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Program/FX Editing Basics

How can I edit/adjust the Programs of the SP5?


Though the SP5 is more a stage piano, less a true synthesizer, it does permit tweaking its factory presets to a limited degree via a handful of preset 'virtual' parameters. These parameters are made available via the various front panel sliders and SW button. The parameters offered vary from program to program and were chosen to best compliment each sound. You will encounter a range of choices, covering both synth-style parameters (filters, envelopes, etc) along with FX-related components (reverb, delays, etc). In addition, on KB3 programs, you will find the sliders act as individual tone-wheel drawbars (as silk screened on the front panel). In all cases, the screen displays the function of each slider, and the SW button, when moved/activated.

It is important to note that you cannot change what specific parameters are offered by the UI. You can only adjust the values for those available.

Let's dissect a preset program to see how this works.

  1. In Program Mode, select a program to tweak - for our example here we'll use #81 Classic Comp:
  2. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    81 Classic Comp

  3. Moving a slider will display on screen the parameter that slider is set to control and its value. For ex, here we have moved Slider 1/A - you'll see/hear that this controls the cutoff frequency for a Low Pass Filter:
  4. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    LP Filter Freq:75

  5. Let's try another. Move Slider 1/B - you'll see/hear that this controls the resonance for the same Low Pass Filter:
  6. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    LP Filter Res:102

  7. Let's try some FX. Move Slider 1/E** - you'll see/hear that this controls the wet/dry amount for the reverb assigned to this program:
  8. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    Aux FX Wet/Dry:53

    (**Note: the use of Slider 1/E to control the Aux FX wet/dry is standard across most programs. Notable exceptions are KB3 programs where Slider 3/E is used instead).

  9. This particular program also features an optional distortion effect. Press the SW button - you'll see/hear that this enables the distortion:
  10. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    Enable Distortion:127

  11. Now move Slider 1/D - you'll see/hear that this controls the distortion 'drive' (as long as the SW button is 'On' (red):
  12. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    Distortion Drive:26

    And so on. Experiment. Try all the sliders. In this particular program for ex, you will also find controls like:

    • Slider 3/D = Hi Freq Damping (reverb)
    • Slider 3/E = Reverb Time
    • Slider 2/D = Delay Wet/Dry
    • Slider 3/A = Delay Feedback
    • Slider 3/B = Delay Time

    Note: You will find in some programs certain sliders are 'unused', not assigned to do anything internally but they will still transmit data via MIDI. In those instances the corresponding MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) will be displayed. For example you may see something like:

    Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    MIDI 16:90	

  13. Once you have adjusted the various parameters to a point you would like to keep the changes you can then save the new program creation to the User bank. Notice how the SAVE button was illuminated with the very first change you made, indicating the program has been altered but not yet stored. To store your creation, press SAVE.

  14. On screen the SP5 will suggest the first empty User location (ID) it finds to save "to" (the range of available User IDs is 1024-1087).
  15. Save Prog over: 1/2 
    1024 "ProgramName"

    You can accept the suggestion OR manually type in, or scroll to, any ID # from 1024-1087 you prefer. If you choose to type things in, you need to commit things by pressing ENTER (scrolling on the other hand requires no pressing of Enter). "ProgramName" will, initially, be the name of the Program you began editing (you can rename things later if desired).

  16. Press SAVE again to finalize your choice.
  17. Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 

    The system adds an asterisk (*) in between the ID and program name as a visual cue that this is a USER-saved object.

To then later retrieve any custom saved Program, press the USER bank button, then either scroll through your selections and/or use the KEYPAD button to input specific ID's.

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