Excelsior Instruction Manual

Excelsior Instruction Manual
MIDIVOX SERIES III INSTRUCTION MANUAL
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EXCELSIOR MIDIVOX “ SERIES III”
MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - FAITHFUL TO TRADITION
INTRODUCTION
The MIDIVOX “Series III” represents another step forward in the evolution of the MIDI accordion,
drawing from the experience of previous versions and from the valuable input of many musicians
who are well satisfied EXCELSIOR customers.
The MIDIVOX III offers very attractive features and a remarkable degree of flexibility which make
it possible to better utilize the potential that today’s MIDI sound generating equipment has to offer.
EXCELSIOR is well aware of the accordionist’s needs and expectations. The MIDIVOX III has
been planned with precision and purpose to meet those needs and expectations.
1.
UNPACKING THE INSTRUMENT
We advise you to carefully examine the package contents and the condition of same: CEMEX
S.r.l. declines any responsibility for missing components and/or parts or for damages to the
shipped merchandise unless they are reported immediately.
When unpacking the instrument you should have the following items:
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
i)
j)
k)
One Accordion / EVK-1 With MIDIVOX Series III System
Two Shoulder Straps
One Accessories Pouch
One MIDIVOX III Power Supply
One Swell Pedal
One Pedalboard Containing 4 Footswitches
One Multiconductor Connecting Cable (Accordion To Power Supply)
One MIDI Cable
One Audio Patch Cord
One Cleaning Cloth
This manual
In order to be able to operate the MIDI system you must have:
1)
A MIDI Expander (Sound Module) or another MIDI-equipped electronic instrument such
as an organ or other type of keyboard synthesizer.
2)
An audio system or amplifier with at least two inputs.
2.
CONNECTING PROCEDURE
All connections must be made prior to switching on the accordion, the expander and the
audio system/amplifier. Failure to adhere to this advise may result in corruption of MIDI
data and/or damage to electronic components in the accordion, expander, or audio
system.
Connect the power supply to the accordion using the 8 pin Multiconductor Connecting Cable. Pay
particular attention to the polarized connectors. They must be connected in a precise way. Do
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not force the connectors if they don’t seem to fit properly.
Connect the footswitch pedalboard unit to the footswitch input on the power supply.
Connect the expression pedal to the expression pedal input on the power supply.
Connect the MIC OUT output on the power supply to an input on the audio system or amplifier
using the supplied audio patch cord.
Connect the MIDI OUT output on the power supply to the MIDI IN input on the expander using the
supplied MIDI Cable
Connect the power supply to an electrical outlet using the supplied power cable.
Verify that all connections have been done correctly before turning on the switch on the power
supply.
Wrong or intermittent connections may cause serious damage to the equipment.
3.
WHEN THE POWER IS TURNED ON
At power up both the light on the power switch and the power supply’s front spy light must be on.
If one or both of the lights are out, immediately turn off the power supply, double check all
connections and try again. If by chance one or both of the lights are still out, refer to the portion of
the manual that reads “IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION”.
At power up the display must show “PA11” or “PAEn” (n = 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 etc. according to the
software release number). At the same time the spy light of the TRBL1 section must light up. In
case the display fails to light up or anything other than the above information appears on the
display the power supply must be turned off. Wait a few seconds and then turn it on again. If the
display still fails to light up after two or three attempts refer to the portion of the manual that reads
“IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION”.
If “PA11” appears on the display:
The unit is functioning properly.
The parameters have returned to the previous setting.
The instrument is ready to go.
If “PAEn” (n = 0 or 1 or 2, etc.) appears on the display:
An alteration has taken place in the memory data.
The instrument has returned to the factory pre-set configuration (refer to the portion of the manual
that reads “BASIC CONFIGURATION”.
The previously set parameters have been lost.
The “User Memories” (combinations) may have been altered.
3.1
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTROLS
USER
activates the User Mode. In the User Mode it is possible to recall up to 128
configurations previously stored in the User Memories. A configuration is a combination of
parameters. You will read more on configurations later in this manual.
FUNCT
allows you to program a number of parameters or features of the accordion. For
example, you can set which sections of the accordion (TRBL1, TRBL2, CHRD1, CHRD2, BASS,
UTILITY) are active, which MIDI channels the various sections are transmitting on, which function
the expression pedal performs, which function the footswitches perform, which functions the
footswitches perform, etc.
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ALT/FSW
activates the alternative function of the second footswitch. More on this later.
ALT/PED
activates the alternative function of the expression pedal. More on this later.
CONST
disables the expression pedal’s action with regard to the left-hand bassboard.
More on this later
OCT
makes it possible to raise or lower the octave of whichever section is selected at
the time the OCT button is pushed.
