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PianoCD

User Manual
COMPACT DISC (CD) FORMAT
PLAYER PIANO CONTROL UNIT
PIANODISC MODEL PCD

a product of


PianoDisc
a division of Burgett, Inc.

4111 North Freeway Boulevard


Sacramento, CA 95834-1209
Sales and Technical Support: (916) 567-9999
Fax: (916) 567-1941

1999 Burgett Inc. No part of this manual may be reproduced in whole or in part without the
express written permission of PianoDisc, a division of Burgett, Inc. Burgett, Inc. reserves the
right to change product design and specifications at any time without prior notice.
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Table of Contents
Important Safety and Installation Instructionsix
About PianoCD.1

Mail in your registration........................................................................................... 1


Review all safety information .................................................................................. 1
In this chapter .......................................................................................................... 1
What is PianoCD?..................................................................................................... 2
PianoCD in your home ............................................................................................. 3
PianoCD as a standard CD player .......................................................................... 3
PianoCD for the professional pianist ...................................................................... 3
PianoCD in your place of worship ........................................................................... 3
PianoCD in your place of business .......................................................................... 4

The PianoCD User Interface...................................................................................... 5

The PianoCD Control Unit ...................................................................................... 6

A. Control buttons........................................................................................ 6
B. LED lights............................................................................................... 6
C. Numeric display...................................................................................... 6
D. CD tray................................................................................................... 6
E. CD access light...................................................................................... 6
F. CD tray access button ........................................................................... 7
G. Manual access hole................................................................................. 7
H. Activity light ........................................................................................... 7
I. IR sensor ................................................................................................. 7
Headphone jack...................................................................................... 7
Ventilation holes ..................................................................................... 7

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Table of Contents

The PianoCD Control Buttons ...................................................................................... 7

A. Power ........................................................................................................................... 8
B Mute .............................................................................................................................. 8
C Bypass............................................................................................................................ 8
D Shuffle............................................................................................................................ 9
E and F. Volume Up and Volume Down ......................................................................... 9
G Stop/Eject .................................................................................................................... 10
H and I. Skip/Scan Left and Skip/Scan Right............................................................... 10
J Play/Pause.................................................................................................................... 10

Using the PianoCD Control Unit ...................................................................................... 11

The PianoCD Remote Control ............................................................................. .13


Introduction. ............................................................................................................. 13
Battery installation ...................................................................................................... 13
Operating Conditions ................................................................................................... 13

Remote Control Features ................................................................................................ 14


A. Numeric entry buttons .............................................................................................................. 16
B. Select................................................................................................................... ........16
C Balance (S) and (P) ..............................................................................................16
D PianoMute .................................................................................................................. 16
E Piano Transpose(+) and (-) ......................................................................................... 17
F Reset............................................................................................................................. 17
G Synchronize (+) and (-) ............................................................................................... 18
H Scan ............................................................................................................................. 18
I Play ............................................................................................................................... 18

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Using Your PianoCD in Link Mode..19


To set up the PianoCD in Link mode ................................................................... 19
To activate Link mode ........................................................................................... 19
Operating the PianoCD in Link mode.................................................................. 20

PianoCD Ports ............................................................................................................ 21

A. MIC IN ............................................................................................................. 21
B. AUDIO INPUT ADJ........................................................................................ 21
C. CD IN ............................................................................................................... 21
D. AUDIO OUT .................................................................................................... 21
E. DEFEAT........................................................................................................... 22
F. SETUP ............................................................................................................. 22
G. 9V Power .......................................................................................................... 22
H. TO PIANO........................................................................................................ 22
I. PD-DATA IN.................................................................................................... 22
J. PD-DATA OUT................................................................................................. 22

Troubleshooting..........................................................................................................23

General Recovery ................................................................................................... 23


If you have only a PianoCD................................................................................ 23
If you have a PDS-128Plus and a PianoCD ...................................................... 23

Common Questions ................................................................................................ 24

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Important: Read This First!
Care and Safety Information

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated


dangerous voltage within the product's enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important


operation and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.

CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK,


DO NOT REMOVE COVER OF BACK.
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Complete safety of operation is assured by


PianoDisc when the player piano system and PianoCD control unit are
installed and operated in their normal fashion. Do not attempt, or
commission others, to modify any portion of the PianoCD player piano
system unless specifically authorized by PianoDisc.

