Why and how do we use MIDI Controllers? What are Zones? Uses and Applications.
Congratulations on your new purchase of the SL-880 Studio Logic Master Controller by FATAR.
In this manual we will explain the concepts and techniques of using Master MIDI Controllers
to greatly expand your flexibility, creativity, control and productivity in your live or studio
keyboard setup. Whether you are using one multi-timbral sound module or a rack full of them,
this Master Controller Keyboard and all the other Studio Logic Controllers by FATAR will greatly expand your professional and creative abilities.
The concept of a controller is to centralize your accessibility to your MIDI modules. It gives
you a central point of control over your slave modules in a given setup.
Have you ever tried to line up patches in your sound modules so that when you selected a
patch on your keyboard your other sound modules called up the right patch? Ever tried to
locate a patch position to write over a sound that you hopefully won't need later? Tired of
bending down to squint and see the display and program a module at the bottom of your rack?
All of these scenarios are greatly reduced when using a Master Controller.
The concept of ZONES, SPLITS and LAYERS is as follows:
A ZONE consists of a specified range of keys on your keyboard. That range of notes is assigned
parameter messages that are communicated to your slave module(s), this reduces the need to
write and store patches on your module. These parameters may consist of the following information: patch number, volume setting, velocity curve, transposition value, pedal enable,
wheels enable, etc.... When a patch is selected on your Master Controller all of this information is sent to your modules instantly. The Studio Logic SL-880 Master Controller by FATAR has
four (4) completely independent zones, meaning each zone can transmit all of its own information on any given MIDI channel. The range of notes in each zone can be setup to be adjacent to another ZONES range of notes ( one ZONE ends, going up the keyboard, as another
ZONE starts) or assigned to overlap each other or any part of each other's ranges. Thus we
introduce the concept of LAYERS and SPLITS.
A SPLIT is when one ZONE'S range of notes ends and another ZONE'S begins. A simple example would be Bass in the left hand and Piano in the right hand. A ZONE'S range of notes can
be any amount of consecutive notes regardless of where another ZONE'S notes begin. When
two or more ZONE'S range of notes overlap we call this a LAYER.
LAYERS are the way we can build fat lush patches using the full potential of what your synths
and modules have to offer. Let's say we have a big pop ballad that needs your special touch?
We want to create a "Pad Piano" sound to cover the song. Assign each ZONE to cover the entire keyboard's range of notes. Using the three ZONES, assign each of them to play a different
patch: (1) dark rich Electric Piano, (2) bright ringy Electric Piano, (3) slow attack String Pad
with the release rate up slightly. If one or more patches are not in the same octave as the
others it's easy to fix. Go to that ZONE'S transpose feature and move it up or down 12 steps
to line it up properly with the others. Something sounds a little mushy when playing Piano
parts using the SUSTAIN PEDAL? Try going to the ZONE for the "non Piano" sound and experiment with disabling the SUSTAIN PEDAL for that zone. Within moments you should have a
deep, rich, rather large and musically useful sounding patch to use on your ballad.
Are you beginning to see the possibilities here? Please step inside the manual and we'll take
you through the simple yet versatile features of the Studio Logic 880 Master Controller by
A guided tour through the Studio Logic 880's Controls and Features,
The Studio Logic 880 has a 88 key FATAR semi-weighted piano action. It is a new, improved
version of the classic FATAR action. It is an extremely musical feeling piano style action that
has a very dynamic yet quick response to it. The velocity sensitive action can be modified with
several VELOCITY CURVE response settings that will be discussed later in this manual. The 88
key action of the SL-880 will transmit channel AFTERTOUCH on all ZONES.
The PITCH and MODULATION WHEELS are the standard style, however, they are made with a
new rubberized texture. They have been designed to give the player a more solid tactile sensation during performing and programming for a more musical response.
The SL-880 has (3) three independent ZONES with each of them capable of being assigned
to any range of keys across the SL-880's keyboard. As discussed in the introduction to this
manual, the ZONES are the heart of creating musically useful Layers and Splits. Each of the (3)
ZONES consists of:
1. ZONE ENABLE/DISABLE BUTTON: Located on the front panel above the keyboard itself.
These are used to turn the ZONES on and off in PERFORMANCE mode. Each switch functions
independently of each other. In other words, you can have any combination of ZONES on or
off at any point by accessing these ZONE switches.
