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6 CP5/CP50 Reference Manual
Internal Design of the CP5 & CP50 > Tone Generator
Roles of Blocks & Common Settings Area
The roles of each of the blocks and the Common Settings area that make up CP5 and CP50 parts are as follows.
The Voice block is used to specify the type of musical-instrument sound that will be produced for the corresponding part
by the Tone Generator. Using a range of advanced sound-synthesis techniques, your CP5 or CP50 can faithfully repro-
duce the unique sonic characteristics of a broad spectrum of acoustic pianos and classic electric pianos. In addition to
piano sounds, furthermore, Voice blocks also offer a selection of other types of musical instruments, such as strings, gui-
tar, and bass, and these are conveniently arranged into different instrument categories. For more information regarding
piano voices (as selected from the PIANO and E.PIANO categories), refer to Voice Block (page 12) from the Reference
section below. For more information regarding other instrument categories and voices, refer to the Data List pdf docu-
The Pre-Amplifier block is used to set pre-amplifier parameters and to make other adjustments uniquely affecting piano
voices. As such, this block is available only when a piano voice has been selected (from the PIANO or E.PIANO cate-
gory). In addition to pre-amplifiers actually used with various types of pianos in live performance settings, the Pre-Ampli-
fier block also replicates many other parameters perfectly configured for the enhancement of piano sounds. Whenever
you select a voice from the PIANO or E.PIANO category within the Voice block, a specific set of parameters for that par-
ticular voice will be made available in the Pre-Amplifier block. For details on Pre-Amplifier block parameters, see Pre-
Amplifier Block (page 13) from the Reference section below.
Modulation Effect Block
Within each Modulation Effect block, you will find a versatile collection of modulation-type effects that are indispensable
to piano sound design for stage and recording environments. Positioned immediately after the Voice and Pre-Amplifier
blocks for the corresponding part, this block processes to the raw instrument sound. Whenever a non-piano voice is
selected within the Voice block, furthermore, the Modulation Effect block functions as an insertion effect. Using Modula-
tion Effect blocks, individual parts can be processed with different effects, each of which features a number of freely-
adjustable parameters. For details on the types of modulation effect available for use and the corresponding parameters,
see Modulation Effect Block (page 15) from the Reference section below.
Power-Amplifier / Compressor Block (CP5 only)
For further shaping of voices, the Power-Amplifier / Compressor block contained within each CP5 part can be used to
select either a power amplifier or a compressor, each of which is modeled with remarkable levels of precision. Positioned
immediately after the part’s Modulation Effect block, this block adjusts the overall tone. Whenever a non-piano voice is
selected within the Voice block, furthermore, the Power-Amplifier / Compressor block functions as an insert-type effect.
Using Power-Amplifier / Compressor blocks, individual parts can be processed with different effects, each of which fea-
tures a number of freely-adjustable parameters. For details on the types of power-amplifier and the compressor available
for use and the corresponding parameters, see Power-Amplifier / Compressor Block (page 25) from the Reference sec-
Common Settings Area
The Common Settings area is used to assign names to your Performances, to specify a keyboard mode for the left and
right parts, and to setup controllers. If you wish to use your CP5 or CP50 as a master keyboard for controlling other MIDI
devices, the relevant settings are made here. For details on Common Settings area parameters, see Common (page 31)
from the Reference section below.