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Yamaha DJX Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2 This product should be used only with the compo- nents supplied or; a cart, rack, or stand that is recommended by Yamaha. If a cart, etc., is used, please observe all safety markings and instruc- tions that accompany the accessory product.
  • Page 3 SAVING USER DATA • Save all data to an external device such as the Yamaha MIDI Data Filer MDF3, in order to help prevent the loss of important data due to a mal- function or user operating error.
  • Page 4: Main Features

    Its outstanding features also make it a remarkably expres- Read this Owner’s Manual carefully while playing your new DJX in order to take full advantage of its various features.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    POWER REQUIREMENTS ... 8 TURNING ON THE POWER ... 8 ACCESSORY JACKS ... 9 Quick Guide Step 1 The DJX — Take it for a spin! ... 10 Step 2 Using the Keyboard ... 12 Step 3 Demo Song/Voice/Style ... 14 Step 4 Digital Sampling ...
  • Page 6: Panel Controls And Terminals

    PANEL CONTROLS AND TERMINALS Front Panel MASTER VOLUME dial This determines the overall volume of the DJX. OVERALL, DEMO START buttons ( , These are for selecting the various “overall” functions and setting their values. (See page 22.) They are also used to play the Demo songs.
  • Page 7: Rear Panel

    LEAD IN/LEAD OUT button When the Style mode is selected, this is used to control the Lead In and Lead Out functions. (See pages 46, 47.) BEAT A/B (BREAK OUT) buttons When the Style mode is selected, these are used to change pattern sections and control the Break Out function.
  • Page 8: Setting Up

    Even when the switch is in the “STAND BY” position, electricity is still flowing to the instrument at the minimum level. When you are not using the DJX for a long time, make sure you unplug the AC power adaptor from the wall AC outlet, and/or...
  • Page 9: Accessory Jacks

    First, make sure the DJX and any external devices are turned off, then connect one end of a stereo audio cable to the LINE IN or AUX IN jack(s) of the other device and the other end to the rear panel PHONES/AUX OUT jack on the DJX.
  • Page 10: Quick Guide

    DJX right now. If so, this next section is for you! Sure, the DJX is ready to play right out of the box — but we urge you to take the time to read this short, easy-to-understand section. If you’ve...
  • Page 11 Play the wheel! Play the wheel! The highly expressive PITCH BEND wheel rounds out the DJX’s set of amazing power tools! Play the keyboard, and bend the pitch up by moving the wheel up with your left thumb. Bring the pitch down by moving the wheel down.
  • Page 12: Step 2 Using The Keyboard

    Special DJX Demo Voice Special DJX Demo Voice A special DJX Demo voice (#000) is automatically selected each time you turn on the power. This voice has a huge variety of sounds, with each key playing a different sound — percussion, drum...
  • Page 13 More keyboard settings Other keyboard settings are available depending on the on/off settings of Part Control and Pattern Control. (You can turn these on and off with the PART CONTROL and PATTERN CONTROL buttons.) When Part Control is off: Turn Part Control off by pressing the PART CONTROL button. C1 —...
  • Page 14: Step 3 Demo Song/Voice/Style

    Step 3 Demo Song/Voice/Style Playing back all three songs Playing back all three songs The DJX has three Demo songs that showcase the authentic voices and dynamic patterns of the instrument. Simultaneously press both OVERALL / buttons. SONG DEMO START...
  • Page 15 Selecting a style Selecting a style The PortaTone features 100 different styles in various music genres. With the Performance Setup function, you can call up voice and other settings that best match the selected style. Each style has been programmed with two Preset Performance Setups. Enter the Style mode.
  • Page 16: Step 4 Digital Sampling

    Join the sampling revolution! Join the sampling revolution! Yes, Digital Sampling is built into your new DJX — and it’s truly easy to use. Try it out! Set up the DJX for sampling. Connect in one of the two ways shown below.
  • Page 17 Sampling Microphone icon indicates sample recording. Start recording. Sing into the microphone or play the CD. Sampling starts when the DJX receives the signal. Sampling also automatically stops after about three seconds. RECORD indication stays lit during actual sampling. Sampling...
  • Page 18: Step 5 Function Parameters

