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• Always save data to a floppy disk frequently, in order to help prevent the loss of important data due to a malfunction or user operating error. Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper use or modifications to the instrument, or data that is lost or destroyed.
General MIDI standard. XG is a new MIDI format created by Yamaha which significantly improves and expands upon the General MIDI standard by providing a greater variety of high-quality voices plus considerably enhanced effect operation—while being fully compatible with •...
LCD Display DISPLAY SELECT (page 20) (page 10) EFFECT A. B. C. VOICE DISPLAY M. O. C. PAGE FOOT REGIST. SHIFT PITCH/MIDI RHYTHM CONTRAST VOICE PROGRAM EDIT PATTERN SEQUENCE TREMOLO (FAST) COARSE HOLD DISPLAY SELECT LEAD VOICE MASTER VOLUME (page 26) (page 13) MASTER VOLUME LEAD VOICE...
LCD Display/Display Select EL-700 LCD Display (page 20) DATA CONTROL DATA CONTROL Buttons (page 21) EL-500 LCD Display (page 20) DATA CONTROL DATA CONTROL Buttons (page 21) Others Monitor Speakers Jacks (page 157) Speaker Unit Page Buttons (page 21) VOICE DISPLAY Button (page 28)
Main Features Your Yamaha Electone is packed with many sophisticated functions. Yet is amazingly easy to use. The main features are briefly described here so that you can quickly understand the capabilities of your Electone. Included among the main features are:...
Electone. The required voltage is printed on the name plate of the Electone. Yamaha products are manufactured specifically for the supply voltage in the area where they are to be sold. If you should move, or if any doubt exists about the supply voltage, please consult with a qualified technician.
Set the MASTER VOLUME control. The MASTER VOLUME control is an overall control which affects the volume of the entire instrument. MASTER VOLUME Press the Expression pedal down with your foot. Once you have set the MASTER VOLUME control to a suitable level, you can use the Expression pedal to change the volume with your foot as you play.
NOTE: See page 84 for more information on the Music Disk Recorder. NOTE: See page 16 for the complete list of the Registration Menus. NOTE: While you are in the Voice Edit mode or Rhythm Pattern/Sequence Program mode, the Registration Menus cannot be displayed on the LCD.
Select one of the registrations shown on the LCD by pressing the appropriate Data Control button. Up to 16 registration selections are shown on the LCD, and the 16 Data Control buttons correspond to those selections. The Data Control buttons are used to select voices, rhythms and various functions.
Basic Operation Select the keyboard to play Select the voice (Voice Menu) Voice Edit Finely adjust the voice (User Voice) (Voice Condition) * The Controls and Effects may be applied differently depending on the selected type of Controls Add effects and Effects.
Using the LCD Display This section introduces you the convenient control functions of the LCD display. The LCD display lets you see at a glance the current settings and provides easy-to-understand graphic representation of all parameters. Selecting a voice/rhythm Press the panel voice/rhythm button which you want to use (For example, press the STRINGS button in the Upper Keyboard Voice 1 section).
Using Data Control Buttons The Data Control buttons are used to select 1 a voice/rhythm or function shown on the display. Press the STRINGS button in the Upper Keyboard Voice 1 section once again. This LCD changes to show some of the other ways in which the Data Control buttons are used to control Electone functions.
The Summary of the LCD Operation 1) Pressing Panel Buttons Selecting voices or setting up the Voice Condition Selecting rhythms or setting up the Rhythm Condition Setting the Reverb effect Setting the Sustain Setting the User Keyboard Percussion 3. To Actually Change the Settings 1.
LCD Display DATA CONTROL Data Control Buttons EL-700 Hold This button allows you to keep the LCD display at the current function. Normally, if the buttons of other functions are pressed, the LCD will switch to those functions. To keep this from happening, press the Hold button;...
Voice List A variety of voices can be divided into the following categories. ORCHESTRAL Strings 1 Brass 1 Clarinet 1 Saxophone 1 Chorus 1 Organ 1 Piano 1 Guitar 1 Vibraphone Cosmic 1 Cosmic 2 Cosmic 3 Cosmic 4~9 Tutti 1 Harmonica 1 Horn 1 Strings 2...
PHONE * The illustrations of the EL-700 will be used for instruction in the following sections. NOTE: To the EL-500 owners: The voices from the Upper Keyboard Voice 2, Lower keyboard Voice 2 and Pedal Voice 2 can be selected differently. See “2. Selecting Voices from the Dotted Buttons”...
Press one of the Data Control buttons that corresponds to voice you wish to select. The selected voice will be shown at the upper row of the LCD. In this case, Pop Organ 1 appears. If you wish to, you can select voices from the other Upper Keyboard Voice sections (Upper Voices 2 and Lead Voice), following steps #1 and #2 above.
U. FLUTE L. FLUTE VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 When the TO LOWER button is turned on, the Lead voices and Pedal voices cannot be played on the Upper keyboard and Pedalboard, respectively. VOLUME COARSE Turning the Electone off erases all panel settings you have made. When the Electone is turned on, Basic Registration 1 is automatically selected.
Selecting Voices from the Dotted Buttons —Dotted Buttons and User Voices— The EL-700/500 has a wide variety of voices from which you can choose-far greater than what is immediately apparent from the front panel controls. You’ve already learned in the section above how to select the different voices that are available in the Voice Menu display of each panel voice.
NOTE: You can directly view and select Voice Menu pages by holding down one of the Dotted buttons and simultaneously pressing the desired voice buttons in succession. Select one of the pages with the Page buttons, and choose a Voice Menu (PIANO, for example).
