OVERVIEW

The Kurzweil Forte®. Stage Piano + Synthesizer + Workstation. The most advanced keyboard to ever bear the Kurzweil logo.

SOUNDS

16 Gigabytes of Sounds!

New, hand-selected German and vintage Japanese concert grand pianos, as well as new Classic Keys, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells and Crotales along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 and KORE 64™ expansion, all delivered with unprecedented expressiveness and an obsessive attention to detail.

Patented FlashPlay® Technology

Flash-Play® provides the Forte® with a staggering amount of horse-power; 16 GB sample content with zero-loading time, heaping mounds of powerful DSP and ultrafast performance.

3.3 Gigabytes User Sample Memory

Load up to 3.3 GB of your own custom samples into non-volatile flash memory. Supported sample formats: .WAV, .AIF (up to 16 bit / 96kHz) and Kurzweil formats (.P3K, .KRZ, .K25, .K26).

V.A.S.T. Editing

Deep native editing? Look no further. The Forte® now grants full access to Kurzweil’s legendary Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology directly from the front panel. With 32-layers per program, each offering its own signal path and a host of modular DSP tools, the Forte® offers a wealth of sound creation and modification that is truly immense.

FM Engine

6 Operator FM Engine with the ability to load original FM SysEx files.

CC Sequencers

Add sonic animation to your sounds via 16 simultaneous MIDI CC Step Sequencers for modulation sequencing.

KB3 ToneReal™ Organs

Modeled after classic organs. Featuring all the controls you want and more, including 9 realistic drawbars. In the Forte, KB3 is Polyphony Free*, not using any of the Forte’s 128 voices!
(*does not apply to sample-based programs)

Powerful FX Engine

Award-winning Reverbs, Delays, Choruses, Flangers, Phasers, Distortions, Rotary Amplifiers, Compressors and more – all fully editable from the user-interface.

K.S.R. – Kurzweil String Resonance

Piano string resonance modeling for enhanced acoustic piano performance!

PERFORMANCE

88-note Italian Hammer-Action Keyboard

Every sound within the Forte® is perfectly matched to its 88-note fully-weighted Italian hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch.

16-Track Sequencer

The Forte features a 16-track internal sequencer to record/edit/mix/produce your own tracks – all in the box. Import MIDI (.mid) files as well as Kurzweil PC3-family songs.

16 Simultaneous RIFF Generators

Trigger and manipulate up to 16 simultaneous MIDI sequences on the fly. Select from an internal library of patterns or record/import your own!

16 Simultaneous Arpeggiators

Looking for a pulse? Activate up to 16 independent Arps (1 per program, 16 per Multi) and discover the new ‘Step Sequencer’ environment!

Live Audio Input w/ FX

Plug in and jam along with your favorite music player. The 1/8″ (3.5mm) Audio Input sports its own dedicated real-time FX. Sweeten your backing tracks for live performance and internally mix the signal with the Forte’s own output.

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

Widescreen Color Display

Navigate the Forte® with a new 4.3” 480×272 widescreen color LCD display.

Sound Selection with ‘Surf-n-Select’ Navigation

Easy Category and Program/Multi selection featuring customizable category defaults, and new ‘Surf-n-Select’ navigation, allowing you to search for and pre-select your next Program/Multi without interrupting the current selection.

Favorites Section

10 “Favorites” buttons conveniently located right below the Forte’s display offer immediate access to your most used Programs/Multis. Support for 50 Banks (10 Favorites per bank) provides up to 500 total recallable selections!

Software Editors

Get deeper into editing your Forte® Programs, Multis and Effects!

All specifications subject to change without notice.

SPECS

All specifications subject to change without notice.

Classic KeysKeyboard: 88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys (Fatar TP/40L)
Display: 480×272 pixel color LCD with front-panel brightness adjust
Polyphony: 128 Voice Polyphony, dynamically allocated
KB3 is Polyphony Free*, not using any of the Forte’s 128 voices.
(*does not apply to sample-based programs)
Multitimbral: 16 parts (one per MIDI channel)
Architecture: Dynamic VAST: Powerful synthesis engine, with user programmable DSP algs and routing. More DSP power than even our K Series instruments.

VA1 Inside: anti-aliasing, power-shaped oscillators and DSP processing from Kurzweil’s VA1 concept synth, capable of delivering authentic analog emulations as well as incredibly complex new sounds.

Cascade Mode: lets the user route one layer through the DSP of any other layer within a program – up to 32 consecutive layers deep!

Sample Flash Memory: 3.3 GB of re-loadable, non-volatile, user flash memory
Factory Programs: 322 Stunning factory Programs featuring the all new vintage Japanese and German Grands, new Classic EPs, Wurlitzer, Clav, Harpsichord, Orchestral Percussion, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Bells and Crotales along with a wide selection of sounds from the acclaimed PC3 and KORE 64™ expansion
User Programs: 3072
Factory Multis: 186 Factory-crafted Multis – featuring up to 16 independent zones
User Multis: 3072
Quick Split/Layer: Easy access with adjustable relative volume (up to 16 zones)
Favorites: 500 (50 Banks of 10 Favorites each)
General MIDI: No
Kurzweil String Resonance: Yes
Master EQ/Compressor Section: Front-panel 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and on/off switch
Front-panel single-knob master compressor with separate on/off bypass 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
• 32 total FX units
Controllers: 1 pitch wheel
1 modulation wheel
9 front panel sliders (w/ LED ladders)
9 switches (assignable/zone mutes/KB3 control)
1 variation switch
1 tap tempo switch
2 transpose switches
*3 switch pedal inputs (1 switch/sustain pedal is included)
2 continuous control pedal inputs
monopressure (aftertouch)(*supports half-damper for pianos / half-damper pedal sold separately)
Sequencer: 16 Tracks; 960 PPQ resolution. Song editing functions include both event and track-based tools like quantize, swing, remap, controller scaling and more.
RIFFs: 16-per Multi
Arpeggiators: 1-per Program, 16-per Multi
Analog Outputs: • Four (2 pairs) 1/4″ balanced TRS analog (24-bit DACs)
Automatic mono switching on both pairs.
• +21dBu maximum output
• 50Ω balanced source impedance
Audio Inputs: One stereo 1/8″ back-panel input (with FX) 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, Thru, Out (w/ Thru/Out switch)
USB: • Two USB ports (one A port / one B port)
• Complete MIDI functionality over USB
• User program/multi file transfer to/from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
• Operating System updates from PC/Mac/Flash Drive
Software Editors: External editors for Mac OS X, Windows PC and iOS* devices (*coming soon)
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: (48 lb.) (21.8 kg)
Power: Internal Power Supply, free voltage 100-240VAC 50/60Hz, 20W max

IMAGES

AUDIO


Piano



Clavier



Organ



Reed EP



SoundBanks



Tine EPs


VIDEOS

Forte v4.00 Update
v4 System Update Overview

Tutorial Video Series
By Sound Service (Germany)

Forte 7/8 Quick Demo (pt 1)
Jim Alfredson demonstrating the acoustic & electric pianos and clavinet sounds.

Forte 7/8 Quick Demo (pt 2)
Jim Alfredson demonstrating the Forte 7 with an original composition called “Mecha Funk”.

Forte Update v2.00
What’s New?

Forte Update v1.40
What’s New?

Forte Update v1.30
What’s New?

Forte Update v1.20
What’s New?

NAMM 2016 Performance – Myron McKinley
McKinley, Martin & Sydnor playing their song “Suriname” at the Kurzweil booth at NAMM 2016.

Bob Malone performs “Chinese Algebra”
Bob Malone (John Fogerty) performs “Chinese Algebra” (Program #4 “Bright 7ft Grand”).

Bob Malone performs “I Know He’s Your Husband
Bob Malone (John Fogerty) performs “I Know He’s Your Husband” (Program #3 “Bright 9ft Grand”).

Christmas Song
Forte 7 Performance by Ruben Valtierra

Compare Forte vs Rhodes
Muzykuj.com performs head-to-head comparison of Forte Rhodes vs the real thing.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: KVA Synth
Turn your Forte7/8/SE into a hands-on polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer. Performance by muzykuj.com

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: The Roog
Demo of the Patch Kreator – The Roog SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Bass – Lead
Demo of the Patch Kreator Bass & Lead SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: BPM//Synth//Strings
Demo of the BPM//Synth//Strings SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Brass & Winds
Demo of the Legacy Plus – Brass & Winds SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: DP1
Demo of the DP1 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Ensemble Pack
Demo of the Ensemble Pack SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Fast Attack
Demo of the Fast Attack SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Kinder Sounds
Demo of the Kinder Sounds SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Leads
Demo of the Legacy Leads SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Organs
Demo of the Legacy Organs SoundBank for Forte 7/8.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Pack 1
Demo of the Legacy Pack 1 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Pack 2
Demo of Legacy Pack 2 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Pack 3
Demo of the Legacy Pack 3 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Pianos
Demo of the Legacy Pianos SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Plus-Folk
Demo of the Legacy Plus-Folk Pack SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Plus-Voices
Demo of the Legacy Plus-Voices Pack SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Legacy Strings
Demo of the Legacy Strings SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: MAP-Motion Arp Pac
Demo of the Motion Arp Pack SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Metalscapes
Demo of the Metalscapes SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: POLY-Kz
Demo of the POLY-Kz SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Retro Pads & Arps
Demo of the Retro Pads & Arps SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Synth Basses
Demo of the Legacy Plus – Synth Basses SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Vintage Keys 1
Demo of the Vintage Keys 1 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE SoundBank: Vintage Keys 2
Demo of the Vintage Keys 2 SoundBank for Forte 7/8/SE.

Forte 7/8/SE: Algs + Cascade Mode
Explore the Algorithm (ALG) page and its advanced Cascade Mode functions

Forte 7/8/SE: Audio In
Learn the basic functions and how to apply FX to the audio input.

Forte 7/8/SE: The Step Sequencer
Learn the basic functions and also how to create more complex sequences in the 5 minute clip.

Forte vs Forte SE
Compare the Forte7/8 and SE models. Performance by muzykuj.com

Grand Pianos
Muzykuj.com demos the Forte’s Grand Pianos

Hannah Holbrook performs “Late Bloomer”
Hannah Holbrook (SHEL) performs “Late Bloomer” (Forte Program #5 Solo 9ft Grand).

Hannah Holbrook performs “Tango on a Tightrop”
Hannah Holbrook (SHEL) performs “Tango on a Tightrope” (Program #6 Solo 7ft Grand).

Hannah Holbrook performs “When the Sky Fell”
Hannah Holbrook (SHEL) performs “When the Sky Fell” (Forte Program #11 Dark & Distant).

Kurzweil String Resonance (KSR)
Teaser demo of upcoming KSR – performance by Muzykuj.com

Performance by Lev Rybalkin
Demonstration by Kytary (Czech Rep.)

Performance by Martin Morgenstern
Demonstration by Sound Service (Germany)

Preset Walk Through
Demonstration by Christian Pearl

Test Drive
Demonstration by Hit Space (Hungary)

[Musikmesse] Kurzweil Forte
Audiofanzine 10 Top – Best of Musikmesse 2014

FAQs

Audio Output

Question:
I’d like to route a KB3 program to the B outs but also disable the internal Leslie effect as I plan on connecting into an external Leslie/sim. How can this be done?

