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How do I connect my Korg i30 to an external Sound Module?

 

 

The Korg i30 can transmit and receive MIDI messages through 16 MIDI channels.

Most external sound modules like the Proteus 1000 can receive MIDI messages

through 16 MIDI channels as well. All that needs to be done is

match up the Transmitting Channels of the i30 to the Receiving Channels

of the Proteus 1000 or any other sound module you may be using.

 

 

A: Run a set of initial tests:

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1. Connect a MIDI Cable

 

Take a standard MIDI cable and connect the MIDI OUT port of the

Korg i30 to the MIDI IN port of your external sound module.

 

2. Make the following changes in Global Mode on the i30:

 

[Global] [Menu] Filter MIDI

 

Enable Program Change: No

Enable Control Change: Yes

Enable Aftertouch: Yes

 

Global MIDI Channel: 1

Local Control On: Yes

 

[Global] [Menu] Clock, Host, Damper

 

Clock Source: Select Internal

 

Most sound modules are factory set to receive on MIDI channel 1 by default.

 

3. Place the i30 in Program Mode.

 

[Program]

 

Turn the Main Volume on the i30 all the way down.

Connect a pair of headphones directly to the external sound module.

The i30 will now act as a Controller. As you play on the i30 you will

hear the sounds emanating from the external sound module.

If you want to hear another patch, press the cursor keys or alpha dial

on the sound module to advance to another patch.

 

4. Changing the patches on the sound module from the i30

 

To trigger patch changes from the i30, you would have to enable Program Change.

 

[Global] [Menu] Filter MIDI

 

Enable Program Change: Yes

Enable Bank Change: No

 

Set the i30 in [Program Mode] and start playing.

Press the Program Keys 1~8 to see how they change the patch numbers on the

external sound module.

 

Experiment with the Bank Change option too:

 

[Global] [Menu] Filter MIDI

 

Enable Program Change: Yes

Enable Bank Change: Yes

 

Now see how your external sound module reacts to bank change buttons A~R in

conjunction with the program change buttons.

 

5. Layering Sounds

 

Turn up the volume of the i30. This will let you layer the internal sounds

of the i30 with the sounds playing off the external sound module.

For best results connect the audio outs of the i30 and your external

sound module to an external mixer.

 

6. Multitimbral Operation in Arranger Mode

 

Most sound modules can respond to 16 MIDI channels and will play 16 different

parts when set in Multitimbral mode or Performance Mode.

 

[Arranger Mode] [Menu] MIDI Channel

 

You will see that an Arrangement has several parts like:

 

Keyboard

Drums

Bass

Acc1

Acc2

…

 

We shall discuss the Arranger Mode in greater details later.

 

7. Multitimbral Operation in Backing Sequence Mode

 

[Backing Mode] [Menu] MIDI

 

You can specify the MIDI channels here and also set whether the sounds will

come from the i30 or the external sound module or both.

 

8. Mutitimbral operation in Song Mode

 

This is useful when you want to play back a Standard MIDI File while accessing

a few sounds from your external sound module.

 

[Song Mode] [Menu] Prog 1-8, Prog 9-16

 

Here you can specify the programs to be played back on each of the 16 MIDI

Channels.

 

[Song Mode] [Menu] Mix 1-8, Mix 9-16

 

Here you can set the volume and pan settings for each track.

 

[Song Mode] [Menu] MIDI 1-8, MIDI 9-16

 

Here you can set whether the track will play the internal sounds of the i30

or the external sound module or both.

 

 

 

B: Controlling external sound modules with i30 in Arranger Mode

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Once you have run the above set of tests, you will find it easy

to follow how the Korg i30 can be used to control an external sound module

in Arranger Mode.

 

The idea is to have some of the backing tracks play back through

a sound module or even the lead parts to get a wider selection of sounds.

 

The secret to doing this lies in the i30 Parameter Guide. Get it out!

 

Specifically study Page 3, 2-3d. External Sound Generator

and Page 9, 7-3. MIDI channel settings.