Voice Menus The following chart lists the voices available and their button/page assignment. STRINGS Upper/Lower STRINGS Strings Strings Strings Strings Pizz. Trem. Strings Strings VIOLIN Lead VIOLIN Violin Violin Violin Violin Cello Kokyu CONTRABASS Pedal CONTRABASS Contra Contra Contra Bass 1 Bass 2 Bass 3 BRASS Upper/Lower...
Page 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CLARINET Upper/Lower CLARINET Clari- Clari- Bass net 1 net 2 Cla. SAXOPHONE Upper/Lower SAXOPHONE Saxo- Saxo- Sopra. Sax. phone1 phone2 Sax. Ens.1 Synth. Synth. Synth. Synth. Lead1 Lead2 Lead3 Lead4 TUTTI Upper/Lower TUTTI Tutti Tutti...
Flute Voices (Organ Sounds) The Flute Voice feature allows you to create your own organ voices, giving you access to an unlimited combination of organ sounds. With this function, you can recreate all of the classic organ sounds by adjusting the flute footage levels and the percussive sounds, just like on conventional organs. There are eight flute footage settings, with three additional footage settings for the attack sound.
NOTE: “Mode” is common to both Upper and Lower Flute Voices. NOTE: No reverb can be obtained even though you raise the level here, unless you raise the total reverb level using the panel Reverb buttons (page 49). NOTE: If the Volume is set to 0, no sound will be produced.
Save to User Flute Voice Saves the currently created Flute Voice to the selected User Flute Voice memory space. After you have created a Flute Voice with the Flute, Attack and Volume pages, you can save that Flute Voice. To save your own Flute Voice: Press the Page buttons to select the SAVE page.
NOTE: The User area described in this section has no relation to that of the Voice Menu page. NOTE: When you use the Upper/Lower Flute Voices and/or other voices at the same time, only one of the voices can be displayed at a time, even though all voices may be operative and both of the Upper and Lower Flute Voice LEDs are...
Tremolo Page Although no Brilliance buttons are provided on the EL-500’s front panel, the Brilliance values can be adjusted in the Voice Condition page 2 (page 44). The total reverb depth and length are controlled on the reverb page 1, though the different reverb settings can be done for each voice section.
NOTE: Minimum setting produces no effect at all. NOTE: In the case of the EL-500 the Touch Tone (Initial/After) value of the Pedal Voice section is grayed out and is not accessible. However, the value can be controlled from the MDR or an external device through MIDI.
2 FEET Determines the octave setting of the voice. PRESET is the original (factory) setting; 4' is the highest and 16' is the lowest. 2' setting is added to the Pedal Voice sections. 3 PAN Determines the position of the voice in the stereo image. Seven pan positions are available.
Upper/Lower/Pedal NOTE: The User vibrato may not be effective for some voices such as Harmonica2, Electric Piano1 and Synth. Chime. NOTE: The Delay, Depth and Speed settings are not displayed and cannot be adjusted unless USER has been selected in this setting. SYMPH.
When you set the DEPTH to 0, the Vibrato function will be inactive. NOTE: In the case of the EL-500 the Touch Vibrato value of the Pedal Voice section is grayed out and is not accessible. However, the value can be controlled from the MDR or an external device through MIDI.
1 TREM./CHOR. (TREMOLO/CHORUS) See Tremolo section on page 53. Independently applied to each voice section. 2 SYMP. (SYMPHONIC/CELESTE) Determines the type of the Symphonic effect, SYMPHONIC (SYMP.) or CELESTE (CELE.). Symphonic is a subtle echo effect that makes one voice sound like an ensemble.
TIME Determines the time between delayed repeats. Range: 5ms - 956ms F.B. (Feedback) Determines the number of delayed repeats. Range: 0.2% - 46.9% BAL. (Balance) Determines the volume of the delay effect, relative to the original sound. Higher settings produce a louder delay. Range: 0% - 100% MODE Selects the delay type from Mono, ST (Stereo) 1, 2, 3.
SPEED Determines the speed of the modulation. Range: 0Hz - 12.1Hz F.B. (Feedback) Controls the brightness and the metallic sound of the effect. Range: 0.6% - 94.0% DEPTH Determines the intensity of the effect. Range: 37.8% - 87.8% 5 DISTORTION Distortion adds a distorted image to the sounds usually found in electric guitars.
Selecting from the Panel Reverb, Sustain and Tremolo/Chorus pages are called up by pressing the respective panel buttons. 1) Reverb Reverb adds an echo-like effect to the sound, giving the impression of a performance in a large room or concert hall. The effect can be applied equally and simultaneously to all voices, or set individually for each voice section of the Electone, even independently for rhythm and accompaniment.
NOTE: In the case of EL-500 equipped with 8 Registration Memories (page 77), from 1 through 8, executing the operation (uniforming Length/Depth) equally affects the Registration Memories 9 through 16, too. This function is useful when you edit the data created with the upper models such as EL-700 and EL- 900.
1 UPPER 1, 2, FLUTE (EL-700 only) Sections Determines the amount of reverb applied to each voice section. Range: 0-24 2 LOWER 1, 2, FLUTE (EL-700 only) Sections Determines the amount of reverb applied to each voice section. Range: 0-24 3 LEAD Section Determines the amount of reverb applied to the Lead Voice section.
NOTE: Sustain cannot be applied to the Lead voices. NOTE: If Knee Lever control of the Upper or Lower sustain has been turned on (folded down), pressing the Upper or Lower buttons here will not add sustain unless the Knee Lever is pushed (See page 150 for more information.).
3) Tremolo/Chorus Tremolo recreates the rich, swirling sound of the popular rotating speaker effect. Just as with a conventional rotating speaker, you can switch between slow and fast speeds. And like a motor-driven speaker, the characteristic tremolo effect gradually changes speed after it is switched. You can also adjust the maximum speed of the effect to suit your playing style.
