OVERVIEW

Featuring our stunning NEW German Grand, Artis’ astonishing sound quality, dependability and ease-of-use help you take your performance to the next level!

SOUNDS

Brand NEW German 9′ Grand Piano

A game-changer. 32 killer programs. Amazing tone, realism, and expression FAR beyond what you thought possible in a stage piano. Perfectly matched with a weighted Fatar TP-100 action.

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

Modeled after classic organs. Featuring all the controls you want and more, including 9 realistic drawbars.

256 Factory Programs

From classic to cutting-edge. 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.

256 Factory Multis

Layered, sublime, fearless and funky – our Multis will have your inspiration up and running in no time! Up to 4 zones, split/layer, extensive MIDI control, individual zone volume and mute control.

Powerful FX Engine

Award-winning Reverbs, Delays, Choruses, Flangers, Phasers, Distortions, Rotary Amplifiers, Compressors and more.

PERFORMANCE

Front Panel 3-Band Master EQ

Room too boomy? No problem. Dial it in with Bass, Treble and sweepable Midrange.

22 Programmable Physical Controllers

9 Sliders, 6 Switches, 2 Wheels, 2 Switch Pedal Inputs, 1 Continuous Control Pedal Input. (1 sustain/switch pedal is included).

Easy Access Transpose Buttons

Dedicated -/+ controls conveniently located above the Pitch/Modulation wheels.

CONTROLS

Front Panel Master Compressor & 3-Band EQ

Room too boomy? Need to add some punch? No problem. Dial it in with the Master Compressor & EQ section featuring Bass, Treble and sweepable Midrange.

23 Programmable Physical Controllers

9 Sliders (with brilliant LED ladders), 6 Switches, 2 Wheels, 3 Switch Pedal Inputs (which support half-damper for pianos), 2 Continuous Control Pedal Inputs and Aftertouch. (1 sustain/switch pedal is included).

Easy Access Controls

Dedicated -/+ Transpose, Tap Tempo and sound Variation controls conveniently located right above the Pitch/Modulation wheels.

USER INTERFACE

Sound Selection

Easy Category and Program/Multi selection. Save your own preset for each Category.

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Favorites Section

Access your 10 Favorite sounds with ONE button press! Conveniently located right below Artis’ display.

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: 240×64 pixel monochrome LCD with 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 (download full “object list” here)
User Programs: 256
Factory Multis: 256 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 sweepable mid and 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: • 1 pitch wheel
• 1 modulation wheel
• 9 front panel sliders
• 9 KB3 control switches/control/zone mute switches
• 1 variation switch
• 2 transpose switches
• 2 switch pedal inputs, each supporting single or dual, switch or half-damper* pedals (1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
• 1 continuous control pedal input(*for MIDI controller functionality 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 front 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: (5.5″) (14cm)
Depth: (15.5″) (39.5cm)
Length: (54.5″) (138.5cm)
Weight: (46 lb.) (21 kg)
Power: Internal Power Supply, free voltage 90-265V AC 50-60Hz, 10 Watts

IMAGES

AUDIO


 Song Demos



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Brass/Winds



Clavinet



Drums



E.Piano



Guitar



Misc



Multis



Organs



Pads



Percussion



Piano



Strings



Synths



Voices


VIDEOS

Artis – First Look
Teaser Trailer

Artis – Featuring Dave Limina
Performance by Dave Limina

Artis – Featuring Erik James
Performance by Erik James

Artis – Pianos
Demonstration by Muzykuj (Poland)

Artis – E. Pianos
Demonstration by Muzykuj (Poland)

Artis – Multis
Demonstration by Muzykuj (Poland)

Artis Demonstration Video
Demonstration by Christian Pearl. (Javea Rock Academy Studios)

Artis Jamming (part 1)
Demonstration by Space4Keys/Pianosound (Italy)

Artis Journey
Trailer from Sound Service (Germany)

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

Artis Preset Walk Thru
Demonstration by Kytary (Czech Rep.)

Artis Review
By Kytary (Czech Rep.)

Frank Lucas and Pandorum Performance
Pandorum – …..And She Danced Again…..

Musikmesse 2013 – Demo 1
Performance from the show floor at Musikmesse

Musikmesse 2013 – Demo 2
Feature walk-thru live from Musikmesse

FAQs

Basic Concepts & User Interface

Question:
When I step on the sustain pedal using a KB3-based program, it is currently controlling the leslie rotor speed. How can I change that to traditional sustain operation?

Answer:

Here is how to reassign SW 1 to act as a traditional sustain pedal for KB3-based programs:

    1. Leave the sustain pedal connected as usual (to the SW 1 pedal jack).
    2. Go to the GLOBAL mode.
    3. Using the Param/Channel buttons, highlight the “Rotary S/F Override” parameter:
    4. Using the data wheel, set it to “Variation”:

NOTES:

“Variation+Sustain” = the Variation (Rotary S/F) button AND the sustain pedal will control the leslie rotary speed.

“Variation” = only the Variation (Rotary S/F) button will control the leslie rotary speed; the sustain pedal will act as traditional sustain.

  1. Press PROGRAM to return to Program mode.

Now all KB3-generated programs will use the Sustain/SW1 pedal for sustain.

Question:
How can I customize the Artis’ touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the mode button – you will see:
    2. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter.
    3. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

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 Artis 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:
How can I store my most needed Programs/Multis as Favorites for quick recall?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Artis lets you store up to 10 Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall.

Here’s how:

    1. Select the a Program or Multi you wish to store as a Favorite.Ex:

 

    1. Press and hold a given FAVORITES button for a few seconds to store the current Program or Multi to that button location.

 

    1. You will see a pop-up message displayed as confirmation:

 

  1. Go back to step 1 and repeat as needed.

To later recall the given Favorite, from Program or Multi mode, simply press the corresponding FAVORITES button.

Question:
Where can I obtain a list of the factory preset Programs & Multis for the Artis?

Answer:

Under the DOWNLOADS Tab on the Artis Product page (under ‘User Manuals’) you will find a link titled “Artis Factory Objects List”. The download contains both .pdf and .xls files listing all system objects (programs, multis, and effects chains).

In addition Appendix C of the Musician’s Guide also lists all of the factory Programs by category.

Question:
I am using my Artis 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 needs to receive when selecting programs via MIDI:

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Artis 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 Program via MIDI. Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Artis Artis 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 displays the program change numbers on screen off by “1” ID# higher.
ie MIDI Program Change #0 = Artis Screen ID# 1.


Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #33 Stevie’s Rhds:

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

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

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

Ex 2: You want to call up #161 SuperSaw:

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)

MIDI Controllers

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

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my Programs/Multis/Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the Artis power turned off, connect a switch pedal to either SW1 or SW2.NOTE: each Artis switch pedal input supports using either single (1/4″ TS) or dual (1/4″ TRS) switch pedals. This permits up to 4 switch pedals (when two dual pedals are used).
    2. In the GLOBAL Mode, using the PARAM/CHANNEL buttons, select the Pedal Override parameter that corresponds to the physical input you connected your pedal to. As each pedal input can support single or dual pedals, there are four total possibilities to chose from: SW1a, SW1b, SW2a, SW2b. If only using single pedals, only the ‘a’ side parameter is used.For ex: if you connect a single pedal to SW2, select “Pedal SW2a Override”.
  1. There are 4 options to choose from related to navigating on-screen selections with a pedal. Using the data wheel, choose the one that suits your needs:
    DataInc Move forwards through the list of Programs or Multis.

    DataDec Move backwards through the list Programs or Multis.
    FavoriteInc* Move forwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    FavoriteDec* Move backwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    *NOTE: when choosing one of the “Favorites”, the list will cycle/wrap around the 10 available button slots.


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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:
What is involved in replacing the Artis’s fuse?

Answer:

  1. Power off and disconnect the power cord.
  2. Using a flat head screw driver, gently pry out the fuse holder, directly below the power cord connection.

    Artis fuse holder

  3. Replace the fuse with the same type and rating (should be 315mA/250V slow blow 5x20mm).
  4. Replace the fuse holder.

Tip: There is a slot in the fuse holder to store a spare fuse if desired.

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

Answer:

Caution: Hard resetting will erase all user memory ! Need be, back up any custom programming before proceeding
.

There are two methods for performing a hard reset on the Artis:


GLOBAL MENU METHOD: (with the Artis powered up in normal operating modes)

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button, then press the “RESET” soft button:

 

    1. You have two options. You can choose to either:
      (a) Press “No” to clear ALL user memory:
      (all user Programs/Multis/Global settings will be erased)
      OR (b) Press “Yes” to reset ONLY the Global mode settings:
      (user Programs/Multis will NOT be erased)

 

    1. Confirm your selection by pressing “Yes”:
      (a) All user Programs/Multis/Global settings will be erased. OR (b) Only the Global mode settings will be reset:

 

  1. After either selection the Artis will reboot.

SYSTEM MODE METHOD: (useful if you are unable to perform the above Global menu method)

Note: Resetting from the System Mode will clear ALL user Programs/Multis and Global settings.

    1. Turn the unit Off.
    2. Press and hold the ENTER button while you turn the power on (you can release the ENTER button once you see the System Mode menu).

 

  1. Press “System Reset”:

  2. Press “OK”:

  3. Press “OK” again:

  4. Press “Run Artis”:

The Artis will then reboot, at which point it will be completely reset back to factory defaults.

