Radio Shack MD500 User Manual

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MD500 MIDI Keyboard

with Mini-SizeKeys

Owner’s Manual

Please read before using this equipment.

CONTENTS

 

Features ......................................................................................................................

............ 2

The FCC Wants You to Know ...........................................................................................

2

Preparation .............................................................................................................................

3

Connecting Power ............................................................................................................

3

Using Batteries ..........................................................................................................

3

Using AC/DC Power ..................................................................................................

3

Connecting Headphones ..................................................................................................

4

Listening Safely .........................................................................................................

4

Connecting an External Amplifier .....................................................................................

4

A Quick Look at Your Keyboard ...........................................................................................

5

Operation ................................................................................................................................

5

Basic Operation ................................................................................................................

5

Playing the Prerecorded Tunes ........................................................................................

6

Playing Back a Prerecorded Tune .............................................................................

6

Using DEMO .............................................................................................................

6

Using the Preset Tones ....................................................................................................

7

Selecting/Playing a Preset Tone ................................................................................

7

Using the Preset Auto-Rhythms .......................................................................................

7

Selecting/Playing an Auto-Rhythm ............................................................................

7

Using SYNC ..............................................................................................................

8

Using FILL-IN ............................................................................................................

8

Using Auto Accompaniment .............................................................................................

8

Single Fingering ........................................................................................................

8

Standard Fingering ....................................................................................................

9

Learning to Play ...............................................................................................................

9

Using the Metronome .....................................................................................................

10

Using BEAT .....................................................................................................................

10

Special Features ..................................................................................................................

10

Recording .......................................................................................................................

10

Using One-TouchSetting ................................................................................................

10

Using Sustain ..................................................................................................................

11

Percussion Pads ..............................................................................................................

11

Using a Percussion Pad ...........................................................................................

11

Recording/Playing a Percussion Pad Sound ............................................................

11

Transposing .....................................................................................................................

11

Using MIDI ............................................................................................................................

12

About MIDI .....................................................................................................................

12

Making the MIDI Connections ........................................................................................

12

Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................................

13

Care ................................................................................................................................

13

Chord Charts ........................................................................................................................

14

Specifications ......................................................................................................................

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ˆ Features

Your RadioShack MIDI Keyboard is a state- of-the-artkeyboard with many exciting features. You can set the keyboard to sound like 50 different musical instruments. To accompany your music, the keyboard has 30 rhythms, as well as auto accompaniments and percussion sounds.

Your keyboard also includes a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) OUT feature, which lets you connect it to other MIDIequipped musical instruments or devices — even your personal computer.

Music Information Display — shows you the notes and chords as you play them, along with the current tone, rhythm, and tempo.

Sustain Function — lets you extend the length of a played note, providing added flexibility as you make music.

Recording/Playback — lets you record your own tunes and play them back at any time.

Metronome — the keyboard sounds the beat, making it easy to keep time with the music.

Tempo Controls — let you speed up or slow down the tempo of any selected music pattern.

Note: This Owner’s Manual explains how to use this electronic keyboard. It does not teach music.

THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW

This equipment complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as specified in Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits provide reasonable protection against radio and TV interference in a residential area. However, your equipment might cause TV or radio interference even when it is operating properly. To eliminate interference, you can try one or more of the following corrective measures:

reorient or relocate the receiving antenna

increase the distance between the equipment and the radio or TV

use outlets on different electrical circuits for the keyboard and the radio or TV.

Consult your local RadioShack store if the problem still exists.

You must use shielded interface cables with this equipment.

© 2001 RadioShack Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack, Adaptaplug, and RadioShack.com are trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation.

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Features

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ˆ Preparation

To connect a MIDI device to your keyboard, see “Making the MIDI Connections” on Page 12.

CONNECTING POWER

You can power your keyboard in any of these ways:

internal batteries

standard AC power using an optional AC adapter

a vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket using an optional DC adapter

Notes:

Connecting an AC or DC adapter automatically disconnects internal batteries.