Answer:

    1. Go to the GLOBAL mode and Enable “Advanced” User Type:

    1. Go to Program mode, select the desired KB3 program and press EDIT. For ex, here we are choosing “89 Classic B3”:

    1. Press [ FX ] page soft button:

    1. Using the cursor arrow buttons, highlight the current Insert effects chain:

    1. Press Favorites 1 (aka F1:EDIT):

Next you will see the individual FX chain components. Every FX chain is a bit different. To disable the internal Leslie, we need to remove any “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks. Depending on the given chain you are editing you may see one or two “Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks – in our example here there are two:

    1. Using the cursor buttons, highlight the first “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block and press [Remove]:

    1. As seen in this example above, if the FX Chain you are editing has two “Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block, then repeat the above and highlight the remaining “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block and press [Remove] again. Following you will see (note both “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks have been removed):

In addition to removing the Leslie rotary itself, you will likely want to disable the internal cabinet simulation as well, which is a separate process (generated by one or possibly two “298 VibChorStortCab” blocks). This will produce or truer, more balanced tone for your external amp/sim to work with, especially if you are running mono. However, the 298 VibChorStortCab block generates more than just the cabinet effect (also handling the vibrato/chorus circuit and distortion elements), so we cannot simply remove it entirely in this instance.

    1. To disable just the cabinet simulation portion of the 298 VibChorStortCab effect, press either corner [MORE] button to locate the [MOD1 ], [MOD2 ] and/or [MOD3 ] pages, then press each to check for a free unused FX MOD. Here in our example some free MODs could be found on the [ MOD 1 ] page. As as shown below, add a “Cab In/Out” mod for EACH existing 298 VibChorStortCab block. Again as our example has two we are adding TWO such Mods:

Note Box1 and Box2 are chosen as these correspond to FX Box 1 and FX Box 2 in the chain (each instance of the 298 VibChorStortCab effect,). Assign the “Param:” to “Cab In/Out” and “Adjust” to “Out”. This will disable the cabinet sim. If the FX Chain you are editing only has one VibChorStortCab block then you will only need one such MOD.

    1. Press Exit and Save your tweaked FX chain.
    1. (Optional) If you also need to route the resultant KB3 program to the separate B outs, then lastly, highlight and set each “Output” routing parameter to “B” (for Insert and any Auxes in use):

(TIP: if planning on using this KB3 in a Multi you can alternatively opt to route things at the Multi level instead using the ‘Out’ parameters on the MAIN and FX pages of your Multi).

  1. Press Exit and Save again to save the final Program, now using your custom effect chain.

You have now routed a KB3 sound to the B outs, minus the Leslie and cabinet simulation but have left the other KB3 performance features intact, such as drawbar controls, vibrato/chorus circuit and any tube distortion that may be employed.

Effects

Question:
How does the Audio In with FX work on the Forte7/8/SE?

Answer:

Explore the AUDIO IN feature on the Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn the basic functions as well as how to apply FX to the live input:

(Note: The Forte UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte SE display is different, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Question:
What are the basic functions of the effects editor in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the FX processing power and full editing capabilities of the Kurzweil Forte 7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn how to select, modify and build effects chains in this 6 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte 7/8 UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 color display is different than the Forte SE display, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Download the handy “Effect Preset Guide” page featured in the video. This quick graphic shows you the general categories of individual FX presets available when building your own FX chains.

Question:
Can I search the internal memory for select objects by name?

Answer:

Yes, the Forte offers a comprehensive search-string tool that permits searching many parameter fields by name, including:

  • Multis
  • Programs
  • Keymaps
  • Samples
  • FX Chains
  • FX Presets
  • Program Control Sources
  • Arp and Shift Patterns
  • Intonation Maps
  • Velocity Maps
  • Pressure Maps

To do so, with the desired field selected, hold the Enter button and at the same time press any one of the alpha-numeric keypad buttons 2-9 (take note the button arrangement is much like a telephone keypad):

This will bring up the Search display:

Type in the string of characters you want to find using the alphanumeric pad.

For example, if you began in Program mode looking at the Program list and you want to find all Programs containing the word “Vintage”, you would type v-i-n-t and so on. This function is not case-sensitive; it will find upper and lower-case characters equally. When you’ve typed the string of characters you want to find, press OK. The Forte searches through the current list of objects or values, finds all items that match the string of characters you typed, and displays the first one it finds.

Note in our example above we only typed a portion of the word. That works too. The result will be every program with ‘vint’ somewhere in its name will be part of the search results. Staying this same example, the first result displayed is “7 Vintage Upright”:

To navigate through the list of matches, hold ENTER and press either the PREVIOUS(-) OR NEXT(+) button (below the Alpha Wheel) to move to the next higher(+) or lower-numbered(-) object that matches your search.

Following our example, if we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Program “8 Vintage Grand”. Press ENTER and ext(+) again, you’d see “31 Vintage Squash” and so on. If we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.

As mentioned, the search tool works in other modes and fields as well.

Let’s search for an FX Chain. On the FX page of the Program Edit mode, highlight the ‘Insert’ field:

Then press and hold ENTER and type “h-a-l-l”:

Press OK when done typing to start the search – you will see something like:

If we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Insert “5012 Small Hall2″. Press ENTER and NEXT(+) again, you’d see the next ‘hall’ match, and so on as before. Again if we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.


Power User Tips

    • It bares repeating, the above applies to many parameter fields throughout the Forte UI. Try it – look up an LFO as a Control Source for your filter cutoff assignment, or locate that Arp preset you can’t quite remember the full name of.
  • The text strings you search for remain in memory until the Forte is turned off. Further, you can store and select a string of characters with each of the numeric buttons. Hold Enter and press one of the numeric buttons at any time to select the last string associated with that same numeric button. When the string appears, you can change it, or just press Enter to re-find that same string.

MIDI Controllers

Question:
What pedals can I use with my Forte?

Answer:

Single Switch Pedals

The Forte 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 Forte 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 Forte, 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.


Half-Damper Pedals

The Forte also supports connecting half-damper pedals (sold separately) to any of the three 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.


Continuous Controller Pedals (CC Pedal)

The Forte 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

Operating System Updates

Question:
What are the new features/enhancements in the 1.20 update?

Answer:
Check out the new and enhanced features in v1.20!

Question:
What are the new features/enhancements in the 1.30 update?

Answer:
Check out the new and enhanced features in v1.30!

Question:
What are the new features/enhancements in the 1.40 update?

Answer:

Check out the new and enhanced features in v1.40!

Question:
What are the new features/enhancements in the 2.00 update?

Answer:

Check out the new and enhanced features in v2.00!

Program Mode

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

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    2. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

    3. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

The default map (Linear) 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:

Light1
Light2
Light3
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Light3 being the easiest). These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Linear The Forte default map. Linear, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard1
Hard2
Hard3
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Hard3 being the hardest). 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 Light1/Light2/Light3 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:
When I step on the sustain pedal using a KB3 program, it is currently controlling the leslie rotor speed. How can I change that to traditional sustain operation?

Answer:

You have two options:

(A) Connect a second switch pedal
to the Forte “Switch Pedal 3” input. It comes preset to act as Sustain for the KB3 Programs (it will act as soft pedal for non-KB3 selections).

(B) Change the “Rotary Override” parameter (Global Mode) to “Button” only. Steps below:

    1. With the power off, connect a sustain/switch pedal into “Switch Pedal 1”, then power on.
    2. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    1. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

  1. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Rotary Override” parameter. By default it is set to “Button+Pedal”. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, change it to just “Button”:

Press Program to exit. With these settings, the switch pedal connected to Switch Pedal 1 will act as sustain for all KB3 organs and the rotary speed will be controlled by the ROTARY S/F button (aka Variation) above the Mod Wheel.

Question:
How can I delete a user Object (Multis/Program/Keymap/Sample etc) that I made/loaded?

Answer:

  1. Press GLOBAL – you’ll see:

  2. Press either of the [MORE] buttons to find the [DELETE] soft button – then press [DELETE]:

  3. Using the alpha wheel, -/+ and/or up/dn cursor arrow buttons, highlight each object to delete and press [SELECT]. This marks each object with an asterisk(*) indicating which items will be subsequently deleted:Ex: Here we have selected Multi #1025 and the Master Table to delete.

    TIP: Pressing [TYPE] jumps you through the list from one type of object to the next, for ex., from Programs to Multis, to Chains, to Samples etc. making it easier to navigate a large list and find what you are looking for.

  4. Press [DELETE] and the selected objects will be deleted:

  5. Press [YES] to confirm:

  6. Press EXIT twice to exit Global mode.

Question:
How can I trigger certain layers of a program at full velocity, regardless of how hard the key is physically struck?

Answer:

    1. Go to the GLOBAL mode and set “User Type” to ‘Advanced’:

    1. Go to PROGRAM mode, select the program in question and press EDIT.
    1. Using the MORE soft buttons, navigate to the DSPCTL page. Highlight the “Level” parameter in the left column. Select the “VelTrk” parameter in the right column and set it to 0dB (see pic below).

    1. (optional) You may want to adjust the “Level” lower to compensate for the now louder layer triggering.
    1. Repeat for all layers as necessary.
  1. Exit and Save the program.

Question:
What are the basic functions of the effects editor in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the FX processing power and full editing capabilities of the Kurzweil Forte 7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn how to select, modify and build effects chains in this 6 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte 7/8 UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 color display is different than the Forte SE display, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Download the handy “Effect Preset Guide” page featured in the video. This quick graphic shows you the general categories of individual FX presets available when building your own FX chains.

Question:
How does the Forte’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Forte lets you store your Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall. There are two modes to choose from: ‘Regular’ (offers 10 favorites) and ‘Advanced’ offering 500 (see further below).

REGULAR OPERATION (default setting) – 10 Favorites:

    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:Ex:

      “Favorite 3 saved”.

  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. (Note: Individual “Fav Bank” objects can also be stored to disk for backup using the Advanced Store option)

TIP:

Press VIEW (once) to select the “Favorites” view mode.

In doing so, the names for the 10 stored Favorites will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, making it easier to remember what was stored in each location.


ADVANCED OPERATION – 500 Favorites:

Introduced at update v1.40, the Forte added support for storing/recalling 50 banks of Favorites – each “Bank” is comprised of 10 button selections. This gives you access to 500 Favorites via bank switching.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Press VIEW to enable “Favorites” view mode (see TIP above).
  2. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

  3. Set “User Type” to ‘Advanced’:

  4. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.
  5. Using the CHANNEL/ZONE up/dn buttons to the left of the display, you can now flip through the 50 different Favorites banks. The current Favorites Bank number is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen:


    You can now quickly access one of 50 banks, see what Program/Multi is stored in a given slot and make your selection.

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

Answer:

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

In addition Appendix C and E of the Musician’s Guide (available on the Downloads page as well) also lists all of the factory presets.

Question:
I’d like to route a KB3 program to the B outs but also disable the internal Leslie effect as I plan on connecting into an external Leslie/sim. How can this be done?

Answer:

    1. Go to the GLOBAL mode and Enable “Advanced” User Type:

    1. Go to Program mode, select the desired KB3 program and press EDIT. For ex, here we are choosing “89 Classic B3”:

    1. Press [ FX ] page soft button:

    1. Using the cursor arrow buttons, highlight the current Insert effects chain:

    1. Press Favorites 1 (aka F1:EDIT):

Next you will see the individual FX chain components. Every FX chain is a bit different. To disable the internal Leslie, we need to remove any “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks. Depending on the given chain you are editing you may see one or two “Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks – in our example here there are two:

    1. Using the cursor buttons, highlight the first “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block and press [Remove]:

    1. As seen in this example above, if the FX Chain you are editing has two “Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block, then repeat the above and highlight the remaining “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” block and press [Remove] again. Following you will see (note both “299 Rotary Hi Lo Roto” blocks have been removed):

In addition to removing the Leslie rotary itself, you will likely want to disable the internal cabinet simulation as well, which is a separate process (generated by one or possibly two “298 VibChorStortCab” blocks). This will produce or truer, more balanced tone for your external amp/sim to work with, especially if you are running mono. However, the 298 VibChorStortCab block generates more than just the cabinet effect (also handling the vibrato/chorus circuit and distortion elements), so we cannot simply remove it entirely in this instance.

    1. To disable just the cabinet simulation portion of the 298 VibChorStortCab effect, press either corner [MORE] button to locate the [MOD1 ], [MOD2 ] and/or [MOD3 ] pages, then press each to check for a free unused FX MOD. Here in our example some free MODs could be found on the [ MOD 1 ] page. As as shown below, add a “Cab In/Out” mod for EACH existing 298 VibChorStortCab block. Again as our example has two we are adding TWO such Mods:

Note Box1 and Box2 are chosen as these correspond to FX Box 1 and FX Box 2 in the chain (each instance of the 298 VibChorStortCab effect,). Assign the “Param:” to “Cab In/Out” and “Adjust” to “Out”. This will disable the cabinet sim. If the FX Chain you are editing only has one VibChorStortCab block then you will only need one such MOD.

    1. Press Exit and Save your tweaked FX chain.
    1. (Optional) If you also need to route the resultant KB3 program to the separate B outs, then lastly, highlight and set each “Output” routing parameter to “B” (for Insert and any Auxes in use):

(TIP: if planning on using this KB3 in a Multi you can alternatively opt to route things at the Multi level instead using the ‘Out’ parameters on the MAIN and FX pages of your Multi).

  1. Press Exit and Save again to save the final Program, now using your custom effect chain.

You have now routed a KB3 sound to the B outs, minus the Leslie and cabinet simulation but have left the other KB3 performance features intact, such as drawbar controls, vibrato/chorus circuit and any tube distortion that may be employed.

Question:
Can I search the internal memory for select objects by name?

Answer:

Yes, the Forte offers a comprehensive search-string tool that permits searching many parameter fields by name, including:

  • Multis
  • Programs
  • Keymaps
  • Samples
  • FX Chains
  • FX Presets
  • Program Control Sources
  • Arp and Shift Patterns
  • Intonation Maps
  • Velocity Maps
  • Pressure Maps

To do so, with the desired field selected, hold the Enter button and at the same time press any one of the alpha-numeric keypad buttons 2-9 (take note the button arrangement is much like a telephone keypad):

This will bring up the Search display:

Type in the string of characters you want to find using the alphanumeric pad.

For example, if you began in Program mode looking at the Program list and you want to find all Programs containing the word “Vintage”, you would type v-i-n-t and so on. This function is not case-sensitive; it will find upper and lower-case characters equally. When you’ve typed the string of characters you want to find, press OK. The Forte searches through the current list of objects or values, finds all items that match the string of characters
you typed, and displays the first one it finds.

Note in our example above we only typed a portion of the word. That works too. The result will be every program with ‘vint’ somewhere in its name will be part of the search results. Staying this same example, the first result displayed is “7 Vintage Upright”:

To navigate through the list of matches, hold ENTER and press either the PREVIOUS(-) OR NEXT(+) button (below the Alpha Wheel) to move to the next higher(+) or lower-numbered(-) object that matches your search.

Following our example, if we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Program “8 Vintage Grand”. Press ENTER and ext(+) again, you’d see “31 Vintage Squash” and so on. If we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.

As mentioned, the search tool works in other modes and fields as well.

Let’s search for an FX Chain. On the FX page of the Program Edit mode, highlight the ‘Insert’ field:

Then press and hold ENTER and type “h-a-l-l”:

Press OK when done typing to start the search – you will see something like:

If we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Insert “5012 Small Hall2″. Press ENTER and NEXT(+) again, you’d see the next ‘hall’ match, and so on as before. Again if we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.


Power User Tips

    • It bares repeating, the above applies to many parameter fields throughout the Forte UI. Try it – look up an LFO as a Control Source for your filter cutoff assignment, or locate that Arp preset you can’t quite remember the full name of.
  • The text strings you search for remain in memory until the Forte is turned off. Further, you can store and select a string of characters with each of the numeric buttons. Hold Enter and press one of the numeric buttons at any time to select the last string associated with that same numeric button. When the string appears, you can change it, or just press Enter to re-find that same string.

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

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Forte uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(Bank Select: Ctl 0/32 – set in the Global / MIDI 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 Forte Program (column 3) via MIDI. Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Forte Forte Program Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32 value)
Program Change ID Range
0 0-127 1-127 Factory
1 0-127 128-255 Factory
2 0-127 256-383 Factory
8 0-127 1024-1151 User
9 0-127 1152-1279 User
10 0-127 1280-1407 User
11 0-127 1408-1535 User
12 0-127 1536-1663 User
13 0-127 1664-1791 User
14 0-127 1792-1919 User
15 0-127 1920-2047 User

Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #33 Rooftop 73 Rhds:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 0
*Program Change = 33

Ex 2: You want to call up #161 Big Old Jupiter:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
*Program Change = 33

*Note: 161-128= #33.

(ie Program #161 is the 33rd program in MIDI Bank 1.)

Ex. 3: You want to call up #1463 in the User bank:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 11
*Program Change = 55

*Note: 1463 – (128×11) = 55

(i.e. Program #1463 is the 55th program in MIDI Bank 11)

Question:
How can I select a certain Program to be the default when I first power up?
and
My instrument powers up with some undesired Program selection not of my choosing, how can I fix that?

Answer:

  1. From the Program mode, select the desired start-up Program.
  2. Press Global
  3. Press Program (to exit back to Program Mode).

Done. The Program you selected in step 1 above will now be the default start-up selection.

Question:
What are the basic functions of the step sequencer in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the step sequencer in Kurzweil Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn the basic functions and also how to create more complex sequences (dotted rhythms) in this 5 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte SE UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 display is different, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte 7/8 as well.)

For more information on the Forte series arpeggiator, download the newly updated Forte SE Musician’s Guide.

Forte 7/8 users can download the demo program, Skool Bass, from the Legacy Synth Bass Soundbank.

Question:
How does the Forte’s real-time “Transpose” feature work?

Answer:

The Forte offers dedicated Transpose – / + buttons immediately above the Pitch and Mod Wheels:

The Transpose buttons can be used to change the tuning of notes played on the Forte keyboard in semitones (ST), also known as half steps. This is a convenient way to change the key of a song without learning to play it in a different key. (Note: the Transpose buttons also transpose MIDI notes sent to the USB and MIDI out ports).

Working in tandem with the physical Transpose buttons is the Transpose readout affixed at the top of the Program and Multi mode screens. This field maintains a constant readout of the current transpose value:

Press the Transpose – or + buttons to transpose the Forte keyboard down or up by one semitone. The top line of the display shows the current transposition value. The maximum transposition value possible is +/- 36 semitones.

Example 1 – here we have things transposed up 1 ST:

Example 2 – here we have things transposed down -3 ST:

The LEDs of the Transpose buttons themselves also offer indication whether the keyboard is currently transposed up (Transpose + LED is lit) or down (Transpose – LED is lit) or not at all (no buttons lit).

Example – here we have things transposed up:


TIPS:

  • To transpose things up/down by octave use the OCTAVE- and OCTAVE+ soft buttons in the lower left of the screen:

  • Pressing both Transpose – and + simultaneously (or both Octave soft buttons) will reset the transposition to 0.

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my stored Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the power off, connect a sustain/switch pedal into “Switch Pedal 2″ (and/or 3), then power on.NOTE: while the Forte supports using either traditional 1/4″ (TS) or half-damper 1/4″ (TRS) switch pedals for piano-sustain, for this application you will want to only use traditional 1/4” (TS) pedals.
    2. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    1. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

  1. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “SW Override” parameter for your chosen pedal (SW2 or SW3). By default it is set to “None”. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, change it to “Favorite Inc” **:

    TIPS:

    – **Choose “Favorite Inc” to move forward through your Favorites. Choose “Favorite Dec” to move backwards through your Favorites.

    – Use two separate pedals (one connected to SW2, one connected to SW3) and set one to “Inc” and one to “Dec” for two-way navigation.

    – Enable ‘Advanced’ User Type and ‘Favorites View’ to access up to 500 Favorites.

  2. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.

USAGE NOTES:

  • The pedal will cycle/wrap around the 10 available Favorites button slots within the current Favorites bank.
  • If using Advanced User Type, and multiple Favorites Banks, you will need to manually select the Favorites bank using the Chan/Zone buttons first, then you can use the pedal to walk through that current bank of 10 favorites.
  • Complete details on the use of pedal overrides can be found in the Forte Musician’s Guide (pg. 12-11).

Question:
How do Algs and Cascade Mode work?

Answer:

Explore the Algorithm (ALG) page and its advanced DSP functions. This tutorial will teach you how to create signal chains using virtual wiring and synthesizer blocks (like oscillators and filters). Advanced instructions will show you how to cascade audio through multiple layers.

(Note: The Forte 7/8 UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 color display is different than the Forte SE display, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Song Mode/Sequencing

Question:
What are the basic functions of the step sequencer in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the step sequencer in Kurzweil Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn the basic functions and also how to create more complex sequences (dotted rhythms) in this 5 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte SE UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 display is different, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte 7/8 as well.)

For more information on the Forte series arpeggiator, download the newly updated Forte SE Musician’s Guide
.

Forte 7/8 users can download the demo program, Skool Bass, from the Legacy Synth Bass Soundbank.

Troubleshooting

Question:
How can I restore my Forte back to the factory defaults (hard reset)?

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 Forte:


GLOBAL MODE METHOD: (with the Forte powered up in normal operating modes)

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button, then press either “MORE” button:

 

    1. Press the “RESET” soft button:

 

    1. There are two reset methods available.Press “SOFT” to only restore factory default settings but retain your custom Multi’s/Programs in tact.Press “HARD” to completely reset the Forte back to factory defaults and erase all user Multis/Programs.For example, we will press “HARD” to completely reset the Forte:

      (Note: when pressing SOFT, the resetting of factory defaults occurs immediately -> step 4.)

 

    1. Press “YES” to confirm:

 

    1. A progress screen will appear confirming the reset procedure is underway.

 

  1. The Forte will clear the specified settings and reboot. The HARD process can take a few minutes to complete.

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

Note: Resetting via the System Mode completely resets the Forte back to factory defaults and erase all user Multis/Programs.

    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 loading).

 

    1. Press “System Reset”:

 

    1. Press “OK” to confirm:

 

    1. Press “OK” to return to the main System Mode screen:

 

  1. Press “Run Forte”:

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

Question:
How can I select a certain Program to be the default when I first power up?
and
My instrument powers up with some undesired Program selection not of my choosing, how can I fix that?

Answer:

  1. From the Program mode, select the desired start-up Program.
  2. Press Global
  3. Press Program (to exit back to Program Mode).

Done. The Program you selected in step 1 above will now be the default start-up selection.

