The Xylosynth is the only digital mallet instrument with a natural playing surface. The solid hardwood bars make the Xylosynth unique in the field of electronic mallet percussion along with the lightn... Read More
The Xylosynth is the only digital mallet instrument with a natural playing surface. The solid hardwood bars make the Xylosynth unique in the field of electronic mallet percussion along with the lightning speed piezo sensors and sophisticated filtering technology. Developed since 1985 this unique instrument should excite Marimba and Vibe players of all standards.
Bubinga is an exotic hardwood from equatorial Africa with an exceptional strength to weight ratio. It’s rich and luxurious grain bears a close resemblance to rosewood and along with other high-end instrument makers we like it for it’s hardness and figure. Being slightly denser than the birch laminate I think it has a pleasing ‘gravitas’ when struck although in reality there is little difference between the playing surfaces. As with any solid wood key care must be taken to avoid sudden temperature and humidity changes. Don’t leave next to radiators and cover if left in an auditorium overnight.
Like most piano keyboards the Xylosynth is velocity sensitive – the harder you hit the louder the sound – with the full MIDI range from 0 to 127.
The controls on the Xylosynth are very simple. There are two knobs situated top right hand. One is for setting length of note from 0.03 to 8 seconds but can be overridden at any time using the sustain. The other is for setting sensitivity depending on certain factors such as your playing style or circumstance.
Next to the Power and ‘MIDI Out’ is the control panel where you can change sounds, transpose and sustain all in real time. It is also where you change functions and choose to scroll through all the sounds one at a time or make a smaller list of the sounds you need for a performance. You can also choose channel number for laptop based sounds or an ‘increment/decrement’ system should you need it.
As you can see, the controls on the standard Xylosynth are foot pedal operated. You will need at least one pedal to go with this instrument although any ‘normally open’ pedal will work (even for the sustain). Foot pedal controls are suited to very quick changes especially if playing with four mallets.
The standard Xylosynth has no onboard sounds. Using the ‘MIDI out’ socket you can connect to your sound source using the 4-meter MIDI cable provided.
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