Always disconnect the AC or DC adapter when you finish using the keyboard.

Using Batteries

Your keyboard can use six C batteries (not supplied) for power. For the best performance and longest life, we recommend RadioShack alkaline batteries.

Cautions:

Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type.

Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.

1. Slide POWER toOFF.

2.Press the tabs on the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the keyboard and pull up the cover to remove it.

3.Place the batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –)marked inside the compartment.

4.Replace the cover.

When the keyboard stops operating properly, replace the batteries.

Warning: Dispose of old batteries promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury them.

Caution: If you do not plan to use the keyboard with batteries for a week or more, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.

Using AC/DC Power

You can power the keyboard using an optional 9V, 300-mAAC or DC adapter and a size M Adaptaplug™ adapter (none supplied). All are available at your local RadioShack store.

Cautions:

You must use a Class 2 power

!source that supplies 9V DC and delivers at least 300 mA.

Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the keyboard's

jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the keyboard or the adapter.

Always connect the AC or DC adapter to the keyboard before you connect it to AC power or vehicle battery power. When you finish, disconnect the adapter from AC power or vehicle battery power

Preparation

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before you disconnect it from the keyboard.

1.Slide POWER toOFF.

2.Set the AC or DC adapter’s voltage switch to 9V.

3.Insert the Adaptaplug adapter into the adapter’s cord so it reads + TIP.

4. Connect the AC or

DC 9V

DC adapter’s bar-

 

rel plug to the DC

 

9V jack on the

 

back of the key-

 

board.

 

5.Plug the AC or DC adapter’s other end into a standard AC outlet or your vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket.

CONNECTING

HEADPHONES

To listen to your keyboard without disturbing others, you can connect an optional pair of stereo headphones with a 1/8-inch(3.5-mm)plug. Your local RadioShack store sells a wide selection of headphones.

Insert the headphones’ plug into the PHONE jack on the back of the keyboard.

Note: Connecting headphones disconnects the keyboard’sbuilt-inspeakers.

Listening Safely

To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use headphones.

Set the volume to the lowest setting before you begin listening. After you begin listening, adjust the volume to a comfortable level.

Do not listen at extremely high volume levels. Extended high-volumelistening can lead to permanent hearing loss.

Once you set the volume, do not increase it. Over time, your ears adapt to the volume level, so a volume level that does not cause discomfort might still damage your hearing.

CONNECTING AN EXTERNAL AMPLIFIER

To amplify your keyboard’s sound, you can connect it to an optional external amplifier using an audio cable with a 1/8-inch(3.5-mm)plug (not supplied).

To connect an external amplifier to your keyboard, insert the cable’s plug into the PHONE jack on the back of the keyboard, and connect the cable’s other end to the amplifier’s input jack(s) (such as AUX IN or TAPE IN).

Your local RadioShack store sells a full line of amplifiers, speakers, and connection cables.

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Preparation

ˆ A Quick Look at Your Keyboard

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

SYNC/

 

 

 

 

 

RHYTHMS

SONGS

 

 

 

 

 

FILL-IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List

Speaker

Speaker

START/

 

TONES

TEMPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARNING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOP

 

 

 

 

CHORD Number

 

 

PERCUSSION

 

 

 

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POWER

METRO

 

DEMO

O.T.S.

MIDI

TRANSPOSE

BEAT

PLAY

 

 

 

RHYTHM

 

SUSTAIN

 

 

RECORD

TONE

SONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

ˆ Operation

BASIC OPERATION

1.To turn on the keyboard, set POWER toON. The POWER indicator lights.

Important: To prevent hearing damage, always set the keyboard’s volume to its lowest level before you begin playing it after changing any settings.

Note: To remind you to save power during operation, the keyboard automatically sounds a tone about every 5 minutes if you do not press a key.

2.To hear a sample of the keyboard’s many sounds, play a prerecorded tune (see “Playing the Prerecorded Tunes”

on Page 6). To make your own music, simply begin playing the keyboard.

Notes:

The keyboard automatically selects the tone Grand PIANO (No. 01) when you turn the power on. To select a different tone, see “Selecting/Playing a Preset Tone” on Page 7.

To select an auto-rhythm,see “Using the PresetAuto-Rhythms”on Page 7.

To play auto accompaniment, see “Using Auto Accompaniment” on Page 8.

A Quick Look at Your Keyboard

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3.Repeatedly press VOLUME UP orVOLUME DOWN to increase or decrease the volume.

Notes:

The keyboard’s volume ranges from 0 (no sound) to 10 (maximum), and the current volume level appears on the display. Each time you turn on the keyboard, the volume is set to 6.

To quickly return to the default volume setting of 6, turn the keyboard off then back on.

4.To turn off the keyboard, set POWER toOFF. The POWER indicator turns off.

PLAYING THE PRERECORDED TUNES

You can listen to any of the 50 tunes that come prerecorded in the keyboard, or you can turn off a tune’s melody or accompaniment and play along on the keyboard.

Playing Back a Prerecorded Tune

1.Press SONG.621* and the number of the current tune appears.

Note: The keyboard always selects the tune “Canon” (No. 01) each time you turn it on.

2.Choose a tune from the SONGS list and enter its two-digitnumber on the keypad.

Or, you can press or+ to move to the next higher or lower numbered tune.

Notes:

Precede a single-digitnumber with a

0.For example, to select 06 (“Wiegenlied (Schubert)”), press 0 6.

If you enter an incorrect first digit, repeatedly press + orto move to the next higher or lower numbered tune.

3.Press START/STOP to start playing the tune.

You can change the tune by repeating Step 2 even while a tune is playing. The new tune immediately begins to play. As it plays, the display shows:

a “score” to show you the notes that are playing (right side of the display)

a “keyboard” to show you the fingering and which keys are pressed (bottom of the display)

the black dots above the metronome show the beat count in the measure

the chord name (center left of the display)

Note: Each tune plays a different preset tone for the melody.

4.Use VOLUME to adjust the volume as desired.

5.To change the tempo, repeatedly press

TEMPO UP or TEMPO DOWN. The current tempo setting appears.

6.To select a different tune, repeat Step 2. To stop the tune completely, press

START/STOP.

Using DEMO

To play the prerecorded tunes one by one (in order from the selected starting point), press DEMO. To stop the demo, pressDEMO again.

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Operation

USING THE PRESET TONES

Your keyboard can sound like 50 different musical instruments. The name and two-digitnumber for each preset tone is listed on the TONES list on the keyboard’s top panel.

Note: The keyboard has8-note(maximum) polyphonic sound. This means that you can play up to 8 different notes at the same time with most of the keyboard’s preset tones.

Selecting/Playing a Preset Tone

1.Press TONE.721( and the current tone’s number appears.

Note: Each time you turn the keyboard on, it automatically selects the tone Grand PIANO (No. 01).

2.To play a different tone, choose a preset tone from the TONES list and enter its two-digitnumber on the keypad. As you press the keys, the selected digits appear.

Or, you can use + orto move to the next higher or lower numbered tone.

Note: Precede asingle-digitnumber with a 0. For example, to select VIBRAPHONE (No. 06), press0 6.

3.Play the keyboard to hear the selected tone and adjust VOLUME UP orVOLUME DOWN to the desired level.

4.To select a different tone, repeat Steps 1 and 2.

USING THE PRESET AUTORHYTHMS

Your keyboard has 30 preset auto-rhythmsthat provide a steady beat for your music. The name andtwo-digitnumber of each presetauto-rhythmis listed on the RHYTHMS list on the keyboard’s top panel.

You can play a preset auto-rhythmon the keyboard in any of the following ways:

select and play a rhythm (see “Selecting/Playing an Auto-Rhythm”)

synchronize the start of a rhythm with your music (see “Using SYNC” on Page 8)

briefly vary the pattern of a rhythm (see “Using FILL-IN”on Page 8)

Selecting/Playing

an Auto-Rhythm

1.Press RHYTHM.