TRBL1
activates or deactivates the first section related to the treble (right hand) keyboard
TRBL2
keyboard
activates or deactivates the second section related to the treble (right hand)
CHRD1
activates or deactivates the first section related to the chords on the left hand
CHRD2
activates or deactivates the second section related to the chords on the left hand
BASS
activates or deactivates the section related to the left-hand basses
UTILITY
activates and deactivates the second that controls external MIDI units
STORE (ENT) is used to store parameters and/or configurations you have created
NUL (ESC)
a) aborts the memorization process when it is pressed after pressing STORE for
the first time
b) returns to the Program Mode if pressed when FUNCT is on
c) recalls the factory pre-set parameters (basic configuration) if pressed as the
power switch is turned on.
A/B
is used to select Sounds or User Memories. In the Program Mode (if you are
using an expander which requires bank information) the button acts as a GROUP SELECTOR for
sounds. In the User Mode the button acts as a GROUP SELECTOR for the User Memories. 64
User Memories are located under A (A11, A12.........A86, A87, A88) and 64 User Memories are
located under B (B11, B12.........B86, B87, B88).
BANK 1..8
selects the first digit of the bank of 8 Sounds in the Program Mode/8 User
Memories in the User Mode - (e.g. A11)
NUMBER 1..8 selects the second digit of 1 of 8 Sounds in the Program Mode/8 User Memories
in the User Mode - (e.g. A11)
T.OFF
under normal conditions turns off the MIDI transmission from the right hand
keyboard. If pressed after pressing the STORE button, it erases the User Memory currently
displayed
UP/DWN
in the Program Mode increases or decreases the Sound (e.g. from A11 to A12 or
vice versa) In the User Mode changes from one User Memory to the next (e.g. from A11 to A12
or vice versa) When the FUNCT button has been pressed first, UP/DWN can be used to select
the parameters in the FUNCT menu.
3.2
DESCRIPTION OF PARAMETERS AND HOW TO SET THEM
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FIRST - A WORD ABOUT CONFIGURATIONS
A configuration consists of a number of parameters, such as which MIDI channels you are using,
which sounds are selected on the expander, how the various pedals function, etc.
MIDI CHANNEL TRANSMISSION
The MIDIVOX III is capable of transmitting information on two channels for the treble (TRBL1 and
TRBL2), two channels for the chords (CHRD1 and CHRD2), one channel for the bass (BASS),
and one utility channel (UTILITY). Alternatively you may wish to transmit information on a fewer
number of channels. In setting up a configuration you may choose to transmit on any combination
of these channels. In many instances you will likely only want to transmit on one treble, one chord
channel, and one bass channel, however, being able to transmit information on two channels
allows you to “layer” sounds. For example, you may wish to transmit on TRBL1 and TRBL2 so
that you can select two brass sounds on the expander, which, when played together create a new
and perhaps more authentic or more interesting sound.
Any section (TRBL1, TREB2, etc.) may be set to any MIDI channel you choose. The default
channel setup when the MIDIVOX III comes from the factory is as follows:
TREB1 - Channel 1
TREB2 - Channel 4
CHRD1 - Channel 2
CHRD2 - Channel 5
BASS - Channel 3
UTILITY - Channel 16
As stated above, it is possible to change the channel numbers for any or all of the sections, but
before you do so, give this very careful consideration. Many multi-timbral expanders or sound
modules are designed at least in part with a MIDI accordion in mind. The factory default channels
are generally accepted default channels for MIDI accordions throughout the industry, so it may
well be the case that your expander or sound module already defaults (or has the capability to
default) to the same channels as the MIDIVOX III.
Bear in mind that for the most part, this is a one time set up. Except in very extraordinary
circumstances you will probably leave the channel number assignments the same for every
configuration you are saving.
THE FUNCT BUTTON
The FUNCT button controls a large number of parameters which determine how the MIDIVOX III
plays and which features are operative. For practical purposes, unless you are an advanced user
of MIDI technology, you will probably find that you will tend to use the same functions most of the
time for the SWELL PEDAL, FOOTSWITCHES, etc. There are certain factory preset functions
for the SWELL PEDAL, FOOTSWITCHES, etc. It is highly recommended that you do not change
the default settings for these items until you have had sufficient experience with the MIDIVOX III
to determine how you might make use of some of the more advanced features.
The FUNCT button affects the following parameters:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
ACTIVE SECTIONS
SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION
ALTERNATIVE SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #1
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #2
ALTERNATIVE FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #2
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #3
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #4
MIDI TRANSMISSION CHANNELS
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10.
