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Korg Ax3000g Owner's Manual

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    Be careful not to let metal objects get into the equipment. If something does slip into the equipment, unplug the AC adapter from the wall outlet. Then contact your nearest Korg dealer or the store where the equipment was purchased.

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    CE mark for European Harmonized Standards CE mark which is attached to our company’s products of AC mains operated apparatus until Decem- ber 31, 1996 means it conforms to EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) and CE mark Directive (93/68/EEC). And, CE mark which is attached after January 1, 1997 means it conforms to EMC Directive (89/336/ EEC), CE mark Directive (93/68/EEC) and Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC).

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Basic connections ...12 Example of connection to a guitar amp (or amps) ...13 Example of connections to a mixer or recorder ...14 Using the AX3000G with a MIDI device or computer...14 Playing the AX3000G ... 15 Program Select mode ...15 Selecting a program...15...

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    Tuner (Bypass, Mute)... 21 Tuning procedure...21 Calibrating the tuner...22 Explanations of the Effect Types ... 23 A. DRIVE/AMP models ...23 Drive models...23 Amp models...24 B. CABINET models ...25 C. PRE effect ...26 D. MOD (Modulation) effects ...30 E. DELAY effects ...34 F.

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    Specifications... 56 Appendix ... 57 Effect parameters...57 Index ... 59...

  • Page 7: Introduction

    To maximize your chances of enjoying a long and toneful relationship with your AX3000G, please read this manual at least once, and (as they say), “use the prod- uct as directed.” Keep the manual for future reference after you’ve read it; you’ll want to re-read it later at some point to pick up cool tips you may have missed the first time around.

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    • The AX3000G provides a control switch that allows you to do things like set the delay time via TAP TEMPO, switch insert effects on/off, or switch the speed of a rotary speaker ...

  • Page 9: A Guitarist's Guided Panel Tour, Front Panel, Effect Edit Section

    A Guitarist’s Guided Panel Tour Here we’re going to learn about the buttons and other controls on the AX3000G’s top and rear panel. RONT PANEL FFECT EDIT SECTION 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.1 Effect Category buttons Use these buttons to select the effect category you want to edit using value knobs 1–5, or to switch individual effects on/off.

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    When you press a button, its LED will blink; now you can use value knobs 1–5 to edit the effect parameters of that category. If you want to turn off an effect that is currently on, press the effect category button for that effect (it will blink), and then press the button again to turn the effect off (the LED will go dark);...

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    ARAMETER DIT SECTION 2.1 Value knobs 1–5 Use these knobs to adjust the parameters of each effect. From the left, we refer to these as value knobs 1–5. These knobs edit the settings of the effect you’ve selected from an effect category button (when the button is blinking), as well as the settings for the cabinet, noise reduction, program level, expression pedal, ESS, and control switch settings.

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    SYEX OUT: System exclusive message output setting DUMP CUR: Send the current program data from the MIDI OUT jack DUMP ALL: Send all of the AX3000G’s data from the MIDI OUT jack (p.51) DOUT LVL Set the S/P DIF output level in a range of five levels;...

  • Page 13: Bank Display

    “2-1” (which in this example indicates bank 2, program 1). 4.5 OUTPUT icon This indicates the AX3000G’s output destination setting (AMP/LINE). 4.6 CABINET icon This will light when the Cabinet model is active.

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    ROGRAM SELECT SECTION 6.1 BANK UP/DOWN switches In Program Select mode (p.15), pressing Bank Up will increment the bank, and pressing Bank Down will decrement the bank. In Program Select mode, you can press and hold the Bank Up switch which turns on Individual mode (the LED located at the upper left of the switch will light green).

  • Page 15: Ess/pedal Indicator/tuner Display

    7.1 CONTROL switch This switch controls an effect. For each program, you can assign what effect parameter this switch will control. For details, refer to “Control switch settings” on p.43. 7.2 EXP (Expression) pedal This controls volume, wah, or another effect parameter. For each program, you can assign just what this pedal will control (p.40).

  • Page 16: Rear Panel, Power Supply

    EAR PANEL OWER SUPPLY DC9V Connect the included AC adapter here. NPUTS AND UTPUTS 10.2 10.3 10.1 10.1 INPUT jack Connect your guitar to this jack. 10.2 AUX IN jack (stereo mini) Connect the analog output of your audio device here. NOTE: This convenient input jack lets you connect your CD/MP3 player or other audio device and play your guitar along with a favorite song.

