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    Owner’s manual English...

  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equi- lateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence CAUTION of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute DO NOT OPEN a risk of electric shock to persons.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Important preliminary notes ................3 How to update your instrument ..............3 SYSTEM RESET ..................3 Front Panel WK2 ..................4 Rear Panel WK2 (Connections) ..............7 • 1 Get started ....................8 Powering up and preliminary operations ............8 POWER ON/OFF ..................8 Select Performances and play keyboard sounds .........

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    The Performance name ................28 To Restore the original Performance settings ..........29 • 4 The Styles ....................30 About THE WK2 Styles ................30 Selecting Styles ..................30 Recall a Style using the Direct Style Memory buttons ....... 31 Recall a Style by selecting the Performances ..........

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Ejecting a Floppy Disk ................54 The Write Protect Tab ................54 Handling Floppy Disks ................54 Back-up copies ................... 54 Disk Drive Head Cleaning ................55 Precautions to observe when using WK2 disks with a computer ....55 ○ ○ ○ ○...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Piloting an expander (or other keyboard) with WK2 ........68 Piloting WK2 from a MIDI accordion ............69 Using the WK2 in Song Mode with a computer (or external sequencer) ... 70 Piloting WK2 with a Master Keyboard ............71 SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE (Generalmusic system exclusive) ......

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    • 11 MIDI/General ..................81 MIDI Dump procedure ................83 To receive the data ..................83 • Reference section Technical specifications WK2 .............. Ref. 2 Index ..................... Ref. 3 • Appendix Sound table WK2 ..................A. 1 Style, Song, Performance tables .............. A. 3 Reverb table .....................

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  • Page 9: The Owner's Manual, Specifications

    The Disk Drive is a device that permits the transfer of useful data to and from Disks, allowing you to build a library of Songs, Styles, Performances and Samples. The disk drive can read and write onto WK2 format 3.5” floppy disks with a capacity of 720 Kbytes (2DD type) and 1.4 Mbytes (2HD type).

  • Page 10: Important Information

    Processor it is also possible to sample the signal fed into the Mic/Line input. • Updateable Operating System from floppy disk Since the WK2 operating system resides in a flash ROM, it is possible to load updates from floppy disk which can add new functions to the instrument. •...

  • Page 11: Important Preliminary Notes, How To Update Your Instrument, System Reset

    RAM. RECHARGEABLE, BACK-UP BATTERY The WK2 is fitted with a Ni-Cd rechargeable battery to retain data while the instrument is off. The battery is recharged while the instrument is turned on (not just plugged in !). When the instrument is turned off, data is conserved in memory for appriximately 30 days. If the battery discharges after not using the instrument for a long period of time, leave the instru- ment on for at least 8/10 hours to recharge it completely.

  • Page 12: Front Panel Wk2

    Front Panel WK2 1. POWER ON/OFF:. Push button to turn the instrument on and off. 2. VOLUME. Regulates the overall volume of the entire instru- ment (speakers, headphones and the stereo Right/M-Left out- puts). 3. STYLE/SONG. Numeric selection keypad to select the Styles...

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    15. TEMPO/DATA DIAL, ENTER, ESCAPE. T : in Song, 21. UPPER 1, UPPER 2, LOWER. These buttons activate (LED on) or EMPO Song Style and Style modes, the Dial is active for Tempo changes. When Mute (LED off) the respective keyboard sections. the instrument is set to one of the edit modes, the Dial operates as a data 22.

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    cally sets the sequencer for Song Style recording. Holding the button 29. SAMPLING (RECORD, SAMPLES). R ECORD ACTIVATES THE SAMPLING pressed for a few seconds gains access to the Clear function which al- hone) or a PROCESS ALLOWING YOU RECORD YOUR VOICE THROUGH A MICROP lows you to cancel recording errors and parts not wanted (all, chord, etc.) musical instrument connected to the Mic/Line jack of the Vocal Proces-...

  • Page 15: Rear Panel Wk2 (connections)

    (or to your voice), processes the signals fed into plied with the instrument. the Mic/Line jacks with the internal effects and allows you to sample the When using WK2 on its own, these ports do not require to be con- signals. nected.

  • Page 16: Powering Up And Preliminary Operations, Power On/off, Get Started

    • 1 Get started In this chapter, you’ll find step by step instructions on some basic functions that will help you get to know your instrument right away. Powering up and preliminary operations POWER ON/OFF The power switch (located on the left lateral panel) turns the keyboard on and off. Insert one end of the power chord into the rear-panel mains socket, and the other end into a suitable wall outlet.

  • Page 17: Select Performances And Play Keyboard Sounds

    Select Performances and play keyboard sounds 1. Set the instrument to PERFORMANCE mode by pressing the [] and [] CURSOR buttons as many times as necessary until the arrowhead in the display appears next to the “PERF” function in the MENU list .

