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Creating Splits & Layers: Setup Mode Basics

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

Answer:

The SP5 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:

    Prog Xpose:0   Ch:1 
    1 Pro Piano
  2. Press either the "Split" or "Layer" front-panel button and you will see default selections, something like:

    If creating a Split (left-hand sound): OR If creating a Layer:
    Split            1/4
    Prog:236 Motown Bass
    Layer            1/3
    Prog:634 Add a Pad 2
  3. Using the data wheel, category/keypad and/or [previous/-] [next/+] 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 data wheel or [previous/-] [next/+] 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 [previous/-] [next/+] buttons together resets the value back to "0".

    Split OR Layer
    Split            2/4
    Vol:0
    Layer            2/3
    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 data wheel or [previous/-] [next/+] buttons to adjust OR press and hold the ENTER button while striking the desired piano note. Pressing the [previous/-] [next/+] buttons together resets the value back to "B3".

    Split
    Split            3/4
    Key:B3

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

    Split OR Layer
    Split            4/4
    Transpose:0
    Layer            3/3
    Transpose:0

  5. Press SAVE, you will see something like:
    Save Setup over: 1/2
    1024 Pro Piano

    Note: the ID chosen here (1024 in our example) is the first empty User Setup ID the system finds. Using the data wheel, [previous/-] [next/+] buttons or numeric keypad, you can change this destination to any of the available 64 User Setup IDs (1024-1087) as needed. The initial name used here is derived from the primary zone selection but can be edited (see below).

  6. Press Chan/Param button once up (∧) to rename this Setup:
    Rename Setup as: 2/2
    My Setup

    Use the alphanumeric buttons and/or data wheel to enter letters/numbers; use [previous/-] [next/+] buttons to advance the cursor. Here we simply renamed the setup "My Setup".

  7. Press SAVE button again when done. The Setup, as named, will be stored to User memory.

    Setup Xpose:0       
    1024*My Setup

    Note the asterisk (∗) between the ID# and Setup name. This is a handy reminder that this is a user-created setup (vs a built-in factory preset).

To recall this Setup for use, press Setup (if not already in Setup mode) and use the data wheel, numeric keypad or [previous/-] [next/+] buttons to call up the ID chosen in step 5. This setup can, of course, also be saved as a Favorite for even faster recall.


Power User Tips:

Once you have built your basic Setup, you may want to refine it further by editing the Setup directly. Any edits made that you wish to keep need to be SAVED when done (see step 7 above).

  • Selecting the desired zone to edit:
    - in Edit Setup, press and hold the Select/Enter button along with the corresponding Zone button (1-4) to select it for editing. In the top center of the display, you can see which zone is currently selected. In our example below, Zone 2 (Zn:2) was chosen:

    EditSetup Zn:2  1/89
    Local Prog:106 E_Bass
  • Selecting the desired parameter to edit:
    - in Edit Setup, take note of the pair of numbers in the upper right hand corner (XX/89) where "XX"= the current, on screen parameter number and "89" equals the total number of individual zone parameters available. The SP5 offers a total of 89 per-zone parameters. You can flip through the various parameter "pages" using the Chan/Param up(∧) and down(∨) buttons located to the right of the display. A complete list of all of the available Setup editing parameters can be found in the SP5 Musician's Guide starting on pg. 8-3.

    In our example below, on Zone 2, we have selected the MIDI "Channel" (parameter 2) for editing and changed it to channel 7:

    EditSetup Zn:2  2/89
    Channel:7

    TIP: Pressing the Chan / Param Up (∧) and Chan / Param Down (∨) buttons simultaneously jumps parameters to specific jump points in the list, making navigation faster. The jump points are: Local Program, Transpose, Low Key, ModWheel Destination, Slider1 Destination, Slider6 Destination, Slider11 Destination, Foot Switch Destination, Aux Effect Override (Common).


  • To create more setups in this same vein (templates):
    - in Edit Setup, select the desired zone to edit.
    - select Local Program ("Local Prog", parameter 1)
    - select a new program for the selected zone - for ex. below we selected program #236 Motown Bass for Zone 2:

    EditSetup Zn:2  1/89
    Local Prog:236 Motown Bass
    - 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, sliders, pedals, etc).