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Important Safetly and Installation Instructions
Information relating to possible personal injury, electric shock and
fire hazard possibilities has been included in this list.
Warningwhen using electrical appliances, basic precautions
should always be followed, including the following:
Read and understand all instructions before using the product.
The product should be connected to a power supply only of the
type described in the operating instructions or as marked on the
product. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your
home, consult your PianoDisc dealer or local power company.
Do not open the cover of the PianoCD control unit under any
circumstances. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not
disassemble this product. If service or repair work is required,
contact your PianoDisc dealer or PianoDisc technical support at
(916) 567-9999. Opening or removing cabinet parts other than
those referred to in this instruction manual may expose you to
dangerous voltages or other risks. Incorrect reassembling can
cause electric shock when the appliance is subsequently used.
Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can
result in the risk of fire or electric shock.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not
use liquid cleansers or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for
cleaning.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate
this product where the cord may be damaged by persons
walking on it.
Keep the power cord away from other objects. Make sure that
the cord is not twisted, placed in any lane of traffic, or trapped
under the piano.
Never push objects of any kind into this product through slots
or openings in the PianoCD control unit (except as directed in
this manual), as they may touch dangerous voltage points or
short out parts that could result in a risk of fire or electric
shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
Locate your piano and PianoCD control unit away from direct
sunlight, water or moisture, or hot or cold air currents.
Do not use this product near water (for example, near a
bathtub, kitchen sink, fountain or swimming pool).

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Important Safety and Installation Instructions

If the Piano or the PianoCD control unit is to remain unused for an


extended period of time, the power supply to each should be disconnected.
If repair is necessary, refer only to qualified service personnel. Obtain
information on location certified PianoDisc technicians from your dealer.
This product, either alone or in combination with an amplifier and
headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound levels that
could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for a long period of
time at a high volume level or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you
experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an
audiologist.
Slots and openings in the back, sides, or bottom of the PianoCD control
unit are provided for ventilation. To protect the PianoCD control unit from
overheating, these openings must not be blocked by placing the unit on a
bed, sofa, rug, or similarly pliant surface. The PianoCD control unit
should never be place near a radiator or heat register. The PianoCD
control unit should not be place in a built-in installation where proper
ventilation is not provided.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer it for service to
qualified service personnel:
- When the power supply cord or plug has been damaged or frayed.
- If objects have fallen on the product.
- If liquid has been spilled on the product.
- If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
- If the product does not appear to operate normally as described in the
operation instructions. Adjust only those controls that are described in
the operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage not covered by your warranty and may require extensive
labor by a certified PianoDisc technician to restore the product to normal
operation.
- If the product has been dropped or the enclosure is damaged.
- If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.

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Certification Warnings
FCC Part 15 Regulatory Statement
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution: Changes or modifications to this product, which are not expressly
approved by the manufacturer, may void the users right or authority to operate this
product.
Industry Canada Regulatory Statement
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
harmful interference and (2) this device must accept interference including
interference that may cause undesired operation to the device.
Japan
This equipment complies with Japanese EMC requirements of VCCI Class B and
IEC 65, 5th ed. safety standard for mains operated electronic and related apparatus
for household and similar general use.
Australia
This equipment complies with Australian EMC requirements of AS/NZS 3548 and to
IEC 65, 5th ed. safety standard for mains operated electronic and related apparatus
for household and similar general use.
China
Meets IEC 65, 5th ed., safety standard for mains operated electronic and related
apparatus for household and similar general use, with appropriate deviation.
Hong Kong
Meets IEC 65, 5th ed. safety standard for mains operated electronic and related
apparatus for household and similar general use, with appropriate deviation.

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Save These Instructions!
General Operating Notes
When the Control unit is turned off from the front panel, your piano and
control unit will continue to consume a small amount of power. Disconnecting
your piano from the power source will completely shut down the unit.

If your piano or PianoCD control unit fails to operate in a manner consistent


with the instructions in this manual please disconnect it from your power
source and contact your piano retailer, certified PianoDisc technician or
PianoDisc.

Technical Assistance
Technical assistance is available online through the World Wide Web at
www.pianodisc.com
Direct e-mail to techsupport@pianodisc.com.

Technical support is available by telephone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific
Time at (916)567-9999.

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Chapter 1 About PianoCD
PianoCD combines the original, impossible-to-duplicate sound of a real
acoustic piano with the finest, Compact Disc-based (CD) reproducing
piano technology available today.

With your new player piano system and PianoCD control unit you can:

Play your piano as you would normally


Allow your piano to perform for you
Control the piano playback volume
Enjoy hundreds of hours of high quality performances

The remainder of this chapter gives you an overview of PianoCD, how


it works, and the many ways you can enjoy this product.

Mail in your Please take a few moments right now to fill in and mail the
Registration Registration Card. Doing so will entitle you to full warranty
protection, and enables us at PianoDisc to better serve you.

Review all safety Please review all care and safety information included in this manual
Information (pages vii through xii). This includes information provided as part of
compliance with UL, FCC, and CE (European Community) standards

In this chapter The remainder of this chapter gives you an overview of PianoCD, how
it works, and the many ways you can enjoy this product.