  • Page 18: Select Styles And Play With Automatic Accompaniments, Play The Programmable Pads

    Select Styles and play with automatic accompaniments A Style will already be selected but you can select another Style in the following manner: 1. Press SINGLE TOUCH PLAY. The S.T.PLAY function on the right of the display turns on. Also activated are the AR- RANGE ON/OFF button (panel LED on) and ARR MEM function (display indicator on the right).

  • Page 19: Play Using The Pitch/modulation Ball, Play With Effects Or Bypass Them, Play With Headphones

    The corresponding display indicator turns on to show that the current Performance is processed by the relative effect. 22 Reverbs (Reverb) and 22 Modulation/Delays (Chorus) are available in the WK2. Play with headphones • Plug a set of headphones into one of the rear panel HEADPHONES jacks.

  • Page 20: Play With The Pedals, Regulate The General Effect Volumes, Transpose The Instrument (semitones)

    If you are playing a difficult tune that requires the use of several black keys, or a tune that is too high or too low for a singer or another instrument, you can transpose WK2 to play the tune in an easier key.

  • Page 21: Demo, How To Listen To The Demo Styles, Song Play - Direct From Disk

    Demo How to listen to the Demo Styles At any moment you can listen to the automatic playback of your WK2 to get an idea of what the instrument is capable of doing. 1. Press the DEMO button. 2. Select one of the first 8 buttons under the display (F1…F8).

  • Page 22: Style, Song Style And Song, Style And Realtime Modes (style Accompaniments Off), Basic Concepts

    To gain access to the functions, as well as following the instructions outlined below, it is also possible to follow a shorter and more direct route: by holding down the corresponding function button for about 2 seconds, WK2 enters automatically into the edit of the function. This method allows rapid interventions and shortens your editing times.

  • Page 23: Style Lock And Single Touch Play Buttons, Song Style Mode, Song Mode

    Up to 7 Song Styles can reside in the WK2 memory (recorded or loaded from disk). SONG MODE A Song is a representation of a multi-timbral performance (16 tracks), as if you were listen- ing to a full orchestra.

  • Page 24: Performance

    Styles, the configuration of tracks 10-16 does not influence either playing mode (track 9 is used by the Pads), but if you are programming WK2 for use as a multi-timbral slave device, all 16 tracks are taken into consideration.

  • Page 25: Tracks, Sounds, Rom-sounds, Drumkits, Samples

    (location 112) configured with some extra special sounds (DrumSFX). SAMPLES The WK2 can load samples in WK2, PK7, WK3 and CD formats. Press the SAMPLES panel button to recall a Sample; the display shows the first available sample in memory. By using the –...

  • Page 26: Connections, Power, Output: Right/mono – Left, Input: Right/mono – Left

    P. function is active (display arrowhead shown on near the Vocal P indicator). MIDI WK2 is fitted with a standard MIDI interface consisting of a MIDI IN, a MIDI OUT and a MIDI THRU port for MIDI connections. Detailed information regarding MIDI applications are found in the dedicated chapter further ahead.

  • Page 27: Pedals, Computer, Video Interface, Headphones, Music Stand

    • Recording Songs on a computer or external sequencer. COMPUTER Connect the WK2 MIDI IN to the MIDI OUT of the external device, the WK2 MIDI OUT MIDI OUT MIDI IN to the MIDI IN of the external device. Set the Upper 1 track for Local Off operation (in...

  • Page 28: The Display

    The Display The WK2 has a large, coloured (three colours) backlit liquid crystal display of the multifunction type which simplifies all your operations. This user interface is divided into 6 zones: G.Piano METRONOME TEMPO VARIATION TOUCH FILL-IN A HARMONY FILL-IN B S.

  • Page 29: Data Entry, Inserting Alphanumeric Data, Enter / Escape

    Data Entry Numeric value insertion, function and parameter selection is carried out as follows. After selecting a function with the corresponding arrowhead, it is possible to: change Page (where two or more pages are present) with the PAGE buttons, enter data (change parameter values) with the DIAL or the + / – buttons of the right numeric selection keypad.

  • Page 30: The Sounds And Tracks, The 3 Real Time Keyboard Tracks (upper 1, Upper 2, Lower)

    • 3 Sounds & Performances THE SOUNDS AND TRACKS A Sound is assigned to each track of a Performance. 48 6I THE 3 REAL TIME KEYBOARD TRACKS (UPPER 1, UPPER 2, LOWER) At all times the display shows the tracks of both the accompaniment sections as well as the keyboard sections (unless the instrument is set to a mode which deactivates one or more tracks).