EFFECT A. B. C. VOICE DISPLAY M. O. C. FOOT REGIST. EXP. SHIFT PITCH/MIDI RHYTHM VOICE PROGRAM EDIT PATTERN SEQUENCE U. FLUTE L. FLUTE TREMOLO VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 1) Turning on the Tremolo effect (set to standby): Before you switch Tremolo on and off in real time, you must first turn the effect on in the various voice sections.
A. B. C. VOICE DISPLAY M. O. C. RHYTHM FOOT REGIST. VOICE PROGRAM SHIFT PITCH/MIDI PATTERN SEQUENCE EDIT RHYTHM VOICE PROGRAM EDIT PATTERN SEQUENCE U. FLUTE L. FLUTE TREMOLO VOICE VOICE (FAST) TREMOLO (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500...
Rhythm and Accompaniment The Rhythm features of the Electone use actual drum and percussion sampled sounds to automatically play various rhythms. Automatic Accompaniment functions are used with the rhythms, providing appropriate and completely automatic accompaniment to match the style of the selected rhythm. Moreover, the Electone has a Keyboard Percussion feature that allows you to play drum and percussion sounds from the Lower keyboard and Pedalboard.
Turn the rhythm on. You can use one of three buttons to turn on the rhythm: INTRO. ENDING 1 START This button does as its name indicates; the rhythm begins as soon as the button is pressed. To stop the rhythm, press this button again. 2 SYNCHRO START This button puts the rhythm in “stand-by”;...
NOTE: When you turn the TEMPO Dial even while the rhythm is playing, the display momentarily changes to show the current tempo. NOTE: USING A FILL IN FOR THE START OF A SONG: Fill In patterns can also be used as introductions;...
Rhythm Condition Pages The Rhythm Condition includes the following two pages: the Rhythm Condition page used to adjust the rhythms and the Instrument page used to make up each drum/percussion instrument, each of which comprises the rhythms and is playable using the Keyboard Percussion function.
NOTE: Though independent Tune, Pan, Reverb and Volume settings can be made each instrument, only one set of settings is available. (Settings cannot be memorized to Registration Memory.) The changes made here affect the entire instrument settings including the Preset/ User rhythm patterns and Keyboard Percussion.
To use the Copy function, press one of the rightmost Data Control buttons. The following display will appear: Copy Press any of the Data Control buttons below [Copy] on the display to erase all user settings and restore the preset data. When [Copy] is selected, a “Completed”...
NOTE: When you select the user rhythm with the Lower Rhythmic function turned on, “RHYTHMIC” will be shown above the “ACCOMPANI.” on the LCD display. Select one of the pages with the Page buttons. Each page represents the same general rhythm types as those selected from the panel buttons.
Rhythm Menus This chart lists all 66 of the rhythms available on the Electone. MARCH MARCH March March March Coun- Coun- Broad- try1 try2 WALTZ WALTZ Waltz Waltz Waltz Jazz Jazz Jazz Waltz 1 Waltz 2 Waltz 3 SWING SWING Swing Swing Swing...
Automatic Accompaniment - Auto Bass Chord (A.B.C.) The Auto Bass Chord (A.B.C.) function works with the Rhythm section of the Electone to automatically produce chord and bass accompaniment as you play. It adds an entirely new dimension to your performance by effectively putting a full backing band at your disposal. Depending on the feature or mode selected, you can play anything from a single note to a full chord on the Lower key board and hear complete, rhythmical bass and chord accompaniment.
L. FLUTE TREMOLO VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 NOTE: With Single Finger, the chord produced will sound in the same octave regardless of where it is played on the Lower keyboard. NOTE: PLAYING SINGLE FINGER CHORDS...
Accompaniment Controls The Accompaniment function described in this section is independent of the A.B.C. accompaniment. When rhythms are used, A.B.C. provides rhythmical chords and bass, while the Accompaniment of this section provides arpeggiated chords and other instrumental embellishments. Accompaniment controls include the setting of the Accompaniment type and its volume.
NOTE: Pressing the KEYBOARD PERCUSSION buttons calls up the Menu display. You can select Preset (LK Preset or PK Preset) or User (one of the eight Users you created). If one of the Users is currently active, select “LK PRESET” (Lower Keyboard Preset) or “PK PRESET”...
Preset Keyboard Percussion Preset Percussion Assignments for the Lower Keyboard (43) Preset Percussion Assignments for the Pedalboard (18) NOTE: You can rearrange the key assignments of the drum and percussion sounds using the following User Keyboard Percussion function.
NOTE: USER 1 and USER 2 contain the LK PRESET data and PK PRESET data, respectively, as those defaults. NOTE: See page 74 for the information on “Copy” function, which will be added to the right side of the display when a User Keyboard Percussion is selected.
Select the ASSIGN page by pressing the Page buttons. The display will be replaced with the Assign Page: 1 INST. (Instrument) Use the Data Control buttons below INST. on the display to page through the 12 available Instrument categories. (Refer to the User Keyboard Percussion Categories list below.) 2 Instrument Names The individual instruments are shown in the display and can be...
Page 4 4.SNARE BRUSH SD Br SD Br Shot 1 Shot 2 Page 5 Tom Br Tom Br Shot 1 Shot 2 Page 6 6.BASS DRUM Light Heavy Analog Analog BD 1 BD 2 Page 7 7.CONGA/BONGO Conga Conga High Bongo Bongo High...
To assign an instrument to a particular key or pedal: simultaneously hold down the Data Control button corresponding to the desired instrument and press the key (or pedal) to which the instrument is to be assigned. The newly assigned instrument name and key are shown near the top of the display.
