To use the M50 to control external MIDI devices, press
the control surface EXTERNAL switch. You can then
use knobs 1–4 and the chord trigger switches to
transmit MIDI control changes to external MIDI
devices. You can create, save and recall a total of 128
such external setups.
Various preloaded external setups are provided as
factory settings. For instance, some external setups let
you control software synthesizers such as those in the
Korg Legacy Collection. Other external setups let you
control level and pan settings of your DAW software in
You'll use the Global P1: MIDI– External Mode page to
create external setups. For details on use and some
examples, please see "1–3: External Mode 1" on
page 224 of the Parameter Guide.
Note: See the "M50 External Setups" (PDF) for details
on the control change (CC#) settings assigned to the
preloaded external control templates and their
corresponding application settings.
External control What's a Drum Kit?
Using Drum Kits
What's a Drum Kit?
A drum kit is a collection of drumsamples (samples
comprising a kit element) assigned to each key. Drum
kits have the following features.
• A different sound will play for each note.
• A drumsample (one drum instrument) is assigned
to each key.
• You can assign up to four drum samples to each
note, and use velocity crossfading to switch
• Each note has individual settings for the most
important sound parameters, including volume,
filter cutoff and resonance, attack and decay, pitch,
drive and low boost, and gain for each band of the
For instance, you could combine high drive and low
cutoff frequency to create a lo-ﬁ effect on a few
sounds, while the rest of the sounds remained clear
• Each note can be independently routed to a
different Insert Effect, or have separate FX Send
amounts. For instance, you can send a snare sound
through a dedicated compressor.
You can use Drum Kits only in Programs whose
Oscillator Mode is set to Drums.
For details, please see "Creating a Drum Kit" on
page 240 of the Parameter Guide.