Silent Q
User Guide
Q1 & Q2
Silent Q
Quality in Piano Silence
©2013 Silent Q, all rights reserved.
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information first!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Read the following notes regarding safety and proper use, prior to
using Silent Q, in order to avoid injuries. Extended instructions and latest information for
security and regulatory information can be found at www.Silent-Q.eu .
ATTENTION: If you disregard the guidelines for safety it may lead to a unexpected fire, electric shock or
other injuries or it may damage the Silent Q or your belongings.
Please follow these guidelines, in order to ensure safe and proper use of Silent Q:
• Read these guidelines.
• Store these guidelines in a safe place.
• Take good note of the warning notices.
• Follow the instructions in the user guide.
• Do not use Silent Q nearby moist or wet areas.
• Clean Silent Q only with a dry cloth.
• Do not install the device nearby sources of heat, like radiators, outlets for hot air, a stove or other
devices generating heat.
• Make sure the power cord is not squeezed or buckled by pulling forces or pressure. Keep this in mind
when plugging or unplugging the power cord.
• Use only accessories recommended by the manufacturer.
• Disconnect Silent Q from power during thunderstorms or if you are not planning to use it for a long time.
• Do not place the device next to open fire, e.g. a burning candle
ATTENTION: To reduce risk of fire or an electric shock, make sure Silent Q is not exposed to rain, liquids,
moist, extreme heat or fire.
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All repairs need to be done by a qualified technician.
Do not use Silent Q indoors. Silent Q is designed for indoor use only.
Information about the model number, electrical supply date can be found at the bottom of the control
unit.
Do not perform any repairs on your own.
ATTENTION: Do not try to open or disassemble Silent Q. You would risk electric shock and the loss of the
warranty. In the inside there are no components that can be serviced by the user.
CE
Hereby Silent Q confirms that Silent Q is built and working in compliance with all applicable
regulations and relevant provisions of the council of the European community.
Electric and electronic products must not be disposed of in the domestic waste. At the
end of its service life, dispose of the product in accordance with the valid legal
regulations.
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Index
Chapter 1 Controls
3 Front view
3 Top view
3 Getting started
Userset Edit*
9 Creating an instrument
tone/combination of instrument tones
with your preferred settings
Chapter 2 Detailed Guide
4 Starting point
4 Open/Close the drawer
4 General info about using functions
4 Using sub functions
4 Making settings
FUNC.
10 System info/-settings
10 Overview of system settings
11 Playing demo songs
12 Set the Start-Up Preset (tone)*
13 List of demo songs
14 Reset to factory defaults
14 Firmware Update
15 Setting time and date*
15 Piano Type function
15 Insert Note-Off function
16 Key sensor calibration
16 Single key sensor adjustment
SOUND
5 Choose an instrument sound
5 Save your preferred settings as new
start-up settings
6 Available sounds
EFFECT
5 Sound effects
(Reverb / Chorus / Transpose etc.)
Annex Technical Specifications
17 Control Unit – back view
17 Main Unit
18 The mute lever
18 Pedals
18 Using USB sticks
19 LINE OUT / LINE IN
19 MIDI connections
20 Connection overview
21 MIDI Implementation Chart
22 Technical specifications
23 Glossary
23 Warranty
23 Silent Q – Contact details
METRO.
7 Metronome
RECORD
7 Recording
8 Settings*
START/STOP
8 Playback
9 Settings
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Chapter 1 Controls
Front view
Drawer, top view
A
Power- & Reset-Button Press brief = On/Off, press and hold = Reset
B
Headphone jacks
C
USB connection (Mini-B format) for connecting to a PC/Mac - Makes MIDI IN/OUT
available to the PC. Plug-and-Play device, no driver required.
D
USB 2.0 connection for a USB stick (only available in model Q1)
E
Model Q1 - graphic display / Model Q2 - seven segment display with three digits
F
Touchscreen for selecting and operating the functions Possible operating actions:
press briefly or press and hold down.
Getting started:
Open the drawer - Press lightly on the front of the system.
Release your hand. The drawer will slowly extend forwards.
Switch on the system - Briefly press the power button.
Activate the mute rail - Move the lever on the left underneath
the piano keyboard to the “Mute” setting.
Insert headphones and put them on
Adjust the volume - Lightly play the piano keys and adjust the
volume to the headphones using the volume/data buttons until a
comfortable sound level has been achieved.
Play the piano - Play as normal. You will now only hear the sound from the piano in the
headphones.
Switch off the system - Briefly press the power button.
Close the drawer - Press the drawer back in until it clicks into place. Release your hand.
