The KORG X50 61-key synthesizer is an easy-to-move, lightweight, and affordable keyboard. It delivers 512 professional-quality sound programs produced by the HI synthesis system from the acclaimed TRITON series. The Korg synth has 470 multisamples, 518 drum samples, 16-part multitimbral, dual polyphonic arpeggiators, and 384 combinations constructed of up to eight programs each. The keyboard's powerful effect section has four separate processors: one for insert effects, two for master effect... Read more
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Connecting the AC adapter..23 Turning the power on..23 Turning the power off..24
Simple combination editing.. 60
Changing the programs within the Combination..60 Adjusting a timbres pan and volume.60 REALTIME CONTROLS , , , , [SELECT]...61 Saving your edits..61
Basic connections..25 Connecting a damper pedal, foot switch, or foot pedal...26 Connecting a computer..27 Connecting MIDI devices..34
Detailed Editing with Combinations. 62
Before you begin editing..62 Selecting a program for each timbre..63 Status and MIDI settings..63 Layers, Splits, and Velocity switches.64 Altering Programs to fit within a Combination..66 Effects..68
Playing and Editing Programs.37
Playing programs.. 37
Selecting programs..37 Using Controllers..40
Using and Editing Multi sets.. 69
MIDI considerations.. 69
Selecting a multi set..69 Assigning a program to a track, and setting the volume and pan..70 Copying the settings of a combination to a multi set...72 What you can do in Multi mode..73 Using Controllers..74 Altering Programs to fit within a Multi set.74 Layers, Splits, and Velocity Switches.75 Effects..75 Saving your edits..75 Control via MIDI..76
Synchronizing the arpeggiator..105
Using Drum Kits.. 107
What is a Drum Kit?..107 Before you start editing.107 Editing Drum Kits..108 Saving a drum kit..110
Other functions.. 111
Restoring the factory settings (Loading the preloaded data)..111 Assigning a name (Rename)..112 Setting the functions of [SW1] and [SW2]..113 Assigning functions to REALTIME CONTROLS B-mode knobs .113 Adjusting the display contrast..114 Tap tempo control..114 Shortcuts..114
Effects settings. 79
Effects in each mode..79 Effect types...79 Effect settings for a program..81 Effect settings in combination, and Multi.84 Dynamic modulation and BPM/MIDI Sync.85 Saving edited effect settings..86 Bypassing the insert effect or the master effects..86
When you select a different Bank, that buttons LED will light, and the selected bank will appear in the left side of the display.
Selecting combinations by bank and number
1. Press a [COMBI] button. (The button will light.) You will enter Combination mode. Notice that the upper line of the display indicates COMBI 0: Play (mode name, page number and name).
Mode name Page number and name Category number and name Parameter name Tab name Tempo
Bank number Combi Select (combination number and name) Tab Control assign list
2. Make sure that Combi Select (combination number and name) is selected. If this is not selected, use the ClickPoint  to highlight the Combi Select indication. 3. Turn the [VALUE] dial to select the combination you want to play. 4. Press a COMBI BANK [A][C] button to switch banks. When you select a different Bank, the buttons 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 display. Combinations are organized into banks of 128. Select the desired bank, and then select a combination number within that bank. 5. Play the keyboard to hear the combination you selected. While playing the keyboard, use the [MOD] wheel, [PITCH] wheel, [SW1][SW2], and realtime controllers to modify the sound. The result will differ depending on the combination, so play the keyboard while operating these controllers to hear what they do. Note: You cant use the [AUDITION] button to play a riff (phrase) in Combination mode.
Selecting combinations by category
In Combination mode you can select combinations by category just as in Program mode. For the procedure, see Selecting programs by category (p.3).
Using controllers to modify the sound
You can operate the X50s [MOD] wheel, [PITCH] wheel, [SW1][SW2], and realtime controllers to add expressive variation to your performances.
[PITCH] wheel, [MOD] wheel
You can use the [PITCH] wheel and [MOD] wheel located at the upper left of the keyboard to vary the pitch or adjust the depth of modulation. The actual result will depend on the program and combination, but these controllers are normally used to apply the following effects.
Raise the pitch
Deepen the vibrato
REALTIME CONTROLS , , , , [SELECT]
Use the [SELECT] button to select realtime controller mode A/B/C, and use knobs  to control the tone, effects, MIDI control changes, and arpeggiator etc. while you perform. Use these knobs when you want to modify the sound while performing, or to make simple edits.
In addition to providing conventional arpeggiator functions, the polyphonic arpeggiator of the X50 can respond to the pitches or timing of your keyboard playing, and produce a diverse range of chords or phrases. This can be used to play a variety of drum phrases, bass phrases, or guitar and keyboard backing riffs. The arpeggiator is also effective for use with subtly moving pads, synth sounds, or sound effects. In Combination mode, and Multi mode, the X50 provides dual polyphonic arpeggiators that can simultaneously play two arpeggio patterns. You can apply separate arpeggio patterns to drum and bass programs, or use keyboard splits or velocity to switch between arpeggio patterns for an even more dynamic performance.
Effects that can creatively manipulate the sound or generate subtle ambience
The X50s effects can be used in many ways, ranging from manipulating the sound dramatically to creating spacious reverberation. (p.9 Highquality sound featuring the HI synthesis system)
Direct USB connection to your computer
The X50 provides a convenient USB connector that allows single-cable connection to your computer, without requiring a MIDI interface or MIDI connectors. The X50 supports Windows XP and Macintosh OS X 10.3 or later.
4 channel audio outputs
In addition to the (MAIN OUTPUT) L/MONO and R main stereo audio outputs, X50 provides two individual audio outputs, for a total of four channels of audio output. The sound from each oscillator, drum, timbre/track, or insert effect can be routed freely to any output.
X50 Plug-In Editor supports editing from within your DAW software
The X50 Editor is a stand-alone program that lets you edit the X50 from your Macintosh or Windows computer. On the other hand, the X50 Plug-In Editor lets you edit the X50 as a plug-in instrument from within a host application such as DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software. It supports VST, Audio Units, and RTAS formats. Both editors are included with your X50.
Multi mode plays multiple tracks of data from an external sequencer
In Multi mode, the X50 can operate as a 16-track MIDI multi-timbral sound module, receiving multiple tracks of performance data from an external sequencer or similar device. Since you can use the effects and the two arpeggiators as well, the X50 will also function as a more advanced sound module. You can create, save and recall numerous Multi sets in the X50 and it also supports GM (General MIDI System Level 1), making it easy to use as a sound module for a desktop music system.
Dual polyphonic arpeggiator
10. VALUE controllers 6. MODE
Use these buttons to enter modes. The X50 has four modes. (p.19) Press a button (the LED will light) to enter the corresponding mode. The following VALUE controllers are used to set the value of the selected parameter (p.20).
