Parts of your Creative Prodikeys DM
User’s Guide
Creative Prodikeys DM
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September 2003
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Contents
Contents
Introduction
Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................... i
Minimum System Requirements....................................................................................................... i
More Help................................................................................................................................................ i
Getting More Information ................................................................................................................. ii
Online Registration.............................................................................................................................. ii
Technical Support and Warranty.................................................................................................... ii
Document Conventions.................................................................................................................... iii
1 About Your Creative Prodikeys DM
Parts of your Creative Prodikeys DM ................................................................................................. 1-1
Removing the Music Keyboard Cover ................................................................................................ 1-2
Maintaining Creative Prodikeys DM..................................................................................................... 1-2
2 Setting Up Your Creative Prodikeys DM
Installing Hardware ................................................................................................................................... 2-1
Installing Software....................................................................................................................................... 2-2
3 Getting Started
Starting the Software................................................................................................................................. 3-1
Learning how to use the Software........................................................................................................ 3-2
Play Modes.................................................................................................................................................... 3-3
Programming the Hot Keys .................................................................................................................... 3-3
Configuring Power Management settings........................................................................................... 3-4
A General Specifications
General Specifications.............................................................................................................................. A-1
Software features....................................................................................................................................... A-1
B Troubleshooting
Problems with installing Creative Prodikeys DM............................................................................ B-1
Introduction
Introduction
Introduction
Thank you for choosing Creative Prodikeys® DM, another quality product from
Creative Technology Ltd., the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products.
Creative Prodikeys DM is a revolutionary keyboard that consists of both a
computer keyboard and a music keyboard with 37 touch-sensitive MIDI keys. It
comes with the new Creative Prodikeys DM software, which makes it easier than
ever to create music on your computer.
Creative Prodikeys DM is for everyone, even if you have no background in music.
With Creative Prodikeys DM, you can create music easily. Learn to play songs in a
fun and easy way. You can even record what you have played, and then send it to
friends or post it on the Internet.
Learning and producing music has never been easier.
Minimum System
Requirements
Your Prodikeys DM requires at least:
❑ Intel® Pentium® 233 MHz (or faster) processor
❑ Desktop computer system with Intel or 100% compatible motherboard chipset
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(Notebooks currently not supported)
PS/2 keyboard port
128 MB RAM
360 MB free hard disk space
Microsoft® Windows® 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP
Onboard audio device or audio card (Sound Blaster® audio card recommended)
CD-ROM drive for software installation
Speakers or headphones
Internet connection for downloading Internet content
In the Creative Prodikeys DM software, the How to Play button offers basic stepby-step instructions on using the mode that you are currently in. For detailed
information, click the Help button.
Introduction i
Getting More
Information
Visit www.creative.com or www.prodikeys.com for the latest news and updates on
your Creative Prodikeys DM. Additional content such as Fun Mixes, Penta Tunes,
Rhythms and Learnable Songs can also be downloaded from the websites.
Online
Registration
Enjoy a host of benefits by registering your products during installation, or at
www.creative.com/register. Benefits include:
• Service and product support from Creative
• Exclusive updates on promotions and events
Technical Support
and Warranty
Technical Support information can be found in the Installation CD.
d:\Support\<Language>\Support.pdf.
For Warranty information, can also be found in the Installation CD.
d:\Warranty\<Region>\<Language>\Warranty.pdf
(replace d: with the drive letter of your CD-ROM; <Region> represents the region
you are in, and <Language> represents the language the document is in).
Please keep your Proof of Purchase for the duration of the Warranty
period.
Introduction ii
Document
Conventions
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product, that may result in injury or damage.
Introduction iii
1
About Your Creative Prodikeys
DM
About Your Creative Prodikeys DM
In this chapter, we will familiarize you with the different parts of your Prodikeys
DM, so that you can follow the instructions in the other chapters easily.
Parts of your
Creative
Prodikeys DM
To use the music
keyboard, start the
included Prodikeys DM
software.
To program the Hot
Keys, use the Hot
Keys Configuration
software in the
Creative Prodikeys
program group.
*Windows 98 users
can visit
www.prodikeys.com
for the latest drivers.
SUSTAIN button
Press this button
to make each note
fade out slowly
Pitch Bend
wheel
Use this to
change the
pitch of a music
note quickly
Octave Shift
buttons
Press these
buttons to play a
wider range of
notes on the
music keyboard
Multimedia Playback
buttons
Press these buttons to
control multimedia playback
on your software media
player in Windows Me and
later operating systems*
Programmable Hot
Keys
Assign your favourite
application shortcuts to
these buttons
Internet Hot Keys
Use these buttons to
access your favourite
websites when you
are connected to the
Internet
Volume Control
wheel
Use this to adjust
the volume
Music button
Press this to start
the Prodikeys DM
software
Music keyboard
Press the keys to play music
notes. The 37 keys are touchsensitive — the harder you
strike the keys, the louder the
sound
Palm Rest
Rest your palms while you type.
The palm rest also acts as a dust
cover to protect the music
keyboard
QWERTY keyboard
Use these keys for
normal typing. When
playing music, use
these keys as
shortcuts to access
music settings
Figure 1-1: Parts of your Creative Prodikeys DM
About Your Creative Prodikeys DM 1-1
Removing the
Music
Keyboard
Cover
The music keyboard on your Creative Prodikeys DM is protected by a cover, which
also acts as a palm rest as you type. To use the music keyboard, you will need to
remove the cover.
To remove the palm rest: Press down the upper corners of the cover and slide it
out, as shown below.
