Korg PA series keyboards have a very advanced onboard style creator in them. It makes it very easy to create your own custom styles without using any third party tools. This is an overview of the settings and controls in the style creation page in PA series Arrangers.
To go to style creation page, press the “Record Button” on the panel. This will take you to the record menu on the screen. The screen and options in it would look different based on the keyboard model.
From this screen select one of the options for style create/edit. There would be three options for style create/edit here.
- Record/Edit Current Style (To modify the selected style)
- Record New style (To create a new style from scratch)
- Style creator Bot (Convert a midi file to a style. This feature is not available in all models)
If you select edit or new, it will take you to the style creation page.
The details of the settings and options in this mode:
This is the current element which is being edited. Elements are the intros, variations, fills, break and endings. To change the current selected element for recording, press the down arrow in the element section and select another element from the drop down menu.
Note: Elements cannot be selected using the panel buttons in style record page.
CV (Chord Variation)
Elements contain 1 or more chord variations. All the recordings for the element are done in one of the chord variations. By default CV 1 is selected. To change it to another CV, press the down arrow in this section and select a new CV from the drop down menu.
More about chord variations…
This is used for quantizing the notes automatically when recording. Once this is set, you need not go to the quantize screen and do the quantize after recording the patterns. The value “high” – which is the default, means auto quantize is off.
Record length is the length of the pattern in the current track selected. This should be equal to or less than the CV length and should be a divider of the CV length. If CV length is 4, record length can be 1, 2 or 4. But it cannot be set as 3.
This is the length of the pattern in the current Chord variation. This is the maximum length possible for a track in this CV.
This is the tempo set for the style. It can be changed at any time from style record mode. For recording speed patterns, lower the tempo and record. Finally when the style is saved, the current tempo value will get saved to the style.
This is the time signature of the style. Default value is 4/4. You can select the desired time signature using the data wheel after pressing this section on the screen.
This shows the current measure of the pattern while recording.
This shows the current beat of the current measure while recording
Cue Mode (Record 2 Cue)
Cue mode controls the transition from one element to another
Read more about Cue mode
Current track and sound
This section shows the current track selected and the sound assigned to it. To change the sound for the track, touch the sound name and select a sound from the list.
Key and Chord
This is the key and chord type assigned to the selected track. This is required for all the tracks except the drum and percussion tracks. The recordings in the tracks should be in a specific key and chord. You can select different key and chords for each track. The notes recorded in the tracks should match to the key and chord selected for that track.
NTT (Note Transposition Tables)
NTT is used to select the algorithm used by the arranger to generate new chords while the style plays. The tracks have recordings only in one chord type and key. The notes in the tracks are transposed to form other chords based on the NTT settings.
Octave transpose indicator
This shows the octave transpose for the current selected track. To change the value, use the Octave + and – buttons on the panel.
This is used to delete specific notes from the recording in the track. To delete notes, press the start button, then keep the “delete note” button on the screen pressed and then press the key on the keyboard which you want to delete, while that note plays in the track.
These are the 8 tracks where you record the patterns in the style. Touch the track to select it for recording. The track color shows the status of the track.
Red – selected for recording
Green – active
Orange – Track soloed
Grey – inactive
You can also adjust the volume of the track here. This volume setting will be applied to all the elements of the style.
This is a list of options which can be accessed using the down arrow at the top right of the record page.
An overview of the items in the page menu:
- Write Style – (Used for saving the style)
- Undo – (To undo the previous recording action)
- Copy – (To copy the settings like track sounds, key, chord, NTT etc from one element to another)
- Delete Current Track – (To delete the entire content from the selected track)
- Step record – overdub – (Opens the step record screen for the selected track)
- Solo track – (Mutes all the tracks except the selected one)
- Exit from record – (Closes the style record page. Press the record button as an alternative to this menu item to close the record page)
Watch this video for a detailed overview of the style creation page