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About PianoCD

What is PianoCD? PianoCD is a combination of amazing mechanics and sophisticated


computer technology. This new product is three different remarkable
innovations that, when combined, make the seemingly impossible a
reality. These innovations are:

The playback mechanism. Concealed within your piano is a set of


highly advanced computer driven electronic solenoids, each capable
of reproducing up to 127 different levels of volume, from very soft to
very loud. When activated by signals from your PianoCD control
unit, these solenoids reproduce virtually every nuance of the original
pianists performance, ensuring an extremely lifelike musical
experience.

The PianoCD control unit. This remarkable device, developed


exclusively by PianoDisc, reads the specially encoded PianoDisc CDs
and transmits the performance information to the playback
mechanism in your piano. The control unit enables you to control
various aspects of the performance, including playback volume and,
in the case of accompaniment-enhanced discs, the volume balance
between the piano and the prerecorded accompanying music.
Features that many PianoCD owners appreciate include:
Easy push button control
Easy connection to a home stereo
Convenient remote control
Flexible volume control
Stereo headphone jack
Usable as a standard CD player

The PianoDisc CDs. Using a format created by PianoDisc exclusively


for the PianoCD product and PDS-128Plus, these remarkable CDs
permanently store a wide variety of musical performances, either for
solo piano or for accompanied piano performance (including live
accompaniments), representing the state-of-the-art in acoustic/digital
piano musical reproduction.

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PianoCD in A piano is a welcome enhancement to any household. Pianos are


your home learning tools, decorator items and, to some, as necessary to complete
a household as living room furniture or kitchen appliances.

PianoCD brings a whole new dimension to the household piano.


Homeowners appreciate not only the beauty of the instrument, but
also the streamlined implementation of PianoCDs features.
Traditional decor can be preserved while still having easy and
complete access to an amazing array of new musical possibilities.

PianoCD as a Your PianoCD control unit can also be used as a standard CD player.
Standard CD The control unit is easily connected to most home stereos, enabling
you to enjoy your collection of CDs. Also, the PianoCD control unit is
player equipped with a stereo headphone jack, enabling you to enjoy
standard CDs in complete privacy or without disturbing others.

PianoCD for the Professional pianists often turn their noses up at the prospect of
professional practicing or performing on a keyboard. Because electronic keyboards
do not have the same feel as an authentic piano, many performers
pianist deny themselves the benefits of modern technology to preserve the
integrity of their performance standards. PianoCD gives ccomplished
pianists access to technology without sacrificing tradition or
compromising musical standards.

PianoCD in The PianoCD control unit is uniquely suited for the worship
your Place environment. Several of the selections in the PianoDisc CD library
include performances by many of the best sacred music pianists ever
of worship recorded. Beautiful meditation music can enhance many worship
services, and PianoDisc recording of many sacred masterpieces can
enhance seasonal events such as Christmas. Your PianoCD control
unit can also be used in the event your pianist is absent from a
worship service.

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About PianoCD

PianoCD in your Many different commercial environments use a piano, including


restaurants, bars, hotel lobbies, department stores and shopping
Place of business centers. Many of these environments are so enhanced by the presence
of pianos and pianists that they would never give them up. Sometimes,
however, a pianist simply isnt available. For those times when a
pianist is absent, PianoCD can fill the void with performances by many
of our centurys most respected pianists.

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Chapter 2 The PianoCD User Interface
Before operating your piano and PianoCD control unit, always be sure
of the following:

The PianoCD control unit is properly connected. The technician


who delivers and sets up your piano will connect and set up the
PianoCD control unit.

The correct power source is available. In the United States, your


piano uses a standard 120-volt AC household electrical outlet as a
power source. In other countries, the piano is usually equipped with a
power supply and cord that are compatible with the prevailing voltage
standards of that geographic area, If you have any questions
concerning compatibility with local electrical standards, please consult
your PianoCD retailer before connecting your piano to a power source.

The piano is properly plugged in. In vertical (upright) pianos the


electrical cord leading to the power supply can usually be found
extending out from a small hole in the back of the piano. Vertical
piano owners should be sure that the cord is securely plugged into the
outlet before moving the piano against the wall. Also, be careful not
to crush the cord or plug under or against the piano. Grand pianos
should have a cord extending from the power supply, which is usually
mounted on one of the support beams under the piano. Connect this
cord securely to a power source and avoid placing the cord where
someone may trip over it.

Use the correct controls. If you are using a PDS-128Plus together


with your PianoCD in Link mode, do not use the PianoCD control
buttons or remote control. Use the PDS-128plus control buttons or
remote control to operate both units. For more information on Link
mode, see Appendix A: Using Your PianoCD in Link Mode on page 19.