    Using the Function parameters Using the Function parameters The DJX has a variety of settings in the Function parameters. These give you detailed control over many of the DJX’s features. Here’s how to use them: Press the FUNCTION button. Select a Function number.
  • Page 19 Function Parameters List Function F01 M.Volume Main Voice Volume F02 M.Octave Main Voice Octave F03 M.Pan Main Voice Pan F04 M.RevLvl Main Voice Reverb Send Level F05 M.ChoLvl Main Voice Chorus Send Level F06 M.DspLvl Main Voice DSP Effect Send Level F11 D.Volume Dual Voice Volume F12 D.Octave...
  • Page 20 This determines the amount or strength of the level change in the Dynamics parameter (#09, above). This affects the entire Pattern. This determines both the tempo and the pitch of the entire DJX sound, affect- ing all Parts of the Pattern and all voices.
  • Page 21: Controller, And Footswitch

    Footswitch Control — Changing the Assignment Footswitch Control — Changing the Assignment The DJX has a footswitch feature that can be used to control a variety of functions and operations. By using your foot to conveniently control these functions, you free your hands to concentrate on your performance.
  • Page 22: Panel Display Indications

    PANEL DISPLAY INDICATIONS The DJX features a large multi-function display that shows all important settings for the instrument. The section below briefly explains the various icons and indications in the display. Overall functions bar indicator Keyboard Mode indicators These indicate the currently selected mode —...
  • Page 23 GM-compatible tone generator, regardless of manufacturer. The GM mark is affixed to all software and hardware products that support GM System Level 1. The DJX supports GM System Level 1. PANEL DISPLAY INDICATIONS...
  • Page 24: Playing Voices - The Voice Mode

    The Voice mode features 270 authentic voices (including 128 General MIDI voices), plus 15 special drum kits — all of which have been created with Yamaha’s sophisticated AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation system. The Voice mode gives you many powerful and versatile tools for playing and enhancing these Voices.
  • Page 25: Playing A Voice - Main Voice

    All two-digit voice numbers can be selected without entering an initial “0.” However, when selecting voice numbers 0 - 28, the DJX pauses briefly before actually calling up the voice. (This pause allows for entering three-digit voice numbers, such as “235.”...
  • Page 26: About Panel Voices And Gm Voices

    To change to another voice, repeat step 2 above. About Panel Voices and GM Voices Keep in mind that the DJX has two separate sets of voices: Panel voices and GM (General MIDI) Voices. The GM Voices can also be used for optimum playback of GM-compatible song data.
  • Page 27: Function Parameters - Main Voice

    Function Parameters — Main Voice The Function parameters provide additional settings for the Main voice. These settings are especially useful when using a second voice in the Dual or Split modes, since they let you change or enhance the sound of the Main voice separate from the Dual or Split voice.
  • Page 28: Transpose And Tuning

    Transpose determines the key of both the main voice and the pattern of the selected style. It also determines the pitch of the songs. This allows you to easily match the pitch of the DJX to other instruments or singers, or play in a different key without changing your fingering. The Transpose settings can be adjusted over a range of Select the Transpose function in the Overall menu.
  • Page 29: Tuning

    Tuning Tuning determines the fine pitch setting of both the main voice and the pattern of the selected style. It also determines the pitch of the songs. This allows you to accurately match the tuning with that of other instruments. The Tuning settings can be adjusted over a range of semitone).
  • Page 30: Function Parameters - Dual Voice

    PLAYING VOICES — THE VOICE MODE Select the desired Dual voice and make other set- tings for the voice (if desired) in the Function mode. Selecting and changing the Function parameters: Press the FUNCTION button, then use the numeric keypad to select the parameter number.
  • Page 31: Playing Two Voices - Split Voice

    PLAYING TWO VOICES — SPLIT VOICE PLAYING TWO VOICES — SPLIT VOICE In the Split Voice mode, you can assign two different Voices to opposite parts of the PERFORMANCE section of the keyboard, and play one Voice with your left hand while your right plays another. For example, you could play bass with the left hand and play piano with the right.
  • Page 32: Function Parameters - Split Voice

    PLAYING VOICES — THE VOICE MODE Function Parameters — Split Voice The Function parameters provide all settings for the Split voice. Like the similar settings in the Main Voice mode, these settings let you change or enhance the sound of the Split voice separate from the Main voice.
  • Page 33: Additional Voice Functions - Voice Set, Touch Sensitivity, And Pitch Bend Range

