Yamaha ME-55A Owner's manual

Yamaha ME-55A Owner's manual
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ME-SSA/VME-35A/ME-15A
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PLEASE KEEP THIS MANUAL
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE!
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THE BASIC FEATURES 4. TrANSposing ………….…...….rreerresnseeneer DIA 18
1. Now, Let's Create Some Registrations......................... 2 5. Programming the Accompaniment............................. 19
2. Using Effects for an Even Richer Sound..................... 6 6. Transferring Information to a Cassette........................ 25
3. Adding Rhythm... RAR 8
4. Having Fun with Automatic Accompaniment ............ 10 Hi. © THER INFORMATION 26
5. Harmonizing the Melody ....................—..—.—.. annees 12 e Electron ac Interf лет 6
6. Memorizing Your Favorite Registrations .................... 13 ectromagnetic INterference...............—..———————————————
7. Transferring Information to a Pack 14 e Installation and Maintenance.................e.reerieorecnnene 27
НН e FCC Information (USA) ....................... 0er eee 27
MULTI-MENU (ME-55A/ME-35A Only) e Troubleshooting... ee, 28
1. You Can Recall 16 Different Registrations .................. 15 O Specifications ......................... eee RR IR IDR en à 30
2. 22 Additional Voices Can Be Transferred e How to Use MIDI.................r-.......eneee ree, 31
to the Control Panel............cccoooe viii eee. 16 e Glossary for the ME Electones ....................2...e0e0.... 32
3. You Can Also Memorize Vibrato and Sustain Effects....17 © MIDI Implementation Chart esse 34
DIE GRUNDLEGENDEN MERKMALE 4. Transponieren TT 18
1. Lassen Sie uns einige Registraturen erzeugen............ 2 5. Programmieren der Begleitung............ SN 19
2. Effekte flr einen noch reicheren Klang...................... 6 6. Ubertragen der Information auf Cassette .................... 25
3. Hinzuftigen von Rhythmus ............-..--..e-.— e. 8
4. Spaß mit der automatischen Begleitung..................... 10 HI. WEITERE INFORMATION behôr 6
5. Harmonisieren mit der Melodie...................--..=..... 12 e Flekt m ны tisch Inte я renzen O reee 26
6. Speichern der besten Registraturen............................ 13 e Aufstellung und Pflege CTETIZETE eee eee 27
7. Ubertragen von Information zum Pack .............———. 14 e Stórungsbeseitigung ..........................errerirerere DA 28
MULTI-MENU (nur ME-55A/ME-35A) e Technische Daten ........................00..00010000000im in AZ. 30
1. Sie kónnen 16 verschiedene Registraturen abrufen....15 e Verwendung von MIDI ........................ 0... e... 31
2. 22 zusatzliche Stimmen kénnen zum Steuerpult @ Glossar fur ME-Electones .………..….…..………resrreserncarnsarnere 32
übertragen werden .......................eereeriereieneoo rior econ. 16 e MIDL-Anwendungstabelle................................. EEE 34
3. Auch Vibrato- und Sustain-Effekte konnen
gespeichert werden ...................eerreereeererenen ee 17
TABLE DES MATIERES
CARACTERISTIQUES FONDAMENTALES 3. Mémorisation des effets de vibrato et de soutien ....... 17
1. Création de quelques registres ....................... arenas 2 4, Transposition ...................0.0rierie ie DD 18
2. Utilisation des effets pour un enrichissement 5. Programmation de laccompagnement....................... 19
+ 1") | AS 6 6. Transfert d'information sur une cassette..................... 25
3. Addition d'un rythme.......cccccovvivviiivie EEE 8
4. Les joies de I'accompagnement automatique.............. 10 Hi. AUTRES INFORMATIONS
o. Harmonisation de la mélodie 12 ® Prises ACCESSOUMES vencer ereeneeneenenteeneennenne en 26
и, ль : e Interférence électromagnétique ………….….…….…..….…..….…….…es. 26
6. Mémorisation des mélodies favorites... 13 © Installation et entretien 97
7. Transfert d'information sur un accu mémoire ............ 14 Неее:
e Dépannage ......................ee_eerercercerreree re e RI RR 28
MULTI-MENU (ME-55A/ME-35A uniquement) e Spécifications .................. mee enana anne A 30
1. Rappel de 16 registres différents............................—. 15 BO e 31
2. Transfert de 22 voix supplémentaires vers le @ Glossaires des Electones ME ere 32
panneau de commande….…...….….….…….…………erserenssenssrnsee 16 e Tableau dimplantation MIDI ......................e..errreereereer 34
