Owners Manual
SUZUKI
Q CHORD
MODEL QC-1
Owners Manual
THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS
Welcome to a new and exciting way to make music, that’s
creative, mind expanding and fun.
Q Cards
Every music lover has dreamed of playing with an orchestra or
performing in a band. The Suzuki Corporation, MIDI Hits and Tune
1000 have worked together to combine the latest sound card
technology with your favorite songs. The availability of these
professionally produced, optional, song cartridges now enable you
to have a truly heightened, interactive musical experience right out
of the box.
Q Chord
The Q Chord contains the latest technological advancement’s
that now enables everyone to play or create music. It offers the
ultimate combination of musical instrument and technology in a
light weight, portable and dynamic sounding package never before
available.
All of the Q Chord’s features and functions can be used individually or in exciting combinations. There is no end to the music you
can make no matter what skill level you aspire too.
This owner’s manual contains easy to follow, step by step instruction for all Q Chord functions. If you hate to read instruction
manuals, we understand and encourage you to play and experiment with the instrument and refer to this manual to answer any
questions you have as you create your own personal symphony.
Also remember that clinical studies the world over have shown
that playing a musical instrument has many benefits for both body
and soul. It utilizes and strengthens portions of your brain that
are not normally used in everyday activities.
Take a few moments now to start to find the hidden creative
musical side that we all have within.
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QUICK PLAY - POWER UP
Your Q Chord comes complete with 8 batteries (size C, Sum-2 or
R-14) and is ready to use now, right from the box.
Let’s power up by installing either the enclosed batteries or using
the optional AC adapter QCA (use only the Q Chord QCA
adapter).
1
BATTERY INSTALLATION
Turn the Q Chord over and pull back the 2 plastic tabs and
remove the battery door.
2
Insert the 8 batteries included in the shipping carton. Use the
diagram on the battery cover to make sure you correctly insert
them into the battery cradle.
3
Press the power button
If there is no power recheck to make sure you have correctly
inserted the batteries and replaced the battery door.
PLUG IN AC ADAPTER
Jack Connector Panel
1
Plug one end of the AC adapter into the 120v (standard) AC
outlet, while plugging the other end into the Q Chord power
jack on the side of the instrument.
2
Press the power button
Make sure you only use the QCA adapter. Other adapters could
cause damage to this instrument. See specification page for
further details.
Q TIP: After removing the instrument, batteries, and instruction
manual from the packing carton and shipping materials, save the
box and molded foam insert for later use. It’s a great way to store
or transport your instrument.
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QUICK PLAY - DEMO SONG
The Q Chord has a built-in demonstration song which will immediately allow you to begin playing along with the song “Michelle” by
the Beatles.
Follow the steps below and begin playing now!
PLAYING ALONG WITH THE DEMONSTRATION SONG
1
Press the Demo Button.
You should begin to hear the Demo song play.
Make sure that the Power button is already engaged and that the
Master Volume Knob is set to the 12:00 position or higher.
2
Slide your thumb or index finger up the strumplate.
Continue to slide or tap your fingers up the strumplate at your own
pace.
You are now playing along with the band!
Play along with this Demo to get familiar with the sounds you can
make as you strum the Strumplate in various different ways.
Q-TIP: Later we will explain many fun and interesting playing
techniques and set ups.
For example: how to select and play one of the 100 different
strumplate voices available, plus different sustain settings and
strumplate playing techniques.
Playing along with this Beatles song is similar to playing along
with one of the optional song cartridges.
The amount of orchestration varies from song to song. Some
have full big band orchestra will others like the demo song
“”Michelle”,” use the same instruments as the original recording.
As stated above there are many fun, exciting and challenging
ways to practice, play and perform, the wide variety of song titles
that are available on the many optional song cartridges.
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QUICK PLAY - DEMO SONG continued
The Q Chord has the ability to play prerecorded song cartridges
called “Q Cards.” You can play along with these song cartridges
just like you are playing along with the demo song.
Listed below are more fun ways to play along with the demo song.
1
PLAYING ALONG WITH CERTAIN BAND MEMBERS
Press the Auto Chord button once.
This will turn off the Chord Plus LED. This will eliminate the
melody line from the Demo song.
2
Press the Demo Button.
You should begin to hear the Demo song play.
This time without hearing the melody line of the demo song.
3
Strum or tap the Strumplate with your thumb or fingers.
Try taping your fingers to the beat of the music. Play around
using different finger and or thumb activity.
Q TIP: With the Chord Plus turned off you may want to actively
strum or tap the strumplate to make up for the missing notes.
There are many different ways to play along with the band on this
demo song.
You can play with any member of the Q Chord band or any
combination of Q Chord band members. Or you can play solo by
yourself.
For example: You could play with just the drummer and the bass
player.
There are many combinations that we will detail later in this
manual.
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QUICK PLAY - SONG CARTRIDGE (optional)
The Q Chord has the ability to play prerecorded song cartridges
called “Q Cards.” To play one of these optional cartridges follow
the simple instructions shown below. For more advanced play see
the Song Cartridge section later in this manual.
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PLAYING ALONG WITH THE SONG CARTRIDGES
Turn the power off.
Push the open end of the song cartridge into the Chord Button
end of the Q Chord, marked “Q Card”, as shown. Press in firmly
until the Cartridge is seated properly.
Make sure that the label side of the Cartridge is up so that you do
not force it in the wrong way.
Do not force the Q Card into its connection, it should insert
properly when firmly pressed. Make sure to insert the open end of
the cartridge, not the label end.
When the Song Cartridge is correctly inserted the display will read
“01.”
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2
If you want to play a song other than the first selection press
the UP search button until you reach your desired song.
Remember if the card is not inserted properly then the Q Card
control LCD will not display any digits.
3
Press the Play button.
Make sure that the Master Volume Knob is set to the 2 o’clock
position or higher.
You should hear your selected song.
4
Strum or tap the Strumplate with your thumb or fingers.
Try taping your fingers to the beat of the music. Play around
using different finger and or thumb activity.
2
Q TIP: There are many different fun and exciting ways that you
can play with this prerecorded music. We will get into more detail
later in this manual.
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Remember it’s that simple to play!
1. Plug in the song cartridge
2. Press Play
3. Strum Away!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Q CHORD - MODEL QC-1
1 THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS
2 Q UICK PLAY - SET UP
3 Q UICK PLAY - DEMO SONG
5 Q UICK PLAY - SONG CARTRIDGE (OPTIONAL)
6 TABLE OF CONTENTS
7 CONTROLS AND FUNCTIONS
9 EZ PLAY
11 STRUMPLATE
15 STRUMPLATE - EFFECTS
17 STRUMPLATE - PITCH BEND WHEEL
18 ONE FINGER CHORD PLAY
19 MULTI FINGER CHORD PLAY
20 RHYTHM SECTION - DRUMS
23 CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
28 PLAYING A SONG WITH THE BAND
30 ADDITIONAL FEATURES - TRANSPOSE
30 ADDITIONAL FEATURES - TUNING
31 ADDITIONAL FEATURES - MIDI EXPANDER
32 ADDITIONAL FEATURES - OCTAVE SHIFT
33 STRUMPLATE - ADDITIONAL INSTRUMENT VOICES
35 MELODY KEYBOARD
36 SONG/STYLE CARTRIDGES
39 MIDI
42 JACK CONNECTOR PANEL
43 STRUMPLATE INSTRUMENT VOICE LIST
45 WARRANTY
46 SPECIFICATIONS
47 ACCESSORIES
48 NOTES
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Use this reference page as you continue to play and add new features and functions.
MASTERS
STRUMPLATE
12. STRUMPLATE VOLUME
13. STRUMPLATE BANK Indicator LED’S (two)
14. STRUMPLATE LIGHT BAR
SEGMENTS (10)
15. STRUMPLATE SELECT
BUTTONS
16. START/STOP - Master Control
17. STRUMPLATE SUSTAIN
18. SPEAKER GRILL
19. STRUMPLATE
20. PITCH BEND WHEEL
1. POWER - Main of/off switch
2. DEMO
3. VOLUME - Master Control
RHYTHMS
4. RHYTHM VOLUME - Up/Down
5. RHYTHM BANK - Indicator
LED’S (two)
6. INTRO/END
7. RHY. LIGHT BAR SEGMENTS
8. RHYTHM SELECT BUTTONS
9. TEMPO - Up/Down Buttons
10. BASS PORT
11. FILL
CHORD BUTTONS
21. TRANSPOSE BUTTONS
22. CHORD BUTTONS
23. TUNE BUTTONS
24. MIDI EXPANDER CONTROL
25. OCTAVE SHIFT(strmplt. & kybd)
26. STRUMPLATE VOICE BUTTON
EFFECTS BUTTONS
27. VIBRATO BUTTON
28. EZ PLAY BUTTON
29. REVERB BUTTON
V
BOTTOM VIEW
40.
41.
42.
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38.
39.
Q CARD CONTROL
30. STOP BUTTON
31. PLAY / PAUSE BUTTON
32. TRACK & VOICE # DISPLAY
33. SEARCH DOWN / UP
38. CHORD VOL. & DEPTH BUTTONS
39. AUTO & CHORD PLUS BUTTON
34. CHORD VOL. & DEPTH BUTTONS
35. AUTO & CHORD PLUS BUTTON
36. CHRD. & MANUAL CHRD. BUTTONS
BOTTOM VIEW
37. BASS & MEL. KYBD. BUTTONS
40. BASS PORT
41. BATTERY COVER
42. IDENTIFICATION TAG W/ SN #
4.
2. 3.
1.
Q CARD
CHORD MODE
5.
6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
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21.
V
V
x
- +
V
STOP PLAY/PAUSE
22.
23.
24. 25.
26.
27. 28. 29.
30.31. 32 33. 34. 35.
36. 37.
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EZ PLAY
When first starting to play the Q Chord you may want to begin by
engaging the Easy Play button. This function will automatically set
up the Q Chord so that only the selected chord button and the
strumplate will be heard. This basic set up is an ideal way to start
playing a new song.
EZ PLAY FEATURE
1
Press the Easy Play button.
The Q Chord’s Chord Mode section will automatically set up the Q
Chord, so that only the chord and strumplate sounds are heard.
2
Press a Chord Button
You will hear the sustained chord of the button you pressed
sound.
This basic set up is an ideal way to start playing a new song, by
first getting familiar with playing chord buttons of your selected
song.
3
Strum or tap the Strumplate with your thumb or fingers.
You should only hear the strumplate and the engaged chord button.
Q TIP: The EZ Play mode is an excellent function to experiment
with the different sounds you can get out of the strumplate by the
different ways that you strum or tap it.
We will show you how to select from the 100 available strumplate
voices, how to add effects and use the pitch bend wheel, later in
this manual.
We will also explain how you can begin playing your favorite songs.
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EZ PLAY - continued
The Chord Button sound with the EZ Play feature engaged can be
changed by selecting a different Rhythm Style. Follow the simple
instructions shown below.
EZ PLAY FEATURE - CHANGING THE INSTRUMENT SOUND
1
Press the Rhythm Select Down button once to engage the
Country Style.
Press the down select button one time. The LED segment for the
Country Style will turn on.
2
Press a Chord Button
You will now hear a sustained chord of the button you pressed.
This chord sound is now Organ instead of the Strings voice that
you heard when the Bossa Nova Style was engaged.
3
Press the Rhythm Select buttons (Up or Down) and repeat step
2.
Try the other Rhythm Styles to hear the chord sounds that are
available.
Q TIP: Some chord voices are repeated for certain Styles.
Some voices may sound better than others depending on the style
of song that you are playing.
Try out all the different combinations and let your creative juices
flow as you mix and match the chord sounds with the many
different Strumplate voices.
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STRUMPLATE
The Q Chord is equipped with a unique feature called a
Strumplate. This Strumplate will respond instantly to the touch of
your thumb or fingers. Whether you press a chord button, or
play along with the Demo button or Song Cartridge, the four
octave range of the Strumplate is always in tune.
There are a total of 100 Strumplate voices to choose from.
1
CHOOSING A CONTROL PANEL STRUMPLATE VOICE
Press the Down Select Strumplate Voice Button.
Pressing the button once will sequence the LED light bar segment from the Guitar down one to the Piano voice.
Q TIP: Pressing and holding down the Down Select button will
engage the rapid select mode. Release the button when you
have reached your desired voice.
2
Observe the Strumplate Voice LED light to distinguish which
bank of voices is selected.
The indicator LED will show which left or right bank is selected.
For our example the left LED indicator is selected which means
the left bank of voices is selected.
ADJUSTING THE STRUMPLATES VOLUME CONTROL
1
Press the Strumplate Volume Up button until all 10 light bar
segments are lit.
This is maximum strumplate volume. If you want more volume
make sure to turn the Master Volume knob all the way to the
right.
Q TIP: Fine Tuning Volume control. There are four degrees of
sensitivity for each LED light bar segment. Every time you press
the up or down volume control button you will change the
volume level. Every fourth time you press one volume control
button you will increase or decrease the LED light bar segment
by one light bar.
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STRUMPLATE CONTROL PANEL VOICES - CONTINUED
The Sustain Control for the 10 control panel Strumplate voices is
preset and ready to play. However, depending on the style of
your strumplate playing, you may want to adjust the amount of
sustain to fit your individual and creative feel for the sound you
have in mind.
ADJUSTING THE SUSTAIN CONTROL
1
Press down the Up Sustain Button to increase the amount of
sustain on your selected Strumplate voice.
Pressing the button once will show the sustain level setting.
Q TIP: Pressing and holding down the Down Select button will
engage the rapid select mode. Release the button when you have
reached your desired level.
Fine Tuning Volume control. There are four degrees of sensitivity for each LED light bar segment. Every time you press the up or
down sustain control button you will change the sustain level.
Every fourth time you press one sustain control button you will
increase or decrease the LED light bar segment by one light bar.
2
Strum the strumplate with your thumb or fingers.
Listen to the difference in the sound that the additional sustain
can make.
Q TIP: The amount of sustain engaged for your selected
strumplate voice can have big effect on the sound of that instrument voice.
When you have the time experiment with various sustain levels to
get a feel for the different ways that you can alter and vary the
many Strumplate voices with the Sustain feature.
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STRUMPLATE
PLAYING TECHNIQUES
The Strumplate is always in tune with what you are playing, but
just like a guitar there are many ways to strum the strings. There
is no one correct way because you determine what method
sounds best for each individual song. Use your creativity and
feel for the sound you want to hear and then attempt to achieve
that sound through the expressive Strumplate, and its controls
(Sustain, Effects and the Pitch Bend Wheel).
1
SLIDE (STRUM) PLAY
Press the EZ Play button and then slide your thumb or finger
up the strumplate.
Try again this time using two fingers as shown.
Try again this time using three fingers.
Try with fingers spread out and then try with fingers close together.
As you noticed the more fingers you play with the fuller the sound
becomes.
By trying these different combinations you will get a better feel for
the different ways you can produce sound from the Strumplate.
TAP PLAY
1
Using the tip of your finger(s) tap the Strumplate as you would
tap a table as you listen to a song.
Use the same EZ Play set up as above.
Try using one, two, three fingers or thumb as shown.
Try taping in one area of the Strumplate to start.
Then try taping in various areas of the Strumplate. You will be
able to hear each octave of the chord as you tap at the various
areas of the Strumplate.
As you continue playing with these two techniques, try combining
them by using the Slide Play and then Tap Play etc...
Their are many different ways to play the Strumplate, these are
just two techniques.
Have fun and take your time experimenting with different playing
styles of your own.
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STRUMPLATE VOICE ONLY
Listed below is how to set up the Q Chord to hear only the
strumplate, some do’s and don’ts, and another playing technique.
1
2
EZ PLAY - STRUMPLATE VOICE ONLY
Press the EZ Play button and then press the Auto Chord
button twice.
The Auto Chord/Chord Plus LED will turn off, and only the Chord
Hold and Manual Chord buttons in the Chord Mode section
should now be lit now.
Press a Chord button and then strum the Strumplate.
You should only hear the Strumplate voice.
STRUMPLATE DO’S AND DON’TS
Q TIP: Do not use your fingernails or any sharp object on the
Strumplate.
A slight downward pressure from your thumb or fingers is all you
need to activate this sensitive area.
The more familiar you get with the strumplate the more expressive you will be able to become with the Q Chord.
We urge you to relax as you enjoy trying out the various control
panel strumplate voices and the different ways to play them.
You can even try the no movement technique of placing three fingers on the Strumplate with the Organ or Strings voice engaged.
You don’t even have to move your fingers on strumplate, just
pressing different chord buttons
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STRUMPLATE
EFFECTS
1
The next two pages discuss the on board Strumplate effects:
Vibrato & Reverb. Both of these effects have depth control so
that you can select how much of the effect you would like to add
to your Strumplate voice.
The Vibrato effect causes an oscillating or “wavy” sound to the
strumplate voice.
VIBRATO STRUMPLATE EFFECT
To hear only the Strumplate voice press the EZ Play button
and then press the Auto Chord button twice.
Only the Chord Hold and Manual Chord LED’s in the Chord Mode
section should now be on.
2
Press VIBRATO button.
The Vibrato LED should now be on.
When you engage the Vibrato effect the LED light bar in the
Strumplate Voice section will light for two seconds to indicate
the amount or depth of the Vibrato effect that is engaged.
3
Strum the Strumplate to hear the Vibrato effect.
Strum the Strumplate once with the Vibrato effect engaged and
once with the Vibrato effect off.
Listen to the difference, if you want to increase or decrease the
amount of Vibrato continue on to Step 4.
4
ADJUSTING THE DEPTH OF THE VIBRATO EFFECT
Press the Chord Mode Volume Control after you select the
Vibrato button.
You have 2 seconds after engaging the Vibrato effect to adjust
the depth.
After that the Chord Mode Volume control will adjust the overall
Accompaniment Chord Mode Volume.
Try different depth settings with different Strumplate voices to get
a feel for the impact of this interesting and impressive effect on
the strumplate sounds.
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STRUMPLATE
EFFECTS - continued
The Digital Reverb effect simulates the event of playing in a
larger room where the sound reverberates or bounces off the
walls, ceiling etc...
The Reverb effect is more subtle than the Vibrato effect and is
most apparent when the Sustain turned down to one or two light
bar segments.
1
REVERB STRUMPLATE EFFECT
To hear only the Strumplate voice press the EZ Play button
and then press the Auto Chord button twice.
Only the Chord Hold and Manual Chord LED’s in the Chord
Mode section should now be on.
2
Press the Sustain Down button until you reach the 1 LED light
bar segment.
This effect is most noticeable when you have set your Sustain
control to low levels.
Therefore try it with the Sustain Control setting with only 1 or 2
LED light bar segments displayed.
3
Strum the Strumplate.
Strum the Strumplate once with the Reverb effect engaged and
once with the Reverb effect off, to hear this subtle but important
instrument effect.
We recommend leaving this feature on unless it interferes with
your playing style.
ADJUSTING THE DEPTH OF THE REVERB EFFECT
4
The Depth Control Function is the same as the Vibrato depth
control.
Press the Chord Mode Volume Control after you select the
Reverb button to adjust the depth of the Reverb effect.
You have 2 seconds after engaging the Vibrato effect to adjust
the depth.
After that the Chord Mode Volume control will control the overall
Accompaniment of the Chord Mode.
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STRUMPLATE EFFECTS - PITCH BEND
The Pitch Bend Wheel will alter the pitch of the Strumplate. When
you strum the Strumplate and turn the Pitch Bend Wheel down it
lowers the pitch, and when you turn it up it raises the pitch. This
effect is very similar to how a guitarist will “bend” the strings on a
guitar for greater expression.
USING THE PITCH BEND WHEEL
1
To hear only the Chord and the Strumplate press the EZ Play
button.
This EZ Play mode will help to focus on the sound of the
Strumplate.
2
Press a Chord button with you left hand.
You should now hear that Chord buttons’ sound.
3
Strum the Strumplate and turn the Pitch Bend Wheel down.
You should hear the Pitch of the Strumplate lower or go “flat.”
If you strum the Strumplate and turn the Pitch Bend Wheel up
you should hear the Pitch of the Strumplate raise or go “sharp.”
This feature is a fun and creative way to add expression to your
strumplate playing. Experiment with different Strumplate voices
and different playing styles to get familiar with feel of this effect.
Using the Pitch Bend Wheel can add a whole new expressive
dimension to your performances.
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ONE FINGER CHORD PLAY
The Q Chord is capable of playing up to 84 different chord combinations.
This section explains the simple one finger play.
By using only one finger you can play major, minor or seventh
chords in any key.
You do not need to be a musician to play, you only need to know
the letters in the alphabet.
PLAYING CHORDS WITH ONE FINGER
1
To hear only the Chord press the EZ Play button.
This will help to hear the different chords when you press the
Chord Buttons.
2
Press a Chord button with you left hand.
You should now hear that Chord buttons’ sound. A string ensemble will sound playing the Chord Button that you engaged.
PLAYING A SONG WITH CHORD AND STRUMPLATE
3
WHEN THE SAINTS GO
MARCHING IN
C
From the Song Shown on the left, press the corresponding
Chord buttons
Take your time as you locate and press the corresponding Chord
Buttons of the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” shown to
the left.
Oh when the Saints ____ go march-ing in, ____
G7
Oh when the Saints ___ go march-ing in, ___
C
C7
F
Oh I want to be in that number ______
C
F
G7 C
___when the saints go march - ing
in. ___
4
Press the Start/Stop button
If you wish to stop the Chord sound, press the Start/Stop button
and the Chord Sound will stop.
To reactivate the sound simply press a Chord Button again.
Sing the words to the song as you press the Chord buttons
and strum the Strumplate.
Take your time and start off slowly until you learn the location of
the chord buttons and you are comfortable singing and playing
the Strumplate.
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MULTI-FINGER CHORD PLAY
This section explains the multi-finger chord play.
The chord section is capable of playing more complex chord
progressions, including Major 7th, Minor 7th, Augmented and
Diminished chords. To play these chords, you need to push two
or three chord buttons simultaneously.
1
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PLAYING MULTI-BUTTON CHORDS
To hear only the Chord press the EZ Play button.
This will help to hear the different chords when you press the
Chord Buttons.
2
Major 7th Chord
Select a key (Db, Ab, Eb, F, C, G, D, A, E, B, or F#). Press the
Major and the 7th Chord buttons together (top and bottom rows).
For example, if the music calls for a C Major 7th Chord you
would press the buttons shown. (C Maj 7)
3
Minor 7th Chord
Press the Minor and the 7th Chord buttons together (middle and
bottom rows).
For example, if your music calls for a G Min 7th Chord you would
press the buttons shown. (G Min 7)
4
Augmented Chord
Press the Major, Minor and the 7th Chord buttons together (top,
middle and bottom rows).
For example, if your music calls for a A Augmented Chord you
would press the buttons shown (A aug).
5
Diminished Chord
Press the Major and Minor Chord buttons together (top and
middle rows).
For example, if your music calls for a G Diminished Chord you
would press the buttons shown (D dim).
RHYTHM SECTION - DRUMS
The Q Chord has 10 professionally produced on board Rhythm
Styles. There are an additional 30 Rhythm Styles available on
the optional Rhythm Style Cartridge.
1
2
SELECTING A RHYTHM STYLE - DRUMS ONLY
Press the Rhythm Select down button and release it.
When you press this button down and release it the LED light
bar segment will move down one segment.
Press the Rhythm Select down
button, to select the Blues Shuffle Style.
As you continue to press the button you will notice that the
indicator LED will switch to the other rhythm style bank.
The diagram on the left shows the selected Blues Shuffle Style
set up.
Q TIP: If you press and hold down the down select button it will
swiftly sequence through the selected Styles. Just release the
button when you arrive at your desired Style.
Q TIP 2 : The left LED Rhythm Bank indicator LED will pulse at
the selected Tempo of the engaged Rhythm Style.
3
Press the Start / Stop button to hear the Blues Shuffle
Rhythm Style.
When you press this button down and release it the LED light
bar segment will move down one segment.
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RHYTHM SECTION - DRUMS
VOLUME AND TEMPO CONTROL - DRUMS ONLY
1
2
To hear only the Drums press the Start/Stop button.
You should now be able to hear the Rhythm Styles’ Drum
pattern.
Press the Rhythm Volume Up button until all 10 light bar
segments are lit.
This is maximum strumplate volume. If you want more volume
make sure the Master Volume knob is set to its maximum level.
Q TIP: Fine Tuning Volume control. There are four degrees of
sensitivity for each LED light bar segment. Every time you press
the up or down volume control button you will change the volume
level. Every fourth time you press one volume control button you
will increase or decrease the LED light bar segment by one light
bar.
3
22
Press the Rhythm Tempo Down button to decrease the speed
of the playing Rhythm Style.
If you press and hold down this button it will reduce the Tempo
swiftly.
Q TIP: Fine Tuning Tempo control.
There are 40 Tempo settings for each Style.
There are four degrees of sensitivity for each LED light bar
segment. Every time you press the up or down Tempo control
button you will change the Tempo level. Every fourth time you
press one volume control button you will increase or decrease
the LED light bar segment by one light bar.
RHYTHM SECTION - DRUMS
All 10 Rhythm Styles have a discrete Introduction and Ending
rhythm pattern. They all also have a discrete Fill Rhythm
pattern.
The Q Chord Tempo setting is displayed not only on the light bar
segment but also on left bank indicator LED which pulses to the
selected Rhythm Styles beat.
INTRO / ENDING PATTERN - INTRO/ENDING PATTERN
1
To hear the Drums only introduction of your selected Style,
press the Intro/End button and then press the Start/Stop
button.
You should now hear the selected Rhythm Styles’ Introduction
Drum pattern.
2
Press the Intro/End button while the Style is playing.
You should now hear the selected Rhythm Styles’ Ending Drum
pattern.
Q TIP: When you press the Intro/End button, the left indicator LED
will pulse at a faster pace to ensure the user that the button has
been engaged.
FILL PATTERN - DRUMS ONLY
1
To hear the Drums only Fill pattern of your selected Style,
press the Fill button while the Style is playing.
You should now hear the selected Rhythm Styles’ Fill drum
pattern.
When you hold down the Fill button it will continue to play the Fill
pattern until it is released.
Q TIP: When you press the Fill button, the left indicator LED will
pulse at a faster pace until the Fill pattern has been completed.
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CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
Each of the 10 Rhythm Styles have a discrete Accompaniment
pattern. These professionally produced accompaniment patterns
consist of Bass, Chord Accompaniment and Chord Plus tracks.
Each of these tracks volume can be adjusted, or all can be
adjusted at once.
PLAYING THE ACCOMPANIMENT
1
2
Press a Chord button with the engaged Chord Mode set up
shown on the left.
With these indicator LED’s lit you should hear the full accompaniment pattern.
This is also the default setting so when you turn on the unit and
press a Chord button you will hear the full Accompaniment
pattern.
ADJUSTING THE ACCOMP. VOLUME LEVELS
With the Accompaniment playing press the down Volume
button.
This will lower all the Accompaniment tracks engaged (bass,
chord & chord plus).
The Strumplate’s LED light bar segments will display the
Accompaniment volume levels, for two seconds after the Chord
Volume button is released. After which it will revert back to
indicating the selected strumplate voice.
Q TIP: The Chord Mode volume control functions the same as
the volume controls for the Rhythms and Strumplate voices.
Review those sections if necessary.
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CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
With Q Chord you can play or compose a song in so many different ways, that it can always be fun and exciting no matter how
many times you play the same song.
You can play a song with just the Drums and Bass or Drums and
Chords or Chords and Bass or Chords Plus, Bass and Drums
etc.. The combinations are numerous, so let your creativity flow!
SELECTING INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPANIMENT TRACKS
1
2
Press a Chord button with the engaged Chord Mode set up
shown on the left.
With indicator LED’s on the left lit you should hear a full accompaniment pattern.
CHORD, BASS AND DRUMS ONLY MODE
Press the Auto Chord / Chord Plus button once.
The Chord Plus LED will turn off, and you will no longer hear the
additional accompaniment track. You should now hear only the
Chord, Bass and Drums.
BASS AND DRUMS ONLY MODE
3
4
Press the Auto Chord / Chord Plus button two more times.
The Chord Plus LED will turn off and the Auto Chord LED should
also now be off. You should now hear only the Bass and Drums.
DRUMS ONLY
Press the Bass button once.
The Bass LED should now be off and you should only hear the
Drums.
Experiment with how things sound with the different accompaniment tracks engaged or disengaged by pressing their respective
buttons when playing various Rhythm Styles.
Q-TIP: You can really change the sound of a song by eliminating
or adding certain parts of the accompaniment track.
When Melody Keyboard LED is on, the Chord and Accompaniment features will be turned off. See Melody keyboard section for
more information.
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CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
You can adjust the volume levels of each of the Accompaniment
tracks.
Therefore, if you want a louder “heavier” bass line you can
increase its volume and reduce the Chord Accompaniment if you
like. Experiment with the different sound levels and combinations
of accompaniment tracks while playing the same song.
SELECTING INDIVIDUAL ACCOMP. VOLUME LEVELS
1
2
Press the Auto Chord/Chord Plus button.
As you press the button you will notice that the Chord Plus LED
and Auto Chord LED’s turn on and off. When the LED is turned
on you will notice that the Strumplate LED light bar segment
lights up for two seconds to show the volume level
Press the Chord Mode Volume Up Button to increase its
volume level while the Strumplate LED light bar is lit up.
You will see the light bar segment increase as you continue to
press the button or hold it down.
There are three Accompaniment levels that you can control as
described above: Bass, Auto Chord and Chord Plus.
The Chord Hold, Manual Chord and Melody Keyboard do not
have this type of function.
Q TIP: If the Melody Keyboard LED is engaged, then the function
of the Accompaniment and Strumplate will be terminated (unless
the Demo or Song Cartridge functions are engaged.
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CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
Listed below are descriptions of the chord mode buttons and their
functions.
AUTO CHORD / CHORD PLUS BUTTON
1
2
Auto Chord Button Feature
This Accompaniment track will play the “Chord Comp.” Depending on the Style you have engaged it will play the complete chord
or parts of the chord from the Chord Button you have selected.
The selected Rhythm Style will also dictate the instrument voice
used on this track. Usually guitar, strings, piano, brass, accordion etc....
Chord Plus Button Feature
This Accompaniment track adds more “flavor” to the selected
Rhythm Style.
While the Auto Chord, Bass and Drum make up the main structure of the Chord the Chord Plus will add certain nuances to
bring the Style to life.
Q TIP: This button has four positions:
1) Auto Chord & Chord Plus - On
2) Chord Plus - On
3) Auto Chord - On
4) Auto Chord & Chord Plus - Off
CHORD HOLD / MANUAL CHORD
1
Chord Hold Button Feature
This Button will make sure your selected chord button stays
engaged even if you remove you finger from it.
2
Manual Chord Button Feature
When engaged only the “steady” chord sound selected Chord is
heard, without Accompaniment. What instrument sound is heard
will depend on which Accompaniment track is selected
Q TIP: When both of these buttons are disengaged the Accompaniment tracks will play (if selected) but when you lift your
finger from the chord button all Accompaniment play will stop.
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CHORD MODE - ACCOMPANIMENT
The Bass feature is discussed below but the Melody Keyboard
feature is discussed later in its own “Melody Keyboard” section.
BASS CONTROL BUTTON
1
BASS BUTTON FEATURE
This Accompaniment track will play the Bass line of the selected
Rhythm Style. The selected Rhythm Style will dictate the type of
bass instrument used on this track. Usually acoustic Bass,
Fretless Bass, Slap Bass, Electric Bass etc....
Q TIP: If the Melody Keyboard LED is engaged then the
function of the Accompaniment and Strumplate will be
terminated (unless the Demo or Song Cartridge functions
are engaged).
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PLAYING A SONG WITH THE BAND
Listed below are the simple steps needed to play a song, similar
to what you would find in a songbook.
For this practice song we will play with all the accompaniments
tracks (Drums, Bass, Auto Chord, Chord Plus) and the strumplate.
If you are not familiar with the song on the next page substitute
the song “Oh When the Saints Go Marching In” (found earlier in
this manual.
QUICK Q CHORD SET UP
1
Turn off the power switch, wait 5 seconds and turn the power
back on.
We want to start with the power up settings. You can easily
obtain these settings without turning the unit off as you become
more familiar with the instrument.
2
Press the Down Rhythm Selector Button three times.
We want the Jazz Style selected, its LED should now be on.
3
Get familiar with the location of the Chord Buttons.
You may first want to get familiar with the 5 chord button position, that are used in the song (F, G7, C, C7, Bb). These Chord
buttons appear above the lyrics and Melody line notation.
4
Press the first chord button in the song on the next page “F(major).”
When you are ready to begin press the “F” Chord button and
begin to sing or hum along while you play. Singing or humming
along helps you keep your place in the song and also helps you
recognize when you play a wrong chord.
Q TIP: Start slowly and begin to increase the tempo as you get
more familiar with how to play the song.
Some people start by just pressing the chord buttons and then
begin to play the strumplate after they are comfortable with the
songs tempo and chord button locations.
If you are not ready to play with all the accompaniments, select
the EZ Play button or eliminate the Auto Chord and Chord Plus
tracks so that the song is not crowded with other instrumentation.
Just remember to start slow and conquer one function at a time,
also don’t forget to have fun.
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PLAYING A SONG WITH THE BAND
Sing or hum the melody and press the Chord Button listed above the
words as they appear in the song. Follow the simple instructions listed
on the previous page.
I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING (in perfect harmony)
words and music by B.Backer, B.Davis, R. Cook and R. Greena way
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ADDITIONAL FEATURES
The Q Chord has the capability to Transpose, Tune, MIDI Expander, and perform an Octave Shift. Below we will discuss the
simple ways to access these functions.
The Melody Keyboard button must be engaged to select the
buttons listed below.
TRANSPOSE BUTTONS
1
2
3
Press the Melody Keyboard button.
The Melody Keyboard LED will turn on.
This feature allows you to Transpose the Chord buttons to your
desired Chord sound.
Press the Ab Major Button one time.
The Q Card Control LCD will turn on and the “1” should be displayed. The instrument has just been raised one half step.
Press the Melody Keyboard button. .
The Melody Keyboard LED should turn off.
Press a chord and strum the strumplate and you will now hear the
Strumplate sound raised one half step.
Transpose Example: If the song you want to perform is in the
key of E, but you want to Transpose it to the key of G. Press the
Ab major chord button 3 times or until the Q Card LCD screen
displays the digit “3.”
Q TIP: The Q Chord can be transposed up by 6 half steps or
transposed down by 5 half steps.
To Transpose down, press the Db Major down arrow chord button.
The Transpose setting will be displayed in the LCD window for 2
seconds time.
TUNING BUTTONS
1
2
3
If for some reason you must alter the pitch, this feature allows you
to change the perfect pitch of the Q Chord.
Press the Melody Keyboard button.
The Melody Keyboard LED will turn on.
Press the F Major Button.
Every time you press the F Major Button (Bb Major Button to
lower) the pitch of the instrument will be raised by one cent.
Therefore if you press it 20 times the pitch will be raised by 20
cents. Press both Bb and F buttons to return to perfect pitch.
Press the Melody Keyboard button.
The Melody Keyboard LED should turn off. Now you can press a
chord and strum the Strumplate to hear the higher pitched voice.
Q TIP: The Q Chord’s pitch can be raised by +50 cents or lowered
by -40 cents.
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ADDITIONAL FEATURES - MIDI EXPANDER MODE
The Q Chord has MIDI In and Out Jacks. This page is devoted to
the MIDI expander mode of the unit, for further information on
MIDI please see the MIDI section of this manual.
You should select the “Expander” mode when you want to use
your Q Chord as a “sound source.” You may connect it with other
MIDI instruments (keyboards, guitars etc..) or computers, sequencers and other MIDI devices.
When the Expander Mode is engaged all control buttons and
functions are disabled, as the unit is prepared to playback the
MIDI data it will receive from the MIDI In port.
TYPICAL MIDI EXPANDER SET UP
Q CHORD JACK PANEL
EP
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1
Plug a MIDI cable into the MIDI Out Jack on the MIDI device that
you want to connect to the Q Chord.
2
Plug the other end of the MIDI cable into the MIDI In jack on the
Q Chord.
3
Press the Melody Keyboard button twice.
The Melody Keyboard LED should now be on and the Bass
Control LED should now be off.
4
Press the G Major Button one time.
The Q Card Control LCD will turn on and “EP” should be displayed.
The instrument is now in the Expander mode.
When the Q Chord is in this mode it can not be played.
To disengage this mode press the G major chord button
again and turn off the Melody Keyboard LED.
Q TIP: The MIDI input channels are preset and can not be manipulated. For further MIDI specifications see the MIDI implementation chart and the MIDI section of this manual.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES - continued
The Q Chord has the capability to perform an Octave Shift. This
feature extends the range of the Strumplate and Melody Keyboard.
This Octave Shift feature can lower or raise the Strumplate and
the Melody Keyboard by one octave.
OCTAVE SHIFT BUTTONS
1
2
To raise the Strumplate and Melody Keyboard notes by one
octave follow the steps below.
Press the Melody Keyboard button.
The Melody Keyboard LED will turn on.
Press the E Major Button one time.
The Q Card Control LCD will turn on and the no. “0” or “1” should
be displayed. The instrument’s Strumplate has just been raised
one octave.
To lower the Strumplate (& Melody Keyboard) by one Octave,
press the A Major Button
Press the Melody Keyboard button so that it’s LED is off, if
you want to return to Strumplate play.
If you want play the Melody Keyboard please disregard this
step.
Q TIP: The Q Chord has three Octave settings “-1, 0 and 1.”
“-1” being the lowest setting and “1” being the highest.
The Octave setting will be displayed in the LCD window for 2
seconds time.
Be sure to experiment because different voices sound better or
more realistic on different octave settings. It will vary from instrument to instrument depending on the tonal qualities of that instrument.
A higher octave setting will allow the Strumplate to stand out from
the rest of the band if you are playing with the full accompaniment.
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STRUMPLATE FEATURES - SELECTING ADDITIONAL VOICES
You can select up to 100 different voices for the Strumplate to
play. In the back of this manual is a numbered list of voices
available.
Please follow the simple instructions listed below to pick your
desired instrument voice.
SELECTING ADDITIONAL STRUMPLATE VOICES
1
2
Press the Melody Keyboard button twice.
The Melody Keyboard LED will turn on and the Bass Control
button will turn off.
Press the F# Major Button one time.
The Q Card Control LCD will turn on and the number “00” should
be displayed for 2 seconds.
Also the Strumplate LED Light Bar will turn off. This will indicate
that the Q Chord is now in the additional Strumplate voice mode.
Q-TIP: The number “00” is for acoustic piano, the number “01” is
for Piano 1, the number for Piano 2 is “02.” To see the entire list of
voices available from “00” to “99,” refer to the Strumplate Voice list
in the back of this manual).
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Press the Melody Keyboard button once again.
The Melody Keyboard LED will turn off and the Bass Control
button will turn on.
SELECTING ADDITIONAL VOICES - continued
SELECTING ADDITIONAL STRUMPLATE VOICES - cont.
4
Press the Up Strumplate Select Button.
Keep pressing this button until the number “06” is shown in the Q
Card Control LCD.
(This number “06” will be displayed for 2 seconds).
The number “06” is for the Harpsichord voice.
The numbered list of the 100 Strumplate voices is in the back of
this manual titled “Strumplate Instrument Voice List.”
06
5
Press a Chord button and Strum the Strumplate.
You should now hear the Harpsichord instrument voice when the
Strumplate is played.
To select another voice simply press the Up or Down Strumplate
Select buttons.
Q-TIP: Remember you may need to adjust the sustain when
selecting a new instrument voice, because instruments have
different textures and tonality.
Have fun trying different voices, and the different sounds you can
get out of each voice depending on how you play the Strumplate
and the Effects, Sustain and Octave settings.
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MELODY KEYBOARD
The Q Chord is equipped with a chromatic melody keyboard that
enables you to play the melody of a song. This keyboard is on
the bottom two rows of the Chord Buttons.
The keyboard begins with the note C through G as shown on the
left.
The Melody Keyboard Overlay will be help you identify the keyboard notes.
USING THE MELODY KEYBOARD
1
2
3
Place the Melody Keyboard Overlay over the Chord Buttons.
Press the Melody Keyboard Button until the Melody Keyboard
LED is turned on.
Select the Strumplate Voice that you would like to hear on the
Melody Keyboard.
You can select any of the 100 instrument voices. If you do not
know how to access these voices please see the section titled
“Additional Features Strumplate Voices.”
4
Press any one of the Chord Buttons in the bottom row.
You should hear the single note of the Chord Button that you
selected. Our example shows playing an “E” note.
5
Press the Up or Down Volume buttons to adjust the volume.
The Strumplate volume control will adjust the Melody keyboard
volume.
Because the Chord Buttons are now piano keys, only the Drums
and the Melody Keyboard can be heard when the Melody Keyboard LED is on, unless a song cartridge is engaged or the Demo
Button has been selected.
Therefore, if you play an optional song cartridge, you will be
able to play the melody line on the Melody Keyboard with the
full accompaniment orchestration.
Q TIP: To raise the Melody Keyboard by one octave press the “E”
Major Chord button, to lower it by one octave press the “A” Major
Chord button.
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SONG/STYLE CARTRIDGES - optional
Open end of the song
or style cartridge.
Every music lover has dreamed of playing with an orchestra or
performing in a band. The Suzuki Corporation, MIDI Hits and Tune
1000 have worked together to combine the latest sound card
technology with your favorite songs. The availability of these
professionally produced song cartridges now enable you to have a
truly interactive musical experience.
Performing:
As a featured member of the band you will experience the excitement of playing your favorite songs with fully orchestrated arrangements.
The orchestra is just waiting for your cue!
Learning:
By playing along with the band you will learn how different instrument voices interact with other instrument sounds. You will learn
different rhythm and tapping styles to inject your own personal
style into the song.
The more you play, the more confident you will become, and the
more creative and experimental your playing style will be.
Entertainment:
Tune 1000 and MIDI Hits’ staff of musicians are some of the
industries’ finest. Simply put the Q Card in the instrument, press
play and turn your Q Chord into a live concert where you can
produce the show by controlling the volume levels of each accompaniment track (drums, bass, chords, chord plus).
SONG/STYLE CARTRIDGE HANDLING PRECAUTIONS
- Do not leave Song/Style Cartridges in locations which are
subject to excessive heat or humidity.
- Do not drop Song Cartridges or subject them to strong shock.
- Do not disassemble Song/Style Cartridges.
- Do not directly touch the Song/Style Cartridge’s electrical
contacts. Persistent touching may cause electrical contacts to
break or generate static electricity. Static electric
charges can cause loss of data and unreliable operation.
- Do not insert objects or cartridges other than the Suzuki Q Card
song or style cartridges into the Q Card slot. Doing so can
cause serious damage to the instrument.
- Do not attempt to insert or remove the song/style cartridges
with the power on, doing so can cause the Q Chord to respond
erratically.
- The song/style cartridge data may not be select or play
properly if the electrical contacts are affected with dust or other
debris. If this happens, wipe and clean the electrical contracts
on the cartridge with a dry soft cloth.
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SONG CARTRIDGES - optional
Q Chord
2
1
2
If the cartridge is inserted correctly the Q Card control LCD
will read “O1.”
These digits represent the first song or style on the Q Card
cartridge.
If the Q Card LCD continues to read “- -” try to reinsert the cartridge into the Q Card slot. Remember not to force it but to push
in firmly until seated properly.
3
Press the Search Up button twice until the Q Card Control
LCD reads “03.” Then press the Play/Pause button and you
should hear the #3 song selection.
Remember that as you are listening or playing along with the song
you can edit this song’s playback.
Try eliminating the Chord Plus feature by pressing its button until
its LED turns off. You can add or remove and control the volume
of each of the songs accompaniment tracks.
Experiment with the different playing styles and Strumplate
voices while you experiment with different musical configurations.
Such as drums and melody only, Drums and Bass or Bass and
Chords.
1
4
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The Q Chord features a Q Card cartridge slot which accepts preprogrammed Suzuki Music Cartridges that contain style or song
data. These optional cartridges are available from Suzuki or from
your local Suzuki dealer.
INSTALLING THE Q CARD (SONG CARTRIDGE)
Turn the power off.
Push the end of the song cartridge into the Chord Button end of
the Q Chord marked Q Card, as shown. Press in firmly until the
Cartridge is seated properly.
Make sure that the label side of the Cartridge is up so that you do
not force it in the wrong way.
Strum the strumplate to play your favorite songs with the
band.
As mentioned above experiment with the many different
strumplate voices, sustain settings and the Pitch Bend Wheel, as
you play along. Continue to try various strumplate playing styles.
Just remember to relax and have fun, be creative and get lost in
the music.
STYLE CARTRIDGES - optional
Q Chord
1
The Q Chord features a Q Card cartridge slot which accepts preprogrammed Suzuki Music Cartridges that contain style or song
data. These optional cartridges are available from Suzuki or from
your local Suzuki dealer.
INSTALLING THE Q CARD (STYLE CARTRIDGE)
Turn the power off.
Push the end of the Style cartridge into the Chord Button end of
the Q Chord marked Q Card, as shown. Press in firmly until the
Cartridge is seated properly.
Make sure that the label side of the Cartridge is up so that you do
not force it in the wrong way. Remember not to force it but to
push in firmly until seated properly.
2
Press the Stop and Play/Pause in the Q Card Control section
simultaneously.
The Rhythm Style LED light will turn off.
You may now access the Styles on the Q Card Style Cartridge.
Select them like you would select a song from the Song Cartridge.
All other function Rhythm controls are used in the same manner
as before.
3
Press the Search Up button twice until the Q Card Control
LCD reads “03.” Now press a chord button.
You should now hear the 3rd Style on the Style Cartridge playing.
Experiment with the different playing styles and Strumplate
voices while you experiment with different musical configurations,
such as drums and melody only, Drums and Bass or Bass and
Chords.
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MIDI
The Q Chord is equipped with MIDI input and output jacks, that
can be connected to any other MIDI device (MIDI keyboard, MIDI
guitar, computer, sequencer etc.). The Q Chord can be used as a
sound Expander ((tone module) see the additional features section
for further details)). It can also be used to send data to MIDI
devices. Therefore you can control a MIDI keyboard from your Q
Chord so that when you strum the Strumplate the MIDI keyboard
will sound the Strumplate notes.
WHAT IS MIDI?
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This is a world
wide standard communication interface that enables musical instruments (of all brands) and computers to communicate so that instructions and other data can pass between them. This exchange of
information makes it possible to create a “system” of MIDI instruments
and equipment that offer greater musical versatility and control than what
would be available with just isolated instruments. Whether you interface
with computers, sequencers, expanders or other keyboards your
musical horizons will be greatly enhanced. For further information on
MIDI and MIDI equipment that is available please contact your local
Suzuki music store.
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2
The MIDI jacks are located on the side jack panel with the AC adapter
input and the Audio output jack.
1. The MIDI OUT connector transmits MIDI data generated by the Q
Chord. Therefore chord notes, Strumplate notes, Melody Keyboard
notes and other Accompaniment data produced by playing the Q
Chord.
2. The MIDI IN connector receives MIDI data from an external MIDI
device which can be used to control the Q Chords sound generation.
MIDI - continued
The Q Chord receives MIDI data via the MIDI In port and sends or
transmits MIDI data via the MIDI Out port.
TRANSMITTING MIDI DATA
1
2
3
With the Q Chord and MIDI device power off, connect a MIDI cable to
the Q Chord MIDI Out jack. Connect the other end of the MIDI cable to
the MIDI In jack of your MIDI device.
When all connections are complete you may turn the power on for both
devices.
When the Q Chord is played with this setup you will hear the Q Chord’s
sound and the sound of the MIDI instrument device that you are
connected with (provided that device has its own sound generation and it
is set up properly to receive the Q Chord’s MIDI data).
If you prefer the MIDI instrument device’s sound only, simply turn down
the Master Volume of the Q Chord.
If you prefer a mixture of the MIDI devices sound and the Q Chord’s
sound, simply set the volume controls on both instruments accordingly.
The Q Chord transmits MIDI data on the MIDI channels shown below.
These are fixed preset channels of MIDI transmission :
MIDI Channel 3 - CHORD PLUS
MIDI Channel 5 - AUTO CHORD 1
MIDI Channel 6- AUTO CHORD 2
MIDI Channel 7- AUTO CHORD 3
MIDI Channel 8- AUTO CHORD 4
MIDI Channel 9 - BASS
MIDI Channel 10- DRUMS
MIDI Channel 14,15,16 - STRUMPLATE
Your MIDI device should have the ability to receive all MIDI channels or
to channel select to receive only the channels that you desire.
Q TIP: For further information refer to the MIDI implementation chart
that follows this page or refer to the MIDI instruments device instruction
manual MIDI section.
RECEIVING MIDI DATA
The Q Chord is multi timbrel and preset in the Omni Mode. This means
that it will receive all MIDI channels at all times.
Q TIP:You can not have both MIDI Input and MIDI Output jacks
connected at the same time for proper operation.
Use only the MIDI Input jack or the MIDI Output jack. If both are
connected at the same time the data may not be transmitted or
received properly.
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MIDI - continued
MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART
FUNCTION
Basic
Channel
Mode
Note
Number
Velocity
After
Touch
Pitch Bender
Default
Channel
Default
Messages
Altered
True Voice
Note On
Note OFF
Key's
Ch's
7
69
91
93
Prog
Change
System Exclusive
System
Common
System
Real Time
Aux
Messages
X: No
O: Yes
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True
:Song Pos
:Song Sel
:Tune
:Clock
:Commands
:Local ON/OFF
:Active Sense
TRANSMITTED
3 5 6 7 8 9 10 14
1-16, off
X
X
--------12-120
--------X
X
X
X
O
X
RECOGNIZED
omni
omni
mode 3
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
O
O
O
X
X
X
X
X
X
O
X
X
O
O
O
X
X
X
O
--------X
X
X
X
O
O
X
x
X
X
X
X
X
X
O
O
X
x
0-127
21-109
X
X
X
X
O
X
REMARKS
Bank Select
Modulation
Portamento Time
Data Entry
Volume
Hold
Soft
Sustain
Reverb Level
Effect Level
Data Inc/Dec
NRPN LSB, MSB
RPN LSB, MSB
JACK CONNECTOR PANEL
These Jacks are located on the upper right side of the Q Chord.
JACK CONNECTOR PANEL
1. DC Adapter Jack Input:
Plug the QCA, QCD adapter into this input jack.
When the Adapter is plugged in the batteries are automatically
disconnected.
1
2
3
4
2. MIDI Out Jack:
This connector transmits MIDI data generated by the Q Chord
(note information etc..).
3. MIDI In Jack:
This connector receives MIDI data from an external MIDI device.
4. Headphone and Stereo Output Jack:
A pair of Stereo Headphones can be plugged in here for private
practice or late night playing. The internal speaker system is
automatically shut off when a pair of headphones is plugged into
the phone jack.
This is also the Auxiliary Stereo Output Jack. This jack can
deliver the output of the Q Chord to an external amplifier, home
stereo, mixing console, PA system or recording equipment.
To obtain stereo sound you must make sure to insert a 1/4” stereo
plug.
With use of either headphones or stereo amplification you will be
amazed at the Q Chord’s stereo sound output.
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STRUMPLATE INSTRUMENT VOICE LIST
Voice
Number
Instrument Name
Voice
Number
PIANO
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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Instrument Name
VIOLIN
ACOUSTIC GRAND PIANO
BRIGHT ACOUSTIC PIANO
ELECTRIC GRAND PIANO
HONKY-TONK PIANO
ELECTRIC PIANO 1
ELECTRIC PIANO 2
HARPSICHORD
CLAV 1
VIBES
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41
42
43
44
45
46
47
VIOLIN
VIOLA
CELLO
CONTRA BASS
TREMOLO STRINGS
PIZZICATO STRINGS
ORCHESTRAL HARP
TIMPANI
STRINGS
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
CELESTA
GLOCKENSPIEL
MUSIC BOX
VIBRAPHONE
MARIMBA
XYLOPHONE
TUBULAR BELLS
DULCIMER
ORGAN
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
STRINGS ENSEMBLE 1
STRINGS ENSEMBLE 2
SYNTH STRINGS 1
SYNTH STRINGS 2
CHOIR AAHS
VOICE OOHS
SYNTH VOICE
ORCHESTRA HIT
TRUMPET
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
DRAWBAR ORGAN
PERCUSSIVE ORGAN
ROCK ORGAN
CHURCH ORGAN
REED ORGAN
ACCORDION
HARMONICA
TANGO ACCORDION
GUITAR
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
TRUMPET
TROMBONE
TUBA
MUTED TRUMPET
FRENCH HORN
BRASS SECTION
SYNTH BRASS 1
SYNTH BRASS 2
SAXOPHONE
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
ACOUSTIC GUITAR(NYLON)
ACOUSTIC GUITAR(STEEL)
ELECTRIC GUITAR(JAZZ)
ELECTRIC GUITAR(CLEAN)
ELECTRIC GUITAR(MUTED)
OVERDRIVEN GUITAR
DISTORTION GUITAR
GUITAR HARMONICS
BASS
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
SOPRANO SAX
ALTO SAX
TENOR SAX
BARITONE SAX
OBOE
ENGLISH HORN
BASSOON
CLARINET
FLUTE
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
ACOUSTIC BASS
ELECTRIC BASS(FINGER)
ELECTRIC BASS(PICK)
FRETLESS BASS
SLAP BASS 1
SLAP BASS 2
SYNTH BASS 1
SYNTH BASS 2
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
PICCOLO
FLUTE
RECORDER X
PAN FLUTE
BLOWN BOTTLE
SHAKUHACHI
WHISTLE
OCARINA
STRUMPLATE INSTRUMENT VOICE LIST - continued
Voice
Number
Voice Name
SYNTH LEAD
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
LEAD 1(SQUARE)
LEAD 2(SAWTOOTH)
LEAD 3(CALLIOPE)
LEAD 4(CHIFF)
LEAD 5(CHARANG)
LEAD 6(VOICE)
LEAD 7(FIFTH)
LEAD 8(BASS+LEAD)
SYNTH
PAD
PAD
PAD
PAD
PAD
PAD
PAD
PAD
1(NEW AGE)
2(WARM)
3(POLYSYNTH)
4(CHOIR)
5(BOWED)
6(METALLIC)
7(HALO)
8(SWEEP)
SYNTH FX
96
97
98
99
FX 1(RAIN)
FX 2(SOUNDTRACK)
DRUM KIT
SOUND FX
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WARRANTY
This product, except the exterior cosmetic parts, is warranted by the
Suzuki Corporation to the original purchaser to be free from defects in
materials and workmanship under normal use as follows:
1. For a period of 90 days from the date of purchase, the Suzuki Corporation will pay the labor charges to repair the defective product.
After this one year period, you must pay all labor charges.
2. In addition, the Suzuki Corporation will supply, at no charge, new or
rebuilt parts for any defective parts for a period of one year from the
date of purchase.
In the event repairs are needed, the original purchaser will return the
product to an Authorized Suzuki Retail Center with the proof of purchase. The dealer will then repair the product or return it to the QChord
Network in California for repairs.
Upon completion of the repair, the unit will be returned to the dealer freight
prepaid. This warranty will not apply to this product if it has been misused,
abused, or altered. This warranty is void if the product is opened. Without
limiting the foregoing, bending, dropping of unit, or visible cracks and/or
scratches are presumed to be defects resulting form misuse or abuse.
Neither this warranty nor any other warranty expressed or implied, including
implied warranties of merchantability, shall extend beyond the warranty
period. No responsibility is assumed for any incidental or consequential
damages.
In the United States Contact:
QChord Network, P.O. Box 571117, Tarzana, CA 91357-1117, USA
Phone 661-287-3335, Fax 661-287-3339
All Other Countries Contact: Original retailer where product was purchased
for additional warranty details.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Strumplate & Melody
Keyboard Voices
Four Full Octaves
Strumplate Range
100 GM Instrument Voices
Chord Buttons
36 Soft Touch Buttons, 84 Chord Combinations: Major, Minor 7th, Major
7th, Minor 7th, Augmented and Diminished
Rhythms
10 professionally produced Rhythm Styles an additional 30 available
Variable Controls
Master Volume, Strumplate Volume, Strumplate Sustain, Rhythm Volume,
Rhythm Tempo, Bass Volume, Chord Volume, Chord Plus Volume, Reverb Depth Control, Chorus Depth Control, Vibrato Depth Control, Pitch
Bend Wheel, Transpose, Tuning, Octave Shift
Button Controls
Power, Demo, Strumplate Voice Select, Rhythm Style Select, Rhythm Fill,
Rhythm Intro/End, Start/Stop
Song/Style
Cartridge
Functions
Effects
Q Card Play/Pause, Q Card Search Up and Down, Stop
100 GM Instrument Voices
Other Functions
Rhythm Fill, Rhythm Intro/End, Pitch Bend Wheel, MIDI IN & MIDI Out,
Transpose, Tuning, Octave Shift
Display
+/- 50 Cents
Output
Two Digit LCD, Two LED Light Bars, 12 LED’s
Jacks
Power
Requirements
A/C Power In, 1/4” Line Out/Headphone, MIDI In, MIDI Out
Dimensions
21 1/4” L x 11 3/4” W x 2 1/8” H
Weight
3.25 lbs
12 volts DC (use only QCA adapter or exact type) 8 “C” cell batteries
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ACCESSORIES
The Q Chord accessories can enhance your playing experience.
Please visit your local Suzuki Dealer or call Suzuki Toll Free to
place a credit card order for the accessories shown below.
Q Chord & Accessories
Name ................................................................................. Model
Q Chord Digital SoundCard Guitar ........................................ QC-1
Moulded Case ....................................................................... QCC
A/C Adapter .......................................................................... QCA
D/C Car Adapter .................................................................... QCD
Adjustable Strap .................................................................... QCS
Stereo Cable (connect to home stereo) ................................. QCB
Stereo Headphones ............................................................... QCH
Amplifier (25 Watt with tone controls) .................................... QCP
Q Chord Video (demonstration video) .................................... QCV
Visit your local QChord Network Outlet
or call Toll Free to place a credit card
order. 800-866-8887
For more details on the following
accessories and other Q Chord
upgrades or for new song cartridge or
song book releases visit us on the web
at:
www.qchord.net
Q Card Digital Song Cartridges
Country Classics ................................................................ QSC-1
Great Standards ................................................................. QSC-2
Lennon & McCartney ......................................................... QSC-3
Strangers in the Night ........................................................ QSC-4
Pop favorites ...................................................................... QSC-5
Holiday Song Favorites ...................................................... QSC-6
Pop Classics ...................................................................... QSC-7
Childrens Song Favorites ................................................... QSC-8
Religious Standards ........................................................... QSC-9
Religious Favorites ........................................................... QSC-10
Country Hits ..................................................................... QSC-11
Platinum Chartbusters ...................................................... QSC-12
Party Hits ......................................................................... QSC-13
Disney Songs................................................................... QSC-14
Q Card Digital Style Cartridge
Rhythm Style (30 professionally produced styles) ............. QRC-1
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ACCESSORIES
Q Chord Song Books
Country Classics ................................................................ QSB-1
Great Standards ................................................................. QSB-2
Lennon & McCartney ......................................................... QSB-3
Strangers in the Night ........................................................ QSB-4
Pop favorites ...................................................................... QSB-5
Holiday Song Favorites ...................................................... QSB-6
Pop Classics ...................................................................... QSB-7
Childrens Song Favorites ................................................... QSB-8
Religious Standards ........................................................... QSB-9
Q Chord Big Book of Songs ............................................. QSB-10
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NOTES
This page is provided for your convenience so that you may list
your favorite Strumplate Voice Numbers, Style or Songs cartridge
title numbers etc....
Favorite Strumplate Instrument Voices
Instrument Name
1. _____________________
2. _____________________
3. _____________________
4. _____________________
5. _____________________
6. _____________________
7. _____________________
8. _____________________
9. _____________________
10. _____________________
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Number
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
Favorite Styles From Style Cartridge
Style Name
Number
1. _____________________
2. _____________________
3. _____________________
4. _____________________
5. _____________________
6. _____________________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
Favorite songs From Song Cartridge
Song Name
Number
1. _____________________
2. _____________________
3. _____________________
4. _____________________
5. _____________________
6. _____________________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
# _________
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SUZUKI
OWNER'S MANUAL
MODEL QC-1
QChord Network, P.O. Box 571117, Tarzana, CA 91357-1117, USA
661-287-3335 Phone
661-287-3339 Fax
Copyright 2000 Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation
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