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Creating Splits & Layers: Setup Mode Basics

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

Answer:

The SP4 Setup mode is the ideal place to construct performance splits and layers. Each Setup permits the combination of up to 4 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" and "Layer" buttons which simplify the process.

(complete parameter details can be found in Chpt 7 & 8 of the User Manual).

Here is the basic flow for the creation of Setups starting with the "Split" and "Layer" functions:

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

    4 Blues Piano'74

  2. Press either the "Split" or "Layer" front-panel button and you will see default selections, something like:

    If building a Split (the left-hand sound):

    PRG:104 E-Bass

    If building a Layer:

    PRG:56 Slo Quadr

  3. Using the Group/Sound Select buttons, select the desired sound for the left split or layer.

  4. At this point you can simply skip ahead to step 5 and save this Setup combination as-is -OR- before saving you could also:

    -Adjust the volume balance between zones:
    Press the Chan/Param button up (∧) once. You will see "Vol:0". This parameter is a balance between the two zones. Use the +/- buttons to adjust. A value of "0" means equal volume. Negative settings lower the split/layer level. Positive values lower the primary zone. Pressing the +/- buttons together resets the value back to "0".

    Vol:0

    -Alter the Split point (if a Split zone):
    Press the Chan/Param button up (∧) again. You will see "Key:B3" (the default split point). You can use the +/- buttons to adjust OR press + hold the ENTER button while striking the desired piano note. Pressing the +/- buttons together resets the value back to "B3".

    Key:B3

    -Transpose the Split/Layer zone octave:
    Press the Chan/Param button up (∧) again. You will see "Transpose:0". Use the +/- buttons to adjust the octave (+/- 12, 24). Pressing the +/- buttons together resets the value back to "0".

    Transpose:0


  5. Press SAVE, you will see something like (scrolling):

    Save as:64 E Bass

  6. Press Chan/Param button once up (∧) to name this Setup:

    My Setup

    Use the alphanumeric buttons (Group/Sound Select) to enter letters/numbers; use +/- buttons to advance the cursor.

  7. Press SAVE button again and using either the +/- buttons or Group/Sound Select buttons, choose the User Setup ID* to save to - for ex. (scrolling):

    Save as:72 My Setup

    *Available User Bank Setup ID"s range from 64-127.

  8. Press SAVE again to confirm.

To recall this Setup for use, press Setup (if not already in Setup mode) and use the Group/Sound Select buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 7.


Power User Tips:

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

  • Selecting the zone to edit: in Edit Setup, press the corresponding Zone button (1-4) to select the desired zone to work on (it lights red).

  • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):
    - in Edit Setup, select a zone to edit.
    - select a new program for the selected zone - for ex.:

    Local Prog:12

    - repeat for additional zones as needed.
    - re-save to a NEW ID location, effectively making a copy with just the new sound selection(s) made but maintaining all the other established parameter settings (split points, pedals, etc).

  • Transpose a Zone:
    - in Edit Setup, select the zone to transpose.
    - pressing the Chan/Param up (∧) button, select the "Xpose" parameter. Using the +/- buttons (or numeric entry+enter), set as needed (in semitones) - for ex.:

    Xpose:-3ST


  • 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 Edit Setup, select the 'bass' zone.
    - press the Chan/Param up (∧) button until you see "FtSw:Dest: Sustain".
    - using the +/- buttons set this to read NONE.

    FtSw:Dest:None


  • KB3 Programs in Setup Mode:
    Only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time and can only be used on Zone 1/MIDI channel 1.
    (Additional info can be found here regarding KB3 organ use within a Setup)

  • If incorporating external MIDI devices:
    - in Edit Setup, select the zone to edit.
    - press the Chan/Param up (∧) button until you see "Dest:Local+MIDI".
    - using the +/- buttons set the "Destination" for each zone to either:

    'LOCAL' (for playing internal SP4 sounds):

    Dest:Local

    or 'MIDI' (for triggering external units):

    Dest:MIDI

    - repeat for each zone in use.
    - for external MIDI-only zones, you may also want to set "BankMode", "MIDI Bank" and "MIDI Prog" as needed to select the desired sound from the slaved unit.

  • Setting Zone Volumes:
    To set a static volume for a given zone,
    - in Edit Setup, select the zone to edit.
    - press the Chan/Param up (∧) button until you see "EntryVol:127".
    - using the +/- buttons (or numeric entry+enter) set as desired:

    EntryVol:127


  • Use a CCPedal as a zone volume/expression control:
    As an alternative to the static volume setting detailed above, you can assign a CC Pedal to act as real-time volume control in select zones.
    - in Edit Setup, select the zone to edit.
    - press the Chan/Param up (∧) button until you see "CCPd:Dest:None".
    - using the +/- buttons (or numeric entry+enter) set to "Expression" (cc#11):

    CCPd:Dest:Express

    Be aware this is just for the current zone and thus will only control the level for the current zone - repeat for any additional zones as needed.

    Note: optional, but important - it is recommended setting the CC Pedal Exit Value ("CCPd:Exit") to "127" to assure full volume is restored on this channel when navigating away from this Setup.
    - press the Chan/Param up (∧) button until you see "CCPd:Exit:None".
    - using the +/- buttons (or numeric entry+enter) set to "127":

    CCPd:Exit:127


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