|28061||toy keyboard with unusual sound & programmable rhythm|
This is yet another of the many My Music
Center variants. It has programmable rhythm (with 4 percussion
and 4 animal samples but no pauses) with nicely fat sounding lo-fi sample
percussion. Most of the 12 preset sounds sound different from My Music
Center; some employ a strange chorus tremolo which speed changes with
the note pitch (optionally switchable to normal vibrato). On the box stands
"Feng Yuan, Item No. 28061" and "electronic organ, music keyboard,
lovely cartoon style".
Most preset sounds have a gritty synthetic lo-fi chorus style similar like My Music Center, but with this instrument the tremolo speed of the chorus partly drastically varies with the note pitch (the higher, the faster). All timbres sound very unrealistic and have a volume envelope with well audible ticking zipper noise. The "piano" has chorus but is a bit less honky- tonk than on My Music Center. The "organ" is a halfway brassy with varying chorus speed. "violin" sounds similar but duller, while "trumpet" sounds similar but harsher, and "oboe" even harsher (and a bit hollow). "sax" sounds harsh and thinner and is only half as loud (despite this instrument contains no analogue filters). These sounds all have the same envelope and chorus. The "mandolin" rings. "bell" sound like with My Music Center and resembles a vibraphone. The "music box" has long sustain and the chorus tremolo speed change is very strong (3Hz with lowest note, 9Hz with fastest note, i.e. speed doubles per octave). "guitar" has a harsh and sitar- like chorus timbre like on My Music Center. "bass" is a duller variant of this and has a longer decay phase, while "harp" is even duller with short decay phase. All sounds beside "mandolin" have some sustain, thus no very short tones can be played. The "Vibra" button disables the chorus and instead adds a weak and very fast fluttering vibrato. (This one sounds very different from the strong square vibrato on Musical Centre.)
The percussion uses a different sample set than My Music Center and has nicely fat and cheesy lo-fi samples. All preset rhythms contain a monophonic fixed- key accompaniment, that can not be disabled and thus severely limits its use for melody play. But the patterns are partly unusual (e.g. "samba") and may be nice for tekkno- like things because some have a nice driving bass line. Although the OBS preset rhythm buttons (re-) start their rhythms immediately, they unfortunately always reset the tempo to default, which limits their use as realtime controls.
The Feng Yuan 28061 has a programmable drum pattern (custom drummer) similar like the Letron MC-3 (see there), but this one is far more restricted, because once the user pattern is entered (press "pro" button, play on drumpads and then "play" to finish), it starts immediately and can not be stopped again without deleting the pattern. The only thing you can do with it is restarting the pattern from step 1 by pressing "Play". And unlike the similar mode on Jin Xin Toys JX-20165, this one can not even enter pause steps, because the "Play" button here instead immediately starts the pattern. But you can record here as well drums as animal voices (switched by "Drum Switch" button) into the user pattern, while the JX-20165 records only drumpad events and switches between both sound sets while playing (which doesn't work here).
The 8 nicely orchestrated demo melodies are:
A bigger tablehooter with similar sounds and more features was released
as Yongmei YM-238C (44 midsize
keys, key lighting); it even has some identical demos.
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