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#3002130 07/13/20 11:27 AM
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Hi,

does anybody know any rythm apps (drum loops) for Windows or Android
which can be played back via USB Midi to the piano?

I wonder if there is a possibility to make my NU1X sound a little
bit more stylish 😎.


Just playing my NU1X.
And love it. Cheers!
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FWIW (other people have more experience than I do) --

An interesting idea, but here's one problem:

. . . The most sensible way to play drums, with MIDI, is to have a "drum set voice" on the
. . . target instrument.

A "drum set voice" is a voice which has one drum sound _on each key_. So C4 might be a bass drum open, C# = bass drum closed, D = low tom, d# = high tom, etc etc etc.

That's the way that "arranger pianos" get their rhythm tracks. It lets you use lots of different sounds, without using a lot of multi-timbrality or polyphony.

I don't think there's a _standard_ for that "percussion sound to MIDI pitch" mapping.

My PX-350 has 14 different drum sets, in its "General MIDI" voices, numbered 129-142. I _think_ that puts them outside the "universally supported" General MIDI range.

So you'd need a "drum set library mapping" (or several of them) for each instrument that you wanted the "MIDI drummer" to work with. Not impossible, just a hurdle.

If a DP has a "Line In" jack, it's far easier to use any of a huge number of "robot drummers" with audio output _and dozens of standard beats built into them_.

Something like the Digitech SDRUM (very new), or an Alesis SR18 (old, now), is a remarkable piece of technology. It's not a _real_ drummer, but to many people, an NU1X isn't a _real_ piano.<g>


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I should have done some market research -- add the "Beat Buddy" (by Singular Sound) to the list.


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Thanks Charles, another idea:
Forget about Midi.
What about playing a drum rythm over bluetooth audio ?

Might this be a possibility?


Just playing my NU1X.
And love it. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by dima5222
Thanks Charles, another idea:
Forget about Midi.
What about playing a drum rythm over bluetooth audio ?

Might this be a possibility?

Yes, that will work.

There's a little bit of latency in Bluetooth connections -- enough to be audible, if you run your own playing through a Bluetooth loudspeaker and listen to it, as you're playing.

The sound will come out of the speakers, _just a little later_ than the drum machine sent the audio signal. But you'll be playing along with the _sound_ coming out of the loudspeakers, not with the lights on the drum machine -- so that delay won't matter.

There are DP's that allow Bluetooth "audio in" signals, but that don't have a "Line In" jack?
. . . How strange, to this old brain.<g>


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