OVERVIEW

Following the standard of sonic excellence established by the Artis® and Forte®, the Artis® SE helps you realize a high level of performance with its astonishing sound quality, dependability and user-friendly operation.

SOUNDS

German 9′ Grand Piano

Amazing tone, realism, and expression far beyond what you thought possible in a stage piano. Perfectly matched with a weighted Fatar TP-100 action.

128 Factory Multis

Power-up straight into Multi mode ready for performance. Our expertly programmed factory Multis will have your inspiration up and running in no time! Up to 4 zones, split/layer, extensive MIDI control, individual zone volume and mutes, and filter/FX control.

256 Factory Programs

From classic to modern. The best sounds from our PC3K and KORE 64 collections plus our NEW piano, Vintage Electric Pianos, Clavinets, Synthesizers, rich and realistic String Sections and Orchestras, Guitars, Percussion and much more.

Powerful FX Engine

Dedicated front-panel sliders offer control of our award-winning effects.

CONTROLS

Front Panel 3-Band Master EQ

Room too boomy? No problem. Dial it in with the dedicated front panel EQ (features a convenient on/off switch).

11 Programmable Physical Controllers

Pitch and mod wheels (mounted on the front panel), 4 Sliders, 2 Switches, 2 Switch Pedal Inputs, and 1 Continuous Control Pedal Input facilitate a variety of performance options.

(1 sustain/switch pedal is included).

Instant Transpose

Dedicated -/+ controls for both semitone and octave adjustment conveniently located right on the front panel.

USER INTERFACE

Sound Selection

Sound selections are instantly accessible with buttons located below the display.

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Favorites Section

Bookmark and access your 6 Favorite sounds with ONE button press!

Software Editors

Get deeper into editing your Artis Programs and Multis.

SPECS

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Keyboard: 88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive keys
(Fatar TP/100LR)
Display: 2×20 character LCD w/ front-panel contrast adjust
Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume (up to 4 zones)
Factory Programs: 256 stunning factory Programs featuring the all new German Grand Piano along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 and KORE 64™ expansion
User Programs: 256
Factory Multis: 128 factory-crafted Multis – featuring up to 4 independent zones
User Multis: 256
General MIDI: No
Master EQ Section: Dedicated front-panel 3-band EQ with on/off switch
Effects: • Over 1000 complex effect chains, incorporated into programs featuring our award winning effects – reverbs, delays, chorus, flange, phaser, EQs, distortions, rotary speaker simulators, compressors, and more
• 16 total FX units
(chains can not be edited, but a chain can be selected in Multi Mode)
Controllers: • Front panel-mounted pitch and mod wheel
• 4 sliders
• 2 programmable switch buttons
• 2 Dedicated transpose switches
• 2 switch pedal inputs** (1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
• 1 continuous control pedal input(** Each switch pedal input supports a single or dual switch pedal, or a single half-damper* pedal. Half-damper for MIDI output only.)
Analog Outputs: • Two 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
• +21dBu maximum output
• 400Ω balanced source impedance
Audio Inputs: One stereo 1/8″ back-panel input for connecting your favorite MP3 player or other audio source for accompaniment playback
Headphones: • 1 rear panel 1/4″ headphone output
• 130mW into 32 ohm headphones
MIDI: In, Out
USB: • Complete MIDI functionality over USB
• User program/multi file transfer to/from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
• Operating System updates from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
FREE OS Updates: OS updates over USB and/or Flash Drive
Included Accessories: Power cable, Switch pedal, USB cable, (4) self adhesive feet
Height: (5.87″) (14.9cm)
Depth: (14.80″) (37.6cm)
Length: (50.63″) (128.6cm)
Weight: (38.6 lb.) (17.5 kg)
Power: External DC 15V 2.5A Power Supply