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FUNCIONES BASICAS
l. Ahora, crearemos algunos registros.....................e=.... 2
2. Utilización de efectos para logar un sonido más
rico todavía ................e..eeeíeercececcnriern ere De seas 6
3. Adición de ritmos................e...e.-- 0.0000 AAA 8
4, Utilización del acompañamiento automático .............. 10
5, Armonización de melodías............................. mm... 12
6. Memorización de sus registros favoritos ..................... 13
7. Transferencia de información a un cartucho .............- 14
MENU MULTIPLE (ME-55A y ME-35A solamente)
1. Usted puede utilizar 16 registros diferentes................ 15
2. Al panel de control pueden transferirse 22 voces
adicionales ...................eesmeevieerecerecreror rencor ene recconccone. 16
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3. Usted también puede memorizar efectos de vibrato
y SOStenido.......................eeeeererrereene nene 17
4. TransposicCiON ……....rrreenenennsnnnnnnnn+nn+n=ennnn*nn 18
5. Programación de acompañamientos......... eer cree 19
6. Transferencia de información a un casete .................. 25
INFORMACIÓN ÚTIL
® Tomas para accesorios ....................—eiieeer error ie nine ceene 26
e Interferencia electromagnética ..................... eme 26
© Instalaciôn y mantenimiento 27
€ Guia para la solución de problemas 28
e Especificaciones .....................e..eerevrrerrie recen nes 30
€ Empleo de MIDI.........................eneecrccericere ene e 31
@ Glosario para los Electones ME... 32
e Tabla de implementación de MIDI 34
|. THE BASIC FEATURES
| 1. Now, Let’s Create Some Registrations
UPPER KEYBOARD VOICE
SECTIONS
There are two Voice sections for the upper keyboard: ORCHESTRAL VOICES and LEAD
VOICES.
1 Choose one voice each from ORCHESTRAL VOICES and LEAD VOICES.
{(llustration of ME-55A)
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ORCHESTRAL VOICES: This voice section consists of two groups of sounds. The
Orchestra group recreates the major instrumental sections of an orchestra, while the
Combination group provides a variety of organ sounds.
LEAD VOICES: This section contains solo instruments such as flute, saxophone and
trombone. These sounds are monophonic, which means that only one note may be
played at any given time.
VOLUME
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UPPER KEYBOARD
2 Set the volume.
Set the VOLUME to the desired level for each section. Five a (Maximum)
volume levels can be selected—the top one (MAX) being full =)
volume and the bottom one (MIN) being OFF. Cp; The volume
increases
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VOLUME
3 Play the upper keyboard.
The voices you have selected will be heard. Try choosing other voices of the UPPER
ORCHESTRAL VOICES and LEAD VOICES sections and compare the sounds.
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[Number of Concurrently Sounded Notes]
UPPER ORCHESTRAL VOICES: When multi-
Ple keys are pressed at the same time, up to
seven notes can be played. {If AUTO BASS CHORD
is in use, up to six notes can be played.)
LEAD VOICES: When multiple keys are
pressed at the same time, only the highest note
will be played.
(The Grey Buttons]
The UPPER ORCHESTRAL VOICES and LEAD
VOICES sections are each provided with a grey
button. These buttons can be used to select a
voice displayed on the panel or can be assigned
with a voice from the VOICE MENUs. (For
ME-55A/ME-35A, see page 16: for ME-15A,
see page 4.) |
And when a Basic Registration is in use, these
grey buttons will go ON,
[To Cancel the Sound of a Voice Section]
If you do not need the sound from a particular
Voice section, set the volume level of that section
to its bottom position (MIN).
LOWER KEYBOARD
VOICE SECTION
There is one Voice section for the lower keyboard: ORCHESTRAL VOICES.
1 Choose one voice from ORCHESTRAL VOICES, then set its volume.
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VOLUME
— LOWER KEYBOARD ——
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ME-55A/ME-35A) ___ Lower xevagano--"— (Illustration of ME-15A)
ORCHESTRAL VOICES: This voice section consists of two groups of sounds. The
Orchestra group recreates the major instrumental sections of an orchestra, while the
Combination group provides a variety of organ sounds.
If you are using ME-15A, be sure to set its RHYTHMIC button to OFF.
2 Play the lower keyboard.
Your selected voice will be heard. Try choosing other voices of the LOWER ORCHESTRAL
VOICES section and compare the sounds.
PEDAL KEYBOARD
VOICE SECTION
There is one Volce section for the pedal keyboard: BASS VOICES.
1 Choose one voice from BASS VOICES, then set its volume.
BASS VOICES: This section consists of the sounds of the electric bass and traditional
organ bass. In order to hear your pedal sounds, please be sure that “Single Finger” and
“Fingered Chord” (Auto Bass Chord section) are “Off”.
2 Play the pedal keyboard.
Your selected voice will be heard. Try choosing the other BASS voice and compare the
sounds.
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[Number of Concurrently Sounded Notes]
LOWER ORCHESTRAL VOICES: When
multiple keys are pressed at the same time, up to
seven notes can be played. (If AUTO BASS CHORD
is in use, up to four notes can be played.)
[The Grey Buttons]
The LOWER ORCHESTRAL VOICES section is
provided with a grey button, which can be used
to select a voice displayed on the panel or
assigned with a voice from the VOICE MENU.
(For ME-55A /ME-35A, see page 16; for ME-15A,
see page 4.)
And when a Basic Registration is in use, the grey
button will go ON.
[The RHYTHMIC Feature of ME-15AJ
If this button is pressed to ON while Auto
Rhythm is in use, the selected voice will change
to be synchronized with the rhythm. (See page 5.)
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[Number of Concurrently Sounded Notes]
BASS VOICES: When multiple keys are pressed
at the same time, only the highest note will be
sounded.
[The Grey Buttons]
The BASS VOICES section is provided with a
grey button, which can be used to select a voice
displayed on the panel or assigned with a voice
from the VOICE MENUs. (For ME-55A/ME-35A,
see page 16; For ME-15A, see page 4.)
Moreover, when a Basic Registration is in use,
the grey button will go ON.
[While AUTO BASS CHORD is in Use]
While the SINGLE FINGER or FINGERED
CHORD mode of AUTO BASS CHORD is ON,
notes of the pedal keyboard will automatically be
sounded by merely playing the lower keyboard.
(See pages 10-11.)
In addition, the AUTO BASS CHORD feature is
designed so that, while SINGLE FINGER or
FINGERED CHORD is ON, any keys pressed on
the pedal keyboard will not be sounded.
VOICE MENU (ME-15A)
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The ME-15A has seven additional voices which can be used by transferring them to any grey
buttons in any VOICE section.
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1 Determine which voice to transfer and which section you wish to transfer
that voice to.
The voices on the VOICE MENU can be transferred to any of the grey buttons in the
VOICES sections.
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2 While depressing the grey button in the VOICE section where you wish to
transfer the sound, press the button of the voice to be transferred.
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When a grey button is pressed, the lamp in the VOICE MENU lights up, enabling the eight
(rhythm) buttons to function as the VOICE MENU. (They normally function as the pattern
selectors for Auto Rhythm.) While this lamp is lit, press one of the seven buttons from
TROMBONE to PIPE-ORGAN. The lamp of the grey button in the VOICE section you
transferred it to flashes to indicate that the sound has been transferred. Please try trans-
ferring other voices using this same procedure. Note that if the POWER switch is turned
off, the voices transferred to the grey buttons will be returned to their Original Voices (the
voices as displayed).
[Checking the Transferred Voices]
When a grey button is pressed, the lamp of the
voice transferred to that button wili light up,
indicating which voice was transferred, ‘
If no voices from the VOICE MENU have been
transferred to that location, the ORIGINAL VOICE
lamp lights up.
[ORIGINAL VOICE]
When the ORIGINAL VOICE button is pressed
while depressing the grey button, you can cancel
the sound transferred to that button and return to
its displayed voice.
[Additional Information]
®The same voice can be transferred to multiple
grey buttons.
eWhen a VOICE MENU sound has been
transferred to LEAD or BASS VOICES, they
automatically become “monophonic” voices,
meaning that only one note at a time can be
played.
LARPEGGIO CHORD/RHYTHMIC __
By merely pressing chords on the lower keyboard, you can produce an automatic accompani-
ment that is synchronized with the rhythm.