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    To recap, the possible situations are as follows: When ARRANGE ON/OFF is off (LED off, accompaniments off) a) UPPER 1 only on: Sound of track 9 across the entire keyboard; b) UPPER 2 only on: Sound of track 8 across the entire keyboard; c) UPPER 1 and 2 both on: Sound 8 and 9 layered across the entire keyboard;...

  • Page 32: Selecting Sounds, You Can Select Sounds Using One Of The Following Methods

    Bank 1, 2 and 3 sounds are GMX compatible (GMX is an extended GeneralMIDI standard implemented by Generalmusic). The WK2 Drumkits are in Banks 2, 3 and 4 (112-119). You can choose between 17 Drumkits; the relative drum maps appear in the Appendix. Bank 4 contains an additional Drumkit (DrumSFX).

  • Page 33: Selecting Performances, How To Program The Performances

    If you prefer to select Performances without changing the Style auto accompaniment pat- terns, activate the STYLE LOCK function. How to program the Performances The WK2 contains 63 user-programmable Performances which you can modify to suit your needs. Performance programming tasks are a simple matter and they offer the possibility of recall- ing preferred Sound combinations, Styles and panel settings.

  • Page 34: The Performance Parameters

    4) Modify the volume of the tracks. When a track is shown flashing and the assigned Sound appears in the 8 digit display zone, you can modify the volume level by rotating the DIAL. 5) Transpose the tracks in steps of a semitone or octave. When a track is enabled for a change (flashing), the OCTAVE +/–...

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    - PITCH/M: (ON/OFF) enables or disables the track for the action of the Pitch/Modula- Pitch > tion bass. PitchRg> - PITCHRG: (00/12) determines the Pitch excursion for the bender. With the 00 setting, the Pitch ball does not affect the track; any value above 00 indicates the pitch excursion expressed in semitones (example, 12 = one octave).

  • Page 36: Store Performance, Save Changes To A Different Performance (or Create A New One)

    Performances to disk before using restore). Saving Performances to Floppy Disk or Hard Disk is explained in the Disk & Hard Disk chapter. If you modify the first Performance of the 63 available, every time you turn on the WK2, it will power up to the programmed setting.

  • Page 37: To Restore The Original Performance Settings

    3. Change the Performance name using the keys of the keyboard. GrandPN? 4. hold down the STORE PERFORMANCE button for a few seconds until the display shows the question mark “?” next to the Performance name. 5. Press ENTER to confirm the operation and save the Performance with the new name. TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE SETTINGS The INIT function (see MIDI/GENERAL) cancels all modifications applied to the Perform- ances and restores the original factory settings (ROM).

  • Page 38: About The Wk2 Styles, Selecting Styles, The Styles

    • 4 The Styles You can enjoy playing the keyboard sounds in real time while WK2 takes care of the accom- paniment, as if you were playing with a band of musicians. The automatic arrangements are provided by the WK2 Styles.

  • Page 39: Recall A Style Using The Direct Style Memory Buttons

    3. If you want to change the Sound assigned to one or more tracks, first check that the PERF menu function is not selected and that the S.T. PLAY function is off, then press the corresponding function button (F1 … F9) to enable the track (flashing). While the track is flashing, you can change sound by specifying the corresponding number on the right hand selection keypad.

  • Page 40: Total Cancellation Of The User Style (clear)

    If you rotate the Dial, the Tempo will change. Recalling a Performance by selecting a Style automatically deactivates the SINGLE TOUCH PLAY function and configures the WK2 to the status memorised in the se- lected Performance. If TEMPO LOCK is off, selecting the Performance also changes the Tempo.

  • Page 41: The Style Controls, Start / Stop, Key Start, Intro, Ending

    The Style controls The next few paragraphs explain buttons dedicated to the control of the Styles. START / STOP Starts or stops the Style auto accompaniment. In Song Style record mode, this button triggers the auto accompaniments; the Song Style recording is started with the PLAY/STOP button.

  • Page 42: Fill A, Fill, Fill B, Tap Tempo (also Fill B), Fade In/out

    VAR 1, VAR 2, VAR 3, VAR 4 These buttons control 4 different Variations of the same Style. Before starting the accompaniment, you can decide choose the starting Variation for the current Style. During Style play, you can switch from one variation to another by pressing the desired button.

  • Page 43: The Arranger Section, Arrange On/off, Arrange Memory, Lower Memory, Bass To Lowest

    The Arranger section This section contains buttons which enables the more important functions tied to Style playing. ARRANGE ON/OFF When ARRANGE ON/OFF is on (LED on), all the accompaniment tracks are enabled for play. If this button is off, only the Drum track will play after the start. ARRANGE MEMORY When ARRANGE MEMORY is on (corresponding display indicator on), releasing your left hand from the keyboard causes the bass and accompaniment sounds to continue playing.

