Playing and Editing Combinations
4. Press a COMBI BANK [A]–[C] button to switch
When you select a different Bank, the button's
LED will light, and the selected bank will
appear on the left side of the display.
For example, to select bank B, press the COMBI
BANK [B] button. The [B] button will light, and
the name Bank B will appear in the left of the
Auditioning the sound
5. Play a note on the keyboard to hear the sound
Note: You can't use the [AUDITION] button to
play a riff (phrase) in Combination mode.
Overview: Combination Banks
When shipped from the factory, it is loaded with
384 Combinations. You can also save any combi-
nations that you create.
Combinations are organized into three banks as
shown in the following table.
A, B, C
Selecting by Category
You can select Combinations from within a cate-
gory, such as keyboard, synthesizer, bass, and
When shipped from the factory, the preloaded
Combinations are organized into 16 categories.
For details on how to select combinations in this
way, see the following page.
☞p.38 "Selecting programs by category"
☞p.38 "Using Cat.HOLD to select by category"
With the factory settings,
these banks contain a wide
variety of preloaded
combinations that use
multiple programs, effects,
and arpeggio patterns.
128 programs can be written
or rewritten to each bank A–C
(for a total of 384). You can't
write (save) data in these
Using 10's HOLD to select combina-
You can ﬁx the ten's place of the combination
number as you select combinations.
For details on how to do this, refer to "Using 10's
HOLD to select programs" (☞p.39).
Using a footswitch to select Combi-
You can assign a footswitch to step through Com-
binations one by one, either going up (0, 1, 2, 3,
etc.) or going down (3, 2, 1 etc.).
This lets you change Combinations without using
your hands–great for quick Combination changes
in live performance situations.
For details on how to do this, refer to "Using a
footswitch to select Programs" (☞p.39).
Using MIDI program changes to
You can select combinations in the COMBI 0: Play
page or switch the programs of timbres by send-
ing MIDI program change messages from your
external MIDI device (DAW software or other
sequencer, or MIDI controller) to the X50.
If you've installed the included "X50 Plug-In Edi-
tor" into your DAW program as a plug-in, you can
easily select X50 programs or combinations from a
list within your DAW software. For more details,
see "Editor/Plug-In Editor Manual" (PDF).
Switching combinations via MIDI
The combination will change when the X50
receives a program change on a channel that
matches the global MIDI channel.
However, this is affected by the GLOBAL 1: MIDI
"Combi (Combination Change)" setting. This set-
ting must be checked. If this setting is unchecked,
the combination will not change; instead, the pro-
gram will change for the timbre of the matching
With the factory settings, the global MIDI channel
is set to channel 1. If you want to change this set-
ting, see "MIDI channel setting" (☞p.39).
Switching the program of a timbre via
The MIDI channel of a timbre is speciﬁed by the
COMBI 2: Ed–Track Param, MIDI "MIDI Chan-
nel" setting. When a program change message on
a MIDI channel that matched the timbre's channel