Ten Song Sequencer Files

The KN5000 can have up to ten Songs in the Sequencer at the same time. This article tells you how to achieve that.

10 Song Sequencer Files on KN5000

Special thanks to Serge Dugas of Technics Music Canada and to John Shute of Berkshire, England for developing the source of information contained in this page.

John Shute has written an excellent article which gives more tutorial detail than contained in this page.

John's article can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

When a sequenced song is saved to disk, it normally contains several files. See the photo below which shows that the song Stardust is made up of five files on the disk.

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When the saved song is loaded from disk, each of the files has a specific purpose in setting up the keyboard for playback of the sequenced song.

When we place several songs into the special 10 song memory for the KN5000 sequencer, we put all of the individual song sequences into a single sequencer file, but we still only have single current panel, panel memory, composer, and sound memory files. This means that all of the songs in the sequencer must use common files for all the songs. This is a limitation that you must consider when using the ten sequencer song capability.

We will use three songs to illustrate the process of placing multiple songs into a single sequencer file. We will use Stardust, Misty, and Perfidia for our example.

First we need to create individual sequencer (.sqt) files for each song. Our disk has already has the three songs in positions 1, 2, and 3 on the disk. We will put the special sequencer files at positions 11, 12, and 13 on the disk. (These locations are arbitrary. You can use whatever locations you want.)

Load the first song into the keyboard in the normal way. This sets up the keyboard for the song and puts the sequence into the sequencer. (Our example is Stardust) If we want to change any of the sound setups for the sequence, we can do that now and when everything is ready, press SEQUENCER MENU and then press PANEL WRITE, and press OK. This puts the panel setups into the first part of the sequence and determines the settings that will be used by the sequencer to start the song when it is played back.

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(Tempo can not be changed using Panel Write. If you want to change tempo before saving the sequence, see Sequence Tempo Change at the "How To" pages.)

Press EXIT to return to the Sequencer CREATE Menu. At the Create display select SONG SELECT/NAMING.

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Select position #1 and press the NAMING button.

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Enter the name for the song, and press OK.

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Now we are ready to save the song to a special sequencer file. Press DISK, then SAVE, then TECHNICS FORMAT, and select a blank position on the disk to place the file. (For our example we want position 11.) DON'T SAVE IT YET. . . Press PAGE, go to Page 3, select (highlight) song #1 at the top (as shown at the right). Press SAVE at page 3. This puts the special sequencer file at position 11 on the disk for our first song.

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Now press DISK, LOAD, and select the second song and load in the normal manner. (Our example would load Misty.) Do exactly the same steps that were taken above for the second song. Use position #1 at page three for the second song just like we did for the first song, but use position 12 when the disk position is selected.

BE SURE TO ONLY USE THE SAVE BUTTON AT PAGE 3 OF THE SAVE DISPLAY.

Now load the third song in the normal way. (Our example is Perfidia.) Repeat the steps above for the third song. At page 3 of the Sequencer Song Save page use position #1 at the top but use position 13 on the disk.

DO NOT SAVE AT PAGE 1 - DO ALL SAVES AT PAGE 3.

Now we have the original songs at positions 1, 2, and 3 on the disk and the special sequencer files for each song at positions 11, 12, and 13. We can now combine the three songs into a single sequencer file containing all three songs.

Press DISK, and select the LOAD option at the top of the screen. Select (highlight) the first song (position 11 in our example) but DO NOT PRESS LOAD. Notice that the song only has a SEQUENCER file. Press PAGE to go to Page 3. Page 3 is the SINGLE LOAD display.

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This display (for SEQUENCER) is only available when the special sequencer file that we made above is available for loading. The song we highlighted is shown below. Select the position in the Sequencer that we want the file to be placed. For our example, we want position 1. Now press LOAD at the top right of the display.

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Press EXIT to return to the Disk Load display and select (highlight) the second song (position 12 in our example) and DO NOT PRESS LOAD. Press PAGE to go to page 3. The second song is shown below. Select sequencer song position 2 and press LOAD at the top right of the display.

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Press EXIT to return to the Disk Load display and select (highlight) the third song (position 13 in our example). Press PAGE to go to page 3. Select sequencer song position 3 on the right and press LOAD at the top right of the display.

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We now have three songs in the sequencer in positions 1, 2, and 3. If you wish you can continue this process for ten songs. It is possible, however, to run out of sequencer memory before you reach a total of ten songs. The sequencer can hold about 40,000 notes.

Now save the work you have done to a new file that contains all of the songs that you have moved into the multiple song sequencer file. Save the file in the normal way. Give the file a name like MEDLY1 to show that it is a medley of several songs.

Remember that when you save this file, the current panel, panel memory, composer, and sound memory files will remain as they were the last time they were loaded or changed.

If you followed the examples given here you would have files on the disk as shown below.

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