The drawer will remain retracted.
Deactivate the mute rail - Move the lever on the left underneath the
piano keyboard to the “Normal” setting.
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Chapter 2
Detailed Guide
Starting point
Your Silent Q System has been switched on, the mute rail has
been activated and you are sitting at your piano with the
headphones on.
Open/close the drawer - Press lightly on the front of the system.
Release your hand and the drawer will slowly extend forwards.
The display and touchscreen for the system are now visible.
If you no longer want to use the system, simply push the drawer
back until it clicks into place.
General info about using functions:
You access the system functions by touching the symbol for the
relevant function on the touchscreen. If a menu for a particular
function has been activated, the symbol for this function will
light up e.g. the symbol with the piano keys for the
SOUND function. In addition, the system will display the name
of the active function as a heading* e.g. Sound. The following
functions are available:
SOUND
EFFECT
METRO.
FUNC.
RECORD
START/STOP
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=
=
=
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select an instrument and save your favourite settings
sound effects
metronome & associated settings
basic settings
recording & associated settings*
playback/stop & playback settings
Using sub functions – Some of the menus e.g. EFFECT
provide access to multiple functions e.g. in this case
Reverb/Chorus/Pitch etc. You can access the additional
functions by briefly pressing once again on the EFFECT button.
Continue to press the button until the desired function is shown
on the display.
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the
settings.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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SOUND - Choose an instrument sound
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Press SOUND to activate the Sound Menu.
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Press SOUND again to select the active sound library.
Available libraries:
- Preset Sounds
- GM Sounds
- Userset Sounds*
The list of available sounds can be found on the following page.
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Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
Quickly save your favourite settings
If you press and hold down the SOUND button, you are given the option of saving all of the
current settings as your new start-up settings. Confirm this step by pressing the
“RECORD” button. In future, the system will always start with your favourite settings until
you repeat the process with different settings or reset the system to its factory defaults.
EFFECT - Sound effects
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Press EFFECT to open the Effect Menu.
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Press EFFECT again to select a sound effect.
Available effects:
- Reverb effect [rEV]
Reverb
Range of values: 0 – 127 (default = 0)
- Chorus effect [Cho]
Chorus
Range of values: 0 – 127 (default = 0)
- Transpose effect [t r A]
Transpose
Range of values: -/+24 (default = 0)
- Pitch effect [t u n]
Pitch
Range of values: 438 - 445Hz (default = 440Hz)
- Velocity effect [V.Cu]
Velocity curve
Range of values: 1 - 5 (default = 3)
Information on the different effects and their impact can be found in the glossary at the end of this
manual.
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Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Silent Q – Q1 & Q2 - available sounds
Preset sounds – The special selection
P01:
P02:
P03:
P04:
P05:
Piano1
Piano2
Piano1 + Fast Strings
Piano1 + Slow Strings
Fast Strings
P06:
P07:
P08:
P09:
Slow Strings* / Piano Mute**
Harpsichord*
E-Piano*
Ch. Organ*
P10:
P12:
Piano2 + Fast
Strings*
Piano2 +Slow
Strings*
Piano Mute **
086
087
088
089
090
091
092
093
094
095
096
097
098
099
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
5th Saw Wave
Bass + Lead
Fantasia
Warm Pad
Polysynth
Space Voice
Blowed Glass
Metal Pad
Halo Pad
Sweep Pad
Ice Rain
Soundtrack
Crystal
Atmosphere
Brightness
Goblin
Echo Drops
Star Theme
Sitar
Banjo
Shamisen
Koto
Kalima
Bag Pipe
Fiddel
Shannai
Tinkle Bell
Agogo
Stehl Drums
Woodblock
Taiko
Melo Tom
Synth Drum
Reverse Cym
Guitar Fret Noise
Breath Noise
Seashore
Bird
Telephone
Helicopter
Applause
Gun Shot
P11:
GM Sounds - General MIDI Sounds
000
001
002
003
004
005
006
007
008
009
010
011
012
013
014
015
016
017
018
019
020
021
022
023
024
025
026
027
028
029
030
031
032
033
034
035
036
037
038
039
040
041
042
Piano1
Piano2
Piano3
Honky-Tonk Piano
E.Piano1
E.Piano 2
Harpsichord
Clavinet
Celesta
Glockenspiel
Musik Box
Vibraphone
Marimba
Xylophone
Tubula Bells
Dulcimer
Organ 1
Organ 2
Organ 3
Church Org.