ONE BUTTON FUNCTION (CHORD BUTTON BOARD)
The DEFAULT settings for these parameters are as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
ACTIVE SECTIONS - TRBL1, CHRD1, BASS, UTILITY
SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION - PF07 (volume) enabled on TRBL1, TRBL2, CHRD1,
CHRD2, BASS, UTILITY
ALTERNATIVE SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION - -d (dynamic)
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #1 - tc (treble cancel)
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #2 - F264 (control change 64 - sustain) enabled on
TRBL1 and TRBL2
ALTERNATIVE FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #2 - SS (Start/Stop)
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #3 - PU (Program Up)
FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #4 - Pd (Program Down)
MIDI TRANSMISSION CHANNELS - as previously described above
ONE BUTTON FUNCTION - Off
IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOAD THE FACTORY DEFAULT CONFIGURATION WHICH WILL ANNUL
THE CURRENT SETTINGS. TO RESTORE THE FACTORY DEFAULT CONFIGURATION,
TURN THE INSTRUMENT OFF. WHILE HOLDING DOWN THE NUL BUTTON, TURN THE
INSTRUMENT ON AGAIN. THE DISPLAY WILL SHOW “PAEn” (WHERE n=0,1, ETC.)
INDICATING THAT THE FACTORY CONFIGURATION HAS BEEN RESTORED. PLEASE
NOTE THAT THIS OPERATION CAUSES THE ERASURE OF ALL USER MEMORIES STORED
IN THE WORKING MEMORY. THE AUXILIARY MEMORY IS NOT ALTERED.
ONCE YOU HAVE PRESSED THE FUNCT BUTTON YOU ARE IN THE FUNCTION MODE AS
DESCRIBED BELOW. YOU MAY EXIT FROM THIS FUNCTION MODE AT ANY TIME BY
PRESSING THE NUL BUTTON.
PRESS FUNCT ONCE: ACTIVE SECTION - PARAMETER 1
If you press the FUNCT button for the first time after the power has been switched on, the spy
light for the FUNCT button will come on and the display will read “SECT”. It is in this mode that
you may see which sections are active and/or change which sections are active. If a section is
active, its spy light will be on. To turn off a particular section, press the button for that section
once and the spy light will go out, indicating that this particular section is no longer active.
Alternatively, to turn on a particular section, press the button for that section once and the spy light
will go on, indicating that this particular section is now active.
PRESS FUNCT A SECOND TIME: SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION - PARAMETER 2
If you press the FUNCT button a second time the display will show “PFxx”. PF for pedal function xx to indicate which function of the pedal is active at this time. Also, the spy lights for the various
sections (TRBL1, TRBL2, etc.) will light up if they are affected by this parameter. To deactivate
the pedal for a certain section, press the section button one time. The spy light will go out, and
that section will no longer be affected by the pedal function. To activate the pedal for a certain
section, press the section button one time. The spy light will go on, and that section will now be
affected by whatever function the pedal is performing.
The SWELL PEDAL can be set to perform a number of different functions. The factory default is
PF07 (volume) enabled on TRBL1, TRBL2, CHRD1, CHRD2, BASS and UTILITY.
- control change numbers from 00 to 63:
Control Change Numbers are organized via an
industry standard. 01=vibrato, 07=volume.
Consult the manual for your expander to
determine what function each Control Change
Number is assigned to. Activating the SWELL
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PEDAL will cause the particular control change
to be sent to all sections which are activated.
- bU or bd (Bend Up/Bend Down)
The SWELL PEDAL acts as a Pitch Bend
Control, bending the tone of the enabled
sections upward or downward.
- -d (Key Velocity)
The that MIDIVOX III does not have a velocity
sensing keyboard. i.e. it transmits midi notes at
a preset velocity. Think of a piano keyboard.
When you strike the key hard, the note is loud.
When you strike the key softly, the note is soft.
This feature allows you to use the pedal to
transmit higher or lower note velocities than the
default, allowing you to obtain a dynamic control
Sounds, such as acoustic pianos, vibraphones,
etc can have a totally different sound quality
when played at higher or lower velocities,
making them sound more authentic.
PRESS FUNCT A THIRD TIME: ALTERNATIVE SWELL PEDAL FUNCTION: PARAMETER 3
If you press the FUNCT button a third time, the display will show “APxx”. AP for Alternative Pedal
- xx for the same control change, pitch bend and velocity features as explained in the previous
section. You can program the ALTERNATIVE PEDAL function in exactly the same way as you
programmed the SWELL PEDAL function The ALTERNATIVE PEDAL function is an available
second function for the SWELL PEDAL that can be activated during a performance by simply
pressing the ALT/PED button.
PRESS FUNCT A FOURTH TIME: FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #1: PARAMETER 4
If you press the FUNCT button a fourth time, the display will show “F1xx”. F1 for FOOTSWITCH
#1 - xx for the following features. Also, the spy lights for the various sections affected by this
function will be lighted. You may alter which sections are activated by pressing the button for that
section to turn the light on or off. To modify the function of the footswitch you can repeatedly
press the UP and/or DWN buttons until the desired setting is obtained.
- control change numbers from 63 to 99
Control Change Numbers are organized via an
industry standard. 64=sustain. Consult the
manual for your expander to determine what
function each Control Change Number is
assigned to. When FOOTSWITCH #1 is
pressed during a performance, a Control
Change message will be sent to all of the active
sections.
