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Digital Recording Studio

Getting Started:

Audio connections, Recording sources for this guide
Power-up, Select and Play the Demo Song
Demo song Track Layout
Quick Tour of D12 modes
D12 Additional Features
Working with the D12:
Select and work with the demo song
Using the FF and REW keys in a song
Copy the demo song to a new song location for editing
Un-protect and rename the demo song
Disable Scene Memory and work with the MixView display
View the Post Fader levels as you mix
Mute/un-mute tracks with the TRACK STATUS keys
Work with the EQ function
View the Insert effect assignments for the demo song
Overview of Insert effect configurations
Work with the lead vocal track in "I Can't Wait"
Set a new Locate point in the song
Work with the lead vocal Insert effect
Work with the Counter
Work with the synth bass track
Scrub the audio to find and set a new Locate point
Assign and work with a new Insert effect for track 4
Store IN and OUT points, and use the Loop Playback function
Work with the Master and Final effects
Work with the Master effect and set new send levels
Work with the Final effect
Store the new Final effect in a user location
Playback the song and make any final mix changes
Store a new initial Scene for the song
Additional tips when working with Scenes
Work with the Solo function
Work with the Monitor Cue function
Work with the Metronome and Rhythm patterns
D12 Guided Tour


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  • Page 1: Getting Started

    Getting Started: Audio connections, Recording sources for this guide Power-up, Select and Play the Demo Song Demo song Track Layout Quick Tour of D12 modes D12 Additional Features Working with the D12: Select and work with the demo song Using the FF and REW keys in a song...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Create a Tempo Map Record the new Tempo Map to stereo tracks Record a guitar track as the rhythm track plays back Creating an Audio CD on the D12: Overview Create a blank region of audio at the start of the new song...

  • Page 3: D12 Guided Tour

    DAT, MD, etc. Recording sources for this guide: We’ll make it easy for you to get quickly familiar with the D12 recording procedures: You ‘ll be using the built-in microphone for the basic recording exercises, so there’s no need to connect an external microphone. In addition to the basic recording section, there’s a “Guitar/Insert effect/Rhythm Pattern Demo”, and (of course) an electric guitar is necessary for...

  • Page 4

    Raise your external monitoring system levels, and then press [PLAY] on the D12. Slowly raise the D12 MASTER fader to the “0” position, and rotate the D12 MONITOR LEVEL knob (on the rear panel) to a comfortable listening level (or raise the PHONES LEVEL knob if you’re only using headphones).

  • Page 5

    2) M004 RV4: Dry Plate Final effect F019 LS2: TwoMix 80’s Important! To power-off the D12 and auto-save any recording/editing you’ve done, press and hold the POWER key. When the display indicates “Power Off?”, press ENTER and the D12 will automatically save your work and power-off (the STANDBY LED will continue to be lit after power-off).

  • Page 6: Scene Memory Mode

    Scene (SCENE key is lit when “SceneRead:On” is set). The D12 features a Channel Pairing function to group adjacent channels for controlling Track Status, Pan, EQ, Effect and Aux send settings as well as fader position.

  • Page 7: Insert Effect Mode

    There are 128 preset insert effect programs to choose from, including 98 chains of up to 5 effects at once. The D12 features Korg's famous REMS modeling effects - accurate amp, cabinet and microphone simulations. You can edit any of the preset effect programs, then store your edits to 128 user effect programs.

  • Page 8: Solo Mode

    The D12 features Monitor Cue level and pan settings, to dial in your own separate mix, without affecting the mix routed to the Master outputs. See the Owner’s Manual, page 39 for more information.

  • Page 9: Tuner Mode

    Note: More “hands-on” work with the SCRUB function later in this guide. TUNER mode: The D12 features a built-in auto-chromatic tuner! [STOP] playback, then press [INPUT] until you select the “Tuner” tab. Here, you can tune an instrument connected to the GUITAR IN or INPUT1 jack.

  • Page 10

    The D12 provides you with the "ultimate metronome" - the sampled drum patterns in memory provide a great tempo "guide" for many music genres. The drum patterns can be recorded to tracks, and you can create up to 200 tempo map events per song, allowing tempo, time signature and rhythm patterns to change during recording and playback! Note: More "hands-on”...

  • Page 11

    You can record solo parts etc. on the virtual tracks and then select your favorite take! Bouncing tracks has never been easier! In addition to basic track bouncing functions, the D12 features an exclusive "12 to 2" function. This lets you bounce 12 tracks of audio to 2 Virtual tracks to create virtual mixdowns internally, and then select your favorite...

