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Table of Contents Table of Contents Introduction Quick Guide Overview ..........6 Turning the instrument on and listening to the demos .
Table of Contents Singing with a microphone ......88 Style Controls: Keyboard Range On/Off / Wrap Around . . .135 Connecting a microphone .
Table of Contents Markers page ........172 MIDI: MIDI In Channels .
Installing the Video Interface (VIF4) ....250 Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver ....260 NTSC, PAL, SECAM .
Overview Front Panel Front Panel Connectors and controllers PHONES Connect a pair of headphones to this output. You can use head- The left side of the front panel contains the manual physical con- phones with an impedance of 16-200 Ohms (50 Ohms sug- trollers and the headphones connector.
Overview Front Panel In the main page, Keyboard tracks are shown in the right half of While in Style Play or Sequencer mode, with the sliders the display. You can reach the main page by pressing EXIT from in Volume mode, you can use the physical sliders to change the any of the Style Play edit pages.
Overview Front Panel Special Mode Buttons Style Section These buttons are used to recall settings, file management and Here you can select a Style, and activate the automatic selection record modes. of STSs and/or Fills. STYLE SELECT section Use these buttons to open the Style Select window and select a Style.
Overview Front Panel Variation 2 to Variation 3, Fill 2 is automatically button again, or one of the CHORD SCANNING selected. buttons. When choosing a Variation, no fill is automati- The bass track is automatically played by the Style. cally selected. Note: When you press the MANUAL BASS button, the Bass track volume is automatically set to its maximum value.
Overview Front Panel Note: Pads share polyphony voices with the other tracks, so avoid Note: This function can be automatically activated by playing the using too many of them together with a dense Style or Song keyboard harder. See “Velocity Control” on page 136. arrangement.
Overview Front Panel three times with a 3/4 one). At the end, the accompaniment Display and controls starts playing, using the “tapped in” tempo. In the 76-key model, the display tilt angle can be adjusted either Reset: When you press this button while the Style is playing using the motor, or manually.
Overview Front Panel Second Function Controls selected, and you can save the current keyboard track settings in a STS (see “Write Single Touch Setting dialog box” on page 139). Use the TRACK SELECT and SHIFT buttons to choose alternate functions. Players Controls Pa3X is equipped with two players (Player 1 and Player 2), each with its own set of transport controls.
Overview Front Panel SongBook Data Entry and Navigation The SongBook is the music database of the Pa3X. The VALUE DIAL and the DOWN/- and UP/+ buttons can be used to assign a different value to the selected parameter in the display, or to scroll a list of files in the Song Select, Search and Media pages.
Overview Front Panel Tempo Section level so that this LED remains on green most of the time, with orange appearing at signal peaks. Never go to red. The TEMPO– and TEMPO+ buttons can be used to control the Off: No signal entering. Tempo.
Overview Front Panel Standby “General Controls: Clock & Battery” page (see page 207). Use the Standby function to “pause” the instrument, rather than turning it off. Help The multi-language context-sensitive Help lets you learn about the current page, and more. HELP Press this button to open the context-sensitive Help.
Overview Front Panel Ensemble If you keep the SHIFT button pressed, and press one of the buttons of this section, the “Write Performance” window The Ensemble function automatically harmonizes the right hand appears in the display, and you can save the current track set- melody.
Overview Front Panel The Upper 1, Upper 2 and/or Upper 3 tracks play (Just Fifth Up) shown in the display, but the MP3 will actually play over the whole keyboard range. The Lower track 5 semitones lower (Just Fourth Down). does not play.
Overview Rear Panel Rear Panel Pa3X 76-keys Pa3X 61-keys Music stand and speakers The output volume of the integrated loudspeakers can be con- trolled via the MASTER VOLUME slider. Music stand / Amplification bar support Note: Speakers are automatically deactivated when connecting the headphones.
Overview Rear Panel see page 215). Phantom power is only supplied to the balanced mono channel of your mixer, a powered monitor, or a single chan- XLR jack. nel of your CD, LINE IN or TAPE/AUX input of a hi-fi system (you will hear that channel only, unless you can set the amplifier to Mono When disconnecting a microphone from the XLR jack, the mode).
(optional) Korg EXP-2, XVP10, or PS-1. To program and calibrate it, see “Pedal/Footswitch” on page 208. DAMPER Use this to connect a Damper pedal, like the (optional) Korg PS- 1 or DS1H. To change its polarity and calibrate it, see “Damper” on page 209.
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to the world of Korg Pa3X Professional Arranger! • Improved Style and Performance selection. Over 400 Fac- Pa3X is the most powerful arranger available today, both for pro- tory Styles with 4 Variations and 4 Fill In + Break, plus 15 fessional and home entertainment use.
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Warning: Do not install an OS other than the official OS supplied the page menu. by Korg for the Pa3X. Trying to install an OS created for different The parameter can be saved to one of the Single models or downloaded from unofficial web sites may cause data Touch Settings of the current Style, or to a Single loss and permanent damage to the instrument.
Start up Connecting the AC power cord Start up While in standby mode, the internal battery is recharged, there- Connecting the AC power cord fore PCM Samples will not be deleted as long as the instrument is connected to a power socket and the battery is charged. Connect the supplied power Power off cord to the dedicated socket on...
Start up The X-Fader slider Keyboard, Style and Song Volume Loudspeakers By default, this slider balances the volume of the Keyboard (RT, Realtime) tracks, against the Style (ACC, Accompaniment), Pad and Song Connect the optional PaAS – Amplification System to make it (SEQ) tracks.
Connect a Damper (Sustain) pedal to the DAMPER connector on the back panel. Use an (optional) Korg PS1 or DS1H foot- switch pedal, or a compatible one. With the Korg DS1H, half- pedalling can be used on some Grand Piano Sounds. To calibrate and switch the Damper polarity, see “Damper”...
Glossary of Terms Sound Glossary of Terms Before you begin, take a few moments to familiarize yourself Variation with the names and terms we will be using to talk about the vari- For each Style, there are four Variations. In general, each Varia- ous elements of the Pa3X.
DJ console, you can mix two songs with the X-Fader slider. DNC (Defined Nuance Control) is the way of fine-controlling Korg’s powerful synth sound engine. Every nuance and every detail of the sound can be assigned to a different control, be it the keyboard velocity or a physical controller.
(The following Pa3X features an easy-to-use graphical user interface, based on example is the Sound Select window). Korg’s patented Color TouchView™ interface. Here are the basic elements of the user’s interface. Pages Parameters are grouped into separate pages, to be selected by touching the corresponding tabs on the lower area of the display.
Interface basics The Color TouchView™ graphical user interface Pop-up menus Editable names When an arrow appears next to a parameter name, touch it to When the (Text Edit) button appears next to a name, touch open a pop-up menu. Select any of the available options (or any- it to open the Text Edit window and edit the name.
Interface basics Operative modes Virtual knobs Operative modes To change a virtual knob’s position, select it, then use the VALUE controls to change its position. As an alternative, touch a knob with your finger and keep it held; then move your fingers up (or Pa3X pages are grouped into various operating modes.
Easy Mode Easy Mode If you have never used an arranger before, we suggest you to Touch the “Easy Mode” menu item, to make the checkmark switch to the Easy Mode. Easy Mode allows you to play Styles appear: and Songs with a simple user interface, free from the many advanced parameters that you will want to learn at a later date.
Easy Mode The Style Play page in detail The Style Play page in detail To see this page, press the STYLE PLAY button. Sounds assigned to the right hand (UP1 to UP3) and to Style name and info. Touch the Style’s name to the left hand (LOW).
Easy Mode The Song Play page in detail The Song Play page in detail To see this page, press the SONG PLAY button. Sounds assigned to the right hand (UP1 to UP3) and to Song assigned to Player 1. Touch it to open the the left hand (LOW).
Easy Mode The Song Play page in detail...
Turning the instrument on and listening to the demos Turning the instrument on, and viewing the main screen Turning the instrument on and listening to the demos First of all, turn the instrument on and familiarize yourself with the main screen. You can also listen to the demos.
Turning the instrument on and listening to the demos Playing the demos Playing the demos A variety of demo songs have been included to demonstrate the sonic power of the Pa3X. To open the Demo page, press the STYLE PLAY and SONG PLAY buttons at the same time.
Playing Sounds Selecting a Sound and playing it on the keyboard Playing Sounds You can play up to three sounds at the same time on the keyboard. You can also split the keyboard into two parts, to play up to three sounds with your right hand (Upper), and one with your left hand (Lower).
Playing Sounds Selecting a Sound and playing it on the keyboard Touch the Upper 1 track’s area in the display, to open the Sound Select window. Note: You can also open The currently the Sound Select window by selected Sound pressing one of the SOUND Target track for the appears in the page...
