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Jun 08, 2014

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Technics sx-KN7000 news, Repairs, Cakewalk Instrument Definition file, Online Manual and Service Manual

The KN7000 Service Manual is now available on the KN7000 Manuals page. The manual contains all of the circuit board diagrams for the KN7000 as well as component lists and illustrations to show you how to take it all apart. Not that we recommend you do that!

There are still engineers around who are experts in repairing the KN7000 keyboards and you should always get one of them to repair it if necessary. Technics even has a small department in Japan that is able to repair motherboards and some other components from these instruments. Of course your local keyboard dealer would prefer to sell you a new Tyros, Korg or Ketron Audya, so they are not likely to give you details of a suitable engineer (if they know one) but you can still find them on the Internet if you look hard enough.

The service manual also has some interesting illustrations showing the KN7000's five speakers and sound system and I'll post more in the future about that. Possibly of more interest to some of you will be the diagnostics information because the manual describes how to run various tests on the instrument. Again, something that I will be avoiding!

KN7000 Cakewalk Instrument Definition file

If you link your Technics to your computer at all then this is an essential file for you. It represents a massive amount of work and enables you to use the instruments in the KN7000 from Cakewalk and Sonar but many other DAWs and MIDI-centric programs make use of the same file because Cakewalk and Sonar are so popular.

You can download the KN7000 Cakewalk Instrument Definition file at our sister site KN7000.co.uk which is a fledgeling site dedicated to 'new' uses of the KN7000 (come and join in!).

James Bond KN7000 Style

Also available on KN7000.co.uk is an experimental style conversion for your KN7000. I've converted the Tyros 3 Secret Service style to KN7000 format so that you can transfer it to your keyboard using an SD card. Add that to the Secret Agent style already built in to your KN and you'll be ready to write the score for the next 007 movie!

Here's the page with our new James Bond KN7000 style

I'm in the process of converting many new styles, so watch this space and please give some feedback on any styles you download. You can join in our forum or post a comment after this blog.

KN7000 Online Manual

One of the major projects I'm working on for this site is the Technics KN7000 online manual. I'm probably a couple of months away from completing that. The online manual will contain most of the information from your paper copy but I'll be supplementing it with hints, tips and website links so that you can really get the best from your instrument.

The screen graphics are a bit disappointing in the paper manual so I wanted to grab them in colour for the website. I've acquired a small video capture device called an 'EasyCAP' to do that (it was only a few pounds on eBay) but it isn't giving great results so far. I've cleaned up the screen capture below in photoshop but it doesn't look anywhere near as good as the actual KN7000 screen. It's only slightly better than the black and white graphics in the original manual (which you can download here).

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Back to the drawing board I think. Or maybe a camera.

KN7000 DAWs and other software

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software has been something I have wanted to spend some time on for quite a while. Well, I've managed to find a little time to do so recently and I can hardly believe how much effort it takes to research all of the different DAWs, find the files you need (such as the Cakewalk file I mentioned earlier) and set up the KN7000 to work with them.

I've posted a picture of Cakewalk faders below because it is quite amazing that the KN7000 mixer has almost as many features packed into it. The screen grab I posted above is just the first of many pages and you can adjust so many parameters within the KN's onboard software that it is sometimes difficult to know where to start.

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Once you have used some of the software available on your computer it actually becomes easier to understand what you can achieve on the KN7000 using the built-in features. The KN7000.ins file also gives you a degree of control over the onboard functions direct from your computer.

I'll be writing a series of articles on all of that on KN7000.co.uk in the near future which will hopefully help you to get it all working together a lot quicker than I did.

Amiga 1200 MIDI

My first foray into the MIDI jungle was on a Commodore Amiga 1200 computer, for which I soldered together my own midi interface and linked it up to my keyboard. This was mainly so that I could produce printed musical arrangements for singers, all of whom worked with live organists or bands in workingmens clubs at the time. Things have come a long way since then and whilst it all still seems extremely complicated to set up the results we can get today are absolutely astonishing compared with way back then.

With careful choice of software and virtual instruments such as Reaper, Addictive Keys, Native Instruments, One Man Band, Band in a Box etc you'll be writing a film score in no time at all. Or at least sounding like one.

TechnicsKN7000.com Members

I'll be making the members signup for the site more visible later today. We've had thousands of visitors from all over the world and it is great getting to know all of you. Not many of you have signed up as members yet but I hadn't made the signup obvious until now. You can still participate in all of the areas of the site if you're not a member but it would be great to get to know you better than that and by signing up you will be notified about updates to the site now and then, so that you don't miss anything.

Keyboard Player Extraordinaire

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One such member is Roger M who regularly broadcasts every thursday evening on Swindon 105.5fm (www.swindon1055.com). Rog is a huge KN7000 fan and an excellent musician if I may say so. Please take a look at his websites and give him your support!

Keyboard Player Extraordinaire

Ian Griffin Keyboard Player

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Another extraordinary musician is Ian Griffin who I knew many years ago. I probably haven't seen him for decades now. I'll take some time to write about him in a future blog along with some information about BBC Radio 2's the Organist Entertains and some other industry personalities.

Ian uses Ketron instruments at the moment but I remember him well playing many different Technics Keyboards and Organs and I'm sure that he will have used a KN7000 on more than one occasion.

In the meantime you can visit Ian's site below.

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And finally...

Just to mention that the main image for this blog is from one of the Technics KN7000 sales brochures.

Well that's all for now. There is plenty planned for the site as you can see, I hope you will enjoy it all and please do join in as time goes by (is there a song in there?).



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Mike (Admin)

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I started playing Technics instruments in my early teens and I've owned several models of their organs and keyboards. As a former professional organist and keyboard player I have played most of the models that I haven't owned, so I'm pretty familiar with most Technics organs and keyboards.