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The PianoCD Control Unit

This section explains the controls available on the PianoCD control unit.

A..Control Includes Power, Mute, Bypass, Shuffle, Stop/Eject, Skip/Scan,


buttons Play/pause, and Volume control buttons. Each button is explained in the
next section.

Important: If you are using a PDS-128Plus together with your PianoCD in


Link mode, do not use the PianoCD control buttons. Use the PDS-128Plus
control buttons to operate both units. For more information on Link mode,
see Appendix A: Using Your PianoCD in Link Mode on
Page 19.

B. LED lights A small green light above each button illuminates to indicate that the
selected feature is active.

C. Numeric The illuminated display indicates the current track number or parameter
values (such as volume). Numbers turn red when you adjust a parameter.
display When the CD tray is empty, the display is blank.

D. CD tray Open to insert or remove a CD. Press Stop/Eject to open the tray.

E. CD access This light indicates that data is being read from a CD.
light

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F.CD tray access Press this button to open the CD tray.


button

G. Manual access Use the Manual access hole if a CD becomes stuck in the tray or to open
hole the CD tray when power to the PianoCD unit is disconnected.
To use the manual access hole to open the CD tray, insert the end of a
straightened paper clip into the hole.

H. Activity light This light blinks when the PianoCD control unit is receiving the remote
control signal, when piano data is being accessed, or when the PianoCD
control unit is receiving commands in Link mode. For more information
on Link mode, see Appendix A: Using your PianoCD in Link Mode on
page 19.

I.IR sensor This sensor receives the signals from the remote control.

Headphone jack Plug for output to stereo headphones. (On left side of unit; not visible in
illustration.)

Ventilation holes These holes allow for air circulation to prevent overheating of
components. Do not block or cover these ventilation holes. (On top and
sides of unit; not visible in illustration.)

The PianoCD Control Buttons


The section explains the PianoCD control buttons.

Important: If you are using a PDS-128Plus together with your


PianoCD in Link mode, do not use the PianoCD control buttons. Use the
PDS-128Plus control buttons to operate both units. For more
information on Link mode, see Appendix A: Using your PianoCD in Link
Mode on page 19.

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A. Power Press this button to turn the PianoCD control unit on and off. When the
unit is on, the light above the Power button illuminates.
Note: Do not turn off the PianoCD control unit while a CD is playing.
Press Stop/Eject to stop the CD from playing, and then turn off the power.

B. Mute Press this button to silence the piano and audio playback. The current
track continues to play silently until you press Mute again. When playback
is muted, the light above the Mute button illuminates.

Note: The light above the Mute button blinks and the recorded
accompaniment is muted automatically if you transpose the piano playback
to a key that is not exactly one or two octaves above or below the original
key. However, the piano playback continues in the selected key. For more
information on the Transpose feature, see Piano Transpose on page 16.

C. Bypass Press this button when you want to use your PianoCD control unit as a
standard CD player. Bypass mode allows the stereo tracks of a standard
CD to be passed to the audio output, such as your speakers. Although you
can play standard CDs in the PianoCD unit while not in Bypass mode,
output will be in pseudo-stereo.

When the unit is in Bypass mode, the light above the Bypass button
illuminates.

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Note: The Bypass light blinks if the PianoCD control unit is being used in
Link Mode. For more information on Link mode, see Appendix A: Using
PianoCD in Link Mode on page 19.

To enter Bypass mode to play a standard CD:

1. If a PianoDisc CD is playing, press Stop/Eject to stop playback.


2. Press Bypass to enter Bypass mode.
3. Insert a standard CD into the CD tray.
Important: If you play a PianoDisc CD while the unit is in
Bypass mode, the right stereo channel emits a high-pitched tone.
4. Press Play/Pause.

To exit Bypass mode to resume playing PianoDisc CDs:

1. If a standard CD is playing, press Stop/Eject to stop playback.


2. Remove the standard CD from the CD tray.
3. Press Bypass to exit Bypass mode.
4. Insert a PianoDisc CD into the CD tray.
5. Press Play/Pause.

D. Shuffle Press this button when you want the PianoCD control unit to randomly and
continuously select tracks from the CD currently playing. When the unit is in
Shuffle mode, the light above the Shuffle button illuminates.

1. To enter Shuffle mode, press Shuffle.


2. To return to normal playing, press Shuffle again.

E. and F. Use these buttons to increase or decrease the volume of the piano and audio playback.
Volume Up When you press either Volume button, the current volume level (between 1 and 99) is
and Volume displayed on the Numeric Display.
Down

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G. Stop/Eject Press this button to stop the CD currently playing or, if the CD is
already stopped, to open the CD tray.