Reed-Organ
Accordion
Harmonica
Bandneon
Nylon.str. Guitar
Steel-str. Guitar
Jazz Guitar
Clean Guitar
Muted Guitar
Overdrive Guitar
Distortion Guitar
Guitar Harmonics
Acoustic Bass
Fingered Bass
Picked Bass
Fretless Bass
Slap Bass 1
Slap Bass 2
Synth Bass 1
Synth Bass 2
Violin
Viola
Cello
Userset sounds*
User 1*
043
044
045
046
047
048
049
050
051
052
053
054
055
056
057
058
059
060
061
062
063
064
065
066
067
068
069
070
071
072
073
074
075
076
077
078
079
080
081
082
083
084
085
Contrabass
Tremolo Strings
Pizzicato Strings
Harp
Timpani
Strings
Slow Strings
Synth Strings 1
Synth Strings 2
Choir „ Aahs“
Voice “Oohs”
Synth Vox
Orchestra Hit
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Muted Trumpet
French Horn
Brass 1
Synth Brass 1
Synth Brass 2
Soprano Sax
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
Clarinet
Piccolo
Flute
Recorder
Pan Flute
Bottle Blow
Shakuhachi
Whistle
Ocarina
Square Wave
Saw Wave
Syn.Calliope
Chiffer Lead
Charang
Solo Vox
Sounds/sound combinations with your own preferred settings
User 2*
User 3*
* Included in model Q1 only!
** Select P06 or P12 to only use the system as a metronome while you play the piano acoustically.
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METRO. – Metronome function and settings
Activate / deactivate the metronome
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Briefly press METRO. to start or stop the metronome.
Settings
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Press the METRO. symbol for a longer period to access the Metronome Menu.
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Press the METRO. symbol again to select a metronome setting.
Available settings:
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- Tempo setting [tP]
Tempo
Value: 0 – 250 (default = 120)
- Beat setting [bt]
Beat
Value: 0/2 - 4/2, 0/4 - 8/4, 0/8 – 9/8 (default = 4/4)
- Volume setting [voL]
Volume
Values: 0 – 9 (default = 5)
- Bell setting [bEL]
Bell
Values: On / Off (default = On)
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
RECORD - Recording your piano playing
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Press RECORD to open the Record Menu.
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Press RECORD or step on the right pedal to start the recording.
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Press START/STOP to end the recording.
INFO: Every new recording deletes the previous recording. If you have inserted and selected a USB
stick as a storage medium for the recordings, every recording will be stored on this stick until you
delete it.
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Press START/STOP to playback your recording
INFO: You can stop playback by pressing START/STOP again or pause playback by pressing FUNC.
Press FUNC. again to continue playback.
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RECORD - Settings (only available in model Q1)
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Hold down RECORD until “RECORD Setup” is shown as the heading on the display.
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Press RECORD again to access the individual settings.
Available settings:
- Record Track 1 only
Only record track 1
- Record Track 1 / Play Track 2
Record track 1 and also play track 2
- Record Track 2 only
Only record track 2
- Record Track 2 / Play Track 1
Record track 2 and also play track 1
- Recording process A/B
Select what should happen after the recording
Type A / Type B
Information on the settings
- Type A (Default)
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Recording is ended with Stop. The system returns to the
HOME Menu.
- Type B
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Recording is ended with Stop. The system immediately begins
to playback the recording.
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Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
START/STOP - Playing back the recording(s)
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Press START/STOP to access the Play Menu or to start playback.
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Press START/STOP to stop playback.
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Press the FUNC. button to pause playback. Press the FUNC. button again to continue
playback. The timer will flash while playback is paused.
INFO: Once playback has been completed, the system will automatically return to the Home Menu.
The system will always playback the most recently created recording. If you have connected a USB
stick, you are offered a choice of which recording to playback.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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START/STOP - Select / adjust the playback settings
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Hold down START/STOP until “PLAY Setup” is shown as the heading on the display.
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Press START/STOP again to access the individual settings.
Available settings:
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- Playback Track 1 *
Only playback track 1
- Playback Track 2 *
Only playback track 2
- Playback Track 1+2 *
Playback track 1 and track 2
- Loop function *
plays recording as an infinite loop
ON / OFF
- Local function [Loc]
MIDI function Local ON / OFF
ON / OFF
- MIDI Out function [nid]
Also send playback data to MIDI Out
ON / OFF
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
Userset Edit Menu* - Creating an instrument
sound/combination of
instrument sounds with your
preferred settings
•
Press SOUND and RECORD simultaneously until “USERSET EDIT” is shown as the
heading on the display.
