What's the idea behind the NS5R
The NS5R is a great product but if you look deep in it's architecture you see this module is a answer for two major modules in
this prices: Roland Sound Canvas 88Pro and Yamaha MU80. The NS5R try to give the answer for those two by giving you those two in one (the NS5R) - ofcourse KORG can't put the exact samples of the MU's or SC's but they put two bank formats for each product which use the NS5R samples but with preset the "should" sound like the MU or SC (whatever you use) (I will get further on this in the "NS5R Bank format"). If you don't know the MUs series backlight is GREEN and the SCs series backlight is AMBER. so on the NS5R you got both and when you use GM (or when you open the NS5R) the color is AMBER and when you reset to GS the color is AMBER and when you reset to XG the color is GREEN (This is the default but you can change the color for each reset by editing the preferences). Except of that the NS5R look more like the SC and the interface is a bit (not a lot) like even though it's better! and you got the cool dial (which was add on the MU90r and above).
Specifications for the ProUser
|Tone generation method||AI-squared synthesis system (full-digital processing)|
|Tone generator section||64 voices, 64 oscillators (single mode)
32 voices, 64 oscillator (double mode)
|Waveform memory||12Mbytes PCM (More than SC88-Pro & MU80/50/90)|
|Effect section||Two digital multi-effect units (1024 Presets & 128 User)|
|Programs||1177 programs (1049 Presets & 128 User)|
|Combinations||512 (128 RAM, 384 ROM)|
|Samples/Voices (not presets)||527 Samples (ROM, no RAM) in 44.1khz/16bit PCM|
|Outputs||L/MONO, R, PHONES (stereo mini-jack)|
|MIDI connectors||IN, OUT, THRU|
|Communication Connector (Enable 32Channels working)||TO HOST|
|Display||144 x 40 full dot graphic LCD (with three-color backlight)|
|Power supply||AC Local Voltage|
|Multi-Timbral / Polyphony||32 Channels / 64 Polyphony (Exactly like MU80,SC88Pro)|
|Expandable||Please read Daughter Board Feature|
|GM-a , GM-b Banks||GM-a: Normal General MIDI GM-b: 05R/W Module Map|
|rXX, rDRM (Because legal license and all those stuff KORG wrote only R that stands for Roland)||rXX: Roland's GS Banks rDRM: Roland's GS Drums|
|yXX , ySFX, yDR1/2 (Because legal license and all those stuff KORG wrote only Y that stands for Yamaha)||yXX: Yamah's XG Banks ySFX: Yamaha's effect Bank yDR1: Yamaha's Effect Patches (SFX1,2) yDR2: Yamaha's Drums|
|PrgX, PrgU (Programs)||PrgX(x=a,b,c): KORG's awesome old classics (and more) like M1 Piano,
Universe, N264 Piano and etc...
PrgU: 128 Users for you to create (Works best with KORGs computers software (press the GET SOFTWARE for it...)
|CmbX, CmbU (Combinations)||CmbX(x=a,b,c): KORG's combinations CmbU: 128 Users|
|kDRM (Drums)||kDRM: Korg's Drums +2 Users (for drums)|
Press here to see the Patch for instruments (i.e. Pianos, Guitars, etc...)
Daughter Board Feature
After this site was opened a week I got this e-mail:
I installed the Yamaha
DB50XG board. One thing to keep in mind is
Korg used a lot of different screws (why not just 4), so you have to
remember their lay-out.
The wavetable board was easy to install. A cable
was a bit in the way,
but everything fitted o.k. So after putting the screws back in their
right holes (which took me more time than installing the DB50) I turned
on the NS5R and it worked! After playing with it I turned it off again.
Some time later I turned on the NS5R and ...... nothing. No display, no
sound, just dead.
The repairman mumbled something about replacing
a processor. The NS5R
works fine now, although without the DB50XG.
And I am a bit scared now to experiment again by installing the DB50XG.
So I don't know if this was just bad luck or.......
And you are right: it is a bit strange that there
is nothing about the
NS5R on the Korg site.
Keep up the good work,
Help us if you installed a board with success... (E-Mail is)
From the User Guide and KORGs publishes:
What I understood is: You can buy for example Yamaha's Wavetable Daughter board and plug-it on the NS5R.
But the NS5R Manual say those words:
"Do not attempt to install a Wave Blaster-compatible
board made by another manufacturer. The power supply of the NS5R can supply
+5V;300 mA, +/-12V:20ma A board which exceeds this must never be installed,
since overheating and blown fuses
From this I understood: You can't install ANY
board except KORGs boards and if your Daughter Board will be more than
the number written (Volts,mA) you'll cause
damage to the unit.