Note: Each time you turn on the keyboard, it automatically selects the rhythm Disco 1 (No. 01).

2.To select a different rhythm, choose an auto-rhythmfrom the RHYTHMS list and enter itstwo-digitnumber on the keypad. Or, repeatedly press+ orto move to the next higher or lower numbered rhythm.

Note: Precede asingle-digitnumber with a 0. For example, press0 5 to select POP WALTZ (No. 05).

3.Press START/STOP to start the selectedauto-rhythm.

4.Adjust VOLUME to the desired level.

5.To change the tempo, repeatedly press

TEMPO UP or TEMPO DOWN. The current tempo setting appears.

Notes:

You can adjust the tempo to play an auto-rhythmfrom 40 to 240 beats per minute.

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variation until you release
SYNC/FILL-IN

To reset the tempo to its default (original) speed, press TEMPO UP andTEMPO DOWN at the same time.

6.Play the keyboard along with the autorhythm.

7.To select a different rhythm, repeat Steps 1 and 2.

8.To stop the auto-rhythm,pressSTART/ STOP again.

Using SYNC

This feature lets you synchronize the start of an auto-rhythmwith the beginning of your music.

After you select and enter an auto-rhythm,pressSYNC/FILL-IN.The black dots above the metronome flash to show the keyboard is in a standby mode.

Begin playing the keyboard. The keyboard automatically begins to play the rhythm when you press any key.

Using FILL-IN

This feature lets you insert a short (1- to 2- measure) variation in the beat pattern of a selected auto-rhythm.

Simply press while the autorhythm is playing. The keyboard inserts a variation, then the original rhythm automatically resumes at the end of the current measure. Or, to insert a longer variation, hold down SYNC/FILL-IN.The keyboard plays the

SYNC/FILL-IN.

USING AUTO

ACCOMPANIMENT

The 19 keys on the left side of the keyboard with note labels above them are called accompaniment keys. The accompaniment

keys you press determine the type of chord that plays.

You can set the keyboard to play with no accompaniment or two different types of auto accompaniment using the accompaniment keys.

Normal — normal mode. Chords are turned off in this mode (but you can select tone and rhythm).

S.Finger — single fingering mode. This mode lets you play chords on the accompaniment keys using standard chord formations (see “Single Fingering”).

Fingered — standard fingering mode. This mode lets you play chords on the accompaniment keys using chord formations of from three or more notes. The chord name appears on the display. The number of keys you press determines the type of chord that plays (see “Standard Fingering” on Page 9).

Note: See “Chord Charts” on Page 14 for a list of all the chords you can play on your keyboard.

Your keyboard defaults to the normal mode. Follow the steps under “Single Fingering” or “Standard Fingering” on Page 9 to set it to an accompaniment mode.

Single Fingering

1.Set POWER toON.

2.Repeatedly press CHORD until a black dot appears next to S.FINGER on the left side of the display.

3.Press RHYTHM.

4.Enter a two-digitauto-rhythmnumber.

5.To start the auto-rhythmbefore the auto accompaniment, pressSTART/STOP.

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Operation

Or, to synchronize the start of the selected auto-rhythmwith your accompaniment, pressSYNC/FILL-IN.

6.Begin the accompaniment at the desired interval by pressing the desired accompaniment key(s).

To play a melody along with the accompaniment, press any key(s) to the right of the accompaniment keys.

7.Adjust TEMPO andVOLUME to the desired levels.

8.To change chords without interrupting the rhythm, simply press the auto accompaniment key(s) re-quiredto form the new chord. The name of the chord appears.

9.To stop auto accompaniment but not the auto-rhythm,repeatedly pressCHORD until the black dot appears next to125 0$/ on the display. Or, to stop auto accompaniment and theauto-rhythm,pressSTART/STOP.

