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K2000 - The Eight Modes

Question:

Getting familiar with the K2's 8 main operating modes.

Answer:

Below is a brief overview of the 8 main operating modes of the K2.

PROGRAM MODE (Mute 1): By pressing the upper left hand button marked PROGRAM, you enter the main operating mode of the K2000. In Program mode you select programs. To the right of the program button is an LED which will illuminate to confirm that the K2000 is in Program mode. There are 3 ways to select a program: rotate the alpha wheel to scroll, press the - or + (decrement or increment) buttons, or enter the program number on the alphanumeric keypad located on the right of the control panel. Press the ENTER button to initiate your selection. It's not necessary to press ENTER if you're selecting programs by scrolling with the alpha wheel or - or + buttons. A program can contain up to 3 layers. Each layer contains a keymap (the samples as they're arranged on the keyboard and all the associated parameter settings). These layers can overlap or be split. Programs are arranged in banks of 100 programs, where bank 0 contains programs 1 - 99, bank 1 contains 100 -199 and so on. Any bank of programs can be saved and loaded into any other bank. When you're editing a program on the K2000, the PROGRAM button will be used for muting layer 1 in a particular program.

SETUP MODE (Mute 2): Let's look at SETUP mode. We can define a setup as a kind of Super Program allowing for three different programs to be layered, split, or overlapped. Remember, programs can have up to 3 layers. In SETUP Mode, up to 9 layers can be arranged across the keyboard in any location you choose. When editing a program on the K2000, the SETUP button will be used for muting layer 2 in a particular program.

QUICK ACCESS MODE (Mute 3): Quick access mode is designed to aid in live performance and offer flexibility to the session musician. Quick access banks are provided to help you organize your sounds by saving your favorite programs and setups as an organized group. A Quick Access bank can contain 10 programs or setups in any combination. You can program up to 20 different QA lists per bank. Each list contains up to 10 entries (any mix of programs or setups). When you select a list, all 10 programs and setups will be visible in the display for immediate selection. The K2000 comes shipped with a few template banks. When editing a program on the K2000, the Quick Access button will be used for muting layer 3 in a particular program.

EFFECT MODE (FX Bypass): When we refer to effects, we mean reverb, delay, chorus, etc. The K2000 has a powerful multi-effects processor allowing you to select algorithms that contain up to 4 effects simultaneously. We have provided you with factory effects programs which you can edit to create your own effects programs. Because the effects processor is global and applies to all sounds, we felt that it was important to allow you a way of directly accessing the effects processor. You can quickly adjust your wet/dry mix, edit and change the effects program, or allow the K2000 to ignore effects which were part of a particular program in favor of a master setting which will not change as you change your programs. When you are editing a K2000 program, the EFFECTS MODE button will allow you to bypass any effects which were preset.

MIDI MODE (Prev Pg): In MIDI mode you find all the parameters regarding MIDI operation, including selecting Omni, Poly, and Multi mode, assigning programs to MIDI channels and MIDI controller send and receive information. When editing a program on the K2000, the MIDI button will allow you to return to the previous page you had been looking at. This can be very handy when going back and forth between two pages like envelope and amplifier.

MASTER MODE (Mark): In MASTER mode you will find all those parameters which apply to the entire instrument, like global transpose and global intonation tables. When editing a K2000 program, the MASTER button will be used for marking particular pages which you will want to use often; you can set up a kind of short cut to cycle through only those pages which are important to you.

SONG MODE (Jump): The K2000 features a powerful 16-track sequencer with extensive editing capabilities. It can also play back Standard MIDI files. These can be loaded into your K2000's user memory via disk and played back from the K2000's sequencer; you must use a standard DOS formatted disk. Further, these sequences can be saved to the instrument's internal floppy, an optional external SCSI hard drive, or an optional internal hard drive. This feature allows you to use the K2000 in place of your computer as a play-only sequencer. When editing a program, the SONG button will be used for jumping to particular pages which you had previously marked with the mark button.

DISK MODE (Compare): Disk mode deals with all storage media. You will select this mode when you wish to save or load samples, programs etc., to or from the K2000's floppy drive. This mode also allows you access to optional external SCSI drives, CD ROM drives or an optional internal hard drive. When editing a program, the DISK button will be used to compare the edited program with the original.


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