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SD3 - Live Performer Arranger Module


The SD3 from Ketron is a sound module arranger workstation that offers the same features as the SD5 keyboard, only the keyboard, speakers, and pitch and modulation wheels have been removed. This makes the SD3 a great choice if you already have a MIDI accordion or keyboard for control, but need the great sounds and arranger features that Ketron provides.


Nearly 300 voices, over 1000 percussion sounds, and 200+ styles are built-in so you can create music in a variety of genres and styles. Designed with the MIDI accordion user in mind, the SD3 can also be used with a MIDI keyboard controller. Sustain and volume pedal inputs are provided, along with a footswitch connector that allows you to connect an optional 6 or 13-switch floor unit so you can control arranger functions without having to remove your hands from your accordion or keyboard.


Other connectors include a microphone input and output, 1/4" audio outputs, a computer interface, and an optional video interface that's great for karaoke. Each style has four arrangers with multiple intros, fills, and endings for quick and simple creation of accompaniment. Several DSP effects are included, such as reverb, delay, chorus, and more.


The 3.5" floppy disk drive and optional 6GB hard drive provide great data storage. When a microphone is connected, the optional vocalizer provides controllable harmonies for your vocal performance. All this and more in a durable, ultra-portable unit make the SD3 a great choice.


Key Features


• High-Quality Sounds Ketron's sound engine provides realistic voices, percussion sounds, drum kits, and styles for music creation.

• Compact and Portable The sleek unit is ultra-portable for life on the road. • Designed with MIDI Accordion in Mind Multiple accordion features include bellows-driven expression, left-hand-driven percussion, and more. However, the SD3 can also be controlled by your MIDI keyboard or guitar.

• Intuitive Interface The multitude of buttons have been arranged for quick and easy access, while the backlit display shows vital information.

• Arranger Each style has four arrangers with multiple intros, fills, and endings to provide accompaniment in a variety of genres.

• Arabic Scale The SD3 has 13 footswitch-assignable Arabic setups, with ±99 cent tuning per note. • DSP Effects The 60 DSP effects include reverb, delay, chorus, and more.

• Connectivity Full MIDI connectors, 1/4" audio outputs, a mic input and output, computer interface, and optional video interface allow you to connect a variety of equipment.

• Real-Time Recording Record to disk in real time.

• Transposing The transposing feature provides ±24 half tones.

• Vocalizer The optional vocalizer provides controllable harmonies for your vocal performance.

• Storage The 3.5" floppy disk drive and optional hard drive provide great storage capabilities.


