Q: Can I use my computer's internal drive with my hard disk recording system?

A: On some systems (Digidesign's Pro Tools III and Session 8 are two that come to mind) you must use a separate (typically external) drive from the one you use to boot up your system. This is because the SCSI controller that comes with the system is specifically designed to handle the amount of throughput that will be required to record/play the number of tracks the system is capable of dealing with. On some other systems it is often possible to record to your internal drive as long as you have the space available. Drive requirements for all of these systems are very specific and can vary widely, so you should speak to your Sweetwater sales engineer to get your equipment configured for best operation.

Q: When I turn on the master switch to all of the equipment in my studio I get a big "thump!" through the speakers. I'm guessing that's bad.

A: Sure is. When equipment does its initial power up, all kinds of spikes and transients are being sent through the audio cables. In a worst case scenario, this thump can actually blow speakers. To avoid the chance of this happening, you should turn your power amp on after applying power to the rest of your gear. Conversely, you should turn it off before removing the power from the rest of your gear. The rule is: "On Last/Off First" for power amps. Remembering this simple statement will protect your speaker investment.

Q: Can I use a Syquest 270 removable drive with my K2000R?

A: You bet! The Syquest 270 works great with the K2000. Here's something we've done with a number of K2000Rs: We removed the floppy disk and put the Syquest 270 in its place! Kurzweil had many K2000Rs configured this way at the '95 NAMM show. On the down side: you do lose your floppy drive by doing this, which can be a major drag unless you own more than one K2000.

Q: Can I use any of the Korg X5DR sounds from any bank to create my own combinations for use in Multi mode?

A: The X5DR has 3 banks of sounds: a GM bank plus Block A and Block B. Only 2 banks are accessible at any given time, the GM bank and either Block A or Block B. In the GLOBAL mode, the A and B blocks can be loaded over each other from an internal storage medium. These banks can be completely overwritten by using the "ALL" function.

The option to load just a single Program, Combination, or Drum Kit from the "nonloaded" bank (for example, Block A) to overwrite a position in the "loaded" bank (for example, Block B) is available. Creating a bank of sounds that is a mixture of the A and B block is achieved in this manner.