  • Page 12: D12 Additional Features

    Produce and burn an audio CD, or backup your audio data to CDR/RW media- directly on the D12: Install the optional Korg CDRW-1 internal CD-R/RW drive, and create audio CDs with the D12. Or use the CDRW-1 to economically- backup your valuable data. You can also playback and record audio from the CDRW-1 to D12 mixer channels! Included SCSI-2 50 pin connector: For recording and backing up your projects to external hard disk and removable media such as Jaz, Orb, etc.

  • Page 13

    Use the SUB INPUTS to send external signals directly to the Master bus: Assign any of analog inputs 1-6 as Sub Inputs, and input the audio from an external sequencer in sync, direct to the D12's Master bus, or record any external audio final pass, along with the internal tracks, direct to your mastering deck. You can also use the Sub Inputs to return audio from an external processor connected to the AUX OUT.

  • Page 14: Select And Work With The Demo Song

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Working with the D12 Select and work with the demo song: If the demo song “I CAN’T WAIT” isn’t already selected, press [SONG/CD] until you select the “SelSong” tab. Rotate the [DIAL] to select and load the demo song number “I001 I CAN’T WAIT”.

  • Page 15: Disable Scene Memory And Work With The Mixview Display

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Repeatedly press ENTER, until the space just to the right of “WAIT_” is highlighted, then u to the “0..9” button. Press ENTER, then rotate the [DIAL] until the highlighted space indicates “2”, and then u to the “OK” button.

  • Page 16: Work With The Eq Function

    In the display, note the Insert effect track locations for playback: Track 1>Insert effect [1], Track 5> Insert effect [2], Track 7> Insert effect [3], Track 8> Insert effect [4]. The effect configuration is set to use four insert effects on playback. Overview of D12 Insert effect Configurations: There are four configurations available in the Select Effect Type menu: 1in2outx2: Primarily Guitar and Bass Chains of 3-5 effects each, Use for recording / on input only.

  • Page 17: Work With The Lead Vocal Track In "i Can't Wait

    Note: For more information on setting assignments, configurations and locations of insert effects see the D12 Owner’s Manual, pages 43 and 105. Work with the lead vocal track in “I CAN’T WAIT”: Press the Channel 1 [TRACK STATUS] key so that it lights green (un-muted).

  • Page 18: Work With The Counter

    ENTER to save to a new user location. Note that the factory user effects are identical to the preset effects. For more information, see the D12 Owner’s Manual, page 46. Work with the Counter: Press [STOP] to stop playback, and press [IN/LOC1] to reset the song to the beginning.

  • Page 19: Assign And Work With A New Insert Effect For Track 4

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Press [SCRUB] once again, to return to the SCRUB page, then try the following functions available in SCRUB mode: Try the “Play From” function: Press [PLAY]. The audio data will begin playback at the currently stopped position, and play for two seconds, before automatically returning to the stored locate point.

  • Page 20: Store In And Out Points, And Use The Loop Playback Function

    You can use the Loop playback/record function in conjunction with the Auto-punch recording mode. This method lets you record repeated takes over the same section, and then use the Undo function to select the best take! For more information, see the D12 Owner’s Manual, page 31. Work with the Master and Final effects: Two Master effect processors can be used simultaneously, with individual send levels for each channel.

  • Page 21: Work With The Final Effect

    The Final effect is an independent processor with 32 preset and 32 user Final effect programs available. It is located at the end of the effect routing scheme in the D12, and is used for "mastering" and dynamics applications. During mixdown you can use a Final effect to "polish"...

  • Page 22: Store The New Final Effect In A User Location

    Tip: Scene changes (up to 100 per song) can be transmitted and received via MIDI program change messages. For more information on Scene mode operations, see the D12 Owner’s Manual, pg. 41.

  • Page 23: Additional Tips When Working With Scenes

    The Solo function lets you isolate and monitor individual tracks, master effect sends and returns, and aux sends. The faders on the D12 control both recording and monitoring levels, and a Cue Level function is provided for separate adjustment of level and pan while you record.

  • Page 24: Work With The Monitor Cue Function

    Note: Refer to the Track Layout on page 4. Important! Make sure that the D12 is connected via the MONITOR L/R OUTPUTS. When you're finished trying the Solo function, u to the “Clear All” button, press ENTER,then press [STOP]. Work with the Monitor Cue function: Reset the song to the beginning (make sure you’ve cleared the solo function in previous step) and press [PLAY] to begin...

  • Page 25: Create A New Song

    “New” button and press ENTER, then u to the “OK” button and press ENTER. The next-available empty song location (“NEW SONG”) will be selected. About the D12 recording formats available: In the “SongSel” tab, the SongType can be set for 16 bit / 12 track, allowing 4 track simultaneous recording with 12 track playback.