•
Press SOUND to alternate between the available settings for your instrument sound.
The following settings are available:
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Channel : 01 / Key Range
MIDI channel 1, key range
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Channel : 01 / Instrument
MIDI channel 1, instrument
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Channel : 01 / Volume
MIDI channel 1, volume
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Channel : 01 / Transpose Semitone
MIDI channel 1, transpose
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Reverb
Reverb setting
(valid for all MIDI channels)
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Chorus
Chorus setting
(valid for all MIDI channels)
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Pitch
Pitch setting
(valid for all MIDI channels)
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Velocity Curve
Velocity curve
(valid for all MIDI channels)
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Channel : 02 / Key Range
MIDI channel 2, key range
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Channel : 02 / Instrument
MIDI channel 2, instrument
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Channel : 02 / Volume
MIDI channel 2, volume
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Channel : 02 / Transponse Semitone
MIDI channel 2, transpose
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Channel : 03 / Key Range
MIDI channel 3, key range
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Channel : 03 / Instrument
MIDI channel 3, instrument
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Channel : 03 / Volume
MIDI channel 3, volume
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Channel : 03 / Transponse Semitone
MIDI channel 3, transpose
INFO: Under “Instrument”, you can select an instrument from the GM library.
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You define a key range by firstly playing the lowest note and then the highest note
for the desired key range on the piano keyboard.
•
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
•
You can press RECORD at any time to start saving your Userset Sounds.
•
Press the RECORD button again to complete the saving process for your Userset
Sounds.
INFO: Any existing information that may already be present in the selected memory space e.g. User1
will be overwritten with your new settings. In order to cancel the process without saving, turn off
the system or press one of the following buttons: Effect, Metro., Func. or Start/Stop.
FUNC. - Display or change system information.
•
Press and hold down FUNC. until “SYSTEM” or “dEn” is shown as the heading on the
display.
•
Press FUNC. again to access the available information and settings.
•
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
The following functions/settings are available:
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Grand Mute*
Mute rail On/Off (currently not used!)
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Demo [dEn]
Demo song playback (01 – 80)
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Control [d.Fi]
Display the firmware version of the Control Unit
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Main [n.Fi]
Display the firmware version of the Main Unit
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Grand*
Display the firmware version of the Grand Module
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Start-Up Preset*
Select the start-up preset (P1 – P12, Userset 0 – 3, default = P1)
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Start Volume [d.Vo]
Volume after switching on the system (0-100, default = 55))
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Line-In [d.in]
Volume for the Line-In input (-80-0, default = -10)
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Line-Out [d.ou]
Volume for the Line-Out output (-80-0, default = 0)
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Memory Initialize [InI]
Reset to factory defaults
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Prg./Data Update [Upd] Install a firmware update via the USB Midi connection
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Power LED [P.Li]
Turn the power button LED light on/off (On/Off, default = On)
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LCD Contrast*
Contrast setting for the display (0-12, default 10)
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LCD Backlight*
Define the time delay until the display lighting is switched off
(Always On = permanently switched on, 10 Sec., 20 Sec., 30 Sec.,
default = 10 Sec.)
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Power-On Hold [P.bu]
Deactivate the power button (On/Off, default = Off)
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Date/Time*
Set the system date and time
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Piano Type [Pn.t]
Define the type of instrument
(Upright = piano / Grand = grand piano, default = upright)
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Insert Note-off [trL]
Function for the quick repeated playing of notes, trills.
(On/Off, default = On)
INFO: Many of the functions are self-explanatory. Therefore, the following section will only describe those
functions/settings that require additional knowledge to operate them.
System Menu - Playing demo songs
1 = The star in front of “01 Gurlitt, Cornelius” indicates that you can now select the demo song using the
arrow buttons.*
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Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
INFO: You will find a list of the demo songs below.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Press START/STOP to start or stop playback.
During playback
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Control the volume using the arrow buttons.
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* Press FUNC. to access the tempo settings. Press the same button again to
exit the setting options and to allow the volume to be set again using the arrow
buttons.
1 = The star in front of “Tempo : 109” indicates that you can now set the tempo using the arrow
buttons.*
System Menu - Set the start-up preset*
You can use this setting to define which instrument or which combination of instruments
(and corresponding presets) you want to play/use as soon as the system is switched on.
You can select from the Preset Sounds P1 to P12 and the Userset Sounds U0 to U3
Your selection will be saved if you exit the System Menu by pressing one of the following
buttons: Metro. / Effect / Sound / Record or Start/Stop.
