Roland Lawn Mower KR 3 User Manual

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Owner’s Manual  
We’d like to take a moment to thank you for purchas-  
ing the Roland KR-3 Digital Intelligent Piano.  
GM (General MIDI) and GS compatible  
• General MIDI System m  
In order to enjoy reliable performance for many years  
to come, please take the time to read this manual in its  
entirety.  
The General MIDI System is a set of recommenda-  
tions which seeks to standardize the MIDI support  
features of sound generating devices. Sound generat-  
ing devices and musical data (disks) carrying the Gen-  
eral MIDI logo conform to the General MIDI  
specifications. This means that whenever you play  
back music data marked with the General MIDI logo,  
the musical response will be identical when played on  
any device which also carries the General MIDI logo.  
Main features  
Three instruments in one  
The KR-3 can be used as piano, organ, or “keyboard”  
(i.e. a synthesizer with automatic accompaniment) –  
all at the touch of a button.  
• GS Format g  
270 Tones (sounds) and 136 Styles built-in  
Support for a wide range of musical genres. Additional  
“Acoustic” Styles are provided on the included Style  
disk.  
Roland developed the GS Format to standardize the  
response of sound generators when MIDI is used for  
the production of music. By using a GS Format sound  
generating device, you can be assured that you will  
always obtain a faithful, high-quality rendition of any  
commercially available music data that carries the GS  
Format logo.  
Piano Tones that rely on stereo sampling  
The technology used ensures that your KR-3 provides  
some of the finest concert grand piano sounds avail-  
able on electronic musical instruments.  
The KR-3’s tone generator fully supports both the  
General MIDI system and the GS Format—so you can  
use music data that is designed for either standard.  
64-voice polyphony  
Up to 64 voices can be played simultaneously. (In  
most instances your KR-3 is 64-voice polyphonic.)  
Reads and writes SMF Music Data  
The KR-3 is capable of playing Standard MIDI Files,  
such as “SMF Music Data” (720 KB/1.44 MB format  
3.5 inch floppy disks).  
Simple yet versatile Composer  
Simple recording.  
Playback of commercial music data.  
A comprehensive Composer menu:  
• 16-track Sequencer  
• Chord Sequencer  
• Song Edit  
• Style Composer  
• Style Converter  
Copyright © 2002 ROLAND EUROPE spa.  
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of ROLAND EUROPE spa.  
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Contents  
1. Important notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5  
2. Panel descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6  
10.Function Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40  
10.1 Piano screen functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40  
10.2 Organ screen functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42  
10.3 Basic screen functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42  
3. Before using the KR-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  
3.1 Setting up the music rest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  
3.2 Connecting the power cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  
3.3 Turning the instrument on and off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  
3.4 Using headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9  
3.5 Connecting external amplifiers and other devices. . . . . 9  
11.Music Assistant, Pad buttons, pedals. . . . . .43  
11.1 Music Assistant : registering panel settings . . . . . . . . . .43  
11.2 Performance Pad buttons: additional or frequently used  
functions44  
11.3 Pedal functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45  
4. Basic operation and display . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  
12.Utility Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46  
12.1 Operating procedure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46  
5. Overview of the KR-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  
5.1 Introduction of the main functions — [DEMO] . . . . . . 12  
5.2 Performance functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
5.3 Playing back songs on disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  
5.4 Pitch Bend and Transpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17  
12.2 Utility functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46  
Master Tune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46  
Key Touch/Key Transpose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46  
Metronome Volume and Beat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47  
Selecting a different Reverb and/or Chorus effect. . . . . . . . . 47  
Expansion Tone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47  
Lyric: switching off the display of lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47  
Pitch Bend Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47  
Program Change (and Bank Select) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48  
MIDI: TX MIDI Ch./Local Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48  
Music Assistant Arranger Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  
Memory Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  
Factory Preset (initialization) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  
Link to 16TRK Sequencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49  
6. Tones and related functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18  
6.1 Selecting Tones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18  
Drum sounds and sound effects — [DRUMS/SFX] . . . . . . 18  
Adding effects to Tones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19  
Octave Shift: changing the pitch by octaves . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19  
6.2 Keyboard modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20  
7. Playing with accompaniment (Arranger) . . 22  
7.1 What is an Arranger?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22  
7.2 Selecting Music Styles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23  
7.3 Starting and stopping Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24  
7.4 Style tempo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25  
7.5 Accompaniment and melody volume balance. . . . . . . 25  
7.6 Switching Style arrangements (divisions) . . . . . . . . . . . 26  
7.7 Easy fingering – Chord Intelligence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27  
7.8 Melody Intelligence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28  
13.Connecting MIDI instruments . . . . . . . . . . . .50  
14.Appendix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51  
14.1 DSP effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51  
14.2 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51  
Tones, Drum Sets, Music Styles. . . . . . . . . . .52  
8. Recording and Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29  
8.1 Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29  
8.2 Playing back a Composer song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31  
8.3 Track Mute: Muting specific tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31  
8.4 Playing back songs without tempo changes . . . . . . . . 31  
8.5 Erasing the Composer song. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31  
8.6 Saving a song to disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32  
9. Composer Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32  
9.1 16-track Sequencer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32  
9.2 Chord Sequencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33  
9.3 Recording Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34  
9.4 Formatting disks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34  
9.5 Style Composer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35  
9.6 Style Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36  
9.7 Saving User Styles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  
9.8 Song Edit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37  
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KR-3–  
Using the unit safely  
The  
symbol alerts the user to important instructions  
Used for instructions intended to alert  
the user to the risk of death or severe  
injury should the unit be used  
improperly.  
or warnings.The specific meaning of the symbol is  
determined by the design contained within the  
triangle. In the case of the symbol at left, it is used for  
general cautions, warnings, or alerts to danger.  
