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Korg King Owner's Manual: Adding Variety To The Sound

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KingKORG Owner's manual

Adding variety to the sound

In addition to its keyboard, the KingKORG provides numerous
controllers such as the joystick, knobs, and buttons. You can vary the
sound by using these controllers to control the filter, LFO, and EG in
real time while you play.
Using the controllers
Joystick (JS)
You can control various parameters and effects by moving the
joystick in four directions (up/down/left/right). The result will be
different for each program; try each controller to hear what it
does for the program you've selected.
TIP: "Joystick" is abbreviated as JS.
Pitch down, etc.
TIP: When you release the joystick, it will automatically return
to the center position. However if you want to hold the
joystick effect so that it will continue even after you take
your hand off the joystick, you can assign the joystick lock
function to a foot switch. (PG: "8. Foot parameters")
TIP: You can use the joystick as a virtual patch source. This
lets you obtain even richer and more complex effects than
those listed above. (PG: "1. Timbre parameters")
Playing arpeggios
The arpeggiator is a function that automatically plays a broken
chord (arpeggio) when you hold down a chord on the keyboard. The
KingKORG's arpeggiator provides six arpeggio types, and allows
you to change various aspects of the arpeggio, such as the duration
(gate time) of the notes. It also provides a "step arpeggiator" that lets
you specify the on/off status for up to eight steps, giving you a wide
range of performance possibilities.
Select a program. (OM: p.13 "Selecting a program")
As an example, let's select a piano sound to try out this function.
Press the ARP (TEMPO) button to make it light up.
The arpeggiator will turn on.
Vary the vibrato depth or the speed
of the rotary speaker, etc.
Pitch up, etc.
Wah, effect depth, etc.
Octave -
Octave -2
Playing the keyboard
The KingKORG's keyboard lets you control the sound in the
following ways.
This allows the force (speed or velocity) of how you play a key
to affect the sound. Normally, key velocity is used to control the
tone or volume.
The KingKORG's keyboard does not support aftertouch.
Some sounds will produce little or no tonal variation in
response to key velocity, or are set not to detect velocity.
Keyboard tracking
This allows the sound to be affected by the note's position on the
keyboard. Normally, keyboard tracking is used to make the tone
become brighter as you play higher on the keyboard, or to create
a difference in volume between low and high regions of the
TIP: Velocity and keyboard tracking can be used as a virtual
patch source. (PG: "1. Timbre parameters")
Switching octaves
You can use the OCTAVE UP/DOWN buttons to shift the region
of pitches assigned to the keyboard in one‐octave steps over a
range of +/‐2 octaves.
Keyboard range
C4 – C9
C3 – C8
C2 – C7
C1 – C6
C0 – C5
Octave +2
Octave +
Octave ±0
Numbers in parentheses ( ) are MIDI note numbers.
Hold down a chord on the keyboard; an arpeggio will start
If you hold down the chord shown in the illustration below, the
notes will be sounded as depicted by the notation at the right.
(Arpeggio type: UP)
To change the tempo, hold down the SHIFT/EXIT button and
press the ARP (TEMPO) button to access the PROGRAM "a02:
Arp" page. Use the value dial to adjust the tempo.
TIP: The KingKORG provides a tap tempo function. Hold down
the SHIFT/EXIT button and repeatedly press the ARP (TEM‐
PO) button at the desired timing interval to set the tempo.
The arpeggio will stop sounding when you take your hand off
the keys.
TIP: If desired, you can make the arpeggio continue sounding
even after you release the keys. (PG: "3. Arpeggio param‐
Button LED
UP button blinking
UP button lit
UP/DOWN buttons unlit
DOWN button lit
DOWN button blinking



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