Pad Record mode
The Pad structure
Pad Record mode
By entering the Pad Record mode, you can create your own Pads,
or edit an existing Pad.
The Pad structure
A Pad is basically a single-track Style. Most of what applies to
Style recording also applies to Pad recording.
There are two different categories of Pads:
"Hit" Pads. While they are
mostly used as non-transpos-
ing events, they can also be
transposing notes or chords.
Basically, they are single-note
or single-chord Sequences
"Sequence" Pads, i.e., com-
that can be transposed by
playing different chords on
the keyboard – exactly as a
Style track. They are roughly
equivalent to single-element,
variation Styles (see illustration).
Each Pad is made up of up to six smaller units, called Chord
Variations (CV). Each Chord Variation is made of a single track
(the Pad track).
Exactly as with the Styles, when playing a chord in the chord rec-
ognition area, the corresponding Chord Variation is recalled.
Recognized chords are associated to a Chord Variation by means
of the Chord Variation Table. Each Pad contains a Chord Varia-
As with the Styles, the Note Transposition Tables (NTT) applies
to the Pads.
The same differences between the different types of tracks
applies (see "Track Type" on page 153).
What to record
Recording a Pad is a matter of recording a single track, inside a
series of Chord Variations, inside the Pad itself.
You don't need to record all Chord Variations. It is often only
needed to record just a Chord Variation.
Pattern data vs. track data
While the Pad Record mode is where you can create or edit
music patterns for the Pad, track parameters (like Volume, Pan,
FX settings...) have to be edited in Style Play mode.
Entering the Pad Record mode
To enter Pad Record mode, go to the Style Play mode and press
RECORD. The Style/Pad Record Select window appears.
When you have ﬁnished recording or editing the Hit or
Sequence Pad, please save it (see "Exit by saving or deleting
changes" below) and exit the Pad Record mode.
Then, go to the Pad page of the Style Play or Song Play mode,
assign the new Hit or Sequence to a Pad button, and adjust the
various Pad settings (Volume, Pan, and A/B FX Send... see "Pad/
Switch: Pad" on page 105). Finally, save the Pad settings by
selecting the "Write Performance" or "Write Current Style Per-
formance" command from the page menu.
Note: While in Record mode, the footswitch and EC5 pedals are
disabled. On the contrary, volume/expression-type pedals can
After creating or editing music patterns in Pad Record
mode, save them by selecting the Write Pad command from
the page menu of the Pad Record mode (see "Write Pad
dialog box" on page 156).
After editing Pad Track parameters in Style Play mode, save
them to the Performance or Style Performance by selecting
the Write Performance or Write Current Style Performance
command from the page menu of the Style Play mode (see
"Write Performance dialog box" on page 109 or "Write
Style Performance dialog box" on page 110).
Select Record/Edit Pad to select an existing Pad to edit. If it
is a Factory Pad, you may not be able to save it at the origi-
nal location (depending on the status of the "Factory Style
and Pad Protect parameter in the Media > Preferences
page); you will select a User Pad location instead.
Select Record New Pad to start from a new, empty Pad.
When ﬁnished recording, you will save the new Pad into a
User Pad location. (Pads can be saved into Factory Pad
locations only when the "Factory Style and Pad Protect"
parameter is set to Off).