Basic Concepts & User Interface

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

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    2. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

    3. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

The default map (Linear) 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:

Light1
Light2
Light3
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Light3 being the easiest). These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Linear The Forte default map. Linear, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard1
Hard2
Hard3
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Hard3 being the hardest). 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 Light1/Light2/Light3 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 delete a user Object (Multis/Program/Keymap/Sample etc) that I made/loaded?

Answer:

  1. Press GLOBAL – you’ll see:

  2. Press either of the [MORE] buttons to find the [DELETE] soft button – then press [DELETE]:

  3. Using the alpha wheel, -/+ and/or up/dn cursor arrow buttons, highlight each object to delete and press [SELECT]. This marks each object with an asterisk(*) indicating which items will be subsequently deleted:Ex: Here we have selected Multi #1025 and the Master Table to delete.

    TIP: Pressing [TYPE] jumps you through the list from one type of object to the next, for ex., from Programs to Multis, to Chains, to Samples etc. making it easier to navigate a large list and find what you are looking for.

  4. Press [DELETE] and the selected objects will be deleted:

  5. Press [YES] to confirm:

  6. Press EXIT twice to exit Global mode.

Question:
How does the Forte’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Forte lets you store your Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall. There are two modes to choose from: ‘Regular’ (offers 10 favorites) and ‘Advanced’ offering 500 (see further below).

REGULAR OPERATION (default setting) – 10 Favorites:

    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:Ex:

      “Favorite 3 saved”.

 

  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. (Note: Individual “Fav Bank” objects can also be stored to disk for backup using the Advanced Store option)

TIP:

Press VIEW (once) to select the “Favorites” view mode.

In doing so, the names for the 10 stored Favorites will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, making it easier to remember what was stored in each location.


ADVANCED OPERATION – 500 Favorites:

Introduced at update v1.40, the Forte added support for storing/recalling 50 banks of Favorites – each “Bank” is comprised of 10 button selections. This gives you access to 500 Favorites via bank switching.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Press VIEW to enable “Favorites” view mode (see TIP above).
  2. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

  3. Set “User Type” to ‘Advanced’:

  4. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.
  5. Using the CHANNEL/ZONE up/dn buttons to the left of the display, you can now flip through the 50 different Favorites banks. The current Favorites Bank number is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen:


    You can now quickly access one of 50 banks, see what Program/Multi is stored in a given slot and make your selection.

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

Answer:

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

In addition Appendix C and E of the Musician’s Guide (available on the Downloads page as well) also lists all of the factory presets.

Question:
Can I search the internal memory for select objects by name?

Answer:

Yes, the Forte offers a comprehensive search-string tool that permits searching many parameter fields by name, including:

  • Multis
  • Programs
  • Keymaps
  • Samples
  • FX Chains
  • FX Presets
  • Program Control Sources
  • Arp and Shift Patterns
  • Intonation Maps
  • Velocity Maps
  • Pressure Maps

To do so, with the desired field selected, hold the Enter button and at the same time press any one of the alpha-numeric keypad buttons 2-9 (take note the button arrangement is much like a telephone keypad):

This will bring up the Search display:

Type in the string of characters you want to find using the alphanumeric pad.

For example, if you began in Program mode looking at the Program list and you want to find all Programs containing the word “Vintage”, you would type v-i-n-t and so on. This function is not case-sensitive; it will find upper and lower-case characters equally. When you’ve typed the string of characters you want to find, press OK. The Forte searches through the current list of objects or values, finds all items that match the string of characters
you typed, and displays the first one it finds.

Note in our example above we only typed a portion of the word. That works too. The result will be every program with ‘vint’ somewhere in its name will be part of the search results. Staying this same example, the first result displayed is “7 Vintage Upright”:

To navigate through the list of matches, hold ENTER and press either the PREVIOUS(-) OR NEXT(+) button (below the Alpha Wheel) to move to the next higher(+) or lower-numbered(-) object that matches your search.

Following our example, if we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Program “8 Vintage Grand”. Press ENTER and ext(+) again, you’d see “31 Vintage Squash” and so on. If we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.

As mentioned, the search tool works in other modes and fields as well.

Let’s search for an FX Chain. On the FX page of the Program Edit mode, highlight the ‘Insert’ field:

Then press and hold ENTER and type “h-a-l-l”:

Press OK when done typing to start the search – you will see something like:

If we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Insert “5012 Small Hall2″. Press ENTER and NEXT(+) again, you’d see the next ‘hall’ match, and so on as before. Again if we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.


Power User Tips

    • It bares repeating, the above applies to many parameter fields throughout the Forte UI. Try it – look up an LFO as a Control Source for your filter cutoff assignment, or locate that Arp preset you can’t quite remember the full name of.

 

  • The text strings you search for remain in memory until the Forte is turned off. Further, you can store and select a string of characters with each of the numeric buttons. Hold Enter and press one of the numeric buttons at any time to select the last string associated with that same numeric button. When the string appears, you can change it, or just press Enter to re-find that same string.

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

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Forte uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(Bank Select: Ctl 0/32 – set in the Global / MIDI 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 Forte Program (column 3) via MIDI. Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Forte Forte Program Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32 value)
Program Change ID Range
0 0-127 1-127 Factory
1 0-127 128-255 Factory
2 0-127 256-383 Factory
8 0-127 1024-1151 User
9 0-127 1152-1279 User
10 0-127 1280-1407 User
11 0-127 1408-1535 User
12 0-127 1536-1663 User
13 0-127 1664-1791 User
14 0-127 1792-1919 User
15 0-127 1920-2047 User

Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #33 Rooftop 73 Rhds:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 0
*Program Change = 33

Ex 2: You want to call up #161 Big Old Jupiter:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
*Program Change = 33

*Note: 161-128= #33.

(ie Program #161 is the 33rd program in MIDI Bank 1.)

Ex. 3: You want to call up #1463 in the User bank:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 11
*Program Change = 55

*Note: 1463 – (128×11) = 55

(i.e. Program #1463 is the 55th program in MIDI Bank 11)

Question:
How can I select a certain Program to be the default when I first power up?
and
My instrument powers up with some undesired Program selection not of my choosing, how can I fix that?

Answer:

  1. From the Program mode, select the desired start-up Program.
  2. Press Global
  3. Press Program (to exit back to Program Mode).

Done. The Program you selected in step 1 above will now be the default start-up selection.

Question:
How does the Forte’s real-time “Transpose” feature work?

Answer:

The Forte offers dedicated Transpose – / + buttons immediately above the Pitch and Mod Wheels:

The Transpose buttons can be used to change the tuning of notes played on the Forte keyboard in semitones (ST), also known as half steps. This is a convenient way to change the key of a song without learning to play it in a different key. (Note: the Transpose buttons also transpose MIDI notes sent to the USB and MIDI out ports).

Working in tandem with the physical Transpose buttons is the Transpose readout affixed at the top of the Program and Multi mode screens. This field maintains a constant readout of the current transpose value:

Press the Transpose – or + buttons to transpose the Forte keyboard down or up by one semitone. The top line of the display shows the current transposition value. The maximum transposition value possible is +/- 36 semitones.

Example 1 – here we have things transposed up 1 ST:

Example 2 – here we have things transposed down -3 ST:

The LEDs of the Transpose buttons themselves also offer indication whether the keyboard is currently transposed up (Transpose + LED is lit) or down (Transpose – LED is lit) or not at all (no buttons lit).

Example – here we have things transposed up:


TIPS:

  • To transpose things up/down by octave use the OCTAVE- and OCTAVE+ soft buttons in the lower left of the screen:

  • Pressing both Transpose – and + simultaneously (or both Octave soft buttons) will reset the transposition to 0.

Global Mode

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

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    2. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

    3. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

The default map (Linear) 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:

Light1
Light2
Light3
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Light3 being the easiest). These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Linear The Forte default map. Linear, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard1
Hard2
Hard3
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Hard3 being the hardest). 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 Light1/Light2/Light3 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:
When I step on the sustain pedal using a KB3 program, it is currently controlling the leslie rotor speed. How can I change that to traditional sustain operation?

Answer:

You have two options:

(A) Connect a second switch pedal
to the Forte “Switch Pedal 3” input. It comes preset to act as Sustain for the KB3 Programs (it will act as soft pedal for non-KB3 selections).

(B) Change the “Rotary Override” parameter (Global Mode) to “Button” only. Steps below:

    1. With the power off, connect a sustain/switch pedal into “Switch Pedal 1”, then power on.
    2. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

 

    1. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

 

  1. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Rotary Override” parameter. By default it is set to “Button+Pedal”. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, change it to just “Button”:

Press Program to exit. With these settings, the switch pedal connected to Switch Pedal 1 will act as sustain for all KB3 organs and the rotary speed will be controlled by the ROTARY S/F button (aka Variation) above the Mod Wheel.

Question:
How does the Audio In with FX work on the Forte7/8/SE?

Answer:

Explore the AUDIO IN feature on the Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn the basic functions as well as how to apply FX to the live input:

(Note: The Forte UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte SE display is different, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Question:
How can I delete a user Object (Multis/Program/Keymap/Sample etc) that I made/loaded?

Answer:

  1. Press GLOBAL – you’ll see:

  2. Press either of the [MORE] buttons to find the [DELETE] soft button – then press [DELETE]:

  3. Using the alpha wheel, -/+ and/or up/dn cursor arrow buttons, highlight each object to delete and press [SELECT]. This marks each object with an asterisk(*) indicating which items will be subsequently deleted:Ex: Here we have selected Multi #1025 and the Master Table to delete.

    TIP: Pressing [TYPE] jumps you through the list from one type of object to the next, for ex., from Programs to Multis, to Chains, to Samples etc. making it easier to navigate a large list and find what you are looking for.

  4. Press [DELETE] and the selected objects will be deleted:

  5. Press [YES] to confirm:

  6. Press EXIT twice to exit Global mode.

Question:
What are the steps to load and make use of .WAV/.AIF files?

Answer:

This tutorial is in three parts:


Things to Know:

The Forte supports loading of raw .WAV and .AIF sample files. Both mono and stereo files can be loaded, 8 or 16 bit, with sample rates up to a maximum of 96 kHz. Once samples are loaded to the Fortes user sample flash memory, samples remain in the Forte even when the power is off, until they are manually deleted. Also, once samples are loaded to the Forte’s user sample flash memory, there is no load time for those user samples when turning on the Forte.

The initial loading of raw samples is not unlike loading regular Forte (.FOR) files. They can be loaded off USB thumb drive (flash drive) or via the direct-USB cable connection to your Mac/PC. However the direct-USB cable method is limited to roughly 20MB, as such using a thumb drive will be the better option when handling larger file sizes.

It is important to note that audio files (.wav/.aif) are just raw “ingredients”. Even after loading, they have not yet been “cooked” into any useable “recipe” yet (aka Program and Keymap). As such upon loading any source audio files, do not expect to find these samples magically appearing in Program mode. After loading you will need to first build a Keymap and Program using the loaded samples. After which, the Program (recipe) employing these new samples will become available as an ID selection in Program mode for normal use (details on one fast, easy method for doing this further below).


Loading:

The basic procedure of loading user data is outlined in the Forte “Loading User Data” tutorial.

NOTE: at step 6 in the above linked tutorial you will likely want to choose the FILL load method (which will place the sample at the first available (free) ID slot. If you have no user samples loaded this will be ID# 1024.


