November 24, 2014 - Karma-Lab has released KARMA Motif Software Version 3.2, a major update to their algorithmic music generation program that adds support for the Yamaha S70/S90 XS. A free update for any current owners, version 3.2 adds the following new features and improvements:
- supports 6 Yamaha instruments: Adds the S70/S90 XS to Motif XF, XS, MOXF, MOX and Rack XS
- supports Mac OSX 10.4.11 through 10.10 Yosemite, Universal
- continues to support Windows XP through Windows 8.1, 32 and 64-bit
- new "Auto-Fill" feature - automatically trigger a fill with each scene change
- new keyboard shortcuts for Scene Advance (Next, Previous, Startup)
- new menu command and keyboard shortcut for Clear Solos
- updated and revised Tutorials and Help File
- other new features, enhancements, and improvements
KARMA Motif brings developer Stephen Kay's award-winning and patented KARMA algorithmic music technology to a number of Yamaha synthesizers in a Mac/PC software package, giving them extensive new interactive groove generation, arpeggiation and arranger-like capabilities.
The software includes the ability to use each keyboard's DAW Remote Mode to control all of KARMA's functions directly from the keyboard, while KARMA sends parameter information and values directly to the keyboard's display (on supported models). This allows you to control KARMA from the keyboard without looking at the computer, and makes it feel like the KARMA software is built-in to the keyboard. Shown below is the Remote Mode functionality for the new S70/S90 XS support:
KARMA Motif uses the keyboard's Song/Multi/Mixing mode, where each of the included KARMA Performances is a complete, 16 part multi-track six-module KARMA algorithmic music groove, with a left hand and right hand zone for controlling KARMA and soloing on top of it, and eight fully voiced and completely different scenes. The keyboard's arps are also additionally integrated in each Performance as additional elements that can be added via KARMA's Intelligent Chord Trigger Transposition features. And since you are already in Song Mode, you're just one step away from recording your KARMA-fied musical performances into the internal sequencer - or you can route the output to any DAW for external sequencing. Furthermore, a KARMA Performance can call up any Voice, Performance, Song, Pattern, or Master slot when loading, so that KARMA can be used in any of the supported model's modes.
KARMA Motif is available directly from Karma-Lab for US $199. A 13 minute Video Introduction on the Motif XF is available demonstrating many of KARMA's interactive performance capabilities, which operate the same on all supported models. More information, including links to documentation, tutorials and user forums, can be found at karma-lab.com/karma-motif.