While in EDIT mode, the ZONE BUTTONS are used to select the desired ZONE to be edited. While
editing, only one ZONE at a time can be selected and the buttons now toggle on and off as
you select each ZONE SWITCH for editing.
2. MIDI CHANNEL SELECT: While in EDIT mode each ZONE can be set to transmit on any of
the 16 MIDI channels available. Only one MIDI channel can be transmitted at a time per ZONE.
3. BANK SELECT: After selecting a MIDI channel to transmit on, and while in EDIT mode, you
can initiate or select BANK Changes. The commands are different depending on the external
sound module you are accessing. More on BANK SELECT later in this manual.
4. PROGRAM CHANGE: Patch selection can be made for each ZONE while in the EDIT mode.
Each ZONE can be set to select (send) patch changes 1 to 128 (some manufacturers use a numbering scheme 0 to 127, so you may need to add (1) to each patchtt to achieve the desired results).
5. SPLIT or KEY NOTE RANGE: This edit function allows you to select the range of active notes
(keys) for each ZONE. The ZONES are completely independent of each other and their split
points can overlap thus creating LAYERS.
6 .TRANSPOSE: Each ZONE can be set to transpose its key range up or down 24 semitones. In
other words, up or down 2 octaves from the synth module's original setting.
7 .SUSTAIN PEDAL ENABLE / DISABLE SELECT: You can set each ZONE to respond or not
respond to sustain pedal information. This is done in the EDIT mode for each ZONE.
8. WHEELS ENABLE / DISABLE SELECT: You can set each ZONE to respond or not respond to
PITCH and MODULATION WHEEL information. This is done in the EDIT mode for each ZONE.
9. AFTERTOUCH ENABLE / DISABLE SELECT: You can set each ZONE to respond or not respond
CHANNEL AFTERTOUCH information. This is done in the EDIT mode for each ZONE.
10. SHAPE: Velocity curve settings specific to each ZONE. These setting will alter the way
velocity information from the keyboard will be transmitted to the receiving MIDI channel.
There are 8 preset velocity curves to choose from that vary the dynamic response of the keyboard. Again, these settings are specific to each ZONE and are accessed while in the EDIT
GLOBAL VELOCITY CURVE: This VELOCITY CURVE setting is a global one, meaning it affects
the dynamic response of the entire keyboard across all (4) zones. There are 8 global settings
to choose from. Again, these setting are accessed while in the EDIT mode.
SUSTAIN PEDAL: The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for a
SUSTAIN PEDAL input. The VP-26 by Fatar is recommended.
VOLUME PEDAL: The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for a standard VOLUME PEDAL input.
POWER INPUT: The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for the supplied POWER SUPPLY input.
MEMORY STORAGE: The Studio Logic SL-880 will remember all of your preset information when
powered down. All programmed settings are transmitted when the unit is powered up. There
is no need to store edited information, simply exiting the edit mode causes the information
to be stored.
Rear Panel Connections and Features:
Powering up. Connecting Pedals and hooking up with your other gear.
The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for the AC POWER SUPPLY
INPUT. The AC adapter POWER SUPPLY supplied with this unit is a positive tip &V DC with a
minimum current of 200 mA.
The Studio Logic SL-880 has its POWER SWITCH located on the back panel next to the POWER
SUPPLY INPUT. There is also a red LED to indicate the unit is on. Upon powering up the keyboard all preset data is transmitted out through the MIDI OUT connections.
The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for a SUSTAIN PEDAL input.
This jack will function properly with either type of "normally closed" or "normally open"
SUSTAIN PEDALS. Upon powering up the Studio Logic SL-880 will recognize whichever type of
pedal is presently connected to the keyboard, regardless of polarity (e.g. PS100 or VFP1). Note:
SUSTAIN PEDAL must be plugged in prior to powering up to properly sense polarity.
The Studio Logic SL-880 has a connection jack on the rear panel for a standard VOLUME PEDAL
input that uses a stereo or balanced jack (e.g. VP-26 by Fatar). This volume control will change the volume equally across all three ZONES simultaneously.