Previewing:

Once the sample file(s) is loaded, to make use of any loaded raw samples, a Program and Keymap must be constructed first. This can be done by one of two methods:

    • Manual Keymap construction (see your owner’s manual Chapter 9 “Keymap and Sample Editing” for details).
      This method is ideally suited for more advanced users and intricate mapping applications.

-OR-

  • You can use the handy PREVIEW tool.
    This method is ideal for those with simpler needs, wanting fast results.

PREVIEW automatically makes a new ‘generic’ Program (and Keymap) for you, using any single sample. This method provides a quick way to begin making a new program which can be then, of course, be edited further if desired.

Here is how it works:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

    1. Press the left -or- right button. Locate and press [SAMPLES]:

    1. Next, press the [PREVIEW] button:

    1. Select the desired sample. On this screen you will see a simple “Sample” field which allows you to scroll through ALL samples in memory (both ROM and User-loaded). Scroll through the list (and/or type via the keypad) to select the desired sample ID and press [OK ]. For example below we are selecting sample ID# 642 “Snare Hit”:

    1. Next choose the User ID # where you would like the final Program to reside. Here, for example, we are choosing program ID# 1024 (available user ID range = 1024-4095).

You will see a brief screen confirmation displaying “Preview OK” – indicating the Program was created. Note: if the ID you choose is already occupied the system will simply save your creation to the next available (higher) User ID slot.

    1. Press EXIT three times (3x) to return to Program mode. Your new Program will be immediately available and named using the same name given the source sample file.

Note:
By default, the sample will be initially stretched across the entire keyboard with C4 as the sample root (i.e. original sample pitch). See your owner’s manual for details on further Program/Keymap editing.

Question:
Can I search the internal memory for select objects by name?

Answer:

Yes, the Forte offers a comprehensive search-string tool that permits searching many parameter fields by name, including:

  • Multis
  • Programs
  • Keymaps
  • Samples
  • FX Chains
  • FX Presets
  • Program Control Sources
  • Arp and Shift Patterns
  • Intonation Maps
  • Velocity Maps
  • Pressure Maps

To do so, with the desired field selected, hold the Enter button and at the same time press any one of the alpha-numeric keypad buttons 2-9 (take note the button arrangement is much like a telephone keypad):

This will bring up the Search display:

Type in the string of characters you want to find using the alphanumeric pad.

For example, if you began in Program mode looking at the Program list and you want to find all Programs containing the word “Vintage”, you would type v-i-n-t and so on. This function is not case-sensitive; it will find upper and lower-case characters equally. When you’ve typed the string of characters you want to find, press OK. The Forte searches through the current list of objects or values, finds all items that match the string of characters
you typed, and displays the first one it finds.

Note in our example above we only typed a portion of the word. That works too. The result will be every program with ‘vint’ somewhere in its name will be part of the search results. Staying this same example, the first result displayed is “7 Vintage Upright”:

To navigate through the list of matches, hold ENTER and press either the PREVIOUS(-) OR NEXT(+) button (below the Alpha Wheel) to move to the next higher(+) or lower-numbered(-) object that matches your search.

Following our example, if we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Program “8 Vintage Grand”. Press ENTER and ext(+) again, you’d see “31 Vintage Squash” and so on. If we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.

As mentioned, the search tool works in other modes and fields as well.

Let’s search for an FX Chain. On the FX page of the Program Edit mode, highlight the ‘Insert’ field:

Then press and hold ENTER and type “h-a-l-l”:

Press OK when done typing to start the search – you will see something like:

If we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Insert “5012 Small Hall2″. Press ENTER and NEXT(+) again, you’d see the next ‘hall’ match, and so on as before. Again if we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.


Power User Tips

    • It bares repeating, the above applies to many parameter fields throughout the Forte UI. Try it – look up an LFO as a Control Source for your filter cutoff assignment, or locate that Arp preset you can’t quite remember the full name of.

 

  • The text strings you search for remain in memory until the Forte is turned off. Further, you can store and select a string of characters with each of the numeric buttons. Hold Enter and press one of the numeric buttons at any time to select the last string associated with that same numeric button. When the string appears, you can change it, or just press Enter to re-find that same string.

Question:
How can I select Forte Multis via MIDI Bank/Program Change?

Answer:

Here are the steps:

  1. Press the GLOBAL mode button.
  2. Press MIDI.

  3. Set “Local Kbd Chan” to the MIDI channel you plan to send the Bank/Pchg messages on. This will be the one and only channel that will be used for selecting Multis via MIDI.For example, here we chose channel 3.

  4. Press Multi to enter Multi mode.

Once in Multi mode, below is what messages the Forte needs to receive (on the chosen Local Kbd Chan) in order to select any given Multi:

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Forte uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(Bank Select: Ctl 0/32 – set in the Global/MIDI 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 the designated Forte Multi (column 3). Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Forte Forte Multi Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32)
Program Change ID Range
0 0-127 1-127 Factory
1 0-127 128-255 Factory
2 0 256 Factory
8 0-127 1024-1151 User
9 0-127 1152-1279 User
10 0-127 1280-1407 User
11 0-127 1408-1535 User
12 0-127 1536-1663 User
13 0-127 1664-1791 User
14 0-127 1792-1919 User
15 0-127 1920-2047 User

Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #32 Euro Chords:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), on the chosen Local Kbd Chan (step 3 above) you send:

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

Ex 2: You want to call up #182 Game ofTrombones:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
*Program Change = 54

*Note: 182-(128×1)= #54.

(ie Multi #182 is the 54th Multi in MIDI Bank 1.)

Ex. 3:You want to call up #1977 in the User bank:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 15
*Program Change = 57

*Note: 1977 – (128×15) = 57

(i.e. Multi #1979 is the 57th Multi in MIDI Bank 15)

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my stored Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the power off, connect a sustain/switch pedal into “Switch Pedal 2″ (and/or 3), then power on.NOTE: while the Forte supports using either traditional 1/4″ (TS) or half-damper 1/4″ (TRS) switch pedals for piano-sustain, for this application you will want to only use traditional 1/4” (TS) pedals.
    2. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

 

    1. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

 

  1. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “SW Override” parameter for your chosen pedal (SW2 or SW3). By default it is set to “None”. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, change it to “Favorite Inc” **:

    TIPS:

    – **Choose “Favorite Inc” to move forward through your Favorites. Choose “Favorite Dec” to move backwards through your Favorites.

    – Use two separate pedals (one connected to SW2, one connected to SW3) and set one to “Inc” and one to “Dec” for two-way navigation.

    – Enable ‘Advanced’ User Type and ‘Favorites View’ to access up to 500 Favorites.

  2. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.

USAGE NOTES:

  • The pedal will cycle/wrap around the 10 available Favorites button slots within the current Favorites bank.
  • If using Advanced User Type, and multiple Favorites Banks, you will need to manually select the Favorites bank using the Chan/Zone buttons first, then you can use the pedal to walk through that current bank of 10 favorites.
  • Complete details on the use of pedal overrides can be found in the Forte Musician’s Guide (pg. 12-11).

Question:
How does the ‘Show Zone Info’ display work?

Answer:

Starting with system update 2.10 there is a new Multi display mode which offers an overview of the current Multi’s zone status. At a glance, this makes keeping track of what zones are active and assigned to what much easier, all without having to enter the editor. Here’ how it works:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

    2. Set “Show Zone Info” to ‘Yes’:

    3. Press MULTI to switch to MULTI mode.

  1. Select the desired Multi and note the display overlay:For ex., here we chose Multi #26 – a 4-zone multi and, as such, 4 zone fields are now displayed:

    As the number of zones employed increases the display will reconfigure accordingly:

    With 5-8 zones:

    With 9-16 zones:

  2. Each field displays the following status icons related to that zone:Note, as the number of zones increases, some data is not available:

    Solo white = solo off / red = solo on


    Zone On/Off green = on (local destination) / white = muted / orange = on (MIDI only)


    MIDI/USB Destination green = transmitting / white = not transmitting (MIDI only, USB only, Both)


    Audio Output Pair green = active / white = not active (A only, B only, Both)
    Key Range white = active region
    Program Program name/ID assigned
    Volume (cc7) Green meter indicates volume level
    Expression (cc11) Green meter indicates expression pedal level. When the “Show Controllers” parameter (Global MAIN1) is set to ‘Yes (Incl. pedals)’ the cc11 icon appears. cc11 controls the pre-insert FX program level.

Multi Mode

Question:
How can I access all 16 zones in Multi mode?

Answer:

The Forte’s default state offers up to 4 zones per Multi. Update v1.30 expanded this to 16 zones. Here’ how it works:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

    2. Set “User Type” to ‘Advanced’:

    3. Press MULTI to switch to MULTI mode.

    1. Select the desired Multi and press EDIT.For ex., here we chose Multi #5:

      As you can see, Multi 5 already has 4 zones active:

    2. Press either the MORE Left or Right corner soft-button twice. You will see the zone tool soft buttons used to manage creating/deleting zones – “New Zone”, “Duplicate Zone”, “Import Zone” and “Delete Zone”:

      NEWZN = creates a new/empty zone.

      DUPZN = creates a new zone by duplicating the currently selected zone.

      IMPZN = creates a new zone by importing a zone from another Multi.

      DELZN = deletes the currently selected zone.

 

  1. For example, let’s use DUPZN to duplicate Zone 1 to create some new zones – use the Channel/Zone buttons to select Zone 1:TIP: by duplicating a zone that may contain similar settings to what you want for your new zone, you can save some repeat programming steps.


  2. Press DUPZN:

    A pop-up message, “Zone duplicated” will be displayed as confirmation.

    For illustration, below we created 3 new zones by pressing DUPZN 3 times. Note you now see Zones 5, 6 and 7. You can repeat this up to a max of 16 zones.

  3. Use the CHANNEL/ZONE buttons to then navigate through the zones in groups of 4 to edit each zone as needed. A Current Zone/Total Zone counter is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen to facilitate keeping track of things:


  4. To delete any unwanted zones, use the Channel/Zone and/or cursor arrows to select the desired zone and press DELZN – for example, here we are deleting Zone 5:


    A confirmation screen will be displayed asking if you are sure. Press Yes to delete or No to cancel.

  5. Following, press SAVE and store your Multi as usual.

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

Answer:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    2. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

    3. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “Velocity Map” parameter. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, adjust to taste:

The default map (Linear) 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:

Light1
Light2
Light3
Makes it increasingly easier to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Light3 being the easiest). These maps work best for those preferring a light touch.
Linear The Forte default map. Linear, allows MIDI velocities to pass unchanged. It follows a linear response.
Hard1
Hard2
Hard3
Makes it increasingly harder to produce high MIDI velocity values for the same key strike velocity (with Hard3 being the hardest). 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 Light1/Light2/Light3 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 delete a user Object (Multis/Program/Keymap/Sample etc) that I made/loaded?

Answer:

  1. Press GLOBAL – you’ll see:

  2. Press either of the [MORE] buttons to find the [DELETE] soft button – then press [DELETE]:

  3. Using the alpha wheel, -/+ and/or up/dn cursor arrow buttons, highlight each object to delete and press [SELECT]. This marks each object with an asterisk(*) indicating which items will be subsequently deleted:Ex: Here we have selected Multi #1025 and the Master Table to delete.

    TIP: Pressing [TYPE] jumps you through the list from one type of object to the next, for ex., from Programs to Multis, to Chains, to Samples etc. making it easier to navigate a large list and find what you are looking for.