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Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Silent Q – Q1 - Demo Songs:
1. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in G 1st movement
41. Gurlitt, Cornelius - Sonatina Op.36, No.6, 3rd movement
2. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in G 2nd movement
42. Haslinger, Tobias - Sonatina in C 1st movement
3. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in G 3rd movement
43. Haslinger, Tobias - Sonatina in C 2nd movement
4. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in F 1st movement
44. Haydn, Franz Joseph - Sonata, Hob.XVI/13, 3rd movement
5. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in F 2nd movement
45. Keller, Oswin - Sonatina
6. Attwood, Thomas - Sonatina in F 3rd movement
46. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.55, No.1 1st movement
7. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonatina in G 1st movement
47. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.55, No.1 2nd movement
8. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonatina in G 2nd movement
48. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.55, No.3 1st movement
9. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonatina in F 1st movement
49. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.55, No.3 2nd movement
10. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonatina in F 2nd movement
50. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.20, No.1 1st movement
11. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonata, Op.49, No.2 1st move.
51. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.20, No.1 2nd movement
12. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonata, Op.49, No.2 2nd move.
52. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.20, No.1 3rd movement
13. Benda, Jiri Antonin - Sonatina in A Minor
53. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.88, No.1 1st movement
14. Biehl, Albert - Sonatina, Op.57, No. 1 1st movement
54. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.88, No.1 2nd movement
15. Biehl, Albert - Sonatina, Op.57, No. 1 2nd movement
55. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.88, No.1 3rd movement
16. Biehl, Albert - Sonatina in C
56. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.88, No.3 3rd movement
17. Camidge, Matthew - Sonatina in D 1st movement
57. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in C, 1st movement
18. Camidge, Matthew - Sonatina in D 2nd movement
58. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in G, 1st movement
19. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.1, 1st movement
59. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in G, 2nd movement
20. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.1, 2nd movement
60. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in G, 3rd movement
21. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.1, 3rd movement
61. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in G, 1st variations
22. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.2, 1st movement
62. Latour, Jean Theodore - Sonatina in G, 2nd variations
23. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.2, 2nd movement
63. Lichner, Heinrich - Sonatina, Op.49, No.1 1st movement
24. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.2, 3rd movement
64. Lichner, Heinrich - Sonatina, Op.49, No.1 2nd movement
25. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.3, 1st movement
65. Lichner, Heinrich - Sonatina, Op.49, No.1 3rd movement
26. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.3, 2nd movement
66. Lynew, Frank - Sonatina, Op.39, No. 1 1st movement
27. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.3, 3rd movement
67. Lynew, Frank - Sonatina, Op.39, No. 1 2nd movement
28. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.4, 1st movement
68. Lynew, Frank - Sonatina, Op.39, No. 1 3rd movement
29. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.4, 2nd movement
69. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonatina in C 1st movement
30. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.4, 3rd movement
70. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonatina in C 2nd movement
31. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.6, 1st movement
71. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonata K.545, 1st movement
32. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.6, 2nd movement
72. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonata K.545, 2nd movement
33. Czerny, Carl - Sonatina, Op.792, No.8 1st movement
73. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonata K.545, 3rd movement
34. Czerny, Carl - Sonatina, Op.792, No.8 2nd movement
74. Mozart - Sonata in A Major, K.331, 3rd movement: Rondo a la Turk
35. Czerny, Carl - Sonatina, Op.792, No.8 3rd movement
75. Saliutrinskaya, Tat'iana - Sonatina in D
36. Diabelli, Anton - Sonatina in F, 1st movement
76. Spindler, Fritz - Sonatina, Op.157, No.1 1st movement
37. Duncombe, William - Sonatina in C
77. Spindler, Fritz - Sonatina, Op.157, No.1 2nd movement
38. Gurlitt, Cornelius - Sonatina in C, 1st movement
78. Spindler, Fritz - Sonatina, Op.157, No.4 1st movement
39. Gurlitt, Cornelius - Sonatina Op.36, No.6, 1st movement
79. Spindler, Fritz - Sonatina, Op.157, No.4 2nd movement
40. Gurlitt, Cornelius - Sonatina Op.36, No.6, 2nd movement
80. Wesley, Samuel - Sonatina Op.4, No.10
Silent Q – Q2 - Demo Songs:
1. Benda, Jiri Antonin - Sonatina in A Minor
6. Haydn, Franz Joseph - Sonata, Hob.XVI/13, 3rd movem.
2. Beethoven, Ludwig van - Sonatina in F 1st movement
7. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.3, 1st movement
3. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.55, No.3 1st movement
8. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Sonata K.545, 1st movem.
