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Postby fatbenelton » Mon May 06, 2019 4:35 pm

Hi is anybody familiar with the MK88 Master keyboard? (I seem to recall the Elf recently got hold of a MK55?)

I'm having problems seeing if the Poly Aftertouch is working....I've got my head around the panel and set the appropriate curve, set it to touch poly and on but using Midi Monitor on my Mac I can't see aftertouch at all.....I can see note on/off, pitch and mod wheel and info from the three fader's but no aftertouch at all incl channel. The keyboard itself is pretty tidy condition and as everything else seems to work I think I am perhaps not setting it correctly.

On the other hand perhaps the aftertouch sensor may be broken but unsure it it uses a single 'bar' across all keys or sensors on each key? If the former then that is prob the issue but if the latter it could be a setting as it would be unlikely every key is broken.

Appreciate this isn't a general query but hopefully somebody may have an Elka! Also, looking for a factory reset if there is one?

Cheers in hope!
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby The Elf » Mon May 06, 2019 6:16 pm

It can't use a single bar across all keys, or it couldn't generate poly AT.

The model I bought was the MK76 - and what a lovely keyboard it truly is.

I have no trouble switching on poly or channel AT. Have you downloaded the manual and checked all your settings? It's not obvious how to work with these things at first sight, but once the penny drops it's fairly straightforward.

I could walk you through the settings, but not just at the moment.
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby fatbenelton » Mon May 06, 2019 7:34 pm

Thanks Elf - yes, got the manual. I think I’m doing it right but will continue looking through. I doubt every single sensor is broken so pretty sure I’m doing something wrong!! I’ll report back....
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby desmond » Mon May 06, 2019 7:41 pm

Also, make sure you're not filtering out poly AT in your interface or DAW etc...
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby fatbenelton » Mon May 06, 2019 8:37 pm

Good point - - going straight into Midi Monitor with poly AT 'ticked' but using an Emagic MT4. I assume it passes all info but perhaps not? It lights up showing MIDI info but not for aftertouch so it looks like nothing coming out of the MK.
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby fatbenelton » Sun May 19, 2019 4:59 pm

Right still stumped...using midi monitor and MT4 but ruled out any filtering etc by testing it with my TS10 - poly aftertouch showing up fine.

With the MK88 I'm setting up a new split across the entire keyboard ( as per the manual) and setting up the aftertouch as part of that split. Nothing showing on poly or channel aftertouch. I still find it hard to beieve all the sensors are dead but struggling to see what else it could be?? Any thoughts before I send it off for repair??

Mr Elf, as part of your consultancy offering, do you ever go as far as Liverpool??
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby The Elf » Sun May 19, 2019 5:56 pm

I do... but it will have to be a couple of weeks as I'm rehearsals right now.

This week I will drag the MK76 into the studio and remind myself how it works!
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby fatbenelton » Sun May 19, 2019 6:02 pm

Cheers!
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby Ghaetion » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:57 am

Hello all,

I'm new to this forum. I'll be upfront and say I'm a drummer, not a keyboardist or sound engineer. I have an Elka Mk88II that I've been holding on to for over a decade. I've tried on and off to get it to generate sound and failed. It's in very good shape. One key needs repair. I have used a usb A connector to connect it to my laptop. It reads it but I cannot get it to function using Reaper or Audacity. It's likely I'm too ignorant about setting up something like this to say the master keyboard doesn't work. I would appreciate more than anyone could know, help with setting up this master control keyboard so it functions proper. I'll even offer to pay for the assistance. I'm desperate to get it working at this point. Thanks to anyone willing to help.

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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby fatbenelton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:51 am

Hi there
Mine is gathering dust somewhere waiting to go to the repair man...sometime.

Anyway, when you say connected by USB is this a 5 pin din midi to USB lead??
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:56 am

Whatever you do, guys, don't consign them to landfill.

I'm happy to try to get a working machine out of two - and either put it to good use, or get it to someone who will!
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby Ghaetion » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:51 pm

Yes, I use that 5 pin connector to go from the Elka to my laptop. From feedback I've gotten from others I've talked to about it, there needs to be some kind of tinkering with specific settings. My eyes started rolling to the back of my head at that point so details on that are lost. The keyboard lights up on the display and all other functions appear to work.

Here's a basic question, does a master control keyboard require specific software or can it connect to any daw and with as long as the daw recognizes it?
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Re: ELKA MK88

Postby desmond » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:59 pm

Ghaetion wrote:Here's a basic question, does a master control keyboard require specific software or can it connect to any daw and with as long as the daw recognizes it?

As soon as you connect it via a MIDI interface to your computer, then any application which can receive MIDI data will do.

In your given DAW of Reaper, create an instrument track, load a software instrument plugin, and play notes on your keyboard, and the plugin should respond accordingly.

If it doesn't, or you're stuck doing this, post back and we'll walk you through it, and see if we can't get it working for you.

(Don't use Audacity, it knows nothing about MIDI or instruments, being an audio editor only.)
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