IMAGES

AUDIO


 Song Demos



Bass



Brass/Winds



Clavinet



Drums



E. Pianos



Guitars



Organs



Pads



Percussion



Pianos



Strings



Synths



Voices


VIDEOS

Artis PlugSE
Overview of SoundTower’s Artis DAW Plugin for the Mac/PC

Artis SE demonstration
by www.muzykuj.com

Artis SEnsation
rtis SE Demo Video – by Sound-Service.eu

FAQs

Basic Concepts & User Interface

Question:
How can I customize the ArtisSE’s touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button:

    2. Using the Param/Channel up/dn buttons, navigate to the “Velocity Map” parameter.
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:Medium
    3. Using the alpha wheel or -/+ buttons, adjust to taste:For ex. here we selected ‘Piano Touch’ (when the text is too long to fit the screen, it scrolls).
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:PianoTouch

The default map (Medium) provides the widest range of velocity expression, but you may want to choose a different map if the default does not suit your playing style. You can select from any of the following settings:

Light
Lighter
Lightest
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Medium The ArtisSE default map. Medium, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard
Harder
Hardest
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those with a heavy touch.
PianoTouch Simulates the general velocity response of an acoustic piano, and is best suited for playing acoustic piano programs.
Easy Touch Similar to the “Light” settings. Makes higher velocities easier to play, but allows more sensitive control over playing high velocities by not boosting the MIDI velocity for fast strike velocities as much as it does for medium strike velocities.
GM Receive Mimics the velocity response commonly used by keyboards that use the General MIDI (GM) sound set. The GM Receive map makes medium strike velocities produce higher MIDI velocities compared to the Linear map.
  1. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit the Global menu. Your setting selection will be remembered across power cycles.

Question:
On the Artis SE, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the Artis SE MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 22 accessible KB3 parameters and their associated MIDI CC numbers.


 

Artis SE KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC# Values
Drawbar 1 12 127 (min) – 0 (max)

Note: the values are reversed emulating
the behavior of real drawbars

Drawbar 2 13
Drawbar 3 22
Drawbar 4 23
Drawbar 5 24
Drawbar 6 25
Drawbar 7 26
Drawbar 8 27
Drawbar 9 28
Distortion Drive 1 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Swell Pedal 11 (or 91) 0 (min) – 127 (max)
KeyClick On/Off 90 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Leak Level 102** 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Rotary Fast/Slow (SW1) 64 (or 29) 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Rotary Brake 80 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off 81*** 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato Select 82 0-63 = Vibrato, 64-127 = Chorus
Chorus/Vibrato Depth 83 0-63 = Low Depth, 64-127 = High Depth
Percussion On/Off (SW2) 85 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Percussion Level 86 0-63 = Soft, 64-127 = Loud
Percussion Decay 87 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Percussion Pitch 89 0-63 = Low, 64-127 = High

Download a PDF of the above table for portable reference.

 


Notes:

*The Artis SE Type B USB port does not provide bus power.

**Only Bank A KB3 programs offer leakage.

*** “Farfisa” and “Vox” programs use cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.

MIDI Controllers

Question:
On the Artis SE, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the Artis SE MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 22 accessible KB3 parameters and their associated MIDI CC numbers.


 

Artis SE KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC# Values
Drawbar 1 12 127 (min) – 0 (max)

Note: the values are reversed emulating
the behavior of real drawbars

Drawbar 2 13
Drawbar 3 22
Drawbar 4 23
Drawbar 5 24
Drawbar 6 25
Drawbar 7 26
Drawbar 8 27
Drawbar 9 28
Distortion Drive 1 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Swell Pedal 11 (or 91) 0 (min) – 127 (max)
KeyClick On/Off 90 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Leak Level 102** 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Rotary Fast/Slow (SW1) 64 (or 29) 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Rotary Brake 80 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off 81*** 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato Select 82 0-63 = Vibrato, 64-127 = Chorus
Chorus/Vibrato Depth 83 0-63 = Low Depth, 64-127 = High Depth
Percussion On/Off (SW2) 85 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Percussion Level 86 0-63 = Soft, 64-127 = Loud
Percussion Decay 87 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Percussion Pitch 89 0-63 = Low, 64-127 = High

Download a PDF of the above table for portable reference.

