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Two new master keyboards from Elka change Deborah Parisi’s mind about the merits of silent keyboards. As rack-mounted sound modules, have become more popular with manufacturers and musicians alike, the role of the keyboard controller has become correspondingly more elkaa.

And nothing drives me up a wall quite as quickly as a user-alienating obstacle course – owner’s manuals translated literally from the Japanese, “complementary” software packages that won’t talk to each other. By my own standards, Jk should hate Elka’s new master keyboard. It’s just not an easy instrument to get a hold on. I mean, if you’ve already had to learn to play, program sounds and control your sequencer and drum machines, you certainly don’t need to spend hours learning another set of commands, right?

Wrong – at least in the case of the MK From the feel of the 88 weighted keys to programmable control of everything from split points to polyphonic aftertouch, this is an instrument worth the effort. And in all fairness, the review model wasn’t accompanied by a final owner’s manual – just a xeroxed copy of something called “Temporary Operating Instructions.

Its sister, the MK55, has 61 unweighted plastic keys and is encased in a lightweight plastic package but otherwise is the same instrument. Each Performance Preset mm specific information concerning splits, MIDI channels and dynamics curve settings; Set Up parameters such as program changes, volume settings, song selection and their like – included in the MIDI Patch portion of the preset – and general control settings for the various footswitches, function buttons, pedals, sliders and wheels.

The character LCD allows you to see what’s going on though I wished several times I could move it up or down, mj adjust the brightness as it’s sometimes difficult to read. Control is based on the multiplication grid principle – Up and Down buttons allow you to position a blinking red light on the left of the grid and selection buttons complete the picture although it does get a bit more complex when you get into split zones.

The MIDI In m performs the normal job of allowing an external MIDI clock to disconnect the internal clock, but it also allows an external instrument to wlka added to the control system of the MK88 so that all functions programmed into Split Zones 5 and 6 will be valid for the external instrument.

The idea is that you can link up a synth that doesn’t have the MK88’s capabilities – the old DX7, the DW e,ka whatever – and create a split keyboard where one didn’t exist before.


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The system works by combining the output of the external keyboard with the processing of the MK Unfortunately, I wasn’t ,k to pull this off. Maybe when the owner’s manual is finished In addition, both the footpedals and footswitches can be assigned to send user programmed MIDI messages programming is done in Hexadecimal and any MIDI controller messages.

The third pedal jack is dedicated to advancing through Performance Presets and the fourth is dedicated to activating the Full Mode details to follow. The MP7, an optional accessory, is a pedal unit containing three pedals and three connectors on one board, making connection and m, operation really convenient. These zones, eoka can overlap for layered effects, can be programmed in Split mode or Full mode. In Split mode, each of the programs assigned to a zone will only play in their zone, but by turning on Full mode with the footswitch, the patch for the currently active zone will appear across the whole keyboard.

In effect, this allows you to have up to six different programs available within one Performance Preset. Setting the zones requires a eelka of keystrokes as do all of the functions.

This probably sounds worse than it actually is – once I’d done it a few times, it only took about 10 seconds to set up a zone. After you’ve got your zones set up, you move on to programming the various parameters for each of them.

I started with Program Changes and ran into a minor problem – there’s no really easy elia of scrolling through patches on your module.

To make program changes, you have to go through a four-step process that’s even more cumbersome than setting zones. The MK88 is obviously not designed for an impromptu jam session. You can link up a synth that doesn’t have the MK88’s capabilities and create a split keyboard where one didn’t exist before.

Each zone can be assigned its own MIDI channel and transposed over a two-octave range one in each direction. In addition, each zone can be programmed to respond to one of 19 different dynamics response curves graphically depicted on the front panel and one of eight different aftertouch response curves.

The curves are of the positive and negative variety so that, if two zones overlap, the curves can be combined to create crossfades between two sounds. In addition, the MK88 can be set to send polyphonic or channel aftertouch, or the aftertouch messages can be converted internally to modulation data, pitch-bend, foot control, one of four volume ranges or they can be turned off.

Consequently, even if your modules don’t respond directly to aftertouch, the MK88 allows you elma take advantage of this expressive control. Next comes the setting of the instrument’s various general controls.

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You can activate the various split zones for full mode operation as well as assign the various sliders, footswitches and wheels to control the available parameters, as mentioned above. The settings for each of these can be different for every Performance Preset, so the MK88 can be easily reconfigured.


You can set it up to get a delayed replica of the original note played, or up to five eloa, in sync with the clock frequency internal or external. Eight different time delays are available, which are based on functions m a bar played with respect to epka fixed tempo – in other words, changing the tempo affects the speed of the echo.

The looping function 888 unusual on a controller keyboard, and to my mind is of dubious merit – how often would you need four bars of notes repeated over and over that you wouldn’t put into your sequencer? Maybe Elka are playing with the idea of including an internal sequencer in later MK models. Nevertheless, it is fun to play around with, and perhaps you can find a better use for it.

There is a Split Mute function which cancels the Note On transmission for a selected zone – it can come in really handy if you’re using a lot of modules – and a Pause control which allows you to program a pause in the data transmission up to milliseconds.

However, even serious amateurs with a few modules, a sequencer, and a drum machine would love the extensive control this baby gives over a MIDI system.

A few of the features on the Elka seemed gimmicky 888 me – I doubt that pros will find a use for either the loop or the echo functions – but for the most part, this keyboard can improve the rest of your system by adding the kinds of control you’ve always wanted. The touch on the mmk is excellent it’ll be a wrench to go back to those short, unweighted plastic rlka after you’ve played the 88and the memory capability is little less than phenomenal.

Considering the design and control, the price is reasonable especially the MK I would definitely recommend that you check this out. Prices MK88 with flight case. You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above. Please include your email address if you want to be contacted regarding your note.

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