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Quick Start Guide

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Using the unit in the following locations can result in a mal function. Indirectsunlight Locationsofextremetemperatureorhumidity Excessivelydustyordirtylocations Locationsofexcessivevibration Closetomagneticfields


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Please connect the designated AC adapter to an AC outlet of the correct voltage. Do not connect it to an AC outlet of volt ageotherthanthatforwhichyourunitisintended.


Radios and televisions placed nearby may experience recep tioninterference.Operatethisunitatasuitabledistancefrom radiosandtelevisions.

To avoid breakage, do not apply excessive force to the switchesorcontrols.


If the exterior becomes dirty, wipe it with a clean, dry cloth. Do not use liquid cleaners such as benzene or thinner, or cleaningcompoundsorflammablepolishes.




Neversetanycontainerwithliquidinitnearthisequipment. Ifliquidgetsintotheequipment,itcouldcauseabreakdown, fire,orelectricalshock. Be careful not to let metal objects get into the equipment. If something does slip into the equipment, unplug the AC adapterfromthewalloutlet. Then contactyour nearestKorgdealeror thestore where the equipmentwaspurchased.

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Usefullinks .................................... 1 Aboutthismanual .............................. 1

Somepages ofthemanualsshowLCDscreensalongwithan explanation of operation and functionality. All sound names, parameter names, and values are merely examples and may notalwaysmatchtheactualdisplaythatyouareworkingon.

Start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
ConnectingtheACpoweradapter ................ 1 Turningtheinstrumentonandoff ................ 1 ControllingtheVolume ......................... 2 TheBALANCEslider........................... 2 Headphones................................... 2 AudioOutputs ................................. 2 AudioInputs .................................. 2 MIDIconnections ............................... 2 DamperPedal .................................. 2 Demo ......................................... 2 Themusicstand ................................ 2

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Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Display and User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Displaycontrols ................................ 9 Interfacestructure............................. 10 Messagewindows ............................. 11 SymbolsandIcons ............................. 11 Grayedoutnonavailableparameters............ 11

Rear panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Basic operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Playingonthekeyboard ........................ 12 Selecting,muting/unmutingandsoloingatrack... 12 SelectingaPerformance........................ 12 SelectingaProgram ............................ 13 SelectingaStyle............................... 14 SelectingaSingleTouchSetting(STS)............ 14 Changingallkeyboardtracksatonce............. 14 Shortcuttoseetheoriginalbank foraStyle,PerformanceorProgram ............ 14

Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
PlayingaStyle (AutomaticAccompaniment) .................. 15 PlayinginRealtime (WithoutusingAutomaticAccompaniment) .... 16 RecordingaSong (Simultaneouslyrecording theStyleandrealtimeperformance) ............ 18 PlayingaSongfromacard ..................... 19

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Start up
Useful links

Thank you for purchasing the Korg Professional Arranger microARRANGER. This instrument is an ideal keyboard for song production it lets you select a desired musical style and generate a high quality band accompaniment simply by playing chords, and then you can play the melody yourself to easily create an originalsong.


ThedocumentationforthisinstrumentconsistsoftheQuick Start Guide (the document youre reading) and a more detailedPDFownersmanualprovidedontheaccessorydisc. The PDF owners manual is divided into the following three sections. A Basic Guide, containing an overview of the instru ment, as well as a series of practical guides (named Tutorials). A Reference Guide, with each page and parameter describedindetail. AnAppendix,withalistofdataandusefulinformation fortheadvanceduser. The quick start guide and PDF owners manual use the fol lowingabbreviations. The parameter can be saved onto a Perfor mancebypressingtheWRITEbutton. The parameter can be saved onto the current Style Performance by pressing the WRITE but ton. The parameter can be saved onto a Single TouchSettingbypressingtheWRITEbutton. The parameter can be saved onto a Global set ting by going to the Global environment and pressingtheWRITEbutton.

Your preferred KORG dealer also carries a wide range of Korg hardware and software accessories. Please ask your dealer about additional Programs, Styles, and other useful musicmaterials. Each KORG distributor can supply you with useful informa tion. In the Englishspeaking world, here are the relevant addresses: USA KORG USA, 316 South Service Road, Melville, NewYork,11747,USA Tel:15163339100,Fax:15163339108 UK KORG UK Ltd, 1 Harrison Close, Knowlhill, MiltonKeynes,MK5,8PA,UK Tel:01908304600,Fax:01908304699

UKTechnicalSupport Tel:01908304637 Many KORG distributors also have their own web page on the internet, where you can find information and software. UsefulwebpagesinEnglisharethefollowing: Aplacetofindoperatingsystemupdatesandvarioussystem files (for example, a full backup of the factory data) is at the followinglink:

Connect the supplied AC power adapter to the dedicated socket ontherearof theinstrument. Then, plugitinto a wall socket. Warning: Use only the supplied adapter, or an adapter sug gested by Korg. Other adapters may look similar, but they maydamageyourinstrument!


Turningthepoweron Press the power button ( ) located on the upper right sideofthefrontpanel. The startup screen will appear in the LCD, and after a time it will display the main page in Style Play mode andtheunitwillbereadyforsoundoutput. Turningthepoweroff Press the power button ( ) located on the upper right sideofthefrontpaneltoturnoffthepower. Warning: When turning the instrument off, all data con tainedinRAM(avolatilememory,usedforSongediting)will be lost. On the contrary, data contained in the SSD disk (a nonvolatile memory, used for Factory and User data) will be preserved. Note: Never turn off the power while the SD card data is beingreadorwritten.

Start up
Controlling the Volume


With the factory settings, this instrument will automatically poweroffwhenfourhourshavepassedsinceyoulastplayed thekeyboardorusedthebuttons.Ifdesired,youcanturnoff (disable)thisfunction. The power will also turn off automatically after four hours passwithonlysongsordemosongsbeingplayed. To adjust power on/off settings, press the [GLOBAL] button to enter the GLOBAL page, and adjust the settings on the Page1Gen.Controlspage.

Usetheconnecteddevicesvolumecontroltoadjusttheinput level.Becarefulnottomakeitdistort(orclip).Hereishow tosetthevolumeoftheconnecteddevice: ifthesoundheardonmicroARRANGERsoutputsistoo low, you should increase the output level of the con necteddevice. ifitsoundsfine,itsok. ifitdistorts,you should lower the levela little,untilthe soundsisfineagain.


Use the MASTER VOLUME slider to control the overall volume of the instrument. This slider controls the vol ume of the sound going to theinternalspeakers, the L/MONO & RIGHT OUTPUTS, and the HEAD PHONESconnector. Note:Startatamoderatelevel, thenraisetheMASTERVOLUMEup.Dontkeepthevolume atanuncomfortablelevelfortoolong. Use the ACC/SEQ VOLUME slider to control the Style tracks (drums, percussion, bass) volume. This slider also controls both of the Sequencers tracks, excluding theRealtime(Keyboard)tracks. By default, you can use the ASSIGN.SLIDER to control the keyboard tracks volume. This slider is userassign able,butissettotheKeyboardExpressionparameterby default.

You can play the internal sounds of your microARRANGER with an external controller, i.e. a master keyboard, a MIDI guitar,awindcontroller,aMIDIaccordion,oradigitalpiano. 1. Connect a standard MIDI cable from the MIDI OUT of your controller to the MIDI IN connector on the micro ARRANGER. Select a transmission MIDI channel on your controller. Some controllers, like the MIDI accordions, usually transmitonmorethanonechannel. On the microARRANGER, select the MIDI Setup that bestfitsyourcontrollerstype.



ConnectaDamper(Sustain)pedaltotheDAMPERconnector on the back panel. Use a KORG PS1, PS3 or DS1H foot switchpedal,oracompatibleone.