Global Mode

Question:
When I step on the sustain pedal using a KB3-based program, it is currently controlling the leslie rotor speed. How can I change that to traditional sustain operation?

Answer:

Here is how to reassign SW 1 to act as a traditional sustain pedal for KB3-based programs:

    1. Leave the sustain pedal connected as usual (to the SW 1 pedal jack).
    2. Go to the GLOBAL mode.
    3. Using the Param/Channel buttons, highlight the “Rotary S/F Override” parameter:
    4. Using the data wheel, set it to “Variation”:

NOTES:

“Variation+Sustain” = the Variation (Rotary S/F) button AND the sustain pedal will control the leslie rotary speed.

“Variation” = only the Variation (Rotary S/F) button will control the leslie rotary speed; the sustain pedal will act as traditional sustain.

  1. Press PROGRAM to return to Program mode.

Now all KB3-generated programs will use the Sustain/SW1 pedal for sustain.

Question:
How can I customize the Artis’ touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the mode button – you will see:
    2. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter.
    3. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

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 Artis 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:
How can I load an Artis user data file (.ART) from a USB flash/thumb drive?


Answer:

“LOAD” Procedure:

    1. Plug a USB flash/thumb drive into the Artis back-panel USB “Storage ” port.

 

    1. On the Artis, press the Global mode button, then press the “LOAD” soft button:

    2. Press “Device”:(Note: USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the LOAD function).

    3. Using the data wheel, “Parent” and “Open” soft buttons, navigate to and highlight the desired .ART file to load:

    4. Choose your load method, “FILL” or “OVWRTE”:”FILL” – loads the file’s contents into the first empty User ID slot, and then subsequent empty slots, without erasing existing user data:

      “OVWRTE” – (aka Overwrite) ERASES all USER Programs/Multis currently in memory, replacing them with the loaded file’s contents (factory banks are not affected):

      IMPORTANT: Choosing OVWRTE will bring up an alert prompt, cautioning you that “Overwrite can delete existing user objects. Are you sure?”. Press “Yes” to proceed or “No” to cancel. Before opting to use OVWRTE, be sure that any User Programs/Multis currently residing in the Artis, that you wish to keep, are already themselves backed up to external disk.

    5. A brief “Loading…” message will be seen while the file is loaded.
      Global                 LOAD                       
      
      
                        Loading...
      	
      	
      
      

      Press “OK” when the load is complete.

 

  1. Press Program or Multi to Exit the Global mode. Your computer will issue a “device removal” message – you can cancel/ignore this.
Notes:

  • If no flash/thumb drive is inserted when pressing “Device” (step 3), the the display will show the message “Connect USB Device…”.
  • If a DIR (directory) is highlighted when choosing your load method (step 5), the display will show the message “Nothing loaded”.

Question:
How can I load an Artis user data file (.ART) directly from my Mac/PC via USB cable?

Answer:

“LOAD” Procedure:

    1. With both the Artis and your computer powered on, connect a USB cable between the Artis back-panel USB “Computer” port and any free USB port on your computer.

 

    1. On the Artis, press the Global mode button, then press the “LOAD” soft button:

    2. Press “PC”:Your computer will now mount a temporary removable disk which will act as the conduit between your computer and the Artis.(Note: USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the LOAD function).

    3. On your computer, copy the ONE desired .ART file to the temporary removable disk and wait for it to complete copying.Note: the system only supports loading one file at a time.
    4. Choose your load method, “FILL” or “OVWRTE”:”FILL” – loads the file’s contents into the first empty User ID slot, and then subsequent empty slots, without erasing existing user data:

      “OVWRTE” – (aka Overwrite) ERASES all USER Programs/Multis currently in memory, replacing them with the loaded file’s contents (factory banks are not affected):

      IMPORTANT: Choosing OVWRTE will bring up an alert prompt, cautioning you that “Overwrite can delete existing user objects. Are you sure?”. Press “Yes” to proceed or “No” to cancel. Before opting to use OVWRTE, be sure that any User Programs/Multis currently residing in the Artis, that you wish to keep, are already themselves backed up to external disk.

    5. A brief “Loading…” message will be seen while the file is loaded.
      Global               LOAD                      
      
      
                        Loading...
      	
      	
      
      

      Press “OK” when the load is complete.

 

  1. Press Program or Multi to Exit the Global mode. Your computer will issue a “device removal” message – you can cancel/ignore this.
Notes:

  • If the Artis is not connected to a computer when pressing “PC” (step 3), the the display will show the message “Connect USB cable…”.
  • If no file is in the temporary removable drive on your computer when choosing your load method (step 5), the display will show the message “Nothing loaded”.
  • If more than one file is in the temporary removable drive on your computer when choosing your load method (step 5), only the first of those files (alphabetically) will be loaded.

Question:
How can I save (backup) all of my Artis’s user data to a USB flash/thumb drive?

Answer:
Q:How can I save (backup) all of my Artis’s user data to a USB flash/thumb drive?


The Artis saves all data from both User Banks (Program and Multis) into one file with an “.ART” extension.

“STORE” Procedure:

    1. Plug a USB flash/thumb drive into the Artis back-panel USB “Storage ” port.

 

  1. Press the Global mode button, then press the “STORE” soft button:

  2. Press “Device”:(Note: USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the STORE function).

  3. Press “Store” to the designate the current directory location to save your file to:

  4. Name your file. Use the Previous(-) and Next(+) buttons to advance the cursor. Use the data wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad to enter characters. Then press “Store” to save:

  5. A brief “Storing…” message will be seen while the file is saved.
    Global               STORE                      
    
    
                      Storing...
    	
    	
    
    

    Press “OK” when the save is complete.

  6. Press Program or Multi to Exit the Global mode.
Notes:

  • If no flash/thumb drive is inserted when pressing “Device” (step 3), the the display will show the message “Connect USB Device…”.
  • If the filename you choose already exists on disk, when pressing “Store” (step 5) you will see an alert. “A file with that name already exists. Are you sure you want to overwrite it?”. You can choose ‘Yes’ to proceed, or ‘No’ to return to the naming screen and enter a new name.
  • If no USER objects are in memory when pressing “Store” (step 5), the display will show the message “Nothing stored”.

Question:
How can I save (backup) all of my Artis’s user data directly to my Mac/PC via USB cable?

Answer:

The Artis saves all data from both User Banks (Program and Multis) into one file with an “.ART” extension.

“STORE” Procedure:

    1. With both the Artis and your computer powered on, connect a USB cable between the Artis back-panel USB “Computer” port and any free USB port on your computer.

 

    1. On the Artis, press the Global mode button, then press the “STORE” soft button:

    2. Press “PC”:Your computer will now mount a temporary removable disk which will act as the conduit between your computer and the Artis.(Note: USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the STORE function).

    3. Name your file. Use the Previous(-) and Next(+) buttons to advance the cursor. Use the data wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad to enter characters. Then press “Store” to save:

    4. A brief “Storing…” message will be seen while the file is saved.
      Global               STORE                      
      
      
                        Storing...
      	
      	
      
      

 

  1. IMPORTANT: You now need to COPY (drag and drop) the resultant “.ART” file out of the temporary removable disk mounted on your computer to any location on your computer hard drive where you wish to store this file long term. It is critical that you do this *before* you press “OK” as the removable disk will be ejected and .ART file erased from it when you do.Press “OK” only AFTER the file has been safely copied out of the temporary drive to your computer.

  2. Press Program or Multi to Exit the Global mode. Your computer will issue a “device removal” message – you can cancel/ignore this.
Notes:

  • If the Artis is not connected to a computer when pressing “PC” (step 3), the the display will show the message “Connect USB cable…”.
  • If no USER objects are in memory when pressing “Store” (step 4), the display will show the message “Nothing stored”.

Question:
How can I use MIDI Bank and Program Changes to select Multis remotely?

Answer:

To select Multis via MIDI you need to go into the Global/MIDI mode and set the “Local Key Channel” (manual ref. pg 9-10) to match the one channel you are wanting to send bank/program changes to the Artis on.

Once the Local Key Channel is set, put the Artis into Multi mode and send a:

  • cc32/Bank LSB message (value range = 0-4), followed by
  • program change (value range = 0-127)

MIDI ‘Banks’ are in groups of 128 entries, 0-127.

So for example, if you wanted to select Multi #168 SynBass/Strings you would send:

  • cc32 = 1
  • Pchg = 40

The way to figure this out is fairly simple:

  • Multi# ÷ 128 = B (where B = MIDI Bank and is the whole number to the left of any decimal point)
  • Multi# – (B x 128) = program change number

Be sure too that you are running the latest OS. The latest update is available here.

Question:
What is the maximum quantity of files that can be saved to a single directory of a flash/thumb drive?

Answer:

Up to 198 files per subdirectory are supported.

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my Programs/Multis/Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the Artis power turned off, connect a switch pedal to either SW1 or SW2.NOTE: each Artis switch pedal input supports using either single (1/4″ TS) or dual (1/4″ TRS) switch pedals. This permits up to 4 switch pedals (when two dual pedals are used).
    2. In the GLOBAL Mode, using the PARAM/CHANNEL buttons, select the Pedal Override parameter that corresponds to the physical input you connected your pedal to. As each pedal input can support single or dual pedals, there are four total possibilities to chose from: SW1a, SW1b, SW2a, SW2b. If only using single pedals, only the ‘a’ side parameter is used.For ex: if you connect a single pedal to SW2, select “Pedal SW2a Override”.

 

  1. There are 4 options to choose from related to navigating on-screen selections with a pedal. Using the data wheel, choose the one that suits your needs:
    DataInc Move forwards through the list of Programs or Multis.

    DataDec Move backwards through the list Programs or Multis.
    FavoriteInc* Move forwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    FavoriteDec* Move backwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    *NOTE: when choosing one of the “Favorites”, the list will cycle/wrap around the 10 available button slots.

Multi Mode

Question:
How can I customize the Artis’ touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the mode button – you will see:
    2. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter.
    3. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

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 Artis 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:
How can I combine two or more programs together in layer and/or split fashion?

Answer:

The Artis Multi mode is the ideal place to construct performance layers and splits. Each Multi permits the combination of up to 4 unique program zones. Multis can be built completely from scratch from within Multi mode itself or, for a faster start, using the dedicated front-panel “Layer” and “Split” soft button tools which simplify the process.

(complete parameter details can be found in Chpt. 7 & 8 of the Musician’s Guide).

Here are the basic steps for creating Split and Layer combinations:

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

    2. From here you can proceed following one of two paths adding a SPLIT OR a LAYER zone:
      (a) Press “SPLIT” to create a split zone: OR (b) Press “LAYER” to create a layer zone:

 

    1. Next, press PROG and select the desired Program to use for this new split or layer zone:
      (a) For ex, here we chose an acoustic bass: OR (b) For ex, here we chose a synth pad:

 

    1. If desired, press VOLUME and change the Volume balance between this new zone and the primary program (Piano in our ex):Note: this is a ‘balance’ control. Positive values will lower the primary program volume; negative values lower the volume of the newly added zone.
      (a) For ex, here we raised the volume of the bass:
      (lowers the piano)
      OR (b) For ex, here we lowered the volume of the pad:

 

    1. If needed, press XPOSE and change the Transposition (Xpose) of the newly added zone by +/- 2 octaves (in semitones):
      (a) Here we opted to raise the bass an octave: OR (b) Here we chose to NOT transpose the pad:

 

    1. Lastly, if this is a split zone, you can press KEY and change the default split-point (B3):TIP: use the ASSIGN feature to select the Split- hold down and press the desired piano key.
      (a) Here we chose to change the split point to C3:

 

    1. Press the front panel SAVE button (will be lit) to store this Multi the User bank:

 

    1. By default you are first brought to the ID page. Choose the User ID where you would like to save this Multi to (range #257-512):For ex, we chose ID #258:

 

    1. Press the NAME soft button to name your Multi creation:

 

    1. Using the alpha numeric keypad, enter a name for your Multi (see pg. 6-19 in the manual for details on using the alphanumeric keypad):
      (a) Press “Save” when done: OR (b) Press “Save” when done:

 

    1. Done. Your custom Multi is now stored to the ID chosen above. To recall at any time, press MULTI, press USER, then use the data wheel, +/- or Multi Select buttons to select.TIP: to recall your Multi even faster, save it as a FAVORITE
      .
    2. With your new Multi on screen, feel free to go back to step 2 and add additional zones (up to 4 max).

 

Question:
How can I store my most needed Programs/Multis as Favorites for quick recall?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Artis lets you store up to 10 Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall.

Here’s how:

    1. Select the a Program or Multi you wish to store as a Favorite.Ex:

 

    1. Press and hold a given FAVORITES button for a few seconds to store the current Program or Multi to that button location.

 

    1. You will see a pop-up message displayed as confirmation:

 

  1. Go back to step 1 and repeat as needed.

To later recall the given Favorite, from Program or Multi mode, simply press the corresponding FAVORITES button.

Question:
Where can I obtain a list of the factory preset Programs & Multis for the Artis?

Answer:

Under the DOWNLOADS Tab on the Artis Product page (under ‘User Manuals’) you will find a link titled “Artis Factory Objects List”. The download contains both .pdf and .xls files listing all system objects (programs, multis, and effects chains).

In addition Appendix C of the Musician’s Guide also lists all of the factory Programs by category.

Question:
How can I alter the range of the pitch bend wheel in a Multi?

Answer:

Pitch bend range is edited per Multi zone.

Here are the steps:

  1. Select the Multi in question;
  2. Press EDIT;
  3. Press MIDI (soft button);
  4. Press the Zone (soft button) to select the Zone you are trying the alter the Pitch Bend on.Keep your eye on the Zone field parameter in the top center of the screen – this indicates which zone you are editing currently. For ex., in the screen below Zone 1 (of a total of 4) is currently in edit focus.

  5. Change the Bend Range Up and Bend Range Down fields as needed*:

    *(ST = semitone; 12 semitones = 1 octave)

  6. Go back to step 4 and repeat for other zones as needed.
  7. Save your Multi.

Note: Most sounds (being sample based) will have an upward bend range limit, meaning after a certain interval, the samples will stop transposing upwards and thus (potentially) sound out of tune. This is normal and the limit will vary program to program. Downward bend ranges are not effected by this.