MIDI OUT Connections: The MIDI OUT jacks are where you connect your Studio Logic SL-880
Master Controller to your various MIDI sound sources. Using a standard 5 pin DIN MIDI cable,
connect the Studio Logic MIDI OUT to your MIDI input jack on your synthesizer, sound module or other MIDI equipped keyboard. You may use the THRU (daisy chain) feature on your MIDI
gear to connect to other MIDI modules if you like. Avoid daisy chaining more than 2 modules, if possible, to reduce the possibility of MIDI log jam or timing delays. The Studio Logic
SL-880 conveniently is supplied with two parallel (identical) MIDI OUT jacks on the rear panel
to help reduce the possibility of timing delays when connecting to multiple MIDI sound modules. When connecting multiple devices to your SL-880 allocate them equally across the two
MIDI OUT connections on this keyboard.
Description of Front Panel Controls and Features:
What are they, what do they do and how do I use them?
Located on the top panel there are the (3) ZONE buttons for the (1) enabling and disabling of
the three keyboard ZONES while in play mode and (2) selecting the ZONES while in EDIT MODE.
The LED indicators will be lit up when its corresponding zone is active or selected for editing.
In PLAY mode any combination of ZONES may be on or off at any point in time. However, in
EDIT mode the ZONE switches may only be used to select one ZONE at a time. Only one ZONE
at a time may be edited and therefore only one ZONE light may be lit at a time while in EDIT
mode. You are able to jump from ZONE to ZONE while in edit mode by depressing the corresponding ZONE BUTTONS.
Please note that you may only press a zone button and disable or^nable a zone while no notes
are depressed on the keyboard or while the sustain pedal is being depressed.
The UP and DOWN buttons are used to scroll through the FUNCTION selections while in edit
Depressing the ENTER/EDIT button enters and exits the EDIT mode. While in edit mode a LED
is lit next to the corresponding FUNCTION that is presently selected for editing.
Using the UP/DOWN buttons will cause the LED to scroll through the FUNCTION selections.
(H) AND (-),
This is the area where you enter desired parameters for selected FUNCTIONS being edited. The
numerical keypad, (H) and (-), (on) and (off) are assigned to correspond to the keys of the
central octave of the KEYBOARD.
While in EDIT MODE these keys now function as our data entry method and will not transmit
note information.
In other words, while in EDIT MODE the entire keyboard is disabled and will not transmit note
information until you exit the EDIT MODE.
Used to select which MIDI channel each of the (4) zones will transmit its information on. To
access this, parameter enter EDIT mode by selecting ENTER/EDIT.
Select desired ZONE for editing by depressing its corresponding ZONE switch. Use the
UP/DOWN buttons to select MIDI CHANNEL function. You now enter a one or two digit value
using the 10 key keypad to set the ZONE'S MIDI transmit channel. Exit the EDIT mode by
depressing the EDIT/ENTER button. In exiting the EDIT mode you store the new information
automatically in the SL-880 Master Controller's memory and enable the keyboard ZONE to play
and transmit information on the new selected MIDI channel. In order to play and transmit on
a desired ZONE, select the corresponding ZONE switch while in play mode so that its LED is
lit. The ZONE switch will toggle to turn ZONE on and off.
Used to transmit or initiate a BANK CHANGE message on a given zone. After selecting and
assigning the MIDI CHANNEL, press DOWN button to switch to BANK SELECT. This mode allows
you to change the sound bank of your synth module or external sound source.
The reception protocol for BANK SELECT depends on the type and make of the sound module
you are transmitting to and can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. If the synth module
you are using requires only "Control 32" then you will have to only enter the bank number you
wish to select. If your module requires a more complete protocol (Control 32+ Control 0) then
you need to enter Control 32 and then press the key corresponding to the "H" (represents
Higher part of Bank Change Byte) symbol (same as minus key). Then enter the desired number for Control 0. The key sequence would be as follows: enter 32, then the (-) minus key
which also has the (H) symbol labeled above it, then the bank number to change to.
Used to select a PATCH NUMBER or PROGRAM CHANGE for a specific ZONE. To access this parameter you first turn on the desired ZONE by selecting and pressing its corresponding ZONE
switch, then enter EDIT mode by selecting ENTER/EDIT.
Select desired ZONE for editing by depressing its corresponding ZONE switch. Now use the
UP/DOWN buttons to select the PROGRAM CHANGE function. Enter the desired number of your
patch selection on the keypad (MIDI Program change messages are from 1 to 128). Exit the
EDIT mode by depressing the EDIT/ENTER button. In exiting the EDIT mode you store the new
information in the SL-880's Master Controllers memory, transmit the selected patch number
and enable the keyboard to play the new selected PROGRAM CHANGE.