Standard Fingering

The standard fingering method uses standard formations of three or more notes, and lets the experienced musician play a wider variety of accompaniment chords.

Note: See “Chord Charts” on Page 14 for a list of all the chords you can play on your keyboard using standard fingering accompaniment.

Follow these steps to start standard fingering auto accompaniment.

1.Set POWER toON.

2.Repeatedly press CHORD until a black dot appears next to),1*(5(' on the left side of the display.

3.Select and enter an auto-rhythm.

4.To start the auto-rhythm before your auto accompaniment, press START/ STOP.

Or, to synchronize the start of the selected auto-rhythmwith your accompaniment, pressSYNC/FILL-IN.

5.Begin the accompaniment at the desired interval by pressing at least three accompaniment keys to play the desired chord.

To play a melody along with the accompaniment, press any key(s) to the right of the accompaniment keys.

6.Adjust TEMPO andVOLUME to the desired levels.

7.To change chords without interrupting the rhythm, simply press the auto accompaniment key(s) re-quiredto form the new chord. The name of the chord appears.

8.To stop auto accompaniment and the auto-rhythm,pressSTART/STOP.

LEARNING TO PLAY

Your keyboard’s learning feature lets beginning keyboard players easily learn and play a prerecorded tune. You can select any of the following modes:

ONE KEY — in this mode, press START/ STOP and any key to play accompaniment and a melody note. The note appears.

WAITING — In this mode, the melody does not play until you play a correct note. The next note of the tune appears.

MELODY OFF — in this mode, you can play melody with accompaniment.

Operation

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1. Press SONG, then repeatedly press

If you want to play the tune with accompani-

LEARNING until black dots appear next

ment in the learning mode, repeatedly press

to 21( .(< on the left side of the display.

LEARNING until a black dot appears next to

 

0(/2'< 2)).

2.Select a tone from the SONGS list and

enter its two-digitnumber on the keyIf you want to quit the learning mode, repeat-

pad.

Or, you can press or+ to move to the next higher or lower numbered tune.

3.Press START/STOP. The keyboard plays the first note of the tune you selected and the note appears. Press the corresponding key on the keyboard to continue learning. The next note you need to press appears. The tune will continue to play even if you press the wrong key.

4.To stop learning, press START/STOP again or pressLEARNING. If you pressedLEARNING, a black dot appears next to:$,7,1* and a note appears. Press the correct key to continue learning. The tune doesn’t play until you press the correct key.

edly press LEARNING until the black dot appears next to1250$/.

USING THE METRONOME

To turn on the keyboard’s metronome, press TONE orRHYTHM, then pressMETRO. The metronome’s bar swings along with the tempo you selected, and the corresponding beat appears. PressMETRO again to turn the metronome off.

USING BEAT

When the metronome is on, repeatedly press BEAT until you hear the desired beat to adjust it. 9 beats (00, 0209) are available and can be selected cyclically. The beat number you selected appears.

ˆ Special Features

RECORDING

You can record a sequence of notes up to 37 notes in length.

1.Press RECORD to start recording.5(&25' appears.

2.Play the notes you want to record.

3.Press PLAY to play the notes you recorded.3/$< appears.

4.To turn off recording, press RHYTHM,

TONE, or SONG.

Note: If the keyboard loses power, recording is turned off and any recording you made is erased.

USING ONE-TOUCH

SETTING

Your keyboard’s one-touchsetting feature lets you automatically play a preset tone to match a selectedauto-rhythmyou changed.

1.Press RHYTHM.

2.Enter a two-digitauto-rhythmnumber.

3.Press O.T.S.2 7 6 appears.

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Special Features

TRANSPOSE –

4.Press TONE. The preset tone that matches the selectedauto-rhythmappears.

To quit one-touchsetting, pressO.T.S. 2 7 6 disappears.

USING SUSTAIN

For added flexibility and control as you make music, you can set the keyboard so it sustains sound.

