Roland Electronic Keyboard HPi 6s User Guide

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Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: “IMPORTANT  
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS” (p. 2), “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” (p. 6), and  
“Important Notes” (p. 9). These sections provide important information  
concerning the proper operation of the unit. Additionally, in order to feel  
assured that you have gained a good grasp of every feature provided by your  
new unit, owner’s manual should be read in its entirety. The manual should be  
saved and kept on hand as a convenient reference.  
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Easy Operation with the Cursor Button p. 25  
Most tasks are carried out by pressing the button for the function you want  
to use, then using the  
cursor button and the [ ] and  
[
] buttons at the panel center.  
This allows you to enjoy a wide variety of performances  
with simple operations.  
Read Notations as You Perform  
p. 26  
You can show notations in the display and follow the  
notes as you play.You can turn the pages in the  
notation with the pedals, and display  
lyrics and fingering number as well.  
You can display the notation not just  
for the internal songs, but also for  
songs you record yourself.  
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Listening  
To Learn What Kinds of Songs are Included  
p. 41  
The HPi-6S features 177 internal songs in a wide range of  
musical genres, from piano practice songs to pops.  
Listen to Phrases with a Variety of  
Instrument Sounds p. 51  
You can listen to phrases (brief performances) using a  
variety of sounds to learn which tones are suited to each  
kind of performance.  
Listen to Music Files p. 44, p.47  
You can enjoy listening to music CD and SMF music files.  
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Change the Keyboard Touch p. 53  
Perform with a Variety of Sounds p. 51  
You can change the sense of heft in the keys (the touch),  
making it lighter or heavier to match the player’s finger  
strength.  
Not only can you perform using piano sounds, you can  
also select other sounds suited to the material you are  
playing.  
Use the Pedals p. 29  
Layer Two Sounds as You Play p. 57  
Enjoy authentic piano performances using the pedals.  
You can perform with two different sounds, for example  
piano and strings, layered together. Layering lets you give  
the sound greater substance.  
Perform in Singers Ranges p. 69  
When accompanying vocal performances, you can  
transpose the keyboard to match the vocalist’s register,  
simply and easily with the score (the actual keys played)  
unchanged.You can also change songs in difficult keys to  
simpler key signatures.  
Play Different Sounds in the Left and  
Right Hands p. 58  
You can split the keyboard into two sections and perform  
using two different tones with the left and right hands.  
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Provides Support for Your Lessons at Home!  
To Learn the Sounds and Instruments Through Games and Activities Wonderland p. 30  
To Grasp the Fundamentals of Notations and the Keyboard DoReMi Course p. 32  
To Master One Song Suited to Your Level of Ability Visual Lesson p. 37  
To Split the Keyboard Into Two Sections For Two-Person Performances Twin Piano p. 34  
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Output Your Own Performances as  
Notations p. 104  
You can save the notations as image data to external  
memory (optional) and use your own computer and printer  
to print out these notations.  
Prevent Settings from being Changed  
During Performances p. 88  
You can prevent your settings from being changed as you  
play, even when buttons are pressed accidentally.  
Restore the Settings Programmed at the  
Time of Purchase p. 98  
You can restore the HPi-6S’s settings after changing them,  
returning the settings to their original state at the time the  
instrument was purchased.  
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Practice  
Recording  
Perform Using the Metronomep. 64  
Record Your Own Performances p. 71  
You can record the performances you play.You can then play  
back the recordings afterwards to check how you’ve done.  
The HPi-6S includes a metronome function.You can  
adjust the metronome volume level and change the tones  
used for the metronome sound.  
Record Along with Songs p. 74  
You can record while a song is played, allowing you to  
record your own performances along with songs.  
Practice at Different Tempos p. 63  
When practicing songs written with rapid tempos, you  
can practice at reduced tempos that are easier to handle.  