    Touch Sensitivity (also described below) gives you dynamic, expressive control over the voices by letting you set how the volume of the DJX responds to your playing strength. Pitch Bend Range lets you set the amount of pitch change when using the PITCH BEND wheel.
  • Page 34: Effects

    EFFECTS The DJX is equipped with a wide variety of effects that can be used to enhance the sound of the voices. Four general categories of effects are provided — Re- verb, Chorus, DSP, and Arpeggiator — and each category has many effect types to choose from.
  • Page 35: Chorus

    Performance Setup feature (page 56). • Three additional Chorus Types are available when controlling the DJX from a MIDI device. (For details, see page 114.) If the Chorus Send Level is set to a value near or at “000,”...
  • Page 36: Dsp

    Performance Setup feature (page 56). • Eighteen additional DSP Types are available when controlling the DJX from a MIDI device. (For details, see page 114.) If the DSP Send Level is set to a value near or at “000,”...
  • Page 37: Arpeggiator

    Indicates that Arpeggiator is on • DSP On/Off • DSP Type • Arpeggiator On/Off • Arpeggiator Type EFFECTS • The DJX also has an Arpeggiator Hold function that lets you use a connected footswitch to keep the Arpeggiator cycling, even when you take your hands from the keyboard.
  • Page 38: Effect Types

    EFFECTS Function Parameters No. Parameter Name Display Name F31 Reverb On/Off Reverb F32 Reverb Type RevType F33 Chorus On/Off Chorus F34 Chorus Type ChoType F35 DSP On/Off F36 DSP Type DspType F37 Arpeggiator On/Off Arpgator F38 Arpeggiator Type ArpgType Effect Types Arpeggiator Types No.
  • Page 39 Reverb Types No. Reverb Display Description Type Name Hall 1 Hall1 Concert hall reverb. Hall 2 Hall2 Room 1 Room1 Small room reverb. Room 2 Room2 Stage 1 Stage1 Reverb for solo instruments. Stage 2 Stage2 Plate 1 Plate1 Simulated steel plate reverb. Plate 2 Plate2 No effect.
  • Page 40: Song Playback - The Song Mode

    SONG PLAYBACK — THE SONG MODE The Song mode features six songs — three demo songs that have been created using the rich and dynamic sounds of the DJX, and three User songs to which you can record your own performance.
  • Page 41: Changing The Bpm (Tempo)

    Select the desired song number. Use the numeric keypad. Song numbers can be selected in the same way as with the voices (see page 25). You can use the numeric keypad to directly enter the song number, use the +/- keys to step up and down through the songs, or press the SONG button to advance through the song numbers.
  • Page 42: About The Beat Display

    (The set BPM remains, however, when switching styles during playback.) When you turn on the power of the DJX, the BPM (Tempo) is automatically set to 142 bpm. ABOUT THE BEAT DISPLAY ABOUT THE BEAT DISPLAY This section of the display provides a convenient, easy-to-understand indication of the rhythm for song and style playback.
  • Page 43: Adjusting The Song Volume

    ADJUSTING THE SONG VOLUME ADJUSTING THE SONG VOLUME The playback volume of the song can be adjusted. This volume control affects only the song volume. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Song Volume function in the Overall menu.
  • Page 44: Patterns - The Style Mode

    PATTERNS — THE STYLE MODE The Style mode provides a wealth of exciting, dynamic patterns — including rhythms, beats, and instrumental parts — covering virtually the entire spec- trum of dance and contemporary music! A total of 100 different styles are available, in a variety of dance music genres. Each style is made up of separate “sections”...
  • Page 45 Select the desired style number. Use the numeric keypad. The basic categories of styles and their numbers are shown at the left of the panel. A complete list of the available styles is given on page 111. Style numbers can be selected in the same way as with the voices (see page 25).
  • Page 46 PATTERNS — THE STYLE MODE Using Sync-Start The DJX also has a Sync-Start function that allows you to start the pattern by simply pressing a key on the keyboard. To use Sync-Start, first press the SYNC-START button (the beat bars below the style name all flash to indicate Sync-Start stand-by), then press any key on the keyboard in the PATTERN section.
  • Page 47: Pattern Controls

    About the Beat Display The dark bars underneath the style name in the display flash in time with the current tempo during playback (or Sync-Start standby) of the pattern. The flashing bars provide a visual indication of both the tempo and time signature of the pattern.
  • Page 48: Pattern Sections (Beat A, Beat Band Break Outs)

