New - revised for Version 3.3 (XF, XS, MOXF, MOX, Rack-XS and S70/S90 XS)!

The entire current set of documentation for KARMA Motif Software (performance notes, manual and tutorials) is provided with the program when you purchase it. It is also provided here for prospective customers and interested parties who have not yet purchased the software. And as new tutorials are released, registered owners can download them here as well.


Performance Notes

This is the complete set of Performance Notes for the Factory Bank of 64 Performances included with the application, the Xpansion Pack 1 bank of 32 Performances, and a Table Of Contents containing other useful information and diagrams. Using the Performance Notes feature of the software, you can instantly bring up detailed information on each Performance directly from the application and view it in your browser. The software installs this locally so that you do not need an internet connection. This set here is on the Karma-Lab site and works essentially the same way as the set included with the application.


KARMA Motif Help (Reference Manual)

This is a PDF version of the application's built-in reference manual. It is bookmarked according to chapters, but most of the links are not implemented - it is mainly intended for searching and printing. The application version that you open from inside the program has working links and is extensively cross-referenced.

image • KARMA Motif Help 3.3 - NEW!
10-May-2017

KARMA Motif Tutorials (included)

These tutorials are included with the application, but new ones will be added here as they become available. They are PDF (acrobat) documents - click to open in your browser if your browser supports it, otherwise, right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to download the file to your computer.

• What's new in Version 3.3? - NEW! 10-May-2017
• What's new in Version 3.2? 07-Nov-2014
• What's new in Version 3.1? 14-Jan-2014

Explains the major new features and changes in each recent KARMA Motif Version, mainly for users of the previous version.

image • Installation and First Launch 13-Feb-2017

Explains how to install the KARMA Motif software, how to configure your Yamaha model (XF, XS, MOXF, MOX, Rack-XS, S70/S90 XS) and load the included KARMA Yamaha data, and how to proceed through the "First Launch".

image • How To Authorize 18-Jun-2013

Detailed information on the "Authorization" part of the installation procedure.

image • Getting Started 07-Oct-2014

Explains some general information about the KARMA Performances, how to select them, control them, change scenes and more. Explains how the Motif arps are configured in general, and other basic information to help you get acquainted with the operation of the software.

• Creating GEs with the Import To GE Editor 07-Oct-2014

Explains how to import simple MIDI phrases from .MID files and turn them instantly into GEs, which can then be twisted into countless variations using all of the regular KARMA features.

• Using the Remote Mode - XF, XS 07-Oct-2014
• Using the Remote Mode - MOXF, MOX 07-Oct-2014
• Using the Remote Mode - S70/S90 XS New in v3.2 07-Oct-2014

Explains how to use the keyboard's Remote Mode as a real-time control surface for all of KARMA's interactive features - select the document that pertains to your Yamaha model. Also provides a reference guide for the text information that KARMA sends to the Remote Mode display (XF, XS, MOX, MOXF).

• Sequencing with KARMA Motif - XF, XS 07-Oct-2014

(XF and XS version) Explains how to record KARMA Motif Performances into the XF/XS internal sequencer or an external sequencer such as Digital Performer. Note: see here for Cubase-related versions.


• Tone 1 Knobs Reference 07-Oct-2014

New in v3.1 Explains how the "Tone 1 Knobs" section programmed into each KARMA Performance relate to the different Yamaha Models.

• Creating your own KARMA Yamaha Data 19-Oct-2014

New in v3.1 Explains how to create your own version of the KARMA Yamaha Data that we supply, so that it also includes your own customized Voices, Performances, Masters etc. that you normally have loaded.



KARMA Motif Tutorials (not included - additional)

These tutorials are presently not included with the application, but are new ones (or third party ones) that were added here as they became available. They are PDF (acrobat) documents - click to open in your browser if your browser supports it, otherwise, right-click (Windows) or ctrl-click (Mac) to download the file to your computer.