ListentothebuiltinDemoSongstoappreciatethepowerofthe microARRANGER.Thereare16DemoSongstochoosefrom. 1. Press the STYLE PLAY and SONG PLAY buttons together.TheirLEDsstartblinking. Atthispoint,if youdontpress anyotherbutton,allthe DemoSongswillbeplayedback. Choose a page using the PAGE buttons. There are two differentpagesintheDemomode. SelectaDemoSongbypressingthecorrespondingVOL UME/VALUEbuttonaroundthedisplay.TheDemowill automaticallystart. StoptheDemobypressingSTART/STOP. ExittheDemomodebypressingoneoftheMODEbuttons.


The BALANCE slider sets the relative volume of the two onboardsequencers(Sequencer1andSequencer2). Move it fully left to set Sequencer 1 to the maximum levelandSequencer2tozero. Move it fully right to set Sequencer 1 to zero and Sequencer2tothemaximumlevel. Move it to the center to set both Sequencers at the same level. Note:Whenturningtheinstrumenton,movethisslidertothecen ter,toavoidstartingaSongattheminimumlevel.

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Youcanconnectapairofheadphonestotherearpanelhead phone jack (PHONES: stereo minijack). You can use head phoneswithanimpedanceof16200(50recommended).


AmusicstandcomesstandardwithyourmicroARRANGER. Fititintothetwodedicatedholesinthefrontpanel.

You can send the sound to an external amplification system, instead of the internal speakers. This is useful when record ing,orwhenplayinglive.

You can connect the output of another electronic musical instrument, an unpowered mixer, or any audio device to the rearpanelinputjack(INPUT:stereominijack).Sincethisisa linelevel input, youll need to use a separately sold mic pre ampormixerifyoureconnectingamic.

Front panel
The music stand

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This slider controls the overall volume of the instrument, both of the internal speakers, the L/MONO and RIGHT out puts,andtheHEADPHONESoutput. Warning:Atthemaximumlevel,withrichsoundingSongs,Styles or Programs, the internal speakers could distort during signal peaks.Shouldthishappen,lowertheMasterVolumealittle.

SONGPLAY Song Play mode, where you can playback 16 trackSongsinStandardMidiFile(SMF)format directly from the memory card. You can also play.MIDand.KARfilesdirectlyfromthe memory card. Since the microARRANGER is equipped with two sequencers, you can even playtwoSongsatthesametime,andmixthem withtheBALANCEslider. In addition to the Song tracks, you can play one to four Realtime (Keyboard) tracks, along with the Song(s). In the main page, Realtime (Keyboard) tracks are shown on the right half of the display. You can reach the main page by pressing EXIT from any of the Song Play edit pages.Ifyouareinadifferentoperatingmode, press SONG PLAY to recall the Song Play mode. If the TRACK SELECT LED is on or flashing, press TRK SELECT one or two times toturnitoffandseetheRealtimetracks. B.SEQ BackingSequencemode,whereyoucanrecord a new Song based on the Realtime and Style tracks,andsaveitasanewStandardMIDIFile. Songmode,whereyoucanplay,record,oredit aSong.


This slider controls the accompaniment tracks volume (Style Play mode) or the Song tracks volume, excluding the Real time tracks (Song and Song Play modes). This is a relative control,wheretheeffectivemaximumvalueisdeterminedby theMASTERVOLUMEsliderposition.


Thisisafreelyprogrammableslider.Bydefault,itactsas the Keyboard Expression control, to let you balance the relative volumeoftheRealtime(Keyboard)tracks.

MODE section

Each of these buttons recalls one of the operating modes of theinstrument.Eachmodeexcludestheothers. STYLEPLAY Style Play mode, where you can play Styles (automaticaccompaniments)and/orplayupto fourRealtimetracksonthekeyboard. In the main page, Realtime (Keyboard) tracks are shown on the right half of the display. You canreachthemainpagebypressingEXITfrom any of the Style Play edit pages. If you are in a different operating mode, press STYLE PLAY to recall the Style Play mode. If the TRACK SELECT LED is on, press TRACK SELECT to turnitoffandseetheRealtimetracks. This operating mode is automatically selected whentheinstrumentisturnedon.

PROGRAM Programmode,toplaysingleSoundPrograms onthekeyboard,oreditthem. DEMO Press the STYLE PLAY and SONG PLAY but tons together to select the Demo mode. This mode lets you listen to some Demo Songs, to let you hear the sonic power of the microAR RANGER.


This button recalls the Global edit environment where you canselectvariousglobalsettings.Thiseditenvironmentover lapsanyoperatingmode,whichwillstillremainactiveinthe background.PressEXIT to go back to the underlying operat ingmode.


ThisbuttonrecallstheCardeditenvironment,whereyoucan executevariousoperationsonfilesandcards(Load,Save,For mat, etc). This edit environment overlaps the current oper ating mode, which will still remain active in the background. PressEXITtogobacktotheunderlyingoperatingmode.

Front panel
The music stand


ThisbuttonturnstheLowerandChordMemoryfunctionson oroff.GotothePage24Preferences:controlseditpageto decide if this button should be a Chord Memory only, or a Lower/Chord Memory button. When it works as a Lower/ ChordMemory: ON The sound to theleftof the split point,and the chord for the automatic accompaniment, are kept in memory even when you raise your handfromthekeyboard. The sound and chords are released as soon as youraiseyourhandfromthekeyboard.

ThisbuttonturnstheSingleTouchfunctiononoroff. ON When a different Style (or the same again) is selected, a Single Touch Setting (STS1) is auto matically selected, meaning that the Realtime tracks and effects will change, together with theStyletracksandeffects. When you select a different Style (or the same again),theStyletracksandeffectsarechanged, whiletheRealtimetracksarenotchanged.




Usethesebuttonsto open theStyleSelectwindowandselect aStyle.SeeSelectingaStyleonpage 14. Theleftmost buttonlets youselecttheupperorlower rowof Stylebanks.Pressituntilyouveselectedtherowyourelook ing for. (After both LEDs have turned on, press the button againtoturnthemoff). UPPERLEDON UpperrowStylesselected. LOWERLEDON LowerrowStylesselected. A word about Style banks and names. Styles from 8/16 BEAT to WORLD 3, and from LATIN1 to TRAD are standard Styles, the user cant normally overwrite with a Loadoperation. DIRECT SD Styles are Styles directly accessed from the memorycard(noneedtoloadfromcard). Styles from USER1 to USER3 are locations where you canloadnewStylesfromthememorycard. Each button (Style bank) contains 2 pages, each with up to 8 Styles.BrowsethroughtheStylesusingthePAGEbuttons. There is a shortcut to see the original bank for a Style. You can see the original bank where a Style is contained. Just keep theSHIFTbuttonpressed,andthenpressthelefmostbuttonof the STYLE section. A message window will appear, showing thenameoftheoriginalbank.ReleasetheSHIFTbuttontoexit thewindow. There is a shortcut to see all pages of the selected bank. To cycle all pages for a selected bank, press the banks button untilyouseethepagethatyourelookingfor. Thesebuttonsdoubleasanumerickeypadoncertainpages.




The lowest note of a chord played in inverted formwillalwaysbedetectedastherootnoteof thechord.Thus,youcanspecifytothearranger compositechordssuchasAm7/GorF/C. The lowest note is scanned together with the other chord notes, and is not always consid eredastherootnote.




ThisbuttonturnstheManualBassfunctiononoroff. Note:WhenyoupresstheMAN.BASSbutton,theBasstrackvol ume is automatically set to the maximum value. The volume is automatically set back to the original value when the MAN. BASS buttonisdeactivated. ON The automatic accompaniment stops playing (apart for the Drum and Percussion tracks), and you can manually play the Bass track on the Lower part of the keyboard. You can start the automatic accompaniment again by press ingoneoftheCHORDSCANNINGbuttons. The bass track is automatically played by the Style.



Keep this button pressed to open the Split Point window. Whilethiswindowisopen,youcansetthesplitpointsimply byplayingthesplitpointnoteonthekeyboard.Then,release theSPLITPOINTbutton. Tomemorizetheselectedsplitpointnote,presstheGLOBALbut ton,thenpressWRITEtosavetheGlobalsettingsintomemory. This button doubles as a PREVIOUS EVENT function for theBackingSequenceandSongmodes.

