Alesis 7-51-0193-F User Manual

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USB MIDI Controller and Stereo Audio Interface

Quick Start Owner’s Manual

BOX CONTENTS

PHOTON X 25 USB AUDIO/MIDI CONTROLLER

USB CABLE

QUICK START OWNER’S MANUAL

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Manual de inicio rápido para el usuario

CONTENIDO DE LA CAJA

CONTROLADOR USB DE AUDIO/MIDI PHOTON X25

CABLE USB

MANUAL DE INICIO RÁPIDO DEL USUARIO

Manuel d’utilisation du propriétaire

CONTENU DE LA BOÎTE

CONTRÔLEUR MIDI/AUDIO USB PHOTON X 25

CABLE USB

GUIDE D’UTILISATION SIMPLIFIÉ

CONSIGNES DE SÉCURITÉ IMPORTANTES

Schnellbedienungsanleitung

INHALT DER VERPACKUNG

PHOTON X 25 USB AUDIO/MIDI CONTROLLER

USB-KABLE

SCHNELLBEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG

WICHTIGE SICHERHEITSHINWEISE

Manuale rapido di utilizzazione

CONTENUTO DELLA CONFEZIONE

PHOTON X 25 USB AUDIO/MIDI CONTROLLER

CAVO USB

MANUALE RAPIDO DI UTILIZZAZIONE

IMPORTANTI ISTRUZIONI DI SICUREZZA

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PHOTON X 25 QUICK START OWNER’S MANUAL

(ENGLISH)

Introduction

Congratulations on your purchase of the Alesis Photon X 25 MIDI controller and 24-bitstereo audio interface! The Photon X 25 combines portability with a host ofcutting-edgefeatures:

MIDI

25 full-size,velocity sensitive keys with easily accessible octave shift buttons.

Alesis AXYZ dome for revolutionary three-dimensionalMIDI control.

Premium pitch and modulation wheels with backlighting.

10 high-resolution360º knobs. Three layers yield the equivalent of thirty knobs per preset.

10 buttons, each programmable for on/off or momentary (trigger) operation.

Simultaneously active USB and 5-pinMIDI connections.

Pre-programmedsetups. You can easily design your own custom setups, too.

AUDIO

24-bitstereo audio input and output via USB. Adjustable sample rate up to 48 kHz.

Adjustable input and output gain.

Main stereo outputs plus headphone output.

Product Registration

Please go to http://www.alesis.com to register your new Photon X 25. Registration helps you by ensuring that we can keep you up to date on any lastminute product issues. If you want, Alesis can also send you information on other products that might interest you.

Registration helps us, too. When you let us know the types of music products you use and dream about, you help us bring you cutting-edgeproducts like the Photon X 25.

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Minimum Computer Requirements

The Photon X 25 requires either Windows XP or Mac OS X, along with an available USB 1.1 or higher connection. Earlier operating systems are not supported.

Any MIDI application in which MIDI inputs can be configured should be compatible with the Photon X 25. Very basic MIDI programs will not allow you to take advantage of the Photon X 25’s wheels, buttons and knobs.

Connection Diagram

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Rear-PanelConnections

1.External Adapter Jack – Plug in the AC adapter if you don’t want to power the Photon X 25 through either the USB connection or four“C”-sizebatteries. (Use a 6VDC, negative tip, 1000mA device.)

2.Power Source Selector – Press this switchIN to power the Photon X 25 from either four“C”-sizebatteries or the external power adapter. (If both an AC adapter and batteries are present, the AC adapter will be used rather than the batteries.)

Leave this switch in the OUT position in order to power the Photon X 25 from a computer’s USB connection or to turn off the unit when USB power is not present.

Note: When using a laptop computer, consider using batteries to prolong the laptop’s operating time between charges.

Load “C”-sizebatteries on the bottom of the Photon X 25.

3. USB Connector – Plug a standard USB cable into this outlet and into a USB 1.1 or higher connector on your computer.

Plug the Photon X 25 directly into your computer, rather than using a USB hub or other intermediate device. Such devices can interfere with the Photon X 25’s MIDI and audio timing signals.

4. MIDI IN Connector – Use afive-pinMIDI cable to connect the OUTPUT of an external MIDI controller to theMIDI IN of the Photon X 25.

If you connect an external MIDI device to the Photon X 25 in this way, your computer will recognize the external device as a second MIDI IN controller.

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5. MIDI OUT Connector – Use afive-pinMIDI cable to connect theMIDI OUT of the Photon X 25 to the INPUT of an external MIDI device.

The operation of the MIDI OUT port changes depending on whether or not a USB cable is connected to the Photon.

USB cable connected:

MIDI data from your computer is passed to the MIDI OUT port.

Note: When a USB cable is connected, you should activate “MIDI echo” in your sequencer if you want the Photon to control another MIDI device.

USB data from the computer

USB cable not connected:

Whatever you play on the Photon is sent to the

MIDI OUT port.

