Korg BX-3 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1) Read these instructions. 2) Keep these instructions. 3) Heed all warnings. 4) Follow all instructions. 5) Do not use this apparatus near water. 6) No objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.

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    BX-3, and specifications etc. are also provided. Printing conventions in this manual Keys and knobs ... [ ] Keys and knobs etc. on the front panel of the BX-3 are enclosed in square brackets [ ]. Parameters Parameters that appear in the display are enclosed in quotation marks “...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Introduction ...5 1. About the BX-3 ... 5 Main features ... 5 The modes of the BX-3 ... 5 2. Parts of the BX-3 and what they do ... 6 Front panel ... 6 Rear panel ... 9 Connections ... 10 1.

  • Page 5: Introduction, About The Bx-3, Main Features, The Modes Of The Bx-3

    The BX-3 has two keyboards, UPPER and LOWER. A separate MIDI channel can be assigned to each keyboard. To create the sound, the BX-3 uses the two sets of draw- bars (Drawbar 1 and Drawbar 2) on the front panel, as well as the drawbar settings specified by the program.

  • Page 6: Parts Of The Bx-3 And What They Do, Front Panel

    Introduction 2. Parts of the BX-3 and what they do PHONES jack 1. [EXPRESSION/OVERDRIVE] knob This simultaneously adjusts the volume and distor- tion. At low volumes, the low frequency and high frequency regions will be emphasized slightly. 2. VIBRATO/CHORUS section...

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    4. [DISPLAY] key The contents of the display will change each time you press this key. The display will differ between Normal mode and EX mode. For details, refer to “1. About the display” (p.14). 5. [EDIT] key Press this key to enter Normal Edit mode or EX Edit mode In Normal mode, pressing this key will enter Normal Edit mode.

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    12. AMP section [MASTER LEVEL] knob Use this knob to adjust the volume as appropriate for the equipment to which the BX-3 is connected. Use the [EXPRESSION/OVERDRIVE] knob and a connected expression pedal to adjust the volume and distortion of the sound, and then use this knob to set the final output level.

  • Page 9: Rear Panel

    1. MIDI IN connector Musical data and sound settings etc. can be received at this connector. Use this connector when you wish to play the BX-3’s tone generator from a connected MIDI device. MIDI OUT connector Music data and sound settings etc. can be transmitted from this connector.

  • Page 10: Connections, Power Cable Connections, Output Jack Connections, Pedal Connections, Midi Connections

    1. Power cable connections Connect the included power cable to the AC power inlet of the BX-3, and then plug the other end of the cable into an AC outlet. 2. OUTPUT jack connections Connect powered monitors, keyboard amps, or your audio system to output the sound of the BX-3.

  • Page 11: Quick Start, Listening To The Demo Songs, Normal Mode, Selecting A Program, Playing

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 1. Listening to the demo songs Here's how to listen to the demo songs. The BX-3 contains nine demo songs. For the song titles, refer to “3. Voice name list” (p.40). 1. Turn on the power.

  • Page 12: Using The Drawbar 1 And 2 Settings, Selecting A Program, Playing

    Quick Start Using the Drawbar 1 and 2 settings 1. Make sure that you are in Normal mode. 2. In the DRAWBAR SELECT section located at the left of the upper keyboard, press the [DRAWBAR 2] key. The key LED will light. Now you can use the front panel Drawbar 2 section to adjust the tone of the upper keyboard.

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    Using the Drawbar 1 and 2 settings The upper keyboard will use both sets of Drawbars (1 and 2) on the front panel. Drawbar 2 is assigned to footages and percussion settings for the EX mode, allowing you to create richer and more expressive sounds than in Normal mode.

  • Page 14: Basic Functions, About The Display, Switching The Display, Normal Mode, Drawbar Levels And Icons

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 2 3 Basic functions...

  • Page 15: Shortcuts, Normal Edit Mode / Ex Edit Mode, Global Mode

    • Group 2: Specifies the drawbar levels and EX drawbar type. • Group 3: Specifies how the BX-3 will respond to the PERCUSSION section controls. • Group 4: Specifies amp settings. • Group 5: Adjusts reverb settings.

  • Page 16: About The Programs, How A Program Is Structured, Restoring The Factory Settings, Initializing One Program

    3. Restoring the factory settings The BX-3 lets you re-initialize either the programs or the Global parameters back to their original factory settings. Use this procedure if you have accidentally overwritten a preset program, or want to return to the original factory settings.

  • Page 17: Initializing The Global Parameters, Initializing Programs And Global Parameters, Percussion, Normal Mode

    5. Press the [WRITE/ENTER] key. A message will ask you whether you want to initialize all the programs. To cancel the procedure, press the [EXIT] key. 6. Press the [WRITE/ENTER] key once again. When initialization has been completed, the display will indicate Init Completed, and you will return to step 4.