  • Page 44: The Style Tempo, Tempo Lock, Saving The Tempo To A Performance

    The Style Tempo TEMPO The Tempo of a Style can be changed by rotating the DIAL (TEMPO/DATA), either before or after starting the Style and regardless of the status of the TEMPO LOCK button. TEMPO Important: Use the DIAL with care: in certain situations, this control may affect other pa- rameters;...

  • Page 45: The Split Point, Setting A New Split Point, Chord Lock (cholock)

    The Chord Lock function follows the Split page and is selected with the Page button when the WK2 is set to Split mode. MAINTAINING THE CHORD NOTES (CHORD LOCK) 1 Press the Cursor buttons as many times as necessary until the arrowhead is next to the SPLIT Split >...

  • Page 46: Arrange Mode, Fingered 1, Fingered 2, One Finger, Freestyle

    Arrange Mode The WK2 has 4 different Chord recognition modes which trigger the automatic accompani- ment in various different ways: FINGERED 1, FINGERED 2, ONE FINGER and FREE- STYLE. Finger1> FINGERED 1 At least three notes are needed for the chords to be recognised.

  • Page 47: Single Touch Play, Store Performance/performance Recall Style/tempo Lock, Single Touch Play

    Single Touch Play, Store Performance/Performance Recall, Style/Tempo Lock SINGLE TOUCH PLAY The SINGLE TOUCH PLAY button assigns the factory set sounds stored in ROM to all the tracks (accompaniment as well as keyboard) for each Style/ In addition, this button acti- vates the ARRANGE ON/OFF button (LED on) and the ARRANGE MEMORY function (corresponding display indicator on).

  • Page 48: The Utility Section, Metronome, Sustain, Harmony, Vocal P (optional)

    The Utility section The UTILITY section, on the right of the control panel, consists of 6 buttons: METRONOME, SUSTAIN, HARMONY, VOCAL P, REVERB and CHORUS. METRONOME This button activates the Metronome in Play and Record situations. When active, the corresponding icon turns on in the display. METRONOME TEMPO SUSTAIN...

  • Page 49: Reverb, Chorus

    Vocal Processor functions and do not play sounds (as described in the Programmable Pads section of the manual). REVERB The WK2 has two internal multi-effect signal processors which affect the sections inde- pendently. The first is the REVERB processor, which is activated by the corresponding button.

  • Page 50: Floppy Disk, The Hard Disk, Disk & Hard Disk

    WK2 handles 3.5" HD and 3.5" DD disks. These are of the most commonly used type, available in office stationer’s, supermarkets and computer outlets. WK2 is able to read data stored on disks in one of the following formats: GMX, WK, PK, MIDI FILE, MS-DOS, Atari ST/Falcon, and Generalmusic CD Series disks.

  • Page 51: The Floppy Disk And Hard Disk Functions, Incorporated Functions, General Midi (gm)

    ○ ○ ○ WK2 reads format 0 and 1 MIDI files , and saves MIDI files in format 0. GENERAL MIDI (GM) To facilitate compatibility between different makes of instruments, MIDI files should be in General MIDI standard, a common platform for sounds and they way they are selected.

  • Page 52: Gmx Format, Loading Songs And Midi Files, Loading Styles, Loading Performances, Loading Samples

    To ensure correct loading of GM compatible MIDI files that do not contain the “General MIDI ON” flag, set the General MIDI parameter to ON in the «Edit MIDI» pages. WK2 can save GM compatible MIDI Files when the General MIDI parameter is set to ON.

  • Page 53: Load Operations, The Load Procedure, Floppy Disk, Recognising Files With Extensions

    Load operations Disk or Partition data can be loaded into the WK2 RAM using one of the following methods: • as single elements (Load Song, Load Style, Load MidiFile); • as a set of files corresponding to Groups (Load Styles, Load Performance (Perform- ance Groups], Load Samples);...

  • Page 54: Hard Disk

    The floppy disk may contain the following file types: SONGS, MIDI FILE, STYLES, NewYork PERFORMANCES and SAMPLES. To load all the Styles as a group, once you have entered Disk mode, press the PAGE button. The word STYLES will appear in the display. Press ENTER to start the loading STYLES procedure.

  • Page 55: Save Operations, The Save Procedure, Floppy Disk

    Floppy disk or Hard disk. The RAM should be seen as a work area which can constantly be updated and not as a data storage media. WK2 data can be saved using one of the following methods: •...