    PATTERNS — THE STYLE MODE PATTERN SECTIONS (BEAT A, BEAT B AND BREAK OUTS) PATTERN SECTIONS (BEAT A, BEAT B AND BREAK OUTS) While the pattern is playing, you can add variation by pressing one of the BEAT A/B (BREAK OUT) buttons. This automatically plays one of four Break Out sections, and smoothly leads into the next section —...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Pattern Volume

    ADJUSTING THE PATTERN VOLUME ADJUSTING THE PATTERN VOLUME The playback volume of the pattern can be adjusted. This volume control affects only the pattern volume. The volume range is 000 - 127. Select the Pattern Volume function in the Overall menu.
  • Page 50: Fingering

    FINGERING FINGERING When Pattern Control is set to on (page 45), the DJX automatically creates the backing tracks — drums, percussion, bass, chords, hits, and other phrases — and changes the chords of the backing right along with you. All you have to do is play single notes or chords in the PATTERN section of the keyboard —...
  • Page 51 Chord Name/[Abbreviation] Major [M] Add ninth [(9)] Sixth [6] Sixth ninth [6(9)] Major seventh [M7] Major seventh ninth [M7(9)] Major seventh add sharp eleventh [M7(#11)] Flatted fifth [(b5)] Major seventh flatted fifth [M7b5] Suspended fourth [sus4] Augmented [aug] Major seventh augmented [M7aug] Minor [m] Minor add ninth [m(9)] Minor sixth [m6]...
  • Page 52: Beat Reverse

    BEAT REVERSE BEAT REVERSE The DJX also has a special Beat Reverse key that lets you break up the pattern with stuttering rhythmic effects and unusual syncopations. Pressing the key automatically resets the pattern to the top of the measure (first beat).
  • Page 53: About The Parts

    Select a style and start the pattern. Do this in the normal way. (Need a refresher course? See pages 44 - 46.) Turn Part Control on (if it isn’t on already). Press the PART CONTROL button. Press the appropriate keys to mute and un-mute the desired Parts.
  • Page 54: Setting The Pattern Split Point

    PATTERNS — THE STYLE MODE SETTING THE PATTERN SPLIT POINT SETTING THE PATTERN SPLIT POINT The Pattern Split Point determines the highest key for the pattern section. The pattern can be played with the keys up to and including the Pattern Split Point key.
  • Page 55: Function Parameter - Pattern Split Point

    Function Parameter — Pattern Split Point Selecting and changing the Pattern Split Point: Press the FUNCTION button, then use the numeric keypad to select parameter num- ber 51. After “FUNCTION” stops flashing, use the numeric keypad or +/- buttons to change the setting.
  • Page 56: Performance Setup

    PERFORMANCE SETUP Performance Setup is a powerful and convenient Style mode function that lets you instantly reconfigure virtually all settings of the DJX — with the touch of a single button. Two types of Performance Setups are available: User and Preset.
  • Page 57: Recalling A User Performance Setup

    Select the desired User number. Press the corresponding USER PERFORMANCE SETUP button (1 - 4). Doing this records the settings to the selected button. MEASURE 001 142 Exit from the Record mode. Press the RECORD button. Recalling a User Performance Setup Once you’ve recorded your settings to a User button, you can in- stantly recall those settings any time you want.
  • Page 58: Performance Setup - Preset

    PERFORMANCE SETUP PERFORMANCE SETUP — PRESET PERFORMANCE SETUP — PRESET Preset Performance Setups are used in a slightly different way than the User settings. First, select a style, then select a Preset Performance Setup. The Preset A and B settings have been specially pro- grammed at the factory to match the selected style.
  • Page 59: The Knobs

    If Part Control isn’t on, turn it on by pressing the PART CONTROL button. When you turn on the DJX, Part Control is automatically set to on — so you may not need to do this step. To find out whether Part Control is on or not, check the icon window in the display.
  • Page 60 THE KNOBS Select the Part you want to control. Press one of the PART SELECT keys at the lower end of the keyboard (C#1 - B1). Each of the keys corresponds to a different voice or part of the pattern —...
  • Page 61 Turn the knobs to change the sound. Turn the desired knob to the left for minimum (or negative) effect and to the right for maximum (or positive). Each knob has a center detent for the “0” or “12 o’clock” position, making it easy to “feel” your way back to zero.
  • Page 62: About Cutoff And Resonance

