User GEs and GE Creation/Editing

12 Banks of 128 User GE locations (1536 User GE locations) are now provided, along with the ability to save and load .KGE files containing KARMA GEs and Template Data. GEs may be created, edited, and uploaded to the keyboard using the KARMA Oasys Software (PC/Mac), available separately from us here at Karma-Lab. The price will be $169.00, and delivery date after October 15, 2007.

KARMA Oasys Software (PC/Mac) – Create/Edit/Import GEs

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Display of GE's RTC Model in the GE Selection Dialogs

When selecting GEs in the GE Category or Bank Select Dialogs, the GE's RTC Model is now displayed (for reference), giving you an indication of how that particular GE will be mapped to the Control Surface, and some idea about how it is intended to operate.

Quantized/Delayed Scene Changes

Scene changes may now be quantized to various metric divisions, including 1 bar, 2 bars, and 4 bars (previously all scene changes quantized to the next 16th). When set to the larger values, this allows the selection of a scene change well in advance of the desired time, so that it will then occur later with perfect timing. This provides less chance of a mistimed scene change during live performance, in addition to allowing scene changes to be selected ahead of time, so that you can be playing with both hands when it actually occurs.

The new “Scene Change Quantize Window” parameter is available on the Scenes side tab of the GE RTP/Scenes tab (page 7-5d) along with the Scene Matrix display, in Combi and Seq Modes. In Program Mode, a Scenes side-tab has been added to Page 7-5 where you can find the new parameter. In addition, a new display area named “Scene Status” beneath the Scene Matrix shows any pending Scene Changes that have been selected, but not yet completed. When using the Scene Matrix in Combi/Seq Modes, all five layers of the Control Surface can be independently changed while using this new feature, and the Scene Status area shows which layers have pending scene changes.

Adjustable Quantize Window per Module

Previously, all Modules that had the Quantize Trigger setting turned On would be quantized to the nearest 16th note. While this allowed intricate DJ-style triggering to be performed, it could also make it difficult to trigger Modules in perfect time during normal performance, especially at faster tempos. Now, you can select a Quantize Window independently for each Module – for example, use a Quarter Note or Eighth Note value for less chance of a timing error, or a Sixteenth note when fancier retriggering effects are desired. Triplet-based values are also provided for retriggering triplet-based grooves “off-beat”. The new parameter is available on page 7-5 Trigger, and also shows up as a destination in the Perf RTP page, so the parameter can be assigned to the Control Surface for real-time control. For example, you could change it during live performance to allow quick retriggering in a breakdown section, then set it back to a quarter note for more relaxed triggering during the rest of the song.

Enhancements to the KARMA GE Page

On page 0-6 KARMA GE, the Current Scene and Initial (stored) Scene are now displayed in section 0-6c “CCs/Notes Activity”. In addition, you may now touch the labels in that section [M, A, B, C, D] to change Module Control Layers of the Control Surface, and the layer that you are viewing and editing on the screen.

Copy Note Maps

It is now possible to copy the Custom Note Map from any Program, Combi or Song into the current Program, Combi or Song. Furthermore, you may copy any of the Global Note Map Tables into the Custom Table, and use it as a starting point for further modification. For example, you could copy one of the sidestick/ride note maps for your drum kit, but then edit the kick to be mapped to a different kick. This new feature is accessed from the Page Menu on the Note Map Page (7-9).

Note Map Display shortcut and enhancements

From the KARMA Control tab (7-3), you may now touch the small Note Map Display to jump to the Note Map viewing and editing screen on Page 7-9. The Note Map can be changed here using the “Table” parameter (previously, this only selected a map for viewing but did not assign it to the Module.) Furthermore, on 7-9 a new parameter “Display Module” allows the Note Map for each Module to be viewed and changed if desired. (See above diagram).

Improved timing when changing scenes

Previously, sometimes a slight hesitation might be felt when changing scenes, especially in Combis, depending on the Combination and the moment at which the scene was changed. This has been greatly improved in KARMA 2.1.

We hope you enjoy these improvements and enhancements, and thanks for your interest in KARMA!