To sustain notes you play, press SUSTAIN.6867$,1 appears and the keyboard sustains the played note until you releaseSUSTAIN. PressSUSTAIN again to turn off sustain.

PERCUSSION PADS

Using a Percussion Pad

Your keyboard’s percussion pads put the sound of 5 different percussion instruments (bass drum, snare drum, hi-hatopen, hightom-tom,andhi-hatclose) at your fingertips.

To play a percussion pad sound, simply press the desired pad at any time. The keyboard plays the selected percussion sound once each time you press the pad.

Recording/Playing a

Percussion Pad Sound

You can record any of the available percussion sounds onto any of the percussion pads. This lets you quickly select and play any percussion sound that the keyboard can make.

Note: The keyboard clears any sound you assign to a percussion pad each time you turn it off.

1.Press TONE then enter5 0 on the keyboard.

2.Select the tone you want by pressing any of the 16 white keys in the middle of the keyboard until you hear the sound you want.

3.When you hear the tone you want to record, hold down the percussion pad you want to assign the sound to and press the white key.

TRANSPOSING

The keyboard automatically selects the key of middle C each time you turn it on. For added flexibility, you can transpose (change) the keyboard’s key using as many as 12 steps (+6-6).You can adjust the transposition freely by pressing theTRANSPOSE buttons.

To transpose the keyboard’s key, press TRANSPOSE + to raise a chromatic scale or

to decrease a chromatic.

To reset the keyboard’s key to its default, press TRANSPOSE +and TRANSPOSE –at the same time.

Special Features

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ˆ Using MIDI

Your keyboard includes a feature called MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). MIDI is the universal standard for sending and receiving performance data between all types of electronic musical instruments, regardless of the manufacturer.

Using MIDI, you can play music on your keyboard and another instrument at the same time while pressing the keys on only one, record your music to a sequencer, acquire a wider selection of preset tones from a sound module, and much more.

ABOUT MIDI

Every MIDI-equippedinstrument has a MIDI OUT terminal, and some also have a MIDI IN and MIDI THRU terminal. Each of these terminals serves a different purpose.

MIDI OUT sends MIDI data to (“talks to”) the other MIDI instrument(s).

MIDI IN receives (“listens to”) MIDI data sent by the other MIDI instrument(s).

MIDI THRU lets you connect (“network”) additional MIDI instruments, and sends along to other MIDI devices a copy of all data it receives through its MIDI IN terminal.

Your keyboard has a MIDI OUT terminal.

The cable that connects MIDI devices does not actually carry sound between them, like a speaker wire carries sound from a receiver to a speaker. Instead, MIDI-equippeddevices communicate with each other using digital codes (instructions). One MIDI device sends digital instructions representing exactly what is being played on it. The other MIDI device receives and translates those instructions, then produces (or records) the sound exactly as it was played on the first device.

Note: Connecting your keyboard to another MIDI device requires a MIDI cable (not supplied). See “Making the MIDI Connections.”

MAKING THE MIDI

CONNECTIONS

To connect your keyboard to another MIDIequipped device, you must use a MIDI cable (available at your local RadioShack store). The keyboard’s MIDI data is sent automatically as you play.

Cautions:

Always turn off power to your keyboard and the other MIDI device before you connect or disconnect MIDI cables.

As you make the cable connections, be sure to align the MIDI cable pins with the matching holes on your keyboard’s MIDI OUT terminal. If you have trouble plugging in the cable, do not force it! You might damage the plug or the instrument.

Notes:

The keyboard’s auto-rhythms,prerecorded tunes, sustain information, and transpose information cannot be sent as MIDI data.

If you send MIDI data to a device such as a personal computer, the computer will need a sound card, software to interpret the data, and a pair of speakers (none supplied). Your local RadioShack store carries sound cards, MIDI cable, and software.

MIDI Channel 10 is preset to percussion data in some MIDI receiving devices, depending on the specific device you select.

