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ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 4:35 pm
by fatbenelton
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!

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 6:16 pm
by The Elf
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.

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 7:34 pm
by fatbenelton
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....

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 7:41 pm
by desmond
Also, make sure you're not filtering out poly AT in your interface or DAW etc...

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:37 pm
by fatbenelton
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.

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 4:59 pm
by fatbenelton
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??

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 5:56 pm
by The Elf
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!

Re: ELKA MK88

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 6:02 pm
by fatbenelton
Cheers!