Used for instructions intended to alert  
the user to the risk of injury or material  
damage should the unit be used  
improperly.  
The  
symbol alerts the user to items that must never  
be carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that  
must not be done is indicated by the design contained  
within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it  
means that the unit must never be disassembled.  
* Material damage refers to damage or  
other adverse effects caused with  
respect to the home and all its  
furnishings, as well to domestic  
animals or pets.  
The  
symbol alerts the user to things that must be  
carried out. The specific thing that must be done is  
indicated by the design contained within the circle. In  
the case of the symbol at left, it means that the power-  
cord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.  
009  
• Do not excessively twist or bend the power cord,  
nor place heavy objects on it. Doing so can dam-  
age the cord, producing severed elements and  
short circuits. Damaged cords are fire and shock  
hazards!  
001  
• Before using this unit, make sure to read the  
instructions below, and the Owner’s Manual.  
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002a  
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• Do not open or perform any internal modifica-  
tions on the unit.  
010  
• This unit, either alone or in combination with an  
amplifier and headphones or speakers, may be  
capable of producing sound levels that could  
cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for  
a long period of time at a high volume level, or at  
a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience  
any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you  
should immediately stop using the unit, and con-  
sult an audiologist.  
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003  
• Do not attempt to repair the unit, or replace parts  
within it (except when this manual provides spe-  
cific instructions directing you to do so). Refer all  
servicing to your retailer, the nearest Roland Ser-  
vice Center, or an authorized Roland distributor,  
as listed on the “Information” page.  
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004  
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011  
• Never use or store the unit in places that are:  
• Subject to temperature extremes (e.g., direct  
sunlight in an enclosed vehicle, near a heating  
duct, on top of heat-generating equipment); or  
are  
• Do not allow any objects (e.g., flammable mate-  
rial, coins, pins); or liquids of any kind (water,  
soft drinks, etc.) to penetrate the unit.  
• Damp (e.g., baths, washrooms, on wet floors);  
or are  
• Humid; or are  
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013  
• In households with small children, an adult  
should provide supervision until the child is  
capable of following all the rules essential for the  
safe operation of the unit.  
• Exposed to rain; or are  
• Dusty; or are  
• Subject to high levels of vibration.  
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014  
007  
• Make sure you always have the unit placed so it is  
level and sure to remain stable. Never place it on  
stands that could wobble, or on inclined surfaces.  
• Protect the unit from strong impact.  
(Do not drop it!)  
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008a  
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• The unit should be connected to a power supply  
only of the type described in the operating  
instructions, or as marked on the unit.  
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015  
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• Do not force the unit’s power-supply cord to  
share an outlet with an unreasonable number of  
other devices. Be especially careful when using  
extension cords—the total power used by all  
devices you have connected to the extension  
cord’s outlet must never exceed the power rating  
(watts/amperes) for the extension cord. Excessive  
loads can cause the insulation on the cord to heat  
up and eventually melt through.  
110a  
• Whenever you suspect the possibility of lightning  
in your area, pull the plug on the power cord out  
of the outlet.  
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116  
• Be careful when opening/closing the lid so you do  
not get your fingers pinched. Adult supervision is  
recommended whenever small children use the  
unit.  
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016  
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118  
• Before using the unit in a foreign country, con-  
sult with your retailer, the nearest Roland Service  
Center, or an authorized Roland distributor, as  
listed on the “Information” page.  
• Should you remove the screws fastening the  
stand, make sure to put them in a safe place out  
of children's reach, so there is no chance of them  
being swallowed accidentally.  
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101a  
• The unit should be located so that its location or  
position does not interfere with its proper venti-  
lation.  
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102b  
• Always grasp the plug on the power-supply cord  
when plugging into, or unplugging from, an out-  
let or this unit.  
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104  
Try to prevent cords and cables from becoming  
entangled. Also, all cords and cables should be  
placed so they are out of the reach of children.  
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106  
• Never climb on top of, nor place heavy objects on  
the unit.  
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107b  
• Never handle the power cord or its plugs with wet  
hands when plugging into, or unplugging from,  
an outlet or this unit.  
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108d: Selection  
• Before moving the instrument take note of the  
precautions listed below. At least two persons are  
required to safely lift and move the unit. It should  
be handled carefully, all the while keeping it level.  
Make sure to have a firm grip, to protect yourself  
from injury and the instrument from damage.  
• Check to make sure the knob bolts securing the  
unit to the stand have not become loose. Fasten  
them again securely whenever you notice any  
loosening.  
• Disconnect the power cord.  
• Disconnect all cords coming from external  
devices.  
• Raise the adjusters on the stand.  
• Close the lid.  
• Remove the music stand.  