H. and I. Skip/Scan Use these buttons to:


Left and Restart a CD track
Skip/Scan Right
Skip through the tracks on a CD
Rapidly Scan through a single CD track

To restart a CD track:
While the track is playing, press Skip/Scan Left.

To skip back to another CD track:


1. If the CD is playing, press Stop/Eject.
2. Press Skip/Scan Left until the number of the desired track is
displayed.

To skip forward to another CD track:


Press Skip/Scan Right once for each track you want to move forward,
until the number of the desired track is displayed.

To scan backward through a CD track:


While the track is playing, press and hold Skip/Scan Left until you
reach the desired point in the CD track:

To scan forward through a CD track:


While the track is playing, press and hold Skip/Scan Right until you
reach the desired point in the CD track:

J. Play/Pause Press this button to start playback of a CD or, if the CD is already


playing, to pause playback. When playback is paused, press
Play/Pause again to resume playback.

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Using the PianoCD Control Unit

Important: If you are using a PDS-128Plus together with your PianoCD


in Link mode, do not use the PianoCD control buttons. Use the PDS-
128Plus control buttons to operate both units. For more information on
Link mode, see Appendix A: Using your PianoCD in Link Mode on page
19.

To play a PianoDisc CD:


1. Press Power to turn on the PianoCD Control unit.
2. Press Stop/Eject to open the CD tray.
3. Insert a PianoDisc CD by Pressing a CD onto the spindle of the
CD tray.
4. Push in the CD tray and wait for 01 to appear on the Numeric
Display.
5. Press Play/Pause to start playback.
6. When you finish listening to the PianoDisc CD, press Stop/Eject
to stop playback.

To play a standard CD:


1. Press Power to turn on the PianoCD control unit.
2. Press Stop/Eject to open the CD tray.
3. Insert a CD by pressing a CD onto the spindle of the CD tray.
4. Push in the CD tray and wait for 01 to appear on the Numeric
Display.
5. Press Bypass to enter Bypass mode. (for more information on
bypass mode, see Bypass on page 8.)
6. Press Play/Pause.
7. When you finish listening to the CD, press Stop/Eject.
8. To resume playing PianoDisc CDs, press Bypass again to exit
Bypass mode.

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Chapter 3 The PianoCD Remote Control
Introduction Like most electronic devices available today, your PianoCD control unit
comes with an infrared remote control. With the remote control, you can
access all the PianoCD features described in Chapter 2, and some additional
features unique to your remote control.

Important: If you are using a PDS-128Plus together with your PianoCD in


Link mode, do not use the PianoCD remote control. Use the PDS-128Plus
remote control to operate both units. For more information on Link mode,
see Appendix A: Using your PianoCD in Link Mode on page 19.

Battery installation Your PianoCD remote control is powered by two AA batteries.

To insert batteries in your remote control:


1. Remove the battery compartment cover on the back of your
PianoCD remote control.
2. Insert the batteries, making sure they are in the correct
positive/negative orientation.
3. Replace the battery compartment cover.

Operating Your PianoCD remote control operates best when you point it directly at
conditions the front of the PianoCD control unit.

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Remote Control Features

Remote Control Features


Many of the remote control features are identical in operation to those that can be
accessed using the buttons on the front of the PianoCD control unit. For more
information on using the control unite, see Chapter2: The PianoCD User
Interface.

Features accessible only by using the PianoCD remote control are:

Numeric Entry of track numbers (A and B)

Balance (C)

Not Used (D)

Piano Transpose (E)

Returning a feature to its default setting (F)

Synchronize (G)

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Remote Control Features

A. Numeric entry Use these buttons to play a specific track on a CD.


buttons
To play a specific track on a CD:

If the CD is stopped, enter the number of the track you want to play,
and then press Play.

If the CD playing, enter the number of the track you want to play. The track starts
playing after a brief pause. If you want the track to start playing immediately,
press Select after you enter the track number.

B. Select While a CD is playing, use this button in conjunction with the Numeric Entry
buttons to play a specific track on the CD. Use the Numeric Entry buttons to
enter the number of the track you want to play, and then press Select to start
playing the track immediately.

C. Balance (S) and (P) Use these buttons to adjust the volume of the piano playback relative to the
recorded accompaniment on a PianoDisc CD. When you adjust the balance, the
current balance setting (1 to 99; the default value is 50) is displayed on the
PianoCD control unit. Use the Balance feature only with a PianoDisc CD.

To increase the relative volume of the piano playback:


Press Balance (P).

To increase the relative volume of the recorded accompaniment:


Press Balance (S).

To restore the balance to its original setting:


Press either Balance button, and then press Reset

D. Unused

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E. Piano Transpose Use these buttons to transpose the key of the piano playback on the current
(+) and (-) PianoDisc CD. When you press a Piano Transpose button, the Numeric
Display on the PianoCD control unit shows the number of half steps selected
away from the original key. The number is solid (positive) if you transpose
above the original key or blinking (negative) if you transpose below the
original key.