 


Notes:

*The Artis SE Type B USB port does not provide bus power.

**Only Bank A KB3 programs offer leakage.

*** “Farfisa” and “Vox” programs use cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.

Question:
What pedals can I use with my Artis / Artis 7 / Artis SE / Forte SE / SP6?

Answer:

Single Switch Pedals

The instrument ships with one KP-1 Switch Pedal
however any standard foot switch pedal (with 1/4″ mono connection) will be compatible. Polarity is a non-issue as the instrument checks the pedal polarity on power up and calibrates itself accordingly. For this to work, be sure to plug the switch pedal in before turning on the instrument, and do not step on the pedal during the boot up process. Doing otherwise can lead to the pedal working in reverse or not at all. If that occurs, simply power down, be sure the pedal is fully connected, then power back up without touching the pedal.


Dual-Switch Pedal Inputs

The instrument supports connecting two switch pedals into each switch pedal input. You can connect a dual switch pedal with a single 1/4″ stereo plug (not sold by Kurzweil) or employ a “Y” adapter (stereo (M) to dual-mono (F)) to connect two standard/single pedals to each input jack.
Doing so would provide a total of four switch pedals. Again remember to make all switch-pedal connections with the instrument powered off.


Half-Damper Pedals

The instrument* also supports connecting half-damper pedals (sold separately) to either of the switch pedal inputs.

The Kurzweil KP-1H half-damper pedal is the recommended pedal and is available via any Kurzweil dealer.

In addition, there are several other manufacturers of half-damper pedals on the market. Not all are compatible or interchangeable.

KORG pedals are compatible with the Forte.

ROLAND and YAMAHA pedals are not compatible.

(*Note: Artis/Artis 7/Artis SE users: Half-damper is for MIDI output only. It does not effect internal sounds)


Continuous Controller Pedals (CC Pedal)

The instrument requires a CC Pedal with a TRS 1/4″ connector and 10k linear potentiometer, such as the Kurzweil CC-1 (sold separately). Most manufacturers EXCEPT Yamaha and Korg make pedals with the same specifications and should work. Yamaha and Korg pedals typically use an exponential potentiometer and therefore will not work correctly.

CC-1 Wiring Spec

The Control Pedal must be wired to a single stereo (TRS) 1/4″ plug as follows:

  • Wiper to tip connection of 1/4″ plug
  • Top end of resistance element to Ring connection
  • Bottom end of resistance to Sleeve connection