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109a  
• Before cleaning the unit, turn off the power and  
unplug the power cord from the outlet.  
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1. Important notes  
• When connecting/disconnecting all cables, grasp the con-  
nector itself—never pull on the cable. This way you will  
avoid causing shorts, or damage to the cable wires.  
In addition to the items listed under “IMPORTANT  
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS” and “USING THE UNIT  
SAFELY, please read and observe the following:  
• A small amount of heat will radiate from the instrument  
during normal operation.  
Power supply  
• Before connecting the KR-3 to other devices, turn off the  
power to all units. This will help prevent malfunctions  
and/or damage .  
To avoid disturbing your neighbors, try to keep the  
instrument’s volume at a reasonable level. At times, it  
may be preferable to use headphones.  
• Do not use the KR-3 on the same power circuit with any  
device that will generate line noise; an electric motor or  
variable lighting system for example.  
• When you need to transport the KR-3, package it in the  
box (including padding) that it came in or use a hard or  
soft case.  
Placement  
Before using floppy disks  
Floppy disk drive  
• This instrument may interfere with radio and television  
reception. Do not use this instrument in the vicinity of  
such receivers.  
• Avoid using the KR-3 immediately after it has been  
moved to a location with a significantly higher or lower  
level of humidity. Rapid changes in the environment can  
cause condensation to form inside the drive, which will  
adversely affect the operation of the drive and/or damage  
floppy disks. When the instrument has been moved,  
switch it on and wait at least one hour before using the  
disk drive.  
• Do not place the instrument near devices that produce a  
strong magnetic field (e.g., loudspeakers).  
• Install the instrument on a solid, level surface.  
• Do not move the instrument or subject it to vibration  
while the disk drive is operating.  
• Do not expose the KR-3 to direct sunlight, place it near  
devices that radiate heat, leave it inside an enclosed vehi-  
cle, or otherwise subject it to temperature extremes.  
Excessive heat can deform or discolor the unit.  
To insert a disk, push it gently but firmly into the drive—  
it will click into place. To remove a disk, press the EJECT  
button.  
Maintenance  
• Never attempt to remove a floppy disk from the drive  
while the drive is operating (the indicator is brightly lit);  
damage could result to both the disk and the drive.  
• For everyday cleaning wipe the instrument with a soft,  
dry cloth or one that has been slightly dampened with  
water. To remove stubborn dirt, use a mild, non-abrasive  
detergent. Afterwards, be sure to wipe the instrument  
thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth.  
• Remove any disk from the drive before powering up or  
down.  
To prevent damage to the disk drive’s heads, always try to  
hold the floppy disk in a level position (not tilted in any  
direction) while inserting it into the drive.  
• Never use benzene, thinners, alcohol or solvents of any  
kind, to avoid the possibility of discoloration and/or  
deformation.  
Handling floppy disks  
Repairs and data backup  
• Floppy disks contain a plastic disk with a thin magnetic  
coating. Microscopic precision is required to enable stor-  
age of large amounts of data on such a small surface area.  
To preserve their integrity, please observe the following  
when handling floppy disks:  
• Please be aware that data contained in the KR-3’s mem-  
ory may be lost when the instrument is sent for repairs.  
Important data should always be backed up on a floppy  
disk, or written down on paper (if possible). During  
repairs, due care is taken to avoid the loss of data. How-  
ever, in certain cases (such as when circuitry related to  
memory itself is out of order), we regret that it may not  
be possible to restore the data, and Roland assumes no  
liability concerning such loss of data.  
• Never touch the magnetic medium inside the disk.  
• Do not use or store floppy disks in dirty or dusty areas.  
• Do not subject floppy disks to temperature extremes  
(e.g., direct sunlight in an enclosed vehicle). Recom-  
mended temperature range: 10 to 50° C (50 to 122° F).  
Additional precautions  
• Do not expose floppy disks to strong magnetic fields,  
such as those generated by loudspeakers.  
• Please be aware that the contents of memory can be irre-  
trievably lost as a result of a malfunction, or the improper  
operation of the instrument. To protect yourself against  
the risk of losing important data, we recommend that  
you periodically save a backup copy of important data to  
a high-quality floppy disk. Bear in mind, however, that it  
may be impossible to restore the contents of data that was  
stored on a floppy disk. Roland Corporation assumes no  
liability concerning such loss of data.  
• Use a reasonable amount of care when operating the  
instrument’s buttons, sliders other controls. Rough han-  
dling can lead to malfunctions.  
• Never strike or apply strong pressure to the display.  
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• Floppy disks have a “WRITE PROTECT” tab which can  
protect the disk from accidental erasure. It is recom-  
mended that the tab be kept in the PROTECT position,  
and moved to the WRITE position only when you wish to  
write new data onto the disk.  
• Disks containing important performance data for this  
unit should always be locked (have their write protect tab  
slid to the “Protect” position) before you insert them into  
the drive of another instrument (except the PR-300, or a  
product of the HP-G, MT, KR, or Atelier families), or into  
a computer’s drive. Otherwise, when performing any disk  
operations (such as checking the contents of the disk, or  
loading data), you risk rendering the disk unreadable by  
the KR-3’s disk drive.  
