Xylosynth XS6 in Laminated Bubinga
Available in 2, 3 and folding 4 & 5 octave sizes
Bubinga is an exotic hardwood from equatorial Africa with an exceptional strength to weight ratio. It’s rich and luxurious grain bears a close resemblance to rosewood and along with other high-end instrument makers we like it for it’s hardness and figure. Being slightly denser than the birch laminate I think it has a pleasing ‘gravitas’ when struck although in reality there is little difference between the playing surfaces. As with any solid wood key care must be taken to avoid sudden temperature and humidity changes. Don’t leave next to radiators and cover if left in an auditorium overnight.
Like most piano keyboards the Xylosynth is velocity sensitive – the harder you hit the louder the sound – with the full MIDI range from 0 to 127.
The controls on the Xylosynth are very simple. There are two knobs situated top right hand. One is for setting length of note from 0.03 to 8 seconds but can be overidden at any time using the sustain . The other is for setting sensitivity depending on certain factors such as your playing style or circumstance (all is explained in the manual).
Next to the Power and ‘MIDI Out’ is the control panel where you can change sounds, transpose and sustain all in real time. It is also where you change functions and choose to scroll through all the sounds one at a time or make a smaller list of the sounds you need for a performance. You can also choose channel number for laptop based sounds or an ‘increment/decrement’ system should you need it.
As you can see, the controls on the standard Xylosynth are foot pedal operated. You will need at least one pedal to go with this instrument although any ‘normally open’ pedal will work (even for the sustain). You don’t have to buy our pedals although our ‘sustain’ pedal is particularly good being 14″ long and easy to find on the floor. Foot pedal controls are suited to very quick changes especially if playing with four mallets.
You can choose a push button control panel instead where you only need one pedal – for sustain. The set up is simpler, no dangling cables, fewer pedals to loose! The choice is yours.
The standard Xylosynth has no onboard sounds. Using the ‘MIDI out’ socket you can connect to your sound source using the 4-metre MIDI cable provided. You can also choose to have our onboard sounds. They are of average quality but inexpensive and a good way to start. This does not stop you accessing external sounds at any time using the ‘MIDI out’ and cable provided.
Our internal sounds come with a 3-digit LED display, headphone socket and a line-out to amplification.