- PU or Pd (Program Up or Program Down)
in this mode the footswitch duplicates the
functions of the UP/DOWN buttons on the
accordion grill. In the PROGRAM MODE
sounds are selected in sequence from the
expander. In the USER MODE User memory
locations are selected in sequence.
- SS (Start/Stop)
in this mode the footswitch sends MIDI start/stop
messages to start/stop and external rhythm unit
or sequencer.
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- 01
- tc (Treble Cancel)
- Sc ( Switching Channels)
in this mode, if your expander is capable of
receiving Control Change No. 01 (Modulation)
messages, pressing the footswitch will send an
intense vibrato effect to the active sections.
in this mode activating the footswitch will enable
or disable the TRBL1 and TRBL2 sections.
in this mode pressing the footswitch allows you
to change back and forth from TRBL1 to TRBL2
- t1 (TRBL1 Cancel)
in this mode pressing the footswitch activates or
deactivates TRBL1
- t2 (TRBL2 Cancel)
in this mode pressing the footswitch activates or
deactivates TRBL2
- OU (Octave Up)
in this mode pressing the footswitch causes all
activated sections to be transposed one octave
up. A second press of the switch causes all
activated sections to revert to the middle
octave
- Od (Octave Down)
in this mode pressing the footswitch causes all
activated sections to be transposed one octave
down. A second press of the switch causes all
activated sections to revert to the middle
octave
- AP (Alternative Pedal Function)
in this mode, the footswitch performs the same
function as the ALT/PED button on the
accordion grill to activate/deactivate the
Alternative Swell Pedal Function
PRESS FUNCT A FIFTH TIME: FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #2: PARAMETER 5
If you press the FUNCT button a fifth time, the display will show “F2xx” - F2 for FOOTSWITCH #2
- xx for the various settings. FOOTSWITCH #2 has all of the same settings available as
FOOTSWITCH #1 and may be programmed in exactly the same way.
PRESS FUNCT A SIXTH TIME: ALTERNATIVE FUNCTION FOOTSWITCH #2:PARAMETER 6
If you press the FUNCT button a sixth time, the display will show “AFxx” - AF for ALTERNATIVE
FOOTSWITCH function - xx for the various settings. The alternative function of FOOTSWITCH
#2 can be activated during a performance by pressing the ALT/FSW button. The settings for the
ALTERNATIVE FOOTSWITCH function are exactly the same as the settings available for
FOOTSWITCH #1 AND FOOTSWITCH #2 and may be programmed in exactly the same way.
PRESS FUNCT A SEVENTH TIME: FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #3: PARAMETER 7
If you press the FUNCT button a seventh time, the display will show “F3xx” - F3 for
FOOTSWITCH #3 - xx for the various settings. The settings for FOOTSWITCH #3 are exactly
the same as the settings available for the other footswitches and may be programmed in exactly
the same way.
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PRESS FUNCT AN EIGHTH TIME: FUNCTION OF FOOTSWITCH #4: PARAMETER 8
If you press the FUNCT button an eighth time, the display will show “F4xx” - F4 for
FOOTSWITCH #4 - xx for the various settings. The settings for FOOTSWITCH #3 are exactly
the same as the settings available for the other footswitches and may be programmed in exactly
the same way.
PRESS FUNCT A NINTH TIME: MIDI TRANSMISSION CHANNELS: PARAMETER 9
If you press FUNCT for a ninth time the display will show “CHxx” - CH for Channel - xx for the
MIDI channel TRBL1 is transmitting on. If you press the TRBL2 button, the display will change to
show which channel TRBL2 is transmitting on, etc. You may alter the channel associated with the
currently displayed section by pressing the UP and DWN buttons.
As stated earlier in this manual, you should give careful consideration to how you intend to
interface with your expander or sound module before changing any of the default MIDI channels.
By doing some research on how your expander or sound module functions, you may find that you
do not have to make any alterations to the MIDIVOX III default channels.
PRESS FUNCT A TENTH TIME: ONE-BUTTON FUNCTION: PARAMETER 10
If you press FUNCT for a tenth time the display shows “Obnn” - Ob for ONE-BUTTON function nn for the status of the chord buttonboard operating mode.
- nn = On - ONE-BUTTON FUNCTION OPERATING MODE is on
- nn = OF - ONE-BUTTON FUNCTION OPERATING MODE is off and the chord buttonboard is
operating in the regular mode.
When the ONE-BUTTON function is off, the chord buttons work in the usual manner. All buttons
play as they are pressed. All notes are sent to the expander or sound module as soon as the
contacts are closed. All notes stop playing as soon as each chord button is released.
When the ONE-BUTTON function is on, only the first chord button pressed plays. No other chord
buttons will play unless the first chord button is released. This mode of operation is useful if the
MIDIVOX III is connected to an expander or sound module with a build-in automatic
accompaniment. It allows a more accurate chord recognition.