  • Page 56: Saving Midi Files, Hard Disk, Saving Song Styles

    If you your Songs to play on instruments of other manufacturers, or on computers, you must save them as MIDI Files on Ms-Dos or Atari format disks. WK2 saves format 0 MIDI Files. To save General MIDI (GM) compatible MIDI Files, be sure that General MIDI parameter is set to ON (see the MIDI/GENERAL chapter).

  • Page 57: Delete, Disk, Hard Disk

    Delete The Delete function allows the cancellation of a single file from a floppy disk or Hard Disk partition. DISK 1. Insert a the floppy disk that contains the file to erase into the drive. 2. Press the FLOPPY DISK button then move the right display arrowhead next to the DELETE disk menu function with the cursor buttons.

  • Page 58: Disk Formatting Procedures, Format 720 Kb, Format 1.44 Mb, Floppy Disk Formatting Procedure

    Disk Formatting procedures To be able to read and write data to disks, they must be of a format that WK2 can recognise before being used. If you try to use a disk of an incompatible format, the drive prompts an appropriate message inviting you to retry with another disk.

  • Page 59: Hard Disk Partition Formatting Procedure, Creating A New Partition (new Part)

    HARD DISK PARTITION FORMATTING PROCEDURE This operation allows you to cancel all data contained in a partition and, as a result, elimi- nate the partition from the HD directory. Part.01 1. Press HARD DISK and rotate the DIAL to select the desired partition. 2 Press ENTER.

  • Page 60: Utility, Copy

    Utility The Utility page contains useful file handling functions both for Floppy disk as well as Hard disk. The following is a list of utility functions available COPY Part.01 Use this function to cope files and partitions. To copy a file from a partition to a floppy disk, proceed as follows: 1.

  • Page 61: Hard Disk Protect, Hard Disk Format

    Be sure of the status of the Hard Disk protection option when you are working with the Hard disk. HARD DISK FORMAT You can format the WK2 Hard Disk completely, eliminating all files present in all partitions as well as all the partitions themselves. Use the Page buttons to select the FORMAT HD option and press ENTER.

  • Page 62: General Disk Handling Information, Inserting A Disk Into The Drive, Ejecting A Floppy Disk

    Avoid forcing a disk into the drive and hold the disk straight while inserting it. EJECTING A FLOPPY DISK Before ejecting a disk, make sure that the disk drive operating LED is off and that the WK2 display is not currently showing a disk operating message.

  • Page 63: Disk Drive Head Cleaning, Precautions To Observe When Using Wk2 Disks With A Computer

    NB. Do not use the disk drive for about 5 minutes. PRECAUTIONS TO OBSERVE WHEN USING WK2 DISKS WITH A COMPUTER As occurs with the MS-DOS operating system, WK2 assigns file names not longer than 8 characters, plus an identifying extension of three characters.

  • Page 64: Song, The Song Performance, Selecting And Playing Back Songs, To Select A Song, Song Playback

    MIDI messages (Program Change, Pan, Volume, effects). Selecting and playing back Songs WK2 can store up to 7 Songs in the SONG Group of the USER 111 – 171 section (memory permitting). TO SELECT A SONG Refer to the DISK chapter for explanations regarding how to load Songs and MIDI Files to memory from Floppy Disk or Hard Disk.

  • Page 65: Cancellation Of A Song (clear Function), Melody Off, Play All Songs

    NOTE: The FF / REW (Fast forward/Rewind) function REW buttons are pressed. Press ENTER to confirm the number and pass to the speci- can be used when SONGS and/or MIDI FILES reside in the WK2 memory. fied measure. ○ ○...

  • Page 66: Play A Song With A Track In Real Time

    PLAY A SONG WITH A TRACK IN REAL TIME Most of the Songs that you load into your WK2 will most probably have all the tracks en- II2 33 05 24 49 I09 48 6I gaged by the sequencer. You can check this at a glance by looking at the status of the tracks in the display.

  • Page 67: Displaying Lyrics

    To display lyrics on an external monitor or domestic TV 1 Connect the RGB or S-VHS connector to a domestic TV or monitor. WK2 is set by default to communicate with video systems confirming to the PAL stand- S-VHS VIDEO ard.

  • Page 68: Song Styles, Song Style Performances, To Select And Playback A Song Style

    (Drum, Bass, Acc3, Acc2, Acc1) and 3 to the keyboard tracks (Upper 1, Upper 2, Lower). Disk-based Song Styles in WK2 format only can be loaded to the RAM using the Load All procedure. In many other respects, Song Styles are similar to Song, except that they do not contain a Lyrics track.

  • Page 69: Play A Song Style In Real Time, Song Style Recording

    At this point, if you press PLAY/STOP the sequencer starts to record and allows you to record the real time tracks without the accompaniment. While you play, the WK2 records the panel situation and all the operations that you carry out.