CCpedal_Wiring.gif

Product Comparisons

FORTE 8
FORTE 7
FORTE SE

ARTIS 8
ARTIS 7
ARTIS SE

PC4
PC4-7
PC3A8
PC3A7
PC3A6
PC3K8
PC3K7
PC3K6
SP6
SP6-7
SP1

Keyboard Keybed¹ 88 FW
76 FW
88 FW

88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

88 FW
76 SW
88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SW
88 FW

88 FW

Wooden End Caps No No No No No Yes Yes No No
UI Display 480 x 272 color LCD 240 x 64 LCD 240 x 64 LCD 2×20 char LCD 480 x 272 color LCD 240 x 64 LCD 240 x 64 LCD 128 x 64 LCD 3 char LED
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete Partial Partial Complete Complete
Favorites/QA Entries 990 10 10 6 990 25,600 25,600 5 5
Surf-n-Select Sound Navigation Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Sound/Editing Polyphony 128 (KB3=0) 128 128 128 256 128 128 128 256
Flash Play™ 16 GB 2 GB No No 2 GB No No 2 GB No
Sample Memory 3.3 GB 188 MB No No 2 GB No 128 MB No No
Piano Samples² GD / JC7 / TS GD* / JC7* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅GD* / JC7* / TS ⋅GD* / TS ⋅TS / GD* (sold separately) ⋅GD* / JC7* / TS GD*
String Resonance KSR ³ KSR ³ No No KSR No No KSR ³ Yes
Factory Programs 322 512 256 256 1000+ 1453 1074 256 16
Factory Setups/Multis 186 182 256 128 50+ 216 150 130 0
User Programs 3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites)
User Setups/Multis 3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites)
Setup/Multi Zones 16 8 4 4 16 16 16 4 4
General MIDI No No No No No Yes Yes No No
KORE 64®
⋅Programs
⋅Keympas/Samples
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sold
Separately
Some
Yes
No
No
V.A.S.T. Editing Yes Yes via Editor software via Editor software Yes Yes Yes via Editor software No
KB3 Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FM Engine Yes (v4) No No No Yes No No No No
Software Editor Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free No
Effects FX Units 32 32 16 16 32 16 16 32 4
FX Editing Full Full Limited Limited Full Full Full Limited Limited
Master FX Comp + EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
Comp + EQ Comp + EQ Comp + EQ No EQ
Compatibility PC3 Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
Most objects (no samples) Most objects (no samples) Most objects
(no edited ROM samples)
All objects
(no samples)
All objects Most Programs
(no samples)
No
K2** Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
No No Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(no compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
Samples
(incl. K2 compat file)
No No
Sequencing/Arps Sequencer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
RIFFs 16 0 0 0 16 16 16 0 0
Arpeggiators 16 8 0 0 16 16 16 4 0
MIDI CC Step Sequencer 16 (v4) 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0
Controllers Aftertouch Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Programmable Sliders 9 (+LED ladders) 9 9 4 9 9 9 0 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 4 0
Programmable Buttons 10 11 6 2 10 10 10 1 0
CC Pedal inputs 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 3 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 3 3 2 (dual jack) 1
Half-Damper *** Yes (pianos) Yes (pianos) MIDI only MIDI only Yes (pianos) No No Yes (pianos) No
Ribbon input No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Breath Controller input No No No No No Yes Yes No No
I/O Analog Outputs Main + Aux Main Main Main Main + Aux Main + Aux Main + Aux Main Main
Analog Inputs 1/8″ w/ FX 1/8″ w/ FX 1/8″ 1/8″ (2) 1/4″ (1) 1/8″ w/ FX No No No (2) 1/4″
Digital Out No No No No No Yes Yes No No
Storage External Storage USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
No

Notes:

¹ Keyboard Mechanisms: FW = fully-weighted hammer-action / SW = semi-weighted / SY = synth action.

² GD = German D, JC7 = Japanese C7, TS = Triple Strike.

³ KSR = “Kurzweil String Resonance”.

* These pianos are an optimized version of the Forte® Grand pianos, derived from the same quality content but using less samples.

** Cannot load K2 Series KB3 or Triple Mode Programs. Edited ROM sample headers as well as some DSP algorithms and tools cannot be converted. Please see owner’s manuals for details.

*** Half-damper pedal sold separately.

Troubleshooting

Question:
How can I restore my Artis SE to its factory defaults?

Answer:

Caution: Hard resetting will erase all user memory ! Need be, back up any custom programming before proceeding (please see chpt. 10 in the Artis SE Musician’s Guide for details.

There are two methods for performing a hard reset on an Artis SE Series keyboard:

Global Mode Method: (with the Artis SE powered up in normal operating modes)

    1. Press GLOBAL:

    2. Press the PARAM/CHANNEL UP (∧) button until you see parameter 7/30:
      GLOBAL          7/30
      Hard Reset ?

 

    1. Press + you’ll see:
      GLOBAL          7/30
      Confirm ?

 

  1. Press + again – you will briefly see:
    GLOBAL          7/30
    Resetting...

    …following the Artis SE will reboot and will be completely reset.


