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Korg PS60 Owner's Manual

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    PS60 Owner’s Manual...

  • Page 2: About This Manual

    Thank you for purchasing the Korg PS60 Performance Synthesizer. To help you get the most out of your new instrument, please read this manual carefully. About this manual The owner’s manuals and how to use Conventions in this manual them...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Operating flow on the PS60 ....28 About the PS60 ......7 Quick parameter list .

  • Page 5: Introduction To The Ps60

    These editors allow more detailed editing than is microphones, vacuum tubes, transistors, etc. possible on the PS60 front panel. It is possible to make multisample selections and settings, edit the filter type and routing, make detailed settings for EG, LFO, AMS,...

  • Page 6: Front And Rear Panels

    Introduction to the PS60 Front and rear panels Front panel Performance controls 1. VOLUME knob Performance controls This knob adjusts the volume of the OUTPUT L/ 3. EASY SETUP MONO, R outputs, as well as the volume of the headphone jack (p. 9).

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    (p. 16). 5. SPLIT SETTING Here you can divide the PS60’s keyboard into lower 6. MODULATION and upper regions and specify timbres separately for Here you can add rich spaciousness, modulation, or each region.

  • Page 8: Keyboard And Keyboard Settings

    Introduction to the PS60 RATE knob Tip: In addition to these settings, there’s a “Global EQ This knob adjusts the speed of LFO modulation. Offset” function that lets you apply adjustments to all performances or programs (p. 49). DEPTH knob This knob adjusts the depth of LFO modulation.

  • Page 9: Rear Panel

    5. MIDI IN connector OUT connector MIDI lets you connect the PS60 to a computer or other MIDI devices, for sending and receiving notes, controller messages, sound settings, and so on (p. 12).

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    Introduction to the PS60 6. ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW1/DAMPER jack You can connect a damper pedal, foot switch, or foot pedal to this jack. You can use the pedal or switch to control the damper effect, modulate an effect, or switch performances (p.

  • Page 11: About The Ps60

    STRINGS timbre does not have an insert effect.) The output from the insert effect passes through a In the center of the PS60’s front panel there are six sets three-band EQ and is sent to the L/MONO and R of buttons that allows you select acoustic piano, OUTPUT jacks.

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    Introduction to the PS60...

  • Page 13: Setup

    Settings that have not been saved in the PS60’s internal memory will be lost when you turn off the 1. Turn the PS60’s VOLUME knob all the way to the power. Be sure to save important data such as left, minimizing the volume.

  • Page 14: Connections

    INPUT INPUT Audio connections L/MONO The PS60 does not contain built-in speakers. In order to hear the sound of your performance, you’ll need to connect audio equipment such as powered monitors, a mixer, a stereo set or headphones. Connecting audio equipment PHONES The PS60’s audio output is designed to produce a...

  • Page 15: Connecting A Damper Pedal, Foot Switch, Or

    If you connect an optional damper pedal, foot switch, or foot pedal to the PS60, you’ll be able to control the With the factory settings, the ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/ PS60 using your feet.

  • Page 16: Connecting The Ps60 To A Computer

    Controlling an external MIDI tone generator from PS60 If you want to use the PS60’s keyboard and joystick to play and control an external MIDI sound module, use a MIDI cable to connect the PS60’s MIDI OUT connector to your external MIDI sound module’s MIDI IN connector.

  • Page 17: Playing The Ps60 And Using The Performance Controls

    Playing the PS60 and using the performance controls Playing 2. Use the variation  buttons to select a program. Selecting a timbre (sound) Using a single timbre (Single) 1. Press the ON button of the timbre you want to play (A.PIANO–SYNTH). (The button will light.)

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    (Split) You can play multiple sounds simultaneously. This type of setting is called a “layer.” You can divide the PS60’s keyboard into two regions, and play different sounds in each region. This type of Layer setting is called a “split.”...

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    Playing Selecting a timbre (sound) Procedure Setting the split point 1. As described in the explanation of single or layer 1. Hold down the LOWER button and press the settings (p. 13), select a sound to use in one of UPPER button.

  • Page 20: Using The Automatic Audition Function

    Playing the PS60 and using the performance controls Cancelling the split settings Using the automatic Audition • When split settings are in effect, press the SUB OFF/ RECALL button; the indicator will light, and split function when selecting settings will be cancelled. Only the main timbre(s)

  • Page 21: Using Controllers

    Lock setting to specify the direction (X or Y) in which the Lock function will be effective. (The default setting In addition to its keyboard, the PS60 lets you modify is +Y.) (p. 51). the sounds by using controllers such as the joystick...

