Just to summarize, when you play a chord on the chord recogni-
tion area, the arranger determines which Style Element is used,
then determines which Chord Variation should be used for the
played chord, then Style sequences for every track of that Chord
Variation are transposed from the original chord to the recog-
nized chord, and so on every time you play a chord.
Ordinary, Guitar and Drum tracks
There are different types of tracks (see "Track Type" on
page 126), and each of them is treated in a different way by the
Acc (Accompaniment) and Bass tracks: When a chord is
recognized, the programmed chord notes are transposed to
a suitable scale, according to the Note Transposition
Tables (NTT) The NTT allows you to record just some
Chord Variations, and have all the notes play in the right
place, avoiding dissonances and transposing the pattern
notes to the notes of the recognized chord.
Drum & and Perc (Percussion) tracks: No transposition is
applied.The original pattern plays always.
Gtr (Guitar) tracks: When a chord is recognized, the
arranger triggers single notes, strumming and arpeggios on
a "virtual guitar", keeping care of the way notes are played
on the guitar keyboard.
What to record
Recording a Style is a matter of recording tracks, inside a series
of Chord Variations, inside a series of Style Elements, inside the
You don't need to record all Chord Variations for all Style Ele-
ments. It is often only needed to record just a Chord Variation
for each Style Element. Exceptions are the Intro 1 and Ending 1,
where we suggest to record both a Major and minor Chord Vari-
Pattern data vs. track data
While the Style Record mode is where you can create or edit
music patterns for the Style, track parameters (like Volume, Pan,
Octave Transpose, FX settings...) have to be edited in Style Play
After creating or editing music patterns in Style Record
mode, save them by selecting the Write Style command
from the page menu of the Style Record mode (see "Write
Style dialog box" on page 129).
After editing track parameters in Style Play mode, save
them to the Style Performance by selecting the Write Style
Performance command from the page menu of the Style
Play mode (see "Write Style Performance dialog box" on
There are two ways of assigning Sounds to the Style tracks.
While in Style Record mode you can assign different
Sounds to each Style Element (see "Sounds area" on
Style Record mode
While in Style Play mode, you can assign a single Sound to
the Style Performance (together with the other track
parameters), that remains the same for all Style Elements.
Which Sounds are used depends on the status of the "Original
Style Sounds" parameter (see page 83).
Note: When assigning a Sound in Style Play mode, the "Original
Style Sounds" is automatically turned off.
As an alternative to creating Styles on the Pa500, you can import
a Standard MIDI Files (SMF) from your computer to a Pa500's
Style. See "Import: Import SMF" on page 127 and "Export
SMF" on page 128.
Entering the Style Record mode
While in the Style Play operating mode, press the RECORD but-
ton. The following page will appear in the display:
Select Record/Edit Current Style to edit the current Style.
If it is a Factory Style, you may not be able to save it at the
original location (depending on the status of the "Factory
Style and Pad Protect" parameter, see page 225); you will
select a User Style instead.
When editing an existing Style, the original Style Perfor-
mance is recalled, but the following parameters are reset to
their default values: Drum Mapping (Off), Kick & Snare
Designation (Off). This means that you can hear some dif-
ferences between the Style in play and the same Style being
edited; for example, resetting the Drum Mapping may lead
to some instruments being replaced.
Select Record New Style to start from a new, empty Style. A
default Style Performance will be recalled. When ﬁnished
recording, you will save the new Style onto a User Style
location. (Styles can be saved onto Factory Style locations
only when the "Factory Style and Pad Protect" parameter is
set to Off – see page 225).
After editing the Style, please save it (see "Exit by saving or delet-
ing changes" below) and exit the Style Record mode. Then, while
in Style Play mode, edit the Style Performance to adjust track
settings (Tempo, Volume, Pan, FX Send... see page 86 and fol-
lowing in the "Style Play operating mode" chapter) and save it by
selecting the "Write Current Style Performance" from the page
menu (see "Write Style Performance dialog box" on page 103).