System Mode Method: (useful if you are unable to perform the Global mode method)

    1. Power the Artis SE OFF.

 

    1. Press/Hold the ASSIGN button and turn the Artis SE ON. Release the ASSIGN button when the you see the following screen (the version displayed may differ):
      Artis SE System Mode
      Version 1.7
    2. Press the PARAM/CHANNEL UP (∧) button until you see parameter 4/5:
      SYSTEM MODE      4/5
      System Reset
    3. Press + you’ll see:
      System Reset        
      Delete all user objects?

 

    1. Press + again you’ll see “Please Wait…” followed by:
      System Reset        
      Done

 

Turn the Artis SE OFF and back ON and the unit will then reboot with factory defaults.

Global Mode

Question:
How can I customize the ArtisSE’s touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button:

    2. Using the Param/Channel up/dn buttons, navigate to the “Velocity Map” parameter.
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:Medium
    3. Using the alpha wheel or -/+ buttons, adjust to taste:For ex. here we selected ‘Piano Touch’ (when the text is too long to fit the screen, it scrolls).
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:PianoTouch

The default map (Medium) provides the widest range of velocity expression, but you may want to choose a different map if the default does not suit your playing style. You can select from any of the following settings:

Light
Lighter
Lightest
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Medium The ArtisSE default map. Medium, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard
Harder
Hardest
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those with a heavy touch.
PianoTouch Simulates the general velocity response of an acoustic piano, and is best suited for playing acoustic piano programs.
Easy Touch Similar to the “Light” settings. Makes higher velocities easier to play, but allows more sensitive control over playing high velocities by not boosting the MIDI velocity for fast strike velocities as much as it does for medium strike velocities.
GM Receive Mimics the velocity response commonly used by keyboards that use the General MIDI (GM) sound set. The GM Receive map makes medium strike velocities produce higher MIDI velocities compared to the Linear map.
  1. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit the Global menu. Your setting selection will be remembered across power cycles.

Multi Mode

Question:
How can I customize the ArtisSE’s touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button:

    2. Using the Param/Channel up/dn buttons, navigate to the “Velocity Map” parameter.
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:Medium
    3. Using the alpha wheel or -/+ buttons, adjust to taste:For ex. here we selected ‘Piano Touch’ (when the text is too long to fit the screen, it scrolls).
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:PianoTouch

The default map (Medium) provides the widest range of velocity expression, but you may want to choose a different map if the default does not suit your playing style. You can select from any of the following settings:

Light
Lighter
Lightest
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Medium The ArtisSE default map. Medium, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard
Harder
Hardest
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those with a heavy touch.
PianoTouch Simulates the general velocity response of an acoustic piano, and is best suited for playing acoustic piano programs.
Easy Touch Similar to the “Light” settings. Makes higher velocities easier to play, but allows more sensitive control over playing high velocities by not boosting the MIDI velocity for fast strike velocities as much as it does for medium strike velocities.
GM Receive Mimics the velocity response commonly used by keyboards that use the General MIDI (GM) sound set. The GM Receive map makes medium strike velocities produce higher MIDI velocities compared to the Linear map.
  1. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit the Global menu. Your setting selection will be remembered across power cycles.

Question:
On the Artis SE, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the Artis SE MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 22 accessible KB3 parameters and their associated MIDI CC numbers.