Rear side of the disk  
WRITE  
(you can save new data to disk)  
• The identification label should be firmly affixed to the  
disk. If the label comes loose while the disk is in the drive,  
it may be difficult to remove the disk.  
• Put the disk back into its case for storage.  
Write protect tab  
PROTECT  
(prevents writing to disk)  
2. Panel descriptions  
2.1 Front panel  
C
D
A
B
E
F
Q
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
R
A
UTILITY button  
Press this button to access the KR-3’s Utility functions  
(see “Utility Menu” on page 46).  
G
H
VOLUME knob  
Adjusts the instrument’s overall volume.  
BRILLIANCE knob  
B
C
DEMO button  
Allows you to make the overall sound brighter or  
darker.  
This button provides access to an on-screen Help  
function with explanations of the KR-3’s functions,  
games allowing you to identify sounds and chords, etc.  
It also allows you to listen to the internal demo songs.  
I
J
PERFORMANCE PAD buttons  
Various functions can be assigned to these buttons  
(see “Performance Pad buttons: additional or fre-  
quently used functions” on page 44).  
Part Balance ACCOMP and KEYBOARD buttons  
Use the [ACCOMP] button to set the volume of each  
individual accompaniment part. The [KEYBOARD]  
button provides access to a display page where you can  
set the volume of the part(s) played via the keyboard.  
TO VARIATION & TO ORIGINAL buttons  
These buttons have two functions: you can use them  
to select the accompaniment pattern for a Music Style  
or to switch from the accompaniment pattern to a Fill-  
In during a performance.  
D
E
MUSIC STYLE buttons  
Use these buttons to select Music Style groups. Refer  
to “Internal Music Styles & Disk Styles” at the end of  
this manual.  
K
SYNC button  
Allows you to start a Music Style by playing on the  
keyboard.  
Tempo indicators  
L
M
START/STOP button  
Used to start or stop a Style performance.  
These indicators flash in the rhythm of the selected  
Music Style, sequence, or Song to indicate the tempo  
and time signature. Depending on the time signature,  
not all indicators may be used, or the last indicator  
may flash several times (e.g. for 6/8).  
INTRO/ENDING button  
Press this button when you want to start a Style per-  
formance with an introduction, or to stop Music Style  
playback with a musical ending.  
F
SONG button  
Press this button to load songs you recorded using the  
KR-3’s Song Composer and saved to floppy disk.  
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KR-3 Front panel  
N
O
TEMPO buttons  
Use these buttons to adjust the tempo of the selected  
Music Style or of the song you are playing back.  
P
Q
EXIT button  
Press this button to return to the previous display page  
or the Master page.  
MUSIC ASSISTANT button  
Display and related buttons  
Press this button if you wish to store the panel settings  
or recall the settings for a given song.  
The display shows all the information you need in a  
given situation. The soft keys next to the display  
(whose function varies according to the selected dis-  
play page) allow you to select one of the available  
menu options.  
S
T
U
V
W
Q
R
X
Y
Z
R
HOLD button  
X
Y
ONE TOUCH PROGRAM buttons  
These buttons allow you to instantly recall the appro-  
priate settings for the music you want to play.  
In most cases, the selected display page will disappear  
after a few seconds. Press this button to “lock” the cur-  
rently selected display page. Press it again to release  
the Hold function, or [EXIT] to leave it right away.  
Whole, Lower, Upper buttons  
Use these buttons to select whether you want to play  
one sound (Tone) on the entire keyboard (“Whole”),  
or one sound for the left hand and another one for the  
right hand.  
S
T
U
V
W
LCD contrast knob  
Use this knob to change the contrast whenever the dis-  
play is difficult to read.  
TONE buttons  
Z
MELODY INTELLIGENCE button  
Press this button to add a harmony to the melody you  
play.  
Used to select a Tone Group (see “Selecting Tones” on  
page 18).  
SAVE button  
a
b
POWER switch (left side)  
Press this button to switch the KR-3 on and off.  
Press this button to save the Song in the KR-3’s inter-  
nal memory to disk.  
Disk drive (right side)  
COMPOSER section  
Use these buttons to control the on-board sequencer  
(called Composer).  
Used for playing back material recorded on floppy  
disks, or saving and loading songs or settings to/from  
disk.  
TRANSPOSE [b]/[#] buttons  
c
PHONES jacks (left, below the keyboard)  
Change the key of the music being played.  
This is where you can connect two pairs of head-  
phones (preferably Roland RH-25 or RH-50). Con-  
necting a pair of headphones to one of the PHONES  
jacks turns off the built-in speakers.  
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2.2 Connections  
A
B
C
D
E
A
B
MIDI connectors (Out, In)  
Use these connectors to exchange MIDI data with  
external MIDI devices.  
C
INPUT R/L (MONO) sockets  
This is where you can connect the audio outputs of  
another MIDI instrument, a CD or cassette player, etc.  
The signals of that audio source will be amplified and  
mixed with the KR-3’s own audio signals.  
OUTPUT R/L (MONO) sockets  
To connect the KR-3 to an external amplifier or mix-  
ing console, or to record your music with a tape  
recorder, connect these jacks to the external device  
(see “Sending audio to external equipment” on  
page 9).  
D
E
PEDAL socket  
This is where you can connect the pedal cable of the  
stand.  
AC IN  
The supplied power cord connects here.  