Figure 1-2: Removing the palm rest.
Maintaining
Creative
Prodikeys DM
To clean your Prodikeys DM, use a soft, damp cloth to clean the exterior. Do not
use any liquid or aerosol cleaners as these may damage your keyboard.
About Your Creative Prodikeys DM 1-2
2
Setting Up Your Creative
Prodikeys DM
Setting Up Your Creative Prodikeys DM
Installing
Hardware
Connect your Creative Prodikeys DM to your computer’s PS/2 keyboard port as
shown below.
PS/2 keyboard port
Creative Prodikeys DM
is not hot-pluggable.
You must turn off your
computer before
connecting or
disconnecting Creative
Prodikeys DM.
PS/2
cable
Computer
Creative Prodikeys DM
Figure 2-1: Connecting Creative Prodikeys DM to your computer.
Setting Up Your Creative Prodikeys DM 2-1
Installing
Software
You have to install the
included software for
your Creative
Prodikeys DM to
function as a music
keyboard. Third-party
MIDI software can also
be used.
To install the software:
1.
Insert the Creative Prodikeys DM software Installation CD into your CD-ROM
drive. An installation screen appears. If not, start Windows Explorer, right-click
the CD-ROM drive icon, and then select AutoPlay.
2.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
3.
Restart the computer when prompted to do so.
Setting Up Your Creative Prodikeys DM 2-2
3
Getting Started
Getting Started
Starting the
Software
You will need to start the included Creative Prodikeys DM software before you can
fully use the Creative Prodikeys DM’s music keyboard.
To start the software: Press the Music button on the Creative Prodikeys DM
keyboard.
After starting the
software, press the
Music button to switch
between minimized
and maximized views.
Music
button
Figure 3-1: Creative Prodikeys DM keyboard.
Getting Started 3-1
Learning how
to use the
Software
After launching the software, you should see a screen similar to Figure 3-2.
Help button
How To Play button
Demo button
Press the Music
button to switch
between minimized
and maximized views
of the Prodikeys
software.
Figure 3-2: Creative Prodikeys DM software startup
screen — PentaTunes mode
For a simple demonstration of what you can do with the software, click the Demo
button. The Demo button can be found in the PentaTunes and FunTunes modes.
For basic step-by-step instructions on using the mode that you are currently in,
click the How to Play button.
For instructions on how to use the software, click the Help button and refer to the
Help file.
This Help file contains a tutorial that is designed to give you a quick overview of
how to use the software. We recommend that you read through all the lessons of
the tutorial before you begin using the software.
If you have completed the tutorial and need help while using the software, you can
quickly refer to specific Help topics in the Help file for detailed instructions.
Getting Started 3-2
Play Modes
The six different Play Modes of your Prodikeys DM software allow you to have fun
playing and learning music. Press the How To Play button in each mode for more
information.
PentaTunes mode
FixedChord mode
Programming
the Hot Keys
FunTunes mode
Learn mode
Intelligent mode
Perform mode
Some of the buttons on your keyboard marked "Internet" and "Programmable" can
be programmed using the Hot Keys Configuration software installed during setup.
To program or reprogram a key, press and hold down they key for about two
seconds. The Hot Keys Configuration software will launch automatically.
Alternatively, you can locate the program’s shortcut in your Start Menu, inside the
Creative Prodikeys program group.
Getting Started 3-3
Configuring
Power
Management
settings
If you have enabled power saving or power management on your computer, you
should set your monitor's power management properties to Never. You should
also configure your screen saver so that it deactivates when you move your
mouse.
Getting Started 3-4
A
General Specifications
General Specifications
General
Specifications
❑ Standard IBM-compatible computer PS/2 keyboard with 104 keys
❑ Integrated music keyboard with 37 touch-sensitive accordian-sized MIDI keys (also acts
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Software
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as a standard MIDI input device)
PS/2 connector for connecting to computer's PS/2 keyboard port
Removable palm rest
Pitch Bend wheel
Volume Control wheel
MUSIC button
Sustain button
Octave Shift buttons
Multimedia Playback buttons
Internet Hot Keys
Programmable Hot Keys
❑ Six different modes for easy music playing and learning: Fun Tunes, Penta Tunes, Learn,
Intelligent Chord, Fixed Chord, Perform
❑ Step-by-Step "How To Play" instructional guide
❑ FunTunes and PentaTunes modes with matching rhythm, instrumental and effect presets
for simple music playing
Learn mode with five guided lessons
Perform mode for easy customizable chord accompaniment with Function Key Chords
Intelligent and Fixed Chord mode for auto-generated accompaniment to music playing
Scoring system to monitor learning progress
Up to 50 songs included (easy, average and difficult categories) for learning
Up to 128 General MIDI instruments and sound effects
Up to 100 rhythms classified under 10 style categories: Ballad, Slow Ballad, Pop, Dance,
Rock & Roll, Old Latin, Modern Latin, Jazz, World Music and Folk
❑ Record function for saving music in MP3, Wav or MIDI formats
❑ Downloadable and expandable content libraries for PentaTunes, FunTunes, Rhythms and
Learnable Songs
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General Specifications A-1
B
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Problems with
installing
Creative
Prodikeys DM
Creative Prodikeys DM cannot be detected, even after the
connections are checked and the software installed.
There may be a conflict with a USB Legacy Device setting on your computer’s
motherboard.
Refer to your computer’s motherboard manual to disable the USB Legacy Device
setting.
Troubleshooting B-1
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