KN6500 Teacher

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    mike0liver

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    I have just started to use a Technics KN6500 I bought on eBay. It's a superb instrument and I am fine with the basics and some of the simpler features but the more advanced stuff has got me stumped. I own Cakewalk Music Creator V2 (yes, but I bought it many years ago) and would like to use it on my PC (Windows 10). I have my KN6500 connected by a USB/Midi cable but have no idea how to get MC2 to recognise the keyboard.

    I'd also like to try out the Sequencer on the keyboard but I find the manual seems to assume I know far more than I actually do. I realise all this makes my needs a little beyond an online forum and was wondering if anyone out there would be prepared to act as a guide and mentor (Skype might be a good method of communications). In case anyone would be willing to offer paid instruction, I live close to Chelmsford, Essex, UK.

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
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    Welcome Mike.

    Whilst I cannot help you with Cakewalk, I can with the PC.

    If you have a look at freeware called Team Viewer a tutor can then take control of your PC remotely and walk you through the settings better than a Skype call which would only show a poor view of your monitor if you have a moveable camera.

    I use TV frequently to maintain my Brothers PC remotely, it saves me 75 mile round trip.
     
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    Thanks, Biggles, I'm hopeful that, if I can blaze a trail through the Midi aspects of the KN6500, the Cakewalk issue will become just that (a cakewalk).

    I have to attend a family gathering this afternoon but I shall visit Team Viewer tomorrow and see what can be done. Your help is much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Mike (alias Algy Lacy)
     
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    Biggles

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    You are welcome Mike.

    Re-reading your original and I note your frustrations with the manual, fear not, they are all the same, the best cure for insomnia that I know.

    Out there in the big wide world there must be a school for manual writers, there moto is .....
    si id difficile est via nostra est.

    I do hope the online translator got that right otherwise I could be banned from the forum.
     
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    My schoolboy Latin is several (6) decades old, so I'm probably less reliable than your online translator but I read the phrase as "If it is a difficult road, it is ours" or some rearrangement of those words - with a similar meaning. You're right - but I still managed to learn Visual Basic, Atari GFA Basic and ProFantasy's map making software from the manuals so maybe there's hope for me yet :)
     
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    Yes Mike that is the translation more or less.

    Its my dig at Korg, I am reading and watching their tutorials but when I go into the shop to have a play with the Korg Kross it does not work for me, it so slow and unfriendly.
     
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    The whole thing is a Catch 22. Obviously, the best people to provide a manual are those who know the instrument (or subject) the best. However, they are also the worst because they already know the instrument and therefore take it for granted that everyone else does too. Every manual needs to be written by someone who knows nothing about the instrument - but has an expert standing next to him.

    I'm a board gamer and rule books suffer in exactly the same way.

    I have the Technics double DVD tutorial set from Strawberry Music and the narrator is excellent - good musician too - I'm hoping he'll cover the bits I'm stuck over in a manner I can follow.

    Cheers,
    Mike
     
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    Nail on head there Mike.

    It would be understandable if the manual is for expensive top of the range type keyboards where the user knows what they are doing to start off with.

    In my case the Korg Kross 2 is at the other end, its a first rung on the Synth/workstation keyboard ladder and the manual should not assume that the new owwner knows all the techie stuff.

    The Korg Video Manual tutorials for my PA700 are excellent, just deep enough whereas the same guy made the Kross 2 tutorials and they gloss over the details.
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    Let's face it. Most of these manuals are written in Chinese or Japanese or Korean or German or Italian and then translated later.

    And engineers are great at designing hardware but generally suck at writing documentation.

    My Kurzweil PC3K8 comes with literally over 2000 pages of manuals.

    You can really tell that they made the effort of hiring proper technical writers to put this together, but that still doesn't change the fact that the operating system has more quirks than the space shuttle. :D :D :D

    Gary ;)
     
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    Mike O. Just to answer your question as I've lost your email address.
    My demo material is all played live...no midis used at all, just very good style files collected over years and including many conversions from other keyboard manufacturers styles.
     
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