Korg X50 Operation Manual: Using Controllers

Korg x50 music synthesizer operation guide.
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Playing and Editing Programs
2. Press the [GLOBAL] button to enter Global
mode.
3. Press the [MENU] button to access the PAGE
MENU.
4. Use the ClickPoint [√][®][π][†] to select
"MIDI," and press the center.
The GLOBAL 1: MIDI page will appear.
5. Use the ClickPoint [√][®][π][†] to select
"MIDI Channel," and use the [VALUE] dial to
specify the global MIDI channel.
With the default settings, the global MIDI
channel "MIDI Channel" is set to 01.
Selecting programs
To switch programs, send a MIDI program change
from your external MIDI device or computer.
To switch banks, send a Bank Select control
change message (CC#0: upper byte, CC#32: lower
byte). The X50 will switch to the program of the
specified bank at the time that it receives a pro-
gram change following the bank select message.
X50
X50
Bank #
Program #
A
0 – 127
B
0 – 127
C
0 – 127
D
0 – 127
1 – 128
1 – 128: R
G
1 – 128: (XG) R
1 – 128: (GS) R
1 – 128
g(d)
1 – 128: R
Note: In bank G, program numbers 000 through
127 correspond to 001–128.
Note: "R" (Receive) indicates that only reception is
supported.
Note: Bank select messages will not be transmitted
or received if the GLOBAL 1: MIDI page MIDI
Filter "Bank" is unchecked.
Note: The table above describes the operation with
"Bank Map" set to GM. For details on the KORG
mapping (☞PG p.78).
40
Bank
Bank
Select
Select
Program #
CC#0
CC#32
63
0
0 – 127
63
1
0 – 127
63
2
0 – 127
63
3
0 – 127
121
0, 1 – 9
0 – 127
56
0
0 – 127
0
0, 1
0 – 127
0
0
0 – 127
1
0
0 – 127
120
0
0 – 127
62
0
0 – 127

Using Controllers

The X50 provides realtime controllers such as a
[MOD] wheel, pitch bend wheel, and [SW1] [SW2]
switches that let you make your performances
more expressive.
These controls let you modify the tone, pitch, vol-
ume, effects, etc. in realtime while you play.
For example, a piano sound can be played realisti-
cally using only the keyboard, but your perfor-
mance will be more expressive if you connect a
damper pedal. If you're playing guitar or wind
instrument sounds, you can use the [PITCH]
wheel to control the pitch or use the [MOD] wheel
to apply vibrato.
Note: In the pages that follow, our explanation will
center on the dedicated functionality of each
controller. However, you can also use these
controllers as sources for "alternate modulation"
or "effect dynamic modulation," giving you a
much wider range of possible uses than we
describe here. For details on these capabilities, see
"Using Alternate Modulation" (☞p.51) and PG
p.151.
Keyboard
Velocity
How hard you play the keyboard affects the expres-
siveness of the sound. You can adjust the volume
level setting so that playing the keyboard softly will
produce a soft sound, and playing hard will pro-
duce a loud sound. In addition, you can also adjust
the brightness of the sound and the envelope set-
tings such as attack rate and release time.
Using Velocity Switch in Combination Play mode
and Multi mode, you can play different Programs
by changing the keyboard velocity.
• See PROG 6: Ed–Amp1/2, Mod (☞p.55, PG
p.21) for information on how to change the vol-
ume level and envelope using key velocity.
• See PROG 4: Ed–Filter1/2, Basic, Mod. 1
(☞p.54, PG p.16) for information on how to
change the brightness and tonal color of the
sound using key velocity.
• See PROG 2: Ed–Pitch, OSC1/2 (☞PG p.10) for
information on how to control the pitch change
using key velocity.

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