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Creating Splits & Layers: Setup Mode Basics

How can I create a basic keyboard split and/or layer?


The PC3LE Setup mode is the ideal place to construct performance splits and layers. Each Setup permits the combination of up to 16 unique program zones. Setups can be built completely from scratch from within Setup mode itself or, for a faster start, using the dedicated front-panel "Split/Layer" button which simplifies the process.

(complete parameter details can be found in Chpt 7 of the User Manual).

Here is the basic flow for the creation of Setups starting with the "Split/Layer" button function:

  1. From Program mode, select the initial sound you wish to start with - for ex below we have selected a piano program:

  2. Press the "Split/Layer" front-panel button and you will see:

  3. From here you can choose whether to add a left split (LoSplt), right split (HiSplt) or simply add a layer. In our example here were are selecting [LoSplt] to create a left split, adding a bass part.

  4. Select the sound for the left split. Here we are choosing an acoustic bass.

    Note: on this screen you can also Transpose the new zone you are adding, change the Split point as well as set the initial Volume and/or Pan for the zone. Press [Save] when done.

  5. Select a Setup ID# to save your creation to (the system will suggest the first empty ID available but you can override this selection if so desired). You are also offered an opportunity to rename the Setup (alternatively it will simply be named the same name as the initial program you chose in step 1 - you can always rename things later too). Press [Save] to commit.

  6. Your setup is now saved and ready for use:

If you wish to continue to add zones to this Setup, simply go back to step 2 and repeat adding new splits and/or layers as needed (up to 16 zones max).

Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Setup, you may want to refine it further by EDITing the Setup directly.

  • To create more setups in this same vein: simply EDIT this one made here, and change the sound selections on each zone. Re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selections made.

  • Selecting the zone to edit: in the Setup Editor, press the Chan/Zone buttons (left of the screen) to select the desired zone to work on - the upper right hand corner of the display reflects the current and total zone count (current/total). In the example below we are editing Zone 1 of a total of 4.

  • Transpose a Zone:
    - in the Setup Editor, using the Chan/Zone buttons, select the zone to edit
    - on the [KEYVEL] page, set "Transpose" as needed:
    (in our example here we have transposed Zone 1 up an octave to 12 ST)

  • Disabling the sustain pedal for left-hand bass:
    In most split-bass layouts, you would typically want to disable the sustain pedal in the bass zone so that use of the sustain pedal only affects your right-hand parts (by default, the pedal is active in all zones in our tutorial here):
    - in the Setup Editor, using the Chan/Zone buttons, select the "bass" zone
    - on the [CTRLS] page, select "SW Pedal 1"** and set both the OnControl and OffControl to 'None'.

    **Intuitive Entry Tip: to make selecting the given controller easier, highlight the 'Controller' field, then press + hold ENTER while activating the desired physical controller (i.e. step on a pedal, twist a knob, push a button, strike a pad, etc). The given controller will be auto-selected.

  • KB3 Programs in Setup Mode:
    Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time and, by default, can only be used on MIDI channel 1. This default channel can be changed to any channel by way of the "KB3Chan" parameter on the [COMMON] page.

    Per Setup you can choose whether the front-panel knobs operate as custom controllers and the SW1-10 buttons operate as Zone Mutes (default behavior) -or- if the knobs/buttons act as KB3 controls (as labeled on the front panel). To change this preference, use the <more> buttons to find and then press the [KB3Ctl] soft-button. Press [Mutes] to set this preference back to the default Zone Mute behavior. In either case, press OK or CANCEL on the following pop-up screen to confirm your choice.

  • If incorporating external MIDI devices:
    - in the Setup Editor, using the Chan/Zone buttons, select the zone to edit
    - press [CH/PRG]
    - set the "Destination" for each zone to either:

    'LOCAL' (for internal PC3LE sounds):

    or 'MIDI' (for triggering external units):

    - for external MIDI only zones, set "BankMode", "MIDIBank" and "MIDIProg" as needed to select the desired sound from the slaved unit.

  • Setting Zone Volumes: to set a static volume for a given zone, in the Setup Editor, simply go to the [PANVOL] page and set the "EntryVolume" to taste:

    Note: optional, but important - it is recommended setting the "ExitVolume" to 127 to assure full volume is restored on this channel when navigating away from this Setup. Similar applies to any Pan settings though you would want to use an ExitPan of 64 (for center).

  • Use the Knobs as volume controls: as an alternative to the static volume setting detailed above, you can assign the PC3LE knobs to act as per-zone volume controls to offer real-time adjustment over the mix.
    - in the Setup Editor, using the Chan/Zone buttons, select the desired zone
    - press [CTRLS]
    - select the desired Knob 'Controller', set the 'DestType' to "Ctrl" and set the 'Dest' to Volume (to do this, highlight Dest field and type "7" and Enter on the alpha keypad). Set an 'EntryValue' to set the initial volume level.

    Be aware this is just for the current zone (Zone 1 in our example) - repeat for each zone as needed; be sure to use a different Knob for each zone for independent zone control.

    Note: optional, but important - it is recommended setting the Knob 'ExitValue' to "127" to assure full volume is restored on this channel when navigating away from this Setup.

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