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    This jack transmits MIDI data. Use it when you want to control a connected external MIDI device from your AX3000G. 11.2 MIDI IN jack This jack receives MIDI data. Use it when you want to control your AX3000G from a connected external MIDI device. S/P DIF OUT 12.1 S/P DIF OUT jack...

  • Page 18: Setup, Output Settings, Output Select Function, Basic Connections

    ASIC CONNECTIONS 1. Use audio cables to connect the AX3000G’s OUTPUT L/MONO and R jacks to a mixer/recorder or guitar amp (p.14). If desired, you can also connect an external effect processor.

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    NOTE: If you want to use headphones, plug them into the PHONES jack. If you do, signal from the OUTPUT jack(s) will no longer be heard. 2. Turn the LEVEL knob located on the rear panel of AX3000G all the way toward the left (as seen from the rear), setting the volume to 0.

  • Page 20: Example Of Connections To A Mixer Or Recorder

    SING THE COMPUTER By using MIDI you can control the AX3000G from a sequencer or control an exter- nal MIDI device from the AX3000G. You can also save the AX3000G’s programs on a sequencer or MIDI data filer that is able to transmit and receive MIDI exclu- sive data, and then load the program data back into the AX3000G when desired.

  • Page 21: Playing The Ax3000g, Program Select Mode, Individual Mode

    Settings for each effect, the expression pedal, ESS, and other functions can be given a name and stored in the AX3000G as a “program.” The AX3000G can hold 96 programs (24 banks x 4 programs in each bank), and all of these programs are rewritable.

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    4. To exit Individual mode, press the Bank Up switch and the green LED will go dark (not lit) CTIVATING OR DEACTIVATING THE Here’s how you can use the Key Lock function to disable the AX3000G’s buttons, selectors, and knobs so they can’t be accidentally changed during a live perfor- mance.

  • Page 23: Creating And Storing Your Own Programs

    Now here’s how to create your own program from scratch. NOTE: Before you proceed, you must first perform the setup procedure described p.12 to correctly specify the type of equipment to which your AX3000G is con- nected. 1. Select any program (p.15).

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    press the CABINET button once again to turn it off; the from the LCD display. 6. Press the NR/PROG LVL button, and adjust NR SENS (value knob 4) so that you don’t hear noise when you’re not playing your guitar. The effect will become stronger as you increase the noise reduction setting (0.2, 0.4–10.0).

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    AMING A PROGRAM Here’s how you can name a program. NOTE: The program name is saved as part of each program. If you switch to a dif- ferent program or turn off the power before you save, your settings will be lost. 1.

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    ORIG (original value) icon matches the “original value” stored in the program. HINT: So, you’re flipping through the programs on your new AX3000G, and you come across one you really like. It’s easy to find out exactly what settings are dialed in to get such an awesome tone —...

  • Page 27: Tuner (bypass, Mute), Tuning Procedure

    Tuner (Bypass, Mute) For your convenience, the AX3000G contains an Automatic Chromatic Tuner. The frequency of the middle “A” reference pitch can be adjusted (calibrated) over a range of 438 Hz–445 Hz. The Bypass (all effects turned off, including noise reduction) and Mute functions are useful when you need to make settings on your guitar amp, tune your instru- ment, or swap guitars during a live performance.

  • Page 28: Calibrating The Tuner

    ALIBRATING THE TUNER When you switch the AX3000G on, the built-in tuner is automatically calibrated to A=440 Hz (a.k.a. “concert pitch”). If desired, you can recalibrate the tuner in the range of A = 438 Hz–445 Hz.

  • Page 29: Explanations Of The Effect Types, Drive Models

    Explanations of the Effect Types his section explains the AX3000G’s sixteen drive/amp models and eleven pre-effects, cabinet models, modulation, delay, and reverb effects. A. DRIVE/AMP MODELS The drive/amp model you select here will change the character of the tone controls and their placement within the circuitry, producing the response that’s unique to each...

  • Page 30: Amp Models

    MP MODELS 9. BOUTIQUE CL (BTQ CL) This models the Clean channel of a very expensive custom-order amp. 10. BLACK 2 12 (BLK 2 This models a dual channel black-faced 2x12 combo amp that’s considered a “must-have” by country and blues players. 11.

