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Another Pixel Anachronism: Yasimo F# Symphonator Keyboard

by Nysha Posted 13th Mar 2013 at 5:54 AM
45 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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I've always found it strange that EA didn't include any keyboards in TS2. You'd think it'd be an obvious thing to have - more obvious than, say, a bong disguised as a lurid pink children's toy, or a plant-watering robot that doesn't water plants. There have been a few CC keyboards made over the years, but none of them are that much to my liking, so I decided to take the easy way out and convert this rather lovely TS3 keyboard.

I discovered a few hours ago that while I was working on this, someone else (amitovam?) converted the same object. I decided to upload this anyway, because I did it, it is objectively superior to everyone else's keyboards (because it comes in unwashed piss-poor hippie colour), and because I don't think anyone else has done a version with two subsets. So, yay me!

There are five keyboard colours and four stand/stool colours, as per the pics.

The keyboard can, unsurprisingly, be found in Hobbies -> Creative, and costs §1,000 - making it significantly cheaper than the upright, but still pricey enough to keep away the hipsters. I was hoping to do a set of less fancy instruments, but cloning any instrument other than a piano is a complete nightmare, and unfortunately I just don't have time. Maybe next year.

I was also intending to make a basegame compatible version - and indeed I did so! Unfortunately, it suffers from an error I can't figure out and, again, I just don't have time to go beating it with sticks of inquiry and tweaking. So... maybe next year.

But all is not lost! Even though I haven't provided a full set of affordable instruments for your simmies, I have provided one extraordinarily affordable keyboard - no liability accepted if the stand rusts through and collapses on your sim's foot.

I told you it came in unwashed piss-poor hippie colour.


Polygon Counts:
1783 - A little high, I'm afraid, due mainly to the cylindrical stand bits

Additional Credits:
The lovely Phae, whose daughters of chimeway piano helped me confirm that my own keyboard is not broken, I just have some stupid hack conflict in my main game that I'm too lazy to fix. And I think it was Phae who helped me work out the EP requirements, too.

And to Tim Minchin, for singing in F#.

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Yasimo F# Symphonator.7z

Size: 437.0 KB · Downloads: 25,966 · 13th Mar 2013
437.0 KB 25,966 13th Mar 2013
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 6:08 AM
Thank you. Love these FT keyboards.
#3 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 8:26 AM
Woo! This is awesome, just what my sims need rather than some huge clunky old piano.

Thanks! :D
#4 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 3:27 PM
It looks great, thank you.
Test Subject
#5 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 4:16 PM
Aw yiss!
Test Subject
#6 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 6:44 PM
Love this thanks!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 6:49 PM
I have amovitam's S3 to S2 keyboard, but I'll nab this one, too, because of all the pretty recolors! Thanks!
Field Researcher
#8 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 10:37 PM
I like this a lot. It will be great in less formal or traditional homes. And for those garage bands. Thanks!
#9 Old 13th Mar 2013 at 11:02 PM
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 14th Mar 2013 at 2:32 AM
I'm in the same boat as neonhorn22. I have amovitam's conversions but I'll be downloading this one as well. Thanks for making it and for the nice recolors!
Gone Fishin'
retired moderator THANKS POST
#11 Old 14th Mar 2013 at 4:25 PM
Pretty, pretty keyboard! I don't have Amovitam's version, so I'll happily download this and have my Sims play away! (And be a little envious since I can't play myself anymore... but that's life.)
The Plutonite Prosecutor
staff: senior moderator THANKS POST
#12 Old 15th Mar 2013 at 4:47 AM
You are a time saver because I was thinking of this just yesterday. I really love the colors
Test Subject
#13 Old 15th Mar 2013 at 3:11 PM
This is beautiful... but now I have to ask... lol...
I don't play a Yamaha, I play a KORG M50 workstation....
They're actually very similar looking... here's link to the M50 website:

Any chance of making an M50??? You'd put a real big smile on this old synth players face... lol.....
Test Subject
#14 Old 16th Mar 2013 at 8:59 AM
When I try to open the file to eextract it it says that it is a broken or unformated file. Does anyone else have that problem?
Test Subject
#15 Old 16th Mar 2013 at 10:47 AM
cool Thanks!!!
Née whiterider
retired moderator
Original Poster
#16 Old 16th Mar 2013 at 12:00 PM
You probably just need to delete it and re-download, Marax.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 29th Mar 2013 at 3:15 AM
It's fabulous! Thank you!
Test Subject
#18 Old 31st Mar 2013 at 2:08 AM
I'm very surprised that no one has done more electronic keyboard mods. I was always befuddled by Maxis including a nonsensical saloon-style piano (that I have never actually seen outside of a spaghetti western movie) and the overly stuffy grand piano that is really out of place in a regular home.

Kudos to you!
Test Subject
#19 Old 8th Apr 2013 at 3:54 AM
THANKS!! luv this mesh
Test Subject
#20 Old 19th Apr 2013 at 10:11 AM
It is gorgeous and wonderful- thank you for this!
Field Researcher
#21 Old 1st May 2013 at 6:49 AM
Bravisimo! Love this!
Brilliant addition to our game.

Test Subject
#22 Old 4th May 2013 at 12:55 AM
I'm not sure how common this issue is or if there's a fix, but I downloaded this (I have all the EPs) and when a sim starts the "Play... [genre]" interaction, there's no music. when they practice, or join another sim that's playing then there's sound - I just wanted to see if you were aware
Née whiterider
retired moderator
Original Poster
#23 Old 4th May 2013 at 1:18 AM
I've noticed that a few times, with this and with EA pianos. It seems like it just takes a while for the music to start. If you've ever left the cheat console open while playing, you won't be surprised to find that the audio system is buggy .

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Field Researcher
#24 Old 2nd Jul 2013 at 6:00 AM
I love this keyboard, but I have noticed that when I try to perform with it, it doesn't.

Tears rain, everytime your mouth opens with pain.
Née whiterider
retired moderator
Original Poster
#25 Old 11th Jul 2013 at 7:11 PM
What d'you mean by "it doesn't"? What happens?

This keyboard is, as far as I can tell, incompatible with atavera's custom instruments hack. I tried my damnedest to make it compatible, but since atavera left absolutely zero information on cloning instruments for use with his hack, I failed. It seems like that's the case with most CC pianos.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
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