4. Clementi, Muzio - Sonatina Op.36, No.4, 1st movement
9. Mozart - Sonata in A Major, K.331, 3rd movement: Rondo a la Turk
5. Kuhlau, Friedrich - Sonatina, Op.88, No.3 3rd movement
10. Chopin, Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66 in C sharp minor
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System Menu - Memory Initialise Function - Reset to factory defaults.
•
Q1 System: Press the up arrow and the down arrow at the same time to start the
process for resetting the system to its factory defaults. The system will then
automatically return to the HOME Menu.
•
Q2 System: Press the up arrow twice to start the process for resetting the system to its
factory defaults. The system will then automatically return to the HOME Menu.
INFO: In order to access the next function without resetting the system to its factory defaults, press the
FUNC. button. Or press the Effect / Sound / Record or Start/Stop buttons to exit the System
Menu.
Tip:
You can also access this function easily and directly by holding down the power button for four
seconds and then letting go. This option for directly accessing the reset function is available
from any position in the system.
System Menu - Prg./Data Update Function – Firmware updates.
•
Q1 System: Press the up arrow and the down arrow at the same time to prepare the
system for the installation of an update. When the update has been completed, the
system will automatically return to the HOME Menu.
•
Q2 System: Press the up arrow twice to prepare the system for the installation of an
update. When the update has been completed, the system will automatically return to
the HOME Menu.
INFO: The firmware update requires a special computer programme, the file containing the firmware
update and a USB cable for connection to a computer. The USB MIDI connection is used to
make this connection. Precise information about the update process will be provided, where
necessary, with the relevant update.
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System Menu - Setting time and date*
•
Press the up arrow and the down arrow at the same time to start the process.
•
Press FUNC. to change from Year to Month and from Month to Day etc.
•
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
•
Press the RECORD button to save the settings and return to the System Menu.
System Menu - Piano Type Function – Define the type of instrument.
•
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
Tip: This function influences how your piano playing is converted into sound or MIDI data by the system
electronics. The best way to find out which setting delivers the best results for your instrument is to
try out both settings (Upright and Grand, default = Upright) for a certain period of time. It is possible
e.g. that a system installed in a piano delivers better results with the Grand (grand piano) setting
than with the Upright (piano) setting and vice versa. However, it is also possible that both settings
deliver the same results.
System Menu - Insert Note-Off Function – For quicker repeated playing of the same
note
•
Making settings – Use the arrow buttons to change the settings.
Tip:
This function also influences how your piano playing is converted into sound or MIDI data by the
system electronics. The best way to find out which setting delivers the best results for your
instrument is to try out both settings (On and Off, default = On) for a certain period of time.
However, it is also possible that both settings deliver the same results.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Key sensor calibration
The piano keyboard needs to by calibrated after the Silent Q system has been installed on
your piano. If the calibration is not carried out then only a few keys or perhaps even none
of the keys will function correctly.
It may be necessary to carry out the calibration again e.g. after the delivery of the piano to
you at home.
How to carry out the calibration
1. The lever for the mute rail must be set to the “Normal” position (the piano plays
acoustically).
2. Ensure that nothing is placed on the piano keyboard.
•
Turn on the system.
•
Shortly after switching on the system (approx. 1-2 seconds), press and hold
down the METRO. button. Let go of the Metro. button when “KEY INITIALIZE”
or on model Q2 “ooo” is shown on the display.
•
•
Wait for approx. 5 seconds.
Press each of the 88 keys and the pedals all the way down one after another
using a medium level of force and speed.
Finally, press the METRO. button again to conclude the calibration process.
•
Single key sensor adjustment
The calibration ensures that all of the keys are set to the same sensitivity. If you believe
that one or more keys are playing too loudly or too quietly, use the following procedure to
adjust the sensitivity of these keys.
1. Ensure that the Silent Q System is switched off.
• Turn on the system.
•
Shortly after switching on the system (approx. 1-2 seconds), press and hold
down the RECORD button. Release the RECORD button again after
3 seconds.
•
•
Wait for approx. 5 seconds.
While wearing the headphones to hear the sound of the keys, play each key
and pay careful attention to the volume of each one.
•
If it is necessary to adjust the sensitivity of a key, use the arrow buttons to
increase or decrease the volume of the last key played so that the sensitivity of
the key fits in with the surrounding keys.
•
The display will show the sensitivity setting for the current key in a range
from 000 to 255.
INFO: If you change to another key, the last value shown for the previous key will be saved.