SD3 Specifications

Multi-function buttons: 1-16 multifunction buttons.
Mode Select: Drum On/Off, SFX, GM Part access, Free Assignable, Registration Groups, Arabic scale.
Display: 240 x 128 pixel backlit graphic TCF.
Floppy Disk: 3.5 2DD/HD.
Hard Disk: (optional unit) Type ATA IDE 2.5. 6Gbyte (max).
User Voices: 290 Orchestral Presets Sounds. 292 GM Voices. More than 1000 Percussive sounds. 32 parts Multitimbral.
Editing capabilities: A,D,S,R, Cut Off, Resonance, Effects.
1 Touch: 60 programmable 1 Touch/Favourite Sounds, assignable to Styles.
Drawbars: 8 Digital Drawbar effects. 10 Selections.
Programs: 120 Programs. 4 Voices, 4 splits. Sustain, Portamento, Velocity switch, Duet, Trio, Morphing, Steel, Slide, Harmony and 2nd voice assign. Single & Global Program loading.
2nd Voice: 292 Preset & programmable Second Voices. 2nd Voice Edit.
Registrations: 198 panel/song settings. Single & Block modes. Registration Groups 1-16 Assignable buttons.
Drum 1: 24 New Drum sets. 24 User Drum Sets. 10 Drum sections. Drum Mixer. Manual Drums.
Drum 2: 62 Live Drum sets. New Acoustic and Latin audio Loops.
Arranger: 202 Internal Styles, featuring new Unplugged, Real Latin, Ballroom and Pop Styles. Riff section. Arranger part Mute. After Fill. Smart 7th. Alternate Bass. Swing Bass. Professional Guitar templates. Rewritable parameters. 4 Arrangers: A, B, C, D. 3 Intro/Endings, Fill In, Break Interactive Accompaniment. Manual Bass. Jump. Tap
Tempo. Accelerando-Ritardando. Tempo control. Pedalboard funcions. Rootless & Standard Chord recognition.
Pattern: internal 2 Mbyte Flash ( up to 50 Patterns ).
Edit functions: Record, Clear, Copy , Remap. Pattern Expansion memory (optional).
Song Recording: Real time Song Recording to Disk (HD or FD).
Pianist: Standard & Auto Piano-style arranger playing modes.
Sustain On/Off.
Octave: 1 octave Up/Down.
Double: Lower octave coupling.
Harmony: Full, Jazz, Double, Bluegrass, Trill, Repeat, Folk 1, Folk 2.
Transposer: +/- 24 half tones.
Arabic Scale: 13 arabic setups (footswitch assignable). Tune + / - 99 cents per note.
International, Belgique. Velocity control to Left&Right. Bass&Lower octave. Left Drum to Bass&Chord.
Effects: Multieffect DSP. 60 different effects. Reverberation, Chorus, Flanger, Delay, Tap Delay 4 / 8, Wha Wha, Distortion, Overdrive, Rotor Slow/Fast , Bass Boost. Portamento. Mono – Legato function.
Micro: Input with Gain control. Echo, Reverb., Pan/Pot, Pitch Shift, Talk mode (with no effects).
Vocalizer: Vocalizer: (optional unit) Harmonizer, Vocoder, Melody types, Midi Vocalizer track, Vocalizer to Arranger, Vocal effects. Left & Right Harmonies.
Midifi le Player: SMF Song playback with karaoke and Txt fi les. Converts. kar & Midi type 0 fi les to 1. Juke box. Intelligent Transposer. Song Chain. Drum & Bass. Lead On/Off. Saves Song’s new setup.
Drum Remix: Real time interactive Midifi le and Style playing. Song and Style select.
MIDIJAY Utility: capability to view, scroll and play the Midijay fi les (Wave, Mp3, Midi, SFX/DJLoops, Play List, Autoplay) directly from the SD3’s screen together with access to Start, Stop and Pause controls.
MIDI: In 1, In2 , Out, Thru. 32 Midi Channels. GM standard.
Outputs: Left/Mono, Right. Sustain and Volume Pedal. Footswitch (6 or 13 switches). Micro out.
Inputs: Stereo headphone. Micro jack.
Computer: PC/Mac host Interface.
Video Interface: (optional unit) Systems: PAL, NTSC, Super VHS. Monitor, Mirror, Zoom, Karaoke ½ page and full screen Mark, Underlined. Size and position controls.
Optionals: Video Interface, Vocalizer, Hard Disk, Pattern expansion (2 Mbyte).
Dimensions: L x W x H = 56 x 13 x 39 cms.
Weight: 7 Kg.
Power: Automatic Voltage detection (110v/60Hz – 240V/50Hz) - Plug and play.
MIDJAY The SD3 is provided with special utilities to dialogue fl uentlywith the Midjay,the top-professional KETRON player . In combination with Midjay the SD3 is able to perform high-professional capabilities such as interactive live controls for Wave, Mp3 and double Midi fi le player, Specal FX, DJ Loops, Play List and Autoplay. The directories of the Midjay can be scrolled out and started directly from the keyboard screen thus allowing an easy remote control of the player. Furthermore, as the Midjay is fully equipped with Styles and Voices too, the SD3 has the access to an additional topquality soundand Arranger module.
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.

As the SD3 Module is based on the SD5 Keyboard, we bring you a series of FAQ's originally written on the SD5 and are very relevant to the SD3 module.

Question:- How do I select different voices?

Answer:- On the top right side of the unit, you have all the various voice groups (PIANO, CHROM, ORGAN ... BASS/FX). Within these groups, you will find the individual voices which are related to the group ... eg. the Alto Sax will be found under the  SAX/FLUTE group. Press the corresponding group button where you feel the sound you are looking for resides; then use the F1-F10 buttons to the side of the screen to select the corresponding voice. If the voice you are looking for isn't on this screen, press the same group voice button OR use the -PAGE+ buttons to move to the next page (1/3, 2/3, 3/3 - displayed on the top of the screen as you change pages), to see other voices available within the selected group.


Question:- Can I play more than one voice at a time?

Answer:- Yes. The 2nd VOICE feature allows you to play any voice that has been pre-assigned with the selected MAIN/LEAD voice. Usually on the top-right side of the screen, the sound in bold/capital letters is the lead/right/main voice currently selected, while the voice below in smaller font is the 2nd voice assiged to this lead voice. This voice is only heard when the 2nd VOICE button is pressed (truned on).


Question:- Can I change the voices and assign my own 2nd voice to a lead voice?

Answer:- Yes you can. Select the Lead voice first. From the default screen, press the 2nd VOICE button to turn on and hear the 2nd voice currently being used with your lead voice. Now press the RIGHT MENU button on the right of the panel. Press 2nd VOICE EDIT (F4). An arrow ">" will be displayed next to the 2nd voice (now shown at the bottom-center of screen). In this mode, all voice changes you make will affect the 2nd vocie. So if you want to assign a VIOLIN to this voice, you simply press the voice group STRINGS and then VIOLIN1 (F1). Watch the selected voice change at the bottom of the screen. Play the keyboard to see if you like what you hear. Use the 2nd VOICE VOLUME buttons to the left side of the keyboard to adjust the volume relatively and the -TRANSPOSE+ buttons to change the octave accordingly. Press EXIT when done to return to the default. It would be wise to repeat the above for many/all the lead voices you will be using frequently, then proceed to SAVE your new settings (otherwise you will have to re-do the next time you turn on your keyboard). To save the 2nd voices association with lead, press the SAVE button, then press 2nd VOICES (F6) and SAVE (F10) (OR RESET F9 - if you want to reset ALL 2nd voice settings to factory values).