[VALUE] dial [INC], [DEC] buttons Numeric buttons ,  button, [./HOLD] button, [ENTER] button
Quick Start Appendices Other functions External control Drum Kit Arpeggiator Global Effect Multi Combination Program Setup Introduction
11. PAGE, CURSOR
You can use these buttons to move forward or backward through the different tabs in a page. By holding down the [MENU/OK] button and pressing these same buttons you can move forward or backward through the pages themselves, such as page 0, 1, 2, etc. (p.20)
the settings made in the dialog box and close the dialog box (corresponds to the Cancel). If a Utility menu or page menu is open, pressing [EXIT/ CANCEL] button will close the menu.
12. BANK SELECT
PROG BANK [A], [B], [C], [D], [GM] buttons COMBI BANK [A], [B], [C] buttons
These buttons switch program or combination banks. The button LED will light to indicate the current bank. (p.38, 44) In Program mode, these buttons select program banks. In Combination mode, these buttons have the following two functions. Select combination banks. When the cursor is located at a timbre program (highlighted), these buttons select program banks. (p.57, 60) In Multi mode, when the cursor is located at a track program (highlighted), these buttons select program banks. (p.71)
The ClickPoint is a multi-function controller. You can move the ClickPoint in the () direction to select parameters. In addition, you can press directly down on the center of the ClickPoint (in toward the body of the instrument) to select an item in the display. After selecting a parameter expressed as a numerical value etc., press the center of the ClickPoint; the value will be highlighted, and now you can use  to increase or decrease the value. To nalize the value, press the center once again. You can also press the ClickPoint center to access a dialog box, to set the numerical value of an editable condition, or to turn a switch on/off. If you press the ClickPoint on the utility menu, page menu, or a text edit button (p.15), the selected command or page will appear. Pressing the ClickPoint center on a check box will switch the item on/off. Pressing the ClickPoint center on a button such as OK or CANCEL will conrm the corresponding choice.
13. UTILITY, COMPARE
Press this button when you want to use the utility functions. (p.21)
Use this button when you wish to compare the sound of the program, combination or multi set that you are currently editing with the un-edited sound that was written into memory. (p.21)
Press this button to access the page menu. (p.19) You can move to a specic page by pressing the [MENU/OK] button simultaneously with another button. (p.19) By holding down the [MENU/OK] button and using the numeric buttons  to enter a page number, you can move to the selected page. By holding down the [MENU/OK] button and pressing the [PAGE+] button or [PAGE] button, you can move forward or backward in steps of one page. If a dialog box is open, this button will conrm the settings in the dialog box and close it. (This is the same function as the OK button.)
14. Headphone jack
This 1/8" mini-stereo phone jack carries the same signal as the (MAIN OUTPUT) L/MONO, R jacks. The headphone volume is controlled by the [VOLUME] slider.
When you are in a page other than 0 of each mode, you can press this button to move to page 0 of that mode. When a dialog box is open, this button will cancel
1. AUDIO OUTPUT
What is USB?
Connect these outputs to the input jacks of your amp or mixer. In addition to the (MAIN OUTPUT) L/MONO and R main stereo audio outputs, the X50 provides two individual audio outputs. (p.25)
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus, and is an interface for transferring data between a computer, a keyboard and/or peripheral devices. Note: The USB connector of the X50 is only able to transmit and receive MIDI data.
MAIN OUTPUT L/MONO, R jack INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT 1, 2 jack
5. Power supply
Be sure to see Turning the power on/off (p.23) and follow the correct procedure described there.
You can connect a damper pedal, foot switch, and foot pedal to these jacks. This gives you a broader range of functions and effects to control. (p.26)
This switch turns the power on/off.
ASSIGNABLE PEDAL jack ASSIGNABLE SWITCH jack DAMPER jack
AC adapter connector
Connect this to the included AC adapter. Connections must be made with the power turned off. Please be aware that careless operation may damage your speaker system or cause malfunctions.
The KORG USB-MIDI devices currently connected to your computer will be shown in
When youve nished installing the application(s) you want, click [Exit installer] to exit the installer.
3. In the task bar, choose [Start] [All Programs] [KORG] [KORG USB-MIDI Driver Tools] [Install KORG USB-MIDI Device] to start up the setup utility.
Then the standard driver will be installed automatically.
Specify the installation destination. The screen will show the installation destination folder. If you want to change this, click [Change] and select the desired installation destination.
If you want to use the KORG USB-MIDI Driver for Windows XP, please re-install the driver manually using the procedure described below.
7. The rst time you connect the X50 to the USB port of your computer, the standard USB-MIDI driver provided by Windows will be installed automatically.
check I accept the terms of the license agreement and click [Next>].
the list above. The lower area will show the version of the KORG USB-MIDI Driver that you will be installing. Select X50 in the list above, and click [Install]. Driver installation will begin.
Mac OS X: Installing the KORG USB-MIDI driver and editor software
Installing the KORG USB-MIDI Driver
Note: Use the KORG USB-MIDI Driver if you are connecting the X50 via USB to a computer that satises the conditions listed in KORG USB-MIDI Driver operating requirements (p.27). 1. Insert the included CD-ROM into your CDROM drive. 2. In the CD-ROM, navigate to the KORG USBMIDI Driver folder, and double-click KORG USB-MIDI Driver.pkg to start up the installer. 3. Depending on the version of your operating system, a conrmation dialog box may appear at this point. If so, enter your password and click [OK]. When the installer starts up, the following screen will appear. Click [Continue].
4. If a warning dialog box regarding digital signature authentication appears during the installation, click [Continue] to continue the installation.
5. Driver installation has been completed. Click [Finish] to exit the installer. If you are asked whether you want to restart Windows now, choose [Yes] to restart. Note: For details on installation and setup, and on uninstallation, see the Installation manual (HTML) on your computer. To view the Installation manual, click from your taskbars [Start] [All Programs] [KORG] [KORG USB-MIDI Driver Tools] [Installation manual].
Making settings in Global mode
Heres how to set parameters in Global mode. 1. Press the [GLOBAL] button (the button will light) to enter Global mode. 2. Press the [MENU/OK] button to access the page menu.
Local Control On MIDI Filter Exclusive Convert Position Choose MIDI if you want to make these settings. The GLOBAL 1: MIDI page will appear.
3. Use the ClickPoint  to select a page, and press the ClickPoint center.
Example connections when using the X50 Editor/Plug-In Editor
If you want to mix the X50s audio signals with the audio signals sent from your host application via your audio interface, or with audio signals from another sound module, make connections as shown below.
Connecting MIDI devices
By connecting the X50s MIDI connectors to an external MIDI device you can transfer sound settings and performance data such as note messages between your external MIDI device and the X50.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and is a world-wide standard for exchanging various types of musical data between electronic musical instruments and computers. When MIDI cables are used to connect two or more MIDI devices, performance data can be exchanged between the devices, even if they were made by different manufacturers.