    THE KNOBS About CUTOFF and RESONANCE These are two filter controls found on many analog synthesizers. The filter lets a certain part of the sound (frequency range) of the sound be heard, while muting all higher sounds. The graph below shows how this works: Volume Cutoff frequency...
  • Page 63: Assign Knob

    ASSIGN KNOB ASSIGN KNOB The ASSIGN knob, as its name suggests, can be assigned to one of a wide variety of functions — twelve in all — that are not available on the other knobs. 1 Select KNOB ASSIGN in the Overall menu. (Press one of the OVERALL / buttons, repeatedly if necessary.) 2 Select the Assign parameter.
  • Page 64: Assign Knob Parameters

    (#09, above). This affects the entire pattern; Part Select has no effect. This determines both the tempo and the pitch of the entire DJX sound, affecting all Parts of the pattern and all voices. In effect, this is much like a continuous speed control on a record turntable.
  • Page 65 • Want to use another one of these param- eters at the same time? Remember that the same parameters are also available on the RIBBON CONTROLLER. Simply assign the desired parameter to the RIBBON CONTROLLER. (See page 66.) On your own... •...
  • Page 66: Ribbon Controller

    Once a sought-after feature found on vintage analog synthe- sizers, it is rarely included on modern instruments — until now, with the new DJX! The RIBBON CONTROLLER can be assigned to any one of fifteen different parameters. These include all the same parameters as can be used with the ASSIGN knob, plus the same parameters controlled by the CUTOFF, RESONANCE, and GROOVE knobs.
  • Page 67: Ribbon Controller Parameters

    The following chart lists and briefly explains the parameters. For more information on the workings of the RIBBON CONTROLLER, see the box on page 68. RIBBON CONTROLLER Parameters No. Parameter Name Display Name Cutoff Frequency Cutoff Resonance Resonanc Reverb Send Level RevLevel Chorus Send Level ChoLevel...
  • Page 68: How The Ribbon Controller Works

    RIBBON CONTROLLER Select a Part and start the pattern/song. Do this in the same way as with the knobs: 1) Make sure Part Control is on. (Press the PART CONTROL button, if necessary.) 2) Select a Part (with the PART SELECT keys at the lower end of the keyboard).
  • Page 69: Digital Sampling

    “tweaked” with the knobs, RIBBON CONTROLLER and PITCH BEND wheel as well! 1 Set up the DJX for sampling. (Connect a microphone or line level source.) 2 Enter the Sampling mode (by pressing the RECORD button in the DIGITAL SAM- PLING section).
  • Page 70: Recording A Sample And Playing It

    Enter the Sampling mode. Press the RECORD button (in the DIGITAL SAMPLING section). This automatically cancels any other DJX operation or function, and enters the Sampling mode. It also disables the MASTER VOLUME dial — the level of the sound is controlled only from the INPUT LEVEL knob.
  • Page 71: Guidelines For Sampling

    Actually, the DJX does not start sampling immediately when the START/STOP button is pressed (in step #5). Once the START/STOP button is pressed, the DJX waits for a signal of a suitable level (set by the trigger level). When it hears such a signal, it starts sampling.
  • Page 72 In this phrase, “one” and “two” are louder than the other words. Since the first “a” is lower than the trigger level, the DJX doesn’t actually start sampling until the word “one.” If you want the phrase to be sampled from the first word, the trigger level should be set lower.
  • Page 73: Sampling Memory Capacity

    Available recording time (percentage). Sampling memory capacity The DJX has memory space for approximately 6 seconds of sampling. Up to twelve separate samples can be recorded. (For information on recording additional samples, see page 74.) Listed below are some example percentage figures for remain- ing available recording time, with the corresponding actual time (in seconds).
  • Page 74: Deleting A Sample

    -/BWD button to cancel. Recording additional samples The DJX has space for a total of twelve samples. Recording of additional samples is very easy. Simply follow the same steps as you did in recording your first sample, but select a different key in step #4.
  • Page 75: Sample Editing