Save Your Recorded Performances to the  
HPi-6S p. 81  
Practice Just the Left or Right Hand p. 60  
After recording your own performance, you can then save  
it within the HPi-6S’s internal memory. This is convenient,  
as the saved performances are not deleted even when the  
HPi-6S’s power is turned off.You can also easily select  
performances that have been saved in the piano.  
You can practice each hand’s part individually, for  
example, following the song’s right-hand part with your  
own right hand, or playing the left-hand part in time with  
the song’s right-hand part.  
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USING THE UNIT SAFELY  
The  
symbol alerts the user to important instructions  
Used for instructions intended to alert  
the user to the risk of death or severe  
injury should the unit be used  
improperly.  
or warnings.The specific meaning of the symbol is  
determined by the design contained within the  
triangle. In the case of the symbol at left, it is used for  
general cautions, warnings, or alerts to danger.  
Used for instructions intended to alert  
the user to the risk of injury or material  
damage should the unit be used  
improperly.  
The  
symbol alerts the user to items that must never  
be carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that  
must not be done is indicated by the design contained  
within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it  
means that the unit must never be disassembled.  
* Material damage refers to damage or  
other adverse effects caused with  
respect to the home and all its  
furnishings, as well to domestic  
animals or pets.  
The symbol alerts the user to things that must be  
carried out. The specific thing that must be done is  
indicated by the design contained within the circle. In  
the case of the symbol at left, it means that the power-  
cord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.  
Do not disassemble or modify  
Use only the included power cord  
002a  
008e  
Do not disassemble or modify this device.  
You must use only the power cord included with the  
device. Do not use the included power cord with  
any other device.  
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Do not repair or replace parts  
Do not bend the power cord or place heavy objects  
on it  
003 Never attempt to repair this device or replace  
parts. If repair or part replacement should become  
necessary, you must contact your dealer or a  
Roland service center.  
009 Do not bend the power cord excessively, or place  
heavy objects on the power cord. Doing so will  
damage the power cord, and may cause short  
circuits or faulty connections, possibly resulting in  
fire or electrical shock.  
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Do not use or store in the following types of  
locations  
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004  
Do not share an outlet with an unreasonable  
number of other devices  
• Locations of extremely high temperature (such as  
in direct sunlight, near heating equipment, or on  
a device that generates heat)  
• Near moisture (such as in a bathroom, near a  
sink, or on a wet floor) or in locations of high  
humidity  
015 Do not connect excessive numbers of electrical  
devices to a single power outlet. In particular,  
when using a power strip, exceeding the rated  
capacity (watts/amps) of the power strip may  
cause heat to be generated, possibly melting the  
cable.  
• Locations exposed to rain  
• Locations of excessive dust  
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Avoid extended use at high volume  
• Locations subject to heavy vibration  
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010 This device, either by itself or used in conjunction  
with headphones, amps, and/or speakers, is  
capable of producing volume levels that can cause  
permanent hearing damage. If you experience  
impaired hearing or ringing in your ears, immedi-  
ately stop using the device and consult a medical  
specialist.  
Do not place in an unstable location  
007 Do not place this device on an unstable stand or a  
tilted surface. You must place it in a stable and  
level location.  
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Connect the power cord to an outlet of the correct  
voltage  
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008a  
Do not insert foreign objects  
You must connect the power cord to an AC outlet  
of the correct voltage as marked on the device.  
011 Never allow foreign objects (flammable objects,  
coins, wires, etc.) to enter this device.  
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This can cause short circuits or other malfunctions.  
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USING THE UNIT SAFELY  
Turn off the power if an abnormality or  
malfunction occurs  
Place in a well ventilated location  
101a  
When using this device, ensure that it is placed in  
a well ventilated location.  
012a  
If any of the following should occur, immediately  
turn off the power, disconnect the power cord from  
the AC outlet, and contact your dealer or a service  
center to have the device serviced.  
