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Here I talk about playing a ballad and one way to keep the momentum going.

Posted here also is also a lead sheet. I arranged the first A section. I'd love to see someone do the rest.

I have a pdf, a .mus file and an xml file that should work for programs other than Finale.

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tifoo Thu, 01/22/2009 - 04:31

Hello Tony,
long time no post for me, but it's cause I'm pretty busy at this time...
I love the start of that lesson, the tune, your playing and the files.
The xml file didn't worked in sibelius, so I used a free program called pdftomusic pro to convert the pdf generated by finale into an xml file that sibelius did recognize this time (why ??).So here is your file in .sib
I was wandering if you wanted to do a malletkat solo (with tempo mark) to create an etude file ?

all the best for the site and speak to all of you soon

tifoo Thu, 01/22/2009 - 16:51

In reply to by tonymiceli

I'd love to get your solo playing like you did on vince guaraldi malletkat version, but with a click this time (a tempo mark I mean).
I just think that can be a fast way to get sheet music of your insights.
I can understand as well this can be not your will to let us easily look inside your playing...
But I like the idea ;-D
You decide Tony.

tonymiceli Thu, 01/22/2009 - 22:49

In reply to by tifoo

so you want a midi version of me playing a ballad on the mallet kat??

or do you just want a sort of etude of the ballad? you see i wrote out the first part, but you want the whole tune??

ok, help understand better what you mean.

sorry, but i'll get it eventually. i think i sort of got it.

Tony Miceli
s k y p e: tjazzvibe
i c h a t: tonymiceli

tifoo Fri, 01/23/2009 - 07:18

In reply to by tonymiceli

I'm actually in the process of getting a xylosynth (4 octaves) for my conservatory.
So I'm also interested in the process of transcribing via midi or directly in finale (or sibelius) a normal playing sequence (no step record)
I would prefer a solo recording via midi rather than a sheet etude (but that's because of the first part of my reply...)
Anyway do you guys have an opinion about the xylosynth ? the good and the bad...
my main motivation on my choice for Xylosynth instead of a malletkat is basically the price (and the tessiture:4octaves)

tonymiceli Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:01

In reply to by tifoo

first is nico's instrument out yet? maybe that's affordable for you? and made in europe.

you should also call malletkat, ask for mario or i can give you his address. tell him you want one but the price is not competitive with the xylosynth and see what he says. times are tough and i'm sure mario wants to sell an instrument.


Tony Miceli
s k y p e: tjazzvibe
i c h a t: tonymiceli

tifoo Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:38

In reply to by tonymiceli

You're true the xylosynth is made in england and I don't think they really belong to europe ;-)) !
Please send me the emails of nico and mario, I'll ask them a devis.

steve yeager Fri, 01/23/2009 - 16:55

In reply to by tifoo

i own the xs (just got it 1 month ago)

it's a wayyy more natural feel then the malletkat in my opinion - it feels like you're playing "bars" where as the Mallet Kat is "spongey"
it's noisy when you play it, because of the dead wood bars, but i don't plan on using it live much - mostly just for triggering patches in logic etc while i'm tracking

Steve Yeager

tifoo Sun, 01/25/2009 - 13:59

In reply to by steve yeager

Hey steve, do you have the xs6 ?
Which finition do you have birch (white) or bubinga (wood finition color) ?
Have you tried both ?
Is the keyboard resistant ? I remember having a jam a few years ago with a friend on a xylosynth and...(whisper) I think a broke a bubinga key... but maybe I was rude against the instrument instead of using it musically (or maybe I was myself !)

Is it true that there is no latence and that it is fully dynamic responsive ? (like the website says...)
As I will use it for my teaching (also with synthesia : a free "keyboard hero game") maybe getting a bit of "hit sound" can be better than the quiet of the malletkat...
on the other hand the malletkat can have built-in sound...

Tony, do you use the built-in sound of your malletkat or an expander ?

As for now I didn't get any news from Nico my choice is in balance between those two.

steve yeager Sun, 01/25/2009 - 15:47

In reply to by tifoo

i have the xs6 3 octave birch - i did not try both finishes - the finish is more visual - coming from vibe the lighter wood is easier for me to see - there is no playing difference between the 2 finishes -it's all cosmetic

yes you can break a bar on these, but they are easily fixable

there really is no latency and the velocity sensitivity is adjustable and extremely expressive

you can't layer patches on the xs like you can on mk, and there are no built in sounds

really a fine controller for my purposes

Steve Yeager

steve yeager Mon, 01/26/2009 - 18:57

In reply to by tonymiceli

in logic for example you could set up a layered instrument within logic

the kat has far more "midi" features to be sure

that's not what will wernick was going for though with his xs

Steve Yeager

mariokatman Tue, 01/27/2009 - 21:19

In reply to by tonymiceli

People are always asking us the difference between the two Midi mallet controllers
I wrote an article in pdf format that goes into the details of the features of the malletKAT.

Most of the musical features like dampening, dead stroking, pitch bend, vibrato, multiple layering, gate controlled by velocity, etc are not possible on the xylosynth.

It's true that they feel very different. That's a matter of taste and what you get used to.
For us, it about building an instrument with a vast musical vocabulary. Music is about expressing ourselves, and we are always trying to find new ways of doing that with sticks in our hands.

Marie-Noëlle Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:17

In reply to by tifoo


Didn't PFR made any Xylosynth too?
I learned he had to close (sooo sad!). Had you tried to contact him? A friend of mine got a xylophone recently, while PF was in the closing process...

Just a thought.