  • Page 31: B. Cabinet Models

    You can change the cabinet model by pressing the CABINET button and turning value knob 1. If you don’t want to use a cabinet model (for example if you’ve con- nected the AX3000G to a guitar amp), press the CABINET button twice to turn it off. When you do so, the cabinet icon will disappear from the LCD display.

  • Page 32: C. Pre Effect

    NOTE: Product names appearing in this manual are trademarks of their respective owners, and are not affiliated with Korg Corporation. Names and descriptions of these products are provided only for the purpose of identifying specific products that were studied in the course of developing this product, or in order to describe the sound models that can be simulated.

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    [4] “TYPE” OFF, H-S, S-H [5] “LEVEL” 0.0–10.0 3. ACOUSTIC This uses the acoustic guitar modeling technology of the ToneWorks AX10A, con- verting the sound of an electric guitar into the sound of an acoustic guitar. [1] “BODY” 1.0–10.0 [2] “TOP” 1.0–10.0 [4] “TYPE”...

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    5. AUTO WAH This models an auto wah unit that automatically applies a wah effect according to your picking dynamics (i.e., the strength with which you pick the strings). As with the VOX WAH, you can select either V847 or V848 as the wah type. [1] “SENS/POL”...

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    8. OCTAVE This models a pedal that generates a pitch one octave below the original input, mixing it with the original sound to add thickness. [4] “DIRECT” 0.0–10.0 [5] “EFFECT” 0.0–10.0 HINT: This type of effect only works with single notes; chords will confuse it. 9.

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    D. MOD (M ODULATION Here you can select one of 11 modulation-type effects. *: This indicates a parameter that you can control from the expression pedal. 1. CLASSIC CHORUS (CL CHORS) This models a chorus unit that has two modes (chorus and vibrato), and is best- known for being built into a guitar amp.

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    4. BI CHORUS (BI CHORS) This is a chorus model unique to the AX3000G. It provides two chorus units, CHO- RUS 1 and CHORUS 2, and lets you connect the two units not only in series or in parallel, but also to synchronize or de-synchronize the two LFOs. It produces a variety of tones that cover a range from wonderfully spacious sounds to bizarre flanger-like sounds with complex modulation.

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    NOTE: If P2 or P3 is selected, the speed is adjusted by the SPEED 1 (value knob 6. TEXTREM This models the popular tremolo circuit that’s built into the BLACK 2x12 model. The SPREAD setting lets you produce a panning effect that spreads to left and right. [1] “DEPTH”...

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    10. FILTRON This is an envelope controlled filter – a filter that opens and closes according to the guitar input. By assigning the MANUAL knob to the expression pedal you can simulate Korg’s TRAVELER pedal. [1] “DEPTH” 0.0–10.0 [2] “ATTACK”...

  • Page 40: E. Delay Effects

    11. TALK MOD This is an envelope controlled talking modulator. The vocal character will change according to the input from your guitar. [1] “DEPTH” 0.0–10.0 [2] “ATTACK” 1.0–10.0 [3] “MANUAL” 1.0–10.0 [4] “TYPE” “A-E”–“O-U” [5] “SENS/POL” 0u–10u, 0d–10d HINT: If you assign the MANUAL knob to the expression pedal, you’ll be able to control the vowel sound from the pedal.

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    [5] “MIX” 0.0–10.0 4. MOD DELAY (MOD DLY) This models Korg’s first digital delay, the SDD-3000. You can also use this to produce chorus or flanger-like effects by setting a short TIME and using the LFO to modulate it. [1] “TIME”...

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    1.0–10.0 [4] “TAP TIME” 0.0–10.0 [5] “MIX” 0.0–10.0 7. CROSS DELAY (CROSS DL) This models a Korg DL8000R delay unit set to cross-feedback between L→R and R→L . [1] “TIME” 1–1350[ms] [2] “FEEDBACK” 0.0–10.0 [3] “TONE” 1.0–10.0 [4] “DUCKING” 0.0–10.0 HINT: “Ducking”...