  • Page 18: Ex Percussion In Drawbar 2, Rotary

    Basic functions Since the “DB Preset's Perc” parameter is set inde- pendently for each program, you will have to check each program to see whether percussion can be used for that program. 3. Press the [EDIT] key. You will enter Normal Edit mode. 4.

  • Page 19: Effects, Reverb, Vibrato And Chorus, Overdrive, Saving Your Data, Writing To Internal Memory

    EX Edit mode, you can make further adjustments to the overdrive effect. 7. Saving your data Program parameter settings and Global parameter settings of the BX-3 can be saved by writing a program or transmitting a MIDI data dump. Writing to internal memory Writing a program A program that you created by editing the parameters in either of the Edit modes can be saved in internal memory.

  • Page 20: Writing The Global Parameters, Midi Data Dump, Editing, Editing The Sound

    For details, refer to “Writing a program” (p.19). Editing the sound The BX-3 has several parameters that simulate the sound of the a tone wheel organ, and these can be set indepen- dently for each program. As an example, here's how to edit the parameters of group 1.

  • Page 21: Other Parameters, Editing The Drawbar Parameters, Normal Mode, Copying Drawbar Parameters

    For details, refer to “Writing a program” (p.19). Other parameters The BX-3 has other parameters that apply various effects to the sound. In the factory-set programs, these effects are set as appropriate for each sound. If you want to make detailed adjustments to the sound of a program, you can edit the following parameters in Normal Edit mode or EX Edit mode.

  • Page 22: Copying A Program, Swapping Two Programs, Editing The Name Of A Program

    Basic functions 4. In the upper DRAWBAR SELECT section, hold down the [DRAWBAR 1] key and press the [DRAW- BAR PRESET] key. The Drawbar 1 settings will be copied to the “UPPER” parameters, and an “ ” will appear between the program number and program name.

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    4. Use the [-][+] keys to specify the desired charac- ter. You can assign a program name of up to 12 characters. 5. Press the [WRITE/ENTER] key to write the settings into internal memory. For details, refer to “Writing a program” (p.19). Basic functions...

  • Page 24: Parameters, Normal Edit Mode / Ex Edit Mode

    Specifies the drawbar levels and EX drawbar type. The parameters that are displayed will differ be- tween Normal Edit mode and EX Edit mode. Group 3: Percussion Specifies how the BX-3 will respond to the PERCUS- SION section controls. Group 4: Amp Specifies amp settings.

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    LOWER (Lower Drawbar Level) This is displayed in Normal Edit mode. Here you can specify the volume of the footage used when you play the lower keyboard in Normal mode. To change these settings, press the [DRAWBAR PRESET] key of the lower DRAWBAR SELECT section in Normal mode.

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    Parameters ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Group 4: Amp Amp Type [Type 1, Type 2, Pre Amp] here you can select the amp type. Type 1: This is a conventional organ power amp.

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    Rotor Up Transit (Rotor Up Transition) Adjusts the time over which the rotor rotation changes from slow to fast. Rotor Down Transit (Rotor Down Transition) Adjusts the time over which the rotor rotation changes from fast to slow. Fast Fast Speed Slow Speed Up Transit Rotor Stop Transit (Rotor Stop Transition)

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    Parameters Hold Uppr Ctrl (Hold Upper Controller) [Off, Pedal 1/(Pdl1)*, Pedal 2/(Pdl 2)*] This is displayed in Normal Edit mode. Pedal 1: A pedal switch etc. connected to the rear panel ASSIGNABLE PEDAL/SW 1 jack will switch Hold on/off for the notes played on the keyboard that controls the UPPER tone generator.

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    Amp Gain Ctrl Min (Amp Gain Control Minimum) Specify the minimum setting of the Normal Edit mode and EX Edit mode Group 4 “Amp Gain” parameter. This will be the gain when the expression pedal etc. specified by the “Amp Gain Ctrl” parameter is in the minimum position.

  • Page 30: Global Mode

    Parameters 2. Global mode In Global mode, you can press the PROGRAM [1]–[8] keys to directly select the first parameter in each Group 1–Group 8. Group 1: Basic Specifies the master tuning, the expression pedal function, the pedal switch function, the pitch bend range, and the keyboard triggering type etc.

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    (such as a piano module). If you specify a MIDI channel for this parameter and are using a MIDI sound module etc. connected to the BX-3, set the Group 1 “Key Trigger” parameter to Deep. MIDI Lower Rx ch (MIDI Lower Receive Channel) Specifies the MIDI channel on which the LOWER key- board will receive MIDI note messages.

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    Off: The keyboard will be internally disconnected from the tone generator section. Select this setting when you want to use the keyboard and controllers of the BX-3 only to play a different tone generator. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○...