When the Style stopped, press this button to start it with a volumefadein(thevolumegoesfromzerotothemaximum). When the Style is playing, press this button to stop it with a volumefadeout(thevolumegraduallydecreases). YoudontneedtopressSTART/STOPtostartorstoptheStyle.

Press this button to open the Groove Quantize window, where you can select a realtime groove quantization to be appliedtotheSong(onlySequencer1). This button doubles as a NEXT EVENT function for the BackingSequenceandSongmodes.


Each of these buttons will select one of the four variations of the current Style. Each variation can vary in patterns and sounds. ThesebuttonsdoubleasaNOTELENGTHfunctionforthe Songmode.


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When you select a different Style or Perfor mance, the tempo doesnt change. You can still changeitusingtheDIALortheTEMPObuttons. When you select a different Style or Perfor mance, the memorized tempo value is auto maticallyselected.


18 FILL 12 (NOTE LENGTH) buttons

Thesetwobuttonstriggerafillin.Pressthemtwice(LEDblink ing)toletthemplayinloop,andselectanyotherStyleelement (Fill,Intro,Variation)toexittheloop. They also double as a NOTE LENGTH function for the Songmode.


Front panel
The music stand

While the Style is not running, press this button, then press START/STOP. This combination triggers a onebar initial count,thentheStylestartsplaying. WhiletheStyleisalreadyinplay,thisbuttontriggersabreak (anemptymeasurebeginningwithakick+crashshot).Press it twice to let it play in loop, and select any other Style ele ment(Fill,Intro,Variation)toexittheloop.


This is a doublefunction button, acting in a different way dependingontheStylestatus(stop/play). TapTempo:WhentheStyleisnotplaying,youcanbeatthe tempo on this button. At the end, the accompaniment starts playing,usingthetappedintempo. Reset: When you press this button while the Style is in play, theStylepatterngoesbacktothepreviousstrongbeat. ThisbuttondoublesasanINSERTfunctionfortheBacking SequenceandSongmodes. Itisalsousedtoinsertacharacteratthecursorposition,dur ingtextediting.

20 ENDING 12 (DOT, TRIPLET) buttons

While the Style is running,these two buttons trigger an End ing, and stop the Style. Press one of them, and the Style will stop running with an Ending. If pressed while the Style is stopped,theyactasanadditionalcoupleofIntros. Pressthemtwice(LEDblinking)toletthemplayinloop,and select any other Style element (Fill, Intro, Variation) to exit theloop. ENDING1 also doubles as a DOT function, and ENDING2 doublesasaTRIPLETfunction,tobeusedinSongmode. Note: Ending1playsashort sequencewith differentchords, while Ending2playsonthelastrecognizedchord.

InStylePlaymode,thisbuttonopenstheWritewindow,that lets you save all the tracks onto a Performance, the Realtime (Keyboard) tracks in a Single Touch Setting (STS), or the accompanimenttracksontoaStylePerformance. IntheGlobaleditenvironment,pressittosaveGlobalparam etersinmemory. ThisbuttonsLEDworksasaCARDINUSEindicator,and turnsonwhenthecardslotisinuse.

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ThesetwobuttonssetthearrangerinIntromode.Afterpress ingoneofthesebuttons,starttheStyle,anditwillbeginwith the selectedintro.The INTRO LEDwill automatically go off attheendoftheintro. Press them twice (LED blinking) to let them play in a loop, and select any other Style element (Fill, Intro, Variation) to exittheloop. Note: Intro 1 plays a short sequence with different chords, while Intro2playsonthelastrecognizedchord.

This button turns the Ensemble function on or off. When on, the righthand melody is harmonized with the lefthand chords. Note: The Ensemble function works only when the keyboard is in SPLITmode,andtheLOWERChordScanningmodeselected.

This button sets the instrument in Record mode (depending onthecurrentoperatingmode).

StartsorstopstheStylethatsrunning. You can reset all frozen notes and controllers on the microARRANGERandanyinstrumentconnectedtoitsMIDI OUT,byusingthePanickeycombination.JustpressSHIFT +START/STOPtostopallnotesandresetallcontrollers.

This button opens the Menu page for the current operating mode or edit environment. After opening a menu, you can jump to one of the edit pages by pressing the corresponding VOLUME/VALUE buttons; or browse them using the PAGE buttons. Otherwise, go back to the main page of the current operating mode, or close the edit environment, by pressing theEXITbutton. See the relevant chapter devoted to each operating mode or editenvironment,toseetheirmapsindetail.


This button turns the Synchro Start and Synchro Stop func tions on or off. Press it repeatedly to turn the functions on or off. The LEDs will cycle in this order: START START+STOPOFF. STARTLEDON WhenthisLEDislitup,justplayachordinthe chord recognition area to automatically start theStylerunning.Ifyoulike,youcanturnone oftheINTROsonbeforestartingtheStyle. START+STOPLEDsON When both LEDs are litup, raising your hand from the keyboard momentarily will stop the Style from playing. If you play a chord again, theStylestartsagain. OFF AllSynchrofunctionsareturnedoff. This button doubles as a DELETE function for the Backing SequenceandSongmodes. It is also used to delete the selected character, during text editing.

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After pressing MENU to open a menu, use these buttons to browse the edit pages of an operating mode or editing envi ronment.PressEXITtogobackfromaneditpagetothemain page of the current operating mode, or to close the Global or CardEditenvironment. In addition, you can use these buttons to select a different pageinaStyleSelectorProgramSelectwindow.

Front panel
The music stand


Withinthisusersmanual,eachbuttonpairismarkedwithan alphabetic letter (AH). See Display and User Interface on page 9formoredetails.


Useeachbuttonpairtochangethecorrespond ingparametersvalue.Theleftbuttondecreases thevalue,therightbuttonincreasesit.

Depending on the operating mode, this button switches betweenthevarioustracksview. STYLEPLAYMODE Switches between the Realtime tracks and the Styletracks. SONGPLAYMODE Switches between the main page (showing the Realtime/Keyboard tracks), Song tracks 18, andSongtracks916.

Acorrespondingtracknameisprintedovereachbuttonpair. These names show the corresponding track the button pair affectsinthemainpageoftheStylePlaymode. The left half isforthemain page, where you cansee the Realtimetracks,andtheStyletracksgroupedtogether:

SONGMODE Switches between the main page, Song tracks 18andSongtracks916. TheTRACKSELECTLEDshowsthecurrentpageview: Off On Flashing Mainpage(Realtimetracks,orSongcontrols) 2ndpage(Styletracks,orSongtracks18) 3rdpage(Songtracks916)


WhileinthemainpageoftheStylePlayorBackingSequence mode, these buttons select a Single Touch Setting each. Each of the Styles includes a maximum of four Single Touch Set tings (STS), to automatically configure the Realtime tracks and effects at the touch of a finger. When the SINGLE TOUCH LED is lit, an STS is automatically selected when selectingaStyle. In Edit mode, these buttons double as function keys, to selectthecorrespondingitemsinthedisplay.

TherighthalfisfortheStyletrackspage,whereyoucan seeeachoftheaccompanimenttracks:

With this button held down, pressing certain other buttons willaccessasecondfunction.

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SeeSymbolsandIconsonpage 11. Use these buttons to perform various operations on the com mandsandfunctionsappearinginthedisplay. SELECTING Use each button pair to select the correspond ingiteminthedisplay(i.e.atrack,aparameter oracommand).Useeithertheleftorrightbut toninapair. VOLUME Whileyouareinthemainpagesofanyoperat ing mode, select a track and use these buttons to change the tracks volume. Use the left but ton to decrease it, or the right button to increaseit. Press both buttons in a pair to mute the corre sponding track. Press both buttons again to unmutethetrack. While in the Style Play, Song Play and Song modes, you can solo one of the tracks. Just keep the SHIFT button pressed, and press both of the VOLUME/VALUE buttons corre spondingwiththetrackyouwishtosolo. To exit the solo mode, keep the SHIFT button pressed again, and press both the VOLUME/ VALUE buttons corresponding to the soloed track. TheDIALandtheDOWN/andUP/+buttonscanbeusedto control the Tempo, assign a different value to the selected parameter in the display or scroll a list of files in the Song Select and Card pages. The VALUE LED shows the status of thissection. DIAL Turnthedialclockwisetoincreasethevalueor tempo. Turn it counterclockwise to decrease thevalueortempo. When used while pressing the SHIFT button, this control always acts as a Tempo control. DOWN/andUP/+ DOWN/ decreases the value or tempo; UP/+ increasesthevalueortempo. Keep the SHIFT button pressed down, andpresseithertheDOWN/or UP/+ button to reset the Tempo to the value thatssavedontotheselectedStyle.



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ThisLEDshowsthestatusoftheDIALandDOWN/andUP/ +buttons. ON The DIAL and DOWN/ and UP/+ buttons act as Value controls, to change the value of the selectedparameterinthedisplay. TheDIALandDOWN/andUP/+buttonscon troltheTempo.

40 KEYBOARD MODE section

These buttons define how the four Keyboard (or Realtime) tracksarepositionedonthekeyboard. SPLIT The Lower track plays below the split point, whiletheUpper1,Upper2andUpper3tracks play above it. By default, selecting this key board mode automatically selects the Lower chordscanningmode. The Upper 1, Upper 2 and/or Upper 3 tracks play on the whole keyboard range. The Lower track does not play. By default, selecting this keyboard mode automatically selects the Full chordscanningmode.


Use this button to perform various actions, leaving the cur rentstatus: exitadialogbox answerNotoanyquestionthatappearsinthedisplay exittheMenuwindow gobacktothemainpageofthecurrentoperatingmode exittheGlobalorCardEditenvironment,andgobackto themainpageofthecurrentoperatingmode exit from a Style, Performance or Program Select win dow


ThisbuttonturnstheStyleChangefunctiononoroff. ON WhenyouselectaPerformance,theStylecould change, according to which Style number is memorizedontothePerformance. When you select a Performance, the Style and Style track settings remain unchanged. Only Realtime (Keyboard) tracks settings are changed.

Use this button to perform various actions, confirming the currentselectedstatus: answerYestoanyquestionthatappearsinthedisplay confirmacommand


Press this button to use the PROGRAM/PERFORMANCE sectiontoselectaPerformance.

ThisbuttonturnstheDisplayHoldfunctiononoroff. ON When you open a temporary window (like the Program Select window), it remains in the dis play until you press EXIT/NO, or an operating modebutton. Any temporary window closes after a certain time,orafterselectinganiteminthewindow.

Press this button to use the PROGRAM/PERFORMANCE sectiontoselectaProgram,andassignittotheselectedtrack.

UsethesebuttonstoopentheProgramSelectorPerformance Select window, and select a Program or a Performance. See Selecting a Program on page 13, or Selecting a Perfor manceonpage 12. The leftmost button selects the upper or lower row of Pro gramorPerformancebanks.Pressituntilyouveselectedthe row that youre looking for. (After both LEDs have consecu tivelyturnedon,pressthebuttonagaintoturnthemoff). UPPERLEDON UpperrowofProgramsorPerformancesselected. LOWERLEDON LowerrowofProgramsorPerformancesselected. On the front panel, Program banks are identified by the instrument names, while Performance banks are identified bynumbers(110;0=bank10). A note about Program banks and names. Programs from PIANO to SFX are standard Programs, the user cant directlymodify. Programs USER1 and USER2 are locations where you canloadnewProgramsfromthememorycard. USERDKiswhereyoucanloadnewdrumkits. EachProgrambankcontainsvariouspages,eachwithupto8 Programs.YoucanbrowsethemusingthePAGEbuttons.



In Style Play and Backing Sequence mode, use these buttons todefinethewaychordsarerecognizedbythearranger. LOWER Chords are detected below the split point. The number of notes you should play to form a chord is defined by the Chord Scanning Mode parameter. Chords are detected above the split point. You mustalwaysplaythreeormorenotestoletthe arrangerrecognizeachord.


FULL(bothLEDson) Chords are detected on the full keyboard range. You must always play three or more notestoletthearrangerrecognizeachord. OFF No chords will be detected. After pressing START/STOP, only the Drum and Percussion accompanimenttrackscanplay.

Front panel
The music stand Shortcut to see the original bank for a Performance or Pro gram. You can see the original bank where a Performance or Program is contained. Just keep the SHIFT button pressed, and then press the lefmost button of the PROGRAM/PER FORMANCEsection.Amessagewindow will appear,show ing the name of the original bank. Release the SHIFT button toexitthewindow. Shortcuttoseeallpagesoftheselectedbank.Tocycleallof thepagesforaselectedbank,pressthebanksbutton.

48 BALANCE slider
InSongPlaymode,thissliderbalancesthevolumeofthetwo onboard sequencers. When fully on the left, only Sequencer 1canbeheard.Whenfullyontheright,onlySequencer2can be heard. When in the middle, both sequencers will play at fullvolume.


The instrument is equipped with two sequencers (Sequencer 1 and Sequencer 2), each with its own set of transport con trols. <<and>> Rewind and Fast Forward commands. If you usethemwhiletheSongisinplay,theymakeit scrollbackorforward. When pressed once, these buttons move the Song to the previous or following measure. When kept pressed, they make the Song scroll continuously,untilyoureleasethem. In Jukebox mode (Sequencer 1), keep theSHIFTbuttonpressed,andpressthesebut tons to scroll to the previous or next Song in theJukeboxlist. PAUSE Pauses the Song at the current position. Press PAUSE or PLAY/STOP to start the Song play ingagain.

45 PADS (14, STOP)

These programmable pads can be used to trigger a sound effect.UsetheSTOPbuttontostopacyclicsound. EachPadcorrespondstoadedicatedPadtrack.

These buttons transpose the whole instru ment in semitone steps (Master Transpose). The transposition value is shown (as a note name)onthetoprightofthedisplay. Pressbothbuttonstogether,toresettheMas terTransposetozero. Note: The Master Transpose has no effect on tracks set to Drum mode (and, even if set in a different status, on the Drum and Per cussiontracks). LowerstheMasterTransposeasemitone. RaisestheMasterTransposeasemitone.

These buttons transpose the selected track in steps of a whole octave (12 semitones; max 2 octaves). The transposition value is shown (in octaves) on the top right area of thedisplay. Press both buttons together, to reset the OctaveTransposetozero. Note: The Octave Transpose has no effect on tracks set to Drum mode (and, even if set in a different status, on the Drum and Per cussiontracks).

PLAY/STOP Starts or stops the current Song. When you stop the Song, the Song Position goes back to measure1. InSongPlaymode,pressingthisbutton while keeping SHIFT pressed, starts both sequencersatthesametime.

Lowerstheselectedtrackanoctave. Raisestheselectedtrackanoctave.

Display and User Interface

Display controls


The display shows the current status of the microAR RANGER and its performance and editing parameters. You canselecteachparameterbyusingtheVOLUME/VALUE(A H) buttonsonthesideof the display,or each pagecommand appearing along the last line using the F1F4 buttons. You can vary many of the parameters values by pressing the left ()orright(+)buttonofanyVOLUME/VALUEpair.
Status icons area

Style (accompaniment/backing) tracks

Realtime (Keyboard) tracks

VOLUME/VALUE (AH) buttons and display parameters. Thesebuttonsareusedtoselectthecorrespondingparameter or command in the display, to change the parameters value, ortochangethevolumeofthecorrespondingtrack. While you are on the main page, these buttons can select a track,changethetracksvolume,ormute/unmuteatrack. See VOLUME/VALUE (MUTE) AH buttons on page 6 for moreinformation. F-1F-4 buttons. When in an Edit page, these buttons may beusedwhentherearefourparametersinarow,asinthefol lowingexample:

In the Card Edit environment, the F1F4 buttons can be used also to select one of the page commands appearing in thelastlineofthedisplay.