  • Page 22: Keyboard Settings

    If you connect an optional damper pedal, foot switch save the global settings, that setting will be preserved or foot pedal to the PS60, you can use your foot to even when you turn off the power (p. 49, 26).

  • Page 23: Easy Setup

    Timbre select Split settings Master effect and EQ The PS60 provides a variety of performance controls. MOD SEND: The knobs will adjust the amount of In addition to the timbre selectors that you use to sound that is sent to the modulation effect. Use the...

  • Page 24: Master Effect And Eq

    Playing the PS60 and using the performance controls St.Phaser (Stereo Phaser) Master effect and EQ This effect produces modulation by shifting the phase of the sound. It’s particularly good when applied to To adjust the effect amount for each sound, use EASY instruments such as electric piano.

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    Effect switch EQ offset If you don’t want to use the PS60’s master effects, such The PS60’s EQ provides an EQ Offset function that you as when you’ve connected an external effect, you can can use to adjust the overall response of the audio globally turn the PS60’s master effects off at all times...

  • Page 26: Storing A Performance

    Playing the PS60 and using the performance controls Storing a performance The sound settings you’ve made using the performance controls, as well as the Performance Edit settings, can be stored as a performance. Note: This will not store the settings for Joystick Lock, or the keyboard settings for octave and transpose.

  • Page 27: Editing

    Editing About editing From the PS60 itself, you can edit the parameters that • Detailed settings for EG and LFO are most useful in creating sounds, as well as • AMS and AMS Mixer settings parameters that determine how the PS60 will operate.

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    Editing Selecting parameters and editing Performance Edit their value Common Rename Character The editable parameters in each edit mode are organized SplitPoint :Value into groups as the tree structure shown at the right. Scale :Value Type :Value To edit the settings, move between pages to select a :Value Ramdom :Value...

  • Page 29: Saving (storing/writing)

    When you use Global mode to edit these parameters, Sounds and settings you’ve edited on the PS60 are not you are modifying the data in this memory area. If you preserved unless you specifically save them.

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    Although you may specify up to 24 characters, the PS60’s display can show only 11 characters for a performance or 13 characters for a program. 1. Select the rename page. If you want to rename a performance, select the Note: To view the bank number, simultaneously press the CURSOR/VALUE ...

  • Page 31: Performance Edit

    Performance edit A performance’s structure and settings Performance edit Timbre parameter settings A performance’s structure and You can make the following settings for each timbre. settings • Adjust the volume and pan. A performance consists of the sound sources “main “Volume,”...

  • Page 32: Operating Flow On The Ps60

    Editing Master effect adjustments Operating flow on the PS60 The program’s output passes through the insert effect 1. Press the front panel PERFORMANCE EDIT (except for the STRINGS timbre) and is then sent to the button to select Performance Edit mode.

  • Page 33: Quick Parameter List

    Note: User All Notes Scale and User Octave Scale MFX1 (Mod.) Effect Rate(Hz) can be specified using the Global mode User Scale Type Depth settings in PS60 Editor/Plug-In Editor. Feedback On/Off Note: Use Equal Temperament for the preload Return1 programs 13:SoloStretch Grand –15:SoloStretch Chain Classic.

  • Page 34: Main Timbres

    (in addition to being transmitted on the Gch), Volume [000...127] allowing you to use the PS60 as a master keyboard that Adjusts the volume of each timbre. can control multiple channels. Tip: This parameter can be directly controlled by If the 01...16 setting matches the global MIDI channel,...

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    Performance edit Quick parameter list OSC Mode [PRG, Poly, Mono, Legt] About the tone parameters This specifies whether multiple notes can be played The “Filter/Amp” and “Filter/Amp EG” parameters simultaneously, or whether only one note will be heard simultaneously adjust multiple parameters of the at a time.

  • Page 36: Sub Timbres

    This specifies whether the effect assigned to a foot This adjusts the filter EG and amp EG parameters of pedal connected to the PS60 will be transmitted and the program used by the timbre. received. This setting is effective if the foot pedal is...

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    Performance edit Quick parameter list Chain Level [000...127] MFX1 (Mod.) This specifies the level from master effect 1 to master effect 2 when “Chain On/Off” is On. About the master effects Tip: You can use the front panel MODULATION but- Send1 Modulation Return 1...

