'O P Q R Helpfiles'



Overdub a Style part (Drum track for example):

1) Enter the Style Record mode.
2) Mute the track you want to practice on.
3) Press START/STOP to start listening to the pattern.
4) At this point, you have two options:
a) leave the status of the track to Mute, and play the keyboard without listening to the notes already
recorded in the track;
b) change the status of the track to Record, and play the keyboard while also listening to the notes already
recorded in the track.
5) Press START/STOP to stop the pattern.

At this point you can start recording:

1) Set the track to record to the Record status.
2) Press START/STOP to start listening to the pre-count.
3) Start overdubbing.
4) Press START/STOP to end recording.

Incidentally, this works in the same way also on the Pa1X.


Own Samples: How to extract a clean loop out of a bigger wave file:

You cut the portion of the wave file that you'd like to extract the loop from first. Then you go to your wave editor/sequencer's grid mode ( If it's not there already) and choose the note value that the grid is going to be based on. Let's say , it is a 4/4 , 120 bpm...you can choose a quarter note, or 8th note grid or whatever is needed.
Then you use the zoom on/out function to see the starting point of your loop. Depending on the mode and the program you're using, if you move an audio loop, it drops it to the closest gridline. you just have to make sure , that grid like is the beginning of the bar. once you know the beginning, the end is really easy to figure out.
Drum/percussion loops are the easiest.


PA 500 mideast Faq's Website here maqam.com 


Panic Button:

Eg: At a Gig last night I was playing full upper with piano and strings, one funny sound was locked (a kind of strings sound) I could not stop it, no styles were running since I was playing with my 4 member band. I was using the songbook. I just had to restart the KB.

To me it just sounds like a hanging note.

Next time press the 'PANIC BUTTON' (Shift+Start/Stop). Much faster than restarting…..



The Performance stores:

- one full Real Time Tracks setting (Upper 1, 2, 3 and Lower - see above) + Voice Processor Preset: in practice, it's the equivalent of a single STS,
- one full Style Performance (but not including the Style Record data),
- the "link" to a particular Style location, so that when the Style Change function is on, the selected Performance also recalls, togheter with the Real Time Tracks settings, a Style. This Style will not play with the original Style Performance, but with the one saved along with the Performance itself.

Let's see an example of a possible application of this concept. You have a Cool Bossa style in the Pa800 Latin style bank (location 3). Now you would like to use the same style with two different sounds: an Octave Piano and a Glide Piano (but it could also be a Flute, a Sax or whatever you like).
Now turn the Style Change and the Performance Select functions on (if any) and:

- select the "Octave Piano" Performance (Piano Bank - Page 1 - Location 3): this Performance will select an Octave Piano sound for the Real Time Tracks, the Cool Bossa style with a Style Performance at 147 BPM starting with CountIn to Variation 2, (among others).
- now select the "Glide Piano" Performance (Piano Bank - Page 2 - Location 13): this Performance will select a Glide Piano sound for the Real Time Tracks, the Cool Bossa style with a Style Performance at 156 BPM starting with Variation 3 (among others). This means that a lot of settings can be changed, including Send Fx, Fx Type, Fx Settings, Track Mute, Sounds, etc.

So we get two completely different combinations of Real Time and Backing Tracks at the touch of a button, but it's important to underline that the original Cool Bossa style remains untouched: by selecting the original style just using the style selection buttons, we can see that it's still at 148 BPM starting with Variation 1. This feature highlight the flexibility of having a style that doesn't need to be physically duplicated to be used in two or more different situations - something that is further expanded by the SongBook feature.

How to recall a Performance: turn the Performance Select button on and use the row of buttons under it, or use the "Perf Section" area of the Main Page to open the Performance Selection Form.

How to save a Performance: using the Page Menu -> Write Performance option or the shortcut Shift + any of the Performance/Sound Select buttons. This will open a dialog box allowing naming/renaming, and a way to select a Performance location.


Phantom power - Microphone

Activate The Mike manually in Global -> Audio Setup -> Audio In tab.


Preview new styles on the pa:

Get the downloaded styles unzipped and onto a USB flash drive. [Or Hard Drive]

Power on your PA2Xpro
Save your current set (just in case)
Insert USB drive [or find on Hard Drive]
Load styles from USB drive into your USER or Favourite style banks.
Test to your heart's content noting the styles you particularly like
When finished, reload your normal SET
Now you can selectively load (your chosen) individual styles from the USB drive and place them in Appropriate style bank slots.
Re-save your set with the newly added styles.

All Korg i-series and PA series styles can be loaded onto the PA2Xpro,
however some may require some tweaking (sound changes/volumes etc..)
and will have some limited features...




Quarter Tone:

In Quick Record mode, after hitting the Record button, you cannot hear the Quarter Tone as the Quarter Tone function is a realtime one, that is not saved in a Performance. This is because this function is meant for "on-the-fly" change of scale notes. It is not meant as a replacement of a dedicated User Scale.

To have a scale containing Quarter Tones in Quick Record mode, you must choose it as the Sub Scale, assign it to a set of tracks, and save it into a Performance.

1. While in Style Play mode, go to the Main Page > Sub Scale tab, or to the Mixer/Tuning > Sub Scale edit page.
2. Assign to the Scale parameter the User scale, and use the keyboard diagram to edit each note of the scale.
3. Go to Preferences > Style Preferences > Scale Mode, and choose the set of tracks to apply the Sub Scale to.
4. Save the Performance (now containing the modified User scale).
5. Enter Quick Record mode with that Performance selected (or you can select it while in the Quick Record page).

You can also assign the Sub Scale to each track after recording, by going to the Sequencer Edit > Mixer/Tuning > Sub-Scale page.

The Quarter Tone function can also be selected "on-the-fly" by means of pedals, while in Quick Record mode.


Q&A Section

Expression/Damper pedal

Boot up pa with the Mic 'off' by default

Optimize a midi with Korg sounds?

Loop in the styles(PA2X)

Locking sound parameters

Score Display on PA588?

Chord recognition modes

How Can I Copy My Variations To Intro Or Ending

Turn off Beat with a Button!
Loading some pcm Data!

Altering Tonal Qualities of a piano

How to load individual styles

Setting lower strings to memory

Changing pad volumes

Loading styles one at a time

Set lower strings to memorize?
Changing pad volumes:

Specify Style Settings [pa500]

STS setting


Replace Velocity Strip:

Put your keyboard upside-down on something soft (and dont squash your joystick).
Undo the screws that hold the keys in place (there's 16 of them on the pro).
Carefully slide out the keys (it come out as a complete unit). You can bring it forward enough to be able to
carefully unglug the two sets of ribbon wires by carefully prying them upwards - I left the couple of single wires because they were long enough not to worry about disconnecting.
On the back of the keys are two long contact boards. Undo the screws that hold the board on and turn it over.
Now you can see the rubber contact velocity strips. These peel off very easily. You will find your offending note either has a dirty contact problem (just blow it clean) or more likely a small tear in the rubber. Replace the rubber strip with the new one simply by poking it back into place with an straightened paper-clip or other reasonably blunt but small object (a pin is too sharp).

The whole process takes about 20-30 minutes….


Recording an MP3 file - To See Screen:

When recording an MP3 file in pa you can't see the main page of display you just see the record page and if you need to see the bar or some information from the main page in style mode you cannot see the Screen to alter the settings as you play!

You have to push the "exit" button to return to your main edit or style screen and then when the song or sequence you are recording to Mp3 is about to finish, push "Shift" and "Record" at the same time to go back to the Mp3 record screen. You should see the red "R" blinking while you are in the main style screen reminding you that recording is going on.

There are three ways of reloading data in the Pa-Series:

a) Media > Load All, to be used to reload your custom data. It can load all the content of a .SET archive. This never contains Factory Sounds. If Factory Styles and Pads are not protected, they could be loaded from the .SET archive.

b) Media > Utility > Factory Restore, to be used when wanting to clean all custom edits to the factory data, or update the factory data to a new set supplied by Korg with a system update. It loads every factory settings (including Factory Sounds, Styles and Pads). It does not reload factory Samples.

c) The Factory Reset package is to be used only when there are problems related to Samples (bad sound, digital noise). It resets everything to the original factory settings, including Samples. The Factory Reset file was there before (starting from Pa800), and was the file including the "RES" abbreviation in its name


Reset your Pa2x keyboard to a known working state:

If you have problems on your Pa2x then the following procedure will reset your Pa2x keyboard to a known working state, without loss of user styles and sounds:

Save favourite styles and user styles into .SET folders (MEDIA -> Save)

Save user sounds into .SET folders (MEDIA -> Save)

Reformat the SSD memory chip (wipes all user data) ... read the installation notes!

Korg Help here

Load OSx.xx and MRx.xx, which can be done in a single operation as follows ... read the installation notes!

Korg Software here:

Load the user sounds from .SET folders (MEDIA -> Load)

Load the user styles from .SET folders (MEDIA -> Load)

Do not use Korg's backup procedure using .BKP files. Many people have had problems because there is NO effective mechanism when restoring from a BKP file that avoids overwriting Korgs latest factory Musical Resources.

Never overwrite Korg factory styles and sounds. Instead save any changes to styles in "Favourites" and changes to sounds in a User bank. There is no effective way at the moment of saving and restoring your work in the event that a Korg Musical Resources update is issued in the future.


"Rotary Speaker Fast/Slow" function

Assign the "Rotary Spkr Fast/Slow" function to one of the following controls:

Footswitch (Global > Menu > Controllers > Pedal/Switch)
EC5 (Global > Menu > Controllers > EC5)
Assignable Switch (Style Play > Menu > Pad/Switch > Assignable Switch)

Then you must save the above settings into one of the available memory locations:

- in case of a footswitch or EC5, into the Global (Page Menu > Write Global-Global Setup)
- in case of Assignable Switches, into a Performance (Page Menu > Write Performance) or in an STS (Page Menu > Write STS)

It would be better to save into a footswitch or EC5 pedal to maintain the same settings even when selecting a different Style, STS or Performance. You should use an Assignable Switch if you prefer to link your settings to a specific Performance or STS.
Q) How can I assign Rotary Speaker's speed control to the joystick?

A) You must assign the "40: Rotary Speaker" effect to the FX 2 (Sound mode) or FX B and D (all other modes) processor, then assign the JS+Y or JS-Y modulation source to the effect:
Press the MENU button, and select the Effects section.



Rotary Speaker assignment speed control to the joystick:

You must assign the "40: Rotary Speaker" effect to the FX 2 (Sound mode) or FX B and D (all other modes) processor, then assign the JS+Y or JS-Y modulation source to the effect:

1. Press the MENU button, and select the Effects section.
2. See above how to assign the "40: Rotary Speaker" effect as an Insert effect.
3. Go to the FX 2, FX B or FX D page, and assign the "JS+Y" or "JS-Y" option to the "Speed Switch - Src" parameter, depending on whether you prefer to move the joystick forward or backward. Assign Slow or Fast to the "Speed Switch" parameter to decide the starting speed.
4. Write the Sound, STS or Performance to memory.

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