KnowledgeBase | K2500 | Song Mode/Sequencing


Using the Arrangement Editor to Assemble a Song

Question:
I have heard the K2 sequencer allows you to build your song in sections then string them together using Arrange mode. How does that work?

Answer:

An Overview

The basic concept of Arrange Mode involves creating your composition in sections, saving each as a separate Song ID, then using an Arrangement Song to string together the sections in any order you choose for playback (think playlist). There are a couple advantages to working this way:

First, many pieces of music tend to be composed in sections (intro, verse, chorus, etc.). If your music tends to feature various sections which are repeated in varying order, using the Arrangement Editor can be easier than copying those sections and pasting them into a single song.

The second reason has to do with the limitations of the K2 itself. In the K2, no single object, other than samples, can be larger than 64Kb. If your final piece of music is going to be longer than that, then you will have to use this approach of breaking the song into sections and stringing the sections together.

Basic Workflow:

  1. The first step, of course, is to create two or more sequences, saving each one as a separate song ID#. It can be helpful to name the songs Part 1, Part 2, etc. or Chorus, Verse, etc. That way, when you are putting together the Arrangement, you can quickly identify each section by name.

  2. IMPORTANT! To begin assembling your arrangement go to "1 New Song". Press Edit, and set the Tempo parameter for this song to be the same as the tempo of the songs you will be using in the arrangement. Next press either of the "more" buttons. Select Save. At this point, you will probably want to use the Rename button to change the name from New Song to the name of your choice (e.g.. songname, mix, arrangement, etc). You will then choose an empty ID number to save the song to. It is critical to always start on a New Song, not start on one of the songs with your sequenced data in it.

  3. TIP: try saving the individual song sections starting from the second location in a bank (for example, 201, 202, 203, etc.) then save the Arrangement Song into the first slot (in this example, 200). This way, when you load in a file with all the songs together, the first song you dial up will be the one that you want to play.
  4. After saving, press the [ARRANG] soft button (you are still in the Song Editor). You will be on Step 1/1 (look in the upper right hand corner of the screen to view the Step count). Cursor down to the Song parameter and select the song number of the song you want to use for the first step in the arrangement.

  5. Press [Add ] to add another step (the step count gauge in the upper right hand corner will increase by one). Select the song you want for the second step. Continue adding steps and selecting songs as needed. Once you have more than one step, you can use the Chan/Bank buttons to the left of the display to scroll through the steps. If you need to get rid of a step, select the step and press the Delete soft button. If you press the [Play ] soft button, the K2 will play the currently selected Step.

  6. Once you have created the steps you need, simply press Exit from the Arrangement editor. Make sure to save the changes you have made ("Replace"-ing the current Arrange song or saving again to a new location if you wish to save a separate copy). Now if you look at the display, below the Program parameter you will see three dashes. Once you press Play, you will see the song number currently being played, followed by the step number. The Locate parameter will show the bar number of the Arrangement Song, not the bar within a single step. For ex., if you have two steps in your Arrange Song and step 1 is 16 bars long, when bar 1 of step 2 starts playing, Locate will show 17:1, not 1:1.

This covers the basics. Arrange mode offers a multitude of ways to tweak each step to suit your compositional needs (loop steps, mute tracks, transpose parts, etc.). See your manual's Song Mode Chapter for full details on your options in using the Arrange Editor.


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