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    Editing Command Here you can control the center frequency and These commands allow you to initialize a performance bandwidth of low-frequency (Bass), mid-frequency and copy effects. (Mid), and high-frequency (Treble) bands. Trim [0...100] Initialize This specifies the input level to the EQ. This command initializes the settings of the currently BassGain [–18.0...+18.0]...

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    Performance edit Quick parameter list Copy MFX/EQ This command copies the effect or EQ settings from a program or performance saved in the PS60’s memory to the performance that you’re currently operating. From Mode [Prog, Perf] This specifies whether the copy-source will be a program or a performance.

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  • Page 41: Program Edit

    “Pitch JS+X,” “Pitch JS–X” (p. 43) effects. The three elements of sound Sound has three basic elements: pitch, tonal character, and volume. On the PS60, these elements are controlled by the “pitch,” “filter,” and “amp (amplifier)” sections respectively. Program structure...

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    Editing LFO1 2 Editing the filter LFO1, LFO2, and the Common LFO control the filter’s cutoff frequency to create cyclic change in the tonal The filter modifies the tonal character by allowing just character. You can use this to create an auto-wah effect. the high-frequency, low-frequency, or a specific frequency band of the sound to pass through.

  • Page 43: Operating Flow On The Ps60

    Program edit Operating flow on the PS60 Velocity Operating flow on the PS60 Many programs will vary their volume according to your keyboard playing dynamics (velocity). The 1. Press the front panel PROGRAM EDIT button to “AmpVelInt (Amp Velocity Intensity)” setting (p. 41) select Program Edit mode.

  • Page 44: Quick Parameter List

    Editing The tree diagram on the left shows how the program Quick parameter list edit parameters (quick parameters) are structured. These parameters are explained below. Program Edit OSC Common OSC Common OSC2 VoiceMode Here you can make common settings for oscillators 1 Same as OSC1 parameters VoiceLegato* and 2 to specify how they will produce sound.

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    Program edit Quick parameter list Thickness [Off, 01...09] About the tone parameters This parameter controls the character of the detuning The parameters from “Filter/Amp” to “LFO,” as well for the unison voices. Thickness is available when as the OSC1 and OSC2 parameters “Tune” and “Unison”...

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    Editing LFO1 Delay [–99...+99 (Rel, CC#78)] Amp EG This adjusts the time from note-on until when LFO1 These parameters adjust the amp EG for oscillators 1 will start ( “Delay [ms],” PG p.30). and 2. LFO1 Stop [PROG, Off, On (Abs)] Attack (Amp EG Attack Time) [–99...+99 (Rel)] This specifies whether LFO1 will stop or continue...

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    Program edit Quick parameter list PtchSlope (Pitch Slope) [–1.0...+2.0] Portamento (Portamento Enable) [Off, On] This specifies how the oscillator’s pitch will change Portamento is a function that creates a smooth change relative to the note played on the keyboard. in pitch from one note to the next. Normally, this should be set to the default of +1.0.

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    (p. 16), and its pitch. LFO modulation of Filter Cutoff Audition Riff [000: Off...383: name] This selects the audition riff. The PS60 contains 383 audition riffs that are appropriate for a wide range of instruments and musical styles. An appropriate tempo Low setting High setting is specified for each riff.

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    [0...100] Category) BassGain [–18.0...+18.0] This command deletes the currently selected program Bass [Peak, Shelf-Low] from the PS60’s internal memory, and moves it to the BassFreq [20...1.00 (10k step)] user area. When the deletion is completed, you will Bass Q [0.5...10.0] automatically return to Performance mode.

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    Note: We recommend that you save to a initial pro- gram. When the PS60 is shipped from the factory, D56– D127 are initial programs. These are indicated as INIT (Initial). When saving a program, use the “To” field to specify one of these programs as the save-destination, and then save it.

  • Page 51: Global Settings

    Global settings Major global settings Global settings apply to the entire PS60. • Adjust the pitch of the entire PS60. “MTune (Master Tune),” “Transpose,” “Octave” (p. 48) Transpose (TRANSPOSE) and octave (OCTAVE) settings can also be made from the front panel (p.

  • Page 52: Quick Parameters

    MTune Transpose MTune (Master Tune) [–50cents...+50cents] Vel Curve This adjusts the overall tuning of the entire PS60 in AT Curve Octave one-cent units (semitone = 100 cents), over a range of Effect SW ±50 cents. With a setting of 0, the frequency of A4 will All IFXs be 440 Hz.

