We recommend you write your MD- 1600’s serial number here. The number is on the bottom of the MD-1600. Serial Number _________________ Optimus and RadioShack are registered trademarks used by Tandy Corporation. THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW This keyboard complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as specified in Part 15 of FCC Rules .
24 notes at the same time, so you can play or create al- most any type of music. Memory — lets you set the MD-1600 to record up to 2 songs, 6 tracks, and 5,200 notes. The recording remains stored even while the keyboard is off.
MIDI data received from another MIDI device. Automatic Intro/Ending Rhythm — lets you set the MD-1600 to automatical- ly add a 3- to 8-measure introduction or 3- to 8-measure ending to the selected auto-rhythm.
42-4043.fm Page 5 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM CONTENTS Preparation ... 7 Connecting Power ... 7 Using Batteries ... 7 Using AC Power ... 8 Connecting Headphones ... 8 Listening Safely ... 8 Connecting an External Amplifier ... 9 Using the Music Stand ...
42-4043.fm Page 6 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Special Features ... 29 Changing Keys ... 29 Tuning the Keyboard ... 29 Using Touch Response ... 30 Changing Auto Power Off ... 30 Using Pitch Bend ... 30 Setting the Pitch Bend Range ... 31 Using a Sustain Pedal ...
(+ and –) marked beside the com- partment. 3. Replace the cover. If the MD-1600 sounds weak or does not work properly, replace all six batteries. Warning: Dispose of old batteries promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury them.
Important: To prevent hearing dam- age, always set the MD-1600’s vol- ume to before you turn it on. 2. To turn on the MD-1600, press . The POWER indicator POWER lights and the display turns on. Note: To save power, the keyboard automatically turns off after about 6 minutes if you do not press a key.
– • The names of tone numbers 000– 127 are marked to the right of the MD-1600’s display. The names tone numbers appear in the table below. Mem- locations 168–199 reserved for custom tones that you create (see “Using the Cus-...
42-4043.fm Page 13 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM REVERB Drum Pads USING THE DRUM PADS The MD-1600 has six drum pads that you can use to play percussion sounds independent of the keyboard keys. Sim- ply tap on a drum pad to play the per- cussion sound currently assigned to it.
• When you turn on SPLIT, the last selected settings appear. USING LAYER The MD-1600 lets you set the keyboard to play two different preset tones at the same time, creating a “layered effect” when you press one key.
(the first 18 keys from the left). , then Using INTRO The MD-1600’s INTRO feature lets you – start the selected auto-rhythm with a light, 3- to 8-measure introduction that blends easily into the selected rhythm.
The 18 keys on the left side of the key- board with note labels above them are called accompaniment keys . You can set the MD-1600 to play three different types of auto accompaniment. Concert Chord — lets you play chords on the accompaniment keys using chord formations of from one to four notes.
42-4043.fm Page 19 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM The number of accompaniment keys you press determines the type of chord that plays. This table shows the type of chord that plays when you press one, two, three, or four accompaniment keys at the same time.
The standard fingering method uses standard formations of 3–4 notes, and lets the experienced musician play a wider variety of accompaniment chords. You can play these 15 chord types on your MD-1600, in any key, using the standard fingering method.
While the easy random and standard fin- gering methods limit chord formations to the accompaniment keys, the full-range chord method lets you play chords of any type on any of the MD-1600’s keys. MODE FULL RANGE CHORD follow the steps under “Standard Finger- ing.”...
SYNCHRO/ENDING also USING THE MIXER The MD-1600 plays multiple parts at the same time during auto accompaniment, or memory playback, or when receiving MIDI data, in up to 16 separate chan- nels. You can control the on/off setting, volume, and parameters of each of the keyboard’s channels just as you would...
Channel 1 and the drum pads are assigned to Channel 10. When you use auto accompaniment, each part is assigned to Channels 7–10. • When you use the MD-1600 as the sound source for another MIDI device, all 16 channels are assigned musical instrument parts (Channel 10 is reserved for drum parts only, per MIDI standard).
MIXER to select USING THE CUSTOM TONE SYNTHESIZER The MD-1600’s custom tone synthesizer lets you create up to 32 of your own original tones. To create a “user” tone, you simply select one of the keyboard’s preset tones, change its parameters, then store the new tone in any memory location from 168–199.
2DCO Tones A Digital Controlled Oscillator (DCO) controls the sound output of a digital sig- nal. Some of the MD-1600’s built-in tones are simple tones (1DCO), and some are layered tones (2DCO). When you select a 2DCO tone as the basis for creating a user tone, you need to change the parameters of both tones.
42-4043.fm Page 26 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Notes: • A new or revised user tone replaces the existing user tone. • Layer, split, auto accompaniment, demo tune play, and MIDI functions are all disabled while the keyboard is in the Custom Tone Synthesizer mode.
42-4043.fm Page 27 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Touch Sensitivity ( TchSense (–64 to +63) — Controls changes in the volume of the tone depending on how hard you strike the keys. You can specify more volume for stronger striking and less volume for lighter striking, or you can specify 00 to set the same volume regardless of how hard you strike the keys.
42-4043.fm Page 28 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM • Determine most parameter. The PCM Set and Amp Envelope Set parameters are the major factors that determine the overall tone characteristic. Start out by setting these two parameters to get the general sound you want, and then set the other parameters to add the finishing touches.
