got stuck. David is possessed of a sunny demeanour, friendly attitude and robust sense of humour, as evidenced by the below note I received in response to my initial text: I explained my situation and he was honest enough to admit he (as a relatively new Kronos user) was baffled too. However I did tell him that an interesting and disconcerting message "Samples not loaded" was appearing atop the touch screen. David offered to trawl the manual for me to see if he could winkle out a small sliver of wisdom on my behalf. I told him not to trouble himself but he insisted, and told me it would be his pleasure. And sure enough, he found the following, which he duly texted to me: I followed the instructions and sure enough the piano sounds magically reinstated themselves. Day saved, band happy, audience happy, customer happy. I can't thank all of the forumites who took the time out to share their knowledge and wisdom enough. And I wanted to use this post to give a special acknowledgment to David, who really went above and beyond to help a brother out. In summary, the gig was a massive success and this evening's feedback suggests it will lead to further worthwhile corporate opportunities. Were it not for this forum I suspect the outcome would have been wildly different, stressful and potentially embarassing. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I reckon there's worse places you could hang out on the internet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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