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    9. HOLD DELAY (HOLD DLY) If you assign “HOLD DLY” to the CONTROL switch, you’ll be able to hold the delay delayed sound. [1] “TIME” 1–2700[ms] [2] “FEEDBACK” 0.0–10.0 [3] “TONE” 1.0–10.0 [5] “MIX” 0.0–10.0 CONTROL switch HOLD DLY 10. REVERSE DELAY (REVRS DL) This is a DIGITAL DELAY that plays the delayed sound backwards.

  • Page 44: F. Reverb Effects

    F. REVERB EFFECTS Here you can select one of 11 reverb-type effects. *: This indicates a parameter that you can control from the expression pedal. [1] “TIME” 1.0–10.0 [2] “LO DAMP” 0.0–10.0 [3] “HI DAMP” 0.0–10.0 [4] “PRE DLY” 0–70[ms] [6] “MIX”...

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    8. ROOM This models the reverberation of a typical room, with numerous early reflections. 9. STUDIO This models the reverberation of a large room. 10. HALL This models the reverberation of a concert hall with numerous echoes. 11. ARENA This models a concert hall with smooth and dense reverberation.

  • Page 46: Using The Expression Pedal To Control Parameters, Expression Pedal Settings

    XPRESSION PEDAL SETTINGS The AX3000G provides a built-in expression pedal that you can use to control not only wah or volume, but a wide variety of effect parameters. For each program, you can specify which effect will be controlled, and how. The effect to which the expression pedal is assigned can be switched on/off by advancing the expression pedal all the way forward to operate the switch located under the pedal.

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    NOTE: When you change the expression target, the MIN and MAX values will be initialized. ETTING THE XPRESSION Here are the items you can set. When you’ve pressed the EXP/CTL button to make it blink, you’ll be able to set the following items by turning value knobs 1–3.

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    The expression pedal target is indicated as follows. “*/######” *: Target category ######: Target parameter • Examples “--OFF--” --- OFF “VOLUME” “P/DIRECT” --- “M/SPEED” --- (*: M (modulation)) SPEED of a modulation effect “D/INPUT” --- (*: D (delay)) “R/MIX” --- (*: R (reverb)) “A/GAIN”...

  • Page 49: Control Switch Settings, Effect Control

    ONTROL SWITCH SETTINGS You can make the following control switch settings independently for each program. Press the EXP/CTL button and use value knob 5 to select the effect you want to control. WITCHING EACH EFFECT ON • “I/ON OFF” External effect insertion on/off •...

  • Page 50: Adjusting The Sensitivity Of The Pedal

    NOTE: The maximum tap interval is 10 seconds. DJUSTING THE SENSITIVITY OF THE PEDAL If you notice that advancing the AX3000G’s expression pedal does not reach the full effect or volume even when the Min and Max parameters are set to the minimum...

  • Page 51: Using Ess To Control A Parameter, Ess Parameters

    PITCH SHIFTER effect to create arpeggio-like effects. Expression pedal The AX3000G’s ESS function operates between the expression pedal and the tar- get parameter you specify. When you activate ESS, the sequencer will control the target parameter that you specified for the expression pedal, and the expression pedal will control the ESS.

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    4-A1 (4 step alternate, 1-shot) 4-A.1 (4 step alternate 2, 1-shot) HINT: In the ESS display, a corresponding number of LEDs 1–8 will light green to indicate the last step you specify here. NOTE: If you selected a “1 shot” mode (“*-#1”), the parameter will return to the value specified by the setting of the effect when the steps have been completed.

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    8. As appropriate for the SPEED setting, adjust the SMOOTH setting (value knob 2) to specify how smoothly the steps change. HINT: Use the expression pedal to control the speed of the sequencer. If the SPEED parameter is set to PEdL, you can use the expression pedal to control the step. HINT: If you advance the expression pedal all the way forward to press the switch located underneath the pedal, the effect assigned to the target parameter will be switched on/off.

  • Page 54: Control Via Midi, Connecting A Midi Device Or Computer

    ONNECTING A If you want to control an external MIDI device from the AX3000G, connect a MIDI cable from the AX3000G’s MIDI OUT jack to the MIDI IN jack of your external MIDI device . If you want to control the AX3000G from a MIDI sequencer or other external MIDI device, connect a MIDI cable from your external MIDI device’s MIDI OUT jack to...

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    √ √ √ √ /® ® ® ® buttons to change the display. 3. Use the value knob 1 or the ▲/▼ buttons to set your AX3000G’s MIDI channel. 4. Set the MIDI channel of your connected external MIDI device.

