Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2027996 - 02/06/13 10:14 AM what is a 4 zone midi controller?
adak Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/27/12
Posts: 282
Loc: Canada
i have seen it mentioned here a couple of times. google doesn't say what it is. can someone tell me it does and the purpose of it? thanks.
_________________________
Casio Privia PX-150


Top
(ads) Sweetwater / PR /Roland
Yamaha Keyboards for Performance and Composition

Pearl River World's Best Selling Piano

Click Here


#2028000 - 02/06/13 10:26 AM Re: what is a 4 zone midi controller? [Re: adak]
toddy Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/30/11
Posts: 1599
Loc: Portugal
It probably means you can allocate different sounds to four different zones of the keyboard - the bottom 2 octaves to a bass or synth/bass mix, the middle 3 octaves to a piano and the top two octaves to a sound pad and some voices or horns, or percussion. Each zone can be programmed to respond to sustain pedal or not. Each zone can have a different volume level and effects mix. Each zone may use internal sounds from the keyboard you're playing or - using MIDI - trigger sounds from another keyboard, module or computer....or any combination of the above.

At least I think that's what a zoned keyboard is. I haven't actually got one. But my DP does have a split facility which gives it 2 zones, I suppose.


Edited by toddy (02/06/13 10:29 AM)
_________________________
Roland HP 302, Yamaha SY85

Reaper / NI Komplete 9 /Kontakt 5// EWQL Sym Choirs/ Sym Orchestra Silver/ MOR2
Mics: SP B1 & MXL V67g/ Alesis MicTube Preamp/ Xenyx302/ Yamaha HS7s .

"Only a fool is fooled" pv88, All Fools' Day 2014.

Top
#2028016 - 02/06/13 11:06 AM Re: what is a 4 zone midi controller? [Re: adak]
Dave Horne Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/07/04
Posts: 5276
Loc: Vught, The Netherlands
... also, zones can be overlapped.

You could layer, for example, four sounds to cover the entire keyboard, and control the volume setting (and many other parameters) for each zone.
_________________________
website

mp3\wav files

AvantGrand N3, CP5

Top
#2028034 - 02/06/13 11:36 AM Re: what is a 4 zone midi controller? [Re: adak]
anotherscott Online   content
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/20/10
Posts: 3159
Originally Posted By: adak
i have seen it mentioned here a couple of times. google doesn't say what it is. can someone tell me it does and the purpose of it? thanks.

Two different concepts:

MIDI Controller = ability to trigger and control external sounds (sounds that are not built into the keyboard itself; i.e. sounds in a computer, iPad, sound module, or some other keyboard)

Four zone = ability to split the keyboard into four areas (which may or may not overlap) for the purpose of triggering different sounds from different areas of the keyboard (or technically, in some cases, you may create a zone that is not assigned to ANY keys of the keyboard, you may want to send it MIDI data for some other purpose)

A keyboard that can be split once would have two zones, i.e. above and below the split point. A keyboard that can be split twice has three zones, like the Nord Stage 2 or Hammond SK1. And so on. Kawai MP6, Roland RD-700, Yamaha MOX are some examples that have four zones. Korg Kronos and Kurzweil PC3 series have 16 zones.

edit: P.S. -- that's a general conceptual overview, but specific implementations or how these things are defined by manufacturers can vary a bit. For example, Casio says the PX3 is 4-zone, and in a sense it is, but it only supports one split point, so zones must overlap, as there are only two definable key regions.


Edited by anotherscott (02/06/13 12:05 PM)

Top
#2028230 - 02/06/13 04:43 PM Re: what is a 4 zone midi controller? [Re: anotherscott]
Dr Popper Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/30/09
Posts: 1718
Loc: Hancock Park LA (not again)
Originally Posted By: anotherscott
For example, Casio says the PX3 is 4-zone, and in a sense it is, but it only supports one split point, so zones must overlap, as there are only two definable key regions.

shocked .... That's a fail IMHO
_________________________
"I'm still an idiot and I'm still in love" - Blue Sofa - The Plugz 1981 (Tito Larriva)
Disclosure : I am professionally supported by but not beholden to various musical instrument manufactures including Yamaha

Top
#2028236 - 02/06/13 04:53 PM Re: what is a 4 zone midi controller? [Re: adak]
Mike_Martin Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/21/09
Posts: 386
The PX-3 does in fact only have one split point. It is still considered 4 zones as each of the zones can independently control internal or external MIDI devices. There are many Roland products that share this same terminology having Upper and Lower zones.

The new PX-5S has full independence of each of the zones. They can overlap, split, velocity switch, layer...there aren't any rules.
_________________________
-Mike Martin
Casio America

Casio Music Forums
Privia Pro PX-5S Audio Demos

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Our latest Issue is available now...
Piano News - Interesting & Fun Piano Related Newsletter! (free)
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
119 registered (AndresD, AndrewJCW, 36251, Allard, Abby Pianoman, 36 invisible), 1335 Guests and 20 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75602 Members
42 Forums
156329 Topics
2295961 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Feurich 190 cm grand from 1920 - Is it any good?
by pinkfloydhomer
25 minutes 59 seconds ago
Who's gigging with MP11
by 36251
57 minutes 1 second ago
piano technician cost list
by ascc
Today at 01:36 AM
Liszt on Steinway A3
by Reno
Today at 01:35 AM
Roland RD800 initial impressions
by fizikisto
Today at 12:28 AM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission