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Korg microX Operation Manual: Basic Oscillator Settings

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Playing and Editing Programs

Basic oscillator settings

Program type setting (single, dou-
ble, drum kit)
Here you can specify the type of program
(whether to use one oscillator, two oscillators, or a
drum kit). Use the PROG 1: Ed–Basic, Prog Basic
"Oscillator Mode" to specify the program type.
Single Programs have one oscillator, and Double
Programs have two oscillators. Each oscillator
includes a complete synthesis voice, with velocity-
switched Multisamples, dual filters, EGs, LFOs,
and so on.
Drums mode is a special variation of Single mode,
and uses a Drum Kit (as created in Global mode)
instead of Multisamples.
Polyphony is the number of notes that can be
played simultaneously, such as in a chord. The
polyphony depends on the program type.
Program type
Polyphonic/monophonic playing
The Voice Assign Mode selects whether the Pro-
gram will play polyphonically (Poly) or mono-
phonically (Mono).
When this is set to Poly, you can play both chords
and melody lines. When this is set to Mono, only
one note will sound even if you play a chord.
Normally you'll set this to Poly, but Mono is use-
ful when playing sounds such as synth basses,
synth leads, and other solo instruments. Another
important aspect of monophonic playing is Legato
triggering. When Legato is on (the box is checked),
if a new note on the keyboard is played before the
previous note is released, the filter and amplifier
EGs will not re-trigger, so that you can move from
note to note in a true legato fashion. If the previ-
ous note is released before the next note is played,
the note will trigger normally.
Try switching between Poly and Mono, and listen
to the results.
Working with Multisamples
What is a multisample?
A sample is a digital recording of a particular
instrument or waveform (or other natural or artifi-
cially processed sound) recorded at a specific
pitch. A multisample is a collection of similarly
voiced samples, used to create the same type of
sound - piano, bass, guitar, strings, organ - across
the entire keyboard, as the basis of a program. The
oscillators of single and double programs use mul-
tisamples. There are 624 multisamples available in
this instrument.
You can assign up to two multisamples to each
oscillator and switch between them by velocity.
This is called "velocity multisample switching."
Multisamples and Drum Kits
Multisamples and Drum Kits allow you to play
samples in different ways.
• Multisamples lay out one or more samples
across the keyboard. For instance, a very simple
guitar Multisample might have six samples–
one for each string.
• As the name suggests, Drum Kits are optimized
for playing drum samples.
Selecting Multisamples
If you specify a High and Low multisample for an
oscillator, either the High or the Low multisample
will sound depending on the velocity of the note
(i.e., the strength at which you play the keyboard).
This function is called velocity multisample
Note: To make it easier for you to hear the result,
set the program type to "Oscillator Mode" Single.
1. Access the PROG 1: Ed–Basic, OSC1 page.
2. Use the ClickPoint [√][®][π][†] to highlight
"High Multisample."
• Use the [VALUE] dial to make your selection.


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