Playing Sounds Playing two or three Sounds at the same time Playing two or three Sounds at the same time You can layer all three Upper tracks and play them on the keyboard. Please note how the icon appears in the Upper 2 and Upper 3 status boxes.
Playing Sounds Playing two or three Sounds at the same time Either press the UPPER 3 ON/OFF button in the REAL TIME TRACKS section of the con- trol panel, or touch Touch the icon in the Upper 3 status box, to set the Upper 3 track to play.
Playing Sounds Playing two or three Sounds at the same time Play the keyboard. Note how the ‘StringEns2’ sound (assigned to the Upper 3 track) has been muted again. Only tracks Upper 1 and Upper 2 can be heard at this time. Either press the UPPER 2 ON/OFF button in the REAL TIME TRACKS section of the con- trol panel, or touch the bank icon in the Upper 2 status box, to mute the Upper 2 track again.
Playing Sounds Playing different Sounds with your left and right hand Playing different Sounds with your left and right hand You can play a single Sound with your left hand, in addition to playing up to three Sounds with your right hand.
Playing Sounds Changing the split point Return to the full keyboard playing mode by pressing the SPLIT button to turn its LED off. (Full) Upper Play the keyboard. Note how the keyboard once again plays the Upper tracks for the entire length of the keyboard.
Playing Sounds Changing the split point Touch the keyboard in the display, then play the lowest note of the Upper section on the keyboard. Upper Lower As an alternative, touch the Split Point parameter to select it, and use the VALUE con- trols to select the new split point.
Playing Sounds Raising or lowering the Upper octave Raising or lowering the Upper octave If all Upper tracks sound too high or too low, you can quickly change which octave they are playing Use the UPPER OCTAVE buttons on the control panel, to transpose all Upper tracks at the same time.
Playing Sounds Digital Drawbars Select the Organ bank, then choose the Digit.DRAWBARS Sound. Due to the nature of this Sounds, there is only one Digital Drawbar Organ Sound. Different drawbar settings may be stored with each Performance. So, selecting a different Performance will select different settings for the Digital Drawbar Organ.
Playing Sounds Digital Drawbars Select different parameters in this page, and change their settings to see how each set- ting affects the sound. Turn the Rotary effect on or off, and Experiment with the listen to how much more lively it Percussion’s settings makes the sound Check this checkbox to turn Per-...
Selecting and saving Performances Selecting a Performance Selecting and saving Performances The Performance is the musical heart of the Pa3X. Unlike selecting single Sounds, selecting a Per- formance will recall several Sounds at the same time, the needed effects and transpositions, a suitable Voice Processor preset, plus many more parameters useful for playing in a musical situation.
Selecting and saving Performances Saving your settings to a Performance Select one of the Performances in the Performance Select window, then press the EXIT button to close the window. The Performance Select window closes, and the main screen appears again. Sounds, Effects, and other settings, change according to the setting memorized in the selected Performance.
Selecting and saving Performances Saving your settings to a Performance Select the ‘Write Performance’ command to open the Write Performance dialog box. After choosing the Write Performance menu item, the Write Performance dialog box appears. If you like, you may assign a new name to the Performance. Touch the ‘Backspace’...
Selecting and saving Performances Saving your settings to a Performance Select a bank and Performance location in memory, where you would like to save the Performance. To select the target bank and Performance location, select the bank and Performance parame- ters, and use the VALUE controls.
Selecting and playing Styles Selecting and playing a Style Selecting and playing Styles Pa3X is an arranger, i.e. a musical instrument providing automatic accompaniments, or arrangements. Each arrangement style is called, as a consequence, “Style”. A Style is made of several Style Elements (Intro, Variation, Fill, Break, Ending), corresponding to the various sections of a song.
Selecting and playing Styles Selecting and playing a Style Select a Style from the Style Select window. The Style Select window closes, and the main screen appears again, with the selected Style ready to go. Note: Selection windows automatically close Be sure one of the Chord Scan modes is selected.
Selecting and playing Styles Tempo Tempo While a Tempo setting is saved with each Style or Performance, you can change it to be whatever you like. You can use either of the following two methods. Hint: As an alternative to •...
Selecting and playing Styles Single Touch Settings (STS) Play the keyboard. The Style starts with the selected Intro. When the Intro is com- pleted, the basic pattern (selected Variation) starts to play. Hint: Turn the AUTO FILL LED on to let the Pa3X auto- While playing, press one of the FILL buttons to select a Fill.
Selecting and playing Styles Single Touch Settings (STS) Press one of the four STS buttons under the display, or touch the name of an STS in the Hint: You can always see STS panel in the display. the name of the four avail- able STSs for the current Style, by touching the STS Name tab from any other...
Selecting and playing Styles The Pads The Pads Each Style can assign different sounds or patterns to the four PADS. These sounds or patterns can be played along with the Keyboard and Style tracks. Hint: You can see which Press one of the four PADS. sounds or patterns are asso- ciated to the four Pads for the current Style, by touching the...
Selecting and playing Styles Adjusting the volume of each track Adjusting the volume of each track You can adjust the volume of each of the Style and Keyboard tracks, for example to soften the bass a little, or to make the keyboard solo louder. Touch the Volume tab to see the Volume panel.
Selecting and playing Styles Turning the Style tracks on/off To separately adjust each Style track, press the TRACK SELECT button to change the track’s view. Hint: As an alternative, you can change each track’s volume, by touching a track’s area to select it, then using the VALUE controls to change the volume.
Selecting and playing Styles Adding harmony notes to your right-hand melody with the ENSEMBLE function While the Style is playing, touch anywhere in the ACCOMP track’s channel strip to select the track (volume value highlighted), then touch it again to set the track to Mute.
Selecting and playing Styles Adding harmony notes to your right-hand melody with the ENSEMBLE function Play chords with the left hand and single notes in the right hand. Notice how the right hand is automatically harmonized, accord- ing to the chords composed with your left hand. To select a different harmonization style, keep the SHIFT button pressed, and press the ENSEMBLE button to open the Ensemble page.
Selecting and playing Styles The Chord Sequence The Chord Sequence In case you need both hands free for playing a solo while a Style is playing, you can record a Chord Sequence and let Pa3X play the chords for you. Press the START/STOP button to set the Style to play.
Selecting and playing Styles The Chord Sequence Press the MEMORY and BASS INVERSION (PLAY/STOP) buttons together again to stop playback of the recorded Chord Sequence. The last chord played by the Chord Sequence remains in memory. The Chord Sequence will remain in memory up until you record a new Chord Sequence, or you turn the Pa3X off.
Song Play Selecting a Song to play Song Play Pa3X is equipped with two onboard players that can be run at the same time to mix between different Songs. Pa3X can read Songs in Standard MIDI File (MID), Karaoke™ (KAR) and MP3 format. It may be of great interest to singers and guitar players to know that if a Standard MIDI File or an MP3 file contains lyrics and chords, they can be seen in the display.
Song Play Selecting a Song to play Touch the Player 1 area to open the Song Select window. Hint: As an alternative, you can open the Song Select window by pressing the SELECT button in the PLAYER 1 section on the control panel.
Song Play Playing back a Song Playing back a Song Once a Song has been selected, it may be played back by the player. Be sure the X-Fader is completely moved to the left (toward Player 1). Press the (PLAY/STOP) button in the PLAYER 1 section to start playback. After pressing the (PLAY/STOP) button, the but- ton’s LED turns on, and the measure counter begins to...
Song Play Changing the tracks’ volume Changing the tracks’ volume While playing back a Standard MIDI File, you may wish to change each track’s volume, to create a mix “on the fly”. Be sure the Volume panel is shown, or touch the Volume tab to show it. As seen for the Styles, you can use the Assignable Sliders (when the VOLUME LED is turned on) to adjust each track’s volume.
Song Play Changing the tracks’ volume Otherwise, you can use the display to change each track’s volume. In Normal view, you can adjust each Keyboard track’s volume. Touch a track and use the VALUE controls to change its volume. Hint: As an alternative to using the VALUE controls, hold the track slider in the display, then move your fin-...
Song Play Changing the tracks’ volume Press TRACK SELECT again, to return to the Normal view (Keyboard tracks). Keyboard tracks Press the (PLAY/STOP) button to start the Song. While listening to the Song, switch from Normal view to Track 1-8 and Track 9-16 view, to see which tracks are playing.
Song Play Turning the Song tracks on/off Alternatively, you can see which type of Sound is assigned to each track in the Sound • area of the Track 1-8 and Track 9-16 views. Octave Transpose Sound bank icons. Touch to open the Sound Select window.