  4. Press [DELETE] and the selected objects will be deleted:

  5. Press [YES] to confirm:

  6. Press EXIT twice to exit Global mode.

Question:
What are the basic functions of the effects editor in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the FX processing power and full editing capabilities of the Kurzweil Forte 7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn how to select, modify and build effects chains in this 6 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte 7/8 UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 color display is different than the Forte SE display, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte SE as well.)

Download the handy “Effect Preset Guide” page featured in the video. This quick graphic shows you the general categories of individual FX presets available when building your own FX chains.

Question:
How does the Forte’s “Favorites” system work?

Answer:

Much like car radio station presets, the Forte lets you store your Favorite Programs/Multis for instant one-button recall. There are two modes to choose from: ‘Regular’ (offers 10 favorites) and ‘Advanced’ offering 500 (see further below).

REGULAR OPERATION (default setting) – 10 Favorites:

    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:Ex:

      “Favorite 3 saved”.

  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. (Note: Individual “Fav Bank” objects can also be stored to disk for backup using the Advanced Store option)

TIP:

Press VIEW (once) to select the “Favorites” view mode.

In doing so, the names for the 10 stored Favorites will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, making it easier to remember what was stored in each location.


ADVANCED OPERATION – 500 Favorites:

Introduced at update v1.40, the Forte added support for storing/recalling 50 banks of Favorites – each “Bank” is comprised of 10 button selections. This gives you access to 500 Favorites via bank switching.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Press VIEW to enable “Favorites” view mode (see TIP above).
  2. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

  3. Set “User Type” to ‘Advanced’:

  4. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.
  5. Using the CHANNEL/ZONE up/dn buttons to the left of the display, you can now flip through the 50 different Favorites banks. The current Favorites Bank number is displayed in the upper right hand corner of the screen:


    You can now quickly access one of 50 banks, see what Program/Multi is stored in a given slot and make your selection.

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

Answer:

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

In addition Appendix C and E of the Musician’s Guide (available on the Downloads page as well) also lists all of the factory presets.

Question:
Can I search the internal memory for select objects by name?

Answer:

Yes, the Forte offers a comprehensive search-string tool that permits searching many parameter fields by name, including:

  • Multis
  • Programs
  • Keymaps
  • Samples
  • FX Chains
  • FX Presets
  • Program Control Sources
  • Arp and Shift Patterns
  • Intonation Maps
  • Velocity Maps
  • Pressure Maps

To do so, with the desired field selected, hold the Enter button and at the same time press any one of the alpha-numeric keypad buttons 2-9 (take note the button arrangement is much like a telephone keypad):

This will bring up the Search display:

Type in the string of characters you want to find using the alphanumeric pad.

For example, if you began in Program mode looking at the Program list and you want to find all Programs containing the word “Vintage”, you would type v-i-n-t and so on. This function is not case-sensitive; it will find upper and lower-case characters equally. When you’ve typed the string of characters you want to find, press OK. The Forte searches through the current list of objects or values, finds all items that match the string of characters
you typed, and displays the first one it finds.

Note in our example above we only typed a portion of the word. That works too. The result will be every program with ‘vint’ somewhere in its name will be part of the search results. Staying this same example, the first result displayed is “7 Vintage Upright”:

To navigate through the list of matches, hold ENTER and press either the PREVIOUS(-) OR NEXT(+) button (below the Alpha Wheel) to move to the next higher(+) or lower-numbered(-) object that matches your search.

Following our example, if we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Program “8 Vintage Grand”. Press ENTER and ext(+) again, you’d see “31 Vintage Squash” and so on. If we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.

As mentioned, the search tool works in other modes and fields as well.

Let’s search for an FX Chain. On the FX page of the Program Edit mode, highlight the ‘Insert’ field:

Then press and hold ENTER and type “h-a-l-l”:

Press OK when done typing to start the search – you will see something like:

If we pressed ENTER and NEXT(+), incrementing up to the next higher match, we’d see Insert “5012 Small Hall2″. Press ENTER and NEXT(+) again, you’d see the next ‘hall’ match, and so on as before. Again if we pressed ENTER and PREVIOUS(-) we would step backwards through the same search list.


Power User Tips

    • It bares repeating, the above applies to many parameter fields throughout the Forte UI. Try it – look up an LFO as a Control Source for your filter cutoff assignment, or locate that Arp preset you can’t quite remember the full name of.
  • The text strings you search for remain in memory until the Forte is turned off. Further, you can store and select a string of characters with each of the numeric buttons. Hold Enter and press one of the numeric buttons at any time to select the last string associated with that same numeric button. When the string appears, you can change it, or just press Enter to re-find that same string.

Question:
How can I select Forte Multis via MIDI Bank/Program Change?

Answer:

Here are the steps:

  1. Press the GLOBAL mode button.
  2. Press MIDI.

  3. Set “Local Kbd Chan” to the MIDI channel you plan to send the Bank/Pchg messages on. This will be the one and only channel that will be used for selecting Multis via MIDI.For example, here we chose channel 3.

  4. Press Multi to enter Multi mode.

Once in Multi mode, below is what messages the Forte needs to receive (on the chosen Local Kbd Chan) in order to select any given Multi:

    1. MIDI Bank messageBy default*, the Forte uses MIDI Bank message cc#32 (aka Bank LSB) value = 0-127, to send/receive bank info.*(Bank Select: Ctl 0/32 – set in the Global/MIDI 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 the designated Forte Multi (column 3). Note all banks are 128 entries deep:

Values Sent To Forte Forte Multi Selected
MIDI Bank #
(cc#32)
Program Change ID Range
0 0-127 1-127 Factory
1 0-127 128-255 Factory
2 0 256 Factory
8 0-127 1024-1151 User
9 0-127 1152-1279 User
10 0-127 1280-1407 User
11 0-127 1408-1535 User
12 0-127 1536-1663 User
13 0-127 1664-1791 User
14 0-127 1792-1919 User
15 0-127 1920-2047 User

Examples:

Ex 1: You want to call up #32 Euro Chords:

From your DAW (or alternate controller), on the chosen Local Kbd Chan (step 3 above) you send:

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

Ex 2: You want to call up #182 Game ofTrombones:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 1
*Program Change = 54

*Note: 182-(128×1)= #54.

(ie Multi #182 is the 54th Multi in MIDI Bank 1.)

Ex. 3:You want to call up #1977 in the User bank:

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

MIDI Bank (cc32) = 15
*Program Change = 57

*Note: 1977 – (128×15) = 57

(i.e. Multi #1979 is the 57th Multi in MIDI Bank 15)

Question:
What are the basic functions of the step sequencer in the Forte SE/7/8?

Answer:

Explore the step sequencer in Kurzweil Forte7/8/SE with this Quick Tip video. Learn the basic functions and also how to create more complex sequences (dotted rhythms) in this 5 minute tutorial:

(Note: The Forte SE UI is used for demonstration in this video. While the Forte 7/8 display is different, the concepts/parameters discussed apply to the Forte 7/8 as well.)

For more information on the Forte series arpeggiator, download the newly updated Forte SE Musician’s Guide
.

Forte 7/8 users can download the demo program, Skool Bass, from the Legacy Synth Bass Soundbank.

Question:
How does the Forte’s real-time “Transpose” feature work?

Answer:

The Forte offers dedicated Transpose – / + buttons immediately above the Pitch and Mod Wheels:

The Transpose buttons can be used to change the tuning of notes played on the Forte keyboard in semitones (ST), also known as half steps. This is a convenient way to change the key of a song without learning to play it in a different key. (Note: the Transpose buttons also transpose MIDI notes sent to the USB and MIDI out ports).

Working in tandem with the physical Transpose buttons is the Transpose readout affixed at the top of the Program and Multi mode screens. This field maintains a constant readout of the current transpose value:

Press the Transpose – or + buttons to transpose the Forte keyboard down or up by one semitone. The top line of the display shows the current transposition value. The maximum transposition value possible is +/- 36 semitones.

Example 1 – here we have things transposed up 1 ST:

Example 2 – here we have things transposed down -3 ST:

The LEDs of the Transpose buttons themselves also offer indication whether the keyboard is currently transposed up (Transpose + LED is lit) or down (Transpose – LED is lit) or not at all (no buttons lit).

Example – here we have things transposed up:


TIPS:

  • To transpose things up/down by octave use the OCTAVE- and OCTAVE+ soft buttons in the lower left of the screen:

  • Pressing both Transpose – and + simultaneously (or both Octave soft buttons) will reset the transposition to 0.

Question:
How can I assign a switch pedal to navigate my stored Favorites?

Answer:

    1. With the power off, connect a sustain/switch pedal into “Switch Pedal 2″ (and/or 3), then power on.NOTE: while the Forte supports using either traditional 1/4″ (TS) or half-damper 1/4″ (TRS) switch pedals for piano-sustain, for this application you will want to only use traditional 1/4” (TS) pedals.
    2. Press the GLOBAL mode button – you will see:

    1. Press the MAIN2 soft button:

  1. Using the cursor navigation arrow buttons, highlight the “SW Override” parameter for your chosen pedal (SW2 or SW3). By default it is set to “None”. Using the alpha wheel and/or Previous/- Next/+ buttons, change it to “Favorite Inc” **:

    TIPS:

    – **Choose “Favorite Inc” to move forward through your Favorites. Choose “Favorite Dec” to move backwards through your Favorites.

    – Use two separate pedals (one connected to SW2, one connected to SW3) and set one to “Inc” and one to “Dec” for two-way navigation.

    – Enable ‘Advanced’ User Type and ‘Favorites View’ to access up to 500 Favorites.

  2. Press PROGRAM or MULTI to exit.

USAGE NOTES:

  • The pedal will cycle/wrap around the 10 available Favorites button slots within the current Favorites bank.
  • If using Advanced User Type, and multiple Favorites Banks, you will need to manually select the Favorites bank using the Chan/Zone buttons first, then you can use the pedal to walk through that current bank of 10 favorites.
  • Complete details on the use of pedal overrides can be found in the Forte Musician’s Guide (pg. 12-11).

Question:
How does the ‘Show Zone Info’ display work?

Answer:

Starting with system update 2.10 there is a new Multi display mode which offers an overview of the current Multi’s zone status. At a glance, this makes keeping track of what zones are active and assigned to what much easier, all without having to enter the editor. Here’ how it works:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button.

    2. Set “Show Zone Info” to ‘Yes’:

    3. Press MULTI to switch to MULTI mode.

  1. Select the desired Multi and note the display overlay:For ex., here we chose Multi #26 – a 4-zone multi and, as such, 4 zone fields are now displayed:

    As the number of zones employed increases the display will reconfigure accordingly:

    With 5-8 zones:

    With 9-16 zones:

  2. Each field displays the following status icons related to that zone:Note, as the number of zones increases, some data is not available:

    Solo white = solo off / red = solo on


    Zone On/Off green = on (local destination) / white = muted / orange = on (MIDI only)


    MIDI/USB Destination green = transmitting / white = not transmitting (MIDI only, USB only, Both)


    Audio Output Pair green = active / white = not active (A only, B only, Both)
    Key Range white = active region
    Program Program name/ID assigned
    Volume (cc7) Green meter indicates volume level
    Expression (cc11) Green meter indicates expression pedal level. When the “Show Controllers” parameter (Global MAIN1) is set to ‘Yes (Incl. pedals)’ the cc11 icon appears. cc11 controls the pre-insert FX program level.

