MUS 319

Lab & Synthesizer Settings

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The synthesizer settings vary when using the workstations for Piano Lab v. MIDI Class.  Let's begin by outlining the basic power requirements for the lab, which is a necessity for both, obviously.

Lab Power

  • The power for each row is controlled by the workstation on the (west) end of each row, near the window.  

  • Turning on ALL the red switches at the (west) end workstation will power-up the other two workstations in each row.

  • NOTE:  The power for the front row (north) must be turned on in order for any of the headphones in the lab to work, as the instructor's workstation controls all others.

Synthesizer Settings for Cakewalk

  • To use CAKEWALK, the synthesizer settings must be as follows:

  • Press the System key.

  • Next, press the F3 key under the window display.  

  • If necessary, continue to toggle the F3 key until the page containing Local Switch appears in the display.  The Local Switch should be OFF.  To turn it off, use the up/down arrow keys on the synth to move the cursor to this menu item.  Then, turn the round Value Dial until the local switch is OFF.

  • Also, Performance Ctrl-Ch should be OFF.

  • Lastly, press the Perform key (red light will come on).  Using the round Value Dial, scroll to set the display to PR-A 12, Pop Set 1.  You are now ready to record using Cakewalk!

Synthesizer Settings for Finale or normal Piano Lab

  • To allow the workstations to function for normal piano lab use--or to use Finale--the synthesizer settings must be as follows:

  • Press the System key.

  • Next, press the F3 key under the window display.

  • If necessary, continue to toggle the F3 key until the page containing Local Switch appears in the display.  The Local Switch should be ON.  To turn it on, use the up/down arrow keys on the synth to move the cursor to this menu item.  Then, turn the round Value Dial until the local switch is ON.

  • Next, press the Patch key (red light will come on).  Using the round Value Dial, scroll to set the display to PR-A 004, Nice Piano ... or another patch of your choice.

Reinitializing the Synthesizer

On rare occasions, changes made in synth settings over time may cause conflicts with Cakewalk or other programs, requiring that the synthesizer be reinitialized, which returns the instrument to its factory settings.  Here's how to do it:

  1. Utility

  2. F6 (press twice)

  3. Factory (cursor should be on this word)

  4. Enter

  5. F6 to execute

  6. Using the round Value Dial, turn Memory Protect OFF.

  7. Enter

  8. F6 to execute

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