1 L/MONO R 2 USB
This connector receives MIDI data. Use this to play the X50 from another MIDI device, or from an external sequencer.
If you want to apply a plug-in effect to the X50s audio signals, or to control the X50s audio signals in your host application together with the audio data from the KORG Legacy Collection or other audio tracks, make connections as shown below. Make settings as appropriate for the host application youre using. For details on setup, see Editor/Plug-In Editor Manual (PDF).
This connector transmits MIDI data. Use this to control external MIDI devices, or to record into an external sequencer.
Controlling an external MIDI tone generator from X50
When you wish to use the X50s keyboard, controllers, and arpeggiator etc. to play an external MIDI tone generator, use a MIDI cable to connect X50s MIDI OUT connector to the MIDI IN connector of the external MIDI tone generator.
X50 MIDI OUT X50 MIDI IN
Controlling two or more external MIDI tone generators from X50
You can also use a MIDI patch bay to control multiple MIDI devices.
X50 MIDI IN
MIDI patch bay
MIDI OUT MIDI IN
MIDI tone generator
You can connect the X50 to your external MIDI sequencer and use it both as an input keyboard and as a MIDI sound module. 1. Connect the X50s MIDI OUT connector to your MIDI sequencers MIDI IN connector, and connect the sequencers MIDI OUT connector to the X50s MIDI IN connector. 2. Make the necessary settings in the X50s Global mode. See Global mode settings on the X50 (p.32).
X50 Bank # A B C D X50 Program # 1 128: R G 1 128: (XG) R 1 128: (GS) R 1 128: R Bank Select CC#Bank Select CC#3 0, 0 0, 0
How hard you play the keyboard affects the expressiveness 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 produce a loud sound. In addition, you can also adjust the brightness of the sound and the envelope settings 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: EdAmp1/2, Mod (p.55, PG p.21) for information on how to change the volume level and envelope using key velocity. See PROG 4: EdFilter1/2, 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: EdPitch, OSC1/2 (PG p.10) for information on how to control the pitch change using key velocity.
Note: In bank G, program numbers 000 through 127 correspond to 001128. 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).
Sounds can be programmed to change in character based on the note being played. As you play higher or lower on the keyboard, the note number can modulate the timbresuch as becoming brighter as you play higher. Envelopes may also become faster or slower; the volume may change; and so on.
By assigning the appropriate functions to the [SW1] and [SW2] you can use them to transpose the keyboard in one-octave steps, turn the portamento function on/off, or lock the effect of the [PITCH] wheel. Each button can work as either a Toggle or Momentary switch. In Toggle mode, the assigned function is switched between on and off each time the button is pressed. In Momentary mode, the assigned function is active on only as long as you hold down the button. In Program mode you can view the function of the [SW1] and [SW2] in the 0: Play, Program page; in Combination mode in the 0: Play, Combination page; and in Multi mode in the 0: Play, Multi page. (p.37) To switch octaves PROG 7: EdArp/Ctrls, Controls (PG p.25)
Protecting the memory
If one or more of the Memory Protect boxes are checked, operations such as writing, loading etc. will be prohibited for the corresponding type of memory. If you want to edit and write (save) settings, youll need to uncheck this box. In order to load the preloaded data, youll rst need to uncheck the Memory Protect box for the data you want to load.
MIDI-related settings 1: MIDI
Note: You can use this as a source for alternate modulation or effect dynamic modulation, and use it to control program parameters or effect parameters. In this case, set Foot SW Assign to Foot SW (CC#82), and Foot Pedal Assign to Foot Pedal (CC#04).
MIDI Setup, MIDI Filter
Here you can make MIDI-related settings for the entire X50, such as the global MIDI channel and the MIDI clock setting. You can also use the utility commands of this page to transmit MIDI System Exclusive data dumps. (PG p.81)
The user scales you create here can be used by specifying the scale for a program, for each timbre of a combination, or for each track of a Multi set. You can choose these scales from the following pages.
Mode Program Combination Multi Page 1: EdBasic, Program Basic
2: Track Param, Other
1. Create a user octave scale or a user all notes scale.
Select a key, and use the VALUE controllers to adjust the pitch. The range of 99 raises or lowers the pitch approximately one semitone above or below the standard pitch. Note: You can also select a key by holding down the [ENTER] button and playing the desired note on the keyboard. Note: You can copy one of the preset scales and edit it to create an original scale. To do so, use the Copy Scale utility. 2. Press the [MULTI] button to enter Multi mode. 3. Press the [MENU/OK] button, choose Track Param from the PAGE MENU, and then press the [PAGE+] button to access the 2: Track Param, Other page.
Heres how to set the scale type for each track in Multi mode.
2: EdTimbreParam, Other
By adjusting the pitch of each key in the range of 99 cents, you can raise or lower it by approximately one semitone relative to the normal pitch.
On the User Scale page, you can create your own original scales. These include sixteen different User Octave Scales, in which the pitch of each note of the octave is repeated for all octaves, and one User All Note Scale, in which the pitch of each of the 128 notes can be specied independently.
Specifying the range of velocities in which the arpeggiator will operate (Vel Btm, Vel Top)
Vel Btm, Vel Top: The arpeggiator will operate when you play notes with a velocity (playing strength) that is within the specied range. Notes played with a velocity outside this range will be sounded normally, without regard to the arpeggiator on/off.
Writing (saving) the arpeggiator settings
Arpeggio parameters you edit in Program mode are saved along with the data when you write the program. For details on how to write, see Saving your edits (p.45).
Linking the arpeggiator to a program
Making the arpeggio pattern shufe (Swing)
Swing modies the timing of the even-numbered arpeggiated notes, letting you give a shufe character to the pattern. You can specify whether the arpeggio settings written in a program will also be selected when you switch to that program, or whether the existing state of the arpeggiator will be maintained. With the factory settings, the former setting is selected. If you want to use the latter setting, check Program in Auto Arp (GLOBAL 0: System, Basic page).
Editing in the PROG 7: EdArp/Ctrls, ScanZone page
Access the PROG 7: EdArp/Ctrls, ScanZone page.
In Combination and Multi mode, the X50 provides dual polyphonic arpeggiator functionality that lets you use two arpeggio patterns simultaneously. The settings in each of these modes are made in the similar way. As an example, the following explanation shows how to make settings in Combination mode.
Specifying the range of notes in which the arpeggiator will operate (Key Btm, Key Top)
Key Btm, Key Top: The arpeggiator will operate when you play keys within the specied range. Keys outside of this range can be played in the normal manner, and will not be affected by the arpeggiator on/off. For example if you set Pattern to Preset-0: UP, check Latch, set Key Top to B3, and Key Btm to C-1, playing a note B3 or lower will trigger the arpeggiator. Since Latch is on, the arpeggio will continue even after you release the keys. You can use the C4 and higher keys to play con-
Each time you press the [ARP ON/OFF] button, the arpeggiator will be switched on or off. When on, the [ARP ON/OFF] button will light. The selected arpeggio pattern will begin when you play the keyboard. The on/off setting is saved when the combination is written into memory. Note: If Assign is Off or Arpeggiator Run is not checked, the arpeggiator will not operate even if this key is on.
1. Select COMBI 0: Play, Prog page. Select programs for the timbres that you wish to use. For this example, select any desired program for timbres 14. 2. Select COMBI 2: EdTimbreParam. MIDI page. For the timbres that you will be using, set Status to INT, and set MIDI Channel to Gch or to the global MIDI channel (set in GLOBAL 1: MIDI MIDI Channel). For this example, set timbres 14 to a Status of INT, and timbres 58 to a Status of Off. Set the MIDI Channel of timbres 14 to Gch.
In the GLOBAL 0: System, Preference page, uncheck the Memory Protect Combination check box. (p.88) 10.The Status, MIDI Channel and Assign settings shown in the display of steps 2 and 3 can be made so that certain timbres will sound only when the arpeggiator is On, and will be silent when the arpeggiator is not Off.
which is assigned to T5 (Gch). T4 will be sounded by arpeggiator A. Since the Status of T5 is Off, it will not sound. Since the Status of T5 is Off, it will not sound, regardless of whether the arpeggiator is on or off. It is a dummy timbre that causes T4 to sound only when the arpeggiator is on.
Combination B071: In The Pocket
Although this is a somewhat sophisticated editing technique, we will describe the settings of one of the preset combinations as an example.
Select and play combination B071: In The Pocket. Before you play, make sure that the global MIDI channel (GLOBAL 1: MIDI MIDI Channel) is set to 01. Arpeggiator A is assigned to T7 and T8, and arpeggiator B is assigned to T5. When you play the keyboard, the T7 program C004: HipHop Kit will be sounded by the arpeggio pattern Dr-In The Pocket. The T5 program A066: Chord Trigger will be sounded by the arpeggio pattern Bs-Echo. The B Key Btm and Key Top (COMBI 7: EdArp/Ctrls, Scan Zone page) are set so that arpeggiators B will operate only for the G3 note and above. Arpeggiator B is assigned to T8 as well, but this setting is so that the T7 program C004: HipHop Kit will sound only when the arpeggiator is on. See the preceding section Combination A021: Urban Nature RnB (p.98).
Combination A021: Urban Nature RnB
Select combination A021: Urban Nature RnB, and play it. Before you play, make sure that the global MIDI channel (GLOBAL 1: MIDI MIDI Channel) is set to 01. Arpeggiator A is assigned to T (timbre) 4 and 5. When you play the keyboard, the arpeggio pattern Dr-Nature RnB will sound only the T4 program B004: Trance/GarageKit. The arpeggio pattern uses the Fixed Note setting, which is appropriate when playing a drum arpeggio. (Fixed Note is checked in, GLOBAL 5: Arp.Pattern, Setup page.) With this setting, the arpeggio pattern will always play the specied pitches regardless of the note numbers received from the keyboard. (p.102) The A Key Btm and Key Top (COMBI 7: EdArp/Ctrls, Scan Zone page) are set so that arpeggiator A will operate only for notes B3 and lower. Arpeggiator A is also assigned to T5, but this is so that the T4 program B004: Trance/GarageKit will sound only when the arpeggiator is on. Notice the timbre settings for T4 and T5
A pattern consists of Steps and Tones. Step: A user arpeggio pattern can have a maximum of 48 steps. The arpeggiator will play from the rst step, in steps equal to the timing value specied by Reso (Resolution). The vertical lines of the grid shown in the center of the display indicate the steps. Use Step (Step No.) to select the step. For each step, specify Ptch (Pitch Offset), Gt (Gate), Vel (Velocity) and Flam. To change the step, use the ClickPoint to select Step (Step No.), and then use the [VALUE] dial or [INC][DEC] button to select the desired step. In this page you can use the ClickPoint  to move between steps. Tone: At each step, a chord consisting of up to 12 tones (Tone No. 0011) can be sounded. The grid of horizontal dotted lines in the center of the display indicate the tones. When Step (Step No.) is selected, you can press the center of the ClickPoint to specify the tone. Use the ClickPoint  to select a tone, and press the center to enter that tone. The tone will switch on/off each time you press the center. Use the ClickPoint  to move to the next or previous step. Select a step, use  to select a Tone, and then press the center to enter. Press the [MENU/OK] button when youre nished.
4. In Pattern, select the arpeggio pattern that you wish to edit. For this example, select an empty user arpeggio pattern. If a blank pattern is selected, playing the keyboard will not start an arpeggio. Note: Although preset arpeggio patterns Preset0Preset-4 can be selected, they cannot be edited. 5. In Lgth (Length), specify the length of the pattern. After the pattern has played for the length specied, it will return to the beginning. This setting can also be changed during or after editing. For this example, set it to 8. 6. Make settings for the (Tempo), Reso (Resolution), Oct (Octave), Sort, Latch, K.Sync (Key Sync.), and Kbd (Keyboard) parameters. Note: These are program parameters, but can be set from here as well. If after moving here from Program mode, you modify these parameters and wish to keep your changes, return to Program mode and write the program. These parameters are not saved by Write Arpeggio Pattern. For this example, make the settings shown in the illustration 3. 7. The Type (Arpeggio Type), Octave Motion, and Fixed Note parameters specify how the arpeggio will be developed.
To input tones, select Step (Step No.) and then use numeric buttons , , and [./ HOLD] to input tones. The Tone No. corresponds to the , , and [./HOLD] buttons as shown below. Each time you press a , , or [./HOLD] button, the corresponding tone will be turned on/off. The horizontal lines of the grid shown in the center of the display indicate the tones. Tone0009:  buttons
Using Exclusive Groups
1. Access the GLOBAL 4: DKit, Voice/Mixer page. 2. Use the Excl Group (Exclusive Groups) to make one drum sound cut off another drum sound such as closed and open hi-hats. For example, lets say that youve assigned an open hi-hat and a closed hi-hat to the same exclusive group: Play the open hi-hat sound. While its still ringing, play the closed hi-hat. The open hi-hat sound will be cut offsimulating the action of a physical hi-hat.
The Program Hold parameter can be especially useful for drum programs, since it lets the samples ring out naturally regardless of how long you hold down the note. The way that this works depends on settings in both the Program and the Drum Kit, as described below. To enable Hold: 1. Access the PROG 1: EdBasic, Prog Basic page. 2. Voice Assign, make sure that the Hold check box is checked. Once youve turned on Hold for the Program, the function is controlled on a noteby-note basis according to settings within the Drum Kit. 3. Access the GLOBAL 4: DKit, Voice/Mixer page.