3) Other User Keyboard Percussion Functions Additional operations in the User Mode include copying of Lower/Pedal Preset Keyboard Percussion to one of the Users, and copying from one User location to another. The copy operations here are convenient for creating a basic foundation over which you can make your own custom Keyboard Percussion setups, without having to start from scratch.
To copy from one User location to another: 1. Select the MENU page by using the Page buttons. COPY/USER Copies one of the eight Users to another. 2. With USER 3 selected as the MENU (for this example, use User 3 as the destination and User 1 as the source), press one of the Data Control buttons below “USER”...
VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 NOTE: Melody On Chord applies only when the Upper keyboard voice section’s volume is set to the appropriate value. Melody On Chord (M.O.C.) The Melody On Chord (M.O.C.) feature automatically adds a harmony part to the melodies you play on the Upper keyboard.
• Lead Initial Touch setting 2..Press desired numbered button. NOTE: Although the number of the Registration Memory buttons of EL-500 are limited to eight, from Registration Memory 1 through Registration Memory 8, the Registration Memory 9 through Registration Memory 16 can be accessible when using MDR playback and Registration Shift functions.
NOTE: See pages 93 and 94 for the details on saving/recalling registrations to/from the M.D.R. NOTE: No song names will be provided for the songs recorded by the other Electone models. NOTE: You can freely name the songs you have recorded. See page 89 for the details.
DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 NOTE: Even with the EL-500 each press of the Right Footswitch selects the Registration Memory numbers from 1 through 16, to accomplish the compatibility with its upper models. A press of the Right Footswitch after reaching the last number (16) returns both models to the number 1.
NOTE: Although the number of the Registration Memory buttons of EL-500 are limited to eight, from Registration Memory 1 through Registration Memory 8, you can select the other eight Registration Memory numbers, the Registration Memory 9 through Registration Memory This means that you can change the...
TOP or NEXT SONG is selected as the Shift End on the Mode page. In the case of the EL-500 the registration numbers from 9 through 16 are shown in the dashed line-boxes.
INS. (Insert) For inserting a registration number just before the current cursor position. The new registration number is inserted at the cursor position and all other numbers to the right of the cursor are moved to accommodate the new numbers. To perform the operation, first move the cursor to a numbered position.
Resetting the Electone to the Factory Preset (Power On Reset) All current settings including Registration Memories, User voices and User rhythms can be deleted at once by using the Power On Reset function. To reset the all settings: Turn off the power. While holding down the top left Data Control button, turn the power back on.
Music Disk Recorder The Music Disk Recorder (M.D.R.) is a sophisticated recording device built into the Electone that lets you record your performances and registration settings. The Music Disk Recorder not only records the notes you play; it also remembers the voices and rhythms you select, the front panel controls you change, as well as all expression pedal, footswitch and knee lever positions, to reproduce your performance exactly as you play it.
To maintain the disk drive in optimum working order Yamaha recommends that you use a commercially-available dry-type head cleaning disk to clean the head about once a month. Ask your Yamaha dealer about the availability of proper head-cleaning disks.
Formatting a Disk Before recording a performance to your blank disk, the disk must first be formatted. To format a disk: Put the disk, label facing up, into the disk drive (floppy disk slot). “Fort” will appear on the LED display indicating that the inserted disk requires to be formatted.
Recording 1) To record a song: Set the desired registrations on the Electone. Make all the Electone settings necessary for the song you will record. This means entering the all registrations you will need for the entire performance in the Registration Memory. Make sure also to select the registration that you will use at the beginning of the song.
After numbers appear on the LED display of the M.D.R., begin playing. Once the setup operation in step #5 is complete, a number will appear on the LED display indicating that you can begin recording your performance. The number also indicates the amount of memory left on the disk.
Changing the Song Name 1. Press the top right Data Control button in the Song Name display. “Edit Song Name” display appears, prompting you to edit the song name. 2. Select the letter, number or symbol you want to use by pressing the Data Control buttons corresponding to 2.
2) To record each part separately: You can also record the parts of your performance independently; for example, first recording the chords and bass to the song (using the Lower and Pedalboard), and after that recording the melody (using the Upper Keyboard). This function also lets you record the lead voice, keyboard percussion and performance control data, such as registration changes and expression pedal operation, separately from the other parts of...
Separate recording for Lead Voice and/or Keyboard Percussion parts: Hold down the SHIFT button and simultaneously press the appropriate button in the top row in the procedure #2. above. The two buttons (indicated in the illustration at the right) function as Lead Voice and Keyboard Percussion selectors in the record mode.
Press the CUSTOM PLAY button to start recording of the new part or parts (Upper part). Playback of the previously recorded parts starts immediately. The CUSTOM PLAY button is used here to record only the parts that have been selected for recording, and play back only those parts that have been selected for playback.
Recording Registrations (and Bulk Data) You can also record registrations by themselves, without recording a performance. Bulk data, including Registration Memory and Registration Shift settings, Rhythm Pattern (User rhythms) and Rhythm Sequence data, and User voices, are also saved in the operation. There are two ways to record the registrations and bulk data:  To record only the registrations and bulk data: On the Electone, set the registrations and all other data...
NOTE: Selecting the Next Song in the User Registration Shift settings makes it possible to have the M.D.R. automatically read the 16 registrations (eight for the EL-500) in the next song number. See page 81 for more information.
Playback You can play back your recorded performance by simply pressing the PLAY button. Registrations and other data will be recalled to the Electone. 1) To play back a song: Select the number of the song you want to play back by using the SONG SELECT buttons.