Product Comparisons

Question:
What are the primary feature comparisons between the current Pro keyboards?

Answer:

FORTE 8

FORTE 7

FORTE SE ARTIS 8

ARTIS 7

ARTIS SE PC4 PC3A8
PC3A7
PC3A6
PC3K8

PC3K7
PC3K6

PC3LE8
PC3LE7
PC3LE6
SP6 SP1 SPS4- 8

SP4-8

SP4-7

Keybed ¹ 88 FW
76 FW
88 FW 88 FW
76 SW
88 FW

88 FW 88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SY
88 FW
76 SW
61 SW
88 FW 88 FW 88 FW
88 FW
76 SW
Polyphony 128

KB3 is polyphony free
128 128 128 256 128 128 64 128 256 64
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
240 x 64
LCD
128 x 64
LCD
3 char LED 1×16 char
LCD
Wooden
End Caps
No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No
Flash Play™ 16 GB 2 GB No No 2 GB No No No 2 GB No No
Sample
Memory
3.3 GB 188 MB No No 2 GB No 128 MB No No No No
Piano ²
Samples
⋅GD
⋅JC7
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
⋅GD*
⋅TS
⋅TS
⋅GD* (sold separately)
TS ⋅GD*
⋅JC7*
⋅TS
GD* TS
String
Resonance
KSR ³ KSR ³ No No Yes No No No KSR ³ Yes No
Factory
Programs
322 512 256 256 1000+ 1453 1074 1061 256 16 128
Factory Setups/Multis 186 182 256 128 50+ 216 150 256 130 0 64
User
Programs
3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64
User
Setups/Multis
3072 1024 256 256 4096 2560 2560 2560 1024 5 (Favorites) 64
Setup/Multi
Zones
16 8 4 4 16 16 16 16 4 4 4
General MIDI No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
KORE 64®
⋅Programs
⋅Kmap/Smps
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Some
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sold Separately No
No
Some
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
V.A.S.T.
Editing
Yes Yes via Editor software via Editor software Yes Yes Yes Yes via Editor software No via Editor software
FM Engine Yes (v4) No No No Yes No No No No No No
FX Units 32 32 16 16 32 16 16 10 32 4 10
FX Editing Full Full Limited Limited Full Full Full Limited Limited Limited Limited
Master FX Comp + EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
EQ
(dedicated knobs)
Comp + EQ Comp + EQ Comp + EQ No No EQ No
Software
Editor
Free Free Free Free Free Free Free For sale Free No For sale
PC3
Compat.
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 objects (no samples) Most Programs
(no samples)
No Most Programs (no samples)
Legacy K2
Compat. **
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
(includes K2 compat file)
Setups
Programs
Keymaps
(no compat file)
No No No
Categorized Programs Complete Complete Complete Complete Complete Partial Partial Complete Complete Complete Complete
Surf-n-Select Sound Navigation Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Favorites /
QA Entries
990 10 10 6 990 25,600 25,600 25,600 5 5 No
Sequencer Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
RIFFs 16 0 0 0 16 16 16 16 0 0 0
Arpeggiators 16 8 0 0 16 16 16 16 4 0 0
MIDI CC
Step Sequencer
16 (v4) 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
USB-to-PC
USB Drive
No USB-to-PC
Analog
Outputs
Main + Aux Main Main Main Main + Aux Main + Aux Main + Aux Main Main Main Main
Analog
Inputs
(MP3 input)
1/8″ with FX 1/8″ with FX 1/8″ 1/8″ (2) 1/4″
1/8″
with FX
No No No No (2) 1/4″ No
Digital Out No No No No No Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(with sync)
Yes
(no sync)
No No No
Aftertouch Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Programmable Sliders 9 (+LED ladders) 9 9 4 9 9 9 0 0 0 0
Programmable Knobs 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 5 4 0 1
Programmable Buttons 10 11 6 2 10 10 10 7 1 0 0
CC Pedal inputs 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Switch Pedal inputs 3 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 (dual jack) 2 3 3 2 2 (dual jack) 1 1 (dual jack)
Half-Damper *** Yes (pianos) Yes (pianos) MIDI only MIDI only Yes (pianos) No No No Yes (pianos) No No
Drum Pads 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Ribbon input No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Breath Controller input No No No No No Yes Yes No No No 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.

Samples

Question:
What are the steps to load and make use of .WAV/.AIF files?

Answer:

This tutorial is in three parts:

  • Things to Know
  • Loading
  • Previewing

Things to Know:

The Forte supports loading of raw .WAV and .AIF sample files. Both mono and stereo files can be loaded, 8 or 16 bit, with sample rates up to a maximum of 96 kHz. Once samples are loaded to the Fortes user sample flash memory, samples remain in the Forte even when the power is off, until they are manually deleted. Also, once samples are loaded to the Forte’s user sample flash memory, there is no load time for those user samples when turning on the Forte.

The initial loading of raw samples is not unlike loading regular Forte (.FOR) files. They can be loaded off USB thumb drive (flash drive) or via the direct-USB cable connection to your Mac/PC. However the direct-USB cable method is limited to roughly 20MB, as such using a thumb drive will be the better option when handling larger file sizes.

It is important to note that audio files (.wav/.aif) are just raw “ingredients”. Even after loading, they have not yet been “cooked” into any useable “recipe” yet (aka Program and Keymap). As such upon loading any source audio files, do not expect to find these samples magically appearing in Program mode. After loading you will need to first build a Keymap and Program using the loaded samples. After which, the Program (recipe) employing these new samples will become available as an ID selection in Program mode for normal use (details on one fast, easy method for doing this further below).


Loading:

The basic procedure of loading user data is outlined in the Forte “Loading User Data” tutorial.

NOTE: at step 6 in the above linked tutorial you will likely want to choose the FILL load method (which will place the sample at the first available (free) ID slot. If you have no user samples loaded this will be ID# 1024.


Previewing:

Once the sample file(s) is loaded, to make use of any loaded raw samples, a Program and Keymap must be constructed first. This can be done by one of two methods:

    • Manual Keymap construction (see your owner’s manual Chapter 9 “Keymap and Sample Editing” for details).
      This method is ideally suited for more advanced users and intricate mapping applications.

-OR-

  • You can use the handy PREVIEW tool.
    This method is ideal for those with simpler needs, wanting fast results.

PREVIEW automatically makes a new ‘generic’ Program (and Keymap) for you, using any single sample. This method provides a quick way to begin making a new program which can be then, of course, be edited further if desired.

Here is how it works:

    1. Press the GLOBAL mode button, you will see:

    1. Press the left -or- right button. Locate and press [SAMPLES]:

    1. Next, press the [PREVIEW] button:

    1. Select the desired sample. On this screen you will see a simple “Sample” field which allows you to scroll through ALL samples in memory (both ROM and User-loaded). Scroll through the list (and/or type via the keypad) to select the desired sample ID and press [OK ]. For example below we are selecting sample ID# 642 “Snare Hit”:

    1. Next choose the User ID # where you would like the final Program to reside. Here, for example, we are choosing program ID# 1024 (available user ID range = 1024-4095).

You will see a brief screen confirmation displaying “Preview OK” – indicating the Program was created. Note: if the ID you choose is already occupied the system will simply save your creation to the next available (higher) User ID slot.

    1. Press EXIT three times (3x) to return to Program mode. Your new Program will be immediately available and named using the same name given the source sample file.

Note:
By default, the sample will be initially stretched across the entire keyboard with C4 as the sample root (i.e. original sample pitch). See your owner’s manual for details on further Program/Keymap editing.

Storage Mode

Question:
How can I load user Programs/Multis into the Forte?

Answer:

Forte compatible files can be loaded from either a USB flash/thumb drive or directly from a computer via USB cable connection.

“LOAD” Procedure:

    1. Connections and File Preparation:If wanting to load from a USB flash/thumb drive (USB Device) plug a flash/thumb drive (containing the desired file) into the Forte back-panel USB “Storage” port.ORIf wanting to load directly from your computer (*PC Virtual Drive) connect a USB cable between the Forte’s USB “Computer” port and a free USB port on your computer.*When choosing the PC Virtual Drive, a temporary removable USB drive representing the “Forte” will mount on your computer when the USB cable is connected. If you are using a Windows based PC you may also see a message indicating ‘device drivers’ are being installed. This is normal and only happens the first time you use this connection.Once the PC Virtual Drive appears on your computer copy the desired Forte file(s) to it.
    1. On the Forte, press the front panel STORAGE mode button.
    1. Using the Alpha Wheel, Previous/Next and/or Cursor buttons, select either “USB Device” or “PC Virtual Drive” pursuant to your connections above:
    1. Press “LOAD”:(in our example here we are using a USB Device)

    1. As needed, use the Alpha Wheel, Previous/Next, Cursor and/or Parent/Open buttons to navigate to and highlight the file you wish to load:(If needed, press SELECT to mark(*) more than one file for loading).

    1. Press either “FILL” or “OVWRITE” (overwrite) to choose how you want the data to load into the system – there are two methods available:
      FILL: Loads Programs/Multis sequentially into EMPTY user ID slots, filling in any gaps. No existing Programs/Multis will be erased. OVWRITE (only .FOR files): Replaces existing User bank contents.

      In choosing FILL, objects will load starting from the specified ID#. Use the data wheel or numeric keypad to set the starting ID#. Press FILL to proceed. If choosing OVWRITE you will be prompted to choose between either overwriting all existing user Programs/Multis currently in user memory (press YES) -or- selectively merging the Multis/Programs in the file with the current user memory (press NO-MERGE).

      (For further details, see chpt. 13 in the Forte Musician’s Guide ).

    2. A brief “Indexing…” message will be displayed while things are loaded followed by “Objects loaded OK”. You will then return to the main Storage mode screen.
  1. Press Exit or any of the other mode buttons (Program, Multi or Global) to leave Storage mode.
Notes:

  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “LOAD” (step 4), the display will show the message “Error: No valid device inserted.”.
  • USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the PC Virtual Drive function.
Question:
How can I save (backup) all of my Forte user data?

Answer:

The Forte saves all data from both User Banks (Program and Multis) into one file with an “.FOR” extension. Forte files can be saved to either a USB flash/thumb drive or directly to a computer via USB cable connection.

“STORE” Procedure:

    1. Connections:If wanting to save to a USB flash/thumb drive (USB Device) plug a flash/thumb drive into the Forte back-panel USB “Storage” port.ORIf wanting to save directly to your computer (*PC Virtual Drive) connect a USB cable between the Forte’s USB “Computer” port and a free USB port on your computer.(*If choosing the PC Virtual Drive, a temporary removable USB drive representing the “Forte” will mount on your computer when the USB cable is connected. If you are using a Windows based PC you may also see a message indicating ‘device drivers’ are being installed. This is normal and only happens the first time you use this connection).
    1. Press the front panel STORAGE mode button.
    1. Using the Alpha Wheel, Previous/Next and/or Cursor buttons, select either “USB Device” or “PC Virtual Drive”:
    1. Press “STORE”:(in our example here we are using a USB Device)

    1. Press ALL (to save all user objects):

    1. Select the directory to save your file to. Whether saving to a USB Device or the PC Virtual Drive, the simplest approach here is to just press “OK” to store your file to the current directory (in our example below the drive is initially empty).

      Alternatively you can get more organized and use the Parent/Open/NewDir tools to create new directories as well as navigate inside any existing directory (see chpt. 11 in the Forte Musician’s Guide for complete details).