  • Transpose a Zone:
    - in Edit Setup, select the zone to transpose.
    - select the Transpose ("Xpose") parameter (parameter 10).
    - using the data wheel, [previous/-] [next/+] buttons or numeric entry, set as needed (in semitones) - for ex. below we transposed Zone 2 down, 3 semitones:

    EditSetup Zn:2 10/89
    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 Edit Setup, select the 'bass' zone (in our example below that is zone 2).
    - select* the "FtSw: Dest" parameter (parameter 73). You will see "FtSw:Dest: Sustain":

    EditSetup Zn:2 73/89
    FtSw:Dest:Sustain

    - using the data wheel and/or [previous/-] [next/+] buttons, set this to read "None".

    EditSetup Zn:2 73/89
    FtSw:Dest:None

    *TIP: instead of scrolling one parameter at a time, use Intuitive Entry to select the desired controller - press + hold the ENTER button and then, at the same time, briefly activate/move the controller in question. This immediately pulls up that controller on screen, ready for editing.


  • KB3 Programs in Setup Mode:
    Unlike all other programs in the SP5, only ONE KB3 program can be used at a time and it can only be used on the designated KB3 Channel. The default KB3Channel is "1" but can be changed to any (1-16) as needed:

    EditSetup Comm   3/3
    KB3Channel:1

    The KB3Channel parameter is one of 3 'common' editing parameters (those that apply to all zones) found in the Setup editor. The fastest way to access the Common ("Comm") parameters to to start in Zone 1 and press the Chan/Param (∨) down button to scroll backwards through the list of editing parameters.


  • If incorporating external MIDI devices:
    - in Edit Setup, select the desired zone to edit.
    - select the Destination parameter ("Dest" - parameter 3):

    EditSetup Zn:1  3/89
    Dest:Local+MIDI

    - using the data wheel and/or [previous/-] [next/+] buttons set the "Destination" for each zone to either:

    'LOCAL' (for playing internal SP5 sounds):

    EditSetup Zn:1  3/89
    Dest:Local

    or 'MIDI' (for triggering external units):

    EditSetup Zn:1  3/89
    Dest:MIDI
    - repeat for each zone in use.
    - for external MIDI-only zones, you may also want to set "BankMode" (parameter 6), "MIDI Bank" (parameter 4) and "MIDI Prog" (parameter 5) 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 desired zone to edit.
    - select the "EntryVol" parameter (parameter 12).
    - set as desired (range 0-127):

    EditSetup Zn:1 12/89
    EntryVol:127

    - repeat for each zone as needed.

  • Use a physical controller (Slider, CCPedal, etc) as a real-time zone volume control:
    As an addition to the static volume setting detailed above, you can assign a Slider or CC Pedal to act as real-time volume control in select zones.
    - in Edit Setup, select the desired zone to edit.
    - select* the desired controller to use as as volume control - in our example below we employ Slider 1:

    EditSetup Zn:1 24/89
    Slider1:Dest:None

    *TIP: instead of scrolling one parameter at a time, use Intuitive Entry to select the desired controller - press + hold the ENTER button and then, at the same time, briefly activate/move the controller in question. This immediately pulls up that controller on screen, ready for editing.

    - set the "Dest" (Destination) to "Volume" (cc#7):

    EditSetup Zn:1 24/89
    Slider1:Dest:Volume

    Be aware this is just for the current zone and thus will only control the level for the current zone - repeat similar steps for any additional zones as needed. Note too, if you choose to assign the SAME controller to volume in more than one zone, that one controller will control both zones simultaneously, in parallel.

    - (optional, but important) - it is recommended setting the "Exit Value" for your chosen controller to "127" to assure full MIDI volume is restored on this channel when navigating away from this Setup (and thus avoid unexpected moments of silence or greatly differing levels). Navigate up from the given controller's "Dest" page, select the ExitValue parameter and set to "127" - example below:

    EditSetup Zn:1 26/89
    Slider1:Exit:127


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