Question:
How can I use MIDI Bank and Program Changes to select Multis remotely?

Answer:

To select Multis via MIDI you need to go into the Global/MIDI mode and set the “Local Key Channel” (manual ref. pg 9-10) to match the one channel you are wanting to send bank/program changes to the Artis on.

Once the Local Key Channel is set, put the Artis into Multi mode and send a:

  • cc32/Bank LSB message (value range = 0-4), followed by
  • program change (value range = 0-127)

MIDI ‘Banks’ are in groups of 128 entries, 0-127.

So for example, if you wanted to select Multi #168 SynBass/Strings you would send:

  • cc32 = 1
  • Pchg = 40

The way to figure this out is fairly simple:

  • Multi# ÷ 128 = B (where B = MIDI Bank and is the whole number to the left of any decimal point)
  • Multi# – (B x 128) = program change number

Be sure too that you are running the latest OS. The latest update is available here.

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my Programs/Multis/Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the Artis power turned off, connect a switch pedal to either SW1 or SW2.NOTE: each Artis switch pedal input supports using either single (1/4″ TS) or dual (1/4″ TRS) switch pedals. This permits up to 4 switch pedals (when two dual pedals are used).
    2. In the GLOBAL Mode, using the PARAM/CHANNEL buttons, select the Pedal Override parameter that corresponds to the physical input you connected your pedal to. As each pedal input can support single or dual pedals, there are four total possibilities to chose from: SW1a, SW1b, SW2a, SW2b. If only using single pedals, only the ‘a’ side parameter is used.For ex: if you connect a single pedal to SW2, select “Pedal SW2a Override”.

 

  1. There are 4 options to choose from related to navigating on-screen selections with a pedal. Using the data wheel, choose the one that suits your needs:
    DataInc Move forwards through the list of Programs or Multis.

    DataDec Move backwards through the list Programs or Multis.
    FavoriteInc* Move forwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    FavoriteDec* Move backwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    *NOTE: when choosing one of the “Favorites”, the list will cycle/wrap around the 10 available button slots.

Question:
How can I choose a new Aux FX chain for my Multi and adjust the send levels per zone?

Answer:

The Artis offers one global Aux FX per Multi with individually adjustable Send Levels per zone.

The Auxiliary Effect (Aux FX) used in a given Multi is determined by the:

and

The amount of chosen Aux FX heard in each zone is determined by the:


Aux FX Channel

When the “AuxFx” parameter (see below) is set to “0 None” (the default), the Aux FX Channel parameter specifies which Program’s built-in Aux FX Chain will be used as the one Aux FX Chain for the entire Multi.

For ex, if the Aux FX Channel parameter is set to Ch1 (the default), then the built-in Aux FX associated with whatever program is on channel 1 of your Multi will be what gets used for all zones of the Multi. This makes it easy to use the same reverb, for ex., for your Multi that the primary program is already using in Program mode.

You can, however, set the Aux FX Channel to *any* of the MIDI channels currently in use within the Multi.

Here’s how to change the the Aux Effect Channel:

    1. With the desired Multi selected, press the soft [EDIT] button.

 

    1. Press the [COMMON] soft button. Use the PARAM buttons to highlight the “Aux FX Channel”:

 

    1. Use the [previous/-] [next/+] buttons, data wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad to choose the desired MIDI channel.For ex. here we have chosen channel 2. As such, the Aux FX built-in to the program on channel 2 will be what is used for all zones of this Multi.

 

  1. Press [SAVE] to store your changes.


AuxFx (Override)

Instead of using the Aux FX of one of the existing Programs in your Multi (Aux FX Channel, above), the Aux FX Chain for your Multi can also be manually selected, overriding the Aux FX Channel, allowing you to choose from amongst hundreds of built-in FX combinations (for a complete list of FX Chains, download the “Artis Series Factory Objects List“).

Here’s how to manually select an FX Chain for your Multi:

    1. With the desired Multi selected, press the soft [EDIT] button.

 

    1. Press the [COMMON] soft button. As needed, use the PARAM buttons to highlight “AuxFX”:

      Set to ‘0 None’ by default, this indicates no manual selection has been made and currently the Aux FX being heard are those as set by the “Aux FX Channel” selection (above).

 

    1. Use the [previous/-] [next/+] buttons, data wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad to select a new FX Chain for this Multi.For ex. here we have chosen FX Chain “5 Small Hall”. As such, “5 Small Hall” will be the FX Chain used in this Multi.

 

  1. Press [SAVE] to store your changes.


Aux Send Levels

Once you have determined what FX Chain is to be used for your Multi, adjusting the Aux Send Levels is the final step. This allows you to determine how much of the chosen effect (wet/dry) will get applied to each zone.