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Using MIDI

1.Use a MIDI cable to connect MIDI OUT on the back of the keyboard to the other device’s MIDI IN terminal.

2.Repeatedly press MIDI to select a MIDI channel. MIDI uses up to 16 channels to

exchange data. As in a TV broadcast, different channels send different data.

3.To transmit to the MIDI device, play the melody using the keyboard’s black and white keys.

ˆ Troubleshooting

If your keyboard is not performing as it should, these suggestions might help. If you still cannot solve the problem, take the keyboard to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

Trouble

Possible Cause

Remedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

No sound, even when

POWER is set toOFF.

Set POWER toON.

the keys are pressed.

 

 

Volume is turned down.

Repeatedly press VOLUME UP to increase

 

 

 

the volume.

 

 

 

 

Headphones are connected.

Disconnect headphones.

 

 

 

 

Power supply problem.

Check the power supply.

 

 

Are battery symbols (+/–)facing correctly?

 

 

Are the batteries fresh?

 

 

Is the AC or DC adapter connected properly?

 

 

 

No rhythm.

Volume is turned down.

Repeatedly press VOLUME UP to increase

 

 

the volume.

 

 

 

 

Rhythm is not started.

Press START/STOP.

 

 

 

No accompaniment

Volume is turned down.

Repeatedly press VOLUME UP to increase

when accompaniment

 

the volume.

keys are pressed.

 

 

Accompaniment keys are not

Press the accompaniment keys (on the left

 

 

pressed.

side of the keyboard).

 

 

 

No sound when con-

Volume is turned down.

Repeatedly press VOLUME UP to increase

nected to an external

 

the volume.

amplifier.

 

 

Defective connection cord.

Replace the connection cord.

 

 

 

 

 

Problem with external amplifier.

Check the amplifier.

 

 

 

No sound when play-

MIDI cables are not connected

Check the connection.

ing MIDI data.

properly.

 

 

 

 

CARE

Keep the keyboard dry. Use and store the keyboard only in normal temperature environments. Handle the keyboard carefully. Keep the keyboard away from dust and dirt.

Modifying or tampering with the keyboard’s internal components can cause a malfunction and invalidate its warranty. If your keyboard is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

Troubleshooting

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ˆ Chord Charts

These tables show the fingering for the chords you play most often.

Diminished

Suspended

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Chord Charts

Diminished

Chord Charts

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ˆ Specifications

Number of Keys ................................................................................................................................................................

49

Polyphonic Sound ..............................................................................................................

............................. 8-note(Max.)

Preset Tones .....................................................................................................................................................................

50

Auto-Rhythms ...................................................................................................................................................................

30

Prerecorded Tunes .................................................................................................................................................

50 Tunes

Effect ....................................................................................................................................................................

Transpose

Rhythm Controls ................................................................................................................

TEMPO, FILL-IN,START/STOP

Built-InSpeakers ...............................................................................................................................

4 Inches (102 mm) × 2

...........................................................................................................................................................

(Output 3W Max Each)

Terminals:

 

Power Supply .....................................................................................................................................................

DC 9V Jack

PHONE Jack .........................................................................................................................

................................ 1/8 Inches

 

(3.5 mm)

MIDI OUT Jack ..........................................................................................................................

.................................... OUT

Power Sources .................................................................................................................

......................... DC: 6 C batteries

 

AC: 120V, 60Hz, with AC adapter

 

Vehicle Battery: 9V with DC adapter

Dimensions (HWD) ..............................................................................................................

215/16 × 2615/16 × 109/16 Inches

 

(75 × 684 × 269 mm)

Weight (Without Batteries) ....................................................................................................

.................................. 5 lb 8 oz

 

(2.5 kg)

Included Accessory ..................................................................................................

Play Guide for the Prerecorded Tunes

Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject to change and improvement without notice.

Limited One-YearWarranty

This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-ownedstores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period.

This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation, set-upservice adjustment or reinstallation.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. RadioShack Customer Relations, 200 Taylor Street, 6th Floor, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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