Fine-tuning the sound of each sample
1. If you like, adjust the Levels for the two Drum Samples. Set the High and Low Level settings to adjust the volume balance. 2. Set the tuning and EG parameters as desired. For each Drum Sample, you can control offsets to the Programs settings for transposition, tuning, and EG attack and decay times. 3. You can adjust the sound or specify reverse playback for each drum sample. For each drum sample, set the FC (Filter Cutoff) and Reso (Resonance) parameters, and specify S.Ofs and Rev (Reverse). (PG p.87)
4. For each key, set the Enable Note Off Receive parameter as desired. If this check box is unchecked, the key will be held. If it is checked, the key will not be held. If you turn off Hold in the Program, no keys will be held - regardless of their Enable Note Off Receive setting.
Controlling effects for each key
A drum kit lets you set the insert effect and master effect send for each key. 1. Access the PROG 8: EdInsertFX, BUS page. 2. Make sure that the Use DKit Setting check box is checked. When Use DKit Setting is checked, the Program will use the BUS Select and Effects Send settings for each key of the Drum Kit. When Use DKit Setting is unchecked, the Program will ignore the Drum Kits BUS Select and Effects Send settings. 3. Access the GLOBAL 4: DKit, Voice/Mixer page. 4. Use the BUS Select parameter to send drum sounds through their own Insert effect, or to the individual outputs. If you like, you can send each note to its own Insert effect, or to the individual audio outputs, in addition to the main L/R outputs. For example, you might send all snare sounds to IFX, and the remaining sounds to L/R. 5. Use Send1(MFX1) and Send2(MFX2) to set the send levels to the master effects.
Editor / Plug-In Editor Manual
Table of Contents
Table of Contents. ii Introduction. 1
Main features. 1 Please note before use. 1 microX/X50 Editor and microX/X50 Plug-In Editor operating requirements. 1
Installation in Windows XP. 3 Installation in Mac OS X. 6
Setting up the microX/X50 Editor. 8 Setting up the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor. 9
Using an external mixer to control the microX/X50s audio signal. 10 Using your host application to control the microX/X50s audio signal. 10 About MIDI timing. 16
Basic functions and operation.17
microX/X50 Editor. 17 microX/X50 Plug-In Editor. 17
Items in the screen. 18 Operating procedure. 20
Selecting a mode. 20 Selecting programs, combinations, and multi sets. 20 Selecting pages and tabs. 22 Selecting a parameter and editing the value. 22 Selecting and executing utility functions. 22 Writing (saving). 23
Functions specific to the editor.25
Utility commands. 25 Parameters. 26
Data compatibility between the microX/X50 and the Korg TRITON series or KARMA Music Workstation. 27
Import. 27 Export. 28
Caution regarding USB connection. 29
Apple, Mac and Audio Units are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the US. and other countries. Windows XP is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other counties. Cubase and VTS are trademarks of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. Live is a trademark of Ableton AG. Digital Performer is a trademark of Mark of the Unicorn, Inc. Pro Tools LE and RTAS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc., or its subsidiaries or divisions. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Thank you for purchasing the microX/X50. To help you get the most out of your new instrument, please read this manual carefully.
The microX/X50 Editor and microX/X50 Plug-In Editor are applications that let you edit microX/X50 programs, combinations, multi sets, drum kits, arpeggios, and global settings from your Macintosh or Windows computer. The microX/X50 Editor is a stand-alone editor. The microX/X50 Plug-In Editor is an editor that is compatible with the VST, Audio Units, or RTAS formats. It lets you use the microX/X50 just like a plug-in instrument from within your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software or other host application.
Please note before use
Copyright to all software included in this product is the property of Korg Inc. The license agreement for this software is provided separately. You must read this license agreement before you install this software. Your installation of this software will be taken to indicate your acceptance of this agreement.
microX/X50 Editor and microX/X50 Plug-In Editor operating requirements
Computer CPU: Pentium III/1 GHz or better Memory: 256 MB or more Monitor: 1,pixels, 16-bit color or better A computer with a USB port, that satises the requirements of Microsoft Windows XP Operating system Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Professional, Service Pack 1 or later
Computer CPU: Apple G4/400 MHz or better Memory: 256 MB or more Monitor: 1,pixels, 32,000 colors or better An Apple Macintosh with a USB port that satises the requirements of Mac OS X Operating system Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or later Note: It is not possible to run multiple instances of the microX Editor or microX Plug-In Editor on the operating system. This means that it is not possible to use these editors to edit more than one microX synthesizer simultaneously. The same applies to the X50 Editor and X50
Plug-In Editor. It is not possible to use these editors to edit more than one X50 synthesizer simultaneously. However if you have one microX and one X50, you can run the above editors to edit these units simultaneously.
Installation in Windows XP
To install the microX/X50 Editor and microX/X50 Plug-In Editor into Windows XP, use the following procedure. You must install the KORG USB-MIDI Driver (included) if you want to connect the microX/X50 to your computer via USB and use the microX/X50 Editor or microX/X50 Plug-In Editor. (For details on installing the KORG USB-MIDI Driver, refer to the Operation Guide.)
Insert the included CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. Normally the microX/X50 Application Installer will start up automatically. If your computer is set so the installer does not run automatically, double-click KorgSetup.exe on the CD-ROM. From the list, select the product, and click [Next>].
Note: The explanation that follows will describe how to install the microX Editor/ microX Plug-In Editor. The procedure for the X50 Editor is the same.
From the list, select the applications that you want to install, and click [Install].
The applications you selected will be successively installed.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install each application. microX Editor/Plug-In Editor Installer will appear. Successively select and install the Editor (Standalone), Plug-In Editor (VST), and/or Plug-In Editor (RTAS) as desired. For example if you want to install the stand-alone version, click [Install Standalone Application].
The microX Editor screen will appear. Click [Next>]. The Welcome to the microX Editor setup wizard screen will appear. Click [Next>]. microX Editor information will appear. Read the displayed content, and click [Next>]. The License agreement will appear. Carefully read the contents, and if you agree, check I accept the terms of the license agreement and click [Next>]. The Select installation folder screen will appear. Choose the location and user(s) for which you want to install the software, and click [Next>].
Verify installation will appear. To proceed with installation, click [Next>]. Installation will begin. If installation is successful, click [Close]. microX Editor/Plug-In Editor Installer will appear.
Next you will install the plug-in version(s) that you want to use. Using the procedure described above in steps 5 and following, install the plug-in version(s) that you want to use. If you dont want to install the VST plug-in version or RTAS plug-in version, click [Exit Setup] to end the installation. When youve nished installing the application(s) you want, click [Exit Setup] to exit the installer. When all the selected applications have been installed, click [Finish] to exit the installer.