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    CC# Drawbar 2 1 ’(MIDI CC# Drawbar 2–1-1/3’) Specifies the MIDI control change number that will be used to transmit and receive the 1-1/3' setting of Drawbar 2. (The factory setting is 77.) CC# Drawbar 2 1’(MIDI CC# Drawbar 2–1’) Specifies the MIDI control change number that will be used to transmit and receive the 1' setting of Drawbar 2.

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    When you select an EX program, an “E” will be displayed at the left of the program number. Use the [√ ] [®] keys to select the BX-3 program number, and use the [-] [+] keys to select the MIDI program [-5...+24]...

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    3 . U s e t h e [ - ] [ + ] k e y s t o s e l e c t t h e p o w e r - o n s e t t i n g f o r the upper DRAWBAR SELECT secti o n.

  • Page 36: Appendices, How The Drawbars Work, Midi Applications, About Midi

    Connecting an external MIDI sequencer or computer If you want to play the keyboard of the BX-3 and record your playing on an external MIDI sequencer/computer (connected via a MIDI interface) while using the BX-3’s...

  • Page 37: Midi Data Dump, Transmission

    BX-3 (to disconnect the keyboard section from the tone generator section). When you play the keyboard of the BX-3, the data will be sent to the external MIDI sequencer or computer, and will be echoed back to sound the tone generator of the BX-3.

  • Page 38: Reception, Midi Messages That The Bx-3 Transmits And Receives

    While dump data is being received, the BX-3's display will indicate RxSysEx Processing... Never turn off the power of the BX-3 during this time. If the power is turned off, the BX-3 may fail to operate correctly when the power is turned on again. If this occurs, hold down the Program [2] and [7] keys and turn on the power.

  • Page 39: Pitch Bend, Control Change, About System Exclusive Messages

    Function ID (type of message) – F7: End of exclusive Each BX-3 uses the same model ID, so that exclusive data can be exchanged between different BX-3 units. To obtain copy of the “MIDI Implementation” which includes MIDI exclusive format information, please contact your Korg distributor.

  • Page 40: Voice Name List

    Appendices 3. Voice name list...

  • Page 41: Troubleshooting

    • If you want to receive MIDI exclusive messages, is the “MIDI Rx Sys Exc” parameter set to Enable (Ena)? Check the parameter setting. • Does the BX-3 support the message that is being transmitted? Pedal switch or expression pedal connected to the rear panel does not operate as you intend •...

  • Page 42: Operation Of Included Expression Pedal

    Appendices 5. Operation of included Expression pedal Fortissimo function This allows you to selectively emphasise parts of your performance. As shown in the diagram, the pedal angle is 30° when fully raised. The pedal will rest at any point you take your foot off from fully raised to standard position.

  • Page 43: Specifications And Options

    (BX-3 Stand STD-BX3 included) 1,102 x 620 x 221 mm / 43.39 x 24.41 x 8.70 inches (including rubber feet) Weight 50 kg / 110.23 lbs. (BX-3 Stand STD-BX3 included) 32 kg / 70.55 lbs. (Only BX-3) Power consumption 14 W...

  • Page 44: Assembling The Stand

    Appendices 7. Assembling the stand How to assemble the stand (STD-BX3) Two or more persons are required in order to assemble the stand. Cautions for assembly Please observe the following points to ensure that the stand is assembled correctly. • Perform the assembly steps in the specified order, making sure that you use the correct parts and that they are in the correct orientation.

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    3. Lightly attach the rear braces to the side panel (R). Insert the two protrusions on the other ends of the rear braces into the holes of the side panel (R), and lightly fasten them in place using four bolts. Do not tighten these bolts yet. 4.

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    Appendices 9. Attach the organ to the stand. Place the organ on the stand, and use the four wing knobs to fasten it from below. When placing the organ on the stand, be careful not to pinch your hand. Lower the organ slowly onto the stand, and do not drop it. Check after assembly •...

  • Page 47: Midi Implementation Chart

    *3: Received when Global mode MIDI Rx PrgChng parameter is set to "ENA". *4: Received when Global mode MIDI Rx Sys Exc parameter is set to "ENA". *5: In addition to Korg exclusive messages, Inquiry and Master Volume are supported. Mode 1: OMNI ON, POLY...

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  • Pat Kelly Mar 16, 2016 02:02:
    What I REALLY need is a SCHEMATIC for the BX-3.
    I'm hoping someone has a schematic I can copy, or one I can buy. Please contact me at yllek@mnca​ble.net. Thanks.
  • Pat Kelly Oct 29, 2015 09:29:
    I have a BX-3 organ owner's manual
    I need a BPX-3 owner's manual. (the bass unit)