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Grasp the plug when connecting or disconnecting  
the power cord  
• The power cord is damaged  
102b  
• The device produces smoke or an unusual smell  
• A foreign object enters the device, or liquid  
spills into the device  
When connecting or disconnecting the power cord  
to/from an AC outlet or the device itself, you must  
grasp the plug, not the cord.  
• The device becomes wet (by rain, etc.)  
• An abnormality or malfunction occurs in the device  
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Periodically wipe the dust off the power cord plug  
103a  
Do not allow children to use without supervision  
From time to time, you should unplug the power  
013 In households with children, take particular care  
against tampering. If children are to use this device,  
they must be supervised or guided by an adult.  
cord from the AC outlet and use a dry cloth to wipe  
the dust off of it. You should also unplug the power  
cord from the AC outlet if you will not be using the  
device for an extended period of time. Dust or dirt  
that accumulates between the power cord plug and  
the AC outlet can cause a short circuit, possibly  
resulting in fire.  
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Do not drop or subject to strong impact  
014 Do not drop this device or subject it to strong  
impact.  
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Manage cables for safety  
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104 Ensure that the connected cables are organized  
and managed in a safe manner. In particular,  
place the cables out of reach of children.  
Do not use overseas  
016 If you wish to use this device overseas, please  
contact your dealer or a service center.  
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Do not stand or place heavy objects on this device  
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Do not use a CD-ROM in an audio CD player or  
DVD player  
106 Do not stand on this device, or place heavy objects  
on it.  
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Do not connect or disconnect the power cord with  
wet hands  
If you attempt to play back a CD-ROM in a conventional  
audio CD player or DVD player, the resulting high  
volume may damage your hearing or your speakers.  
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107b  
Do not connect or disconnect the power cord to the  
Do not place containers of water on the device  
device or AC outlet while holding the power cord  
plug with wet hands.  
026 Do not place containers of water (such as a flower  
vase) or drinks on the device. Nor should you  
place containers of insecticide, perfume, alcoholic  
liquids, nail polish, or spray cans on the device.  
Liquids that spill into the device may cause it to  
malfunction, and may cause short circuits or faulty  
operation.  
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Cautions when moving this device  
108d  
When moving this device, please check the  
following cautions. Then, make sure that at least  
three persons work together in lifting and carrying  
the device, all the while making sure to keep it  
level. When doing so, be careful not to pinch your  
hands or drop the device on your feet.  
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• Check whether the knob bolts fastening the  
device to its stand have become loose. If they  
are loose, tighten them firmly.  
• Disconnect the power cord.  
• Disconnect external devices.  
• Raise the adjuster of the stand.  
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• Close the lid.  
• Remove the music stand.  
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USING THE UNIT SAFELY  
Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet before  
cleaning  
109a  
Before you clean the device, turn off the power and  
unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.  
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If there is a possibility of lightning strike,  
110a  
If there is a possibility of lightning strike, immedi-  
ately turn off the power and disconnect the power  
cord from the AC outlet.  
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Cautions when opening/closing the lid  
116 Be careful when opening/closing the lid so you do  
not get your fingers pinched (p. 17). Adult super-  
vision is recommended whenever small children  
use the unit.  
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Keep small items out of the reach of children  
118cTo prevent small items such as the following from  
being swallowed accidentally, keep them out of the  
reach of children.  
• Included items  
• Screws for assembling the stand  
• Wing nut for headphone hook  
• Removed parts  
• Music rest attachment screws  
• Volume knob  
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* GS (  
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Corporation.  
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* This product uses certain software of the  
“Independent JPEG Group.”  
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* All product names mentioned in this document are  
trademarks or registered trademarks of their  
respective owners.  
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Important Notes  
In addition to the “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” listed on page 6–8, please observe the following cautions.  