    SAMPLE EDITING SAMPLE EDITING The DJX also features some simple but powerful sample editing tools. These include setting the end point for a sample, and creating sample loops. Setting the End Point In this section, you’ll learn how to set the end point of a recorded sample.
  • Page 76 (For One Shot, this should be set to “no.”) Adjust the end point. The DJX has three different editing resolutions: Coarse, Mid, and Fine. By using these three together, it is very easy to pinpoint the precise location you want sample playback to stop. To do this: 1) Select the Coarse (1/16) editing resolution (with the OVERALL / buttons.)
  • Page 77 2) Move the cursor along the waveform by using the OVERALL +/ - buttons. The cursor position determines the end point — the point at which sample playback stops. Any sound after the cursor is not played. Cursor is at the third peak in the waveform.
  • Page 78: Creating Loops

    DIGITAL SAMPLING Exit from the Sampling mode. Press the RECORD button (DIGITAL SAMPLING) again. Your new end point setting is automatically saved, and is called up each time you select the sampled voice (#284). To edit other samples in the voice, simply repeat the entire operation above.
  • Page 79: About The Resolution Settings

    2) Use the OVERALL +/- buttons to change the setting if necessary. (For Loop, this should be set to “YES.”) Adjust the end point. This operation is the same as in step #5 of “Setting the End Point” above. Exit from the Sampling mode. Press the RECORD button (DIGITAL SAMPLING) again.
  • Page 80: Song Recording

    SONG RECORDING The DJX features powerful and easy-to-use song recording features that let you record your keyboard performances — using up to six separate tracks — and create your own complete, fully orchestrated compositions. Up to three User songs can be recorded and saved. There are two record modes: Realtime and Step.
  • Page 81: Recording A User Song - Realtime Recording

    (See pages 44, 41, and 24.) Selecting a style lets you use the sophisticated pattern features as part of your song. In this way, you can simply play the chords, and the DJX auto- matically creates the appropriate bass and chord backing. (For more information on patterns, see page 44.)
  • Page 82 Select a track number. Press the SONG MEMORY button corresponding to the desired track. (This step is optional; the DJX automatically selects the first available track. When there is no song data, track 1 is automatically selected.) MEASURE...
  • Page 83: Start Recording

    Recording to the Chord Track A special Chord track is provided for recording pattern data. This is automatically recorded to the Chord track (track 6). To select the Chord track and turn on the Pattern Control, press the PATTERN CONTROL button. You can also simultaneously record one of the melody tracks (1 - 5) and the Chord track (6).
  • Page 84: Additional Operations

    SONG RECORDING Listen to your new recording. To play back the song from the beginning, simply press the START/STOP button again. Playback stops automatically at the end of the song, or when the START/STOP button is pressed again. Record to other tracks as desired. To do this, simply repeat steps #4 - #7 above.
  • Page 85: Recording A User Song - Step Recording

    RECORDING A USER SONG — STEP RECORDING RECORDING A USER SONG — STEP RECORDING 1 Make all desired DJX settings. 2 Select the Step Record mode. (Press the RECORD button.) 3 Select a User song for recording (with the numeric keypad).
  • Page 86: Recording Notes

    Select a track number. Press the SONG MEMORY button corresponding to the desired track. (This step is optional; the DJX automatically selects the first available track. When there is no song data, track 1 is automatically selected.) Recording to the Chord Track A special Chord track is provided for recording pattern data.
  • Page 87 3) Select the note (time) value with the numeric keypad. (The note value is shown as an icon in the display.) For example, play middle C (C3), then press the “4” button (1/8 note). rest velocity SONG RECORD MEASURE 001 201 Measure number Clicks Beat number...
  • Page 88: Additional Operations

    SONG RECORDING Additional Operations Recording Chords and Sections to the Chord Track: 1) Play a chord in the PATTERN section of the keyboard. (The chord name appears in the display.) Enter chords in the normal fashion, as single notes or full chords. (See page 50.) 2) Select a section by pressing the corresponding button.
  • Page 89: Replacing A Note Or Rest

    Listen to your new recording. You can listen to the entire step recorded track at any time by pressing the START/STOP button. The track you are working on plays back (until stopped), and returns to Step recording at the next position. Keep in mind that this only plays the selected track.
  • Page 90: Entering Velocity Curves

    SONG RECORDING Entering Velocity Curves In Step recording, all notes are recorded at the same velocity or volume. To make a Step-recorded track sound more natural or to create some dynamic changes in the track, use the Velocity Curve function. 1) Select the first note to be affected by the Velocity Curve (by using the +/- buttons of the numeric keypad).
  • Page 91: Clearing A Song

