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Karma-Lab releases KARMA Motif Software for the Yamaha Motif XF and XS

United States
13th January 2011 — Karma-Lab is pleased to announce the development and upcoming release of “KARMA Motif Software” for the PC/Mac ($199 direct from Karma-Lab). This brand-new entry in their line of software applications brings the award-winning and patented KARMA algorithmic music technology, previously only available for Korg workstations, to the Yamaha Motif XS and the new Yamaha Motif XF platforms.

KARMA Developer Stephen Kay comments “This exciting new collaboration allows me to bring the power of KARMA to a completely new user base, using the great sounds and features of the Yamaha Motif series. I can‘t wait for you to experience what we‘ve created - it will add a whole new dimension to your enjoyment and use of the Motif.”

“This exciting new collaboration brings the power of KARMA to a completely new user base using the great sounds and features of the Yamaha Motif series,” said KARMA developer Stephen Kay. “This will add a whole new dimension to the Motif experience.”

KARMA Motif also debuts the newest, most advanced, third-generation KARMA 3.0 technology with a host of new features including:

• 8-track design (6 KARMA Modules, 2 Keyboard Layers) per Performance
• Per-track Volume and Mute stored in each of the 32 Scenes - individually adjust the mix of all parts in each scene, and which parts are playing
• Velocity Response Curves - individually tailor the velocity response for the left hand keyboard, the right hand keyboard, the input to KARMA from the keyboard, and the Chord Triggers (pads), without editing the Motif‘s programs or songs.
• Fill/Stop Feature - use one or more modules as a melodic or drum fill, with the ability to stop and start other modules automatically
• Advanced Stutter Feature - rapidly “stutter” (retrigger) the entire groove at different rhythmic resolutions, providing an effect similar to how it would sound if you sampled the entire KARMA groove and then replicated small slices of the beginning of the sample in your DAW. From machine-gun like stutters to slow triplet hits, it adds a completely new dimension to a KARMA Performance.
• Master Transpose - play in one key, generate output in another, switchable in real-time.
• Chord Triggers (Pads) - Individual Vel. Sensitivity and Transpose, for not only triggering KARMA with pre-programmed chords of your choice, but for triggering hits, sound effects and even the Motif‘s arps.
• Performance Notes Feature - bring up a detailed Performance Notes document for each included Performance, with detailed information about the Scenes, RT Control assignments, Chord Trigger assignments, key zones, methods of playing, suggested uses and more. Edit to included your own comments and create your own notes for your own Performances.
• Remote Control mode - maps the Motif‘s Remote Control mode so that all of the buttons and sliders on the Motif‘s interface can be used to trigger the 16 Chord Triggers, Fills, Stutter feature, Scene changes, Scene mixes and real-time algorithmic variations - no need for an external fader/button box, although full support for interfacing them is also provided, with more assignable CCs for real-time control via external controllers.
• Extensively Redesigned Single Window Interface with Activity Meters

KARMA Motif‘s Performances use the Motif‘s Song/Mixing mode, where each of the 64 songs is a complete, up to 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. The Motif's arps are also additionally integrated in many performances as additional elements that can be added via the 16 Chord Triggers. Since you are already in Song Mode, you're just one step away from recording the your KARMA-fied musical performances into the Motif's sequencer - or you can route the output to any DAW for external sequencing. Furthermore, a KARMA Performance can call up any Motif Voice, Performance, Song, Pattern, or Master slot when loading, so that KARMA can be used in any of the Motif's modes.

“KARMA is one of the most innovative and interactive music software programs ever developed,” said Athan Billias, Director of Marketing at Yamaha’s Pro Audio & Combo division. “Combined with the incredible variety of Motif arps and unique features, like real-time Loop remix, KARMA and Motif combine to create one of the most powerful music production platforms available today.”

KARMA Motif Software for PC and Mac ($199) is available directly from Karma-Lab, and is slated to be available in April 2011.
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