Used to select the range of keys to be active for a specific ZONE. To set the Key Range or SPLIT
for a ZONE, enter the EDIT MODE by pressing ENTER/EDIT, toggle up or down till the light next
to SPLIT is lit. Press the ZONE button for the ZONE you wish to set, now press the desired
lowest key on the KEYBOARD and then the highest key on the KEYBOARD to define the range
of keys to be active in that ZONE. Exiting the EDIT MODE stores the information and all other
edit parameters that were changed. The ranges of keys can be any one note (by hitting the
same key twice) or the entire length of the KEYBOARD by hitting the lowest and then the
highest key. The range can be any contiguous combination of notes in between the highest
and lowest note on the keyboard and completely independent and different for each zone. You
can ovelap any amount of notes from ZONE to ZONE.
Used to TRANSPOSE the range of keys on a ZONE up or down a specific amount of half steps
from middle C. Normally the "3" ZONES have a TRANSPOSE value of "O". This means that the
middle C corresponds to the central middle "C" on the Grand Staff, (providing the stored patch
in your synthesizer module is set to the same value).
Let's say you want to transpose and raise the tone of a ZONE by 4 semitones. Enter EDIT
mode, select the desired ZONE to be edited, select the TRANSPOSE function using the
UP/DOWN keys. Now hit 4 on the numerical keypad and exit the EDIT mode. Let's say you wanted to lower the tone by an octave. Follow the same procedure as above but instead of hitting (4) on the 10 key keypad, first hit the minus key then enter 12 and exit EDIT mode. You
can TRANSPOSE a maximum of +/" 24 semitones (or two octaves) by entering a positive or
negative number up to 24 (+ or -). Positive values are entered by depressing the desired number keys and negative values are entered by first hitting the (-) key then the desired number
This FUNCTION allows you to enable or disable the SUSTAIN PEDAL for each zone. For an example, if you want to disable the SUSTAIN PEDAL for ZONE 2: While in the EDIT MODE press
UP/DOWN again to select the SUSTAIN function. Now that SUSTAIN is selected (LED switched
on), press the ZONE #2 button to select ZONE 2 or editing and then OFF key which corresponds
to "E flat" on the numerical keypad. After that, all the other ZONES will be affected by the
SUSTAIN PEDAL, while ZONE no. 2 will be excluded. To regain SUSTAIN PEDAL control on the
excluded ZONE, select EDIT, SUSTAIN and then press ON.
An obvious application for this FUNCTION would be to disable the Sustain Pedal on a ZONE set
to the lower end of the KEYBOARD that is set to a Bass patch. In addition, now use the other
ZONES to play a Piano or Pad/String sound layer leaving the SUSTAIN PEDAL functional for
Hopefully you are starting to see even more of the possibilities now becoming available to you
using a Studio Logic Master Controller. With just a bit of creative thought on your part you
should be coming up with interesting and useful patches for your own musical needs.
This FUNCTION allows the user to disable or enable the two WHEELS for each of the three ZONES.
Again, as an example, if you wanted to disable the two WHEELS for ZONE 1: enter the EDIT
mode, select ZONE 1 for editing (pressing ZONE 1 button), now use the UP/DOWN buttons to
scroll to the WHEELS parameter selection (making sure its corresponding LED is lit,) then
select the OFF key (corresponding to middle Eb on the keyboard.) Now exit the EDIT mode by
depressing the ENTER/EDIT button. With this edit all the other ZONES will be affected by the
WHEELS while ZONE 1 will be excluded. To reverse this edit follow the same instructions as
above but instead select the ON button on the keyboard (corresponding to middle Db on the
A possible application for this feature would be to have a ZONE or ZONES assigned to the lower
part of the keyboard set to sustaining or "Pad" sounds, with the top ends of these ZONES
ending somewhere in the middle of the keyboard, leaving room for a split above it.
Perhaps you can transpose the lower ZONES up an octave so that you would play chords on
the lower part of the keyboard but sounding in the middle range closer to middle "C". Leave
the SUSTAIN PEDAL enabled but disable the WHEELS for this ZONE or ZONES.