Song Play Removing the voice from an MP3 file Press the MENU button, and choose the “Pad/Assignable Switch” section. Then touch the Switch tab to open the “Switch” page. While in this page, assign the Vocal Remover function to the ASSIGNABLE SWITCH 2: Press the EXIT button to return to the main page of the Song Play mode.
Song Play Removing the Melody track from a Standard MIDI File Removing the Melody track from a Standard MIDI File If you want to sing along with a Song in Standard MIDI File format, you can remove the Melody track from the Song.
Song Play Mixing two Songs Mixing two Songs You can select two Songs at the same time, and mix between them using the X-FADER slider. Touch the Player 1 area to open the Song Select window and select the Song to be played by Player 1.
Styles. You can add your own entries to the SongBook, as well as edit the existing ones. Korg has already sup- plied some hundred entries as standard. Furthermore, the SongBook allows you to create various cus- tom lists, that may suit your different shows.
The SongBook Selecting the desired entry from the Main List Selecting the desired entry from the Main List A large database is already included with the instrument, and you can later customize it. You may browse through this database in a variety of ways. While you are in Style Play or Song Play mode, press the SONGBOOK button to open the SongBook window.
The SongBook Sorting entries Choose Show Artist (now Genre) to switch from Genre to Artist in the List view. The Art- ist column will be shown. Open the page menu again, and choose the Show Genre (now Artist) item. The Genre column will be shown again.
The SongBook Searching entries Searching entries The SongBook database may be really huge. You can, however, look for (say) specific artists or song titles, using the filtering functions. Touch the Filter button in the display, to open the Filter dialog box. Available search criteria.
The SongBook Searching entries Touch OK to close the Filter dialog box and return to the SongBook page. Once the Filter dialog box has been closed by touching OK, the Filtered check box is automati- cally checked, and the filter is activated. Only entries matching the entered criterion are seen in the Main List.
The SongBook Adding entries Adding entries You can add your own entries to the SongBook database. Go to the Style Play or Song Play mode, depending on the type of entry you want to add to the SongBook database. Select the Style, Standard MIDI File or MP3 file to be added to the SongBook. Assign the selected Song to Player 1.
The SongBook Adding entries When done with this page, press the Book Edit 2 tab to see the Book Edit 2 page and edit the SongBook database details. Database entry’s parameters Touch the (Text Edit) button next to the field(s) you want to edit. Set all other parameters.
The SongBook Creating a Custom List Touch the (Text Edit) button to assign a name to the new entry, then touch OK to save the entry to the SongBook database. Entry’s name. By default it is the same name of the associated Standard MIDI File of MP3 file, or the associated Style.
The SongBook Creating a Custom List Touch the Book tab to open the Book page and see the full database. Use the various sorting, searching and filtering options (seen above) to find the entries you are looking for. Touch the Add to List button when the desired entry has been selected. Use the scroll bar to see all Songs in the list.
The SongBook Creating a Custom List When the Custom List is ready, touch the Write button in the display to save it to mem- ory. Assign a new name to the Custom List. Use the arrows or the Touch Delete to delete just a DIAL to move the cur- single character, Clear to sor.
The SongBook Selecting and using a Custom List Selecting and using a Custom List After creating one or more Custom Lists, you can select one and use it for your show. Touch the Custom List tab to select the Custom List page. Use the List pop-up menu to select one of the available Custom Lists.
Singing with a microphone Connecting a microphone Singing with a microphone Pa3X is fitted with a powerful digital voice processor, based on technologies developed by TC Heli- con, including innovative effects and four-part harmonization. While very powerful, the Pa3X’s voice processor is also extremely easy to use, automatically adjusting its settings to your particular voice and the way you sing at different times of your performance.
Singing with a microphone Connecting a microphone In case you are using a condenser microphone connected to the XLR MIC input, press the GLOBAL button, choose the Audio Setup section, then go to the Audio In page to see the microphone settings, and turn the phantom power on. Touch this checkbox to turn phantom power on on the XLR MIC input, and switch a...
Singing with a microphone Setting up your voice tone Try the MIC ON/OFF button in the MIC SETTING section, to turn the whole microphone section on/off. If you like, start a Style or Song. Adjust the microphone’s final volume by using the dedicated MIC VOLUME knob.
Singing with a microphone Setting up your voice tone Check the “Auto-Chromatic Amount” box, and adjust the correction amount while singing and listening to your tuning. Try first with a setting of 50%, that should work in most situations. A lower value will make cor- rection less effective, a higher value will make the correction more evident.
Singing with a microphone Choosing a Voice Processor Preset Gate section. Use the “Lead Atten. ” and “Harm. Atten. ” to separately control the amount of gat- ing in your voice and in the harmony voices. The Gate analyzes your singing style to automatically reduce the other noises or the feedback from the loudspeakers.
Singing with a microphone Applying harmony to your voice Use the “Filter” , “HardTune” , “uMod” and “Delay” buttons to turn the various effect sec- tions on/off, and listen to the resulting sound. Use these buttons to turn the effect sections on/off Applying harmony to your voice You can let Pa3X add automatically-generated harmonize your lead voice with up to four backing voices.
Singing with a microphone Applying doubling to your voice Applying doubling to your voice You can let Pa3X add automatically-generated unison chorus voices to your lead voice. Each Voice Processor Preset may contain a different doubling style (usually changing the number of doubling voices and the spread between them in the stereo panorama).
Singing with a microphone Soloing your voice (Talk) Soloing your voice (Talk) Sometimes, during a live show, you might like to talk to your audience. Use the Talk function to atten- uate the music, and let your voice pass through clean and clear. While in the main page of the Style Play or Song Play mode, touch the Mic tab to see Voice Processor’s settings.
Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) Accessing the Backing Sequence (Quick Record) mode Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) There are several ways to create a Song on the Pa3X. The easiest and fastest is to use the Styles to record what you are playing in realtime on the keyboard, while the arranger gives you the accompani- ment tracks.
Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) Preparing to record Select the Backing Sequence (Quick Record) option and touch OK to enter the Backing Sequence Record mode. After choosing the Backing Sequence (Quick Record) option, the Backing Sequence Record page appears. Preparing to record When you enter Backing Sequence Record, the most recently used Style is already selected, and all tracks are ready to record.
Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) Recording Recording Select the Style Element you wish to use before starting to play. Select one of the Intros to start with an introduction. Select any of the Variations before starting to record. Start recording, by pressing the START/STOP button.
Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) Second-take recording (Overdubbing) Second-take recording (Overdubbing) You may wish to re-record, and add one of the two “grouped” tracks, or overwrite a bad recording with a new one. Usually, you will record all chord and Style Element changes during the first take, and record Keyboard tracks and Pads during the second take.
Recording a new Song (Standard MIDI File) Saving a Song to disk Select the Save song command to open the Save Song window. After you select the Save song command, the Save Song page appears. Select a device and folder where you want to save your Song. Use the scroll bar to see all Songs in the If a Song is selected (highlighted) it list.
Recording a new Song (MP3 file) Saving a Song to disk Recording a new Song (MP3 file) With Pa3X, you can record your performance as an MP3 file. Keep in mind what follows: • All you play on the keyboard, the Styles and the Standard MIDI Files performed by the Players will Note: You cannot enter MP3 Record mode...
Recording a new Song (MP3 file) Saving a Song to disk Start playing and singing your Song. You can record everything you play with the Pa3X; in addition, you can record your vocals. In other words, you can record your whole performance. However, you cannot record other MP3 files.
Selecting elements Sound Select window Selecting elements The following windows are shown in the various operating Program Change modes, whenever you try to select a Sound, Performance, Style Program Change number. Shown only when the “Show” param- or Song. eter is turned on in Global mode. (See page 206). Sound Select window Performance Select window Touch the Sound area whereas it appears in the display, or one of...
Selecting elements Style Select window Style Select page menu Style Select window Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. Touch a command to select it. Touch anywhere in the display to close the menu without selecting a command. Touch the Style area whereas it appears in the display, or one of the STYLE SELECT buttons on the control panel, to open the Style Select window.
Selecting elements STS Select Pad sets Song Select window Selected set of Pads. Hit are single-note, pre-programmed fac- tory Pads. Sequence are sequence-based, pre-programmed fac- tory Pads. Locale are like Factory Pads, but contain Pads This page appears when you touch one of the Song areas in the customized for the music of your Country.
Selecting elements Song Select window A list can contain several different types of files or folders. Select Selects the highlighted item in the display. If a Song is already Type icon File/folder type playing, it stops, and the new Song is ready to play. You are returned to the main page.
