Playing and editing Programs
controller, such as Knob Mod.1 (CC#17). Second, you
assign that MIDI controller to modulate one or more
Program or effects parameters.
For the first part of the above, use the mode's Set Up
Controllers page. For more information, See "SW1,
SW2" on page 50.
The default assignments for knobs 5‐8 are Knob Mod.1
(CC#17), Knob Mod.2 (CC#19), Knob Mod.3 (CC#20),
and Knob Mod.4 (CC#21), respectively. For a complete
list of the possible assignments, see "Realtime Knobs
5–8 Assignments" on page 1034 of the Parameter
Here's an example of how to set up knob 5 (User 1) to
control a Program's filter and amp EG attack time:
1. Press the PROG switch to enter Program mode.
2. Press the Basic/Vector tab, and then the
Controllers tab above it, to go to the P1:
Basic/Vector– Set Up Controllers page.
3. Press the Modulation Knob Assign "Knob 5"
popup button, and choose F/A Attack.
4. Press the front‐panel R.TIME KNOBS/KARMA
button (under CONTROL ASSIGN).
5. Turn knob 5 (USER 1) to control the filter and amp
Note: If you wish to keep these settings after the power
is turned off, you must save the Program,
Combination, or Song. Note that the settings for
Sampling mode cannot be saved.
Using Tone Adjust
Tone Adjust lets you use all of the sliders, knobs, and
switches on the Control Surface to edit Program
parameters, like the knobs on an analog synth. Each
physical control can be assigned to any one of a
number of Program parameters.
The specific parameters available through Tone Adjust
will vary depending on the type of Program. HD‐1
Programs support a certain set of parameters; each EXi
also has its own set of parameters. For more
"Common Tone Adjust Parameters," on page 28 of the
"HD‐1 Tone Adjust Parameters," on page 30 of the
"AL‐1: Tone Adjust," on page 214 of the Parameter
"CX‐3: Tone Adjust," on page 236.
"STR‐1: Tone Adjust," on page 282.
"MS‐20EX: Tone Adjust," on page 309.
"PolysixEX: Tone Adjust," on page 325.
"MOD‐7: Tone Adjust," on page 375
Other EXi instruments will have their own set of
parameters, as described in their manuals.
1. Select Program INT‐C 115, "Smooth Operators."
2. Press the TONE ADJUST button under
The button's LED will light up.
3. Go to the Control Surface tab of the Play page.
This page mirrors the Control Surface. It's very useful
with Tone Adjust, since it shows you the parameter
assignments, exact values, and so on.
4. Look at the assignments for sliders 5, 6, and 8.
Slider 5 is assigned to Amp EG Attack; slider 6 is
assigned to Amp EG Decay; and slider 8 is assigned to
Amp EG Release.
5. Raise each of the three sliders so that they are
about 4/5 of the way to the top.
The LCD should show their values as between +60 and
+70. In other words, you've just edited the amp
envelope so that the attack, decay, and release are all
much longer than they were before.
6. Play a few notes.
Notice that the sound has changed from an electric
piano into a soft pad. Next, let's add just a bit of pitch
modulation, to make the sound more rich.
7. Look at the assignments for knobs 2 and 5.
Knob 2 is assigned to Pitch LFO 1 Intensity–in other
words, the amount of pitch modulation from LFO1.
Knob 5 is assigned to LFO1 Speed.
8. Turn knob 2 ever so slightly to the right, so that
the LCD reads +01 or +02.
9. Turn knob 5 to the right, until about 2 o'clock, so
that the LCD reads about 40.
10.Play a few more notes.
The pitch modulation has added some shimmer to the
sound. Now, maybe it could use a bit more edge...
11.Look at the assignments for SELECT switches 1
These are programmed to raise the Filter Frequency
and Filter Resonance, respectively. Switches are just
on/off, but you can set a specific value for the On
position; notice the +10 and +40 in the switch's value
12.Press the two switches, one by one.
The sound now has a more interesting character, due
to the filters. Since it's brighter, we've also restored
some of the electric piano character.
Pretty easy, huh? Note ‐ depending on the parameter,
you may sometimes hear glitches in the sound as you
move the control.
Changing parameter assignments
The factory Programs include default assignments of
Tone Adjust parameters to the knobs, sliders, and
switches. If you like, you can change any of the
assignments. To do so:
1. Go to the Control Surface tab of the Play page.
On this page, you can see the parameter assignments
for each controller, such as Filter EG Attack, Pitch
Stretch, Reverse, and so on.
2. Press the popup button next to one of the
A popup window will appear, with a long list of
parameters. You can tell various things about the
selections, just from the way they appear in the list: