Kurzweil PCR-2

Kurzweil PCR-2
Kurzweil PCR-2
Classic Keys Expansion board for the PC1x
Installation Instructions
September 1, 2004
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Part Number: 910412 Rev. B
Kurzweil International Contacts
Contact the nearest Kurzweil office listed below to locate your local Kurzweil
Kurzweil Co., Ltd.
424 CheongCheon-dong, Bupyung-gu, Incheon, Korea
Tel: 032-453-3550
Fax: 032-453-3316
A N D Music Corp.
10107 S. Tacoma Way, A3
Lakewood, WA 98499
Tel: 866-798-6979
Official distributors in other countries are listed on our website.
World Wide Web Home Page
Contents of the Kit
Thank you for purchasing a PCR-2 ROM Expansion Kit for the
PC1x. The PCR-2 for the PC1x provides an array of classic
keyboard sounds, and adds 128 programs and 32 setups to your
Please read all of the introductory information in this document
(through Tools and Materials Required for Installation) before
proceeding with the installation. Finally, go to Updating Software
on page 7 to update your PC1x software.
Contents of the Kit
In addition to this installation guide, your PCR-2 kit should contain
the following items:
Expansion board (single inline memory module, or SIMM)
CD containing updated PC1x software
Keyboard overlay with ROM2 sound categories, cut to fit over
the Sound Select buttons on the PC1x’s front panel
User’s Guide describing new software features, as well as
information about programs and setups
Safety Precautions
To prevent risk of electrocution, make sure that the PC1x is
disconnected from its power supply before you begin
disassembling the instrument.
Static electricity, even in small amounts, can cause damage to
electronic components (especially memory). Before disassembling
the instrument, touch a conductive metal surface to discharge any
static electricity that you may have built up.
Saving Your Data
You’ll be upgrading your PC1x’s software as part of this
installation, which means that you’ll need to do a hard reset before
returning to normal operation. The hard reset initializes the PC1x so
that it can use the new sounds and programs. It also deletes all userdefined data (programs, setups, and effects) from the PC1x’s
memory. If you don’t want to lose your user data when you install
this option, do a SysEx dump of all objects before you begin the
System Requirements
System Requirements
Your instrument must have OS version 2.0 or later in order to work
correctly with ROM 2. If you do not need to update your software,
proceed to the installation procedure (page 6).
Checking Software Versions
There are two ways to check the version of the operating system
software. The first is to watch the display as the instrument powers
up. During powerup, the display shows several messages. One of
these messages is Welcome to the PC1x; this message also indicates
the version of the operating system software on the bottom line of
the display.
The second way to check the version of the operating system
software is to check the value of the OS Version parameter in the
Global menu. Press the Global button, then press the Right cursor
button until you see a parameter called OS Version. If you do not
see this parameter, then you will need to update your OS software.
Whichever method you use, if the operating system version is
earlier than 2.0, you need to update your operating system software.
See page 7.
Tools and Materials Required for
#2 (medium) cross-recess (Phillips head) screwdriver
Two thick foam pads (keyboard models only)
You’ll need a flat work area large enough to accommodate the
disassembled instrument. The foam pads listed in the required
materials will protect the Alpha Wheel and knobs on keyboard
Tools and Materials Required for Software Updates
If you need to update your operating system software, you’ll also
need the following:
Stand-alone sequencer or MIDI file player that has a CD-ROM
drive and can send System Exclusive (SysEx) data—or a
personal computer (either Windows-compatible or a Macintosh
or other computer capable of reading DOS disks and files)
Tools and Materials Required for Installation
equipped with MIDI interface, CD-ROM drive, and
sequencing software capable of sending SysEx data.
MIDI cable
If you do not have a device with a CD-ROM drive, you can
download the files from our website,
Sequencer Software for Windows-Compatible Computers
Windows Media Player. You need to have version 5 or later of
Media Player—older versions will not work correctly. You can
download Windows Media Player from the following website
Please note that Alesis Freeloader, which we recommend for the
Mac, is buggy in the PC version and will not work correctly.
Commercial software
Logic (from EMAGIC)
Sequencer Software for Macintosh Computers
MIDIGraphy 1.4.3 (older versions tend to crash w/OS 8 and 9), is
available at the following website:
Alesis Freeloader is available at the following website:
Please note that Windows Media Player, which we recommend for
the PC, is buggy in the Mac version and does NOT work.
Installing in the PC1x
Commercial software
Performer (from Mark of the Unicorn)
Logic (from EMAGIC)
Installing in the PC1x
Removing the Access Panel
1. Make sure that the PC1x is disconnected from its power
supply, and that you’ve discharged any residual static
electricity by touching a conductive object (like the metal
casing of the PC1x itself).
2. Position the foam pads on your work surface so that they’ll
support the ends of the keyboard.
3. Place the PC1x face-down on the foam pads, with the
keyboard facing away from you. Make sure that the PC1x is
not resting on the Alpha Wheel or sliders.
4. Using a #2 Phillips screwdriver, remove the seven screws
that secure the access panel.
5. Remove the access panel by lifting its far edge and pulling it
up and away from you.
Installing PCR-2 Board on Engine Board
This section describes the basic installation.
1. Locate the SIMM socket. It is about 4” long and near the
front of the access slot.
2. Grasp the board so that the chips face away from you when
you insert the connecting edge of the board into the socket.
Notice the semi-circular notch at the center of the connecting
edge. This notch aligns with a key on the SIMM socket, and
ensures that you position the board correctly in the socket.
