I can split the sound with a keyboard (in this case a Roland FP2), and that works fine. However, I woud like to be able to use two sound modules, MIDIed so that each module has reference to the notes from that split - say bass from the left and another sound from the right of the split.

It seems that whatever gets played is routed to both modules, with no splitting - both sounds are activated from anywhere on the keyboard.

Is there a way in which to allow the split to work with the two modules? I doubt it'll be directly attributed to the keyboard, but how is it possible using MIDI? I need to use it without having a computer anywhere near!

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First test would be to see if the data is channelised. I presume most people don't carry a midi analyser* these days [you can borrow my old one if you like;) but plugging it up to a DAW would tell you.

If it is, then set each slave module to receive on those alternate channels.

*I found an old article - 1986 - describing it… Mu:Zines - Studiomaster MA36. Mine still works, so it wasn't a bad investment ;)

From the manual, page 47…

When the instrument is turned on, this is set to Channel “1.” The FP-2 receives messages on all channels, 1–16.

  • When the keyboard is in dual play, the channel you’ve set here is transmitted.
  • When the keyboard is split into left and right sides, the transmission channel for messages from the left-hand side is fixed at “3.”
  • Thanks, but not even sure the keyboard can send out discrete channels from the split. I guess it gets set to one out channel and that's it.
    – Tim
    Oct 18, 2020 at 7:48
  • That's why I said to test it :P idk the Rolands, but iirc, Yamahas would always send split channels if you split the keyboard [It's been a long while since I did anything like this, so memory is more than a tad hazy]
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 18, 2020 at 7:52
  • I found the manual...
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 18, 2020 at 7:57
  • There's one for sale in UK - £175 - don't know if that's good or not. I like gear, but would i get any more moneysworth out of it at that price?
    – Tim
    Oct 18, 2020 at 8:00
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    Found that little bit on p.47. Cheers. I just want to use it as said on the road, and thus don't want to take my computer out as well. When we finally manage to get out to gigs again. One day, maybe...
    – Tim
    Oct 18, 2020 at 8:06

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