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    Treble [–18.0...+00.00...+18.0dB] These settings allow you to adjust the tonal character of the PS60’s entire output to compensate for the acoustics of a live performance venue or the speakers you’re using. For example you can quickly and easily reduce the...

  • Page 54

    Select the Internal setting when using and velocity curve (p. 48) settings will be applied. the PS60 by itself, or when you want the PS60 to be the This setting will affect how MIDI data is transmitted master (controlling device) so that connected external and received.

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    On: System Exclusive data will be transmitted and Value Dec:  button received. Tap Tempo: Tap tempo Choose the On setting if you want to edit the PS60 from a connected computer or vice versa. JS+Y: Joystick +Y (CC#01) Off: System Exclusive data will not be transmitted.

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    ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW1/DAMPER jack. 4. Press the  button to choose “Sw,” and select If you’ve connected a Korg damper pedal (optional either Perf Up or Perf Down. DS-1H) or a Korg pedal switch (optional PS-1), With the Perf Up setting, the next higher-numbered choose the –KORG setting, since this pedal and...

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    Global settings Quick parameters Pedal Calib (Pedal Calibration) Command This command adjusts the sensitivity of a foot pedal connected to the ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW1/ Load Preload DAMPER jack (or the ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW2 jack). The foot pedal sensitivity is adjusted to a This command loads the performance and program standard setting when shipped from the factory.

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  • Page 59: Appendix

    • (D056–D127) Loading the preload data will rewrite the data in Performance: Bank D-1...D-5 the PS60’s internal memory. If you want to keep the data that’s in internal memory, use PS60 Editor/ Plug-In Editor to save the data before you proceed.

  • Page 60: Troubleshooting

     This type of problem may occur if a data writing operation to internal memory was not completed Pitch is incorrect correctly, for example, if the power of the PS60 was  Are “MTune (Master Tune)” and “Transpose” set turned off while a program or other data was being correctly? p.

  • Page 61

    On? p. 51, 32  Could No Effect be selected as the effect type?  Does the PS60 support the types of messages that  On the front panel, press the MODULATION are being sent to it? p. 63 button or REVERB/DELAY button to select an effect.

  • Page 62: Connections With A Computer

     The driver must be installed for each USB port you  Did you install the driver? use. If you connect the PS60 to a USB port other  Has your computer detected the connected PS60? than the port you used when installing the KORG ...

  • Page 63: Effect Priority Order

    Effect priority order Error and confirmation messages Effect priority order Error messages Insert effect Error and confirmation When you’re using split settings, and the same category of timbre is used for the main timbres and the messages sub timbres (for example, if different E.PIANO programs are used for both), the sub timbre’s program Can’t calibrate will use the insert effect of the main timbre’s program.

  • Page 64: Specifications

    Appendix Specifications Operating temperature 0 – +40 °C (non-condensing conditions) Keyboard 61-note natural touch keyboard (velocity sensitive; aftertouch not supported) Tone generator EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis - integrated) System Mode Performance, Performance Edit, Program Edit, Global 120 voices (120 ocillator) max, single mode 60 voices (60 ocillator) max, double mode Maximum Polyphony * The actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings...

  • Page 65

    Weight 4.6 kg / 10.14 lbs Power Consumption AC adapter, Easy start guide Accessories Accessory disc (PS60 Editor/Plug-In Editor, KORG USB-MIDI driver, PS60 Owner’s Manual (PDF), PS60 Parameter Guide (PDF), PS60 USB-MIDI Setup Guide (PDF) etc.) Options XVP-10 Expression/Volume Pedal...

  • Page 66: Operating Requirements

    Windows: VST, RTAS Windows Macintosh: VST, Audio Unit, RTAS Computer: * PS60 Plug-In Editor must also satisfy the operating USB port required (a USB host controller made by Intel requirements of the host application. is recommended) Note: It is not possible to start up multiple instances of...

  • Page 67: Midi Implementation Chart

    All program change numbers 0–127 can be transmitted by timbres whose MIDI channel is other than Gch and whose Status is either EXT or EX2. Reception is supported only for performance changes. *4: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, Inquiry, Master Volume, Master Balance, Master Fine Tune, and Master Coarse Tune are supported.

  • Page 68

    WARNING: Use of this product in any country other than that for which it is intended could be dangerous and could invalidate the manufacturer’s or distributor’s warranty. 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 © 2010 KORG INC.

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