Important: The key of the recorded accompaniment cannot be changed.


Therefore, the recorded accompaniment is muted unless the transpose value is
12, 24, (exactly one or two octaves above the original key), or -12, -24 (one
or two octaves below the original key). For example, if the Numeric Display
shows a number between 1 and 11, or 13 and 23, inclusive, the recorded
accompaniment is muted. When the accompaniment is automatically muted,
the light above the Mute button blinks.

Use the Piano Transpose feature only with a PianoDisc CD.

To Transpose the piano playback up:


Press Piano Transpose (+) once for each half step you want to move
the piano playback above the original key.

To transpose the piano playback down:


Press Piano Transpose (-) once for each half step you want to move
the piano playback below the original key.

To restore the piano playback to its original key:


Press either Piano Transpose button, and then press Reset.

F. Reset Use this button to reset the Volume, Balance, Piano Transpose, or
Synchronize feature to its original setting.

To restore a features default setting:

1. Press the button for the feature you want to reset. For example,
to reset the Balance, press Balance (S) or Balance (P).

2. Press Reset.

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Remote Control Features

G. Synchronize Use these buttons to fine-turn the synchronization between the piano playback
(+) and (-) and recorded accompaniment on a PianoDisc CD.

To shift the piano playback forward relative to the recorded


accompaniment:

Press Synchronize (-) until the piano playback is synchronized with the recorded
accompaniment.

To shift the piano playback backward relative to the recorded


accompaniment:
Press Synchronize (+) until the piano playback is synchronized with the recorded
accompaniment.

To restore the Synchronize feature to its original setting:


Press either Synchronize button, and then press Reset.

Remote control buttons with more functions:


H. Scan The Scan buttons have the same functionality as the skip/scan buttons on the front of
the unit. See chapter 2 section H.

I. Play The play button has the same functionality as the play/pause button on the front of
the unit. See chapter 2 section J.

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Appendix A Using Your PianoCD in Link Mode
Link mode allows a PianoCD control unit to be coupled with a PDS-
128Plus. While in Link mode, the PDS-128Plus acts as a master
device and the PianoCD functions as a slave device. Therefore, you
need to use the PDS-128Plus control buttons and remote and remote
control to operate both devices.

Important: Do not use the PianoCD control buttons or remote


control while in Link mode.

When Link mode is detected, PianoCD automatically enters Bypass


mode and sets the output volume to a present level compatible with
the PDS-128Plus. The light above the Bypass button on the
PianoCD control unit blinks to indicate that the unit is in Link mode.

To set up the 1. Using a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI cable, connect the MIDI
PianoCD OUT port on the PDS-128Plus to the PD-DATA IN port on the
in Link mode PianoCD control unit.
2. Using a stereo RCA cable, connect the AUDIO OUT ports on
the PianoCD control unit to the CD IN ports on the PDS-
128Plus.
3. Connect the 9V Brick power supply to the PianoCD control
unit.
4. Connect the TO PIANO port of the PDS-128plus to the
playback mechanism.

To activate Link 1. Turn on your PianoCD control unit.


mode
2. Turn on your PDS-128Plus.
Note: It is not necessary to wait for the PianoCD to boot
completely before turning on the PDS-128Plus.
3. Once the PDS-128Plus has booted, select CD mode on the
PDS - 128Plus.

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Appendix A: Using Your PianoCD in Link Mode

Operating the Use the PDS-128Plus control buttons and remote control to operate
PianoCD in Link both units.
mode
Important: Do not use the PianoCD control Buttons or remote
control while in Link mode.

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Appendix B PianoCD Ports
This appendix explains the ports and buttons on the back of the
PianoCD control unit.

A.MIC IN Use this port to connect a PianoAmp Pickup by barcus-berry to the


piano. This port picks up the piano output and sends it through the
audio ports.

B.AUDIO INPUT Use this control to adjust the balance between the MIC audio and the
ADJ. CD audio. You can easily adjust this control by turning it to the left or
right with a flathead screwdriver.

C. CD IN Use these ports to connect a CD changer to your PianoCD control unit.

Note: Not all commercially available CD changers will work properly


with the PianoCD. See technical specs in the back of this manual for
more details.

D. AUDIO OUT Use these ports to connect your output, such as amplified speakers or a
home stereo system, to your PianoCD control unit.
Note: A convenient feature of the PianoCD control unit is the
permanent connection between the CD IN ports and the
AUDIO OUT ports, even when the PianoCD control unit is
turned off. Therefore, if you connect both a CD changer and
an audio output to your PianoCD unit, you do not need to have
the PianoCD unit turned on in order to play standard CDs in
the CD changer and listen to them through the audio output.