PRESS FUNCT AN ELEVENTH TIME: SAVE FUNCTION: PARAMETER 11
If you press FUNCT for an eleventh time, the display will show “SAVE”. The SAVE function allows
you to copy the USER MEMORIES (CONFIGURATIONS) you have created and stored in the
WORKING MEMORY to the AUXILIARY MEMORY. In effect, you are backing up your USER
MEMORIES to the AUXILIARY MEMORY. If there is an accidental alteration in the WORKING
MEMORY, your USER MEMORIES can be immediately recalled from the AUXILIARY MEMORY.
More on this later.
PRESS FUNCT A TWELFTH TIME: LOAD FUNCTION: PARAMETER 12
If you press FUNCT for a twelfth time, the display will show “LOAD”. The LOAD function allows
you to recall USER MEMORIES previously saved in the AUXILIARY MEMORY. More on this
later.
HOW TO CREATE A CONFIGURATION
To create a configuration you must be in the PROGRAM MODE.
The first step is to determine via use of the FUNCT button which SECTIONS and PARAMETERS
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are going to be used. You may find the number of PARAMETERS overwhelming, but keep in
mind that for practical purposes, unless you are an advanced user of MIDI technology, you may
not wish to make any modifications to the various PARAMETERS controlled by the FUNCT
button. After spending some time with the MIDIVOX III you will probably find that certain
PARAMETER settings are more useful that others for your purposes. For example, if you play in
a band which has no bass player, you may wish to change the PARAMETER for the SWELL
PEDAL so that only TRBL1 and TRBL2 are affected by the SWELL PEDAL while BASS, CHRD1
AND CHRD2 remain at a constant volume level. Remember that once one of these
PARAMETERS has been modified, the change will be retained in the WORKING MEMORY for
the duration of the session, so during one session if you create several configurations where the
SWELL PEDAL is set to affect only TRBL1 and TRBL2, that modification to the PARAMETERS
will be retained in the WORKING MEMORY, and it will not be necessary to alter the PARAMETER
again during that session. It may be that once you have spent some time with the instrument you
will find yourself changing only certain PARAMETERS on a regular basis. For example, you may
find that all of the default PARAMETER settings are fine except for PARAMETER 1, ACTIVE
SECTIONS, which you may wish to change on a regular basis. To start off, it is recommended
that you keep the alterations to PARAMETERS to a minimum as the default PARAMETERS are
generally quite useful to the average player.
The second step is to select the sounds that you intend to use for each of the active sections. In
the Program Mode it is possible to select up to 128 different sounds for each ACTIVE SECTION
(assuming that there are that many sounds available on the expander or sound module you are
using) Let’s say that TRBL1, CHRD1, and BASS are your ACTIVE SECTIONS. To set up a
sound for TRBL1 select TRBL1 by pressing the button to turn on the spy light for TRBL1. Press
the A/B Button on the grill to choose whether you want sounds from GROUP A or GROUP B on
your expander or sound module. When A is selected, the spy light is off and A will show in the
display.. When B is selected the spy light is on and B will show in the display. Press a number
between 1 and 8 on the BANK buttons to choose the BANK of sounds on your expander or sound
module. Press a number between 1 and 8 on the NUMBER buttons to choose the NUMBER of
the sound on your expander or sound module that you want. You can then repeat this same
process for CHRD1 and BASS. For example, you may set up a pan flute on TRBL1 by pressing
B24, a piano on CHRD1 by pressing A11 and an acoustic bass on BASS by pressing A56. The
instruction manual for your expander or sound module should give you some guidance as to
which GROUP, BANK, & NUMBER buttons need to be pressed in order to obtain the desired
sounds.
HINT: If you are having trouble getting the MIDIVOX III to send the proper GROUP, BANK &
NUMBER program change to obtain a desired sound on your expander or sound module, it is
possible in the PROGRAM MODE to “scroll” through the sounds until you find the desired sound.
For example, press TRBL1 to turn on the spy light. Press the A/B button to select A (spy light off)
Press 1 on the BANK buttons. Press 1 on the NUMBER buttons. The display should now read
A11. (A11 is the lowest program change you can obtain. B88 is the highest.) You may now use
the UP or DWN button or the FOOTSWITCHES (if you are using the default parameters) to move
up or down through the sounds until you find the desired sound.
HINT: If your expander or sound module is GM (General MIDI) compatible there are 64 GM
compatible factory presets stored in ROM which may be loaded and used with any GM compatible
expander or sound module. There is more information on this in Appendix 1 - LOADP
FUNCTION.
HINT: Once you have selected the sounds that you wish to use on each of the ACTIVE
SECTIONS, you will quite likely find that the balance is not correct. For example, you may find
that the Chords playing on CHRD1 are too loud relative to the treble sound which has been
selected on TRBL1. The MIDIVOX III has a solution for this. On the lower part of the accordion
grill there is a potentiometer labelled VLS (short for VOLUME LEVEL SCALING). In the
PROGRAM MODE the VLS can be used to adjust the volume balance between the various
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sections. In the example mentioned above, if you find that the Chords are too loud relative to the
Treble sounds and you want to decrease the volume of the Chords, press CHRD1 to light the spy
light. At this point the display will change to show the sound you have selected for CHRD1 (e.g.
A11 for piano). By turning the VLS while CHRD1 is selected, you can change the volume of the
sound being transmitted by CHRD1 relative to the volume of the sounds being transmitted on
TRBL1 and BASS. Adjusting the VLS is not an exact science, so once you have adjusted the
volume for a particular section to improve the overall balance, it is recommended that you play a
portion of the song you are intending to use this CONFIGURATION or combination of sounds with
to ensure that the balance is correct. Once the balance is correct you can save the
CONFIGURATION to memory. It is important to return the VLS to its fully open position before
setting up your next CONFIGURATION or combination of sounds.
HINT: Once you have selected the sounds you wish to use on each of the active sections, you
may find that while you have the sounds you desire, they may not sound authentic or accurate
because of the range in which you are playing on the keyboard. The MIDIVOX III has a solution
for this problem. The OCT button enables you to transpose the sound for the section presently
selected by one octave higher or lower than the original setting on your expander or sound
module. Let’s say we want to change TRBL1 to play one octave higher while still playing in the
same range on the keyboard. Press TRBL1 to turn on the spy light and select the TRBL1 section.
The display will change to show the sound you have selected (e.g. B24 for pan flute). Press the
OCT button one or more times to select the desired octave. The octave will change each time the
OCT button is pressed. When the central octave has been selected, two small dots will appear on
the display.
SAVING YOUR CONFIGURATIONS (COMBINATIONS) TO USER MEMORIES
USER MEMORIES
When we refer to USER MEMORY or USER CONFIGURATION we are referring to a panel
configuration composed of the settings of sounds in each of the ACTIVE SECTIONS, all of the
PARAMETERS described under the FUNCT Button above, the V.L.S. settings and the octave
settings. These CONFIGURATIONS are created in the PROGRAM MODE and can be stored for
later recall as desired.
There are 128 USER MEMORIES available. They are identified on the display starting from UA11
through UB88. The USER MEMORIES allow you to make the most of the instrument’s
capabilities by quickly changing sounds, parameters, swell pedal, footswitch and MIDI channel
settings all at the touch of a couple of buttons.
STORING IN USER MEMORIES
To store the configuration currently in the WORKING MEMORY to one of the USER MEMORIES,
press the STORE button once. The display will show “UNnn” - U stands for USER MEMORY - N
stands for the GROUP (A or B) - nn stands for the BANK & NUMBER of the USER MEMORY.
The very first time the STORE button is pressed, UA11 will appear. Subsequently the last USER
MEMORY location previously used will display.
At this point, if you wish to store the current configuration in the USER MEMORY which is
currently displayed, press the STORE button a second time. At this point, the word “SURE” will
appear in the display.
If, at this point, you have made a mistake, you can abort the operation by pressing the NUL
button. To confirm that you are sure about your choice, press the STORE button for a third time.
When the operation is completed, the instrument will once again return to the PROGRAM MODE
and the display will indicate the present sound selected on the ACTIVE SECTION.
If, after pressing the STORE button once to display “UNnn”, you decide that you wish to store the
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configuration under a different USER MEMORY location, select a new USER MEMORY location
(e.g. U14) and press the STORE button to confirm. When the operation is completed, the
instrument will once again return to the PROGRAM MODE and the display will indicate the
present sound selected on the ACTIVE SECTION.
RECALLING CONFIGURATIONS FROM USER MEMORY
Activate the USER MODE by pressing the USER button once. “-Ann” or “-bnn” will appear in the
display - nn = the number of the USER MEMORY used last.
Select a USER MEMORY Number (e.g. UA24). If no configuration is stored in the USER
MEMORY location you have selected, “UAEE” or “UbEE” will appear in the display, indicating that
the selected USER MEMORY location is empty. If a configuration has been stored in the selected
USER MEMORY location, the display will indicate the particular number entered. The instrument
will set all parameters and send program change information for the different sounds, etc. to the
expander or sound module according to the specifically stored configuration.
As long as the USER button spy light remain on, you are in the active USER MODE. While in the
USER MODE, you can recall stored combinations by entering the pertinent numbers via the A/B,
BANK & NUMBER buttons. Alternatively, you can “scroll” through stored configurations using the
UP and DWN buttons on the accordion grill, or the FOOTSWITCH #3 and FOOTSWITCH #4 if
they are still set to the default PARAMETERS.
When “scrolling” through the stored
configurations, if you “scroll” to a USER MEMORY which is empty, the display will show “UAEE” or
“UbEE”.
TO EXIT THE USER MODE
To exit the USER MODE and return to the PROGRAM MODE, press the USER button once. The
spy light will go off and the display will show the selected sound on the active section. When you
exit the USER MODE, the instrument’s configuration will remain the same as the last USER
MEMORY which was in use prior to exiting the USER MODE.
TO MODIFY A USER MEMORY
To modify a stored combination, simply recall it in the USER MODE, return to the PROGRAM
MODE (USER spy light off) and change the configuration to suit your requirements. Press the
STORE button and follow the instructions already outlined above under STORING IN USER
MEMORIES.
TO ERASE A USER MEMORY
To completely erase a configuration which has already been stored in a USER MEMORY location,
proceed as follows:
In the PROGRAM MODE (USER spy light off), press Store. The display will show the number of
the USER MEMORY last used.
Enter the number of the USER MEMORY that you wish to erase (e.g. UA27) Press the ERASE
(Treble Cancel) button. The particular USER MEMORY location will now be erased.
HINT: When setting up and storing your configurations in the USER MEMORIES, give
consideration to keeping all configurations you intend to use for a particular song stored in
sequential USER MEMORY locations. During live performance you will be able to select the
different configurations by using the UP and DWN buttons on the accordion grill, or better yet, (if
they are set to the default PARAMETERS) FOOTSWITCH #3 and FOOTSWITCH #4 so that your
right hand will never have to leave the keyboard.
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Hint:
There are a finite number of USER MEMORY locations available for you to store
configurations in. Consequently, they tend to get filled up rather more quickly than you may wish.
The FOOTSWITCH PARAMETERS allow you to configure one of the FOOTSWITCHES so that
you can switch back and forth between TRBL1 and TRBL2. This can, for practical purposes,
double your USER MEMORY capacity. For most commercial music applications you may want to
use several different sounds on the treble side of the accordion in the course of performing a
song. For reasons of consistency you will quite likely wish to retain the same settings for Bass
and Chords. By having one of the FOOTSWITCHES for the MIDIVOX III configured to switch
back and forth between TRBL1 and TRBL2 you can select two treble sounds to store in each
configuration thereby, for practical purposes, doubling the number of USER MEMORIES
available. For example, if you have two sequential USER MEMORY locations set up in this way
you can actually play four courses of the same song using four different sounds, but only using up
two USER MEMORY locations in the process.
HINT: If you make the UTILITY SECTION active along with TRBL1, TRBL2, CHRD1, etc. you
can use the UTILITY SECTION to send program change information to the expander or sound
module. The factory default MIDI Channel for the UTILITY SECTION is 16. Channel 16 is the
industry standard for transmitting program change information for such things as Reverb, Chorus
or other performance settings to an expander or sound module. The Utility Channel could be
used to control these settings on your expander or sound module as part of your configuration.
Consult the manual for your expander or sound module for details on how to control these
PARAMETERS.
APPENDIX 1
SAVE FUNCTION
Earlier it was mentioned that you could SAVE the USER MEMORIES currently residing in the
WORKING MEMORY to an AUXILIARY (BACK-UP) MEMORY, the purpose of this being to
safeguard your stored USER MEMORY configurations from accidental erasure, modification or
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corruption through electrical disturbance.
To SAVE the USER MEMORIES to the AUXILIARY MEMORY, press the FUNCT button eleven
times. The display will ready “SAVE”. Once the word “SAVE” appears in the display, press the
STORE button. Once the SAVE has been completed, the FUNCT spy light will go off and the
MIDIVOX III will revert to the PROGRAM MODE.
If the AUXILIARY MEMORY is not present or is defective for some reason, the display will show
“nOCd” (no card) indicating that the STORE operation is not possible. If this happens, press the
NUL button to return to the PROGRAM MODE.
LOAD FUNCTION
The LOAD function allows you to reload into the WORKING MEMORY all information which has
previously been saved in the AUXILIARY MEMORY.
To LOAD the AUXILIARY MEMORY, press the FUNCT button twelve times. The display will read
“LOAD”.
To proceed with loading of the AUXILIARY MEMORY, press the STORE button. If the LOAD
operation has been properly executed, the FUNCT spy light will go out and the MIDIVOX III will
revert to the PROGRAM MODE.
If the AUXILIARY MEMORY is not present or is defective fro some reason, the display will show
“nOCd” (no card) indicating that the LOAD operation was not successful. If this happens, press
the NUL button to return to the PROGRAM MODE.
ALTERNATIVE LOAD AND SAVE FUNCTIONS
Special SAVE and LOAD functions are available for advanced use of the memory area.
SAVEC
It is possible to store 64 USER MEMORIES of the B BANK in a special location in the AUXILIARY
MEMORY which we have called BANK C. These configurations can be loaded again in BANK B
of the WORKING MEMORY by using the LOADC function.
