KARMA 2: Cluster Template Reference (Vel-CP)

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This article relates mainly to using the Cluster Pattern when the GE-Type is "Generated-Gated", and the GE Gate-Type is "Vel-CP" (Velocity Cluster Pattern). All of the GEs that fall under the RTC Model "GV1 - Gated Vel/Pat 1" designation have this configuration. This is a special mode designed to emulate Korg's traditional Triton and M50 arpeggiator, where the rows of the Cluster Pattern grid relate directly to the keys that are pressed and held on the keyboard: the lowest note being held is represented by row 1, the next note up by row 2, and so on. By assigning cells in each column (or leaving the columns blank), you indicate which notes should sound at which step of the pattern. Putting more than one cell in a column causes a chord to be played.

In other types of GEs, the Cluster Pattern normally indicate a number of notes to be generated from the current index into the Note Series, which is a completely different thing and will be discussed elsewhere.

KARMA Templates (General)

Each KARMA Generated Effect (GE) refers to a single bank of KARMA Templates (which cannot be changed except in the KARMA Software). The Korg M3 and OASYS each have two internal ROM Template Banks (ROM-A and ROM-B) and space for four User Template Banks (USER-A ~ D). A KARMA Software KDF file can contain multiple banks of Templates.

A KARMA Templates Bank (which you really cannot see much of internally on your M3 or OASYS, but can be referenced by changing various GE parameters) contains individual banks of Templates for each of the "attributes" of KARMA: Rhythm, Duration, Velocity etc. The following image shows the contents of a single Template Bank in the KARMA Software:

Template Bank ROM-A as viewed in KARMA Software

Within the overall Template Bank, the individual Template Banks each contain 64 template locations which can be used by the matching attribute; Rhythm Templates are used by the Rhythm Group of GE Parameters (on the GE Editor Rhythm Page of the KARMA Software), Duration Templates are used by the Duration Group, and so on.

What's a Cluster Template do?

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KARMA Cluster Templates (ROM-A) - Overview

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KARMA Cluster Template - Reference (Vel-CP)

Cluster Templates 1 to 8: Repeated Notes/Chords
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Cluster Templates 9 to 18: Single notes with spaces (rests)
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
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17 18
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Cluster Templates 19 to 25: Riffs
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
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Cluster Templates 26 to 27: Ostinato (alternating root and other notes)
26 27
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Cluster Templates 28 to 31: Chords on the upbeat
28 29 30 31
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Cluster Templates 32 to 37: Alternating chords
32 33 34 35 36 37
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Cluster Templates 38 to 42: Syncopated chords, notes, rests
38 39 40 41 42
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Cluster Templates 43 to 47: Mixed chords and notes
43 44 45 46 47
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Cluster Templates 48 to 63: Simple arp patterns
48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
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56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63
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Notes & Tips

This article is referenced by the Karma-Lab video tutorial series:
House 101: Combi Creation Series, in Chapter 25: SW5 & Slider 7 - Final Assignments.

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