•
When you have changed the sensitivity for all keys requiring adjustment, press
the RECORD button again to conclude the adjustment process for the
keys.
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Annex - Technical Specifications
Control Unit – back view
A
B
C
A. DC connection for the mains adapter. The mains adapter can be connected here OR
on the Main Unit. IMPORTANT: Only one mains adapter may be connected!
B. Control - connection for the cable from the Main Unit.
C. Connection for the optional MIDI I/O cable - Makes it possible to setup a standard
DIN MIDI connection if required.
Main Unit
(Inside the upright piano or grand piano underneath the instrument)
F
E
A
B
C
D
A. DC connection for the mains adapter. The mains adapter can be connected here OR
on the Control Unit. IMPORTANT: Only one mains adapter may be connected!
B. Line IN connection, 3.5mm stereo
C. Line OUT connection, 3.5mm stereo
D. Control - connection for the cable to the Control Unit
E. Sustain / Sostenuto / Soft - connections for the pedal sensors
F. Keyboard – connection for the cable for the key sensors
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The lever for the mute rail
Mute
Mute Lever
Normal
= The acoustic piano is muted
= Lever for the mute rail
= The acoustic piano plays normally.
Pedals
Silent Q supports two (optionally three) pedals:
• Left Pedal (Soft) dampens the sound a little.
• Center Pedal is optional and provides a Sostenuto effect.
• Right Pedal (Sustain) allows notes played to sustain until the
pedal is released again.
Using USB sticks*
•
Insert the USB stick into the USB connection on the front of the Control Unit.
•
The system will then ask if you want to copy the recordings saved in Q1 over to the
USB stick.
•
Question on the display: USB Memory / Copy recordings to USB? Yes[Rec] / No[Stop]
•
Press RECORD for “Yes” or START/STOP for “No”.
•
If you answer “Yes”, a copy of your recordings will be created on the USB stick. All
subsequent recordings that you make will be saved to the USB stick as long as the
stick is inserted in the system and the system is not switched off.
•
If you answer “No”, nothing will be saved to the USB stick but you can select General
MIDI files from the Play Menu for playback that are saved in the main directory of the
USB stick.
•
In order for the USB stick to be recognised by the system, it needs to be inserted after
the system has been switched on or the USB stick needs to be briefly removed and
then reinserted.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Silent Q and external audio equipment
LINE OUT
You require the following to use loudspeakers with the system:
1. A stereo audio cable with a 3.5mm plug for connection to the Main Unit
(LINE OUT). The plugs on the other end of the cable need to conform to the
connections on your audio equipment.
2. An amplifier with an AUX-IN connection or a LINE-IN connection
3. or alternatively a loudspeaker with an integrated amplifier
INFO: The signal provided is an: “unbalanced, line level” signal. You can control the signal strength at the
Line Out connection using the Line Out function in the System Menu.
LINE IN
You require the following to send an external signal to the system and to mix it with the
sounds created by the system:
1. A stereo audio cable with a 3.5mm plug for connection to the Main Unit
(LINE IN). The plugs on the other end of the cable need to conform to the
connections on your audio equipment.
2. A playback device with a headphones, AUX or LINE OUT connection
INFO: Use the Line In function in the SYSTEM Menu to control the strength of the input signal.
Silent Q and MIDI
In order to send or receive MIDI data from a General MIDI synthesizer or computer,
connect the USB MIDI connection on your system with the USB connection on your
synthesizer or computer.
INFO: The USB MIDI connection on the Silent Q system is Plug-and-Play enabled for current Windows and
Mac OS versions, as well as for iOS devices. No drivers are normally required. The required USB
cable is an optional accessory. Round DIN MIDI connections can be made where required with the
optional “MIDI I/O Cable” accessory.
INFO: If you connect the system to a computer, ensure that the “pass through” setting has NOT been
enabled in your software. This will avoid double notes and other errors.