Press the PLAY button. First the registration and other data are read, then playback of the performance starts (excepting the parts that were turned off in step #2). Now perform your new part or parts over the playback parts. When the end of the recorded performance is reached, playback is automatically stopped and the STOP status is resumed.
About XG The EL-700/500 allows you to play back the commercially available XG song data using the M.D.R. Also, the XG Easy Convertor function of the EL-700/500 lets you convert the data created with the EL-700/500 to the XG compatible data.
XG Easy Convertor This function allows you to convert the EL-700/500 song data to the XG format data. You can then play back the data using XG devices and/or personal computer. Depending on the type of XG devices, sound may be different from the original data you created.
Other Functions 1) Custom Play If you want to play back the song without resetting the registrations and other data, press the CUSTOM PLAY button. This displays the song time and starts playback immediately. 2) Read and Auto Increment Another method for calling up only registration data, besides that mentioned in the Note above, is to press the UPPER button in the RECORD section while the M.D.R.
5) Changing the Tempo You can change the tempo of the song as the song is playing on the M.D.R. by holding down the SHIFT button and pressing the TEMPO + or TEMPO - button. (The Tempo dial on the Electone panel cannot be used to change the tempo on the Music Disk Recorder.) Each press of the button slows down or speeds up the tempo by...
6) Song Copy This function lets you copy the data recorded at one song number to another song number. You can copy and exchange the data even between two different disks. To use the Song Copy function within a disk: Select the song number to be copied (source) with the SONG SELECT buttons.
To use the Song Copy function between two different disks: Insert the source disk that contains the song you want to copy to. While holding down the SHIFT button, press the SONG COPY FROM button. The song number to be copied from appears at the left of the LED display.
8) Disk Copy 1You can duplicate a floppy disk by copying the contents. Yamaha recommends that you keep two copies of important data on separate floppy disks by using this function. Prepare the source disk and the formatted blank disk to be copied.
Insert the source disk into the disk slot. The M.D.R. starts reading the data in the source disk. “out 1” appears on the LED display. Press the eject button to take out the source disk. “In 2” appears on the LED display to urge you to insert the destination disk.
9) Checking the Remaining Memory While playback is stopped, you can check the amount of memory available for additional recording in your disk. To do this, simultaneously hold down the SHIFT button and the PAUSE button (indicated in the illustration at right as REM. MEM.: Remaining Memory).
Messages on the M.D.R. LED Display Display Description of the Messages No disk is installed. Install a disk. 1) The installed disk is write-protected, so the Record, Song Copy, and Song Delete jobs cannot be performed. Set the disk’s Write-protect tab (page 85) to OFF. 2) If you are using a copy-protected playback-only disk, this message may appear when you attempt the Record, Song Copy, or Song Delete operations.
U. FLUTE L. FLUTE TREMOLO VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 2 ...press desired Voice button. After you have selected a voice—Piano 1, in this example—the following LCD will appear. UPPER KEYBOARD VOICE 1 STRINGS BRASS CLARI- ORGAN...
NOTE: The currently selected Operator name is shown in the dark bar in the middle of the display. NOTE: The Algorithm type used is different depending on the voices. NOTE: Although the Operators 5 through 8 are not shown in the same display, you can show them by moving the “Brackets”...
2) To edit the FM Operators: Adjust the Envelope Parameters of Operator 1 (after turning off the other Operators). The Envelope Parameters control the level of the sound and how that level changes over time. See page 119 for more information. For now, try making some of these changes in the envelope: Adjust the OL (Output Level) parameter.
NOTE: Raising the OL of the Operator 2 to make the sound brighter and lowering the AR of the Operator 2 can produce a distinctive effect. NOTE: No sound will be produced nor will adjusting the top row Operators have any effect if all of the bottom row Operators have been turned off or set to their minimum level.
3) To edit the AWM Operator: éNext, we’ll make some changes in the sound of the AWM Operator. The AWM Operator is a specially recorded waveform with an actual instrumental sound, unlike the pure electronic sounds of the other Operators. Before you actually change it, try listening to this sound on its own, with the other eight Operators turned off.
NOTE: The Operator on/off settings you made here are temporary. Even though you turn off an Operator when editing a voice, the on/off status of the Operators will forcibly be changed and saved as “on” in a User voice. If you want an Operator muted, set the OL parameter of the selected Operator to the minimum.
(If necessary) Press the Data Control buttons below [Edit Name] to give a name to the voice you have edited. The method to edit the name is the same as the one for the song name in the M.D.R. section, See page 89 for more information. Up to 16 characters can be used in this case.
VOICE VOICE (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 Quitting Voice Edit You can quit the Voice Edit function from any of its display pages. To quit: Press the VOICE EDIT button in the DISPLAY SELECT section once again. A. B. C.
Selecting Voices from a Voice Disk (Optional) You can also load voices from optional Voice Disks to the 16 User voices in the Voice Menu. To do this: Hold down the VOICE EDIT button in the DISPLAY SELECT section and simultaneously press any one of the panel voice buttons. Select the VOICE DISK page with the Page buttons.
Voice Editing Basics The EL-700/500 Electone uses a versatile tone generation system developed by Yamaha that is capable of producing an exceptionally wide range of voices. To be more specific, the system uses individual sound sources that “modulate” each other’s frequencies and thus create complex sounds not possible by the ordinary mixing of those sound sources.
3) AWM Operators Each algorithm has a special AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) Operator. AWM Operators are not sine waves like the other Operators, but are digital recordings of actual instrument sounds, such as piano, violin, guitar, and so on. The AWM Operator’s sound is mixed with the sounds of the other Operators in the algorithm to create realistic voices.
NOTE: When the D2R is set to 0, the level set by the D1L will be maintained until the key is released. The higher setting of the D2R rapidly lower the level. NOTE: With the RR set too low, the sound continues to sound.