Now use remaining ZONES to create a layer using the upper unused remaining notes on the
keyboard. Assign this ZONE or ZONES to a lead patch or patches, disable the SUSTAIN PEDAL
for these ZONES but leave the WHEELS enabled.
Now you can perform and hold down chords in the lower part of the keyboard using and holding down the SUSTAIN PEDAL to "latch" the sustained chords.
Now, using both hands to play lead over the top, using the right hand to play melody and the
left to use the PITCH and MODULATION WHEELS, Release the SUSTAIN pedal to change chords
then SUSTAIN and "latch" again on the next chord and continue playing two handed leads over
the new chord.
This FUNCTION allows you to enable or disable the AFTERTOUCH for each ZONE. .For an example, if you want to disable the AFTERTOUCH for zone 3: While in the EDIT mode select ZONE 3
for editing then press UP/DOWN buttons to scroll to and select the AFTERTOUCH function..
Then press OFF key which corresponds to E flat on the numerical keypad. After that, all the
other ZONES will be affected by the AFTERTOUCH while ZONE no. 3 will be excluded. To regain
AFTERTOUCH control on the excluded ZONE, select EDIT, AFTERTOUCH and then press ON.
An application for this might be as follows: Refer to the patch set up from the preceding example in the WHEELS section above. In your lead patch in the right hand you may be using
AFTERTOUCH for volume swells or vibrato modulation. While doing this you may find that undesirable vibrato messages are being sent to your sustaining chords in the lower ZONES in this
patch. Use the AFTERTOUCH disable feature in these lower ZONES to eliminate aftertouch messages from your lead performance being sent to your sustaining chords.
This function allows the user to change the dynamic cutves which control the velocity responses for each of the three ZONES. This FUNCTION allows you to adapt your Master Keyboard
Controller to the dynamic response of your expander or external MIDI device. It also allows
you to adjust the keyboard's reaction to your specific touch. The Studio Logic SL-880's SHAPE
FUNCTION offers you 8 different preset curves to select from, 4 positive and 4 negative. Each
ZONE can have its own SHAPE setting.
To select a specific SHAPE for a ZONE follow the normal EDIT operation. Enter EDIT mode,
select a desired ZONE for editing by hitting its corresponding ZONE switch. Now select edit
function SHAPE using the UP/DOWN buttons and finally select 1,2,3 or 4 for SHAPE selection.
Selecting a (-) before hitting the number will select an inverted version or NEGATIVE SHAPE
of that curve. By negative shape we mean that the curve has an opposite affect with respect
to the touch. Therefore, a light touch brings about a high response and vice versa. This SHAPE
FUNCTION is useful when you have two different curves (one + and one -) on two ZONES, as
this results in a velocity crossfade effect. As one sound gets lower the other gets louder. SHAPE
(-) 1 corresponds to the inverted SHAPE 1, and so on.
SHAPE no. 1 has a linear response, which is compatible with most of the MIDI devices present on the market. This is the default setting for each of the (4) zones..
SHAPE no. 2 has a less sensitive response, so it requires a stronger touch. This setting is useful to gain a wider dynamic response. Try this SHAPE on a Piano or Electric Piano while playing
a ballad or softer piece of music for a more expressive feel to the keyboard. You may also like
this setting while using the SL-880 to program Hi Hats or Drums into a sequencer, it makes it
easier to "pump" a part or vary the accents. It is also useful when the input MIDI device is
too sensitive and you want to lower the relative velocities being transmitted.
SHAPE no. 3 has a more sensitive response than Shape no. 1. You will be able to transmit
higher velocities with a lighter touch. This SHAPE may be useful to you if you are playing a
Rock Piano or Honky-tonk Blues style and need to be heard over a loud band. This SHAPE scales the relative velocities up.
SHAPE no. 4 has an even more sensitive response than SHAPE no. 3. Useful for removing some
or all of the dynamic response to the keyboard. Use it when you want to trigger Samples, Loops
or Sound FX easily so that they play at their maximum volume without having to hit the key
as hard.