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Overview of the connections
Piano
Grand piano
Key:
Keyboard Sensor
Control Unit
Main Unit
Headphones
=
=
=
=
key sensors
operating element
central computer for the system
headphones
Power Supply
Soft
Center Pedal
Damper
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=
=
=
=
mains adapter
left pedal
center pedal (optional)
right pedal
MIDI Implementation Chart
F u nc t io n
M ID I C h an ne ls
M od e
N ot e N u m b er
V e loc it y
N ot e O n
N ot e O f f
K e y A ft e rt ou c h
C ha nn el A f te rt o uc h
P it c hb e nd
T r an s m i tt e d
R e c e iv ed
1- 16
1 -1 6
X
3
21 -1 08
0 -1 27
9n , V = 12 7
9n , V = 0
X
X
X
9 n, V = 0 -1 27
8 n, V = 0 -1 27
X
O
O
C on tr ol C h an g e
0, 32
1
6, 38
7
10
11
64
67
91
93
98
99
1 00
1 01
1 20
1 21
X
X
X
X
X
X
O
O
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
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P ro gr am m C h an ge
X
X
O
O
Note: 1. Default Pitch Bend = 1 Semitone
2. Mode 1 :
OMNI ON, POLY
3. Mode 2 :
OMNI OFF, POLY
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R e m a rk
+/ -2 O c ta v e
P it c h B e nd
S en s it iv it y
re c o gn iz ed
B la nk s e le c t
M od ul at io n
D at a e nt r y
M ai n V o lu m e
Pa n
E x p re s s ion
D am pe r p ed al
S o f t p ed al
R ev e rb D ep th
C ho ru s D ep t h
N R P N LS B
N R P N M SB
R PN L SB
R PN M SB
A ll S ou nd O ff
R es e t A ll
C o nt ro lle rs
A ll N o t e O f f
0-1 2 7
Technical Specifications (values in brackets for model Q2)
Device
Specifications
Sensor
Reflection sensor, optical scanning
Sensitivity range
Velocity levels
0-255 per key, individually adjustable
127
Velocity curve
5
Standard
Sustain, soft pedal
Optional
Sostenuto (center pedal)
Sounds
12(6) preset +128 GM +4(1) user sounds
Memory
Polyphony max.
Transpose
Reverb
Chorus
Pitch
Tempo
384 Mb
128
+- 24 semitones
0 – 127
0 – 127
438 – 445Hz [default = 440 Hz]
25 – 250
Beat
0/2 - 4/2, 0/4 - 8/4, 0/8 – 9/8
Volume
0-9
2(1) song/s – internal
each with approx. 40,000+ MIDI notes
Unlimited songs – USB*
Unlimited MIDI notes
Demo Songs
80(10) Songs
Various composers
Top view
Control Unit
Display
LCD, with back light technology
(7 segment display with 3 digits)
Control panel
Touchscreen technology
Headphone connection
2 x 3.5mm
MIDI USB [Micro USB]
MIDI interface for connection to computer
USB Host*
For a USB memory stick
MIDI I/O connection
Optional MIDI I/O interface
for In / Thru / Out [5 Pin DIN connection]
DC connection
12V, 1.5A
Visible part
121 x 18 x 35 mm [W x H x D]
Total including bracket
150 x 30 x 75 mm [W x H x D]
Audio In
Stereo 3.5mm, adjustable
Audio Out
Stereo 3.5mm, adjustable
DC connection, alternative
12V, 1.5A
Input
AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 1-3A
Output
DC 12V, 1.5A
Power consumption, operation
approx. 0.75-1.0W [nominal]
Power consumption, standby
approx. 0.5W [nominal]
Key sensors
Pedal sensors
Instruments
Effects
Metronome
Recording,
playback
Front
Control Unit
Back view
Control Unit
Dimensions
Control Unit
Main Unit
Mains adapter
System
total
The specifications stated above can be changed without prior notice.
* Included in model Q1 only!
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Glossary
Reverb effect
The larger the value, the larger the physical space in which you are
playing your instrument will appear.
Chorus effect
This effect is designed to give the impression that you are not only
playing one instrument but a number of instruments at the same time.
The sound will be more powerful.
Transpose effect You have the opportunity here to move the pitch of the piano keys up
or down by 24 semitones.
Pitch effect
The system offers you the option here of changing the pitch e.g. to
match an acoustic instrument that you want to play along with.
Velocity effect
This effect allows you to influence how hard the key needs to be
played to achieve a certain volume. For example, Velocity 1 = low
volume for a weak key stroke ... Velocity 5 = high volume for a weak
key stroke.
Guarantee
Your Silent Q System comes with a two (2) year guarantee. The guarantee covers
damage that occurs during proper use of the system. Worn parts and damage caused by
improper use or external influences (e.g. water damage, fire or opening the device) are not
covered by the guarantee. As part of the guarantee, the required replacement parts will be
provided free of charge where necessary to repair defect parts. All repairs to a Silent Q
system must be carried out by a specialist dealer. Your contact for guarantee inquiries is
the specialist dealer who sold you the Silent Q system. The submission of the sales receipt
is a prerequisite for guarantee claims.
Silent Q - Contact Info: Website: www.Silent-Q.eu
E-mail: contact@Silent-Q.eu
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