SeeSINGLETOUCHSETTING(F1F4FUNCTIONKEYS) buttonsonpage 6formoreinformation. PAGE. The PAGE buttons select the previous or next edit page. When selecting a Style or a Program, they select a dif ferent page of Styles or Programs. See PAGE/+ on page 5 formoreinformation. MENU. The MENU button opens the current operating mode oreditenvironmentsMenu.WheninaMenu,youcanusethe VOLUME/VALUEbuttonstoselectaneditsectiontojumpto. First, select the line using a VOLUME/VALUE (AH) button. Then,selectacolumnusingtheF1F4functionbutton. TRACK SELECT. Eachofthe operating modes havea differ entnumberoftracks: StylePlay SongPlay 4Realtimetracks,8Styletracks,4Pads. 4Realtimetracks,2x16SongTracks,4Pads.

BackingSequence 4Realtimetracks,8Styletracks,4Pads. Song 16Songtracks. You can only see up to 8 tracks in the display. So, use the TRACK SELECT button to switch to the other (hidden) tracks.Forexample,wheninStylePlay,youcanusethisbut tontoswitchfromtheRealtimetracksandtheStyletracks.

Display and User Interface

Interface structure


Thanks to its multitasking operating system, the microAR RANGERuserinterfaceisstructuredinoverlapping,active layers.Fromthelowerlevel: operating modes (Style Play, Backing Sequence, Song Play,Song,Program) editenvironments(Global,Card) selecting windows (Style Select, Song Select, Program Select,PerformanceSelect). When opening an edit environment or a selecting page, the currentoperatingmodeisstillworkinginthebackground.

Edit environment. (See diagram at the bottom). When you press GLOBAL or SD CARD, an edit environment overlaps thecurrentoperatingmode.PressEXITtogobacktothecur rentoperatingmode. An edit environment is made up of a menu and a series of edit pages. Use the MENU and PAGE buttons to browse acrossthevariouseditpages.

Edit environment


Edit pages

Selecting windows. When you press one of the STYLE or PROGRAM/PERFORMANCE buttons, you open a selecting window. This window closes after selecting one of the items init,orafterpressingEXIT. If the DISPLAY HOLD LED is light up, the window doesnt close after selecting an item. Press EXIT to close the window, andgobacktotheunderlyingpage.

Operating modes. (See diagram at the bottom of this page). At the lowest level, an operating mode is always active. The current operating mode is indicated by the lit LED on the STYLEPLAY,B.SEQ,SONGPLAY,SONGorPROGRAMbut ton in the MODE section. The relevant icon lights up in the display. An operating mode is divided into a main page (the page where you usually play a Style, a Song or a Program), a menu,andaseriesofeditpages. Press MENU to access the Menu. Use the MENU and PAGE buttonstobrowseacrossthevariouseditpages.PressEXITto gobacktothemainpage.

Operating modes

Main page


Edit pages


Rear panel
Message windows

Sometimes, a message might appear in the display, warning aboutanerrororanincorrectoperation:


PressENTERorEXITtoexitoneofthesewindows. Other messages ask for an answer, as in the Are you sure windowbelow:

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Many icons and symbols, on the custom display, show the statusofaparameterorthedisplaycontent. Realtime/Keyboardtrack (Upper13,Lower). Drumtrack(Styletrackview). Percussiontrack(Styletrackview). GroupedDrumandPercussiontracks. Basstrack(Styletrackview). Grouped accompaniment tracks. This symbol indicates the five grouped accompaniment tracks(Acc15). Accompanimenttracks(Styletrackview). Sequencertracks. Selected track or parameter. When this symbol appears, you can execute any available opera tionontheselecteditem. (noicon) Thetrackisinmute,andcantplayonthekey board.

Use this jack to connect a pair of headphones. You can use headphoneswithanimpedanceof16200(50suggested). Useaheadphonedistributortoconnectmorethanonepairof headphones.


Use these unbalanced connectors to input another keyboard/ synthesizer, a (nonpowered) mixers output, or a CD/tape player(lineimpedance).Thesignalisautomaticallyroutedto thespeakers,theAudioOutputsandthePhones.


Use these unbalanced connectors to send the audio signal (sound) to a mixer, a PA system, a set of powered monitors, or your hifi system. Set the output level with the MASTER VOLUMEslider.


Use this to connect a Damper pedal, like the KORG PS1, PS3 orDS1H.


Usethistoconnectacontinuousorfootswitchpedal,like the KORGEXP2orXVP10.

MIDI interface

TheMIDIinterfaceallowsyourmicroARRANGERtobecon nected to an external controller (master keyboard, MIDI gui tar,windcontroller,MIDIaccordion),toanexpander,orto acomputerrunningasequenceroraneditor. IN ThisconnectorreceivesMIDIdatafromacom puter or a controller. Connect it to an external controllersorcomputersMIDIOUT. This connector sends MIDI data generated by the microARRANGERs keyboard, controllers, and/or the internal sequencer. Connect it to an expandersorcomputersMIDIIN.



Currentlynonavailableparametersarenowshowningray inthedisplay,i.e. with a ghost texture. Here is an example ofagrayedoutparameter,comparedtoanormalparameter:

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DC 12V (AC power adapter connector) SD Card Slot

Plugthesuppliedpoweradapterintothisconnector. ToinsertanSDcard(orSDHCcard),pushit into the slot until it clicks into place. To remove the SD card, push it in; the card will popoutslightly,allowingyoutopullitout. Note: Carefully read the owners manual that camewithyourSDcard,andobservetheinstruc tionsregardingcareandhandling. Note: Take care to insert the SD card in the cor rect direction and orientation, and be sure to press it all the way into the slot. Do not use excessiveforce.
Connector side

Text in solid black

Text in gray

Basic operations
Playing on the keyboard


Just play on the keyboard. You will hear the Realtime tracks playing. There are four Realtime tracks: Upper 13 and Lower. They may play all at the same time, or just one or a few of them, depending on their Mute status. If you cannot hearatrack,checkthemutestatusofthatpart. Tracks can be set in different ways: use the KEYBOARD MODE section to select the way they are configured on the keyboard. Press FULL UPPER to play the Upper 13 tracks on the fullrangeofthekeyboard,justasyouwouldonapiano.
Upper 1 Upper 2 Upper 3

If you cant see the track that youre looking for, use the TRACK SELECT button to scroll up or down the tracks, and find thehiddenones. Mute/unmute. Press both VOLUME/VALUE (AH) buttonstomuteorunmuteatrack.For example, if you are on the main page that appears after turning the instru ment on, and you want to mute the Upper 1 track, press the E (UPPER1/ACC2)buttonstogether. Themute/playstatusisshownbytherelevanticoninthedis play: Playstatus;thetrackplaysonthekeyboard. (noicon) Mute status; the track doesnt play on the key board.

PressSPLITtolettheUpper13tracksplayontheright oftheSplitPoint,andtheLowertrackontheleft.
Upper 1 Lower Upper 2 Upper 3

Solo. While in the Style Play, Song Play and Song modes, you can solo one of the tracks. Just keep the SHIFT button pressed, andpressbothVOLUME/VALUEbuttonscorrespondingtothe trackyouwishtosolo. To exit the solo mode, keep the SHIFT button pressed again, and press both VOLUME/VALUE buttons corresponding to thesoloedtrack.

A Performance is a set of Programs and settings for the Key board and Style tracks, that makes selecting complex combi nationslivefastandeasy.WhentheSTYLECHANGELEDis on,aPerformancecanalsoselectadifferentStyle. It is always advisable to use Performances, rather than single Programs,whenplayingevenasolosound,sinceaPerformance lets you select the right effects, transposition, plus many other parameters,togetherwiththePrograms.
Data type Realtime Upper 1, Upper 2 Tracks Upper 3, Lower Parameters Master Transpose, Program, Volume, Pan, Octave, Scale, Detune, Pitch Bend, Poly/Mono/Drum, Int/ Ext, Damper, Dynamic Range, Joystick, C&D Effect Send level, Type, Parameters, Program parameters, Pads Drum, Percussion, Program, Volume, Pan, Octave, Bass, Acc1, Acc2, Detune, Pitch Bend, Poly/Mono/ Acc3, Acc4, Acc5 Drum, Int/Ext, Wrap Around, Keyboard Range, A&B Effect Send level, Type, Parameters, Program parameters, Drum Mapping, Kick&Snare Assignment

Split Point

KeeptheSPLITPOINT button pressed, and play a note to change the point where the keyboard is divided in an Upper and a Lower part. Tosavetheselectedsplitpoint note, press the GLOBAL but ton,thenpressWRITEtosave theGlobalinmemory.