ARPEGGIO CHORD [МЕ-5БА/МЕ-З5А] ЕЕЕ=====
1 Choose one of the four patterns, then set its volume.
1 or 2: Produces a rhythmic chord strumming
accompaniment pattern in time with the rhythm. e
. . 1 2 (Maximum)
3 or 4: Produces a melodious arpeggio pattern in ==: |
time with the rhythm. The volume
3 7 increases
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2 Press the SYNCHRO START switch.
(See page 8.) Vr | mm [ome | кс
You may also start the rhythm by pressing [| |
the START switch instead of SYNCHRO
START. Pe
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3 Press a chord on the lower keyboard.
As long as you hold down the chord, an accompaniment pattern will be automatically
sounded in time with the rhythm.
RHYTHMIC [ME-15A] E
1 Press the RHYTHMIC button, then set the volume.
The RHYTHM button is capable of transforming a
voice in the LOWER ORCHESTRAL VOICES section EEE num
into a voice that is sounded in time with the rhythm. Е Г
Press the RHYTHMIC button to ON, then select one = The volume
of the two LOWER ORCHESTRAL voices. NT increases
(No sound)
2 Press the SYNCHRO START switch. (See page 8.)
You may also start the rhythm by pressing the START switch
instead of SYNCHRO START.
3 Press a chord on the lower keyboard.
As long as you hold down the chord, an accompaniment pattern will be automatically
sounded in time with the rhythm.
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[The Patterns and Voices of ARPEGGIO
CHORD and RHYTHMIC]
Your Electone is designed to produce the
ARPEGGIO CHORD or RHYTHMIC pattern and
voice that is best suited to each rhythm pattern.
[Be Sure to Use these Features with AUTO
RHYTHM!)
The ARPEGGIO CHORD feature of ME-55A/
ME-35A and the RHYTHMIC feature of ME-15A
are synchronized with, and controlled by, the
AUTO RHYTHM feature, so the rhythm must be
“ON” for them to operate.
[When Used in Combination with AUTO
BASS CHORD]
The use of ARPEGGIO CHORD or RHYTHMIC in
combination with AUTO BASS CHORD will
simplify the creation of an accompaniment that is
synchronized with the rhythm. And when the
MEMORY button of AUTO BASS CHORD is set to
ON, the ARPEGGIO CHORD or RHYTHMIC notes
will continue sounding even after you have
released the keys of the lower keyboard.
(See pages 10-11.)
[The Relationship between ARPEGGIO
CHORD and Bass Patterns]
If an ARPEGGIO CHORD pattern is being used in
combination with AUTO BASS CHORD, a
change in the ARPEGGIO CHORD pattern will
also cause the Bass pattern to be changed.
(ME-55A/ME-35A only)
[if the ARPEGGIO CHORD Sound is not
Needed]
When you wish to play the lower keyboard
accompaniment using only the sounds of
ORCHESTRAL VOICES, set the volume of the
ARPEGGIO CHORD section to OFF (MIN).
2. Using Effects for an Even Richer Sound
SUSTAIN —
You can add an aftersound to notes so that they will be sustained even after their keys have mm a.
been released. | | , |
1 Set a voice for each keyboard. (See pages 2-3.) [The SUSTAIN Length]
Select one voice from ORCHESTRAL VOICES for the upper and lower keyboards, and | ME-15A: Aftersounds of the most suitable length
one from BASS VOICES for the pedal keyboard. are preset for the notes of each keyboard.
NOTE: The Sustain effect cannot be added to LEAD VOICES of the upper Keyboard. | | Shersounds can be set for each keyboard using
1 the Multi-Menu. (See Page 18) |
; Note that the Sustain effect will become invalid if
2 Set the SUSTAIN buttons to ON | the SUSTAIN length on the Multi Menu is set
to zero.
SEE
® To add SUSTAIN to UPPER
ORCHESTRAL VOICES
To add SUSTAIN to LOWER |
ORCHESTRAL VOICES
To add SUSTAIN to BASS VOICES |
NOTE: With ME-55A/ME-35A, the SUSTAIN length can be set using the Multi Menu.
(See page 18.) |
3 Play notes on each of the keyboards.
After releasing your hands (or foot) from the keys, a gradually fading aftersound is
added to each note.