Installation in Mac OS X
To install the microX/X50 Editor and microX/X50 Plug-In Editor into Mac OS X, use the following procedure. You must install the KORG USB-MIDI Driver (included) if you want to connect the microX/X50 to your computer via USB and use the microX/X50 Editor or microX/X50 Plug-In Editor. (For details on installing the KORG USB-MIDI Driver, refer to the Operation Guide.)
Insert the included CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. Start up the installer by double-clicking either microX Editor Installer.pkg located in the microX Editor folder of the CD-ROM, or X50 Editor Installer.pkg located in the X50 Editor folder. Select the editor that matches the product youre using. Depending on the version of your Macs operating system, a conrmation dialog box may appear at this point. If so, enter your password and click [OK]. When the installer starts up, the following screen will appear. Click [Continue].
Import information will appear. Read the contents, and click [Continue]. The License agreement will appear. Carefully read the contents, and click [Continue]. A dialog box will ask whether you accept the terms of the license agreement. If you accept, click [Agree].
A screen where you can choose the Installation destination will appear. Choose the installation destination and click [Continue].
The Easy Installation dialog box will appear. Click [Install]. Depending on the version of your Macs operating system, a conrmation dialog box may appear at this point. If so, enter your password and click [OK]. When the installation has been successfully completed, click [Restart] to exit the installer. Note: Under Mac OS X, the plug-in version will also be installed in the appropriate folder.
Setting up the microX/X50 Editor
If you want to use the microX/X50 Editor with the microX/X50 connected to your computer via USB, you must make sure that you have nished installing and setting-up the KORG USB-MIDI Driver before you start up the microX/X50 Editor.
Use a USB cable to connect the microX/X50s USB B connector to the USB port of your computer. In the microX/X50s Global mode, make sure that MIDI Filter Exclusive is on (the check box should be checked). (The factory setting is on.)
Start up the microX/X50 Editor and verify that its operating correctly.
Starting up the microX Editor
Navigate to the KORG folder -> microX folder, and double-click the microX Editor.exe icon. The KORG folder is in the location you selected during installation. By default its in the Program Files folder. Alternatively, you can start up the editor by clicking the taskbar [Start] button -> [All Programs] and then pointing to KORG-microX-microX Editor.
Starting up the X50 Editor
Navigate to the KORG folder -> X50 folder, and double-click the X50 Editor.exe icon. (Refer to Starting up microX Editor.)
Mac OS X
Navigate to the Applications folder - KORG folder - microX folder, and doubleclick the microX Editor icon.
Navigate to the Applications folder - KORG folder - X50 folder, and doubleclick the X50 Editor icon.
Setting up the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor
If you want to use the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor with the microX/X50 connected to your computer via USB, you must make sure that you have nished installing and setting-up the KORG USB-MIDI Driver before you start up the microX/X50 Editor. This section explains how to set up the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor in your host application and make settings so that it will operate correctly. Make settings as appropriate for your system and setup.
About the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor
The microX/X50 Plug-In Editor sends and receives only parameter data to and from the microX/X50. Unlike typical plug-in instruments, the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor does not produce an audio signal. Your microX/X50 will output audio signals when the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor sends it MIDI messages. If you want to send the microX/X50s audio signal to an audio track of your host application and use it in conjunction with a plug-in effect etc., refer to Using your host application to control the microX/X50s audio signal (p.10).
to Mixer or to DAW's Audio Track
Mac / PC
AUDIO I/O INPUTS
Audio Track (DAW's Audio In)
Instrument On Track
Note: Does not produce an audio signal.
Note: Because the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor does not handle audio signals, you cant insert a plug-in effect into the channel of the track in which the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor is inserted, or send its audio signal via a send or bus.
Using an external mixer to control the microX/ X50s audio signal
If you want to mix the microX/X50s audio signals with the audio signals sent from your host application via your audio interface, or with audio signals from another sound module, make connections as shown below.
Powered monitors INPUT INPUT
USB cable 1 L/MONO R 2 USB Computer
Using your host application to control the microX/X50s audio signal
If you want to apply a plug-in effect to the microX/X50s audio signal, or to control the microX/X50s audio signal in your host application along with other audio tracks, connect the microX/X50 to your audio interface and route the audio signal into your host application. Refer to the example explanations for various popular host applications on the following pages.
Note: For details on creating audio tracks, MIDI tracks, and plug-in instrument tracks, and on how to perform operations and make settings in your host application, refer to the host applications owners manual.
Apple - Logic Pro 7
Start up Logic Pro 7. Create an audio instrument track, and start up microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
To route the microX/X50s audio signal into Logic Pro 7, create an audio track or an audio AUX track. As the I/O source for that track, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal.
If youre routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an audio track, turn the REC button on so that you can hear the audio signal. If you are routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an audio AUX track, this setting is not necessary.
Steinberg - Cubase SX3
Start up Cubase SX3 and create a project. In the VST Instruments window, start up microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
Create a MIDI track. As the output of that MIDI track, choose microX/X50 Plug-In Editor which you started up in the VST Instruments window.
To route the microX/X50s audio signal to Cubase SX3, create an audio track. As the input of the track, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal.
Turn the Monitor button on so that you can hear the audio signal.
Ableton - Live 5
Start up Live 5, and choose View->Session View. From the plug-in device browser, drag and drop microX/X50 Plug-In Editor onto the session view. This will create a MIDI track with microX/X50 Plug-In Editor started up. Verify that microX/X50 Plug-In Editor is running in the MIDI track view.
Press the arm button so that the MIDI input from the external source will be sent to microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
To route the microX/X50s audio signal to Live 5, create an audio track. As the input of the audio input/output section, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal.
Set the Monitor setting to In so that you can hear the audio signal of the microX/ X50.
MOTU - Digital Performer 4
Start up Digital Performer 4 Create an instrument track. Start up microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
Create a MIDI track. Choose microX/X50 Plug-In Editor as the output of that MIDI track.
To route the microX/X50s audio signal to Digital Performer 4, create an audio track or an AUX track. As the input of that track, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal.
If youre routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an audio track, turn the REC button on so that you can hear the audio signal. If you are routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an AUX track, this step is not necessary.
Digidesign - Pro Tools LE 6
Start up Pro Tools LE 6, and open a session. Create an audio track, and start up microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
To route the microX/X50s audio signal to Pro Tools LE 6, create an audio track or an AUX input track. As the input, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal.
If youre routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an audio track, turn the REC button on so that you can hear the audio signal. If you are routing the microX/X50s audio signal to an AUX input track, this setting is not necessary.