Selecting. UsetheVOLUME/VALUE(AH)buttonstoselect atrack.

Style Tracks

Global Chord Recognition Mode, Memory Mode, Velocity Trigger, Lock

1. The selected track is shown with a solid square surrounding itsstatusicons.

Selected track

Press the PERFORM button. This changes the PROGRAM/PERFOR MANCE section into a Performance selector. Use the leftmost button of the PROGRAM/PERFOR MANCE section to select the first row of ten banks (1 10, upper LED turned on), or the second row of ten banks(1120,lowerLEDturnedon).



Basic operations
Selecting a Program Press one of the 10 buttons to select the PROGRAM/ PERFORMANCE bank containing the Performance you arelookingfor.

YoucanselectadifferentProgram(i.e.,sound)tobeplayedby a track. Before selecting a Program, you must select the track thatyouwanttoassigntheProgramto. Note: To assign different Programs to the Style tracks, press TRACK SELECT to see the Style tracks. If you select a Program while grouped tracks (Drum/Percussion or ACC) are selected, the Programwillbeassignedtothelastselectedtrack. Each Style Element (Variations, Fills) can have different Programs, so your selection might be automatically reset whenselectingadifferentElement. 1. UsetheVOLUME/VALUE(EH) buttonsontheright side of the display, to select the Realtime (Keyboard) track you wishtoassignadifferentProgramto.

The Performance Select window appears. There are 8 Performancesforeachbank.

Last selected Performance

4. 5.

SelectaPerformanceusingtheVOLUME/VALUE(AH) buttons. IftheDISPLAYHOLDLEDison,pressEXITtoexitthis window.



When you select a Performance, the Style may or may not change,dependingonthestatusoftheSTYLECHANGEbut ton.(WhenyousaveaPerformance,thecurrentStylenumber isalwaysmemorized). IftheSTYLECHANGELEDison,theStylesavedinthe Performancewillbeselected. If the STYLE CHANGE LED is off, the Style doesnt change. 3.

Press the PROGRAM button. This changes the PROGRAM/PERFOR MANCEsectionintoaProgramselec tor. Use the leftmost PROGRAM/PERFOR MANCE button to select a row of Pro grambanks(upper,lower). Select the PROGRAM/PERFORMANCE bank containing the Program you are lookingfor(Programbanksareidentifiedbyinstrument names).


Last selected Program Selected track


Browse all the Programs in the selected bank using the PAGE buttons. There can be various pages for each bank,containingupto8Programseach. As you find the Program you are looking for, select it usingtheVOLUME/VALUE(AH)buttons. IftheDISPLAYHOLDLEDison,pressEXITtoexitthis window.

6. 7.

Basic operations
Selecting a Style


A Style is a set of rhythm and accompaniment patterns. You can select a Style from the internal memory, or from a mem orycard. 1. 2. Use the leftmost STYLE button to select a rowofStylebanks(upper,lower). Select the STYLE bank containing the Stylethatyourelookingfor.


A Single Touch Setting (STS) contains Realtime (Keyboard) tracks settings. Four STS are included in each Style, and can be recalled by pressing the SINGLE TOUCH SETTING (F1 F4)buttonsunderthedisplay. Note: You can select a STS only when you are in the main page of theStylePlayorBackingSequenceoperatingmode.


SelectaPerformanceoraSingleTouchSetting(F1F4buttons, when you are in the Style Play main page) to change keyboard Programsandeffectsatthetouchofabutton.



YoucanseetheoriginalbankwhereyourStyle,Performanceor Program came from. Just keep the SHIFT button pressed, and press the lefmost button of the STYLE or PROGRAM/PERFOR MANCE section. A message window will appear, showing the nameoftheoriginalbank. ReleasetheSHIFTbuttontoexitthewindow. 3. 4. There are 2 pages for each bank, each containing 8 Styles.SelectapageusingthePAGEbuttons. As you find the Style you are looking for, select it using theVOLUME/VALUE(AH)buttons. Note:ThenewStylewillenteratthenextstrongbeat. 5. IftheDISPLAYHOLDLEDison,pressEXITtoexitthis window.


When you select a Style, the Realtime (Keyboard) tracks can bechanged. If the SINGLE TOUCH LED is on, the Single Touch Set ting (STS) #1 is automatically selected, and the Realtime tracks are changed. Programs, and the Keyboard Mode, maychange. IftheSINGLETOUCHLEDisoff,Realtimetracksdont change.


Playing a Style (Automatic Accompaniment)

Thischapterisfullydevotedtostepbystepinstructions,that wehopemaybeusefultolearnthebasicsinthefield.

Call an Intro.

You can engage an Intro to be played before the Style. Press INTRO1 or INTRO2. The former plays more freely, without lettingyoudecidethechords.Thelatterletsyouplayachord progressionwhileitsplaying.

PLAYING A STYLE (Automatic Accompaniment)

A Style will be your virtual band for your best solos. Select oneofthe304Styleswefittedinthismachine

Start the Style!


OK, select your favorite musical Style.

There are plenty of Styles to choose from. We will go with a JazzStyletheJazzBrush. 1. SelectthesecondrowofStyles.PresstheleftmostSTYLE buttontoswitchthelowerLEDon. Thenbeginplaying. Usually (when the SPLIT LED is on) chords are recognized under the split point, i.e. on the Lower part of the keyboard. With the UPPER or FULL Chord Scanning mode, you must playthreeormorenotestohaveachordrecognized.


Now, you are free to press button number 4, called JAZZ1.

The selected Style

Play your chords and your melody.

Go on playing. As you may notice, the microARRANGER features a very sophisticated chord recognition engine. Rec ognizedchordsareshowninthedisplay.

Make a breakor should we say a fill?


Press one of the A VOLUME/VALUE buttons to select JazzBrush.

Duringyourplaying,youarefreetocallaonebarbreak.Try it: PRESS BREAK Doyousee?Musicstoppedforonebar.Then,itisbackagain. Afterawhile,letsgoforsomethingdifferent PRESS FILL1 OR FILL2 Nosilence,thistime.microARRANGERplaysacomplexpas sageto letyou take abreath. FILL1is the simpler one,where FILL2 is more sophisticated. Usually, you will use FILL1 when playing with Variations 1 and 2 (the most easy), FILL2 whenworkingwithVariations3and4(morecomplexones).

Select other Variations.

There are four VARIATION buttons. These are four different versionsofthesameStyle.Trythemall!

YoucangotoaVariationafteraFill.JustpressaFILLbutton, then,immediatelyafterpressaVARIATIONbutton.

Playing in Realtime (Without using Automatic Accompaniment)


Stop it!

OK,youcouldsay:Oh,thatseasy,Iknowhowtodoit,Ican justpressthatbigredSTART/STOPbuttonagain. Yes, you are perfectly right. But thats the easy way. Let us suggestamorecolorfulway: PRESS ENDING1 OR ENDING2 An ending is instantaneously called, and will begin playing, toleadtheStyletoacolorfulend.Asusual,ENDING1ispre programmed, while ENDING2 asks for your chord progres sion.

PLAYING IN REALTIME (Without using Automatic Accompaniment)

As soon as you turn yourmicroARRANGER on,itis in Style Play mode, and you can play it in realtime. Please follow me

Play on the keyboard.

WhenyouturnthemicroARRANGERon,Performance11is automaticallyselected.
Performance bank-number

In Sync
WhatifIwanttoavoidallthatSTART/STOPstuff?Imean,Ipre fertohavemyhandsfreeforplayingmusic! Good point. The SYNCHRO button is there right for this pur pose.