To get to the SAVEC function, press the FUNCT button eleven times until “SAVE” appears in the
display. Next, press the UP button. The display will now show “SAVc”. Now press STORE to
store the BANK B USER MEMORIES to this special area or press the NUL button to abort the
operation. Once the BANK B USER MEMORIES have been stored, BANK B of the WORKING
MEMORY can be filled with a new set of 64 configurations which can then be sotred in BANK B of
the AUXILIARY MEMORY using the regular SAVE function.
LOADC
To get to the LOADC function, press the FUNCT button twelve times until “LOAD” appears in the
display. Next, press the UP or DWN buttons until “LOAc” appears in the display. Now press
STORE to continue Loading. To abort, press the NUL button.
Once BANK B of the WORKING MEMORY is stored in BANK C of the AUXILIARY MEMORY, the
display will show “c” instead of “b” when selecting USER MEMORIES when the spy light is on for
the A/B button.
LOADP FUNCTION
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64 factory configurations are stored in ROM. These can be used for demo purposes or for direct
use with GM (General MIDI) compatible expanders or sound modules.
To LOAD these factory configurations, you must use the LOADP function.
To get to the LOADP function press the FUNCT button twelve times. The display will show
“LOAD”. Next press the UP or DWN buttons until “LOAP” appears in the display. Now press the
STORE button to continue to LOAD the factory configurations or press the NUL button to abort
the operation.
The factory configurations will LOAD into BANK A of the WORKING MEMORY. Please keep in
mind that when loading the factory configurations, all USER MEMORIES previously stored in
BANK A of the WORKING MEMORY will be deleted.
APPENDIX 2
IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION
Before attributing an apparent malfunction to a break-down, you must carefully review and reexamine connections to ensure that they have been properly made and all operations to ensure
that they have been executed correctly.
The MIDIVOX III is controlled by a microprocessor.
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sensitive to voltage fluctuations, spikes or noise coming through the electrical line. If it is not
possible to ensure the stability of the electric power within a narrow range (+/- 10%) you should
use an A C voltage regulator.
It is also very important to avoid power sparks between the plug and the power outlet.
If you are plugging in several units (MIDIVOX III, expander, amplifier, etc.) you should make use
of a high quality multiple outlet surge protected strip.
The MIDIVOX III incorporates an automatic reset control which kicks in and restarts the
microprocessor in the event of a power disturbance of irregularity.
TROUBLESHOOTING LIST
ALL LIGHTS ARE OUT ON THE POWER SUPPLY
Check the power outlet to make sure the electricity is on. Check the fuse located inside the power
inlet of the power supply unit.(removable access panel is located in the lower portion of the power
socket). If replacement is needed, use a T 0.5 A fuse.
THE SPY LIGHT IS OFF ON THE POWER SUPPLY. ONLY THE INTERNAL SPY LIGHT IN
THE POWER SWITCH IS ON.
Remove the front screw that holds the cover of the power supply in place. Slide the cover forward
and carefully detach it from the unit. Make sure that the exposed small wires are not damaged or
disturbed. Check the internal fuse and if needed, replace it with a new one of type F 0.5 A.
ALL SPY LIGHTS ARE ON, BUT THE DISPLAY DOES NOT LIGHT UP AND THE INSTRUMENT
SHOWS NO VITAL SIGNS
Check the wire connecting the accordion to the power supply. It or it’s connections could be
damaged. It is also possible that the accordion may be damaged.
THE DISPLAY SHOWS ABNORMAL INDICATIONS WHEN FIRST TURNED ON, OR THE
DISPLAY IS OFF AND ONLY A FEW LED LIGHTS ARE ON.
Check the connection with the power supply. Try turning the power supply switch on and off
several times. If nothing changes, something may be wrong with the instrument.
THE INSTRUMENT APPEARS TO BE WORKING, BUT NO SOUND IS AUDIBLE.
Check the MIDI connection between the power supply and the expander or sound module.
Check the audio connections between the expander or sound module and the amplifier.
Check to see that the volume controls are properly adjusted.
Check to ensure that the MIDIVOX III and the expander or sound module settings are compatible
(e.g. Is the expander set to receive the same channels that the MIDIVOX III is set to transmit?)
If you can find nothing wrong, there may be something wrong with the instrument.
WHILE PLAYING THE INSTRUMENT, “PA11” OR “PAEE” SUDDENLY APPEARS ON THE
DISPLAY AND THE MIDIVOX III RESETS ITSELF.
Check the connections between the power supply and the accordion.
Check the connections between the power supply and the power outlet.
Check for the possibility of power spikes, fluctuations, or interference caused by other electrical
devices on the same circuit. Electric motors, refrigerators, air conditioning or heating devices on
the same circuit could have an effect.
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For any other types of malfunctions or damage, contact your dealer, a specialized electronics
repair facility, or directly contact the CEMEX/EXCELSIOR Repairs Department.
CEMEX Srl declines any responsibility for damages caused by carelessness or by tampering with
the electronic circuits or other parts of the instrument.
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