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    HANGE (GLOBAL “SYEX OUT”) ARAMETER When you operate the AX3000G’s knobs or buttons to edit the value of a parame- ter, system exclusive such as parameter changes are transmitted. If you want the AX3000G’s parameters to be transmitted to an external device, turn the “SYEX OUT”...

  • Page 57: Backing Up

    Then when necessary, you can re-transmit that data back to the AX3000G to restore it. This provides a way for you to organize large numbers of programs. You can also use this method to copy program data between two connected AX3000Gs.

  • Page 58: Restoring

    NOTE: The program data will not be written into the AX3000G’s program memory unless you store it. HINT: If the AX3000G receives all data, all of its data will be overwritten automati- cally. However, the data currently being edited (i.e., the edit buffer) will not be...

  • Page 59: Restoring The Factory Preset Programs

    NOTE: Executing this procedure will erase all the programs you created and saved in the AX3000G, and will load the factory-set programs. MIDI settings will also be initialized. If there are any settings you want to keep, you should first use the data dump function to back them up, or use the “Program sheet”...

  • Page 60: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting f you suspect a malfunction, please check the following points first. If this does not resolve the problem, please contact your dealer or Korg authorized service center. 1. Power does not turn on • Is the AC adapter connected to the rear panel DC9V jack? •...

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    5. The sound connected to your guitar amp is distorted, or sounds wrong. • Could “AMP/LINE” switch be set to “Ln” (LINE)? • Could LEVEL be raised excessively? →Make the appropriate settings as explained in “Basic connections” on p.12.

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    Specifications NUMBER OF AMP TYPES: 11 NUMBER OF CABINET TYPES: 16 NUMBER OF EFFECTS PEDAL TYPES: 11 MODULATION TYPES: 11 DELAY TYPES: 11 REVERB TYPES: 11 NOISE REDUCTION: 1 NUMBER OF PROGRAMS: 96 (24 BANKS x 4 CHANNELS) AUDIO INPUTS INPUT (Monaural phone jack) INSERT RETURN (Monaural phone jack) AUX IN (STEREO MINI)

  • Page 63: Appendix, Effect Parameters

    Appendix FFECT PARAMETERS *: These parameters can be controlled by the expression pedal PRE FX SENS / DEPTH ATTACK / SPEED COMP SENS PICKUP SENS PHASE ACOUSTIC BODY VOX WAH CLOSE OPEN AUTO WAH SENS / POL ATTACK U-VIBE / PHASE DEPTH SPEED CHORUS / FLANGER...

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    DELAY TIME ECHO PLUS TIME MULTI HEAD TIME ANALOG DELAY TIME MOD DELAY TIME SWEEP DELAY TIME 2 TAP DELAY TIME CROSS DELAY TIME RHYTHM DELAY TIME HOLD DELAY TIME REVERSE DELAY TIME FREEZ TIME REVERB TIME SLAP TIME SPRING TIME BOUNCE TIME...

  • Page 65: Index

    Index Numerics 2TAP DELAY (2TAP DLY) 36 AC15 24 AC30TB 24 ACOUSTIC 27 ANALOG DELAY (ANLG DL) 35 ARENA 39 AUTO WAH 28 Automatic Chromatic Tuner 21 Backing Up 51 BI CHORUS (BI CHORS) 31 BLACK 2x10 (BLK 2x10) 25 BLACK 2x12 (BLK 2x12) 24 BOUNCE 38 BOUTIQUE CL (BTQ CL) 24...

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    RHYTHM DELAY (RHYTM DL) 36 RING MOD 29 ROOM 39 ROTARY 32 SHRED DIST (SHRED DS) 23 SLAP 38 Sound Editor 50 SPRING 38 Storing 19 STUDIO 39 SWEEP DELAY (SWEEP DL) 35 SYEX OUT 50 SYNTH 29 TALK MOD 34 TEXTREM 32 TUBE OD 23 Tuner 21...

  • Page 67: Specifications

    Please also retain your receipt as proof of purchase otherwise your product may be disqualified from the manufacturer’s or distributor’s warranty. 4015-2 Yanokuchi, Inagi-city, Tokyo 206-0812 Japan      2005 KORG INC.

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