E-Mu PROformance Plus Piano Midi Module (Classic!) - $50 (LkNorman)

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OPERATIONAL SIMPLICITY IS the hallmark of the Proformance modules. Fiddly multi-function buttons and parameters which can only be reached after ten button-presses give way to the immediacy of Transpose, MIDI Channel and Preset selector knobs. Two further front-panel knobs govern volume and fine-tuning, while the green Power LED doubles as a MIDI reception indicator. Meanwhile, the rear panel provides MIDI In, Out and Thru sockets, Left/Stereo and Right/Mono audio outs (the left output can also be used as a stereo headphone output) and a power input for the external adaptor. The module has no on/off switch, and the adaptor which came with the review model was one of those irritating two-prong types.

The Preset knob allows you to switch between up to 15 preset sounds, which just happens to be the number of presets offered by the Proformance/1. The further 17 presets on the Proformance/1+ can only be selected via MIDI. On both modules, switching the Preset knob to "MIDI" allows you to select all presets via MIDI.

The Transpose knob allows the Proformance to be transposed up or down an octave in semitone steps or transposed ± one or two octaves, while the MIDI channel knob allows you to select any one of channels 1-13, Omni, Split or Demo. A couple or so seconds after you select Demo, the Proformance starts cycling through a sequence of mainly jazzy keyboard performances, including a short rendition of 'Autumn Leaves' on vibes, which are designed to show off some of its sounds.

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