Power Supply  
• Do not connect this device to the same electrical outlet as an  
Care  
301  
401b  
• For everyday care, wipe with a soft dry cloth, or remove  
inverter-controlled device such as a refrigerator, microwave  
oven, or air conditioner, or a device that contains an electric  
motor. Depending on how the other device is used, power  
supply noise could cause this device to malfunction or produce  
noise. If it is not practical to use a separate electrical outlet,  
please connect this device via a power supply noise filter.  
stubborn dirt using a tightly wrung-out cloth. If this device  
contains wooden components, wipe the entire area  
following the direction of the grain. The finish may be  
damaged if you continue strongly rubbing a single location.  
Addition  
• If water droplets should adhere to this device, immediately  
wipe them off using a soft dry cloth.  
307  
402  
• Before you make connections, you must switch off the power  
• Do not use solvents such as benzene, thinner, or alcohol,  
on all devices to prevent malfunction and/or speaker damage.  
since these can cause deformation or color change.  
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403 The pedals of this device are made of brass.  
• When you turn off the power, the screen and indicators of this  
device will go dark, but this does not mean that the main power  
supply is completely disconnected. If you need to completely shut  
off the power supply, turn off the power switch of this device and  
then unplug it from the AC outlet. Connect this device to an AC  
outlet that is as close and accessible as possible.  
Brass has a natural tendency to oxidize and become tarnished.  
If this occurs, use a commercially available metal polish.  
Servicing  
452 If you return this device for servicing, the contents of  
memory may be lost. Please store important contents on  
USB memory, or make a note of the contents. We take  
utmost care to preserve the contents of memory when  
performing service, but there may be cases when the stored  
content cannot be recovered because the memory section  
has malfunctioned. Please be aware that we cannot accept  
responsibility for the recovery of lost memory content or for  
any consequences of such loss.  
Location  
351  
• If this device is placed near devices that contain large  
transformers, such as power amps, hum may be induced in  
this device. If this occurs, move this device farther away or  
change its orientation.  
352a  
• If this device is operated near a television or radio, color  
distortion may be seen in the television screen or noise may  
be heard from the radio. If this occurs, move this device  
farther away.  
Other Cautions  
• Stored content may be lost due to a malfunction of the  
352b  
551  
• Keep your cell phone powered off or at a sufficient distance  
from this device. If a cell phone is nearby, noise may be  
heard when a call is received or initiated, or during  
conversation.  
device or because of inadvertent operation. You should  
back up important content on USB memory as a safeguard  
against such loss.  
354b  
552  
• Do not leave this device in direct sunlight, near devices that  
• We cannot accept responsibility for the recovery of any  
produce heat, or in a closed-up automobile. Do not allow  
illumination devices operated in close proximity (such as a  
piano light) or powerful spotlights to shine on the same  
location on this device for an extended time. This can cause  
deformation or color change.  
content lost from internal memory or USB memory, or for  
the consequences of such loss.  
553  
• Do not apply excessive force to the buttons, knobs, or  
input/output jacks, since this may cause malfunctions.  
554  
355b  
• Never strike or apply strong pressure to the display.  
• If you move this device between locations of radically different  
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temperature or humidity, water droplets (condensation) may  
form inside the device. Using the device in this condition will  
cause malfunctions, so please allow several hours for the  
condensation to disappear before you use the device.  
• When connecting or disconnecting cables, grasp the plug  
(not the cable) to prevent short circuits or broken  
connections.  
557  
• This device may produce a certain amount of heat, but this  
356  
• Do not allow items made of rubber or vinyl to remain on  
is not a malfunction.  
558a  
top of this device for an extended time. This can cause  
deformation or color change.  
• Please enjoy your music in ways that do not inconvenience  
other people nearby, and pay particular attention to the  
volume at nighttime. Using headphones will allow you to  
enjoy music without having to be concerned about others.  
358  
• Do not leave objects on top of the keyboard. This can  
cause malfunctions such as failure to sound.  
359 Do not affix adhesive labels to this device. The exterior  
finish may be damaged when you remove the labels.  