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3. Before using the KR-3  
3.1 Setting up the music rest  
The music rest sets up easily with two sections folding  
to the inside. To put the stand away, hold it firmly with  
your hands, undo the fittings, and slowly collapse the  
rest.  
3.4 Using headphones  
You can connect one or two pairs of stereo head-  
phones (preferably Roland RH-25, RH-50) that carry  
the same signal as the one sent to the OUTPUT R, L/  
MONO jacks. Connecting a pair of headphones to one  
of the PHONES jack turns off the built-in speakers.  
There are two jacks, so that two pairs of headphones  
can be connected.  
3.2 Connecting the power cable  
1. Set the [POWER] switch on the front panel (left  
side) to the OFF position.  
2. After plugging the power cable included with your  
instrument into the AC IN jack, plug the other end  
into a wall socket.  
Note: If you are not going to use the instrument for some  
time, unplug the power cord from the socket.  
LEFT side (below the keyboard)  
Two pairs of headphones can be con-  
LEFT SIDE (below  
Two pairs of headphones  
nected.  
the keyboard)  
The volume of the headphones can be adjusted using  
the main [VOLUME] knob.  
can be connected.  
Note: Please use stereo headphones, preferably the Roland  
RH-50, RH-25.  
3.3 Turning the instrument on  
and off  
Note: Listening at excessive volume levels for extended peri-  
ods may result in impaired hearing – please take appropri-  
ate caution.  
1. Before turning the instrument on, lower the vol-  
ume with the [VOLUME] knob on the front panel.  
3.5 Connecting external  
amplifiers and other devices  
If the KR-3’s amplification system doesn’t deliver  
enough power for your application, you can take  
advantage of its OUTPUT jacks.  
Sending audio to external equipment  
Before connecting the KR-3 to another piece of equip-  
ment, turn off the power to both devices.  
2. Press the [POWER] switch to the left of the key-  
board.  
If you wish to amplify the KR-3 through an external  
system, or record your music using a tape recorder,  
connect the KR-3’s OUTPUT jacks to the AUX IN,  
LINE IN, or CH IN jacks of the external (keyboard)  
amplifier, mixer, or tape deck.  
The power is on when the switch is pressed.  
The power is ON when the switch is pressed.  
The power is off when the switch is pressed.  
The power is OFF when the switch is pressed again.  
ON  
OFF  
A few seconds after turning the power on you will be  
able to hear the notes you play on the keyboard.  
Note: In order to protect its circuits, the instrument requires  
a few moments after powering up before it is ready for oper-  
ation.  
To the AUX IN/LINE IN jacks of the external amplier/  
mixer, etc.  
Note: If you are connecting the KR-3 to a device with a  
monaural input, be sure to use the L/MONO jack.  
Note: For cassette decks or HiFi amplifiers, you need audio  
leads with mono jacks at one end and (usually) RCA/cinch  
jacks at the other.  
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After connecting the KR-3 to the amplifier, etc., be  
sure to switch on the KR-3 and the external device(s)  
in the following sequence:  
1. First turn on the power to the KR-3.  
2. Then turn on the power to the mixing console,  
amp, etc. (in that order).  
Receiving audio signals from external sources  
You can connect the audio outputs of an external  
MIDI instrument, CD or cassette player, etc., to the  
INPUT jacks. That has the advantage that such signals  
can be amplified by the KR-3 and are therefore also  
present in the headphones (if connected).  
To connect an external signal source, follow the  
instructions above but be sure to connect the LINE  
OUT, etc., jacks of the external source to the KR-3’s  
INPUT jacks.  
From the LINE OUT, etc., jacks of the external instru-  
ment, CD player, etc.  
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4. Basic operation and display  
The KR-3 features a large-sized screen that keeps you informed about the status of your instrument and allows you to  
access functions for which there is (usually) no button or slider.  
Typographic conventions used in this owners manual  
This Owner’s Manual uses the following typographic conventions to indicate panel buttons and items appearing on the  
display.  
[ ]— This indicates a button or slider on the panel.  
Example: the TONE [PIANO] button.  
< >— This indicates an item appearing on the display.  
To choose such an item, press the corresponding soft  
button (located below or next to the item).  
Example: the <Layer> button (see below).  
The Basic/Home screen  
Here is the display page (called Basic screen) that will be displayed every time you press the One Touch Program  
[ARRANGER] button.  
Chosen Style  
Time signature Current measure  
Tempo  
Metronome On/Off  
Tone Name  
(Upper or Whole)  
Selection of another  
Style level  
Registering performance  
functions to the [PAD]  
buttons and pedals  
Access the Function menu  
Two Tones can  
be played together  
Note: If you can hardly read what is being displayed, use the CONTRAST knob to change the display contrast.  
Navigating through the display pages  
Retaining a screen— the [HOLD] button  
Some screens are only displayed for a few seconds,  
after which you will be returned to the previous  
screen, or to the Basic screen. If you do not want the  
screen to change, you can “lock” the current screen on  
Go to the previous page  
Go to the next page  
the display by pressing the [HOLD] button.  
Returning to the previous screen, or to the Basic  
screen— [EXIT] button  
By pressing the [EXIT] button, you will be returned to  
the previous screen, or to the Basic screen.  