USER VIBRATO (ME-55A/ME-354) —
A Vibrato effect which finely vibrates the notes can also be produced. | |
|
1 Set an upper keyboard voice. (See page 2.) [Preset Vibrato] |
For the voices of the upper and lower keyboards,
the VOICE MENU voices, and the Basic Registra-
tion voices, the most suitable Vibrato effect has
2 Set the appropriate USER VIBRATO button to ON then play the upper been preset for each voice.
keyboard.
[The Relationship between Preset Vibrato
TET] and User Vibrato]
With ME-55A/ME-35A, by setting the USER
VIBRATO button to ÓN, a Vibrato effect that you
have set yourself can be added in place of the
Preset Vibrato effect. User Vibrato can be added
1? t to LEAD VOICES and ORCHESTRAL VOICES of
To add USER VIBRATO to LEAD To add USER VIBRATO to UPPER the upper keyboard.
VOICES ORCHESTRAL VOICES
When the upper keyboard is played, the notes will be sounded with the User Vibrato
effect added. The degree of vibration for User Vibrato is set using the Multi-Menu.
(See Page 17)
|TREMOLO/SYMPHONIC
(ME-55A only)
These effects add another dimension to the Upper and Lower ORCHESTRAL VOICES sections.
1 Choose one sound from the ORCHESTRAL VOICES section of the upper
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keyboard, and one sound from the corresponding section for the lower
keyboard. Then set the volume levels.
2 Press the UPPER ORCHES. and LOWER ORCHES. buttons.
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mer | oa | den This button adds the effect to the
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This button adds the effect to the
lower keyboard.
3 Add the TREMOLO effect. Now, play some keys on both the upper and
lower keyboards.
4 Add the SYMPHONIC effect. Now, play some keys on both the upper
and lower keyboards.
TREMOLO simulates the sound
of a rotating speaker system
(fast speed).
SYMPHONIC produces an “elec-
tronic” animation that gives the
impression that a large number
of Instruments are playing
together. |
[CHORUS Effect]
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When the Tremolo and Symphonic effects are
OFF, a CHORUS effect will be produced (slow
tremolo).
GLIDE (ME-55A only)
This effect gllows you to temporarily lower the pitch of a LEAD VOICES sound by
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1 Turn both FOOT SWITCH selectors
to OFF. (See page 9.)
approximately one-half step.
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2 Select LEAD VOICES sound, then
move the Foot Switch to the left
while holding some notes on the
upper keyboard.
While the Foot Switch is being held to the
left, the pitch of the LEAD VOICE selected
(on the upper keyboard) is lowered by
approximately a halfstep. When the Foot
Switch is released, the pitch slowly returns to
normal.
[Additional Information)
® This effect is particularly useful in the simulation
of acoustic instruments that are customarily
played using a glide effect. ..such as trombone,
guitar, and violin.
e While the Glide effect is ON, the Vibrato effect
applied to LEAD VOICES becomes inactive.
3. Adding Rhythm
AUTO RHYTHM
This effect automatically produces various rhythm pattems consisting of authentic percussion
sounds. lt also has functions, such as FILL IN and INTRO./ENDING, for varying the rhythm.
| 1 Select one of the rhythm patterns and set the desired volume level.
(ME-55A)
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The ME-55A has 16 different rhythm patterns. Choose one pattern from among the
above pattern selectors.
(ME-35A/ME-15A)
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The ME-35A and ME-15A have 15 distinct rhythm patterns. To choose one of the eight
patterns displayed on the bottom row (MARCH, WALTZ, SWING, etc.), press the appro-
priate button. To choose one of the seven patterns displayed on the top row (TANGO,
BALLAD, SAMBA, etc.), simultaneously press the two adjacent buttons below the
desired pattern name (both of their indicator lamps will be illuminated.) (For example,
to choose TANGO, simultaneously press the MARCH and WALTZ buttons.)
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2 Adjust the tempo (speed) of the rythm. 120
This knob is used to control the speed of the rhythm. The ®
tempo will increase if you turn the knob clockwise and will
decrease when you turn it counter-clockwise.
3 Turn the rhythm on.
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If you tum this switch ON, the
rhythm wili walt and start with
you when you play a note on the
lower (or pedal) keyboard.
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Once the rhythm has been started, pressing one of these switches again will stop the
rhythm.
e— When this switch is tumed ON,
| the rhythm will start immediately.