Other host applications
Start up your host application. Start up microX/X50 Plug-In Editor as a plug-in instrument. Create a MIDI track. Choose microX/X50 Plug-In Editor as the output of that MIDI track. To route the microX/X50s audio signal to your host application, create an audio track. As the input of that audio track, select the audio interface input to which youve connected the microX/X50s audio signal. So that you can hear the microX/X50s audio signal that is being routed to the audio track, turn the monitor button on for that audio track.
Note: The instructions given here for Other host applications may not necessary be appropriate for setting-up all host applications. Please refer to the instructions for a host application that has a similar structure to the host application youre using, and also refer to the owners manual for the specic host application that you are using.
About MIDI timing
If you experience irregularities in MIDI timing, make settings so that MIDI messages are sent directly to the microX/X50 rather than being routed through the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor. In this case, choose the microX/X50s SOUND port as the MIDI OUT destination of the MIDI track in your host application, so that the MIDI messages will be sent directly to the microX/ X50. Note: For details on how to create a MIDI track and specify the MIDI OUT destination for that MIDI track, refer to the host applications owners manual.
Basic functions and operation
Start-up microX/X50 Editor
From the KORG-microX folder, start up microX Editor.
From the KORG-X50 folder, start up X50 Editor. Note: When you start up the editor, the microX/X50 programs and other settings will be loaded automatically. Dont touch the keyboard or the mouse of your computer while data is being sent or received.
Access the KORG folder from the taskbar via [Start]-[All Programs].
The KORG folder is located in the Applications folder.
microX/X50 Plug-In Editor
For details on starting-up the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor, refer to the section for your host application in Setting up the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor (p.9). Note: When you start up the editor, the microX/X50 programs and other settings will be loaded automatically. Dont touch the keyboard or the mouse of your computer while data is being sent or received.
Items in the screen
A screen like the following will appear when you start up the editor. (This illustration here shows the Program mode screen.)
Mode Program (Combination/Multi set) Name SELECT REALTIME CONTROLS
Browser/ Small Browser/ Utility Category Select/ Bank Select
Edit Pages Arpeggiator
[OK] button Performance Editor Program (Combination/ Multi set) Select
Program Overview and Page Jump
Mode: Here you can select Program, Combination, Multi, or Global mode. Browser/Small Browser/Utility: The Browser and the Small Browser display the programs, combinations, and multi sets in the microX/X50. Utility lets you view and execute the utility commands that are available in the selected page. Here you can also write (save) settings. Category Select/Bank Select: If youve selected the Browser or Small Browser, you can choose Category Select to view the programs (or combinations) in the sound list by their category. Choose Bank Select to view them organized by bank. Program (Combination/Multi set) Select: If youve selected the Browser or Small Browser, you can select programs here. Press the [OK] button in the bottom line to load your selection. Program (Combination/Multi set) Name: This area indicates the name of the program, combination, or multi set. Edit Pages: Use this area to select the page you want to edit. SELECT, REALTIME CONTROLS: Here you can switch between the Realtime Controls A/ B/C settings, and use the realtime controls to control the sound or arpeggiator. Keyboard: This section consists of an 88-note keyboard, a pitch bend wheel, and a modulation wheel. You can click the keyboard to play notes, and even play a glissando by dragging over the keyboard to the left or right. Operate the pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel by dragging them upward or downward.
The functions listed below are for Program mode. Arpeggiator: Here you can edit the arpeggiator settings that are available in 0: Play. Program Overview and Page Jump: In Program mode this area shows an overview of the program settings. You can click an EG or other displayed item to jump to the corresponding page. This function is available only in Program mode. Performance Editor: This is the PROG 0: Play, Performance Edit page. Use these sliders to control the sounds and settings. Note: For details on the parameters and what you can do in each mode, refer to the included parameter guide (PDF) and the operation guide.
Operating procedure Selecting a mode
Click the button to select the corresponding mode. COMBI: Select, play, and edit combinations. PROG: Select, play, and edit programs. MULTI: Select, play, and edit multi sets. GLOBAL: Edit the software setup, global settings, drum kits, arpeggio patterns, scales (temperaments), and external control setups (microX only). (p.22 Selecting pages and tabs)
Selecting programs, combinations, and multi sets
Choose the Browser or the Small Browser to access the sound list, and select a program (or combination or multi set). The items you can select will depend on the mode. Depending on whether you choose Category Select or Bank Select, the programs (or combinations) in the sound list will be arranged by category or by bank.
Auditioning programs, and selecting a program to edit
Browser/ Small Browser/ Utility
Click the [PROG] mode button to enter Program mode.
PROG Mode Program Name SELECT REALTIME CONTROLS
Edit Pages Arpeggiator On/Off Arpeggio Pattern
Category Select/ Bank Select
OK Program Select
Click the [Browser] button to view the program list.
Click any program to select it. Play the keyboard of the microX/X50 and you will hear that program. When youve decided on a program to edit, click the [OK] button to load that program.
Simple program editing
In the Edit Pages area, click the [Play] button to view the Play page. Edit the sound using the eight performance editor sliders, [SELECT] A/B, and the REAL TIME CONTROLS  knobs. Turn [ARP ON/OFF] on and play the microX/X50s keyboard to start the arpeggiator. You can use the Arpeggiator [Pattern] pulldown menu to switch to a different arpeggio pattern, and use [SELECT] C and the REAL TIME CONTROLS  knobs to vary the pattern. In Program mode, you can click the mouse on the desired section in Program Overview and Page Jump to move to the corresponding edit page and perform detailed editing.
Selecting pages and tabs
When you want to perform detailed editing, you can switch to other pages and tabs to access the desired parameters. Global mode is divided into separate pages where you can edit drum kits, arpeggio patterns, and scales (temperaments). Select the desired page (or tab), and edit the settings. To select a page, click the tab for the desired edit page. To move between tabs within a page, select one of the tabs located in the center of the window.
Selecting a parameter and editing the value
Use the mouse to edit the items in the display For example you can change the shape of the EG by using the mouse to drag the rectangles shown in the EG graphic. Note: For details on the parameters, refer to the included Parameter guide (PDF version).
Selecting and executing utility functions
The utility functions are various commands available in each page. The available utility commands will differ depending on the page. These commands also let you save or load the edited or created data on your computer, and to import system exclusive data. Click the [Utility] button and choose a command from the menu that appears. Note: For details on utility commands that are specic to the editor, refer to Functions specic to the editor (p.25).
From the [UTILITY] button, choose the command that you want to execute. Make the necessary settings, and click OK to execute.
If you want to keep any of the edits you have made, you must write (save) them if you want to keep the changes you made. This Write operation will save the edited settings on the microX/X50. If you select another program or close the application before you execute the Write operation, the content you had been editing will be lost. The same applies to combinations or multi sets. Global mode settings are maintained until you close the application, but your edits will be lost when the application is closed. As an example, heres how to write a program that youve edited in Program mode.