Changing screen pages— <√√PAGE> and  
<PAGE®®>  
Some screens may comprise multiple display pages. By  
pressing <PAGE®®> you will go to the next page.  
Press <√√PAGE> to return to the previous display  
page.  
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5. Overview of the KR-3  
Note: This setting reverts to the original language when the  
power is switched off. If you prefer the KR-3 to select  
another language, see “Memory Backup” on page 49.  
5.1 Introduction of the main  
functions — [DEMO]  
Let’s take a look at the most striking features of your  
KR-3. Just follow the instructions or items that appear  
on the display.  
Using <Game>  
The <Game> option lets you play a note- or chord-  
guessing game.  
1. Press the [DEMO] button.  
A “Demo” screen appears on the display. The Demo  
screen is made up of three pages.  
1. On the Demo screen, press <Game>.  
2. Use the buttons at the bottom of the display to  
select a game.  
From left to right, the games displayed are “Guess the  
Note, Guess the Chord, and “Chord Practice.”  
2. Press <> and <> to the right of the display to  
select another page.  
The screen changes, allowing you to view the intro-  
duction to other functions.  
Guess the Note— Listen to the sound that’s played,  
3. Press a button below the display to choose an item.  
A screen showing the functions and controls of the  
selected item appears.  
and guess what note it is.  
Guess the Chord— Listen to the chord that’s played,  
and guess what notes are used to make it up.  
4. Press the [DEMO] button to leave the Demo  
screen.  
Chord Practice— Look at the chord and try to play it.  
Here’s how the game progresses:  
Tone and Style demo <Sound>/<Style>  
To give you a better idea of the KR-3’s Tones (sounds)  
and Music Styles (accompaniments) and their quality,  
the KR-3 comes with a Sound and Style Demo func-  
tion. Here is how to use them.  
3. Use the buttons below the display to choose either  
“Beginner” or Advanced.  
The question appears on the display.  
1. On the Demo screen, press <Sound> for a demon-  
stration of the Tones, or <Style> for an explanation  
and demonstration of the Music Styles.  
The display waits a few seconds and then gives you a first hint  
(center of the screen).  
2. Press <Demo> at the bottom right of the display.  
After a few more seconds, the second hint appears  
in the center of the screen.  
3. Use the buttons to the left and right of the display  
to choose the instrument you want to hear, or press  
<Next> to audition the next Music Style.  
Try to answer before time runs out. The faster you give the correct  
answer, the better your score.  
A demo song using the selected Tone or Music Style is  
played. The number of demo songs varies according to  
the Tone you select. When the first song ends, the next  
one starts to play.  
4. You can start playback of the second demo by press-  
ing the same button (or <Next>) again.  
The performance stops automatically when all songs  
have been played.  
5. Press <Exit> or <To Menu> to stop playback.  
Note: All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of the demo  
songs for purposes other than private enjoyment is a viola-  
tion of applicable laws.  
Note: The performance data of the demo songs are not  
transmitted to the MIDI OUT connector.  
Choosing the display language  
The Basic menu and part of the Demo menu can be  
displayed in other languages.  
1. On the Demo screen, press <Language>.  
2. Use the buttons to the left and right of the display  
to choose the language.  
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KR-3 Performance functions  
Each time you press the <Close> button, the lid of  
the piano shown on the screen will close more, creat-  
ing a mellower tone.  
5.2 Performance functions  
Brilliance knob  
Using the metronome  
The KR-3 features a metronome function. Use the  
metronome whenever you want to practice at a given  
tempo. By pressing the button to the right of the met-  
ronome icon, you can turn the metronome on and off.  
When desired, adjust the tempo with the TEMPO [+]  
and [–] buttons. Pressing the [+] and [–] buttons  
simultaneously will return the keyboard to the default  
(preset) tempo.  
Use the [Brilliance] knob to make the overall sound  
brighter or darker.  
Note: You can change the metronome’s volume and time  
signature. Please refer to “Metronome volume and beat” on  
page 40.  
One Touch Program: Selecting the  
instrument type”  
Note: The metronome always uses the same time signature  
(beat) and tempo as the currently selected Style.  
By pressing the One Touch Program [PIANO],  
[ORGAN], or [ARRANGER] buttons, you will access  
suitable settings (registrations) for the kind of music  
you wish to play. To play a piano piece, for instance,  
press the [PIANO] button. Press [ORGAN] to trans-  
form your KR-3 into an organ. To play a song using  
the automatic accompaniment, press [ARRANGER].  
Using the pedals  
The KR-3 features a PEDAL jack where you should  
connect the pedals that are built into the stand. Each  
time you switch on the KR-3, or whenever you press  
the One Touch Program [PIANO] button, the func-  
tions of these pedals are as follows:  
Piano music One Touch Program [PIANO]  
The settings assigned to this button are loaded every  
time you turn the power on.  
1. Press the One Touch Program [PIANO] button.  
Soft Pedal  
(other functions  
can be assigned  
to this pedal)  
Damper Pedal  
Soft (left)— Pressing the Soft pedal yields a softer  
tone.  
A picture of a piano will be displayed to signal that you  
can play a piano sound on the entire keyboard. The  
Tone that is selected is called “Grand Piano 1.  
Metronome  
Damper (right)— Press the Damper pedal to sustain  
all notes being played.  