3. Place the board in the connection slot of the SIMM socket,
aligning the notch in the board with the key in the socket.
The board will rotate toward you when you release it.
Updating Software
4. Press straight down on the top edge of the board until the
locking tabs at each side of the socket snap into place.
Reassembly and Hardware Verification
1. Replace the access panel, and replace the retaining screws.
2. Turn the PC1x on, and watch the display. The display should
show Welcome to the PC1x, then should go to the program
3. Press the Global button, then press the Right cursor button
repeatedly to scroll through the parameters until you find the
parameter named Expansion, which should have a value of
Yes. If the value of the Expansion parameter is No, the
PCR-2 board isn’t installed properly on the main engine
board. You should repeat the installation procedure or
consult a Kurzweil dealer or certified service center.
Updating Software
If you have not checked the software versions yet, you should do so
now. The “Classic Keys” option requires version 2.00 or higher.
See System Requirements on page 4 to learn how to check software
You update your OS by using a sequencer application to load a
MIDI file(.mid) into the PC1x’s flash ROM. The file is named
pc1x200.mid. The version number is indicated by the last three
digits in the filename. A more recent version would have a higher
number in the filename.
Saving Objects
Updating software components requires you to do a hard reset
before resuming normal operations. This deletes all user-defined
information from the PC1x’s memory. You should dump all userdefined programs, setups, and effects to an external storage system
(like a computer sequencer) before updating your software.
Otherwise, they’ll be lost.
See the programming chapter in your PC1x Musician’s Guide for
information about dumping programs and other objects.
Updating Software
Preparing Your Sequencer
You’ll need either a standalone sequencer, or a personal computer
with a MIDI interface and sequencing software.
1. Connect a MIDI cable from your sequencer’s or computer’s
MIDI Out port to the PC1x’s MIDI In port.
2. Launch the sequencer application.
Launching the PC1x’s Boot Block
You’ll need to run the boot block for any software updates you
make (including updating the boot block itself).
1. If the PC1x is on, turn it off.
2. Turn the PC1x on, and watch the display.
3. When you see Please wait..., press and release the Panic
button. After a few seconds, you’ll see Install FlashROM via
MIDI. This is the boot block.
4. Follow the instructions below.
Updating Operating System
The operating system software, together with the soundware data,
are part of the PC1x sound engine. You’ll use the Install FlashROM
via MIDI (sound engine) option to install both the operating system
software and the soundware.
1. If the boot block is not already running, launch it as
described above.
2. When the boot block has finished launching, the display
shows Install engine via MIDI.
3. Press Yes again. The display changes to Waiting for MIDI.
4. If necessary, insert the PC1x CD into the sequencer’s or
computer’s CD-ROM drive.
5. Find and open the appropriate MIDI file for your PC1x. The
version number (last three digits) must read 200 or higher.
6. Play the MIDI file. The top line of the display
shows SYS3-0 file 1 of 1, and the bottom line shows
Updating Software
segment 1 of 31. When the display shows
Done, stop the sequencer if it doesn’t stop automatically.
soon as you see Done, you can go on to the next step.
7. Proceed to Doing a Hard Reset below.
Doing a Hard Reset
This procedure assumes that you’re in the boot block menu. If you
aren’t, relaunch the boot block (see page 8 if you need a reminder),
then proceed.
1. Press the Left or Right cursor button until you see Hard
RESET in the bottom line of the display.
2. Press Yes. The display prompts you with a question: Erase
RAM objects?
3. Press the Right cursor button. This performs the hard reset
and returns you to the boot block menu.
4. Follow the instructions in Returning to Normal Operations
From the Boot Block Menu below.
Returning to Normal Operations From the Boot Block Menu
1. Press the Left or Right cursor button until you see Run
engine in the bottom line of the display.
2. Press Yes. After a few seconds, you’ll be back in
performance mode. You’re now ready to verify the software
Verifying the Software Installation
This procedure assumes that you’ve properly installed the hardware
portion of the PCR-2 option, verified the installation (as described
on page 7), executed a hard reset, and returned to a performance
1. Press the Global button to enter the menu of global
2. Press the Right cursor button repeatedly until you see the
parameter named OS Version. The version number in the
display should match the version number in the name of the
Updating Software
operating system file you installed (the version must be 2.0
or later for the PCR-2 option to work).
See the troubleshooting section below if any of the steps in the
verification procedure gave you the wrong result.
Troubleshooting for Software Updates
You’re not likely to have problems updating your software. In fact,
there are very few things that can go wrong:
Display is Stuck at Waiting for MIDI
The MIDI signal isn’t getting to the PC1x. Make sure that the
computer or sequencer’s MIDI Out is connected to the PC1x’s
MIDI In. Make sure the cable isn’t defective. Try another cable if
Display Never Shows Done
It’s possible that the PC1x isn’t receiving all of the MIDI file data.
Try playing the MIDI file at a slower tempo.
It’s also possible that there’s an issue with your MIDI interface.
Installing the latest version of your interface’s USB driver
(available from the interface’s manufacturer) may help. You might
also try a different MIDI interface.
Version in Display Doesn’t Match Version of File
If the version number you see in the display doesn’t match the
version number on the file you installed, the file didn’t get installed
Try installing the file again. Watch the display carefully to make
sure the instrument is receiving data from the sequencer. make sure
that you see Done in the display before stopping the playback of the
If you downloaded or copied any of the files, one or more of them
may be corrupted. Try downloading the files again. The address for
the Kurzweil website is www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com.
If you’re still having problems, consult a Kurzweil dealer or service
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