Here’s how to set the Aux Send Level per zone:

    1. With the desired Multi selected, press the soft [EDIT] button.

 

    1. On the [MAIN] page, use the PARAM buttons to highlight the “Aux Send Level” parameter:

       

    2. Press the [Zone] soft button to advance through and select the desired Zone to adjust first:For ex. here we have chosen Zone 3.

      Note: by default the Aux Send Level may be set to ‘Program’. This means the current zone is using the preset default FX levels as set within the given Program.

 

    1. Use the [previous/-] [next/+] buttons, data wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad, to change the Aux Send Level to any desired amount (range = 0-127). Remember this is the send level for just the currently selected zone:For ex. here we have chosen “75” and this only applies to Zone 3.
    2. Go back and repeat steps 3 and 4 until all zones are set as desired.

 

  1. Press [SAVE] to store your changes.

Program Mode

Question:
When I step on the sustain pedal using a KB3-based program, it is currently controlling the leslie rotor speed. How can I change that to traditional sustain operation?

Answer:

Here is how to reassign SW 1 to act as a traditional sustain pedal for KB3-based programs:

    1. Leave the sustain pedal connected as usual (to the SW 1 pedal jack).
    2. Go to the GLOBAL mode.
    3. Using the Param/Channel buttons, highlight the “Rotary S/F Override” parameter:
    4. Using the data wheel, set it to “Variation”:

NOTES:

“Variation+Sustain” = the Variation (Rotary S/F) button AND the sustain pedal will control the leslie rotary speed.

“Variation” = only the Variation (Rotary S/F) button will control the leslie rotary speed; the sustain pedal will act as traditional sustain.

  1. Press PROGRAM to return to Program mode.

Now all KB3-generated programs will use the Sustain/SW1 pedal for sustain.

Question:
How can I customize the Artis’ touch sensitivity?

Answer:

    1. Press the mode button – you will see:
    2. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter.
    3. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

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 Artis 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:
How can I combine two or more programs together in layer and/or split fashion?

Answer:

The Artis Multi mode is the ideal place to construct performance layers and splits. Each Multi permits the combination of up to 4 unique program zones. Multis can be built completely from scratch from within Multi mode itself or, for a faster start, using the dedicated front-panel “Layer” and “Split” soft button tools which simplify the process.

(complete parameter details can be found in Chpt. 7 & 8 of the Musician’s Guide).

Here are the basic steps for creating Split and Layer combinations:

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

    2. From here you can proceed following one of two paths adding a SPLIT OR a LAYER zone:
      (a) Press “SPLIT” to create a split zone: OR (b) Press “LAYER” to create a layer zone:

 

    1. Next, press PROG and select the desired Program to use for this new split or layer zone:
      (a) For ex, here we chose an acoustic bass: OR (b) For ex, here we chose a synth pad:

 

    1. If desired, press VOLUME and change the Volume balance between this new zone and the primary program (Piano in our ex):Note: this is a ‘balance’ control. Positive values will lower the primary program volume; negative values lower the volume of the newly added zone.
      (a) For ex, here we raised the volume of the bass:
      (lowers the piano)
      OR (b) For ex, here we lowered the volume of the pad:

 

    1. If needed, press XPOSE and change the Transposition (Xpose) of the newly added zone by +/- 2 octaves (in semitones):
      (a) Here we opted to raise the bass an octave: OR (b) Here we chose to NOT transpose the pad:

 

    1. Lastly, if this is a split zone, you can press KEY and change the default split-point (B3):TIP: use the ASSIGN feature to select the Split- hold down and press the desired piano key.
      (a) Here we chose to change the split point to C3:

 

    1. Press the front panel SAVE button (will be lit) to store this Multi the User bank:

 

    1. By default you are first brought to the ID page. Choose the User ID where you would like to save this Multi to (range #257-512):For ex, we chose ID #258:

 

    1. Press the NAME soft button to name your Multi creation:

 

    1. Using the alpha numeric keypad, enter a name for your Multi (see pg. 6-19 in the manual for details on using the alphanumeric keypad):
      (a) Press “Save” when done: OR (b) Press “Save” when done:

 

    1. Done. Your custom Multi is now stored to the ID chosen above. To recall at any time, press MULTI, press USER, then use the data wheel, +/- or Multi Select buttons to select.TIP: to recall your Multi even faster, save it as a FAVORITE
      .
    2. With your new Multi on screen, feel free to go back to step 2 and add additional zones (up to 4 max).

 

Question:
How can I store my most needed Programs/Multis as Favorites for quick recall?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Artis lets you store up to 10 Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall.

Here’s how:

    1. Select the a Program or Multi you wish to store as a Favorite.Ex:

 

    1. Press and hold a given FAVORITES button for a few seconds to store the current Program or Multi to that button location.