The VELOCITY is similar in function and application to the SHAPE feature in that they are both
dynamic response settings for the keyboard and the MIDI velocity information that is transmitted. The difference is that the VELOCITY parameter is a GLOBAL setting. While in EDIT
mode when you select VELOCITY, the LED's for all 4 zones light up simultaneously indicating
you are changing a GLOBAL setting covering all three ZONES. While in the previous section you
could select a dynamic curve for each ZONE, now you have 8 different curves that affect the
response of the entire keyboard. This VELOCITY parameter can help adapt your Controller
Keyboard to your MIDI modules and to your specific touch and feel preferences so as to give
you the most expressive control available.
To select a VELOCITY curve enter the EDIT mode, use the UP/DOWN buttons to select VELOCITY, then chose 1 through 8 on the 10 key keypad to select your VELOCITY setting. Exit EDIT
mode to play and audition each of these curves.
(H) AND (-),
As you have most likely figured out by this point the Studio Logic Master Controller SL-880
uses the keyboard itself in EDIT mode as the 10 KEY KEYPAD and data entry source. The keys
in the central octave, starting at the middle C, are assigned to specific functions for data entry
in EDIT mode and are clearly labeled as indicated in the diagram below. While you are in the
EDIT mode and using the numerical keypad the keyboard itself does not transmit MIDI notes
and performance information. You must exit the EDIT mode to play notes from the keyboard.
Programming the Studio Logic SL-880 Master Controller:
Creating musically useful Patches and how to do it.
Before we get into some programming examples and tips, the following information is about
the design architecture and how the Studio Logic SL-880 Master Controller operates.
When your Master Controller is switched on for the first time it will transmit the following
default settings:
ZONE #1 ON, Zones #2,#3 OFF. The three zones are set to transmit on MIDI channels
1 through 3 respectively, their SPLIT is set to the full extension of all 88 keys and all
switchable commands are in the ON position.
PEDAL is connected whatever position the pedal is in will be transmitted.
SUSTAIN OFF. (PEDAL is enabled but in the off position, CC 64 - 0)
To reset the unit to the above factory settings:
Power up the keyboard while holding down all three UP-DOWN-ENTER buttons, hold for a few
seconds then release all three buttons,
When the Master Controller is powered up it always transmits the contents of the program
After programming any parameters, the contents of the memory is transmitted when exiting
EDIT mode.
To transmit the contents of the memory while in play mode press the ENTER/EDIT button twice.
Exiting the EDIT mode automatically stores the newly changed parameters, if any, into the
When powering down the unit all information in memory is retained and then transmitted
again upon power up.
You can not enter the EDIT MODE if you are holding down keys or pressing the sustain pedal.
You must release all pedals and keys before entering into the edit mode.
When re-entering the EDIT MODE it will be on the parameter setting and ZONE selection as it
was left when previously in the EDIT MODE.
When EDIT MODE is selected, the keyboard does not sound. To test the programmed variations
and play the keyboard exit the EDIT MODE.
These suggestions are designed as a starting point to help stimulate your own creative usage
of these features for your own musical applications and needs.
The ZONES are the heart of the SL-880 Master Controller. Creative use of the ZONE'S parameters and the ZONES themselves gives the player new found flexibility and control over their
sounds and modules. We've already discussed how to operate the ZONES.
Now we apply them to musical applications. You can use the three (4) zones in a number of
different ways: Here are some options and possible applications using the features of this keyboard.
Set all three ZONES to the same range of notes and assign each of them to three similar String
patches or three similar Piano patches.Try two piano patches and a string patch. Experiment
with disabling some of the features on some of the ZONES such as, AFTERTOUCH or SUSTAIN.
While playing one section of a song, leave some of the layers turned off and then switch them
on during the "Chorus" by pressing their ZONE SWITCHES to build dynamics in the song. On
your module try setting and storing your PIANO patches to not respond to MIDI volume (CC#7)
then using a Volume Pedal on your Master Controller you can bring up the Strings behind the
Piano when needed.
Set two ZONES in your left hand for an Electric Piano/Pad layer and set ZONE (3) in the right
hand for a string or horn part. Use the TRANSPOSE feature to bring these ZONES into a useful
Try a Bass patch using one ZONE in the lowest two octaves of the keyboard, disable the
SUSTAIN PEDAL and TRANSPOSE up an octave or two to place it in the range of a bass guitar.
Now create a SPLIT in the middle range with ZONE (2) set to a Breathy Synth or Comping
patch, and the last ZONE for the top octave or so on a Brass patch with the SUSTAIN PEDAL
disabled. You can play a bass line with your left hand, sustain chords you've played on the Pad
sound using the Sustain Pedal and now play Horn stabs or lines above it with your right hand.
