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How to Sync the K2 Sequencer to an External Source

Question:
How do I go about syncing the K2 sequencer to an external source?

Answer:

Syncing to Another Sequencer

  1. Connect your Source's MIDI OUT to the K2 MIDI IN

  2. Set your Source to transmit MIDI Clock

  3. On the K2, go to the MISC page in Song Mode and set "Sync" to either 'Receive' or 'Both'.

  4. SongMode:MISC  Events:375k   STOPPED    
    RecMode :Linear Quant:OFF   CountOff:1
    PlayMode:Loop   Grid :1/16  Click   :Rec
    KeyWait :Off    Swing:0%    ClickCh :16
    Locate  :  1:1  Sync :Recv  ClickPrg:198
    AutoIn  :  1:1  Clock:Int   ClickKey:C 4
    AutoOut :  1:1  Tempo:Auto  ClickVel:100
    Record  Play   Stop   New   In/Out MAIN 
    

  5. Set "Clock" to 'Ext'.

  6. SongMode:MISC  Events:375k   STOPPED    
    RecMode :Linear Quant:OFF   CountOff:1
    PlayMode:Loop   Grid :1/16  Click   :Rec
    KeyWait :Off    Swing:0%    ClickCh :16
    Locate  :  1:1  Sync :Off   ClickPrg:198
    AutoIn  :  1:1  Clock:Ext   ClickKey:C 4
    AutoOut :  1:1  Tempo:Auto  ClickVel:100
    Record  Play   Stop   New   In/Out MAIN 
    

This sets the K2 to respond to MIDI Song Start/Stop and Song Position Pointer messages and will sync to a MIDI Clock from an external source.

Syncing to a Traditional Multi-Track Tape Recorder

Typically, one track of the tape will be striped with either SMPTE or MIDI Time Code (MTC). The K2 does not sync to either SMPTE or MTC. We only sync to MIDI Clock and Song Position Pointer (SPP). Therefore, you will need an external sync box which can take the SMPTE or MTC and convert it to traditional MIDI Clock and SPP (at which point the settings detailed above will again be used to get the K2 to slave to the incoming MIDI clock signal). Various external sync boxes from different manufacturers will perform this task. One company that specializes in this is JL Cooper.


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