  • Page 70: Listen To The Song Style Playback

    2. Press INTRO if you want to trigger the accompaniments with an introduction. As an alternative, you can use the Fill or Ending as an intro. You can also use the Fade In to bring in the accompaniments with a gradual increase of volume. 3.

  • Page 71: Clear Song Style (user Song / Style), Song Style Name

    Clear Song Style (User Song / Style) If the Song Style is not to your satisfaction, it is possible to intervene by cancelling some parameters by means of the CLEAR function . The CLEAR function is incorporated within the RECORD operations. Clear >...

  • Page 72: Digital Signal Processor, Reverb, Chorus, Assigning The Effect Types, How To Select The Effect Types

    • 8 Digital Signal Processor WK2 allows you to route the Performances (Style/RealTime, Song Style and Song Per- formances) to the on-board multi-effects processor which renders the overall sound more realistic. The Digital Signal Processor section consists of two units which process the Performances with Reverbs and Delay/Modulation effects.

  • Page 73: Deactivating (bypassing) The Effects, Regulating The Send Levels, Revsend, Chosend

    DEACTIVATING (BYPASSING) THE EFFECTS While playing, you can bypass one or both effect types assigned to the current Perform- ance. • By pressing the REVERB or CHORUS button, you can toggle between the ON and OFF status. The corresponding display indicator responds by turning on or off accordingly. Regulating the Send levels Each track of the current Performance can be independently adjusted for the amount of Reverb or Effect applied.

  • Page 74: Midi, What Is Midi, The Computer Port, Tracks And Midi Channels

    WK2 is equipped with a standard MIDI interface consisting of a MIDI IN, MIDI OUT and MIDI THRU ports. MIDI To use WK2 as a stand alone instrument, it is not necessary to connect the MIDI ports. With MIDI it is possible to: THRU •...

  • Page 75: Midi Connection Rules, Assigning Midi Channels, Midi Lock, The Common Channel, Chord Channel

    The MIDI OUT of the master instrument is connected to the MIDI IN of the slave instru- ment. • To programme Songs on an external sequencer, the MIDI OUT of WK2 is connected to the MIDI IN of the sequencer; the MIDI OUT of the sequencer is connected to the MIDI IN of WK2.

  • Page 76: Midi Numeration, Principal Midi Applications, Piloting An Expander (or Other Keyboard) With Wk2

    Note: a correct setting of the Common and Chord channel is essential to ensure full com- patibility with a MIDI accordion ( see also “ Piloting WK2 with a MIDI Accordion” on page 69). MIDI NUMERATION The numeration of MIDI data usually adopts the system 0-127. Some instruments adopt the system 1-128.

  • Page 77: Piloting Wk2 From A Midi Accordion

    4 . Set the COMMON channel to OFF OneFing> 5. Be sure that WK2’s Chord Recognition mode is set to operate in ONE FINGER mode (see AR- RANGE MODE). 5. Extend the SPLIT Point setting to its maximum setting for the chords (see SPLIT).

  • Page 78: Using The Wk2 In Song Mode With A Computer (or External Sequencer)

    If you prefer to use a computer software sequencer to record your Songs in order to exploit some of the advanced editing functions, proceed with the following general instructions. The idea is to use the WK2 keyboard to generate the MIDI messages to send to the compu- ter’s sequencer.

  • Page 79: Piloting Wk2 With A Master Keyboard

    Common channel are interpreted as Performance Change, Style Change, Song Style Change or Song Change messages. If you want to pilot the WK2 as well as other instruments with the master keyboard, connect the MIDI IN of the expander to the MIDI THRU of the WK2.

  • Page 80

    Var 1+2+3+4 24-27 Key Start Fade In/Out Rotary Tempo increment Tempo decrement Next Performance Previous Performance Style control Value CC81 (On/Off commands twin function) CC81: 0–63 = OFF, 64…127 = On Fill >< Fill < Fill > Intro Ending Harmony ON/OFF Arrange ON/OFF 33 Arrange Memory ON/OFF Lower Memory ON/OFF...

  • Page 81

    Bk 1, 2, 3 correspond to the GMX sound map (Generalmusic standard); Bk 5 corresponds to the SAMPLES (1 … 8); Bk 6 corresponds to an extension of the WK2 sound map (00 … 59 + 1 Kit of effects at location 112).

  • Page 82: System Exclusive (generalmusic System Exclusive)

    SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE (Generalmusic system exclusive) Via MIDI, WK2 is able to recognise several different System Exclusive messages that con- trol various parameters of the instrument: effects, master tune, master transpose. The relative SysEx strings for the parameters in question are as follows:...