 

    1. You will see a pop-up message displayed as confirmation:

 

  1. Go back to step 1 and repeat as needed.

To later recall the given Favorite, from Program or Multi mode, simply press the corresponding FAVORITES button.

Question:
Where can I obtain a list of the factory preset Programs & Multis for the Artis?

Answer:

Under the DOWNLOADS Tab on the Artis Product page (under ‘User Manuals’) you will find a link titled “Artis Factory Objects List”. The download contains both .pdf and .xls files listing all system objects (programs, multis, and effects chains).

In addition Appendix C of the Musician’s Guide also lists all of the factory Programs by category.

Question:
I am using my Artis 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 needs to receive when selecting programs via MIDI:

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Artis 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 Program via MIDI. Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Artis Artis 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 displays the program change numbers on screen off by “1” ID# higher.
ie MIDI Program Change #0 = Artis Screen ID# 1.


Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #33 Stevie’s Rhds:

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

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

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

Ex 2: You want to call up #161 SuperSaw:

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)

Question:
How can I preset a fixed volume for an individual Program?

Answer:

There is no way to edit the static volume of an entire patch at the Program level but you can achieve this via Multis.

The idea is to make a 1-zone Multi out of each individual program you want independent volume control over and, using the Multi Editor, set the Entry Volume. Then, if desired, store the Multi(s) in your Favorites instead of using the raw factory Program.

There are a few ways to go about this but here is one simple approach:

  1. Go to Multi Mode and select Multi ‘#254 Artis Control’ (one of the starter templates):
  2. Press EDIT:
  3. On the MAIN page, select your desired Program:
  4. On the MAIN page, set the ‘Entry Volume’ to taste (range None, 0-127):
  5. SAVE the Multi, renaming if you wish.
  6. (Optional) Set this Multi as one of your Favorites
    .

Repeat as needed.

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my Programs/Multis/Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the Artis power turned off, connect a switch pedal to either SW1 or SW2.NOTE: each Artis switch pedal input supports using either single (1/4″ TS) or dual (1/4″ TRS) switch pedals. This permits up to 4 switch pedals (when two dual pedals are used).
    2. In the GLOBAL Mode, using the PARAM/CHANNEL buttons, select the Pedal Override parameter that corresponds to the physical input you connected your pedal to. As each pedal input can support single or dual pedals, there are four total possibilities to chose from: SW1a, SW1b, SW2a, SW2b. If only using single pedals, only the ‘a’ side parameter is used.For ex: if you connect a single pedal to SW2, select “Pedal SW2a Override”.

 

  1. There are 4 options to choose from related to navigating on-screen selections with a pedal. Using the data wheel, choose the one that suits your needs:
    DataInc Move forwards through the list of Programs or Multis.

    DataDec Move backwards through the list Programs or Multis.
    FavoriteInc* Move forwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    FavoriteDec* Move backwards through the list of stored Favorites.

    *NOTE: when choosing one of the “Favorites”, the list will cycle/wrap around the 10 available button slots.

DOWNLOADS

User Manuals

Artis Getting Started Guide – 1.9 MB
Quick Start Guide (Rev 1)
2014-11-03

Artis Musician’s Guide – 5.4 MB
Primary owner’s manual (Rev D)
2018-08-07

Artis Musician’s Guide – E-Book – 5.7 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revD) – .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices
2018-08-08

Artis Factory Object Lists (1.31) – 40.1 KB
Listing of Factory Programs, Multis and FX Chains (.xls)
2018-09-19

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 v1.31 Update – 4.0 MB
Contains: O/S, Installation Instructions, Release Notes
2018-08-07

Reviews

Software Editors

Artis – Desktop Editor (Mac) – 9.2 MB
v2.42 of the Artis desktop editing software for the Mac
(requires Artis OS v1.10)
2014-02-11

Artis – Desktop Editor (PC) – 5.6 MB
v2.42 of the Artis desktop editing software for Windows PC
(requires Artis OS v1.10)
2014-02-11

Artis – iPad Editor – 28.9 MB
(links to App Store store for download)
2014-01-23

Artis – PlugSE (Mac OSX – 32/64bit) – 27.1 MB
v1.0.3 of the Artis Plug-in – (VST and AU formats in 32 and 64-bit)
(requires Artis OS v1.10)
2014-05-15

Artis – PlugSE (PC/VST – 64bit) – 5.8 MB
v1.0.3 of the Artis Plug-in – (VST format 64-bit)
(requires Artis OS v1.10)
2014-05-15

Artis – PlugSE (PC/VST – 32bit) – 5.7 MB
v1.0.3 of the Artis Plug-in – (VST format 32-bit)
(requires Artis OS v1.10)
2014-05-15

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