• When transporting or shipping this device, package it in an  
559b  
appropriate amount of cushioning material. Scratches,  
damage, or malfunctions may occur if you transport it  
without appropriate packaging.  
560  
• If using the music rest, do not apply excessive force to it.  
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Important Notes  
562  
• Some connection cables contain a resistor. Do not connect  
705 Do not touch the pins of the USB memory connector, or  
allow them to become dirty.  
such cables to this device. Doing so may make the volume  
extremely low or inaudible. Please use connection cables  
not containing a resistor.  
708  
• USB memory is made using high-precision electronic  
components, so please observe the following points when  
handling it.  
565  
• Before opening or closing the keyboard lid, always make  
sure that no pets or other small animals are located on top  
of the instrument (in particular, they should be kept away  
from the keyboard and its lid). Otherwise, due to the  
structural design of this instrument, small pets or other  
animals could end up getting trapped inside it. If such a  
situation is encountered, you must immediately switch off  
the power and disconnect the power cord from the outlet.  
You should then consult with the retailer from whom the  
instrument was purchased, or contact the nearest Roland  
Service Center.  
• To prevent damage from static electrical charges,  
discharge any static electricity that might be present in  
your body before handling USB memory.  
• Do not touch the terminals with your fingers or any metal  
object.  
• Do not bend or drop USB memory, or subject it to strong  
impact.  
• Do not leave USB memory in direct sunlight or in  
locations such as a closed-up automobile. (Storage  
temperature: 0–50 degrees C)  
• Do not allow USB memory to become wet.  
• Do not disassemble or modify USB memory.  
Floppy Disk Handling  
Addition  
(Using Optional Floppy Disk Drive)  
• When connecting USB memory, position it horizontally with  
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the external memory connector and insert it without using  
excessive force. The external memory connector may be  
damaged if you use excessive force when inserting USB  
memory.  
• Floppy disks contain a plastic disk with a thin coating of  
magnetic storage medium. Microscopic precision is  
required to enable storage of large amounts of data on  
such a small surface area. To preserve their integrity,  
please observe the following when handling floppy disks:  
• Never touch the magnetic medium inside the disk.  
• Do not use or store floppy disks in dirty or dusty areas.  
• Do not subject floppy disks to temperature extremes  
(e.g., direct sunlight in an enclosed vehicle).  
Addition  
• Do not insert anything other than USB memory (e.g., wire,  
coins, other types of device) into the external memory  
connector. Doing so will damage the external memory  
connector.  
Addition  
• Do not apply excessive force to the connected USB  
Recommended temperature range: 10–50 degrees C  
(50–122 degrees F).  
memory.  
Addition  
• Do not expose floppy disks to strong magnetic fields,  
such as those generated by loudspeakers.  
• If you will not be using USB memory for an extended period  
of time, close the USB memory cover.  
652  
• Floppy disks have a “write protect” tab which can protect  
Handling the CDs (CD-ROMs)  
the disk from accidental erasure. It is recommended that the  
tab be kept in the PROTECT position, and moved to the  
WRITE position only when you wish to write new data onto  
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• When handling the discs, please observe the following.  
• Do not touch the encoded surface of the disc.  
• Do not use in dusty areas.  
the disk.  
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• Do not leave the disc in direct sunlight or an enclosed  
vehicle.  
Rear side of the disk  
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• Avoid touching or scratching the shiny underside (encoded  
Write  
surface) of the disc. Damaged or dirty CD-ROM discs may  
not be read properly. Keep your discs clean using a  
commercially available CD cleaner.  
(can write new data onto disk)  
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Protect  
Write Protect Tab  
• Keep the disc in the case.  
(prevents writing to disk)  
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653  
• Do not keep the disc in the CD drive for a long time.  
• The identification label should be firmly affixed to the disk.  
Should the label come loose while the disk is in the drive, it  
may be difficult to remove the disk.  
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• Do not put a sticker on the label of the disc.  