    1. Name your file. Use the alpha wheel and/or alphanumeric keypad to enter characters. Use the soft buttons beneath the display to move the cursor and manage character positions. Then press “OK” to save the file to disk:

    1. A brief “Storing…” message will be displayed while the file is saved. Once completed you will return to the Storage mode screen.IMPORTANT: If saving to the PC Virtual Drive, it is important that you copy the file from the temporary removable ‘Forte’ drive to your computer’s hard drive for long term storage. Once you power down the Forte, the temporary removable PC Virtual Drive will unmount from your computer and its contents will be erased.
  1. Press Exit or any of the other mode buttons (Program, Multi or Global) to leave Storage mode.
Notes:

  • If no flash/thumb drive or USB cable is inserted when pressing “STORE” (step 4), the display will show the message “Error: No valid device inserted.”.
  • USB-MIDI connections will temporarily be severed when engaging the PC Virtual Drive function.
  • If the filename you choose already exists on disk, when pressing “OK” (step 7) you will see an alert. “Warning: 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 “OK” (step 7), the display will show the message “Nothing stored”.

DOWNLOADS

User Manuals

Forte Getting Started Guide – 1.4 MB
Quick Start Guide (revB)
2015-06-25

Forte Musician’s Guide – 10.0 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revH)
2019-11-12

Forte Musician’s Guide – E-Book – 24.8 MB
Primary owner’s manual (revH) – .epub format for e-readers and mobile devices
2019-11-12

Forte Complete Factory Objects List (v3.01) – 452 KB
Listing of all Factory Multis, Programs, FX Chains, etc. (.xls)
2018-09-20

Effect Preset Guide (.png) – 140 KB
Graphic showing the general categories of individual FX presets available when building your own FX chains.
2017-03-06

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

OS Updates

Forte v4.00 Update – 7.8 MB
Contains: OS v4.18.32782, Obj 4.00.6, Installation Instructions, Release Notes
2019-11-12

SoundBanks

Patch Kreator: KVA Synth – 66 KB
Turn your Forte7/8 into a fun and hands-on polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer. The KVA Synth features two oscillators, a sub oscillator, two 2-Pole Filters, Amp Envelope Controls, Filter Modulation and 4 Effects. (Contents: VA Synth Kreator Template, 10 Factory Programs and a controller decal printout).
2016-03-25

DP1 – Drum Pack 1 – 328 KB
8 NEW drum programs that are fun to play and interact with. Based on Arpeggiator patterns designed for each individual program, these drum programs groove for you! Change things up simply by playing new notes and moving controllers. Latch any pattern with a pedal and play other drums or perc on top, creating your own grooves instantly! Turn the Arp OFF to play the drum kits normally. (Contents: 8 Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-04-14

Kinder Sounds – 61 KB
Create music, with your Forte7/8/SE, that evokes the wonder and whimsy of childhood. The Kinder Sounds library includes a Kinderklavier, Polyphon, Melodica, Bell Orchestra and more! (Contents: 8 Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-04-20

Patch Kreator: Bass – Leads – 94.3 KB
Create retro digital sounds with the Bass & Lead Patch Kreator. Mix 80’s synth samples with DSP waveforms on the fly. Use the partial selector to change harmonics in real time. Build new patches from scratch or tweak the included programs. (Contents: Kreator Template, 10 Factory Programs, controller decal printout, instructions, artwork).
2016-04-27

Legacy Pack 1 – 115 KB
Includes six classic Kurzweil factory programs. Each program is enhanced to utilize the greater FX resources and real-time controllers of the Forte family. Enjoy some favorites – renewed and updated! (Contents: 6 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-05-04

MAP // Motion Arp Pack – 74.2 KB
Eight new Kurzweil Factory Programs powered by arpeggiators, LFOs, delays and more! Move your music with the deep motion-modulation engine on the Forte 7/8. (Contents: 8 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-05-18

POLY-Kz – 57.2 KB
10 NEW programs that recreate classic analog polysynths! Each program is also a synth template – with major parameters easily controllable from the front panel. Emulate vintage gear with two “VCOs,” selectable waveforms, filter, and envelope controls. Create lush sounds with modulation options like independent vibrato LFOs for each “VCO”, independent PWM LFO, and pressure triggered mods. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-05-31

Retro Pads & Arps – 105 KB
10 NEW lush pads and rhythmic arpeggiator groove programs. Load these sounds into your Forte7/8 and get inspired for your next track or fill in that missing piece of your mix. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-06-08

Patch Kreator: The Roog – 86.1 KB
Go Roog and turn your Forte 7/8 into a fun-to-use mono-synth. Inspired by the classic, The Roog lets you create new patches right from the controllers – preserving the original’s functionality. Design new sounds from the template or tweak the presets using the dual oscillators, modeled LP filter, three LFO wave shapes, sync saw/square, two bonus effects and more! (Contents: 12 Factory Programs, instructions, decal, artwork).
2016-06-24

Legacy Pack 2 – 72 KB
Expand your collection with 10 enhanced programs from the Kurzweil vault. Each program has been optimized to use the increased FX and controller resources of the Forte 7/8. Load-up these factory favorites– including Adagio Magic, Ancient Calling and more! (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-07-11

Metalscapes – 158.8 KB
8 new factory programs that showcase metallic sounds processed with the Forte 7/8. Create mysterious soundscapes with programs like Fisher Cove or Sci-Fi Movie. Add drive with arpeggiated programs: Space Agogo and Cloud Level. Build to an ending with Post Rock and Shimmer Pad. All programs are controller assigned to allow for sound-shaping and modulation changes in real-time. (Contents: 8 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-07-19

Legacy Plus – Voices Pack – 81.7
6 NEW and 4 LEGACY programs to expand your Forte 7/8’s voices category. The Voices Pack includes favorites like Throat Siren and Bandpass Choir as well as new vocal pads, synths and percussion programs to compliment the classic sounds. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-08-09

Legacy Plus – Folk Pack – 5.3 MB
Contains 6 Legacy and 4 New programs. Join a backyard folk jam with your Forte 7/8. Create a beat with the Washboard and Bodhran programs, build an ostinato with the Washtub Bass and strum along with a Steel String Guitar, Dulcimer, Mando, or Banjo! (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-08-23

Vintage Keys 1 – 387 KB
Contains 12 LEGACY programs that have been updated with real-time controller assignments and additional switchable-effects to utilize the resources of the Forte 7/8. Load-up these EPs, Clavs & Pianets and expand your library. Get clunky with the Woostockclunker, noisy with Walrus Pianet and funky with MotorBootyMutron – and more! (Contents: 12 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-09-09

Legacy Strings – 7.0 MB
Contains 6 factory string programs (5 Legacy & 1 New) for the Forte7/8. Each program has been enhanced with additional effects and controller assignments. Pack includes solo string instruments, a synth-based patch and lush ensemble programs. (Contents: 6 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-09-21

Legacy Pianos – 1.7 MB
Contains 11 factory piano programs that span several product lines – including the Artis, PC3 and K2600. These legacy Triple Strike and Artis pianos have been updated to use the additional resources in the Forte7/8. Program enhancements include Kurzweil String Resonance modeling (KSR), added switchable effects, controller assignments and half-pedal functionality. (Contents: 11 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-10-07

Vintage Keys 2 – 635 KB
Contains 18 Legacy programs including 10 Mellotrons and 8 RMI sounds for your Forte 7/8. All programs have been enhanced with additional switchable-effects and real-time controller assignments. These sounds range from the classic mellotron strings, vox and flutes to keyboard RMI programs like the RMI Harpsi, EP, Clav and Piano. Enjoy these early electronic instruments on the Forte series. (Contents: 18 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-10-21

Legacy Plus-Brass & Winds – 250 KB
Supplement the acoustic horn and wind instruments in you Forte 7/8! These 12 factory programs (3 New & 9 Legacy) are now included in the Forte SE v2.0 update. Legacy programs have been enhanced to include controller assignments and additional effects. Download these programs for your Forte 7/8 or dial-up programs 401-412 on your Forte SE. (Contents: 12 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-11-23

Legacy Plus – Synth Basses – 1.5 MB
9 factory synth basses; 1 new, plus 8 which were first seen in products such as the K2600 and PC3. These unique, exciting and rich synth basses are full of user controllable assignments, AND they can be used for so much more than just bass. Play them as leads, sound effects, or even a couple as pads. Download these programs for your Forte7/8, or dial-up programs starting at ID 369 on your Forte SE. (Contents: 9 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-12-06

Legacy Leads – 5.4MB
10 Legacy Leads programs from the “K” and “PC” series. These programs have been updated with real-time controller assignments and switchable-effects. The Legacy Leads pack includes classic synth emulations, basic waveform leads (VA Saw & Square) and sample-VA hybrids. Download these programs for the Forte 7/8 or find them in your ForteSE starting at program 321. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2016-12-27

Ensemble Pack – 399 KB
5 New and 8 Legacy programs to enhance the ensemble category on your Forte7/8. These 13 factory programs are now included in the Forte SE v2.0 update! Create cinematic themes, quirky interludes and small orchestral groups with these sounds. All legacy programs have updated controller assignments and real-time effects. ForteSE users can find these programs starting at program #417. (Contents: 13 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2017-01-23

BPM//Synth//Strings – 491 KB
10 legacy programs for the Forte 7/8. These synth string programs are built from vintage analog waveforms and tempo-based effects. Use these sounds to create mysterious themes or rhythmic drive in your music. Controllers and effects have been enhanced to provide real-time control. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2017-02-15

Legacy Organs – 90.2 KB
Fire up the Forte’s rotary emulation with 6 KB3 programs and 1 VAST organ! These programs utilize Kurzweil’s B3 tonewheel and Leslie speaker simulations. Pack includes percussive, distorted and clean sounds. Use the Forte’s sliders and switches to recreate the drawbars and buttons of this classic instrument! (Contents: 7 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2017-03-30

Fast Attack – 552 KB
10 legacy programs to add punch to your mix! These synth programs feature fast attack envelops and aggressive waveforms. All programs have been updated with real time controls and enhanced effects. Arpeggio patterns have been added to put the blips, chirps and stabs into motion. (Contents: 10 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2017-04-28

Legacy Pack 3 – 36.8 KB
7 classic programs from the Kurzweil PC & K series. This pack includes a mix of synths, guitar, bass, pad, voice and percussion. All programs have been updated with real-time controls and enhanced effects. (Contents: 7 Factory Programs, instructions, artwork).
2017-06-26

Software Editors

Forte – Desktop Editor (Mac) – 10.8 MB
v2.24 of the Forte desktop editing software for the Mac
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-12-05

Forte – Desktop Editor (PC) – 6.4 MB
v2.24 of the Forte desktop editing software for the PC
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-12-05

Forte – iPad Editor – 42.1 MB
(links to App Store store for download)
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2018-03-27

Forte – Desktop Controller (Mac) – 9.8 MB
v1.09 of the Forte Desktop Controller software for the Mac
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-02-16

Forte – Desktop Controller (PC) – 7.1 MB
v1.09 of the Forte Desktop Controller software for the PC
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-02-16

Forte – PlugSE (Mac) – 17.9 MB
v1.0.9 of the Forte Plug-in – (AU/VST) for the Mac
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-12-07

Forte – PlugSE (PC) – 7.2 MB
v1.0.9 of the Forte Plug-in – (VST) for the PC
Requires the latest Forte OS update (link above)
2017-12-07

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