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Many times, playing live on the Yamaha QS300, we ask ourselves: is it possible to split the keyboard and have more than one zone at the same time ? And how to use effectively the multitimbrical features of the QS300 that provides for 16 parts simultaneously ?

In the User's Manual this problem is not clearly dealt with, and apparently it's not possible to use more than one voice at a time, at least in the VOICE MODE.

Actually this is not completely exact. Read ahead and you will discover why !

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Strictly speaking the QS300 does not allow to split the keyboard as you (and not only you !!!!) would like. It is not possible as well to use more then one voice (or sound) at a time, despite the multitimbricity of QS300 is 16 parts (different voices). This is true in the "VOICE MODE", i.e. when you are playing live.

As opposite, if you select the SONG MODE, you can use all the 16 parts (up to a total of 32 notes of polyphony), but only through the sequencer (internal or external, doesn't make difference).

But (there is always a but !!!) in a certain way you can try to simulate a split also in the VOICE MODE. Here is how to do. As you know you the sounds (voices) of the QS300 use up to 4 independent oscillators. Moreover the QS300 has quite an extensive EDIT MODE, in which you can edit the single voice (or even create your own new voice). Well, playing with this capability, you can have up to 4 (four !!!!) splits on the keyboard. The drawback is that for each split you reduce the number of oscillators of each sound you are using on each split


- 0 splits -> 1 keyboard zone -> 1 voice up to 4 oscillators (max. voice complexity)

- 1 split -> 2 keyboard zones -> 2 voices 2 oscillators each voice or 1 oscillator the first voice and up to 3 oscillators the second one

- 2 splits -> 3 keyboard zones -> 3 voices 1 oscillators 2 voices and 2 oscillators the third one

- 3 splits -> 4 keyboard zones -> 4 voices 1 oscillators each voice (min. voice complexity)

To achieve this results, from the EDIT MODE you must choose for your voice the number of elements (sounds) you need to use (up to 4) and then decide and set the applicable note extension (splits) on the keyboard. In this way, the so defined zones can even overlap, or be completely separated (i.e. there will be a zone of the keyboard absolutely muted).

It's little bit tricky but it works ! Better then nothing !

If you use a computer, it's very convenient and much easier to do the above mentioned trick through an editor as XG-Gold or XG-Edit. Go to our LINKS PAGE and then click on the QS300 Software Page: you will find their URL and some usefull comments and notes.


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