 

Artis SE KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC# Values
Drawbar 1 12 127 (min) – 0 (max)

Note: the values are reversed emulating
the behavior of real drawbars

Drawbar 2 13
Drawbar 3 22
Drawbar 4 23
Drawbar 5 24
Drawbar 6 25
Drawbar 7 26
Drawbar 8 27
Drawbar 9 28
Distortion Drive 1 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Swell Pedal 11 (or 91) 0 (min) – 127 (max)
KeyClick On/Off 90 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Leak Level 102** 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Rotary Fast/Slow (SW1) 64 (or 29) 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Rotary Brake 80 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off 81*** 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato Select 82 0-63 = Vibrato, 64-127 = Chorus
Chorus/Vibrato Depth 83 0-63 = Low Depth, 64-127 = High Depth
Percussion On/Off (SW2) 85 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Percussion Level 86 0-63 = Soft, 64-127 = Loud
Percussion Decay 87 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Percussion Pitch 89 0-63 = Low, 64-127 = High

Download a PDF of the above table for portable reference.

 


Notes:

*The Artis SE Type B USB port does not provide bus power.

**Only Bank A KB3 programs offer leakage.

*** “Farfisa” and “Vox” programs use cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.

Program Mode

Question:
How can I customize the ArtisSE’s touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button:

    2. Using the Param/Channel up/dn buttons, navigate to the “Velocity Map” parameter.
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:Medium
    3. Using the alpha wheel or -/+ buttons, adjust to taste:For ex. here we selected ‘Piano Touch’ (when the text is too long to fit the screen, it scrolls).
      GLOBAL          2/30
      VelocityMap:PianoTouch

The default map (Medium) provides the widest range of velocity expression, but you may want to choose a different map if the default does not suit your playing style. You can select from any of the following settings:

Light
Lighter
Lightest
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Medium The ArtisSE default map. Medium, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard
Harder
Hardest
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity. These maps work best for those with a heavy touch.
PianoTouch Simulates the general velocity response of an acoustic piano, and is best suited for playing acoustic piano programs.
Easy Touch Similar to the “Light” settings. Makes higher velocities easier to play, but allows more sensitive control over playing high velocities by not boosting the MIDI velocity for fast strike velocities as much as it does for medium strike velocities.
GM Receive Mimics the velocity response commonly used by keyboards that use the General MIDI (GM) sound set. The GM Receive map makes medium strike velocities produce higher MIDI velocities compared to the Linear map.
  1. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit the Global menu. Your setting selection will be remembered across power cycles.

Question:
On the Artis SE, what MIDI Continuous Controllers (CC) are used to remotely control the KB3 parameters?

Answer:

Via the Artis SE MIDI IN (or USB-MIDI*) you can access the full compliment of KB3 program parameters to enhance your real-time performance as well as sonic tweaking.

TIP: tweaked programs can be saved to user memory simply by pressing Save, selecting a desired User Bank location, then pressing Save again.

The table below details the 22 accessible KB3 parameters and their associated MIDI CC numbers.


 

Artis SE KB3 MIDI Implementation List

KB3 Parameter MIDI CC# Values
Drawbar 1 12 127 (min) – 0 (max)

Note: the values are reversed emulating
the behavior of real drawbars

Drawbar 2 13
Drawbar 3 22
Drawbar 4 23
Drawbar 5 24
Drawbar 6 25
Drawbar 7 26
Drawbar 8 27
Drawbar 9 28
Distortion Drive 1 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Swell Pedal 11 (or 91) 0 (min) – 127 (max)
KeyClick On/Off 90 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Leak Level 102** 0 (min) – 127 (max)
Rotary Fast/Slow (SW1) 64 (or 29) 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Rotary Brake 80 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato On/Off 81*** 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Chorus/Vibrato Select 82 0-63 = Vibrato, 64-127 = Chorus
Chorus/Vibrato Depth 83 0-63 = Low Depth, 64-127 = High Depth
Percussion On/Off (SW2) 85 0-63 = Off, 64-127 = On
Percussion Level 86 0-63 = Soft, 64-127 = Loud
Percussion Decay 87 0-63 = Slow, 64-127 = Fast
Percussion Pitch 89 0-63 = Low, 64-127 = High

Download a PDF of the above table for portable reference.

 


Notes:

*The Artis SE Type B USB port does not provide bus power.

