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VIP 3.0 - How to Use Chord Progressions in Key Control


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Article updated 03-28-2018

Key Control allows you to play select Scales, Harmonies, or Chord Progressions up and down your keyboard without worrying about playing a note outside of the selected key or scale.  This article will take a more in-depth look at Chord Progressions within the Key Control feature.

 

Contents

  1. Turning on Key control
  2. Activating Chord Progressions and Selecting an Available Progression Type
  3. Changing the Key, Octave and Start note
  4. Setting up Chord Progression Articulation
  5. Further Technical Support

 

Turning on Key Control

The first step into using the Chord Progression feature would be to activate Key Control. Key Control can be activated by simply pressing the button on the VIP interface and setting Key Control to ON.

For more information on activating and using Key Control, check out our other knowledge base article at the link below:

 

Activating Chord Progressions and Selecting a Progression Type
  1. Set Mode to Progression.



  2. With the Chord Progression Mode selected, we can start to build our progression by Type, Key, and Octave. VIP has 5 popular progression types to choose from, with a number of presets available per progression type.

    To choose a progression type, select the drop down box that is defaulted to ALL to organize the presets by type.  If you want to see all the presets listed, you can leave this box set to ALL. In this article, we will select the Balad type progression and the Balad Piano 1 preset.



  3. With our preset selected, we can now customize the Key, Octave, and start position on our MIDI controller.

 

Changing the Key, Octave, and Start Note

The Chord Progression mode offers the flexibility to change the Key of the progression with a click of your mouse.  This will allow you to create quick progressions within the correct key of a song you are playing instantly.

  1. The original key indicates the progression's original musical key and scale.  Selecting a New Key will change the progressions root note. It is similar to a transposition, as the scale of the progression will remain the same as the original key. 

    Change your progression to the new desired key in the New Key box.



  2. The Start note indicates where on your midi controller this progression will start.  All chord progressions will be comprised of 16 keys starting at the root note.  Any keys played outside of this range will be the single note of the keyboard



  3. You can change the Start note two ways:
    • Click and hold your mouse on the start note and drag up and down to change the note
    • Click and hold the note, then press the key on the keyboard where you want the progression to start.

 

Setting up Chord Progression Articulation

The articulation section of the chord progression feature will allow you to automate certain dynamics of your chord, including Flam and Velocity.

  • Flam Time - The Flam time determines how long it takes for all assigned notes to start when the key is pressed.  If you raise the Flam time, the separation of the notes in the chord will be greater.
  • Flam Random - The Flam Random will decide on how the flam is played everytime you hit the key.  It will play it at a different flam every time you press the designated chord key.
  • Vel Random - This parameter determines the variance of the velocities of all the notes assigned to a key.
  • Vel Scaling - This parameter provides an offset to the velocities assigned to a key 
  • Play Order - The Play order will change the order in which the notes contained in the chord are played. You can select As Played, Up, Down, or Random.
  • Edit All - To enable or disable editing of all keys’ articulation simultaneously, click Edit All.

You can also edit the articulation of each chord individually by selecting it in the drop-down box.

 

Further Technical Support 

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.