Note: The function of the left (Soft) pedal differs in  
Arranger and Split modes. See also “Pedal functions” on  
page 45.  
The Function menu — <Func...>  
This feature is used to make various useful settings for  
piano performances. For more detailed information,  
please refer to “Function Menu” on page 40.  
Opening and  
closing the lid  
Function  
Please note that your KR-3 comes with a variety of  
Tones (not just piano sounds). See “Selecting Tones”  
on page 18 for how to select them.  
Adjusting the piano tone  
With the KR-3, you can simulate changes in tone of a  
grand piano that come about when the piano’s lid is  
opened or closed.  
2. Press the One Touch Program [PIANO] button,  
and the Piano screen will appear.  
Pressing <Open> and <Close> adjusts the  
amount of the “opening” of the piano lid.  
Each time you press the <Open> button, the lid of  
the piano shown on the screen will open more, creat-  
ing a brighter tone.  
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Organ music One Touch Program [ORGAN]  
Accompaniment One Touch Program  
[ARRANGER]  
The KR-3 comes with an Arranger” function that  
provides an automatic, yet interactive, accompani-  
ment you can use as backing for your melodies and  
solos. 111 accompaniments (called Music Styles) cov-  
ering all popular musical genres are built-in. Other  
Styles can be loaded from the supplied floppy disk,  
while you can also create your own Styles.  
Press the One Touch Program [ORGAN] button.  
A picture of an organ will appear on the screen, with  
the keyboard being split at F#3 into Lower (left hand)  
and Upper (right hand) parts.  
Switching the  
Rotary Speed  
Metronome  
ON/OFF  
The Arranger is interactive: it always adapts the key of  
the accompaniments to the chords you play (see  
“What is an Arranger?” on page 22).  
Selecting another organ Type  
Function  
Simple explanation of how to use the Arranger  
Here’s what you need to do to be able to use the KR-3’s  
The Tones currently assigned to the left (Lower) and  
right (Upper) halves of the keyboard are called “Lower  
Organ 1” and “Jazz Organ 1. These Tones make up  
the Jazz Organ type. See below for how to choose  
another organ Type.  
Arranger:  
1. Press the One Touch Program [ARRANGER] but-  
ton.  
The keyboard is now split at F#3 into a Lower (left half  
of the keyboard) and an Upper section (right half).  
Adjusting the Rotary Effect  
The Jazz Organ has a rotary effect added to it. This  
simulates the effect obtained with those famous rotary  
speakers that are indispensable for a true organ sound.  
To change the rotation speed, press of the soft button  
assigned to this function. Each press toggles the rota-  
tion speed between S (Slow) and F (Fast).  
F#3  
Left hand:  
Right hand:  
Left hand:  
acco im  
Right hand:  
lody  
ac  
m
p
c
a
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n
m
p
e
a
n
n
t
iment  
me  
me  
lody  
Selecting an organ Type  
Use <Type> and <Type®> to make your selection.  
2. Select a Music Style (seeSelecting Music Styleson  
page 23).  
The selected organ Type is memorized until power is  
turned off. In other words, if you select another One  
Touch Program mode and then press [ORGAN] again,  
the KR-3 will use the last organ Type you selected.  
3. Play a chord in the Lower section to start the  
accompaniment.  
Style playback starts with an introduction. Wait until  
the Intro is finished before you start playing the mel-  
ody in the Upper section. If the accompaniment is too  
fast, you can slow it down with the TEMPO [–] but-  
ton.  
Note: When the power is switched off, the KR-3 reverts to  
“Jazz Organ.  
The Function menu —<Func...>  
This feature is used to make settings for the various  
functions related to organ performances. For more  
detailed information, please refer to “Function Menu”  
on page 40.  
The KR-3 has a number of features that make playing  
with the Arranger even easier:  
• For major chords, you only need to press the key of the  
root note (seeEasy fingering – Chord Intelligenceon  
page 27).  
You can release the keys in the Lower section after  
playing the desired chord. The Arranger will go on  
playing in that key until you play another chord.  
4. At the end of your song, press the [INTRO/  
ENDING] button.  
How about trying using the Arranger in a real-life sit-  
uation? We’ve prepared a little piece you probably  
know. Here’s what to do to play it:  
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KR-3 Performance functions  
Once you feel you master the basic version of “The  
Saints, try adding some variation here and there.  
Where “To Variation” is indicated in the music, press  
the [TO VARIATION] button. Of course, there is a lot  
more you can do with the KR-3’s Arranger.  
Example: When The Saints Go Marching In”  
1. Press the One Touch Program [ARRANGER] but-  
ton.  
The Basic screen will be displayed. The names of the  
chords you play in the Lower section appear on the  
display:  
When The Saints Go Marching In  
American Traditional  
Graphic chord display  
C
8
( Eight-measure Intro )  
Right  
Left  
C
E
F
G
C
E
F
C chord  
Right  
Left  
G
G
D
C
E
E
F
G
E
C
E
E
2. Press the Music Style [Big Band/Swing] button.  
3. From the list of Music Styles shown on the display,  
select <Jazz Band>.  
C
Right  
Left  
E
D
C
C
G
G chord  
C chord  
C
G
C
F
Right  
Left  
G
F
E
F
G
E
D
F chord  
C chord  
G chord  
1.  
