korg msk2xr editor advanced midi settings

Korg MS2KxR Chapter 3 – Make The Connection

User Manuals Knowledge Level

Everything you need to know about our product install, setup steps, configuration and usage of various features

Global MIDI Channel

Before we kick off with MIDI setup, click GLOBAL SETTINGS [1] and then check the Global MIDI Channel [2] value so that it matches your hardware unit.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Global MIDI Channel Check

Selecting MIDI In and MIDI Out

First choose MIDI IN [1], where your MS2000/R MIDI Out is connected in at. Then choose MIDI OUT [2] which will send data to your MS2000/R MIDI Input.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – MIDI In and Out Options

After setting MIDI OUT, plug-in will scan for the hardware and plug-in Control Display [1] will say “Plug-in is ready to go!” if everything is set accordingly.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Plug-in is ready

If something in your settings is wrong, Plug-in Control Display [1] will inform you that the process has timed out or no response from hardware!

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – No Response

Synchronize DATA from your synthesizer to plug-in

Open LIBRARIAN [1] window and click SYNC DATA FROM HW [2] button to request current current data from the MS2000/R to the plug-in user interface.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Initial Data Sync to User Interface

Plug-in will now request the currently active hardware data to the plug-in user interface. This is quite important in order to make program changes and / or send data to your synthesizer from the librarian.

Click LIBRARIAN button again after data is synchronized to start tweaking your sounds!

TIP #1: Be patient and do not disturb the data flow with any knob movements or so. This will ensure the data packages are being sent and received as expected and you are not going to receive any SysEx error messages!

Playing each Timbre individually (2 MS2000’s in 1 huh!?)

In case you did not know, MS2000 and MS2000R have two individual timbres (also referred to as “layers”), which can be triggered separately. This is quite easy thing to setup, and we’ve got this covered in the manual too.

Playing it multitimbral

  • Set each of the timbres MIDI channel to different value;
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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Timbre MIDI Channels

Set Common Mode [1] to Dual and use Timbre Select [2] button to change MIDI channels as follows:

  • Timbre 1 = Channel 1.
  • Timbre 2 = Channel 2 [3].

See further instructions below for each OS…

[mac]: … Add two empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point the MIDI output directly to your MS2000/R MIDI port, each with corresponding channel mentioned above (channel 1 & 2)!
NOTE: If you play notes / sequence blocks directly through the plug-in, there is no delay compensation applied.

[pc]: … Add two empty MIDI tracks to your DAW and point them to virtual out port i.e. MS2K vMIDI Out, each with corresponding channel mentioned above (channel 1 & 2)!

Now if you choose MIDI track 1 (MS2000/R channel 1) from your DAW and play some notes, you will hear the patch from Timbre 1 being played.
Now choose MIDI track 2 (MS2000/R channel 2) from your DAW and when you play it, you will hear the patch from Timbre 2 being played!

If Timbre LINK [1] toggled ON, then you will hear both layers at the same time. Toggle OFF the Timbre Link in order to play parts individually if that is your thing!

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Timbre Link Toggle

We will be covering Timbre Link function more in the Functions of custom added controls.

DAW Config Scenario

Below you can see how MS2KxR Plug-in is on Instrument Track [1] and how MIDI track 1 [2] & MIDI track 2 [3] are routed in Studio One to play each part separately directly to hardware MIDI out ports. MIDI track 1 points to MS2000R channel 1 whereas MIDI track 2 points to MS2000R channel 2.

Audio from MS2000R is routed to my Apollo Quad inputs [4] and monitoring should be activated on Studio One to hear the synth when played!

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Studio One with MS2KxR Editor

Taking things even further

Most synths with Multitimbral functions come with individual outputs. Well, MS2000 can do MONO output for each timbre from the main edit interface. Just pan [1] each Timbre hard left or hard right as you prefer.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Hard PAN each Timbre to mix Timbres individually


You can control which messages gets processed and which do not. Open GLOBAL SETTINGS [1] window and click ADVANCED MIDI SETTINGS [2] button in the plug-in user interface.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings Switch

You can block messages being processed from DAW or from the Synthesizer itself. Settings seen in the image below are default values.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings

Advanced Incoming MIDI settings

Allow certain MIDI messages to pass into plug-in processor within Incoming MIDI setting section. Green check mark means it will be processed and when there is no check mark, it will be bypassed. Process DAW messages [1] and Process Hardware messages [2] has their own set of data “filters” [3-9] available as follows:

  • [3] Control Changes
  • [4] Program Changes
  • [5] Note Messages
  • [6] Pitch Bend
  • [7] Poly Aftertouch
  • [8] Channel Aftertouch
  • [9] System Exclusive
  • [10] Part LEDs tracks incoming MIDI and SysEx messages
    When green check mark is on, incoming data from DAW and Hardware ports is monitored and LED indicator will flash when data is coming in. When check mark is off, outgoing data is being monitored.
    Check LEDs Off function to disable.
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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Settings Tour

Note #1: If you disable Control Changes and System Exclusive messages from Hardware port, your plug-in might stop responding to hardware knob movements completely.

Advanced Outgoing MIDI settings

In Outgoing MIDI settings section, you can adjust few options to fine tune the plug-in behavior.

Send all MIDI data from Plug-in:

  • Directly to Hardware [1] = Send all MIDI related command directly to hardware from the MIDI output port.
  • With attempt to match DAW buffer setting [2] = experimental attempt to sync with DAW time.
    • Manual Buffer [3] = Displays the DAW buffer size – Use the -/+ knob [4] to fine tune.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Out Options

MIDI Clock (experimental)

We are experimenting to add general MIDI clock to the plug-in / applications by standard feature. This might crash on some systems on a specific setups, so be cautious when using it.

Check Send Sequencer Start / Stop Commands [1] if you want to send MTC start and stop commands.
Check Send Continuous MIDI Clock information [2] if you want to sync MIDI clocked Effects and Arpeggiator to plug-in / application tempo information.

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MS2KxR Editor User Manual – Advanced MIDI Clock Settings

Note #1: The clock with the plug-in might be inaccurate, so if you have another solution to sync clock information from your DAW to the hardware, use that instead.

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