The Yamaha EMT-10 is low cost, half-rack expansion module introduced as an extension for Yamahas Clavinova, Portatone and Portasound products; one of a series of half-rack expansion modules, which included an FM module, a digital reverb, a disk recorder and a drum machine.
The EMT-10 offers 12, good quality, preset Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) sampled voices, which are split into two groups: percussive voices and sustained voices. The 9 percussive voices comprise acoustic and electric pianos, harpsichord, acoustic guitar, and upright, electric and slap bass. The standout percussive sounds are the acoustic piano and the three bass voices. The sustained voices comprise strings, brass and choir. The choir is particularly compelling with female sounding high voices, male sounding low voices and tonal variation from note to note.
The EMT-10 is 8-note polyphonic with limited layering and split support. Any sustained voice can be doubled up with a consequent reduction to 4-note polyphony. A bass voice can be split with any other voice; 2-notes are assigned to the bass voice and 6-notes are assigned to the other voice. When used in conjunction with a second EMT-10, even/odd note mode provides for 16-note polyphony. One EMT-10 reacts to only odd notes while the other reacts only to even notes.
Front panel controls include fine pitch control, brightness and attack time. The MIDI button is used to activate secondary functions to control transpose, octave shift, sustained voice layering, bass split and velocity touch curve.
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- Polyphony - 8 voices
- Multitimbral - Two-voice multitimbral
- Memory - 12 presets
- Waveforms - AWM
- Date Produced - Late 80s
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Reviewed by Cloud, March 2014.
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