Envelope Parameters By using the modulators and setting them to various output levels, you can create all kinds of sounds. These sounds will be static, however, unless you have the output levels change in time. That is precisely what an envelope does. It varies the output of an Operator in time so that you can vary the tone or the level.
To change the overall volume: To change the overall tone: To change how the volume varies over time: To change how the tone varies over time: To raise the volume: To lower the volume: To make the sound brighter: To make the sound softer: To get faster attack: To get slower attack: To reduce the sound rapidly:...
6) Some Voice Editing Examples The following examples illustrate some specific uses of the Voice Edit controls. Make the changes as described in the examples, then go on to explore some other voices on your own, making changes as you like. Ex.
Rhythm Pattern Program and Rhythm Sequence Program The Electone also includes powerful Rhythm Program functions: the Rhythm Pattern Program and the Rhythm Sequence Program. The Rhythm Pattern Program allows you to record your own original rhythms using the 120 different high-quality percussion sounds of the Electone. The Rhythm Sequence Program lets you connect your original rhythms together with the Preset rhythms to create complete rhythm tracks, which you can automatically play back during your performance.
RHYTHM VOICE PROGRAM PATTERN SEQUENCE EDIT TREMOLO (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT EL-500 NOTE: Pressing the PATTERN button here also automatically stops the rhythms and rhythm sequences. NOTE: Use of the playback and recording functions on the Music Disk Recorder automatically cancels the Rhythm Programming/Rhythm Sequencing operations.
NOTE: The User rhythm you have created can also be copied to the Rhythm Pattern Program. You can edit it again and improve it. NOTE: When preset rhythms are copied to the Rhythm Pattern Program, the copied patterns may differ in volume from the original patterns.
2) Percussion Sounds Used for Rhythm Pattern Program The total of 120 different instruments are available for the Rhythm Pattern Programming and are divided into two instrument sets: Normal and Extend, and assigned to each key on the Upper and Lower keyboards, as shown in the following chart.
Extend(ed) Set Consists of 29 different drum and percussion instruments. Assigned to the Upper Keyboard (13) Assigned to the Lower Keyboard (16) Some of the instruments such as Tom 1, 2 and 3 on the Upper and Lower keyboards are the same. The instruments marked with the underlines are exclusive to the Extend(ed) Set.
3) Step Write and Real Time Write There are two different methods you can use to program rhythms: Step Write and Real Time Write. Step Write allows you to enter percussion sounds as individual note values. As a method, it is very similar to writing down the notes on a sheet of music paper;...
NOTE: Beat can only be changed when the rhythm is stopped. NOTE: Refer to page 125 for the instrument assignments of each set. NOTE: The metronome is automatically set to ON when a blank pattern has been selected, and is set to OFF when an existing pattern is copied.
7) Editing with Step Write To enter sounds with Step Write: Raise the rhythm volume, and turn off all the Upper and Lower keyboard voices by setting each section’s volume to MIN. Select the EDIT page with the Page buttons. Select the percussion sound you wish to enter.
To replace the instrument: 1. Select the track using the Rhythm Track control above. 2. Simultaneously hold down the Data Control button corresponding to CHANGE and press the key on the Upper or Lower keyboard that corresponds to the instrument you want to use. 3 CLEAR The Clear function is used to erase an instrument from the rhythm.
EDIT Page—Step Write Shows the current Measure Beat Click Quantize value. 1 Step Forward and Step Reverse Controls Each press of the corresponding Data Control buttons advances or reverses the rhythm clock by one step. The size of a single step is determined by the Quantize value, set in the Beat/Quantize page.
About Quantize The Quantize function is a process of rounding off timing and/or duration values. With Real Time Write It allows you to automatically correct the timing of the notes you play, according to the specified Quantize resolution. The range can be corrected is within 50 percent of the selected note (Quantize) value.
8) Editing with Real Time Write To enter sounds with Real Time Write: Raise the rhythm volume, and turn off all the Upper and Lower keyboard voices by setting each section’s volume to MIN. Select the BEAT/QUANTIZE page or EDIT page with the Page buttons, then start the rhythm by pressing the START button to engage the Real Time Write operation.
NOTE: If a rhythm is started in the Accompaniment page, the Accompaniment will also be heard. However, both the rhythm and the Accompaniment will automatically be stopped when you leave the Accompaniment page. 9) Selecting Accompaniment Patterns The Rhythm Pattern Program allows you to use one of the Electone’s Accompaniment patterns with your original rhythm.
To create your own backings with the Lower Rhythmic function: You can add backings (lower rhythmic pattern) to the rhythm. The lower rhythmic pattern, using one track, can be entered by the same method as the one for the rhythm. Select the ACC.
NOTE: When the user rhythm contains the lower rhythmic pattern data, the ACC. page is always engaged with the Lower Rhythmic function. If you want to use a preset accompaniment for your rhythm, you need to erase the lower rhythmic pattern data using the Clear operation.
10) Saving Rhythm Patterns To save a newly created rhythm to a User pattern number: Select the SAVE page with the Page buttons. The current rhythm, if playing, will automatically be stopped when this page is selected. Using the appropriate Data Control buttons, select both the User number and variation type to which you wish to save the newly created rhythm.
NOTE: The Power On Reset function (page 83) can be to delete all User rhythms from memory. NOTE: If you leave the Rhythm Pattern Program without having edited any patterns, this display will not appear. (If necessary) Press the Data Control buttons below [Edit Name] to give a name to the rhythm you have created.
12) Recalling User Rhythm Patterns The User rhythms you have created in the Rhythm Pattern Program can be selected and played from the panel Rhythm controls. To call up the User rhythms: Press one of the Dotted buttons in the Rhythm section. RHYTHM SEQ.