While the Style is stopped, press the SYNCHRO button.

The SYNCHROSTART LED begins blinking. The Synchro Startfunctionisenabled.

Play a chord on the keyboard.

Youmustplayachordforthechordrecognitionengine.Usu ally, it will be to the left of the split point, but it depends on theCHORDSCANNING section (seeCHORD SCANNING sectiononpage 7). TheStylestarts.

This sets the Realtime (Keyboard) tracks for you. In this case yougettheUpper1trackplayingonthefullkeyboardrange, withtheGrandPianoProgramselected. As you may know, there are four available Realtime tracks: Upper 13 and Lower. Upper Realtime tracks may play on the full range of the keyboard (the selected KEYBOARD MODE shall be FULL UPPER). Otherwise, the Lower track plays on the left of the Split Point, and the Upper tracks on theright(KEYBOARDMODEshallbeSPLIT). If you are not satisfied with this setting at startup, you can simply selectanother Performance. Or change thetracks set tingsas you will see in this tutorialand save them into Performance11.Youllsoonseehowtodoit.

Select a different Performance.

Stop the Style using your chosen method.


If so, press one of the PROGRAM/PERFORMANCE buttons, andselectaPerformancewiththeVOLUME/VALUEbuttons (onthesideofthedisplay).

Select a Performance with the VOLUME/VALUE buttons

Go ahead and try out the different Performances. We pro vided160ofthemforyou.

Select Performance 1-1 (Grand Piano) again.

As above: press Performance bank 1, and use the A VOL UME/VALUEbuttonstoselectPerformance11.


Playing in Realtime (Without using Automatic Accompaniment)

Unmute the Upper 2 track.

Press both F VOLUME/VALUE buttons. The Upper 2 track will be selected and unmuted. The Play icon will appear, sur rounded by the selected track frame and accompaniedbythepointingarrow.YouwillheartheDarkPad ProgramplaytogetherwiththeGrandPiano.

PressthemagaintounmutetheLowertrack. Try also with the Upper tracks, using the E, F and G VOL UME/VALUE buttons. You will notice the sound becomes more or less fullersounding, depending on the number of tracksmutedorunmuted.

Press the EG VOLUME/VALUE buttons Press the F VOLUME/VALUE buttons

Set the relative volume of the Realtime tracks.

Press SPLIT on the KEYBOARD MODE section, and play.

Now,thekeyboardissplitintwoparts:theLowerpartonthe left,andtheUpperpartontheright.TheAnalogStrProgram is playing on the Lower part, while the Grand Piano and the DarkPadareplayingontheUpperpart.

Use each EH VOLUME/VALUE button pair to set the vol ume of the Realtime tracks. Press one of the VOLUME/ VALUE button to select a track. Then press the right one to increasethevolume,theleftonetolowerit.
Press the left one to lower

and the right one to raise.

Press FULL UPPER on the KEYBOARD MODE section, and play.

Set the split point.

Again, the Upper tracks can play across the full keyboard range.

Not happy with the current split point? Keep the SPLIT POINTbuttonhelddown,andplaythenewsplitpointonthe keyboard.Youcanevensavethissettinginmemory.

10 Save your track configuration in a Performance.

Thats all! When you find the right sound, you can press the WRITE button to save the track configuration into a Perfor mance, a Single Touch Setting (STS), or a Style Performance. ThePerformanceisahandywaytosaveRealtimetracks.

Mute/unmute various tracks.

Press both H VOLUME/VALUE buttons. You will mute the Lowertrack.

Press the H VOLUME/VALUE buttons

Recording a Song (Simultaneously recording the Style and realtime performance)


RECORDING A SONG (Simultaneously recording the Style and realtime performance)

The Backing Sequence mode is a fast and effective way of recording a new Song, making full use of the features of the Style Play mode. So, arm your recorder, and play live with theStylesasongwillbereadyinseconds!

If you think the selected Style is not what you like for your backing tracks, select a different one.
Select one of the Style rows in the STYLE section, using theleftmostbutton. SelectoneoftheStyleBanks,bypressingoneofthebut tonsoftheSTYLEsection. Selectoneofthepages,usingthePAGEbuttons.

Hereisafastreminder: 1. 2. 3. 4.

First, enter Backing Sequence mode

Press B.SEQ to access the Backing Sequence mode. The Real time tracks, on the keyboard, will remain the same as you selectedintheStylePlaymode.

Select a Style, using the VOLUME/VALUE (AH) but tons. TheStyleBankandnumberappearaftertheStyleparame terinthedisplay.

And what about changing the Performance or Single Touch Setting?

(seeSelectingaPerformanceonpage 12,orSelectingaSin gle Touch Setting (STS) on page 14). Here is a short recap for thePerformances: 1. 2. This is the Backing Sequence Play page, where you can load, playorsaveaSong. 3. Press the PERFORM button to set the PROGRAM/PER FORMANCEsectionactasaPerformanceselector. Select one of the Performance Banks, by pressing one of thebuttonsofthePROGRAM/PERFORMANCEsection.

Now, press RECORD.

You are prompted to select either the Realtime recording mode,ortheChord/AccSteprecordingmode.

Select a Performance, using the VOLUME/VALUE (A H)buttons. andfortheSingleTouchSettings(STS): PressoneoftheSINGLETOUCHSETTINGbuttons.

Ok, now we can go.

As you see, both the RT track and the Ch/Acc track are in RECord mode. This means you can start recording every thingyouplayinarealtimeperformancewiththeStyles. PRESS START/STOP WAIT FOR THE PRECOUNT TO REACH BAR 1 AND BEGIN PLAYING!

7 3 Select the Realtime recording mode.

Play as if you were playing live.

Simply press one of the A VOLUME/VALUE buttons. The Recordpageappears.

You can do exactly what you do when playing with the Styles: select a different Style, Performance, STS, different Variation,aFill,andEnding You can even start your recording with an Intro: just press one of the INTRO buttons before pressing START/STOP to startrecording.

Stop the Song.

To stop the Song, press either START/STOP or one of the ENDINGbuttons.TheSongwillstop,buttheRecordingwill stillbeon.So,youcanstartwithanotherSongtoberecorded inthesamesession(gobacktostep6,ifyoulike). Otherwise, finish the Recording. Now forgoing to the next step.

Finish the recording.

PRESS PLAY/STOP (SEQ1) andtheRecordingstatuswillbegone.BothBackingSequence tracks(RTandCh/Acc)willbesettothePLAYstatus.


Playing a Song from a card 4. Move the folder where you wish to save your Song to thefirstlineofthedisplay,usingtheEF(ScrollUp)and GH (Scroll Down) VOLUME/VALUE buttons, or the TEMPO/VALUE controls. Press F3 (OPEN) to open it. ClosethecurrentfolderbypressingF4(CLOSE). Tocreateanewfile,movetheNEW_NAME.MIDitemto thefirstlineofthedisplay. When the NEW_NAME.MID item is selected, press one of the A VOLUME/VALUE buttons. You are promptedtoassignanametothenewfolder:

10 Listen to the Song.

When back in the Backing Sequence Play page, press PLAY/ STOP(SEQ1)tolistentothenewSong.Howsmartwereyou? If the Song is fine, you can switch to the Song mode and do some editing. Or you can save it (as seen below), and play it inSongPlaymode.

5. 6.

11 Deleting one of the tracks, or the whole Song and record again.
Thatseasy! 1. PressRECORDtoenterRecordmode.

Move the cursor using the DOWN/ and UP/+ buttons. Select a character using the DIAL. Insert a character at the cursor position by pressing the INSERT button. Delete a character at the cursor position by pressing the DELETEbutton. 7. When you have finished writing a name for the new midifile, press F2 (SAVE) to confirm. The Are you sure?messagewillappear.PressENTERtoconfirm,or EXITtoabort.

2. 3.