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Once the rhythm has been activated, this lamp
will flash at the first beat (downbeat) of each
measure,
In addition, when SYNCHRO START is in use,
this lamp will act as a silent visual metronome,
indicating the exact tempo (in quarter notes) until
the rhythm is started.
[Numerals on the TEMPO Knob]
Please refer to these values as a “yardstick” for
setting the speed of the rhythm.
[Additional Information]
eSince Synchro Start enables the rhythm and
accompaniment to be started at the same time, it
is very convenient when playing accompani-
ment using Auto Bass Chord. (See page 10.)
FILL IN (ME-55A/ ME-35A)
1 start the rhythm.
2 Press the FILL IN switch when you want to add this feature.
FILL IN provides a variation to the basic rhythm pattern. At the time you press the switch,
the Fill In pattern will play until the end of that measure, and the rhythm will auto-
matically return to the original pattern at the start of the next measure.
INTRO./ENDING (ME-55A/ME-35A)
1 Press the INTRO. / ENDING switch and then press
the start switch. -
You will now hear a one measure rhythm introduction.
2 When you are almost finished with a song, press
the INTRO./ ENDING switch.
At the moment this switch is pressed, an ending pattern (two
measures maximum) is played. As soon as the ending pattern
is completed, the rhythm will stop automatically.
EXTRA PERCUSSION (ME-55A/ ME-35A)
This feature will add additional percussion sounds to the чи
normal rhythm patterns. [7]
FOOT SWITCH (ME-55A only)
1 Press one of the FOOT SWITCH selectors and start the rhythm.
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e— This will allow you to add a Fill In
pattern with the Foot Switch.
This allows you to stop (and ——e
restart) the rhythm with the Foot
Switch.
2 Move the Foot Switch to the left.
At the time the Foot Switch is moved, the
function selected in (1) will be immediately
performed.
This feature offers you an alternative Fill In
pattern.
[Additional Information]
eShould you desire a longer Fill In pattern, hold
down the FILL IN button.
elf you press the FILL IN button before starting the
rhythm, the Fill In pattern will act as an intro.
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eINTRO./ENDING can be used even when
Synchro Start has been used to start the rhythm.
®Some of the instruments added in Extra
Percussion are hand clap, tambourine and cow
bell, and vary from rhythm to rhythm.
[ENDING Control]
If both the RHYTHM STOP and RHYTHM FILL
IN buttons are on, and the foot switch is moved
to the left, you will obtain an ending pattern and
then the rhythm will stop.
When both FOOT SWITCH
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effect can be obtained.
rare (See page 7.)
GLIDEILAMPS OFF)
[Additional Information]
eWhen RHYTHM STOP is used to stop the
rhythm, the Foot Switch can also be used to re-
start it again. The lamp above the STOP button
will flash until the rhythm is reactivated.
4. Having Fun With Automatic Accompaniment
AUTO BASS CHORD
This function automatically produces chord and bass accompaniment. There are three
different ways that you can use this feature, and we're sure that you'll find one Just right for you.
SINGLE FINGER
This feature allows you to obtain many different chords (and bass) by using Just one finger.
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2 Select an Arpeggio Chord (for ME-15A, Rhythmic)
pattern and your desired volume level. (See page 5.)
Arpeggio Chord provides the rhythm accompaniment for
A.B.C. You can also add other lower keyboard voices to your
accompaniment.
1 Press the button labeled SINGLE FINGER.
3 Select a pedal sound and your desired volume
level. (See page 3.)
VOLUME
—PEDALS
À Select a rhythm. (See page 8.) EET
Once you've chosen a rhythm pattern, adjust the tempo to a yr, Jona | cr
speed comfortable for you. Then set your desired volume
level and turn on SYNCHRO START.
5 Press a key on the lower keyboard.
[Relationship between the lower
keyboard notes and correspond-
ing major chords]
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You will now hear a major chord and bass
accompaniment in synchronization with the
rhythm.
The note you have played is called the “root”.
A chord derives its name from its root such as
C major, F major, etc.
[Let's Try Playing Other Chords!)
Minor chords: Simultaneously press the root
(name) as well as any black key to the left of it,
(Example: Am)
Seventh chords: Simultaneously press the root
(name) as well as any white key to the left of it.
(Example: G7)
Minor seventh chords: Simultaneously press
the root (name) as well as any black key and any
white key to the left of it.
(Example: Gm?)
[Additional Information]
e When you change Arpeggio Chord patterns, 
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