2.  
C
C
(The Style “Jazz Band” has now been selected.) After a  
few seconds, the display returns to the Basic screen.  
Right  
C
C
E
F
C
Left C chord  
C chord  
4. Start the accompaniment by pressing the C key (see  
the score for the chords to play).  
To Variation  
Intro/Ending  
As explained above, this is the easy way of playing  
chords: by pressing the C, you actually play a C major  
chord.  
The Arranger will start with an eight-measure Intro.  
Wait until the Intro is finished before playing the mel-  
ody.  
Here are the “chords” you need for “The Saints”:  
C
F 3  
G
Right  
Left  
F
Remember that you can slow down the tempo by  
pressing the TEMPO [–] button. If you think the  
accompaniment is too slow, press TEMPO [+]  
instead.  
Pressing the [+] and [–] buttons simultaneously will  
return the Arranger to the default tempo of the Jazz  
Band Style.  
5. At the end of the song, press the [INTRO/END-  
ING] button.  
If you want to play the song again, press the [SYNC]  
button and play the first chord (C).  
Note: There are various ways to start and stop a Style (see  
“Starting and stopping Styles” on page 24).  
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If you press the [RESET] button, playback stops and  
the song is rewound to the beginning of the first mea-  
sure.  
5.3 Playing back songs on disk  
The KR-3 is fitted with a floppy disk drive. Among  
other things, it allows you to listen to commercially  
available music data (Standard MIDI Files) or to play  
back songs you created and saved onto disk. Here is  
how to listen to such music data:  
Listening to all songs one after another  
6. Press <All Song>.  
The entire group of songs will begin playing in order.  
The set will repeat if you do not stop the performance.  
Note: Before using disks, please carefully read “Before using  
floppy disks” on page 5.  
7. To stop playback, press <STOP> or the [STOP]  
button.  
If you press the [RESET] button, playback stops and  
the song is rewound to the beginning of the first mea-  
sure.  
1. Insert the music data disk into the floppy disk  
drive.  
2. Press the [SONG] button.  
Rewinding and fast forwarding  
By pressing the [FWD] and [BWD] buttons, you can  
advance to later measures or return to previous ones.  
Doing so allows you to start playback from the desired  
measure.  
The “Song Select” function will be displayed.  
Each press of one of the buttons moves you ahead or  
back one measure at a time, and when you hold the  
button down, the movement is continuous.  
Note: Depending on the size of the song data, rewinding  
and fast forwarding may take some time.  
Note: It is also possible to mute one of the song parts and  
play it yourself. See “Track Mute: Muting specific tracks” on  
page 31.  
Every song you play back from disk is automatically  
copied to the KR-3’s internal Composer memory.  
(The advantage of that is that you can remove the  
music data disk after listening to the song once.) If the  
KR-3’s memory already contains a song, the following  
message appears:  
Note: The KR-3 provides a function for practising difficult  
passages. Such passages can be marked and repeated over  
and over. See “Marker function: repeatedly playing back the  
same section” on page 41.  
If you don’t want to lose the song in the KR-3’s inter-  
nal memory, press <CANCEL> and see “Saving a song  
to disk” on page 32. Otherwise, press <OK>.  
Selecting and playing back Songs  
3. Use the buttons next to the display to select the  
song you want to listen to.  
If not all songs of the disk fit on one page, use  
<√√PAGE> and <PAGE®®> to jump to the  
desired Song Select page.  
4. Press <Play®> or the [PLAY] button.  
The performance will begin. After several seconds, the  
display returns to previous screen.  
Note: For songs that do not begin on the downbeat of the  
first measure, “PU” (Pickup) will be displayed when the  
song begins. After that, measure numbers will be displayed.  
5. Playback stops automatically at the end of the song.  
You can stop playback any time by pressing <STOP>  
or the [STOP] button.  
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KR-3 Pitch Bend and Transpose  
5.4 Pitch Bend and Transpose  
The KR-3’s left pedal (Soft) can be used to bend the  
notes you play. To do so, you must assign it the Pitch  
Bend function (see “Pedal functions” on page 45 for  
details) and specify whether you want to bend the  
notes upward (“Bend Up”) or downward (“Bend  
Down”). Furthermore, you must set the “Pitch Bend  
Range” (see page 47), i.e. the interval (or number of  
semitones) by which the notes will be shifted when  
you press the Soft pedal.  
If you are playing a C and want to shift it to D by  
pressing the pedal, set Pitch Bend Range to “2” (two  
semitones, i.e. one whole tone) and select “Bend Up”  
as Pedal Assign function. To bend to the G below the C  
you are playing, set the Range value to “5” and Pedal  
Assign to “Bend Down” (select “7” and “Bend Up” to  
shift to the G above the C).  
If you find the key of a song difficult to sing in, select a  
different one with the TRANSPOSE [b]/[#] buttons.  
Each time you press the [b] button, the key will be  
lowered a semitone; each time you press the [#] but-  
ton, the key will be raised a semitone. Pressing the [b]/  
[#] buttons simultaneously will return the song to the  
original key.  
Note: The transposition interval can also be set via the dis-  
play. See “Key Touch/Key Transpose” on page 46.  
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