Selecting elements Song Select window HOST USB ports. This way, you will be able to print a list of Show Song Number Songs, to see which number matches each Song. Check this option to make the Song’s progressive ID number While in the Song Select window, select the folder whose appear in the list, next to each Song.
Searching files and musical resources How to use the Search function Searching files and musical resources With Pa3X, you can press the SEARCH button to search for files • Use the “Open” and “Close” buttons to browse through or musical resources. the directories.
Searching files and musical resources Notes on searching You can touch one of the found items to select it, and then Notes on searching touch the “Info” button to see information on it. Wildcards During search, the string entered will be search as a whole word or as part of a word.
Style Play operating mode Start-up settings Style Play operating mode The Style Play mode is the boot-up operating mode. When in Master Volume and Balance this mode, you can play with Styles (i.e. automatic accompani- ments), while playing with one to four tracks (Upper 1-3 and Lower) on the keyboard.
Metronome Tempo (from 30 to 250). Use the TEMPO buttons to ing a Standard MIDI File generated with an instrument of the change the Tempo. Korg Pa series. As an alternative, keep the SHIFT button pressed and use the To avoid transposing, the Master Transpose is “locked” by default.
Style Play operating mode Main page (Normal view) Player 1/2 area Keyboard tracks area This is where Songs assigned to the two onboard players are This is where Keyboard tracks are shown. shown. Sound name Track name Song name Sound bank’s icon Song name Name of Songs assigned to Player 1 (P1) and Player 2 (P2).
Style Play operating mode Style Tracks view page No icon Play status. The track can be heard. different Sound to a Style track, this parameter is automatically set to Off. Mute status. The track cannot be heard. You can assign different Sounds to each Style track, and save them in a Performance or Style Panels Settings.
Style Play operating mode STS Name panel STS Name panel Volume panel Touch the STS Name tab to select this panel. Single Touch Set- Touch the Volume tab to select this panel. This is where you can tings (STS) are memory locations for quickly choosing Keyboard set the volume of each track, and mute/unmute tracks.
Style Play operating mode Volume panel board tracks) and Style Tracks view (separate Style tracks). The Grouped Style tracks Assignable Sliders LEDs show which view is currently selected: These special sliders of the Normal view control several Style Volume LED tracks at the same time.
Style Play operating mode Pad panel Saving the track’s status Pad panel • The status of Keyboard tracks can be saved to a Performance or STS, and can be changed when choosing a different Perfor- mance or STS (see “Write Performance” on page 137 and “Write Touch the Pad tab to select this panel.
Style Play operating mode Split panel Split panel Mic panel Touch the Split tab to select this panel. This is where you can set Touch the Mic tab to select this panel. This is where you can set the split point and Chord Recognition mode. the various Voice Processor options.
Style Play operating mode Sub-Scale panel uMod On/Off Edit menu Use this switch to add subtle thickening to the voice. This effect does a faithful job of emulating classic detune, chorus, flanger and thickening sounds. From any page, press the MENU button to open the Style Play edit menu.
Style Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: Volume/Pan Parameters area Each page contains various parameters. Use the tabs to select Use this checkbox to turn the dry (direct) track signal on or off one of the available pages. For detailed information on the vari- from the Master FX Send.
Style Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: FX Send Use the TRACK SELECT button to switch from Keyboard to Play/Mute icon Style tracks, and vice-versa. Track’s play/mute status. Play status. The track can be heard. Mute status. The track cannot be heard. Mixer/Tuning: FX Send Pa3X includes two groups of effects (FX A and FX B).
Style Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: EQ Gain Mixer/Tuning: EQ Gain Mixer/Tuning: EQ Control In this page you can set the three-band equalization (EQ) for This page lets you reset or bypass the track’s equalization, pro- each individual track. grammed in the previous page. Use the TRACK SELECT button to switch from the Keyboard to Use the TRACK SELECT button to switch from the Keyboard to the Style tracks, and vice-versa.
Style Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: Tuning Mixer/Tuning: Tuning Mixer/Tuning: Sub Scale This page is where you can set the octave transpose and fine tun- This page lets you program an alternative scale for the tracks ing for each track. Plus, you can program the Pitch Bend range selected with the “Scale Mode”...
Style Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: Sub Scale In the display, touch one of the four SC Preset buttons to recall How to use the Quarter Tone function with the corresponding preset, and touch any note you want to lower the SC Presets a quarter tone down, making a big dot appear on the detuned note in the diagram.
You can assign the “Quarter Tone” function to a footswitch, a This page allows you to select the A (Style and Pads) and B (Key- Korg EC5 switch, or an Assignable Switch, to program a custom board) groups of effects. Please use the “FX A” and “FX B” side scale in realtime, for example to allow for those sudden scale tabs to switch from one group to the other one.
Master FX section distortion. These effects are applied to a single track. Insert FXs include Korg REMS™ effects, carefully modeled after real guitar amps and stompbox effects. On/Off/Dis • On the contrary, Master FXs are mixed in parallel with the dry Use this button to turn the effect on or off.
Style Play operating mode Effects: IFX 1…3, Master 1…3 Effects: IFX 1…3, Master 1…3 Track Controls: Mode These pages contain the editing parameters for the effect proces- This page lets you connect each track to the internal sound gen- sors. Here is an example of the Master 1 page, with the Reverb erator and to external MIDI devices.
Style Play operating mode Track Controls: Drum Edit trol Change 32 (Bank Select LSB), PC is the Pro- Track Controls: Drum Edit gram Change: In this page you can adjust the volume and edit the main param- eters for each family of Drum and Percussion instrument for the selected track.
Style Play operating mode Track Controls: Easy Edit Press START/STOP to let the Style go. Drum Edit parameters If you like, choose the “Solo Track” command from the Use these parameters to adjust the offset value. page menu to solo the Drum track. 0…127 Volume (see above).
Style Play operating mode Keyboard/Ensemble: Keyboard Control 1 While playing on the keyboard to hear the Sound, select Easy Sound Edit parameters the Cutoff knob, and use VALUE controls to turn its value Use these knobs to adjust the offset value. completely off.
Style Play operating mode Keyboard/Ensemble: Keyboard Control 2 Play/Mute icon Keyboard/Ensemble: Key/Velocity Range Track’s play/mute status. Play status. The track can be heard. This page lets you program a key and dynamic (velocity) range for each of the Keyboard tracks. Mute status.
Style Play operating mode Keyboard/Ensemble: Ensemble Repeat The played note is repeated in sync with the Keyboard/Ensemble: Ensemble Tempo parameter (see below). When playing a chord, only the last note is repeated. Echo As the Repeat option, but with the repeated notes This page lets you program the Ensemble function.
Style Play operating mode Pad/Switch: Pad This lock is reset when turning the instrument off, unless you Pad/Switch: Pad write Global settings to memory (see “Write Global - Global Setup dialog box” on page 220). For more information on parameter locks, see “General Con- This page lets you select a different hit sound or sequence for trols: Lock”...
Style Play operating mode Style Controls: Drum/Fill Fill Mode (1…4, Break) Style Controls: Drum/Fill These parameters set a Variation to be automatically selected at the end of each of the Fills. In this page you can select various general parameters for the The same Variation, playing before selecting a Style.
Style Play operating mode Style Controls: Keyboard Range On/Off / Wrap Around Style Controls: Keyboard Range On/Off / Preferences: Style Preferences Wrap Around In this page you can set various general parameters for the Style play mode. Settings can be saved to a Performance, or STS. In this page you can program the Wrap Around point, and turn on/off the Keyboard Range included in each Style tracks.
Style Play operating mode Preferences: Style Play Setup accompaniment continues to play), up until you Velocity Control select a different Style. Set this parameter to trigger one of the following functions sim- ply by playing louder with your left hand. When playing with a Lock icon velocity value higher than the value set by the “Velocity Control All parameters in this page may be protected from selecting a...
Style Play operating mode Page menu Style Change On By Default Page menu This parameter allows you to define the status of the STYLE CHANGE button at startup. Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. Touch a command At startup, the LED of the STYLE CHANGE but- to select it.
Style Play operating mode Write Performance dialog box The Solo function works in a slightly different way, depending Write Performance dialog box on the selected track: • Keyboard track: The selected Keyboard track is the only track you can hear when playing on the keyboard. All other Keyboard Open this window by selecting the Write Performance item from tracks are muted.
Style Play operating mode Write Single Touch Setting dialog box Write Single Touch Setting dialog box Write Style Settings dialog box Open this window by selecting the Write Single Touch Setting Open this window by selecting the Write Style Settings item item from the page menu.
“World Music” on two lines, enter “World¶Music”. Hint: New Styles are released from time to time on our web site Be careful not to write words exceeding the width of the side tabs (www.korg.com). of the Style Select window. Creating the Favorite banks There are two ways to create the Favorite banks: •...
Song Play operating mode Transport controls Song Play operating mode The Song Play operating mode is where you can listen to Songs. the TEMPO +/– buttons, or by touching the Tempo field and Since the Pa3X is equipped with two onboard players, you can using the VALUE controls.
Song on virtually any other up to a maximum of 16 tracks, for a total of 32 tracks. musical instrument or computer. If you used Korg native sounds, you may not find the same sounds on instruments from In addition, you can play the keyboard with four additional Key- other manufacturers.
Song Play operating mode Main page (Normal view) Standard MIDI File generated with an instrument of the Korg Pa Main page (Normal view) series. To avoid transposing, “lock” the Master Transpose parameter in the Global (see “General Controls: Lock” on page 204), then write Press the SONG PLAY button to access this page from another the Global to memory (see “Write Global - Global Setup dialog...
Song name ±30% of the original tempo). This may seem trivial, but it is Displays the name of the Song assigned to the corresponding really rocket-science instead, and it is made possible by Korg player. sophisticated time-stretching algorithms. • If the player is already selected (white background), touch the Song name to open the Song Select window.
Song Play operating mode Song Tracks 1-8 and 9-16 pages Keyboard tracks area Panels This is where Keyboard tracks are shown. The lower half of the main page contains the various panels, you can select by touching the corresponding tabs. See more infor- Sound mation in the relevant sections, starting from page 146.
Song Play operating mode STS Name panel Selected Track Info area STS Name panel This line lets you see the Sound assigned to the selected track. Not only it is shown on the main page, but also in several edit pages.
Song Play operating mode Volume panel Tracks 1-8 and Song Tracks 9-16 views. The Assignable Sliders The Song Tracks 9-16 view shows Song tracks 9-16: LEDs show which view is currently selected: Volume LED Assignable Sliders LEDs The Normal view shows Mic/In controls and Keyboard tracks: Slider Mode button status The function assigned to the Assignable Sliders depends on the status of the SLIDER MODE button.
Song Play operating mode Pad panel Track names Sub-Scale panel Under the sliders, a label for each track is shown. Use the TRK. SEL button to switch between the various track views. Select this panel to select a secondary scale for the Keyboard Abbreviation Track tracks.
Song Play operating mode Edit menu Select button Edit menu Touch this button to select the Song highlighted in the list, and assign it to Player 1. If a Song is already playing, it will be stopped, and the selected Song will start playing back. From any page, press the MENU button to open the Song Play edit menu.
Song Play operating mode Switching between players during editing Edit section Use the TRACK SELECT button to switch from the Keyboard to the Song tracks, and vice versa. This identifies the current edit section, corresponding to one of the items of the edit menu (see “Edit menu” on page 149). Page menu icon Touch this icon to open the page menu (see “Page menu”...
Song Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: FX Send Note: If the track is sent to a separate output, no FX is sent to any In case you do not want to hear the direct signal, just set the Dry output. To program the output status for each track, see “Audio parameter to Off (see the “Dry”...
Song Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: EQ Gain for any Standard MIDI File (excluding those saved by a Pa-Series Mixer/Tuning: EQ Gain instrument, that may override the general preferences). FX Group In this page you can set the three-band equalization (EQ) for (Non editable) This indicates the FX group (A or B) assigned to each individual track.
Song Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: EQ Control Mid (Middle) Gain Mixer/Tuning: EQ Control This parameter lets you adjust the middle frequencies equaliza- tion on each individual track. This is a bell curve filter. Values are shown in decibels (dB). This page lets you reset or bypass track equalization, pro- grammed in the previous page.
Song Play operating mode Mixer/Tuning: Tuning Input Trim FX A/B side tabs This knob allows you to limit the level of the signal passing Use these side tabs to choose the FX group (A or B) to edit. through the equalizer. Extreme equalization values can overload the audio circuits and lead to distortion.
Song Play operating mode Effects: IFX 1…3, Master 1…3 Effects: IFX 1…3, Master 1…3 Track Controls: Mode These pages contain the editing parameters for the effect proces- These parameters let you set the Internal/External, and the Poly/ sors. Here is an example of the FX A page, with the Reverb Hall Mono status of Song tracks.
Song Play operating mode Keyboard/Ensemble: Key/Velocity Range To create a new Jukebox file, touch Del All to remove all Songs Keyboard/Ensemble: Key/Velocity Range from the current list. Add new Songs, then touch Save and enter a different name before confirming. A new Jukebox file will be saved to the storage device.
Song Play operating mode Preferences: General Setup Voice Processor Harmony Mode Preferences: General Setup Harmony Control In this page, you can set various general parameters referred to This parameter allows you to choose if notes or chords for the Song tracks. Voice Processor’s Harmonizer should be received from a Song track, the keyboard, or none of them.
Song Play operating mode Page menu Note: These settings are stored in the Song Play Setup area of the Page menu Global file (together with all the other parameters marked with the abbreviation through the manual). After changing these settings, select the Write Global-Song Play Setup command from Touch the page menu icon to open the menu.
Song Play operating mode Write Global-Song Play Setup dialog box Note: When saved, the text file will be named after the selected To copy all effects: Jukebox file. For example, a Jukebox file named “Dummy.jbx” will Select the source Song, Performance or STS, then go to the generate a “Dummy.txt”...
SongBook Book SongBook The SongBook is an onboard database that allows you to orga- List Header nize various “musical resources” (Style, Standard MIDI Files, The List Header may change, depending on the type of data KAR files, and MP3 files) for easy retrieving. associated with the selected entry.
SongBook Book Filter… To see the numbers while in the Book page, select the “Show Song Numbers (now Key)” command from the page menu: Touch this button to open the Filter dialog box, and select one or more filter criteria, to show a restricted set of entries in the main list.
SongBook Book Assigning a MIDI Setup to the Style Play and Song Play After the initialization string has been sent, you must send the modes selection string, made of two Control Change messages: CC#06 (Data Entry MSB) for the thousands and hundreds, and CC#38 Since SongBook entries dynamically recall the Style Play or the (Data Entry LSB) for the tens and units.
SongBook Custom List Custom List List Edit Use this page to select and use one of the available Custom Lists This page is only available after checking the “Enable List Edit” (contained in the “LISTDB.SBL” file saved in the same folder as command in the page menu (see page 168).
SongBook Book Edit 1 Del List Book Edit 1 Touch this button to delete the current list. Write The Book Edit 1 page is where you link a Musical Resource Touch this button to save changes to the selected Custom List. (Style or Song) to the SongBook entry.
SongBook Book Edit 1 not to delete or move a Style or a file associated with a SongBook entry from the original location. Write Current Resource When saving a SongBook entry, and this parameter is checked, you can save the current settings of the Keyboard tracks into an Write STS, or all settings of the latest Style STSs into all four STSs.
SongBook Book Edit 2 Tempo/BPM To assign a different name to the entry, touch the (Text Basic tempo of the Style, or starting tempo of the Standard MIDI Edit) button to open the Text Edit window. File associated with the entry. This may change, if a Tempo Select an option to add the new entry to the SongBook: Change event is included with the associated resource.
SongBook Info Note: If the SongBook entry is based on a Song, Synchro Start and Info Synchro Stop are greyed out and cannot be modified, since they have no effect on a Song. Unchanged When selecting this SongBook entry, the status of Use the Info page to see the name of the selected entry, the asso- the corresponding function is left unchanged.
SongBook Page menu Export as text file Page menu Only available when a SongBook list or Custom list is selected. Select this command to open the Export dialog box, and save the Song- Book or Custom List as a text file. The selected filtering will be Touch the page menu icon to open the menu.
Lyrics, Score, Markers Lyrics page Lyrics, Score, Markers By using the LYRICS and SCORE buttons, you can see lyrics and Viewing lyrics and chords in the Style Play chord abbreviations in the Style Play, Song Play and SongBook mode modes, and the score and markers in the Song Play and Song- Book modes.
Lyrics, Score, Markers Lyrics page shown in the display. Master Transpose must be activated on the Note: When a “.CDG” file is loaded with the Song, it overrides any Sequencer, but not on the Keyboard. included Lyrics data. Text files loaded with Standard MIDI Files and MP3 files When a “.TXT”...
Lyrics, Score, Markers Score page Tempo Score page Current Tempo of the Song (in BPM, Beats Per Minute). Staff Open the Score page by pressing the SCORE button. This page The selected track is shown as traditional music notation. shows the Song’s score in the Song Play and SongBook modes. Depending on the content of the track, either notes or chords are After having chosen either Player 1 or Player 2, the Score page of shown.
Lyrics, Score, Markers Markers page on page 157). If your song has the melody part assigned to the Do the same for any following marker. same track, you can mute or unmute it by using this button, or the Stop the Song by pressing the PLAYER 1 (PLAYER 2) assigned switch/pedal.
Note: Transpose may be automatically changed when loading a the Voice Processor (see “Harmony Track” on page 196). Standard MIDI File generated with an instrument of the Korg Pa series. The Master Transpose Lock parameter in the Global (see •...
Sequencer operating mode Sequencer Play - Main page Page menu icon Tempo (Tempo mode) Use this menu to select the Tempo change mode. Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. See “Page menu” on page 196 for more information. Manual In this mode, you can change the Tempo using TEMPO/VALUE section controls.
Sequencer operating mode Sequencer Play - Main page Track volume/status area The Song Tracks 1-8 view shows Song tracks 1-8: This area is where you can set the volume of each Song track, and mute/unmute tracks. Sliders and volume of the tracks You can change the volume of each track by using the first eight Assignable Sliders in the control panel.
Sequencer operating mode Entering Record mode Entering Record mode Record mode: Multitrack Sequencer page To enter Record mode, press the RECORD button while you are While in Sequencer mode, press the RECORD button and select in Sequencer mode. The following dialog box will appear: the “Multitrack Sequencer”...
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Multitrack Sequencer page Overdub The newly recorded events will be mixed to any Tempo existing events. Select this parameter, and use the TEMPO or VALUE controls to Overwrite The newly recorded events will replace any exist- set the tempo.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Record page Multitrack recording procedure Record mode: Step Record page Here is the general procedure to follow for the Multitrack Recording. The Step Record allows you to create a new Song by entering sin- Press the SEQUENCER button to enter Sequence mode.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Record page Note parameter area Back Goes to the previous step, erasing the inserted event. Meter Next M. (Next Measure) Meter (time signature) of the current measure. This parameter cannot be edited. You can set a Meter change by using the Insert Goes to the next measure, and fills the remaining space with function of the Edit menu, and inserting a new series of mea- rests.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Record page Step Record window is closed. If you choose Yes, changes Ex.2: are saved, and the Step Record window is closed. From the main page of the Multitrack Recording mode, either select the “Exit from Record” command from the page menu, or press the RECORD button to exit the Record mode.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Backing Sequence (Quick Record) page Resolution Record mode: Backing Sequence (Quick Use this parameter to set the quantization during recording. Quantization is a way of correcting timing errors; notes played Record) page too soon or too late are moved to the nearest axis of a rhythmic “grid”, set with this parameter, thus playing perfectly in time.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Backing Sequence (Quick Record) page Kbd/Pad: This Backing Sequence track includes the four Key- Track volume/status area board tracks and the four Pads. After finishing recording, they This area is where you can set the volume of each single Key- will be saved as Song tracks 1-8, as in the following table: board track, and mute/unmute tracks.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Backing Sequence page Select the status of the Backing Sequence grouped tracks, Record mode: Step Backing Sequence page using the Kbd/Pad and Ch/Acc parameters. (Kbd/Pad stays for Keyboard and Pads; Ch/Acc stays for Chord and Accompaniment, i.e.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Backing Sequence page Beat Divider in the Time Signature ratio (e.g., a quar- Style Element ter in a 3/4 time). This is the Style Element (i.e., a Variation, Fill, Intro, or Ending). Tick Smallest position value. Both Pa3X internal play- The length of the selected Style Element is always shown by the ers feature a resolution of 384 ticks per quarter.
Sequencer operating mode Record mode: Step Backing Sequence page Done button Step Backing Sequence procedure Here is the general Step Backing Sequence recording procedure. Done Hint: Before entering Step Backing Sequence mode to edit an exist- Touch this button to exit the Step Backing Sequence mode. All ing Song, select the “Save Song”...
Sequencer operating mode Edit menu Tabs Edit menu Use tabs to select one of the edit pages of the current edit section. From any page, press the MENU button to open the Sequencer edit menu. This menu gives access to the various Sequencer edit sections. Mixer/Tuning: Volume/Pan When in the menu, select an edit section, or press EXIT to exit the menu.
Sequencer operating mode Mixer/Tuning: FX Send Mixer/Tuning: FX Send Mixer/Tuning: EQ Gain This page lets you set the level of the track’s direct (uneffected) In this page you can set the three-band equalization (EQ) for signal going to the Internal FX processors. each individual track.
Sequencer operating mode Mixer/Tuning: EQ Control Mixer/Tuning: EQ Control Mixer/Tuning: Sub Scale This page lets you reset or bypass track equalization, pro- This page lets you program an alternative scale for the selected grammed in the previous page. tracks (via the “Track Assign” parameter). The remaining tracks (if any) use the basic scale set in Global mode (see “Main Scale”...
Sequencer operating mode Effects: A/B FX Configuration Effects: A/B FX Configuration Effects: IFX 1…3, Master 1…3 This page allows you to select the A (usually Song) and B (Key- These pages contain the editing parameters for the effect proces- board, optionally Song) groups of effects. Please use the “FX A” sors.
Sequencer operating mode Event Edit: Event Edit And here are the events contained in the Master track. Event Edit: Event Edit Type First value Second value Tempo Tempo change – The Event Edit is the page where you can edit each single MIDI event of the selected track.
Sequencer operating mode Event Edit: Filter Go/Catch In the case of a Note event, select the Length parameter, and use the VALUE controls (or touch the parameter again This is a dual-function command. to open the numeric keypad) to change the event’s length. •...
Sequencer operating mode Song Edit: Quantize Pa Controls Controls exclusive of the Pa3X, like the Scale set- Bottom / Top Note tings. These controls are recorded to the Master Use these parameters to set the bottom and top note of the key- Track, and saved as System Exclusive data.
Sequencer operating mode Song Edit: Velocity Curve Song Edit: Velocity (Only available in Advanced mode). Use this parameter to select one of the six curves, and to specify how the velocity will change over time. Here you can change the Velocity value for the notes. An Advanced mode is available, allowing you to select a velocity Start Value = 0%, End Value = 100% curve for the selected range.
Sequencer operating mode Song Edit: Delete Top parameters, you can select a single note, or a single percus- Song Edit: Delete sive instrument in a Drum track. Note: These parameters are available only when the All or Note options are selected. This page is where you can delete MIDI events from the Song.
Sequencer operating mode Song Edit: Move RX Note Velocity Song Edit: Move Use this parameter to adjust the volume level of the RX Noises in the selected track(s). Here you can shift a track forward or backward by just a few Add RX Noises to Guitar track ticks or whole measures.
Sequencer operating mode Preferences: Sequencer Setup Preferences: Sequencer Setup Page menu In this page, you can select a MIDI Setup and the Harmony track Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. Touch a command for the Sequencer mode. to select it.
Sequencer operating mode Write Global-Sequencer Setup dialog box Delete Song To copy all effects: Select this command to delete the Song and create a new, blank Load the source Song, then go to the Effects > A/B FX Con- Song. fig page, to copy all effects.
Sequencer operating mode Save Song window Press EXIT to exit from this page and go back to the main page Open of the Sequencer operating mode without saving the Song. Opens the selected folder (item whose icon looks like this: Directory Close Closes the current folder, returning to the parent (“upper”)
Sequencer operating mode Save Song window Master Transpose saved with the Song When saving a Song, the Master Transpose value is saved with the Song. Since this value is saved as System Exclusive data, it is preserved also when playing back the Song in Song Play mode. Hint: Since the Master Transpose is a global parameter, loading a Song with a non-standard transposition may result in unwanted transposing when loading other Songs that do not contain their...
Global edit mode What is it, and how the Global is structured Global edit mode The Global edit environment is the place where you can set • Song Play Setup, containing global parameters for the Song global functions. This edit environment overlaps the current Play mode, not linked to the single Song.
Global edit mode Edit menu Parameters area Edit menu Each page contains various parameters. Use the tabs to select one of the available pages. For detailed information on the vari- ous types of parameters, see sections starting below. From any page of the Global mode, press the MENU button to open the Global edit menu.
Global edit mode General Controls: Transpose Control when you are in a very reverberant room, positive values if the General Controls: Transpose Control room is too dry. By using this global control, you are not obliged to change the reverb time in each single Performance, STS, Style Settings, or This page is where you can select to which tracks the Master Song.
Global edit mode General Controls: Scale Position General Controls: Scale Scale and Transpose position The Scale and Transpose Position allows you to define the rela- This page lets you select the main (or basic) scale of the instrument. tion between the Scale and the Master Transpose. Post-KB/Pre-Scale When this option is selected, notes will be trans- posed immediately after they leave the keyboard.
Global edit mode General Controls: Lock Hint: In order to avoid having the Master Trans- General Controls: Lock pose setting change when selecting a new Perfor- mance or STS, use the general Master Transpose Lock (the first parameter in this page). This page, split in four panes that can be selected by means of the Note: When the Master Transpose Lock is closed, corresponding side tabs, contains all the available locks, some-...
Global edit mode General Controls: Lock When locked, selecting a Style or SongBook entry • If the Upper 1 FX Lock is turned on, when will not change the Pad assignment. assigning a new Sound to the Upper 1 track, Per- formance/STS parameters are left untouched;...
Global edit mode General Controls: Interface Style Element When locked, choosing a different Style does not How to select the Help language cause selecting the Style Element memorized in Since Pa3X must be restarted at the end of this procedure, the Style Settings (i.e., a Variation).
Global edit mode General Controls: Clock & Battery Track Activity General Controls: Clock & Battery Show Use this parameter to turn on/off the Track Activity display. Date & Time When it is turned on, you can monitor events coming from the tracks or the MIDI inputs.
PCM Sample RAM, and the remaining charge time. The battery is charged when the instrument is turned on (or in Standby mode), and discharges when turned off or entirely dis- connected from a power outlet. The following (optional) Korg pedals are compatible with Pa3X: Type Model Continuous...
(optional) KORG EC5 multiswitch pedalboard. Use this parameter to adjust the sensitivity of the ribbon control- ler. See “List of EC5 functions” on page 242 for a list of the assign- able functions. EC5-A…E Each of the switches of a KORG EC5 multiswitch pedalboard.
External USB As the above, but referred to the USB Device port. page 220). See “Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver” on Hint: To restore the original MIDI Setups, use the “Factory page 260 for information on how to configure your Restore”...
Global edit mode MIDI: MIDI In Control Upper Octave Transp (Transpose) MIDI: MIDI In Control Octave transposition of data received on the MIDI IN or USB Device port for the Upper tracks. For example, if you select the +1 value, a received C4 will play a C5 on the Pa3X. This page lets you program general parameters for the MIDI IN and USB Device port, like the Chord Recognition channel and This parameter may be useful to many MIDI accordion players,...
Global edit mode MIDI: MIDI In Channels MIDI: MIDI In Channels MIDI: MIDI Out Channels In this page, you can assign Pa3X tracks to any of the MIDI In this page, you can assign Pa3X tracks to any of the MIDI channels received on the MIDI IN and USB Device ports.
Global edit mode MIDI: Filters MIDI: Filters Audio Setup: Style/Kbd Use this page to set up to 8 filters for the MIDI data received or This page lets you connect Style, Keyboard and Pad tracks to the sent by the Pa3X on the MIDI and USB Device ports. audio outputs.
Global edit mode Audio Setup: Player 1 Out 2 The selected track is connected to the sub-out 2. Audio Setup: Drums It is mixed to mono. It is not sent to the Internal FX processors. The MASTER VOLUME slider has no effect on it. This page lets you route Drum Kit Sounds to the audio outputs.
Global edit mode Audio Setup: Audio In +48V Phantom Power Audio Setup: Audio In After having connected a condenser microphone, use this switch to turn the +48V phantom power on. Phantom power is sup- plied to the balanced XLR jack only, and not to the 1/4” MIC This page lets you route the Audio Inputs and the Voice Proces- jack.
Global edit mode Audio Setup: Metro / MP3 / Speakers MP3 Player Audio Setup: Metro / MP3 / Speakers Max Volume This page lets you define various parameters for the Metronome, Use this parameter to set the maximum volume of the MP3 the MP3 player and digital output.
Global edit mode Video Interface: Video Out Video Interface: Video Out MaxxAudio: MaxxEQ If your Pa3X is fitted with an (optional) VIF4 Video Interface MaxxEQ is a full spectrum frequency equalization, positioned at Board, use this page to adjust its parameters. the end of the signal chain, just before the Left &...
Global edit mode Maxx Master EQ: MaxxAUDIO Bass Maxx Master EQ: MaxxAUDIO MaxxBass is for low frequency response beyond what your loud- speakers can deliver. You will hear low frequencies as much as 1.5 octaves below the limits of your loudspeakers. The Maxx AUDIO collection from Waves™...
Global edit mode Maxx Default Preset Maxx Default Preset Touch Panel Calibration Whether you are sending audio to the Audio Output connectors, From time to time (for example, after loading a new operating are listening through the PaAS Amplification System or through system), calibrating your Color TouchView™...
Global edit mode Page menu Write Global Maxx Preset Page menu Choose this command to save the Maxx settings to one of the sixteen available Maxx Presets. Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. Touch a command See “Write Global - Maxx Preset dialog box” on page 221 for to select it.
Global edit mode Write Global - Voice Processor Setup dialog box Midi Setup Write Global - Maxx Preset dialog box One of the 8 available MIDI Setup locations, where to save cur- rent MIDI settings. Open this dialog box by selecting the Write Global-Maxx Preset item from the page menu.
Media edit mode Storage devices and internal memory Media edit mode The Media edit mode is the place where you can manage files. Supported device This edit environment overlaps the current operating mode (Style Play, Song Play, Sequencer, Sound Edit). External devices, like hard disks or pen drives, support the FAT16 and FAT32 formats with long file names.
Karaoke file The following tables describe all the file and folder types the Pa3X can manage. Here are the files you can read or write with CD+Graphics file the Pa3X. Korg Triton Programs Korg Trinity/Triton Sample Extension File/folder type Akai Sample All the User data.
Media edit mode Media structure Media structure Each device (and the internal memory) can contain files and folders. Data in the Pa3X is slightly more rigidly structured than in a com- puter, due to the pre-configured type of data inside the instrument’s memory. The diagram below shows the global structure of a Pa3X device.
Media edit mode Main page Scrollbar Main page Use the scrollbar to scroll the list. Touching the arrows will scroll one step at a time, while touching the bar will scroll one page at a time. There is no main page in the Media edit mode. When pressing EXIT, you exit the Media mode, and the underlying operating Touching the arrows while SHIFT is kept pressed jumps to the mode in the background is recalled.
Media edit mode Load Loading all the User data Load You can load all the User data with a single operation. If loading from an external device, connect the device to In this page you can load User data files (Performances, User one of the USB Host ports.
Media edit mode Load Loading a single bank Select the target bank, and touch OK to load the source bank. You can load a single bank of data (Sounds, Styles, Perfor- Warning: After confirming, all User data contained in the mances) with a single operation.
Styles must be reassigned to SongBook entries by using completed. the SB Editor software (freely available on www.korg.com). Select the Style to load, then touch Load. You will be It is not possible to load Pa3X data into a Pa2X/Pa800.
Media edit mode Save Go to the Style Play mode, and select (one of) the loaded Save Style. Adjust the Tempo, then select the “Write Current Style Settings” to write changes. Touch OK twice to con- firm. In this page, you can save User data from the internal memory to Due to the difference in Sounds, you will probably want to a mass storage device (like an hard disk or an USB pen drive).
Media edit mode Save Saving the full memory content Saving all data of a specified type You can save the full memory content with a single operation. In addition to the above, you can save all data of a specified type by selecting the corresponding folder.
Media edit mode Save Saving a single bank A dialog box appears, asking you to select one of the avail- able User (or Favorite/User Style) locations inside the You can save a single User bank with a single operation. A bank folder: corresponds to a button on the control panel of the instrument (i.e.
Media edit mode Save Select the desired bank file, and touch Open to gain access Creating a new “.SET” folder to the single items. Pa3X proprietary data must be saved in special folders with the “.SET” extension. These special folders can be saved inside ordi- nary folders.
Media edit mode Copy During Copy, a dialog box shows the progress of the opera- Copy tion. In this page you can copy files and folders. Folders can be generic or “.SET” folders. In addition, you can copy the content of the generic folder you are in.
Media edit mode Erase To select more files or folders consecutively: Erase Touch the Mode button to choose the option for the SHIFT button. The Erase function lets you erase files and folders from the Select the first file or folder to be selected. devices.
In case you changed the label, and the instrument cannot appears. be reboot, please use the Factory Restore procedure; please find the needed file and instructions in our web site (www.korg.com). All custom data inside the disk will be lost. Execute button Touch this button, after setting all the options in this page, to execute the Format command.
Touch Yes to confirm (or No to cancel). The original data will be restored. OS Version Number This line shows the installed Operating System version. From time to time, check our web site (www.korg.com), to see if a newer, free version has been released.
