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Korg D1600 Owner's Manual: Introduction; Features

Korg digital recording studio owner's manual.
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Thank you for purchasing the Korg D1600 Digital
Recording Studio.
To ensure trouble-free enjoyment, please read this
manual carefully and use the instrument as


• The D1600 is a 16 track digital multi-track recorder
(MTR) with full-digital processing (24 bit internal
processing, 16/24 bit uncompressed recording and
playback, 44.1 kHz sampling frequency).
From recording to effect processing to mixing down
to CD-R/RW (a CD-R/RW drive is required), all
processing is performed completely in the digital
• It contains a 16 track recorder, a 24-channel 8-bus
mixer, and effects.
When using 16 bit recording/playback: 8 tracks can
be recorded simultaneously, and 16 tracks can be
played back simultaneously.
When using 24 bit recording/playback: 4 tracks can
be recorded simultaneously, and 8 tracks can be
played back simultaneously.
• User-installable internal hard disk.
You can install either a separately sold Korg HDD-
20G hard disk drive or any Korg-recommended 3.5
inch IDE hard disk drive. An internal hard disk
allows approximately 3.1 hours of recording for each
gigabyte (16 bit, 1 track). If the HDD-20G hard disk
drive (sold separately) is installed, approximately 62
hours of recording is possible.
A maximum of 100 songs 16 tracks 8 virtual
tracks can be recorded, for a total maximum of
12,800 tracks of data.
• User-installable internal CD-R/RW drive. You can
install either a separately sold Korg CDRW-2 CD-R/
RW drive or any Korg-recommended 5 inch ATAPI
internal CD-R/RW drive. If a CD-R/RW drive is
installed, you will be able to create original CD's and
back up song data, and record audio data from a CD
without connecting any other equipment to the
• All analog inputs in the mixer section use high-per-
formance balanced preamps to take full advantage
of the audio quality of full-digital processing.
XLR inputs with +48V phantom power and a dedi-
cated guitar input are provided. A wide variety of
audio sources can be connected directly, from mic
level to +16 dBu (higher than professional level).
All phone jack inputs use TRS balanced jacks to
support balanced input. Of course, unbalanced
input is also supported.
The S/PDIF digital input provides a sampling rate
converter that automatically converts 48 kHz or 32
kHz sources to 44.1 kHz.


• Each analog input/mixer channel provides high EQ,
mid EQ, and low EQ. The mid EQ has an adjustable
cutoff frequency.
EQ is provided separately for input and mixer chan-
nels, preventing the problem that can occur on MTR
units with an analog mixer when recording EQ set-
tings are applied again to the playback.
• The built-in effects use Korg's "
technology, putting detailed and powerful effect
models at your fingertips.
• Up to eight insert effects are available for insertion
into analog input/mixer channels; signals from each
channel can be sent to the two master effects, and an
independent final effect can be applied to the mas-
ter output.
For the insert effects, master effects, and final effects
you can choose from 98 different types of high qual-
ity effect, and use up to five effects simultaneously.
The D1600 provides 128 insert effect presets, 32 mas-
ter effect presets, and 32 final effect presets created
by professional musicians and studio engineers, for
a total of 192 preset effect programs. Based on these
preset programs, you can edit your own settings and
save them in one of the 192 user effect locations. An
expression pedal (separately sold option) can be con-
nected to control an insert effect in realtime.
• The built-in tuner lets you tune a connected guitar or
check the tuning of a playback track.
• The fader, EQ, pan, and effect settings of the mixer
section can be saved in a scene, and 100 scenes can
be registered for each song. You can cause scenes to
change automatically as playback progresses, or
recall them as general-purpose settings when
• Operations such as recorded, copy, and delete are
performed as non-destructive editing. You can use
the Undo function to reverse any record or edit oper-
ations previously executed. Then use the Redo func-
tion to cancel the "undo." Undo allows up to 99
prior recording or editing operations to be undone.
• Songs or phrases that you create by recording or
editing will be saved to disk automatically by the
Auto Save function when you switch songs, elimi-
nating the need to save the data manually.
• Each track provides eight virtual tracks.
For example, you might record different takes of a
solo part on different virtual tracks, and then choose
the best performance later. When using bounce
(ping-pong) recording, currently-unused virtual
tracks can be specified as the bounce destination,
allowing you to combine multiple tracks of data into
two tracks without erasing any of the 16 tracks. By
repeating this "16 to 2 track bounce" operation, you
can theoretically create a song of 16 x 8 tracks = 128
tracks without erasing any of the original track data.
• In addition to a conventional metronome sound, 215
rhythm patterns in a variety of musical styles are
built-in, allowing you to hear a more musically inter-
esting rhythmic guide as you record. You can select a
favorite rhythm and start recording right away,
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