• KARMA 3.0 - Changes and New Features 12-Nov-2012

This document details the changes and new features in KARMA 3.0 (introduced in the KARMA Motif Software), from KARMA 2.2 (the version implemented in the Korg Kronos, M3 and Oasys keyboards and the corresponding versions of KARMA Kronos, KARMA M3, KARMA Oasys and KARMA M50 software).

• Controlling KARMA Motif with an External Pad Device 29-Aug-2012

New! Not included in installation. Explains how to set up KARMA Motif software to be controlled by an external pad device. The Korg nanoPAD2 is used as an example, but the concepts should apply to all similar devices. A pre-programmed nanoPAD2 file set up according to the tutorial can be downloaded here:

Support File: KARMA_Motif_nanoPAD2-1.zip

• Recording with an External Pad Device using the Motif's Sequencer 29-Aug-2012

New! Not included in installation. Explains an alternate approach to setting up KARMA Motif software to be controlled by an external pad device, such that it can be recorded as part of a "Control Track" in the Motif's internal sequencer. The Korg nanoPAD2 is used as an example, but the concepts should apply to all similar devices. A pre-programmed nanoPAD2 file set up according to the tutorial can be downloaded here:

Support File: KARMA_Motif_nanoPAD2-2.zip

• Sequencing With KARMA Motif - XF, XS (Cubase Enhanced)
(3rd Party)
02-Aug-2016

New! Not included in installation. This third party tutorial by user Progster takes the original "Sequencing With KARMA Motif - XF, XS" document (which referenced Digital Performer) and replaces many sections with Cubase-specific instructions and examples. Note: not verified for accuracy by Karma-Lab.

Additional resources:

Karma_RecAll_BlankBase_01.cpr
This Cubase 8.5 Pro project file contains the track definitions and various other settings mentioned in the tutorial above. It is meant to serve as an example or starting point for KARMA/Cubase recording projects. You should expect to have to adjust port names and connections to match your rig, and may wish to make other changes to suit your own recording style.

KARMA_Cubase_Cheat_Sheet_01.pdf
This file offers a concise summary of the KARMA and Cubase settings needed to realize several common recording scenarios.

• Recording with KARMA Motif and Cubase (3rd Party) 26-Oct-2012

New! Not included in installation. This third party tutorial by user Moessieurs explains how to set up and record KARMA Performances in Cubase. Note: not verified for accuracy by Karma-Lab.

• KARMA Real-Time Control Using the Steinberg CMC-PD (Prelim)
• KARMA Real-Time Control Using the Steinberg CMC-QC (Prelim)
• Steinberg CMC-PD - All 9 Maps (Prelim)
30-Jul-2014

New! Not included in installation. Preliminary documentation on the control maps and use of the Steinberg CMC-PD and CMC-QC controllers. Download the corresponding data files (.cqc and .cpd) for the CMC-PD and CMC-QC here:

Support File: CMC_PD_QC_Data_Prelim.zip


Yamaha Beginner Resources (not included - additional)

These tutorials are presently not included with the application, but have been provided here for new Yamaha users who might need help with various procedures.

• Motif XF - Backing up your data

• Motif XS - Backing up your data

• MOXF - Backing up your data

• MOX - Backing up your data

• S70/S90 XS - Backing up your data
06-Oct-2014

These documents explain, in step-by-step fashion containing screen shots, how to backup the entire state of your Yamaha keyboard to an "all" data file.


KARMA Motif Resources

Other documents or files that you may need.

image KARMA Motif Factory KDF file (v3.2) 29-Jan-2015

This download contains the "KMO Factory Data 1.kdf" file, in case you've modified, lost, or over-written your original copy and wish to get back to the original Performances without re-installing the software. Choose the correct version (Mac or Windows).

 KMO_Factory_Data_Mac.zip                  KMO_Factory_Data_Win.zip


KARMA Motif Articles in Yamaha Music Production Guides 18-Feb-2014