(see “Playing Back from Memory” on Page 34) and auto accompaniment. TUNING THE KEYBOARD Although your MD-1600 never goes out appears of tune, it does let you adjust its pitch to match other instruments or musical re- cordings.
To have the keyboard not automatically turn off during a session, turn the key- board on while holding down The next time you turn the MD-1600 off then back on again, it automatically turns off after about 6 minutes. USING PITCH BEND PITCH BEND lets you bend a note by al- tering its pitch.
To connect a sustain pedal to your MD- 1600, insert the plug on the pedal’s cord into ASSIGNABLE JACK the keyboard. You can adjust the MD-1600’s assign- able jack to these settings when you use a sustain pedal. Setting (Sustain)
42-4043.fm Page 32 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM USING THE MEMORY MEMORY The MD-1600 lets you record up to two separate songs in memory for later play- back. You can use either of two meth- ods to record a song — real-time...
42-4043.fm Page 33 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM • To start auto accompaniment during a recording, press SYNCHRO/END- instead of START/STOP 5. Play the melody keys to start recording. When you reach the point where you want accompaniment to start, play a chord on the accompa- niment keys.
42-4043.fm Page 34 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM If you make a mistake, press to stop recording and begin again STOP from Step 1, or you can edit the con- tents. See “Editing Memory Contents” on Page 39. Note: Press after you select Track 1 in Step 3 to use the drum pads.
42-4043.fm Page 35 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Notes: • You can use layer and/or split during memory playback. • You can change the rhythm during playback. • Pressing during the START/STOP song resets it from the beginning. • You can set the volume and pan position of the playback tracks using the mixer.
42-4043.fm Page 36 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM • When is set to MODE specify the chord using the root keys and chord-type keys. See “Specifying Chords in the Normal Mode.” 7. Use the number buttons to specify the length of the chord. See “Speci- fying the Length of a Note”...
42-4043.fm Page 37 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM To enter a rest, press then use num- bers through to specify the length of the rest. Correcting Mistakes Before finishing your step recording en- try, you can move the entry point back to correct the data you entered.
42-4043.fm Page 38 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM 5. Press to start record- START/STOP ing. The contents of any tracks already recorded start to play. 6. Play on the keyboard what you want to record on the selected track. 7.
42-4043.fm Page 39 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Changing Navigation Track After you record, the display shows the contents of the last recorded or edited track. To display a different track, re- peatedly press TRANSPOSE/TUNE/MIDI until appears, then press Bend appears.
42-4043.fm Page 40 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Editing Techniques and Display Contents Key Pressure (Velocity) — Use the keyboard, number buttons, or adjust the key pressure. To change the key pressure using the keyboard, be sure to turn on touch response. Pitch —...
MAKING THE MIDI CONNECTIONS MIDI OUT Your MD-1600 has MIDI OUT minals. To connect your MD-1600 to an- other MIDI-equipped device, you must use a MIDI cable, available at your local RadioShack store. MIDI IN Cautions: • Always turn off power to your MD-...
Note: You do not need to make both connections if you are only either send- ing or receiving. MIDI DATA Your MD-1600 can send and receive several different types of MIDI data. The MD-1600’s tones, rhythms, and other types of MIDI data are sent automatical- ly as you play.
42-4043.fm Page 43 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Use the Bank Select setting to select the MD-1600’s tone groups to be changed by the Program Number message. • Bank 0 — 0 to 127 (General MIDI tones) • Bank 1 — 128 to 159 (synthesized tones) •...
Other messages affect only the current MIDI channel. CHANGING MIDI SETTINGS The MD-1600 lets you change a number of MIDI parameters, including turning General MIDI mode on/off and selecting a MIDI channel. Follow these steps to change MIDI pa- rameters.
3. Within 5 seconds, use change the setting of the parameter. DUMPING/IMPORTING DATA The MD-1600’s internal data, including data recorded to memory and synthesiz- er data, can be sent and received in bulk as MIDI exclusive data through the MIDI terminals.
The “MIDI Implementation Chart” on Page 58 illustrates the details of the MD- 1600’s MIDI function. An O in the chart means that the MD-1600 has this fea- ture; X means it does not have this fea- ture. This section explains what the MD- 1600 can do.
42-4043.fm Page 47 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM All Notes Off — This feature is a kind of panic button: it stops the sounds cur- rently playing. The MD-1600 only re- ceives this message. Active Sensing — This means the MD- 1600’s sound turns off in the event the...
42-4043.fm Page 48 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM TROUBLESHOOTING If the MD-1600 is not performing as it should, these suggestions might help. If you still cannot solve the problem, take the keyboard to your local RadioShack store for assis- tance.
MD-1600. Modifying or tampering with the MD-1600’s internal components can cause a mal- function and might invalidate its warranty. If your MD-1600 is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
42-4043.fm Page 53 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Legend: 1. Tone number 2. Maximum polyphony 3. Digital Controlled Oscillator 4. Range type 5. Recommended sound range for General MIDI * Tones without scale * The following shows maximum polyphone for synthesized tones 128 through 159: 141 BASS SLIDE: 24 notes Other tones: 12 notes...
42-4043.fm Page 60 Tuesday, August 3, 1999 6:51 AM Limited One-Year Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workman- ship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers.