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Korg CONCERT C-720 User Manual

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  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS • Read these instructions. • Keep these instructions. • Heed all warnings. • Follow all instructions. • Do not use this apparatus near water. • Mains powered apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.

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    When the instrument is turned off, any unsaved parameters or songs are reset. UPDATING THE SOFTWARE The system software of your C-720 can be updated. From time to time, Korg might release new versions including bug fixes and new features. Please check our website for more information.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Control Change ......... . 58 Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver ....59 Connecting the C-720 to a personal computer .

  • Page 6: Introduction

    The USB port also carries MIDI data, so that you can connect the C-720 directly to your personal computer with a single ca- ble and without the need of a dedicated MIDI interface. A ded- icated KORG USB MIDI Driver is freely available for full use of the C-720’s MIDI features.

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    Temperaments In addition to the Equal temperament, the C-720 allows you to select nine alternative temperaments, for historically accurate performance of classical music, or experimenting. When se- lecting an acoustic piano sound, the typical Stretched Tuning is automatically selected. Adjustable pitch The Transpose function lets you change the pitch of the piano, and the Master Tuning function allows you to make fine tune adjustments.

  • Page 8: Control Panel

    Control panel > Control panel PERFORMANCE Enters/exits Performance mode. While in this mode, the sound selection buttons are used to choose perfor- mances instead of single sounds. See page 18. MASTER VOLUME knob: Adjusts the vol- ume for the speakers, the Output and the Phones connectors SPLIT button: Turns Split mode on or off.

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    +/YES / -/NO (Value) but- tons: Change the value of the parameters appearing EDIT button: Press it in the display. The editable to access the Edit parameter is shown by the mode relevant to the current type of data cursor ( ) placed on its selected in the dis- left, or (when editing text)

  • Page 10: Connections

    Connections > Connections Pedals connec- OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) connec- tor: Connect the tors: Audio outputs. Connect supplied pedals these connectors to an external to this connector. amplifying system. (With a hi-fi system use the LINE, AUX, CD or TAPE connectors, PHONO connector).

  • Page 11: Connecting To External Audio Devices

    Connecting to external audio devices Connecting to an external amplification system Use the OUTPUT connectors, if you like to connect your C- 720 to a high-quality mixer, stereo hi-fi, or a couple of active monitors. When using a stereo hi-fi, connect the OUTPUTs to the LINE, AUX, CD or TAPE inputs (never use the PHONO inputs).

  • Page 12: Before You Begin

    Before you begin > Open the key cover Before you begin Open the key cover Gently lift the center of the sliding key cover by the indented portion, and support it while you slide it carefully and fully into the C-720. Before you open the key cover, make sure that no foreign objects such as papers or coins are on the top of the key cover itself, otherwise, these objects may fall into the in- strument.

  • Page 13: Adjusting The Volume

    Adjusting the volume Rotate the MASTER VOLUME knob towards the right to in- crease the volume; towards the left to decrease the volume. The maximum value is “10”; the minimum (silence) is “0”. This control adjusts the output level of the headphones, the internal speakers and of the OUTPUTs.

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    Before you begin > Listening to the Demo After the end of the selected song, all the songs will be played back in cycle. If you want to select a different song, press one of the sound selection buttons. To pause the current song, press the PLAY/PAUSE button. Press it again to restart playback from the same position.

  • Page 15: Basic Functions

    Basic functions Playing a single sound (Single mode) When you turn the instrument on, it is in Single mode. Main The single Grand Piano sound is selected, and plays over the full keyboard. Its name is shown in the display: Button Var.

  • Page 16: Playing Two Sounds At The Same Time (layer Mode)

    Basic functions > Playing two sounds at the same time (Layer mode) Playing two sounds at the same time (Layer mode) You can play two sounds at the same time on the keyboard. It is like having two “overlapping” sounds. This is called the Lay- er mode.

  • Page 17: Playing Different Sounds With Your L.h. And R.h. (split Mode)

    Playing different sounds with your left and right hand (Split mode) You can play a sound with your right hand (the Main sound), and a different one with the left hand (the Left sound). This is called the Split mode. Split Point Left Entering the Split mode...

  • Page 18: Using The Pedals

    Basic functions > Using the pedals As an alternative, use the display controls: Use the SCROLL buttons to move the cursor to the Left sound. GrandPiano Ac.Bass Scroll GrandPiano Ac.Bass Use the VARIATION button to select a different sound variation. As an alternative, use the +/YES and -/NO but- tons to choose a different sound variation.

  • Page 19: Changing The Brilliance

    Note: When the instrument is turned on, transposing is reset. Press the TRANSPOSE button to show the Transpose dis- play: Transpose +02 semitones Transpose value If you do no changes, just wait some seconds for the page to automatically disappear. Otherwise, you can exit from this page by pressing the EXIT button.

  • Page 20: Using Performances

    Using performances > Choosing performances Using performances Performances are registrations of sound combinations. In- stead of selecting single sounds, or a combination of sounds, you simply select a performance. A performance then recalls one or two sounds, each one with their own settings, plus the memorized split point (if the sounds are in Split mode).

  • Page 21: Changing The Sounds Assigned To A Performance

    Changing the sounds assigned to a performance You can change the sound or sounds assigned to the current performance, without the need of accessing the Edit mode. Note: You cannot change performance sounds while in Perfor- mance Edit mode. Note: The EPx effects are not available when you are in Layer mode.

  • Page 22: The Metronome

    The metronome > Starting and stopping the metronome, adjusting the tempo The metronome The C-720 incorporates a metronome, with which you can beat the tempo during practice or song recording. The metronome can beat ordinary times, or drum patterns. Starting and stopping the metronome, adjusting the tempo Use the METRONOME button to start and stop the metro- nome.

  • Page 23: Choosing A Time Signature

    Choosing a time signature When turning the metronome on from the Main page, the de- fault time signature of 4/4 is chosen, but you can adjust it by accessing the Metronome page (as shown below). Note: If the PLAY/PAUSE button is flashing, you cannot change the time signature.

  • Page 24: Adjusting The Metronome Level

    The metronome > Adjusting the metronome level Adjusting the metronome level You can adjust the metronome’s level, in relation to the overall instrument’s volume. Press the TEMPO/MET.SET buttons together. The first Metronome page should appear. Adjusting the drum pattern’s reverb You can add a reverb effect to the drum patterns.

  • Page 25: Playing Back A Song

    Playing back a song The C-720 incorporates a multitrack recorder, with which you can record and play back songs. Since you can turn off a single part (say, the left hand), and leave another part playing (say, the right hand), this can be very useful for practicing. Together with the C-720 come a huge number of classical songs (185), with which you can play along for practicing or for enjoying your preferred tunes.

  • Page 26: How To Start Playback

    Playing back a song > How to start playback After having selected an album, use the SCROLL ton to move the cursor to the song name again, then choose a different song: Album:SongBook 01-Prelude 1 Scroll Album:SongBook 01-Prelude 1 How to start playback After having selected a song, you can play it back.

  • Page 27: Muting/unmuting A Recorder's Part

    Muting/unmuting a recorder’s part During playback, you can mute or unmute a recorder’s part. Muting is useful to play a part on the keyboard, while letting the recorder to continue playing the other. Depending on the settings made in Global mode (see “Mute Level”...

  • Page 28: Cycle Play

    Playing back a song > Cycle Play Cycle Play When practicing, you can choose a passage to be repeated again and again. This way, you can try it until it is perfect. This is called the Cycle Play function. Note: When the Cycle Play is activated, the Fast Play function no longer works (see page 50).

  • Page 29: Recording A Song

    Recording a song You can use the onboard recorder to create a song composed of up to three parts (left hand, right hand, drum). This song can then be played back on the C-720, or transferred to a com- puter (see “Data transfer via the USB port” on page 53) and played back on any other sequencer (see “MIDI”...

  • Page 30: Step 2: Selecting Sounds

    Recording a song > Step 2: Selecting sounds To record over an existing song, select the song and press the RECORD button. Existing song name Record:Michelle M:--- Step 2: Selecting sounds When you enter Record mode with a new, empty song, the sounds that were selected for playing on the keyboard are also selected for recording.

  • Page 31: Step 3: Setting The Record Options

    Example 4: Recording each hand of a piano piece in two separate parts In this case, enter recording in Single mode, and press the PART 1 button to turn its indicator off. Only the PART 2 in- Step 3: Setting the record options Before starting to record, you can set some options.

  • Page 32: Step 4: Setting The Time Signature And Tempo

    Recording a song > Step 4: Setting the time signature and tempo Step 4: Setting the time signature and tempo Before starting to record, tempo and time signature are those you last selected with the TEMPO and MET.SET buttons. You can however choose a different tempo and time signature.

  • Page 33: Step 6: Second-pass Recording

    Press STOP to stop recording. As an alternative, press the RECORD button, or the pedal assigned as the Stop func- Step 6: Second-pass recording After the first recording, you can start recording again over the same song, to add parts or notes. Press the RECORD button again.

  • Page 34: Changing Tempo To A Recorded Song

    Recording a song > Changing tempo to a recorded song Changing tempo to a recorded song If you are not happy with the tempo used for recording (may you recorded with a slower tempo), it is easy to adjust it after recording.

  • Page 35: Saving The Song

    Saving the song After recording, the song is stored into a temporary, non-per- manent memory. To preserve it from deletion when turning the instrument off or choosing a different song, you must save it into the User Song album. There are several ways to do it. By choosing the Save Song command You can select the Save Song command at any moment.

  • Page 36: Editing A Song

    Editing a song > Setting Cycle Play Editing a song After having been recorded, a user-created song can be edited, and then saved again in the User Song album. Please note that songs con- tained in albums other than UserSong cannot be edited. The only Edit function that can be accessed with these songs is the Cycle Play. Setting Cycle Play Cycle Play allows you to repeat a passage during play, to prac- tice with it over and over.

  • Page 37: Cutting Measures At The End Of The Song

    Cutting measures at the end of the song You can cut measures at the end of the song. For example, you could have recorded a long section, and then you erased it. Af- ter recording a shorter section, you ended up with a series of empty measures at the end of the song.

  • Page 38: Transposing The Song

    Editing a song > Transposing the song Transposing the song You can transpose the entire song, to make it match a different key. After having pressed the EDIT button while in Song Play mode, use the SCROLL button to go to the Transpose edit page: Transpose V:+00...

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    When you reach the end of the name, a flashing asterisk (*) appears: Save Song MyName* Save? Flashing asterisk At this point, you can either use the +/YES and -/NO but- tons to choose a new character, or press SCROLL moves the cursor to the Save command: Save Song MyName...

  • Page 40: Editing Sounds And Performances

    Editing sounds and performances > Accessing the Sound edit mode Editing sounds and performances The Sound edit mode is where you can edit sounds or perfor- mances. Edit parameters are exactly the same in both cases, but performances also memorize the split point (if the sounds are in Split mode).

  • Page 41: Saving A Performance

    Saving a performance There are three ways to save a performance. Please find them below. After editing a sound If you entered Sound edit mode with the PERFORMANCE indicator turned off (Sound mode), after modifying some- thing and pressing EXIT, the Sound Modified page (seen above) will appear: Sound Modified Save?

  • Page 42: Setting The Volume

    Editing sounds and performances > Setting the volume After editing a performance If you entered Sound edit mode with the PERFORMANCE indicator turned on (Performance mode), after modifying something and pressing EXIT, the Perf Modified page will appear: Perf.Modified Save? (Yes/No) While this page is shown, press the +/YES button to save the changes into a performance.

  • Page 43: Adjusting The Effects

    Adjusting the effects The C-720 is equipped with three types of effects: Effect Meaning IFX (Insert Effect) The sound pass entirely through this effect. This is used for effects being part of the sound itself, like the phaser of the rotary speaker.

  • Page 44: Setting The Chorus Or Modulation Effect

    Editing sounds and performances > Setting the chorus or modulation effect Setting the chorus or modulation effect The chorus or modulation effect adds depth to the sound. Ei- ther you are in Single, Layer or Split mode, a single chorus ef- fect is available for both sounds (see diagram above).

  • Page 45: Setting The Octave Transposition

    Press the SCROLL button to go to the IFX Wet/Dry edit page, with the M (Main) parameter selected: IFX Wet/Dry M:W099 L:D020 Use the +/YES and -/NO buttons to set the amount of IFX applied to the Main sound. Value Meaning –Wet Wet, i.e., maximum effect applied.

  • Page 46: Adjusting The Fine Tune

    Editing sounds and performances > Adjusting the fine tune Adjusting the fine tune You can fine tune the Main and the Layer sounds (in Layer mode), so that there is some “beating” between them. After having pressed the EDIT button, use the SCROLL button to go to the Fine Tune edit page: Fine Tune M:+00...

  • Page 47: Selecting A Scale

    Here are the effects that can be assigned to the pedals in Sound edit mode: Setting Function The pedal does not affect the sound Damper Damper pedal Sost. (Sostenuto) Sostenuto pedal Soft Soft pedal Glide Glide function. When the pedal is depressed, the sound “glides”...

  • Page 48: Resetting The Current Sound And Performance

    Editing sounds and performances > Resetting the current sound and performance Resetting the current sound and performance Any custom programming of the current sound, sound com- bination or performance, can be reset to the original values. Hint: To reset all data, use the dedicated function in Global mode (see “General Reset”...

  • Page 49: Global Settings

    Global settings Global edit is where you can edit some general parameters, not tied to the single sounds or songs. Accessing Global edit Keep the EDIT button pressed for more than one second, to access the Global edit mode. Touch settings The keyboard sensitivity, or touch, can be programmed.

  • Page 50: Master Tuning

    Global settings > Master tuning Master tuning In order to adapt the C-720 pitch to that of another instru- ment, you can adjust the pitch. Standard tuning is A4 = 440 Note: If you enter editing later, you might see a different edit page instead of the first one.

  • Page 51: Assigning Functions To The Pedals

    Assigning functions to the pedals By default, the three pedals act as (from right to left) damper, sostenuto and soft. You can freely reassign them according to your need or preference. You can either assign them to the sounds (see page 44), or globally by these pages. Global pro- gramming override sound settings.

  • Page 52: Quarter Tone (subscale Realtime Programming)

    Global settings > Quarter Tone (SubScale realtime programming) Quarter Tone (SubScale realtime programming) The Quarter Tone function allows you to program a custom scale in realtime, for example those sudden scale change typi- cal of Arabic music. Changes are not saved anywhere (they are only used in realtime), so the scale is easily “wiped-out”...

  • Page 53: Turning The Keyboard On Or Off (local Control)

    Turning the keyboard on or off (Local Control) Local is the parameter that allows you to establish whether the keyboard has to play the internal sounds and transmit MIDI data at the same time (Local On), or whether it just has to transmit MIDI data and not play the internal sound (Local Off).

  • Page 54: Midi Out Channels

    Global settings > MIDI OUT Channels Use the +/YES and -/NO buttons to choose a different track. Here is a list of the available tracks for each of the MIDI IN channels: Tracks Meaning No data received on the selected channel. This is useful when an external sequencer is sending data to two (or more) different devices.

  • Page 55: Midi Filters

    Windows ME, 2000, XP, and Mac OS 9.0.4 to OS X, are sup- ported with no need for special drivers. To use the C-720 with Windows 98SE you need the dedicated KORG Driver, a special software that you can freely download from our website.

  • Page 56: Erasing Songs From The User Song Album

    • On a Mac: Drag the KORG SSD icon over the Eject icon on the Dock (Mac OS 9: drag it to the trashcan on the desktop), and wait until the icon disappears. When it is no longer shown, go to the C-720 and press the -/NO button to deactivate data connection.

  • Page 57: General Reset

    General Reset You can reset all memory data to the original factory settings. This includes sounds, sound combinations, performances, global data. Warning: The general reset will delete all your user data, like custom performances, Layer sound balancing and global data! Backup this data to a personal computer before doing a gener- al reset.

  • Page 58: Midi

    C-720 MIDI OUT connector to the MIDI IN connector of er, for full and easy use of all MIDI features, we suggest you to install the “KORG USB MIDI Driver”, a special software that you can find in the CD that comes with your C-720. Relevant instructions come with the software itself.

  • Page 59: Standard Midi Settings

    10 = Drum the C-720 to a personal computer through the USB port (see “Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver” on page 59). Transmit MIDI data from the connected sequencer (or other device). See “Program Change” on page 57 for in- structions on how to select a sound using the MIDI Pro- gram Change message.

  • Page 60: Control Change

    MIDI > Control Change Control Change When you operate the damper pedal, adjust the balance in Layer mode, or make other adjustments on the control panel, a Control Change message is sent to a connected external MIDI device. At the same time, C-720 can receive a Control Change message from an external MIDI device connected to its MIDI IN, to control the damper pedal, volume adjustment, and other data.

  • Page 61: Installing The Korg Usb Midi Driver

    Copyright to all software included in this product is the prop- erty of Korg Inc. Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver > Connecting the C-720 to a personal computer computer, and at the same time control another MIDI instru- ment connected to the MIDI ports of the piano.

  • Page 62: Windows: Installing The Korg Usb-midi Driver

    Installing the Korg USB MIDI Driver > Windows: Installing the KORG USB-MIDI Driver Windows: Installing the KORG USB-MIDI Driver Please connect the C-720 to the computer via an USB cable only after having installed the KORG USB-MIDI Driver Tools. Warning: C-720 cannot use the KORG MIDI Data Filer at the same time.

  • Page 63: Assembling The Stand

    Assembling the stand Cautions for assembly • When placing the piano on the stand, be careful not to pinch your hands. • Be sure that the correct parts are assembled in the correct orientation and position, and follow the steps in order. Assembling the stand >...

  • Page 64: Assembling Procedure

    Assembling the stand > Assembling procedure Assembling procedure Open the packing carton and take out the contents. Check that all of the following items are available. 14 x a 5 x b 4 x c List of parts Pedal “beam” Front bar Left side panel Right side panel...

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    Lay the left side panel (C) on one of the protective card- board sheets (e), and fasten to it the pedal beam and front bar assembly. Warning: Be careful not to scratch the wooden surface of the side panels. Fix the left leg to the pedal beam and front bar assembly with three screws (a).

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    Assembling the stand > Assembling procedure In two people, lay the speaker box (E) over the front bar (B), making it fill the space between the left and right side panels. Turn it up, until it touches the metal fittings on the side panels.

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    Apply the hoods (e) to the rounded sides of the side pan- els. Attach the instrument. Warning: The side panels are easily scratched; please use caution. Lift the instrument with both hands, being careful to keep them not closer than 70mm from both ends of the piano to avoid pinching.

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    Assembling the stand > Assembling procedure Fasten the C-720 to the stand, by inserting two screws (c) into the metal fittings of the right side panel. Insert the remaining two screws (c) into the metal fittings of the left side panel. Connect the cable of the left and right speakers, to the cor- responding connectors under the piano.

  • Page 69: Check After Assembly

    Loosen the pedal adjuster, and adjust it so that it is in firm contact with the floor. Check after assembly [•] Are any parts left over? If any parts are left over, check the diagrams to see where they should be used. Caution Caution when transporting the instrument Remove the piano from its stand, and transport them sepa-...

  • Page 70: Appendix

    An electronic piano sound, typical of the late 70s. Extremely dynamic, with varying timbre according to keyboard dynamics. Good for pop and funky music. The classic, ringing sound of the Korg M1 sampled piano, so often heard in pop music during the late 80s.

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    Var. Name CC 0 CC32 ORGAN 1 Jazz Organ Perc.Org.1 Perc.Org.2 ORGAN 2 Church Org Pipe Flute Pipe Tutti STRINGS/CHOIR Strings Slow Str. String Pad Choir ScatVoices Vocal Pad BASS Ac. Bass El. Bass Fretless B Bass&Ride DRUM KITS (Selected only by Drum Patterns or via MIDI) Standard Kit Jazz Kit Brush Kit...

  • Page 72: Performances

    Appendix > Performances Performances Name Sounds / Timbres Bank 1 Split&Layr Piano&Str., Ac. Bass Grand&Ride GrandPiano, Bass&Ride Grand&Ebas GrandPiano, El. Bass PnoStrings GrandPiano, String Pad EGrand Pad Elec.Grand, String Pad Piano Pad Piano&Pad, String Pad Pno Choirs GrandPiano, Vocal Pad Pno Guitar Piano&Str., Nylon Gtr.

  • Page 73: Effects

    Effects Reverb Description / Beschreibung Hall 1 Reverb (Smooth Hall) Hall 2 Reverb (Smooth Hall) Hall 3 Reverb (Smooth Hall) Wet Plate Reverb (Wet Plate) Dry Plate Reverb (Dry Plate) Room 1 Reverb (Room) Room 2 Reverb (Room) BrightRoom Reverb (Bright Room) Description LoGain Low Boost...

  • Page 74: Songs

    Appendix > Songs Songs Album: SongBook Title Prelude 1 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) Invention No.1 Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Sonata K.545 Turkish March (Sonata K.331) For Elise Piano Sonate Op.13-2 A Maiden’s Prayer Arabesque Op.100-2 La styrienne Op.100-14 La chevaleresque Op.100-25 Springs Song Op.62-6 Traumerei Op.15-7...

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    Album: Burgmüller – F.J.F. Burgmüller: 25 Easy and Progressive Studies, Op.100 / 25 Studi Facili e Progressivi, Op.100 Title La candeur L’Arabesque La pastorale La petite reunion Innocence Progres Le courant limpide La gracieuse La chasse Tendre fleur La bergeronnette L’adieu Consolation Composer...

  • Page 76: Error Messages

    Appendix > Error messages Error messages Write Protect While saving a song, you are trying to write over a write-pro- tected file. The song has been previously copied from a PC, and it had the write-protect attribute turned on while on the computer’s disk.

  • Page 77: Troubleshooting

    If the instrument will still not function prop- erly refer to your dealer or to an Authorized Korg Service Center. Problem...

  • Page 78: Technical Specifications

    Realwood Wenge Music stand With score holder Included accessories AC power cable; Song Book, CD-ROM with KORG USB-MIDI Driver for Windows XP and Mac OS X Sounds processed with INFINITY™. Korg reserves the right to change the specifications without notice.

  • Page 79: Midi Implementation Chart

    0–127 O (123–127) Mode 2:OMNI ON, MONO Mode 4:OMNI OFF, MONO MIDI Implementation Chart > Polyphony KORG C-720 Version 1.0 - Jul. 16, 2006 Remarks Memorized 0 – 120 in the case of piano sounds Recorded though the Global channel...

  • Page 82

    Address KORG ITALY Spa Via Cagiata, 85 I-60027 Osimo (An) Italy Web servers © KORG Italy 2006. All rights reserved PART NUMBER: MAN0010006...

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