  • Page 83: Sampling / Vocal Processor & Programmable Pads, Digital Audio Sampler, Regulating The Mic/line Signal

    & Programmable Pads DIGITAL AUDIO SAMPLER If you have fitted your WK2 with the optional Vocal Processor, you will have a digital audio sampler at your disposal. If the Vocal Processor is not installed, when you press the RECORD button next to the SAMPLING inscription), the display will show the message “DISABLED”.

  • Page 84: The Sample Edit Parameters, Reverb, Chorus, Volume, Tuning

    3. Press the SAMPLES button and assign the Sample to a keyboard track using the normal sound assignment procedure already explained. Your sample is memorised directly to the SAMPLES group. To select Samples via MIDI, refer to the MIDI chapter, or use the Appendix tables. The SAMPLES group corresponds to the battery-backed Sample RAM which main- tains data after turning the instrument off.

  • Page 85: Cancelling Samples

    Cancelling samples You can clear the Sample-RAM of all Samples with the INITSmp function found in the MIDI/GENERAL pages. 1. Move the arrowhead next to the MIDI/GENERAL menu function. 2. Press the PAGE buttons as many times as necessary until you reach the INIT page, showing InitALL>...

  • Page 86: Programmable Pads Assign, The Wk2 Pads

    Programmable Pads Assign THE WK2 PADS It is possible to assign the following to the 4 PADS: - Samples. - individual percussive sounds from the Drumkits. The Pads assign procedure 1. Assign a DRUMKIT or a SAMPLE to one of the real time tracks (Upper 1 or UPPER 2).

  • Page 87: Vocal Processor (vocal Harmonizer), Activation Of The Vocal Processor, Vocal Processor Edit, Preset

    VOCAL PROCESSOR (Vocal harmonizer) If your WK2 has been installed with the optional Vocal Processor, you will have access to a digital vocal harmonizer. If the Vocal Processor is not installed, when you press the VOCAL P. button, the display will show the message “DISABLED”.

  • Page 88: Pads (vocal P Active)

    PADS (VOCAL P ACTIVE) Pad1 (Track Mute) Press PAD 1 to instantly deactivate the notes of the track that play together with the harmonised voices. This allows you to listen to the harmonised effect of the Vocal P. alone. Pad2 (Equal/Mic) Press PAD 2, then using the function buttons F1…F9, select the functions associated to the equaliser, microphone volume e line input level, effect sends level (Reverb and Chorus).

  • Page 89: Midi/general

    DIAL or the + and – buttons of the right hand keypad to change the keyboard’s touch sensitivity. - Serial: when you connect the WK2 to a computer via a serial cable, you must Serial > configure this parameter for the type of computer used (PC1, PC2, MAC).

  • Page 90

    - Local: by means of the LOCAL ON/OFF function, you can decide whether or not LOCAL each track of the WK2 controls the internal sound generator. It is possible to inde- pendently disconnect each track from the internal sound engine.

  • Page 91: Midi Dump Procedure

    For a detailed explanation of the MIDI Dump procedure, turn to the next page. InitALL> - InitALL: this parameter allows you to initialize your WK2 in order to restore the default (factory-set) conditions. InitPFM You can also restore a portion of the original memory by initializing the Performances (PFM), the Sequencer (SEQ), or the Samples (SMP).

  • Page 92: To Receive The Data

    To receive the data (that was dumped on a previous occasion), connect the MIDI OUT MIDI MIDI of the external device to the MIDI IN of the WK2 and send the data. The WK2 configures itself automatically to receive the MIDI DUMP. THRU...

  • Page 93: Index

    Reference Section • T echnical Specifications • Index...

  • Page 94

    Technical Specifications WK2 Keyboard : 61 notes (C2 - C7) - velocity sensitive, aftertouch via MIDI. Display : Large multi-function coloured backlit LCD display. Control buttons : 4 cursor, enter, escape, dial, + / – buttons . 2 independent numeric keypads (style/song - sound).

  • Page 95

    Floppy Disk formats 42 Format 1.44 Mb 50 Format 720 Kb 50 Cancellation of a Song 57 FreeStyle 38 Cancelling samples 77 Front Panel WK2 4 Change the sounds 8 Full mode 22 Channel Lock 83 Chord 61 Chord Channel 67...

  • Page 96

    Song Style Performances 60 Performance Recall 39 Song Style Recording 61 Piloting an expander with WK2 68 Song Styles 60 Piloting WK2 from a MIDI accordion 69 Songs 56 Pitch Bend 11 Sounds 17, 22, 24 Pitch/Modulation ball 11 Specifications 1...

  • Page 97

    Video interface 19 Vocal harmonizer 79 Vocal Mute 80 Vocal Processor 18, 40, 75, 79 Vocal Processor Edit 79 Volume 12 Volume Pedal 26 WK2 in Song Mode with a computer(or external sequencer) 70 WK2 sounds 17 ○ ○ ○ ○...

  • Page 98

    ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ 6 Reference...

  • Page 99

    Appendix Appendice Appendix Anhang...

  • Page 100

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  • Page 101

    WK2 Sounds table (GM - GMX - Sample) Bk 1 (Rom) Bk 2 (Rom) Bk 3 (Rom) Bk 5 (SMP - RAM) Bk 1 (Rom) Bk 2 (Rom) Bk 3 (Rom) Bk 5 (SMP - RAM) BRASS group PIANO group...

  • Page 102

    Bk 1 (Rom) Bk 2 (Rom) Bk 3 (Rom) Bk 5 (SMP - RAM) ROM Bk 4 flashing (midi Bank 6) PERCUSSIVE group DetuneEP1 TinkleBell Dk_Stand.1 Dk_Stand.2 DetuneEP2 Agogo Dk_Room Dk_WS CpHarpsy SteelDrums Dk_Power Dk_Std.1WX ChurcBel Woodblock Dk_Elect. Dk_Dance DetnOrg1 Taiko Dk_House Dk_Techno...

  • Page 103

    Style - Song - Performance - Effect tables (Via Common)) † = travels on the MIDI Common channel only ROM STYLES† ROM STYLES† User Styles† CC00 CC32 PC CC00 CC32 PC CC00 CC32 PC User Style 1-8 00-95 Style 00-95 Style 96-103 8 BEAT JAZZ...

  • Page 104

    Reverb table Chorus table Reverb† Chorus† CC16 - vv (vv=0) CC16 - vv (vv=64) CC48 - nn (nn=reverb number) CC48 - nn (nn=effect number) Hall 1 Mono Delay 1 Hall 2 Mono Delay 2 Hall 3 Stereo Delay 1 Warm Hall Stereo Delay 2 Long Hall Multitap Delay 1...

  • Page 105: Drumkit Tables

    DRUMKIT TABLES DK_STAND1 113-2 DK_ROOM 114-2 DK_POWER 115-2 DK_ELECT. 116-2 DK_HOUSE 117-2 DK_JAZZ 118-2 DK_SFX 112-4 (Bk6 via MIDI) ROLLSNARE < < < < < FINGERSNAP < < < < < ZAPP < < < < < GunShot < < <...

  • Page 106

    Drumkit tables DK_BRUSH 119-2 DK_ORCH. 120-2 DK_STAND.2 113-3 DK_WS 114-3 DK_STD.1WX 115-3 DK_DANCE 116-3 < < < < < < < < < < < HHTGHT1 < < < < HHPEDAL < < < < HHOPEN2 < < < < RIDECYM <...

  • Page 107

    Drumkit tables DK_TECHNO 117-3 DK_JAZZ2 118-3 DK_M1 119-3 DK_SY77. 120-3 < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < BDTEKNO < BDJAZZ BDJAZZ < BDSTD2 HOUSERIM RIMSHOT2 BDROOM1 BDROOM1 HOUSSD1 SDJAZZ3 BDELECT1 BDELECT1...

  • Page 108

    Recognized chords - example in the key of C 1. C 9. Cm 17. C 2. C 10. Cm 18. C 7sus4 3. CM 11. Cm 19. C 7sus4 m7b5 4. CM 12. Cm 20. C add9 madd9 5. Cadd 13.

  • Page 109: Midi Implementation Chart

    MIDI Implementation Chart Manufacturer: Generalmusic S.p.A. Model: WK2 Version: 1.00 Function Transmitted Recognised Remarks Basic Default 1-16 1-16 1 MIDI IN; 1 THRU; OUT Channel Changed 1-16 1-16 EXTRA COMMON/CHORD CH. Mode Default Mode 3 Mode 3 Messages Altered *****...

  • Page 110

    RECOGNIZED CONTROL CHANGE MESSAGES (MIDI CONTROL CHANGE ON TRACKS CONTROLLERS) CC00,32 Bank change. A ControlChange message activates a Controlller, determined by CC01 Modulation. the first ControlChange value. CC06,38 Data Entry. The ControlChange consists of three parts: CC07 Main Volume. • status byte - (status) determines the status of the ControlChange CC10 Pan (panorama).

  • Page 111

    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

  • Page 112

    GENERALMUSIC Code 271211 Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Specifiche soggette a cambiamento senza preavviso. Les spécifications sont sujettes à modifications sans préavis. Änderungen -auch ohne Vorankündigung- sind vorbehalten. PRINTED IN ITALY Sales Division: I -47048 S.Giovanni in Marignano (RN) - Italy – Via delle Rose, 12 – tel. +39 541 959511 – fax +39 541 957404 – telex 550555 GMUSIC I...

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