Pressing these buttons steps through the pattern numbers; the name of each pattern appears on the display as well. Refer to the list included with your Pattern Disk for pattern numbers and names. 13) Selecting Rhythms From a Pattern Disk (Optional) You can also load the rhythms from optional Pattern Disks to the User rhythms in the Rhythm Menu.
(FAST) TREMOLO (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 NOTE: When you select one of the sequences in this step, any editing done to that sequence is instantly and automatically saved. This means that if you select a sequence that is already programmed,...
You can program the rhythm sequence a measure at a time. Every User rhythm consists of two measures. If you want to program two-measure User rhythms, you are required to enter it twice, for the first measure and the second measure. When entered, the first measure is displayed as positive box second measure is displayed as negative...
Rhythm Pattern Number Table 0 1 March 1 1 8 Bolero 0 2 March 2 1 9 Swing 1 0 3 March 3 2 0 Swing 2 0 4 Polka 1 2 1 Swing 3 2 2 Swing 4 0 5 Polka 2 0 6 Country 1 2 3 Swing 5 0 7 Country 2...
Any existing pattern data that follows an Ending pattern is automatically deleted. NOTE: An Intro or Fill In pattern entered to the first position is not registered as a measure, and the current measure display shows “-Bar” even though a pattern has been entered.
Audition: You can play the rhythm sequence at any time during the editing process by moving the cursor to the point at which you wish to begin playback and pressing the Rhythm START button. About Using Registration Memory with the Rhythm Sequence Program: The rhythms (Rhythm Menu) used to program the sequence can be changed during editing by selecting different registrations.
NOTE: The SEQ. lamp goes out when the sequence assigned to it is finished. NOTE: ÉPressing the SEQ. button during the playback of the rhythm sequence that is made up of several sequences (SEQ. buttons) cancels the current sequence and start the next sequence. 5) Playing All Sequences in Order You can also have up to all four rhythm sequences automatically play in order, one after the other.
To start the sequence using the Left Footswitch: Select STOP from the RHYTHM CONTROL (page 148) on the FOOTSWITCH-LEFT display. Press the Left Footswitch with your right foot to turn the sequence on. Pressing the Left Footswitch again in the middle of the sequence playback cancels the rhythm sequence function.
(FAST) DISPLAY SELECT DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 EL-500 Footswitch The Electone has two Footswitches on the main expression pedal that can be used to control various functions. The Right Footswitch is used for the Registration Shift functions (page 79). The Left Footswitch can be set to control one of the following functions: Glide, Tremolo, rhythm controls.
1) Rhythm Control Selection of Left Footswitch control over rhythm functions. When this is chosen, the following display appears: FOOTSWITCH-LEFT Page—Rhythm One of the three Rhythm Control functions can be selected. Pressing the Footswitch executes the corresponding function. 1 STOP Functions as an on/off switch for the rhythm or the rhythm sequence.
Folding down 3) Tremolo Control Selection of Footswitch control over Tremolo. Pressing the Footswitch turns the Tremolo effect on and off (Chorus), performing the same function as the TREMOLO (FAST) button in the DISPLAY SELECT section. If you want to use this function, the tremolo settings require to be set properly.
Knee Lever. A. B. C. M. O. C. EXP. EFFECT A. B. C. VOICE M. O. C. DISPLAY FOOT REGIST. SHIFT PITCH/MIDI RHYTHM VOICE PROGRAM EDIT PATTERN SEQUENCE TREMOLO (FAST) TREMOLO (FAST) DISPLAY SELECT EL-500...
VOICE EFFECT A. B. C. M. O. C. DISPLAY FOOT REGIST. EXP. SHIFT PITCH/MIDI RHYTHM PROGRAM VOICE PATTERN SEQUENCE EDIT U. FLUTE L. FLUTE TREMOLO (FAST) VOICE VOICE DISPLAY SELECT EL-700 Expression Pedals There are two types of Expression Pedals: the Expression Pedal which controls the volume during performance with your toe, and the 2nd Expression Pedal (EL-700 only) which can control the Pitch Bend and Tempo.
Tempo Control 1 MODE Determines the range of the Tempo control. Range: 1 - 12 The setting 2 (NARROW) results in a small amount of tempo variation (70%-140%); the setting 12 (WIDE) results in a large amount of tempo variation (50%-200%). (This control is the same as for Pitch Bend above;...
Clarinet voice on the Lower keyboard. To select the Pitch page: Press the EXP. PITCH/MIDI button (PITCH/MIDI button for EL-500) in the DISPLAY SELECT section, and (if necessary,) select the Pitch page with the Page buttons. PITCH CONTROL Page EFFECT A.
MIDI cables. For more information see page 158. To select the MIDI page: Press the EXP. PITCH/MIDI button (PITCH/MIDI button for EL-500) in the DISPLAY SELECT section, and select the MIDI page with the Page buttons.
Internal/External Control NOTE: Accompaniment pattern sounds cannot be controlled via MIDI. L.I.T. (Lead Initial Touch) Control NOTE: At the right side of the MIDI page, there is the L.I.T. control. This control has no relation to MIDI. MIDI CONTROL Page 1 LEAD Determines Internal or External control of the Lead Voices.
MIDI connection. 7 HOST SELECT When you have connected the Electone and the personal computer using the TO HOST terminal, you need to select the appropriate setting here depending on the computer used. EL-500 HEADPHONES RHYTHM AUX. OUT (RCA, L/R) HEADPHONES HOST AUX.
HOST terminal is currently used. NOTE: For Windows users: To actually exchange the data via the Serial Cable you need to install the included MIDI driver (Yamaha CBX Driver) to your personal computer in advance. NOTE: Select the HOST SELECT switches as...
