|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the differences between the Marimba
Lumina 3.5 and the new 2.5 version?
The major functional difference is in the number of bars;
the standard edition spans 3 1/2 octaves, whereas the new compact version
is a 2 1/2 octave instrument. To compensate for its reduced range, the Marimba
Lumina 2.5 adds dedicated transposition pads (+ or - 1 octave). The number
of pads has been increased to 12, providing an alternate method of accessing
an additional octave. In response to user requests, the 2.5 adds an output
level control and headset outputs. The overall length and the price of the
Marimba Lumina have been shaved to 46 inches and $2495.
The 2.5 introduces a new control element, called a "puck" (as
in shuffleboard). Pucks are positioned on bars for use in controlling parameter
values, and are programmed exactly as if they were mallets. Two pucks and
two mallets are shipped with the Marimba Lumina 2.5; additional pucks or
mallets can be readily obtained.
Can I use conventional mallets with the Marimba
No. The Marimba Lumina detects the presence of a mallet electronically
and can additionally distinguish which of four mallets is striking a bar.
But this only works for Marimba Lumina mallets.
But I'm not used to such soft mallets
Some mallet controllers employ conventional hard mallets,
and claim to provide the authentic feel of a marimba. We find the transition
to the soft mallets an easy one, and the consequent reduction in acoustic
noise very desirable. Remember that we are not trying to provide an electronic
imitation of a marimba, but rather an instrument that can capitalize on
mallet technique while simultaneously offering an extended vocabulary and
new performance variables.
Can I play Marimba Lumina with my fingers?
Not with much effect. Strikes will not be detected by Marimba
Lumina, and at best, you'll hear a very quiet acoustic "thud".
What is the internal synthesizer used in
the Marimba Lumina?
The internal synthesizer is an XG-MIDI synth employing wave
table synthesis and featuring 32 note polyphony, hundreds of voices, and
extensive digital effects.
How many programs can be stored in the Marimba
100 programs may be stored internally: 50 of these reside
in protected memory, and 50 are user accessible. Memory cards provide for
storage / retrieval of additional programs in blocks of 50.
What is the warranty on the Marimba Lumina?
The instrument is built to exceptional standards of quality
and workmanship. Parts and labor are guaranteed for one year.
Will there be periodic software release updates
for the Marimba Lumina?
Software releases will be only as needed to fix bugs or introduce
new features. They will not be periodic or scheduled.
How often do the pressure sensors need replacement?
Marimba Lumina uses no crystals or pressure sensitive elements.
The technology used to sense the mallets is completely solid state and does
not wear out.
What's inside the mallets?
Nothing but a tuned coil. There are no batteries or active
What is the musical range of the instrument?
The lowest note on the 3.5 octave version is C3 (1 octave
below middle C), and the highest is F6, for a total range of 3 1/2 octaves.
The new 2.5 octave version covers a range of C4 to F6, with dedicated transposition
pads to facilitate octave shifts. Transposition is easily performed on the
whole instrument, for particular zones, or for individual mallets.
Will Don ever stop inventing new instruments?
We doubt it.