SetthetracktodeleteandsettheRECstatustorecord. Set the track you want to listen to during recording to PLAYstatus.Ifyoudontwanttodeleteit,butyoudont wanttolistentoit,setthetracktoMUTEstatus. Start recording again. If you are recording the RT track, youcantusetheStylecontrols. Press PLAY/STOP (SEQ1) to finish the Song and exit Recordingmode.


1 2 Insert the card containing the Song into the card slot. Press the SONG PLAY button to access the Song Play mode.

4. 5.

12 Time to save your Song.

IfyoudontsaveyourSong, itwill be lost whenyou turn the instrument off, or switch to the Song Play mode. You must savetoacardanySongyouwishtopreserve. 1. 2. InsertyourSDcardintothecardslot. In the Backing Sequence Play page, select the Save Songparameter.

Press the A (S1:) VOLUME/VALUE button to open the Song Select window.



Page commands

Note:YoucanalsoaccesstheSongSelectwindowbypressing the PAGE+ button from the main page. You can exit this win doweitherbypressingEXITorPAGE.

Press the F-1 button to select the SD card (SD).


Playing a Song from a card


Use the TEMPO/VALUE controls, or the VOLUME/VALUE (EH) buttons to scroll the list. The EF buttons are the Scroll Up ( ), while the GH buttons are the Scroll Down ( ).

8. Specifications
Operatingconditions 0+40C(nocondensation) Keyboard 61keys(C2C7),naturaltouchminikeyboardwithvelocity Power ACadapterDC12V(included) Dimensions(WxDxH) 873x277x91(mm)/34.3710.913.58 Weight 4.2kg/9.26lbs Powerconsumption 9W Includeditems ACadapter(DC12V: QuickStartGuide Musicstand AccessoryDisc )

Move the file you are looking for to the first line of the dis play.

If the file you are looking for is in a folder (a file whose name begins with ), move the folder to the first line in the display, then select the F-3 (OPEN) command.

Select the F4 (CLOSE) command to close a folder and go backtotheupperlevel.

When the file you are looking for is in the first line of the display, press the F-2 (SELECT) button. When the Song appears in the S1 line on the main page of the Song Play mode, press the left (SEQ 1) PLAY/STOP button to start the playback.

Note: If the BALANCE slider is all the way to the right, Sequencer1isattheminimumvolumeandcantbeheard. If you wish to play a different Song on Sequencer 2 at the same time, press the B (S2:) VOLUME/VALUE but ton (press it twice if a Song is already selected for Sequencer2),andrepeattheaboveproceduretoselecta SongforSequencer2.Usetheright(SEQ2)PLAY/STOP buttontostart/stopthesecondSong.UsetheBALANCE slidertomixbetweenSequencer1andSequencer2. Stop the Song(s) using the PLAY/STOP button for the corre spondingSequencer.

Options XVP10:expression/volumepedal EXP2:footcontroller DS1H:damperpedal PS1orPS3:pedalswitch

8/16 Beat 1
Soft Beat Pop Beat Stndrd8Beat Unplug8Bt 1 Love 8 Beat Half Beat UK 8 Beat 8BeatGroove UK RnB PopBallad 1 HipHop Beat LightRock 1 LightRock 2 Miami Beat ClassicBeat Unplug8Bt 2

8/16 Beat 2
Guitar Bld1 Guitar Bld2 8Bt Analog1 Analogyst 8Bt Analog2 Trendy Beat Slow Ballad 6Strings Bt


Groove Bld Diva RockBallad1 Folk Ballad PopBallad 2 HalfTimeBld CountryBld1 4/4 Ballad Love Ballad NaturalBeat Celtic Bld 16BtAnalog1 Color Beat PopBallad 3 8Bt Analog3 16BtAnalog2


Slow Pop Slow Rock 1 Slow Rock 2 Unpl.SlRock BigBnd Fox1 Slow Waltz1 Slow Waltz2 Foxtrot 1 BigBnd Fox2 Slow Fox Foxtrot 2 Operetta BigBnd Fox3 Charleston Quick Step New Jive


HouseGarage House Dream Techno Underground Progressive Jungle Rap Hip Hop Disco 70 80's Dance Love Disco Disco Party Disco Funky Disco Gully Twist


Open Rock 1 Open Rock 2 Pop Rock Fire Rock Hard Rock Heavy Rock RockShuffle Rock Ballad Half Time Rock 6/8 Abbey Road Surf Rock Pop Shuffle BluesShuffl 60's Rock Rock & Roll

Rubber Funk Groove Funk Acid Jazz Double Beat Groove Jazz Funk Al Swing HipHop Funk

Soul & Funk World 1

OberkrWaltz OberkrPolka Bavar.Pop 1 Bavar.Pop 2 Party Polka Pop Polka Flipper 6/8 Flipper 4/4 Schlager 1 Schlager 2 Schlager 3 Schlager 4 PopSchlager Trucker Cajun Zydeco

World 2

Bluegrass Country 8Bt Country16Bt CountryBeat Mod.Country CntryBoogie CountryShf1 CountryShf2 CountryBld2 Country 3/4 Orleans Jig CelticDream Norteno Quebradita Tejano

World 3

Hora Sevillana 1 Sevillana 2 Jota Copla Classic 3/4 Bolero Minuetto Baroque New Age Tarantella Raspa Vahde Oriental Roman Ciftetelli

Std 16Beat 1 Std 16Beat 2 Unpl.16Beat Pop 16Beat1 Pop 16Beat2 Cinema Bld Windy Beat Home Beat

HipHop Soul MotownShufl PopBallad 4 RhythmBlues Soul Memphis Motown Gospel

Latin 1

UnplugBossa Basic Bossa L.A. Bossa New Bossa Miss Bossa Lite Bossa GrooveBossa DiscoChaCha Cha Cha Cha Sabor ChaCha Funk Latin Rock UnplugLatin Beguine 1 Beguine 2 Slow Bolero

Latin 2

Engl. Tango Orch. Tango Habanera 1 Habanera 2 Mambo 1 Mambo 2 Salsa 1 Salsa 2 Mariachi Reggae 1 Reggae 2 Reggae 3 Pasodoble 1 PasDobBanda Pasodoble 2

Latin Dance Jazz 1

Samba Sambalegre Disco Samba Samba Funk Merengue 1 Merengue 2 Cumbia Latin Dance Batucada Rumba Gipsy Rumba Pop Calypso Lambada Meneito Macarena

Jazz Brush Med. Swing Slow Swing SwingBallad JazzWaltz 1 JazzWaltz 2 5/4 Swing Mood Swing Be Bop Unpl.Swing1 Unpl.Swing2 B.BndBallad BigBandMed. Big Band 1 BigBand40's Big Band 2

Jazz 2

Big Band 3 Sw. Shuffle FastBigBand LatinBigBnd BigBnd Fox4 Dixieland Hollywood Broadway Acid Jazz New Jazz Latin Jazz Fusion Ragtime Pno Shuffle Pno Boogie Pno Bossa Pno


Ital.Valzer Valzer GermWaltz 1 GermWaltz 2 Laendler WalzMusette ViennaWaltz Viennese Mazurka 1 Mazurka 2 Polka 1 Polka 2 Germ. Polka Trad. Polka Marsch FrenchMarsc

Direct SD

User 1

Foxtrot 3 Hully Gully Mazurka 3 Polka 3 It. Valzer2 Slow Waltz3 Trad.Bolero NewBeguine SchlagerMx1 SchlagerMx2 Dance Mix Soca Dance 60's Dance 70's Disco Motown 2 Dance 80

16Beat John 8 Beat John 2Bt Country Bajon Ipanema SanbaDeSol Ricky Mambo 99 PopShuffle2 Front Beat Long Train 2000 Hits Questions 8BeatRock1 8BeatRock2 L.A. R & B

User 2

User 3

Soul 2 Boston Boy 6/8 JazzPop J-Pop HipHopFunk2 Schuffle Jazz Funk 2 Blues 6/8 Swing The Avalon 6/8 R & B Groovin' 90's Funk Party Funk 6/8 Blues Fusion Funk

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