Media edit mode Preferences Factory Sound Protect Preferences When On, this parameter prevents writing edited Sounds from the Edit Sound mode. When Off, you can freely save edited Sounds either in the Factory or User Sound area. This page includes various settings for the Media mode. Warning: Use this feature with great care! Reorganizing the Fac- tory Sounds may make both Styles and Standard MIDI Files sound with the wrong Sounds!
Factory Restore procedure; please find the To disconnect USB communication on a PC, you needed file and instructions in our web site (www.korg.com). All usually select the dedicated command by clicking custom data inside the disk will be lost.
Media edit mode Page menu Object(s) info Page menu Select this command to see the size of any selected file or folder. Also, the number of files and directories (folders) it contains are shown. Touch the page menu icon to open the menu. Touch a command to select it.
Media edit mode Care of mass storage devices Write Global-Media Preference Care of mass storage devices Select this command to open the Write Global-Media Prefer- ences dialog box, and save settings made in the Preferences page (see “Preferences” on page 237). The Pa3X can save most of the data contained in memory to the internal hard drive or flash-memory SSD, or to external devices (like hard drives or pen drives) connected to one of the USB...
Media edit mode Merging PCM samples from various sources Create a new .SET of samples Merging PCM samples from various Press the MEDIA button to access the Media mode. Go to sources the Load page. Open a first .SET folder containing some of the PCM sam- ples to merge.
MIDI features, we suggest you to in- the center C) and a number (60 being the equivalent for C4). A stall the “KORG USB MIDI Driver”, a special software that you Note Off message is often used to say the note has been released.
MIDI Standard MIDI Files Standard MIDI Files The Chord 1 and Chord 2 channels Standard MIDI Files (a.k.a. SMF) are a practical way of exchang- You can set two special Chord channels (see page 212) to send to ing songs between different instruments and computers. Pa3X the Pa3X notes for the chord recognition.
MIDI Connecting Pa3X to a Master keyboard Select the “Master Keyboard” MIDI Setup. Connecting Pa3X to a Master keyboard Note: Settings may change when new Global data is loaded from disk. To protect settings from loading, use the Global Protect function (see “Global Protect” on page 237). You can control the Pa3X with a master keyboard or any other MIDI keyboard.
In case you will connect the computer and the Pa3X via the The Local Off USB port, install the Korg USB MIDI Driver, as explained When the Pa3X is connected to an external sequencer, we rec- in “Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver” on page 260.
MIDI Playing another instrument with the Pa3X The Player Playing another instrument with the Pa3X Any Player’s track can drive a channel on an external instru- ment. To set each track’s MIDI output channel, see “MIDI: MIDI Out Channels” on page 212. You can use the Pa3X as the master controller for your MIDI setup.
Precautions • Installation of the Amplification System is done at the user’s own risk. Korg will assume no responsibility for any damage or injury resulting from its improper installation or use. • Be very careful not to make the speaker box fall when installing it, or it can be damaged.
Installing the Pa3X Amplification System (PaAS) Installation Insert the speaker box’s extruding guide (e) entirely into Use the SPEAKER LOCK slider (l) next to the display to the slot (f) on the back of the instrument, being sure the lock (or later unlock) the speaker box (d). When the box is speaker box is perfectly horizontal.
PAL standard. However, in this latter case, the image will be shown in black and white. Precautions • Installation of the card is done at the user’s own risk. Korg will assume no responsibility for any damage or injury resulting from its improper installation or use.
Installing the Video Interface (VIF4) Installation After having opened the cover, unfasten the power cable (g) Place the video board (a) over the four spacers inside the by removing the screw (h) and the clip (i). Be very careful instrument, and make the video connector (l) protrude not to let the power cable (g) fall inside the instrument.
Installing the Video Interface (VIF4) Connections and setup Turn the television set on, and tune it on the AV1 or AV2 Connections and setup input. In the same page of the Global, use the Colors parameter to choose the preferred set of colors for the lyrics and the Connect the instrument’s video output to the video input of background.
Precautions • Installation of the module is done at the user’s own risk. Korg will assume no responsibility for any damage or injury resulting from its improper installation or use.
Installing additional Sampling RAM (EXB-M256) Installation Be sure the module is correctly inserted. If not, extract it and repeat the operation. Place the duct tape (e) in the same position it was before replacing the RAM module, and slide the switch (d) to the ON position.
× 2 M3x4 TC screws Precautions • Installation of the kit is done at the user’s own risk. Korg will assume no responsibility for any damage or injury result- ing from its improper installation or use. • Be sure to disconnect the instrument from the AC plug, before opening it.
Copy the “Pa3X_RES.pkg” operating system file to the root of an USB storage device. The file can be found on our web site (www.korg.com). Please note that the name of the file should not be changed. Connect the power cord and turn the instrument on by pressing the POWER, then the STANDBY button.
Installing an Hard Disk (HDIK-2) (only 61-key model) Formatting the Hard Disk and installing the Operating System The following message appears, warning that this operation If the USB storage device contains both the “Pa3X_OS.pkg” will delete all data from the hard disk. Touch the OK button and the “Pa3X_RES.pkg”...
Korg is not responsible for any damage or injury caused by incorrect installation of this part. Precautions • Installation of the battery is done at the user’s own risk. Korg will assume no responsibility for any damage or injury resulting from its improper installation or use.
Replacing the Sample RAM backup battery Installation Connect the new battery (g) to the connector (f), and place Replace the cover (c) to the original position. Attach the it into the empty battery slot (e). cover to the bottom of the instrument by using the six fix- ing screws (a) and the three flat head fixing screws (b) you had previously removed.
Please connect the Pa3X to the computer via an USB cable only computer, and at the same time control another MIDI instru- after having installed the KORG USB-MIDI Driver Tools. ment connected to the MIDI ports of the Pa3X. Note: You must install a separate driver for each USB port you will Connecting the Pa3X this ways makes it, at the same time, a use.
MIDI application running on the Mac, to the internal Please double click on the “KORG USB-MIDI Driver.pkg” tone generator of the Pa3X. in the “KORG USB-MIDI Driver” folder inside the CD- ROM, to run the installer. Install it according to the instructions appearing on-screen.
Shortcuts Shortcuts You can keep the SHIFT button pressed, and press another but- Shift + Functions ton on the control panel to directly jump to an edit page. Here is Ensemble Selects the Ensemble Type parameter in the Ensem- the list of “shortcuts”. ble page, (Keyboard/Ensemble section) Pad (any) Selects the Pad page (Pad/Assignable Switches sec-...
MIDI Implementation Chart MIDI Implementation Chart KORG Pa3X OS Version 1.0 - March 01, 2011 Function Transmitted Recognized Remarks Default 1–16 1–16 Memorized Basic Channel Changed 1–16 1–16 Default Messages Mode Altered **************** 0–127 0–127 Note Number: True Voice **************** 0–127...
Is the POWER switch turned ON? Is the STANDBY switch turned ON and its LED green? If the power still does not turn on, contact your dealer or the nearest KORG Service Center. No sound Check the connections to your amp or mixer.
Troubleshooting Problem Solution Page Media related problems Cannot format a device Is the USB cable correctly connected? Is the USB device correctly powered? Is the device inserted correctly? Is the write protect tab of the disk in the protect position? Cannot save data to a device Is the device formatted? Is the device inserted correctly?
EXB-M256 memory expansion board Sampling Record, Edit, Time Slice, Compression Tool, Load/Import of Korg, Wav, AIFF and Akai files; Export of Wav and AIFF files Effects Up to 8 Stereo Digital Multi-Effects block system, 140 Effects types (including VOCODER);...
Expression/Volume Pedal Korg EXP-2 - Korg XVP-10 Multi-Switch Pedal Korg EC5 Damper Pedal Korg DS-1H, DS-2H (both upporting half-pedaling) Switch Pedal Korg PS-1 PHYSICAL DATA Consumption Normal operation with no PaAS speakers: 35 Watt - Normal operation with PaAS speakers: 50 Watt (max) - Standby not recharging: 1 ~ 1.5 Watt - Standby recharging: 7 ~ 9 Watt...
Index Index Style Play Setup Voice Processor Preset Aftertouch Curve Voice Processor Setup Arabic Scale Global channel Assignable Sliders Audio Inputs Audio Outputs – , ??– Auto Style/Perf/Sound Select Harmony track (Voice Processor) Write in SongBook entries MIDI channel Backup Balance (Keyboard/Style or Ply) Inputs Balance (Player)
Index Split Point Standard MIDI File STS, See Single Touch Setting Style Octave Transpose Ending Auto Octave Fill Midi In Intro Operating Modes Selecting OS (Operating System) Style Performance Backup Variation Update Style Performance Outputs – , ??– Selecting, see Style Writing Style Play mode –...
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