In this chapter, we'll take a look at the LN-4's faceplate and locate all the controls you'll need to use in the following chapters.

The control functions in the LN-4 are physically divided into two areas: the faceplate and the left hand controls. The left hand controls are, not surprisingly, found under your left hand when the LN-4 is around your neck. We'll talk about them in the next chapter.

Take a look at the faceplate (the control area above the keys) on your LN-4. Then refer to the diagram on the following page. Familiarize yourself with the controls so that you know what's where when we refer to specific controls.

Scanning from left to right, first you'll see the Volume knob. Next to that are two switches labeled Hold and Output Enable. Note that the switches contain LEDs which indicate their status. These switches have multiple functions, depending on whether you're in Performance Mode or Programming Mode.

 

In Performance Mode, the Hold switch acts as either an "infinite sustain" control for selected notes or as a "panic button" when you have stuck notes. In Performance Mode, the Output Enable switch is used to enter Output Enable Mode, which lets you turn the four MIDI outputs on the Power Module on and off.

Next to the Hold and Output switches you'll see a row of numbered switches, 1-8. These are also multiple function switches which do different things in different modes. Notice that the first four switches also contain LEDs that indicate Output status. If you still have Program 11 selected, as indicated in the Master Program Display, all four LEDs should be illuminated, meaning that all four outputs are "on".

Notice that the controls have different colors associated with them. For instance, the Volume knob is labeled in white, and the Hold and Output Enable switches next to the Volume knob are surrounded with white. This white area also extends above the first four numbered switches. White indicates controls used in Performance Mode.

Other switches are surrounded or underlined with pink. Pink indicates controls used in Programming Mode. The pink area underneath the numbered switches extends to the Shift switch (to the right of the display), indicating that these switches are used in accessing the Programming Functions. Each numbered switch is labeled with its Programming Function below the switch.

The controls labeled in blue are used in programming and displaying actual values when you're in Programming Mode. Notice that the Shift switch has a blue arrow pointing to the right below the switch, which means that it's used to select outputs for programming when you're in Programming Mode. The blue Value label below the Master Program display indicates that programming values are displayed there when in Programming Mode. You'll notice two blue arrows, an Up Arrow and a Down Arrow, below the Hold and Output Enable switches. When you're in Programming Mode, these two switches become increment and decrement switches, meaning that they step values up or down.

Now, admittedly all this talk about Programming Functions and Output Enabling doesn't mean much to you right now. The purpose of this survey is just to show you around the instrument, so you know where things are. The next two chapters will tell you everything you need to know to use the LN-4.

 

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