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• Wipe the disc with a soft and dry cloth radially from inside  
654  
• Store all disks in a safe place to avoid damaging them, and  
to outside. Do not wipe along circumference.  
to protect them from dust, dirt, and other hazards. By using  
a dirty or dust-ridden disk, you risk damaging the disk, as  
well as causing the disk drive to malfunction.  
Add Do not use benzine, record cleaner spray or solvents of any  
kind.  
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• Do not bend the disc. Bending discs may prevent proper  
USB Memory Handling  
• When connecting USB memory, firmly insert it all the way  
reading and writing of data, and may further result in  
malfunction.  
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Introduction  
In order to enjoy reliable performance of your new keyboard for many years to come, please take the time to  
read through this manual in its entirety.  
How To Use This Manual  
Please start out by reading “Before You Begin Playing” in the Owner’s Manual (this volume). This explains how  
to connect the HPi-6S’s power cord and how to turn on the HPi-6S’s power.  
This Owner’s Manual describes procedures covering everything from mastering the basic operations used for  
the HPi-6S’s performance functions to more advanced procedures, which allow you to create songs on the  
HPi-6S.  
Conventions Used in This Manual  
This manual uses the following conventions in the interest of simpler, more concise instructions.  
• Button names are enclosed in square brackets “[ ]”, as in [Reverb] button.  
• For easier readability, some screens and colors used here may differ in part from actual screens and colors.  
• On screen text is enclosed in angled brackets “< >”, as in <Close>.  
NOTE  
• An asterisk (*) or a  
not be ignored.  
at the beginning of a paragraph indicates a note or precaution. These should  
• (p. **) refers to pages within the manual.  
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Using the Headphone Hook.....................................................................................18  
Using USB Memory/Floppy Disk........................................................................................19  
Installing the Floppy Disk Drive.................................................................................19  
Basic Operation ..............................................................................................................25  
Fingering Number ..................................................................................................33  
Thumb Under .........................................................................................................33  
Splitting the Keyboard Into Two Sections for Four-Hand Performances (Twin Piano)..................34  
Taking a Lesson While Playing a Two-Person Game (Twin Piano Game) .......................35  
Changing the Way in Which the Sound is Heard (Twin Piano Mode) ...........................36  
Playing Songs Using the Lesson Functions (Visual Lesson)......................................................37  
Practicing with Internal Songs and Songs on USB Memory ..........................................40  
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Playing Songs Consecutively (All Song Play) ..............................................................43  
Applying Effects to the Sound............................................................................................54  
Adjusting the Tempo ........................................................................................................63  
Saving Recorded Performances to the Favorites ...................................................................73  
Using External Memory ....................................................................................................79  
Connecting an USB Memory....................................................................................79  
Rotating the External Memory Connector Holder ........................................................79  
Formatting Media (Format)................................................................................................80  
Saving Songs..................................................................................................................81  
Deleting Saved Songs ......................................................................................................84  
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Contents  
Copying Measures (Copy).....................................................................................101  
Correcting Timing Discrepancies (Quantize) ............................................................101  
Deleting Measures (Delete) ....................................................................................102  
Inserting Blank Measures (Insert).............................................................................102  
Transposing Individual Parts (Transpose)..................................................................102  
Making Measures Blank (Erase) .............................................................................103  
Exchanging Parts (Part Exchange)...........................................................................103  
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Saving the Notation Data in BMP Format..........................................................................104  
Making MIDI-Related Settings..........................................................................................108  
Selecting the Transmit Channel (Transmit Channel) ...................................................108  
Appendices  
Challenge Course.................................................................................................122  
Music Files That the HPi-6S Can Use ................................................................................123  
The HPi-6S Allows You To Use the Following Music Files ...........................................123  
About the HPi-6S Sound Generator.........................................................................123  
MIDI Implementation Chart .............................................................................................124  
Main Specifications .......................................................................................................125  
Index............................................................................................................................127  
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