*Note On Splits: Always remember to use the TRANSPOSE feature to place your parts in proper performance range no matter where on the 88 keys you may place a ZONES upper and lower
limits. Think of the whole keyboard as 88 keys or triggers available rather than the traditional note placement and tuning as on an Acoustic Piano.
Live and Studio Applications.
Live application: Try using the different SHAPES in each ZONE to manipulate and balance the
elements in your layers.
Studio application: Connect your MIDI out from your Master Controller to the MIDI in on your
Sequencer and the MIDI out of your sequencer to your Modules. Set your sequencer input filter to Direct Echo or the appropriate setting to pass all information through (non channelize). If you come up with an interesting layered patch set your sequencer to multi-record and
hit edit enter twice while your sequencer is recording to record your patch changes to the
sequencer and then continue and play while recording a performance for all your layers. For
another section of your track you can do the same with another patch and record and automate your patch changes along with your performance. Using the layers on the SL-880 you
may come up with patches and parts you might not have conceived programming the traditional one track at a time way.
Live application: Use the inverted or (-) SHAPES to experiment with velocity crossfades.
Live application: Set a ZONE to only one note. When editing SPLIT parameter in setting up
ZONE hit the same note twice at either the lowest note or highest note on the keyboard to
set a range of (1) one note for that ZONE. Assign that Zone to a MIDI channel that goes to
your sampler to trigger a Loop or trigger a Sound FX. Use the TRANSPOSE feature to bring the
sample up or down to a useful range for triggering. If the (+) or (-) 24 steps of transposition
is not enough, assign the Sample trigger note to an appropriate one in the sampler and save
it that way.
Live or Studio application: Using the BANK SELECT feature get to those often useful and
alternate patches not stored in the first 127 patch positions on your synth.
Live application: Use the (4) zones to set up three different patches, use the ZONE SWITCHES to toggle and play one ZONE at a time for particular songs or sections of songs.
Live or Studio application: Use the TRANSPOSE feature to create intervals from layered ZONES
in octaves or harmonies.
Studio application: Again, use multi-record on your sequencer but this time with a split patch
set up on your SL-880 record two or more parts at once. Bass and comp or chords and melody.
The point is, get creative and innovative using all your new possibilities.
Studio, Scoring to Picture application: Perhaps your sequencer might be locked to video via
SMPTE. Set up a split patch with all Orchestral elements on the SL-880, perform and play in a
more live sense while watching picture. Jump to another sound as the picture inspires you
while recording all your performances simultaneously to the sequencer in multi-record. After
recording you'll have each of your instruments parts recorded on it's own track, now you can
go back and edit or elaborate on your improvisation to picture. If your sequencer doesn't
record separate MIDI channels to separate tracks simultaneously you can always filter by channel parts after recording to separate your to individual tracks for editing.
Useful Charts and Graphics
Included on the following two pages are 2 identical copies of a template for you to write down
the settings for the patches you come up with. These are included so you can build a library
of your favorite patches and settings. Carefully tear or cut out one of the copies and feel free
to run it through a copy machine to make more blanks for yourself. If you require more copies
call, in the USA, Music Industries Corp. at 1(800) 431-6699.
Model SL-880 Studio
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Model SL-880 Studio
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The following charts are graphic displays of the ZONE specific (SHAPE) velocity curves. They
are here to help you conceptualize and understand how these CURVES affect the dynamic
response of your ZONES.
The following charts show the standard General MIDI patch locations. If you are using a
General MIDI Module or Keyboard this will come in handy. When you are programming your
ZONE'S PATCH CHANGES you can refer to this chart for entering numbers of desired Patches.