  • Page 26: Check The Pre Fader Level And Adjust The Input Signal

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Rename the song: u to the “Rename” button in the display and press ENTER. (You’ll name the song “My Demo”). u to the “ClearAll” button and press ENTER, then u to the “A…/ a…” button and press...

  • Page 27

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Record Track 1: Press [REC] on the lower right of the top panel (the REC and PLAY keys will flash). Press [PLAY] and then record some audio (Example: "This is Track 1…recording Track 1”…etc.). While you're recording, watch the “Counter”...

  • Page 28: Working With Virtual Tracks

    Working with Virtual Tracks The D12 features 8 Virtual tracks for every track - 96 tracks per song! Virtual tracks give you the benefit of being able to record several takes without overwriting any previous takes. Then you can select from your favorite Virtual track(s) for playback, bouncing or in mixdown.

  • Page 29: Create A "12-2" Virtual Mixdown

    Create a “12-2” Virtual Mixdown: The D12 features a number of ways to bounce multiple tracks, including an exclusive "12-2" function that lets you bounce multiple 12-track mixes to selected Virtual track pairs, with varied effects and EQ, and then select your favorite mixdown from the Virtual tracks.

  • Page 30: Work With The Clipboard, Fade And Undo Functions

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Press the Channel 11/12 [TRACK STATUS] key 2x, so that it lights red (Record status). > > Press [METER/TRACK VIEW], then u to the popup button in the upper left of the display, and press ENTER.

  • Page 31

    This is an efficient way to “import” your two track mixdown to a new song, where no effect or EQ processing is assigned to tracks 1 and 2. Note that tracks 1 and 2 must be the destination mixdown tracks in order to master a CD on the D12.

  • Page 32

    D12 is on, and consumes disk capacity. If you’ve completed recordings and edits on a song, and want to free up as much hard disk space as possible, power-off the D12, and the Undo history of up to 99 recordings, edits or operations will be deleted from the hard disk.

  • Page 33: Create A New Song And Connect A Guitar

    The levels (99, 8 or 1) of undo can be set by selecting the “Level” button in the UNDO page, and then selecting the desired level. For more information on the UNDO function, see the D12 Owner’s Manual, page 99.

  • Page 34

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Assign an Insert effect chain to the guitar, for recording: First, let’s make sure that the Insert Effects are being routed in line with the Inputs (for recording) instead of the Tracks (for mixing): Press [INSERT EFFECT] until you select the “InsAss” tab, and confirm that the upper left of the display reads “Assign: > In”.

  • Page 35: Record The New Tempo Map To Stereo Tracks

    Song tempo can be set manually, by tempo maps, or with a tempo track which can be recorded via MIDI clock or by tap tempo. For more information, see the D12 Owner’s Manual, page 62. Create a new Tempo Map: Tempo maps let you specify tempo, time signature and rhythm patterns for each measure in a song.

  • Page 36

    Go through this section once you have one or more songs completed on the D12. You can produce an audio CD on the D12, if the optional Korg CDRW-1 drive is installed. Most consumer CD players will not playback CD-RW disks. If you plan to playback any D12 CD masters on consumer CD players, use good quality CD-R media for mastering.

  • Page 37: Write And Finalize A Cd

    This only needs to be done for the first song you write to CD, because some audio CD players may “skip” over the first several hundred milliseconds at the beginning of an audio track. Then in the writing process, the D12 automatically creates a two second region of silence before the next song is written to CD.

  • Page 38: Basic Operations

    Selecting songs: 1. SONG key Ô With D12 stopped at current song beginning: Hold STOP and press REW 1 or more times to go to previous song(s) Ô Hold STOP and press FF 2 or more times to go to next song(s).

  • Page 39

    KORG D12 Guided Tour Loop recording: LOOP key Ô Select and set Counter location Ô STORE key: set IN point Ô Select and set Counter location Ô STORE key: set OUT point Ô Select Loop:On Ô AUTO PUNCH key Ô Select RolTime, pre-roll and post-roll time Ô Select AutoPunch:On Ô Set TRACK STATUS to RECORD (red) Ô Ô Press REC Ô Press PLAY Ô...

  • Page 40: Song And Track Editing

    KORG D12 Guided Tour QuickSteps D12 Song and Track Editing Tip: In Song and Track Edit tabs, you can select from the opened edit menus, or highlight the tab edit cell and rotate the [DIAL] to make selection quicker. Song Editing...

  • Page 41: Owner's Manual References

    Normalize Track: (boosts level of specific region (IN/OUT) for maximum level before clipping) TRACK key Ô EditTrack tab Ô Select > to select Normalize Ô Select OK Ô Select track(s) Ô Select Exec. Ô Select Yes ÔOM pg. 86 Additional D12 Owner’s Manual References: Installing the CDRW-1 drive CD Mastering...

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