**Only Bank A KB3 programs offer leakage.

*** “Farfisa” and “Vox” programs use cc#29 to enable/disable the Chorus/Vibrato.

Question:
I am using my Artis SE in Program mode with a DAW (or external controller) and need to understand what combination of MIDI Bank and Program change messages to send to it to call up the sounds I need.

Answer:

Here is what the Artis SE needs to receive when selecting programs via MIDI:

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Artis SE uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(BankSel: 0/32 – set in the Global menu)

 

  1. MIDI Program Change messageFollowing the Bank message, a standard Program Change is used value= 0-127 to select the desired program from within the designated bank.

The table below shows the MIDI Bank (column 1) and Program Change (column 2) values needed to select any given Artis SE Program via MIDI. Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Artis SE Artis SE Program Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32 value)
Program Change ID Range
0 0-127 1-128 Factory
1 0-127 129-256 Factory
2 0-127 257-384 User
3 0-127 385-512 User

Important Note: the Artis SE displays the program change numbers on screen off by “1” ID# higher.
ie MIDI Program Change #0 = Artis SE Screen ID# 1.


Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #33 Classic B3:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), you send:

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 0
*Program Change = 32

*Reminder: the Artis SE displays the program change numbers on screen off by “1” ID# higher.

Ex 2: You want to call up #161 Ezra’s Burner:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), you send:

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
*Program Change = 32

*Note: 161-128-1= #32.

(ie Program #161 is the 32nd program in MIDI Bank 1.)

Ex. 3:You want to call up #512 in the User bank:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), you send:

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 3
*Program Change = 127

*Note: 512 – (128×3) – 1 = 127

(i.e. Program #512 is the 127th program in MIDI Bank 3)

DOWNLOADS

User Manuals

Artis SE Getting Started Guide – 952 KB
Quick Start Guide (Rev 5)
2014-11-17

Artis SE Musician’s Guide – 5.9 MB
Primary owner’s manual (Rev B)
2018-08-08

Artis SE Musician’s Guide – E-Book – 3.8 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revB) – .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices
2018-08-08

Artis SE – KB3 MIDI CC Chart – 61 KB
Listing of KB3 MIDI Controllers (.pdf)
2017-06-05

SoundTower – Sound Editor User Guide – 7 MB
PC3 Series Desktop Editor Operating Manual
(applicable to all Kurzweil desktop software editors)
2015-05-28

SoundTower – Artis PlugSE™ Manual – 4.6MB
Operating manual for the Artis, Artis7 and Artis SE PlugSE software.
2015-06-09

OS Updates

Artis SE v1.11 Update – 4.0 MB
Contains: O/S 2.50.1816, Objects 1.00.7, Installation Instructions, Release Notes
2018-08-08

Software Editors

Artis SE – Desktop Editor (Mac) – 9.6 MB
v2.90 of the Artis SE desktop editing software for the Mac
(requires Artis SE OS v1.02)
2015-05-22

Artis SE – Desktop Editor (PC) – 6.0 MB
v2.90 of the Artis SE desktop editing software for the PC
(requires Artis SE OS v1.02)
2015-05-22

Artis SE – iPad Editor – 55.4 MB
(links to App Store store for download)
2015-06-10

Artis SE – PlugSE (PC/VST- 32bit) – 6.2 MB
v1.0.4 of the Artis SE Plug-in – (VST format in 32-bit)
(requires Artis SE OS v1.02)
2015-06-09

Artis SE – PlugSE (PC/VST- 64bit) – 6.3 MB
v1.0.4 of the Artis SE Plug-in – (VST format in 64-bit)
(requires Artis SE OS v1.02)
2015-06-09

Artis SE – PlugSE (Mac OSX – 32/64bit) – 30.1 MB
v1.0.4 of the Artis SE Plug-in – (VST and AU formats in 32 and 64-bit)
(requires Artis SE OS v1.02)
2015-06-09

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