    CLEARING A SONG CLEARING A SONG The Song Clear operation (of the Function parameters) completely erases all recorded data on all tracks of a selected User song. Use this operation only when you’re sure you want to erase a song and record a new one. Select the Function mode.
  • Page 92: Midi Functions

    So then what is the information from the keyboard that becomes the basis for note production? For example, let’s say you play a “C” quarter note using the grand piano sound on the DJX keyboard. Unlike an acoustic instrument that puts out a resonated note, the electronic instrument puts out information from the keyboard such as “with what voice,”...
  • Page 93: Channel Messages

    MIDI messages which the DJX can receive/transmit. Channel Messages The DJX is an electronic instrument that can handle 16 channels. This is usually expressed as “it can play 16 instruments at the same time.” Channel messages transmit information such as Note ON/OFF, Program Change, for each of the 16 channels.
  • Page 94: Connecting To A Personal Computer

    CONNECTING TO A PERSONAL COMPUTER CONNECTING TO A PERSONAL COMPUTER By connecting your DJX’s MIDI terminals to a personal computer, you can have access to a wide variety of music software. When using a MIDI interface device installed in the personal computer, connect the MIDI terminals of the personal computer and the DJX.
  • Page 95: Function Parameters - Midi

    This determines how the DJX is controlled by a “remote” (external) MIDI keyboard. Set this to one of the 16 channels (01 - 16) for using an external keyboard to remotely control the DJX functions over the selected channel. (The remaining 15 channels can be used for multi-timbral operation.)
  • Page 96 MIDI data (via MIDI IN). The default setting is “on.” If you are routing the MIDI OUT on the DJX to a sequencer and back to the MIDI IN, you may want to set this to “off” to avoid MIDI “feedback.”...
  • Page 97: Using Bulk Dump Send/Sampling Send To Save Data

    First, set up the connected MIDI device for re- cording the data. The actual procedure may differ depending on your particular equip- ment and software. For example, if you are using the Yamaha MDF3 MIDI Data Filer: 1) Make the appropriate MIDI connections.
  • Page 98 MIDI FUNCTIONS At the “Sure?” prompt, start sending the data. Press the + button to actually start transmitting the data, or press the - button to cancel the operation and return to step 3. Keep in mind that this operation could take several minutes to complete. Sure? STYLE FUNCTION...
  • Page 99: Loading Bulk Data/Sampling Data

    Make sure that the DJX is set to the Style mode. Make sure that the DJX is NOT set to the Song mode, and that it is not in the middle of an operation, such as song recording or play- back, pattern playback, Bulk Dump Send, etc.
  • Page 100: Using Initial Setup Send With A Sequencer

    By recording this “snapshot” at the start of the song (before any actual performance data), you can instantly restore the necessary settings on the DJX. Provided there is a pause in the song, you could also do this in the middle of a song — for example, completely changing the DJX settings for the next section of the song.
  • Page 101 At the “InitSnd?” prompt above, set the opera- tion to standby. Press the + button. STYLE FUNCTION Start recording on the sequencer, then send the Initial Setup data. Start recording on the sequencer in the normal way, then — with as little delay as possible —...
  • Page 102: Troubleshooting

    • Make sure that the corresponding effect is turned on. (See pages 34, 35, 36) The DJX is polyphonic up to a maximum of 32 notes. If a the Dual voice or Split voice mode is being used and a style or song is playing back at the same time, some notes/sounds of the Pad may be omitted (or “stolen”) from the pattern or song.
  • Page 103: Data Backup & Initialization

    DATA BACKUP & INITIALIZATION Except for the data listed below, all DJX panel settings are reset to their initial settings whenever the power is turned on. The data listed below are backed up — i.e. retained in memory — as long as an AC adaptor is connected or a set of batteries is installed.
  • Page 104: Voice List