Note: If you have another device connected to the Photon’sMIDI IN information will be ignored.

MIDI data from the

Photon

port, that device’s MIDI

6.Sustain Pedal Input – Connect a keyboard sustain pedal (not included). Use any manufacturer’s sustain pedal: when you turn on the Photon X 25, it will automatically calibrate itself to the pedal.

7.Expression Pedal – Plug in an optionalcontinuous-controllerexpression pedal such as the RolandEV-5pedal.

8.Stereo Audio Inputs – Use balanced (TRS) or unbalanced (TS) ¼” cables to connect external audio equipment like mixers and synthesizers. You can adjust the incoming signal’s gain using the INPUT control on the top of the Photon X

Note: You can choose whether or not to send the audio input signal directly to the audio outputs (including the headphone output) in the GLOBAL menu.

9.Stereo Audio Outputs – Use balanced (TRS) or unbalanced (TS) ¼” cables to connect the Photon X 25 to a mixer or powered monitor speakers to listen to the incoming audio sent from your computer.

10.Headphone Output – Connect a pair of stereo headphones to listen to the incoming audio.

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Top Panel Controls

1.Keyboard – Afull-size,25-note,velocity-sensitivekeyboard.

2.Octave Up/Down Buttons – Transpose the keyboard in octaves using these buttons. Press them both at the same time to reset the keyboard range.

3.Pitch Wheel – Control pitch bend with this backlit wheel.

4.Modulation Wheel – While you can control any parameter using this backlit wheel, its most common use is for modulation control.

5.AXYZ Dome – The AXYZ dome responds to your hand position to providethree-wayMIDI control.Side-to-side,top-to-bottom,anddistance-fromdome movements are all tracked.

6.AXYZ Dome activation button – Press this button to enable or disable AXYZ Dome operation.

7.Display – The LCD display shows current status information.

8.Configuration buttons – Call up and save presets, set global parameters and more using the configuration buttons. See below for additional detail.

9.VALUE/ENTER Encoder – Twirl the VALUE/ENTER encoder to select various parameters and values. Press VALUE/ENTER to toggle between parameter and value assignments and to accept your entries.

10.Audio Input Level – Adjust the gain of incoming audio here.

11.Audio Output Level – Adjust the level sent to the headphones and main audio outputs.

12.MIDI Control Knobs – Tenhigh-resolution,endless knobs. These knobs are suitable for transmitting standard7-bit(0-127)MIDI commands.

13.MIDI Control Buttons – Ten buttons can operate in either toggle (on/off) mode or momentary (trigger) mode.

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14. Layer Button – Press the LAYER button repeatedly to cycle through the Photon X 25’s three independent knob layers. The lights above the LAYER button indicate which one of the three available layers is currently active.

Knob assignments can be made on each layer for a total of 30 knob assignments per preset.

Plug-and-PlayConnection to a Computer

Both Windows XP and Mac OS X see the Photon as a plug-andplay MIDI and Audio controller. Simply plug the Photon into your computer using a USB cable and allow the operating system to install it automatically.

Depending on your operating system, the Photon X 25 may be identified by your MIDI and Audio software applications as either a “Photon” controller or a “USB Audio Device.” No need to worry: the Photon will work regardless of its designation.

The Photon is not compatible with earlier versions of Windows or Mac OS.

Check http://www.Alesis.com for driver updates and up-to-dateinformation on operating system compatibility.

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Operation:

1. Using the Keyboard with your MIDI software

Start off simply. Once you’re plugged in and powered up, go to your sound module or software application and set the incoming MIDI channel.

If you’re using software, you will probably need to configure it to use the Photon or “USB” device. Look for the MIDI device setup menu in your application and ensure that the Photon is designated as an active MIDI device before proceeding.

On the Photon, press EDIT PRESET. Then, press thePAGE RIGHT button to see theCommon MIDI setting. This is the channel on which the Photon X 25 will send it’s MIDI information. Turn theVALUE/ENTER encoder to change this setting if needed.

Play the keyboard. Your sound module or software should respond to the Photon X 25’s MIDI data. If not, refer to the troubleshooting instructions later in this guide.

Experiment with the Photon X 25’s OCTAVE buttons and pitch and modulation wheels. Since the two wheels are mapped to MIDI’s standard pitch and modulation commands, they should work for you in most cases right off the bat.

2. Using the Knobs with the Supplied Controller Templates

If one of the supplied template sets matches your MIDI software, lift the plastic template covers with your fingernail, position the templates, and then replace the covers.

Press the RECALL PRESET button and turn the clear cursor knob to reach the program number indicated on the templates. Press the cursor knob to enter this program. You should now be able to control the software according to the templates.

Press the LAYER button to cycle through the three knob layers. Each layer is independent (though a knob

can be assigned to the same controller value on two or three of the layers).

The row-selectionlights on the top and bottom always move together. It’s not possible to select, say, Layer 1 on the top row of knobs and Layer 2 on the bottom row.

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