Click [Utility] to access the utility menu. From the menu list, choose [Write Program].
Specify the program name, category, and save destination, and click the [OK] button.
Functions specific to the editor
Functions specic to the editor
These are functions that are not found on the microX/X50, and are available only from the editor (microX/X50 Editor, microX/X50 Plug-In Editor).
Loads editor data that was previously saved on the computer.
Saves data from the editor to your computer as a le. Note: These functions load or save the data as dedicated les for the editor application. Data can also be loaded between the microX and X50. If you do so, multisamples and drum samples will automatically be rearranged as necessary. When you load an X50 le into the microX, all programs of program bank E and all external control setup data will be lled with initialized data.
Receives all data from the microX/X50 data into the editor.
Transmits all data from the editor to the microX/X50 and writes it.
Receive Combi/Multi/Prog/Drum Kit/Arp. Pattern/Ext. Control/Global data
Receives the corresponding data from the microX/X50 into the editor.
Transmit Combi/Multi/Prog/Drum Kit/Arp. Pattern/Ext. Control/ Global data
Transmits the corresponding data from the editor to the microX/X50 and writes it.
Receive 1 Combi/1 Multi/1 Prog
Transmit 1 Combi/1 Multi/1 Prog
Transmits the corresponding data from the editor to the microX/X50. This operation will not write the data into the microX/X50s memory. Note: These Receive and Transmit commands use KORG SysEx MIDI Dump to send or receive data, or to synchronize the data between the microX/X50 and the software. Dont touch the keyboard or the mouse of your computer while data is being sent or received. Also, dont touch the panel switches or the keyboard of the microX/X50.
Loads PCG data from the TRITON series or the KARMA Music Workstation into the editor.
Saves data from the editor as PCG data for the TRITON series or KARMA. Note: These functions allow exible data exchange between the microX/X50 and the Korg TRITON series or KARMA. For details, refer to Data compatibility between the microX/X50 and the Korg TRITON series or KARMA Music Workstation (p.27).
Writes the current GLOBAL [Software Setup] settings of the editor so that they will be the default values when you start up the editor.
Restores the microX/X50s data to the state in which it was when the editor was connected (started up). You can execute this command if youve deleted data accidentally. Note: When you start up the editor, it will synchronize its own state with the data currently in the microX/X50. The data the editor receives at this time is held as backup data until you close the editor. Note: These utility commands can be selected only from the GLOBAL [Software Setup] page of the editor.
You can set the following parameters in the GLOBAL [Software Setup] page.
Total Recall Data Setting
This species the editor data that will be saved and loaded as part of the song data by your DAW software. You can make these settings to specify that only specic types of data will be saved or loaded. Note: This function is available only in the microX/X50 Plug-In Editor.
Auto Local Control
This setting automatically sets the microX/X50's Local Control setting to the appropriate state when you start up the editor. We recommend that you normally leave this parameter on. The microX/X50s Local Control setting will be reset to its original state when you close the editor.
Data compatibility between the microX/X50 and the Korg TRITON series or KARMA Music Workstation
You can use the Import and Export functions to exchange data with the Korg TRITON series or KARMA in the form of PCG les. However in the case of parameters that have a differing structure, some are modied appropriately, some are packed with default data, and some are deleted.
 TRITON series (except for TRITON Le) and the microX/X50
1-1 Parameters whose structure differs between the TRITON series and the microX/ X50 will be adjusted appropriately.
Program mode Multisample settings Program mode Drum Kit settings Combination mode Timbre Program Bank settings Global mode Drum Kit drumsample settings Arpeggio Pattern settings in each mode SW 1, 2 Assign settings in each mode BUS Select settings in each mode Post IFX BUS Select settings in each mode
1-2 Some parameters that are valid on the TRITON series but invalid on the microX/ X50 will be deleted.
TRITON series IFX25 settings TRITON series Drum kit: 40(D) and higher settings TRITON series Arpeggio Pattern: 251 (K, E-D) and higher settings
1-3 Parameters that are invalid on the TRITON series but valid on the microX/X50 will be lled with default data.
Combination mode Timbre Tone Adjust settings OCTAVE  settings in each mode (microX only) Ext. Control Setup settings (microX only)
 TRITON Le/TR and the microX/X50
2-1 Parameters whose structure differs between the TRITON Le/TR and the microX/ X50 will be adjusted appropriately.
Program mode Multisample settings Combination mode Timbre Program Bank settings (X50 only) Global mode Drum Kit drumsample settings SW1, 2 Assign settings in each mode
2-2 Parameters that are invalid on the TRITON Le/TR but valid on the microX/X50 will be lled with default data.
 KARMA Music Workstation and the microX/X50
3-1 Parameters whose structure differs between the KARMA and the microX/X50 will be adjusted appropriately.
Program mode Multisample settings Program mode Drum Kit settings Combination mode Timbre Program Bank settings Global mode Drum Kit drumsample settings SW 1, 2 Assign settings in each mode BUS Select settings in each mode Post IFX BUS Select settings in each mode
3-2 Some parameters that are valid on the KARMA but invalid on the microX/X50 will be deleted.
KARMA IFX25 settings KARMA Drum kit: 40(D) and higher settings All KARMA settings related to the KARMA function
3-3 Parameters that are invalid on the KARMA but valid on the microX/X50 will be lled with default data.
All settings related to the Arpeggiator and Arpeggio Patterns Combination mode Timbre Tone Adjust settings OCTAVE  settings in each mode (microX only) Ext. Control Setup settings (microX only)
 The microX/X50 and the TRITON series (except for the TRITON Le)
4-1 Parameters whose structure differs between the microX/X50 and the TRITON series will be adjusted appropriately.
Program mode Multisample settings Global mode Drum Kit drumsample settings
4-2 Some parameters that are valid on the microX/X50 but invalid on the TRITON series will be deleted.
OCTAVE  settings in each mode (microX only) Ext. Control Setup settings (microX only)
4-3 Parameters that are invalid on the microX/X50 but valid on the TRITON series will be lled with default data
The KORG X50 61-key synthesizer is an easy-to-move, lightweight, and affordable keyboard. It delivers 512 professional-quality sound programs produced by the HI synthesis system from the acclaimed TRITON series. The Korg synth has 470 multisamples, 518 drum samples, 16-part multitimbral, dual polyphonic arpeggiators, and 384 combinations constructed of up to eight programs each. The keyboard's powerful effect section has four separate processors: one for insert effects, two for master effects, and one master EQ processor. Multi Mode allows the Korg X50 synthesizer to be played from an external sequencer as a sound module. It also has 4-channel audio output, a USB port, and plug-in sound-editing software that allows you to tweak and program the Korg X-50 keyboard even from within your DAW software.
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