    VOICE LIST Maximum Polyphony The DJX has 32-note maximum polyphony. This means that it can play a maximum of up to 32 notes at once, regardless of what functions are used. The patterns use a number of the available notes, so when a pattern is played the total number of available notes for playing on the keyboard is correspondingly reduced.
  • Page 105 DRUM KITS Standard Kit 1 Standard Kit 2 Room Kit Rock Kit Electronic Kit 1 Analog Kit 1 Dance Kit Jazz Kit Brush Kit Symphony Kit SPECIAL KITS Analog Kit 2 Analog Kit 3 Electronic Kit 2 B900 Kit DJX Kit...
  • Page 106 VOICE LIST GM Voice List MIDI Bank Select Voice Program Number Change# PIANO CHROMATIC PERCUSSION ORGAN GUITAR BASS Voice Voice Name Number Acoustic Grand Piano Bright Acoustic Piano Electric Grand Piano Honky-tonk Piano Electric Piano 1 Electric Piano 2 Harpsichord Clavi Celesta Glockenspiel...
  • Page 107 MIDI Bank Select Voice Program Number Change# SYNTH LEAD Lead 1 (square) Lead 2 (sawtooth) Lead 3 (calliope) Lead 4 (chiff) Lead 5 (charang) Lead 6 (voice) Lead 7 (fifth) Lead 8 (bass+lead ) SYNTH PAD Pad 1 (new age) Pad 2 (warm) Pad 3 (polysynth) Pad 4 (choir)
  • Page 108: Drum Kit List

    DRUM KIT LIST • “<——” indicates that the drum sound is the same as “Standard Kit 1”. • Each percussion voice uses one note. • The MIDI Note # and Note are actually one octave lower than listed. For example, in “141: Standard Kit 1”, the “Seq Click H” (Note# 36/Note C1) corresponds to (Note# 24/Note C0).
  • Page 109 Voice# Bank MSB# Bank LSB# Program Change# Keyboard MIDI Key Alternate Note# Note Note# Note Assign <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— <—— Reverse Cymbal <—— Hi Q SD Elec H2 <—— Bass Drum H <——...
  • Page 110 (Analog Kit 3). However, the Main Voice Octave setting for voices #153 (Electronic Kit 2), #154 (B900 Kit), and #155 (DJX Kit) is “0”; to hear these voices properly, play the keys one octave lower than they are listed in this chart.
  • Page 111: Style List

    STYLE LIST Style Style Style Name Number Number INTRODUCTION Pop Techno Trip Hop Electro Beat Hard Step 8th Handbag 1 Romantic House Ambient Acid Jazz Treach Steppa Struttin’ All That Soulful TECHNO Tribal Techno Gabba Soft Gabba Euro Techno Modern Detroit Techno Vintage Detroit Techno Modern Berlin Techno Minimal Techno...
  • Page 112: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART YAMAHA [Portable Keyboard] Model: DJX(PSR-D1) Function Basic Default 1 - 16 Channel Changed 1 - 16 Default Mode Messages Altered ************** Note 0 - 127 Number : True voice ************** Velocity Note ON O 9nH, v=1 - 127...
  • Page 113 NOTE: *1 By default (factory settings) the DJX ordinarily functions as a 16-channel multi-timbral tone generator, and incoming data does not affect the panel voices or panel settings. However, the MIDI messages listed below do affect the panel voices, pattern, and songs.
  • Page 114: Effect Map

    Reverb, Chorus and DSP effect types which are not accessible from the DJX panel itself. When one of the effects is selected by the external sequencer, “ - ” will be shown on the display.
  • Page 115: Specifications

    Demo Song • 3 songs Voice • 140 panel voices + 15 Drum Kits + 128 GM Voices + Special DJX Demo Voice + Sampled Voice • Polyphony : 32 • Voice Set • Dual Voice Mode • Split Voice Mode Pattern •...
  • Page 116: Index

    INDEX Misc. +/- keys ... 25 AC adaptor ... 8 accessory jacks ... 9 amplifier/stereo system, using an external ... 9 ARPEGGIATOR button ... 37 Arpeggiator ... 37 Arpeggiator Hold ... 21 Arpeggiator Speed ... 64, 67 Arpeggiator types ... 38 ASSIGN Knob ...
  • Page 117: Limited Warranty

    PSR SERIES OF PORTATONE ELECTRONIC KEYBOARDS If during the first 90 days that immediately follows the purchase date, your new Yamaha product covered by this warranty is found to have a defect in material and/or workmanship, Yamaha and/or its authorized representative will repair such defect without charge for parts or labor.
  • Page 118 Compliance with FCC This applies only to products distributed by YAMAHA CORPORATION OF AMERICA. regulations does not guarantee that interference will not occur in all installations.
  • Page 119 For details of products, please contact your nearest Yamaha or the authorized distributor listed below. Pour plus de détails sur les produits, veuillez-vous adresser à Yamaha ou au distributeur le plus proche de vous figurant dans la liste suivante. NORTH AMERICA CANADA Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

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