 

A typical Korg i30 Arrangement has several parts:

 

Keyboard

Main

Sub

Lower

Harmony

Keyboard Bass

Drums

Perc

Bass

Acc1

Acc2

Acc3

Chord

 

Each part can transmit and receive on a unique MIDI channel.

If you look at Page 9 which describes the Global settings,

you will find under 7-3 - The default MIDI channel settings.

 

Keyboard: 1

Main: 4

Sub: 5

Lower: 6

Harmony: 9

Keyboard Bass: 16

Drums: 10

Perc: 11

Bass: 12

Acc1: 13

Acc2: 14

Acc3: 15

Chord: 1

Arrangement Change: 1

 

Note: You can change these MIDI channels so long each part is set

to a unique channel.

 

The Main part is set to transmit/receive on MIDI channel 4.

 

Now turn to Page 3, where the MIXER settings are defined.

Take a look at 2-4, ACC Mix and look at 2-3d where you can

define the External settings.

 

For the MAIN part, check the EXTERNAL box.

This means, all the MIDI data that is generated by you while

playing the MAIN part will be sent on MIDI Channel 4 to your

external sound generator.

 

At this point, you need to do just two things:

 

1. Check to see that the MIDI OUT of your i30 is connected to the MIDI IN

of your sound module.

 

2. Set the global channel of your external sound module to channel 4.

You should be able to play sounds from your sound module as you play

the keyboard parts on your i30.

 

3. If your external sound module does not respond to channel 4 and

receives only in Channel 1, then you need to make a switch.

Change the MIDI channels on your i30 to this:

 

Keyboard: 4

Main: 1

 

By switching the Main part to channel 1, you will match the receiving

channel of your sound module.

 

4. If your sound module supports 16 channels, you can selectively

turn on EXTERNAL for a few parts on your i30. All these parts

will now be played by your sound module. For example:

 

Keyboard: 1

Main: 4

Sub: 5

Lower: 6

Harmony: 9

Keyboard Bass: 16

Drums: 10

Perc: 11

Bass: 12                 EXTERNAL

Acc1: 13                 EXTERNAL

Acc2: 14                 EXTERNAL

Acc3: 15                 EXTERNAL

Chord: 1

 

With this setting your external module will play the Bass, Acc1, Acc2, Acc3.

 

If you have 2 sound modules you can have the first play the drums and perc

while the second module plays the Bass, Acc1, Acc2, Acc3 tracks.

 

Korg i30 Channel Settings

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Keyboard: 1

Main: 4

Sub: 5

Lower: 6

Harmony: 9

Keyboard Bass: 16

Drums: 10                 EXTERNAL  - module #1

Perc:  11                 EXTERNAL  - module #1

Bass:  12                 EXTERNAL  - module #2

Acc1:  13                 EXTERNAL  - module #2

Acc2:  14                 EXTERNAL  - module #2

Acc3:  15                 EXTERNAL  - module #2

Chord: 1

 

However, you have to selectively set the MIDI channels on your sound modules:

Look up MULTI operation on your sound module manual to see how you can set

the receiving channels on/off.

 

Sound Module #1

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Receive Channel 1 = off

Receive Channel 2 = off

Receive Channel 3 = off

Receive Channel 4 = off

Receive Channel 5 = off

Receive Channel 6 = off

Receive Channel 7 = off

Receive Channel 8 = off

Receive Channel 9 = off

Receive Channel 10 = ON

Receive Channel 11 = ON

Receive Channel 12 = off

Receive Channel 13 = off

Receive Channel 14 = off

Receive Channel 15 = off

Receive Channel 16 = off

 

Sound Module #2

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Receive Channel 1 = off

Receive Channel 2 = off

Receive Channel 3 = off

Receive Channel 4 = off

Receive Channel 5 = off

Receive Channel 6 = off

Receive Channel 7 = off

Receive Channel 8 = off

Receive Channel 9 = off

Receive Channel 10 = off

Receive Channel 11 = off

Receive Channel 12 = ON

Receive Channel 13 = ON

Receive Channel 14 = ON

Receive Channel 15 = ON

Receive Channel 16 = off

 

PART-2 will explain the best way to connect more than

one sound module to your Korg i30

 

Tapas.