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Upgrade safely your korg cx3 v2


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hammond korg cx3 firmware upgrade made simple

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Upgrade safely your korg cx3 v2

  1. 1. Upgrade safely your korg CX3 V2 to latest firmware version 2.01 [email_address] Also on facebook Jimmy Hammondfan
  2. 2. Aknowledgments <ul><li>Thanks to user DIPCHING from Audiofanzine Belgium for the screenshots and for giving me the will to perform the upgrade despite all the negative comments from around the internet … </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for korg conceptors, engineers for providing us with such a beautiful looking and sounding machine </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why this procedure ? <ul><li>I have met a lot of people discouraging the firmware update of your Korg CX3 V2, </li></ul><ul><li>That's a great pitty as that upgrade enhances the usage of the keyboard as a hammond replacement very much. </li></ul><ul><li>As I didn't find a comprehensive step by step guide anywhere I decided to provide this one by myself aggregatin various resources I found on the internet and my own personnel experience. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WARNING: This procedure is for KORG CX3 V2, with the drawbars over the keyboard not on the side !!!
  5. 5. WARNING <ul><li>Follow the procedure step by step, don't miss anything and everything will be ok </li></ul><ul><li>It's safe, I did it various times on various cx3 v2's and it always worked ! </li></ul><ul><li>Sit back and relax, the procedure is safe, but …anyway I must say &quot;Do it at your own risk&quot; as it's impossible for me to be accountable of any particuliar problem you may encounter </li></ul>
  6. 6. Do You already have latest firmware revision ? <ul><li>Power on the Korg CX3 </li></ul><ul><li>If you have the drawbar animations, the software is already the latest, DONT DO ANYTHING ! </li></ul><ul><li>If it's just writen KORG CX3 without the drawbar animations, you should upgrade following this procedure </li></ul><ul><li>OR else </li></ul><ul><li>Power on the CX3 while pressing presets 1 and 8 at the same time if revision isn't 2.01, then it's not the latest firmware , you should upgrade following this procedure </li></ul><ul><li>You should upgrade if you see something like: </li></ul><ul><li>Ipl V2.00  000422AB </li></ul>
  7. 7. Prerequisites <ul><li>KORG CX3 V2 </li></ul><ul><li>Strong and reliable power supply for all hardware (cx3 + computer) </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable &quot;usb to midi interface&quot; -> at least 1 midi In / 1 midi OUT </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers for usb to midi interface installed </li></ul><ul><li>PC with Windows XP or Windows 7 </li></ul>
  8. 8. STEP 1 Prepare the CX3 V2 for the upgrade <ul><li>Power on the Korg CX3 Select Global for global parameters menu Set global midi channel to 1 Set Midi RC SYS EXEC parameters to ENA (enable) </li></ul><ul><li>Save your changes: press Write - press Global - press Write again </li></ul><ul><li>Power off the Korg CX3 </li></ul>
  9. 9. STEP 2. Install physical midi connexion between your computer and the CX3 V2 <ul><li>Buy a professional &quot;midi to usb device&quot; with at least 1 midi IN and 1 midi OUT connector </li></ul><ul><li>Install drivers for your &quot;midi to usb device&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Plug in your &quot;mido to usb device&quot; into your computer (usb) </li></ul><ul><li>Connect your &quot;midi to usb device&quot; midi IN connector to your CX3 midi OUT connector </li></ul><ul><li>Connect your &quot;midi to usb device&quot; midi OUT connector to your CX3 midi IN connector </li></ul><ul><li>If it is an option available, set your &quot;midi to usb device&quot; default midi channel to 1 (that may not be necessary as generally all channels will be available) </li></ul>
  10. 10. STEP 3: Check your firmware version and enable CX3 for upgrade <ul><li>Power on the KORG CX3 while pressing 1 and 8 presets at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>The firmware revision will show something like V2.0 IMDB DDD </li></ul><ul><li>Your CX3 is now ready for upgrade ! </li></ul>
  11. 11. STEP 4 Prepare your computer <ul><li>It works on Windows XP and Windows seven ! </li></ul><ul><li>Completely deactivate your screen saver </li></ul><ul><li>Set your battery settings to never stop nor the computer nor the harddisks !!! </li></ul><ul><li>Download the software upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>Stop all other unnecessary applications on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Install the software (in windows 7 as admin) </li></ul>
  12. 12. STEP 5 Run the software installation wizzard
  13. 13. Set the midi channels to use <ul><li>Midi Input (your midi to usb device IN) </li></ul><ul><li>Midi Output (your midi to usb devide OUT) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Test your midi link <ul><li>I failed this test when the dump midi parameter was not enabled you MUST set Midi RC SYS EXEC parameters to ENA (enable) (refer to the CX3 manual) </li></ul>
  15. 15. You have already done the Power off/on and press 1-8 earlier, if no, do it now !
  16. 16. Updating the firmware, about 10-15 minutes ! <ul><li>First Sub then Main processors </li></ul>
  17. 17. Updating main Processor, last step before ultimate happyness
  18. 18. You are king of the WORLD !!!
  19. 19. ENJOY ! <ul><li>Power off your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Power on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the wonderfull drawbar animations while powering on </li></ul><ul><li>Congrats you raised your keyboard value by 250 US$ at least. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the new features: </li></ul><ul><li>Say Thanks & if you like, send me some cash !!! I'll use it to buy a real HAMMOND B3 with a leslie 122 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Other resources <ul><li>Complete User guide </li></ul><ul><li>General resources </li></ul><ul><li>Other considerations about the upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>Forum discussion </li></ul><ul><li>User reviews at Harmony Central </li></ul><ul><li>Audiofanzine link where I copied the screens . </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me if you need [email_address] </li></ul>