Using MIDI IN/OUT jacks Controls an external device using the EL- 700/500 (as a master) EL-700/500 MIDI OUT HOST SELECT PC-2 PC-1 MIDI MIDI IN MU-80 etc. 1. Control an external device using the EL-700/500 Playing your Electone can cause the MIDI keyboard (or tone generator) to be played using its own voices, accomplishing thick sound layers.
NOTE: For more detailed information see MIDI Data Format on page 164 and MIDI Implementation Chart on page 175. NOTE: For more detailed information on the Control Change messages available for the EL-700/500 see MIDI Data Format on page 164 and MIDI Implementation Chart on page 175.
System Messages The System Messages are the data related to the overall system of the device. System Exclusive Messages System Exclusive messages are used to exchange the system and voice/ registration data. These allow you to execute bulk dump operation, sending and receiving all the data of the EL-700/500 including registrations to and from an external device.
Send the Registration Data from your PC to the EL-700/ 500 and Change the Registration Memory Buttons • Receiving the Registration Data Send the Request-to-Receive all RAM message, “F0, 43, 70, 70, 20, F7” (Hexadecimal), from the sequencing software (PC) to the EL- 700/500.
Use the EL-700/500 as an XG Tone Generator You can also use the EL-700/500 as an XG tone generator since the EL-700/ 500 is compatible with the XG format. You can play back the commercially available XG song data with the electone’s M.D.R., and also play them using an external sequencer (or sequencing software) and the internal XG tone generator.
Reset All Controllers All Note Off Omni Off Omni On Mono Poly Receive Remarks (4ch)* LEAD 5-14ch 15ch Keyboard Percussion PK (EL-500: note on transmit velocity=50H) (4ch)* LEAD 5-14ch 15ch Keyboard Percussion 5-14ch 5-14ch 16ch Control (4ch)* LEAD 5-14ch 5-14ch...
PK (EL-500: not transmit) (4ch)* LEAD 5-14ch ˛ 5-14ch Transmit Receive Remarks ˛ 1-16ch (1ch) (2ch)* (3ch)* PK(EL-500: note on transmit velocity=50H) 1-16ch ˛ 1-16ch ˛ 1-16ch 16ch ˛ Control (EL-700 only) (4ch)** LEAD (EL-700 only) ˛ 1-16ch ˛ 1-16ch ˛...
XG Parameter Change XG Bulk Dump XG Master Tuning XG System On Message Request for Internal Synch. Mode Request for External Synch. Mode Receive Remarks 1-16ch Control PK (EL-500 not transmit) 1-16ch 1-16ch Receive Remarks Ø* Ø Ø Ø ˛ Transmit Receive ˛...
Bulk Dump Unacknowledge Switch On Switch Off Tempo Panel Switch Events Current Registration Data EL MIDI Parameters External MDR EL ON Bar Signal ID=47 on EL-700, 48 on EL-500 Transmit Receive Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø Transmit Receive ˛...
Ø [00-0D] Switch Number Ø [00-0D] Ø [00-0D] Switch Number Ø [00-0D] Ø [00-0D] Switch Number (transmit value for EL-500: [00-01]) Ø [00-0D] Ø [00-0D] Switch Number (transmit value for EL-500: [00-01]) Ø [00-04] Ø [00-04] Switch Number Ø [00-04] Ø...
Sustain Code Switch Transmit Tx Range Upper Keyboard Lower Keyboard Pedalboard Keyboard Percussion Code Switch Transmit Tx Range Lower Keyboard Pedal Board Disable Code Switch Transmit Tx Range Disable Tremolo Code Switch Transmit Tx Range Tremolo Rhythm Sequence Code Switch Transmit Tx Range Sequence 1 Sequence 2...
Troubleshooting Please note that the appearance of any of following phenomena does not indicate a mechanical failure of the Electone. Problem GENERAL OPERATION Some of the LEDs in the DISPLAY SELECT section do not light. A cracking noise is sometimes heard. Interference from radio, TV, or other sources occurs.
Problem VOICES/RHYTHMS Only one sound is heard when two notes of the Lead or Pedal voices are simultaneously played. The Pedal voices do not sound, even though the volume is properly set. The pitch may be felt high on the Pedalboard and low in the higher registers of the Lower and Upper keyboards.
Problem VOICE EDITING During voice editing, the specified voice isn’t heard, even when the keyboard is played. Changing the Envelope Generator of the Carrier (FM Operator) causes a timing gap in timbre changes. RHYTHM PROGRAM During use of the Rhythm Pattern Program, no sound is produced even when you play a certain percussion sound.
Others Pedal Touch Tone on EL-500: not accessible on the panel (Voice Condition page) but can be controlled via MDR or an external MIDI device. ** Brilliance on EL-500: not accessible on the panel but can be controlled with the Voice Condition page.
BASIC REGISTRATION REGISTRATION MEMORY M./To Disk, EL-700:1-16, EL-500:1-8; Disable Button; Mode: Off; Shift; Jump; User (80 Positions; Cursor Controls: Data: Set, Insert, Delete, MUSIC DISK RECORDER Play/Record: Upper, Lower, Pedal, Lead, Keyboard Percussion, Control; Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Reverse, Song Select, Shift, Custom Play,...
NEXT SONG (SHIFT END) ... 81 NORMAL Set ... 60, 125, 128 OL (AWM) ... 117 OL (FM) ... 118, 119 OPERATOR ... 108, 110, 116 OUTPUT (MIDI) ... 155 PAGE ... 21 PAN ... 43 PAN (INSTRUMENT) ... 60 PATTERN ...
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