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Appendix B: PinaoCD Ports

E. DEFEAT Only the technician setting up your PianoCD system should use this
button. You should never press this button during normal operation.
If you accidentally press Defeat, press Defeat again to return to
normal operation. When Defeat is active, the numeric display on the
PianoCD control unit show [ ].

F.SETUP Only the technician setting up your PianoCD system should use this
button. You should never press this button during normal operation.
If you accidentally press Setup, press Play/Pause to exit Setup
mode.

G.9V POWER If necessary, connect a 9Vpower supply to this port.

H.TO PIANO Use this port to connect the PianoCD control unit to the piano.

I.PD-DATA IN Use this port to connect the PianoCD control unit to the MIDI OUT
port on the PDS-128Plus when running in Link mode. For more
information on Link mode, see Appendix A: Using Your PianoCD in
Link Mode on page 19.

J. PD-DATA OUT If necessary, use this port to connect to an old driver system, such as a
third generation driver board.

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Appendix C Troubleshooting
This appendix provides general recovery procedures to follow
should you ever experience problems with your PianoCD.
Also included are answers to PianoCD owners most common
questions.

General Recovery
Although problems with the PianoCD control unit are rare,
you may occasionally experience difficulties such as a track
not playing or the unit not responding to commands. These
general recovery procedures may fix the problem.

If you have only a 1. Press Stop/Eject to stop the CD.


PianoCD 2. Press Power to turn off the PianoCD.
3. Press Power again to turn on the PianoCD.
4. Resume normal operations.

If you have a 1. Press Stop/Eject on the PDS-128Plus to stop the CD.


PDS-128Plus and a 2. Press Play/Pause on the PDS-128Plus to resume
PianoCD operation.
If the above steps do not fix the problem:
1. Press Stop/Eject on the PDS-128Plus to stop the CD.
2.Press Power on the PDS-128Plus again to turn off the
PDS-128Plus.
3. Press Power on the PDS-128Plus again to turn on the
PDS- 128Plus
4. Resume normal operations, making sure to use only the PDS-
128Plus control buttons or remote control while in Link mode.
For more information on Link mode, see Appendix A:. Using
Your PianoCD in Link Mode on page 19.

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Appendix C: Troubleshooting

Common Questions
This section addresses some of the common questions that PianoCD owners
have while using their units.

Important: Unless otherwise stated, the answers assume that you have
only a PianoCD, not both a PianoCD and a PDS-128Plus. If you have a PDS-
128Plus, you can follow the instructions provided for the PianoCD. Just
remember to use your PDS-128Plus control buttons or remote control, and
not your PianoCD control buttons or remote control. Also, the button names
on your PDS-128Plus may differ slightly from those given for the PianoCD.

When Im playing a CD and I enter a track number, why is there is delay


before the new track starts playing?
You probably didnt press the Select button after entering the track number.
If you want a specific track to start playing immediately, enter the track
number and then press Select. If you dont press Select, there is slight delay
before the track begins.

Why is the light above the mute button blinking?


You may have pressed one of the Piano Transpose buttons, which can cause
the recorded accompaniment to stop playing. To reset the track to its
original key, press either Piano Transpose button and then press Reset. For
more information on the Piano Transpose feature, see Piano Transpose on
page 16.

Why is the light above the Bypass button on?


1. If the light is solid, you are in Bypass mode, which allows you
to play standard audio CDs in your PianoCD control unit.
For more information on Bypass mode, see Bypass on page 8.
OR
2. If the light is blinking, you are using the PianoCD in Link
mode with a PDS-128Plus. For more information on Link
mode, see Appendix A: Using your PianoCD in Link Mode
on page 19.

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Appendix C; Troubleshooting

A high-pitched sound is coming out of my right speaker. How do I fix this?


You are probably trying to play a PianoDisc CD while the PianoCD control
unit is in Bypass mode. If the light above the Bypass button is on, press
Bypass to exit Bypass mode. If the light is not on, there may be a problem
with your audio output connection or your speaker.
Why did the piano stop playing in the middle of a track?
Usually, the piano stops playing because you pressed Play/Pause or
Stop/Eject. Press Play/Pause and the piano should start playing again.
If you have a PDS-128Plus and a PianoCD, the piano stops playing if you try
to use the PianoCD control buttons or remote control instead of the PDS-
128Plus control buttons or remote control. On the PDS-128Plus, press
Stop/Eject, and then press Play/Pause. The piano should start playing again.
If you have a PDS-128Plus and a PianoCD, you should use only the PDS-
128Plus control buttons or remote control to operate both units.