1. Piano 1
2. Piano 2
3. Piano 3
4. Honky Tonk
5. Electric Piano 1
6. Electric Piano 2
7. Harpsichord
8. Clavinet
9. Celesta
10. Glockenspiel
11. Muic Box
12. Vibraphone
13. Marimba
14. Xylophone
15. Tubular Bell
16. Dulcimer
17. Electric Organ 1
18. Electric Organ 2
19. Electric Organ 3
20. Church Organ
21. Reed Organ
22. Accordion
23. Harmonica
24. Bandonion
25. Nylon Guitar
26. Steel Guitar
27. Jazz Guitar
28. Clean Guitar
29. MQted Guitar
30. Drive Guitar
31. Lead Guitar
32. Harmonic Guitar
33. Acoustic Bass
34. Finger Bass
35. Pick Bass
36. Fretless Bass
37. Slap Bass 1
38. Slap Bass 2
39. Synth Bass 1
40. Synth Bass 2
41. Violin
42. Viola
43. Cello
44. Contra Bass
45. Tremolo Strings
46. Pizzicato Strings
47. Harp
48. Timpani
49. Strings
50. Slow Strings
51. Synth Strings 1
52. Synth Strings 2
53. Choir Aahs
54. Voice Oohs
55. Synth Voice
56. Orchestra Hit
57. Trumpet
58. Trombone
59. Tuba
60. Muted Trumpet
61. French Horn
62. Brass Section
63. Synth Brass 1
64. Synth Brass 2
65. Soprano Saxophone /
66. Alto Saxophone
67. Tenor Saxophone
68. Baritone Saxophone
69. Oboe
70. English Horn
71. Bassoon
72. Clarinet
73. Piccolo
74. Flute
75. Recorder
76. Pan Flute
77. Bottle Blow
79. Whistle
80. Ocarina
81. Square
82. Sawtooth
83. Calliope
84. Chiffer
85. Charang
86. Solo Vox
87. Fifths
88. Bass Lead
89. Fantasia
90. Warm Pad
91. Poly Synth
92. Space Vox
93. Bow Glass
94. Metal Pad
95. Halo Pad
96. Sweep Pad
97. Ice Rain
98. Sound Track
99. Crystal
100. Atmosphere
101. Brightness
102. Goblin
103. Echo Drop
104. Star Theme
105. Sitar
106. Banjo
107. Shamishen
108. Koto
109. Kalimba
110. Bagpipe
111. Fiddle
113. Tinkle Bell
114. Agogo
115. Steel Drum
116. Wood Block
117. Taiko
118. Melody Tom
119. Synth Drum
120. Reversed Cymbal
121. Guitar Noise
122. Key Click
123. Seashore
124. Birds
125. Telephone
126. Helicopter
127. Applause
128. Gunshot
Keyboard does not power up?
• Make sure the power supply is connected to the wall outlet
• Make sure the power supply is properly connected to the keyboard
Keyboard does not seem to be sending MIDI notes to my modules?
Make sure you are not in the EDIT MODE.
Make sure the ZONE switch of the ZONE you are trying to play is on.
Make sure the MIDI channel you are playing on is enabled on your sound source.
Make sure your sound modules audio outputs are connected properly to your mixer or amp.
Make sure your mixer amp or sound system is on and the volume settings are up.
I have made changes in EDIT MODE but the changes do not seem to be present when I
return to PLAY MODE?
• This can happen very easily. When you enter EDIT MODE make sure you are editing the ZONE
that you were playing before hitting EDIT. When entering edit mode you will be on the ZONE
you last edited not necessarily the ZONE you have on in PLAY MODE.
I know I am sending MIDI to my module because I see the MIDI indicator light up when
I play but I hear nothing?
• Make sure the VOLUME PEDAL is up!
• Make sure your sound modules audio outputs are connected properly to your mixer or amp.
• Make sure your mixer amp or sound system is on and the volume settings are up.
The SUSTAIN PEDAL does not seem to work?
• Make sure it is plugged in properly to the SUSTAIN PEDAL INPUT
• Make sure the SUSTAIN PEDAL is enabled for the ZONE you are playing
The SUSTAIN PEDAL seems to work in reverse?
• Power the keyboard down. With the SUSTAIN PEDAL plugged in to the SUSTAIN PEDAL INPUT
power the keyboard up. This will cause the SL-SL-880 to sense the proper polarity setting for
the type of pedal you are using and adjust properly.
The WHEELS or AFTERTOUCH do not seem to work?
• Make sure they are enabled on the ZONE you are playing
• Make sure they are enabled in the Patch in your module you are sending to.
I am playing a ZONE that I know is on but nothing is happening?
• Make sure you are playing within the SPLIT range of notes set up for that ZONE
• Make sure that the MIDI channel is set correctly.
• Make sure the VOLUME PEDAL is depressed and all other volume setting are up.