Why did the recorded accompaniment stop playing in the middle


of a track, while the piano kept playing?
You probably pressed one of the Piano Transpose buttons. To reset the track
to its original key, press Piano Transpose, and then press Reset. For more
information on the Transpose feature, see Piano Transpose on page 16.
I want to sing along with a track on a PianoCD disc, but the song is keyed too
high (or low) for my voice. How can I fix this?
Use the Transpose feature to raise or lower the key in which the track is
playing. For more information on the Transpose feature, see Piano Transpose
on page 16.
The Piano seems too loud (or soft) in relation to the recorded accompaniment.
How can I fix this?
Use the Balance feature to increase the relative volume of either the piano or
the recorded accompaniment. For more information on the Balance feature,
see Balance on page 15.

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Appendix C: Troubleshooting

When I play a standard audio CD in the PianoCD unit, it doesnt sound


quite right (flat or muted). How can I fix this?

The PianoCD is probably not running in Bypass mode. Although the


PianoCD will play standard audio CDs even if it is not in Bypass mode,
the output will be in pseudo-stereo sound. To switch to true stereo
sound, press Bypass.

The piano seems to be slightly behind (or ahead of) the recorded
accompaniment. How can I fix it? Why does this happen?

Use the Synchronize feature to shift the piano playback forward or


backward to be in synchronize with the recorded accompaniment. For
more information on the synchronize feature, see Synchronize on
page 17.

To explain why the piano playback might not be exactly in synchronize


with the recorded accompaniment, we need to start with a brief
explanation of how your PianoCD control unit works. The PianoCD
control unit is specially designed to read the unique data on a PianoDisc
CD. It interprets this data and then sends the recorded accompaniment
audio output to your speakers at the same time that it sends the piano
playback commands to your piano. Your speakers respond to the
prerecorded audio almost instantaneously. However, the components
inside your piano (solenoids, hammers, etc.) must respond to the
playback commands in order to move the appropriate piano keys. This
process takes just slightly longer than the playback of the prerecorded
audio, resulting in the piano being slightly behind and record
accompaniment. To allow for this discrepancy, PianoDisc CDs are
recorded with the piano playback already shifted forward relative to the
recorded accompaniment. The Synchronize feature lets you fine-tune
how much the piano playback is shifted.

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Appendix C; Troubleshooting

Why do I use Synchronize (-) to shift the piano playback forward relative
to the recorded accompaniment, and Synchronize (+) to shift the piano
playback backward? Shouldnt the opposite buttons be used?

This answer relates to the delay discussed in the answer to the previous
question. If the piano playback seems ahead of the recorded
accompaniment, it means that the piano is shifted too far ahead of the
accompaniment; in other word, the piano is delayed too little. If the
piano playback seems behind the recorded accompaniment, it means the
piano isnt shifted far enough ahead of the accompaniment; in the word,
the piano is delayed too much. Each Synchronize button adjusts the
amount that the piano playback is delayed relative to the recorded
accompaniment. Thus, you use Synchronize (-) to decrease the delay of
the piano playback, effectively moving the piano playback forward.
Similarly, you use Synchronize (+) to increase the delay of the piano
playback, effectively moving the piano playback backward.

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PianoCD Technical Specifications
Physical Dimensions
Width 9.2
Height ....1.2
Depth8.0
Weight 3.2 lbs.

Voltage & Power Requirements


Power Consumption .2.0 Amps at 9 Volts D.C. (18 Watts)
Min. Input Operating Voltage 7.5 Volts D.C.
Max. Input Operating Voltage13.0 Volts D.C.

CD Input
WARNING: PianoDisc cannot guarantee proper operation with all commercially
available external CD players. When choosing an external CD player, avoid
units with automatic effects processing and carefully review the specifications
listed below. In order for piano data to be properly processed, the audio signal
must be clean, unmodified, and must conform to the specifications listed below.
Connector Type .RCA
Input Impedance...10k (left & Right channels)
Max. Input Voltage Level 1.0 Volt R.M.S. (into 10k )
Min. Data Input Amplitude.125 mV peak-to-peak (into 10k )

Microphone In
Connector Type .Mono 1/8
Input Impedance ..1.8k (unbalanced))
Max. Input Voltage Level1.0 Volt R.M.S (unbalanced)
Output Gain Adjustment Range 0-100%
Max. Power GainGreater than 55 dB (Mic In to headphone Out)

Audio Out
Connector Type..RCA
Max. Output Voltage level..1.6 Volts R.M.S. (left & right channels into 600
load)

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Technical Specifications

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)... Less than 0.2% max. at 100 mW/channel

Headphone Out
Connector TypeStereo 1/8
Max. Power Output 80 mW/channel (into 32 )
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)Less than 0.2% max. at 80 mW/channel
Output Impedance ..2.0

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