Question:- Can I play/layer more than 2 voices on the SD5?

Answer:- Yes - you can play up to 4 lead voices at once using the PROGRAM mode. To check out the factory programmed voice layers, simply press the PROGRAM button. Now (as you you would select the lead voice), press the corresponding lead voice button (e.g PIANO) and select (using F1-F10) the program you want to listen/use. These are settings which include 1-4 voices (depending on the selection). If you want to see the composition of the selected voice, select the program voice again (so if you pressed F1 for PIANO&STRINGS, press F1 again - which should already be highlighted. You will now be in the PROGRAM EDIT mode and the 4 columns will show you the voices used. The rows are the various parameters that impact the selected voice. You can use the F1-F10 buttons to highlight the paramter you want to change and change it with the cursor < or > buttons. Remember ... if you change anything, SAVE it before you exit the PROGRAM EDIT mode.


Question:- There are over 200 voices on this thing. Can I store and quickly recall my favourite voices?

Answer:- Yes you can - 1 TOUCH. This holds your favourite voices (10 per page) in 12 locations (PIANO/1, CHROM/2 ...BASS/FX/12). To access your favourite voices, press the 1 TOUCH button from the default screen. Now with this button lit, when you press location 1 (PIANO), you will get the first 10 vocies; when you press location 2 (CHROM), you get the next 10 ... and so on. Simply use F1-F10 to select the voice you want to use.


Question:- Can I create my own favourite voices?

Answer:- Yes. From the default screen, press the SAVE button and then select ONE TOUCH EDIT (F4). This will take you to the first 1 TOUCH page. Select the location/voice you want to edit using F1-F10). Use the VOICE GROUP buttons (PIANO ... BASS/FX) to look for the voice you want to place into this location and select it using F1-F10 as always. When you select the voice, press EXIT, and you will see that this voice will now replace the voice that was in this location. Repeat until you have all your favourite vocies ... and remember, you do not only have 10 - you can use the 1-2 (PIANO-BASS/FX) to access the next set of 10 and do the same for them. When complete, you have to SAVE the settings, by pressing SAVE (in the 1 TOUCH EDIT screen, and F10 to save to memory. You may also use F8 to save these settings to disk for future recall incase for some strange reason your memory is accidentally erased. DEFAULT (F9) will reset the valuse to those from the factory.


Question:- How do I play only DRUMS/Rhythem machine of the SD5.

Answer:- There are some out there who would want to use this simply as a drum machine due to it's excellent drum tracks. Simply use the buttons below the screen (UNPLUGGED ... BALLROOM) to select the group where you believe your style/drum track resides in (e.g if looking for a GOSPEL beat, press POP. Press POP again (or use the -Page+ buttons to go to the next page of Pop styles, then select GOSPEL (F2).

Make sure both KEY START AND KEY STOP and HOLD are off. Now press the START/STOP button. Use the ARRANGER control buttons (A, B, D, D/RIFF) to select the variations of the current style. Press the FILL or BREAK to introduce fill-ins. You can also use the INTRO/ENDING1-3 to create introductions and endings. If you want to add background backings, simply press the HOLD button and play a chord to the LEFT of the split point and hear the drums and bass accompany you.


Question:- Can I play a bass line with my left hand manually while playing the arranger?

Answer:- Yes. Press the MANUAL BASS button. You can also change the Bass instrument by pressing the ARRANGER VIEW (F4) button (to view all the style parts), press BASS (F3) and while it is highlighted (5 sec), press the BASS/FX button to select the bass instrument. Press EXIT to return.


Question:- Can I change from one style to another and maintain the TEMPO of the previous style?

Answer:- Yes. Press both -TEMPO+ buttons together. An "*" will appear next to the tempo display. When you now change from one style to the next, the SD5 will maintain the tempo of the current  style (unless the wave file within the upcoming style cannot be played at the current tempo).


Question:- I love the Ketron styles, but when I play, it appears to be too busy at times ... especially with Variation D! Any way to supress some of the tracks while I play the lead part?

Answer:- Ofcourse you can. The INTERACTIVE ARRANGER has a lot of usefull features which 'interact' with you as you perform. You can actually pick out which parts you want the arranger to MUTE while you play by pressing LEFT MENU, INTERACT (F3). Now you can select which chords should NOT play when you play CHORD2-CHORD5 (F6-F9) AND you can also select BRASS (F1) which automatically mutes all brass parts whenever you play a lead part with your right hand. Do not forget to save this setting under POWER ON SETUP or you will have to repeat each time the unit is turned on (SAVE, POWER ON SETUP (F3), SAVE (F10).

Another MANUAL option is to use the ARRANGER MUTE (ARR. MUTE) function found on the front panel. This function will mute assigned tracks when turned on. To assign the chord/tracks to be turned off when this button is pressed, press ARRANGER VIEW (F5), go to Page 5/5 and use F6-F10 to turn ON the parts you want activated when the ARR. MUTE button is pressed. These tracks will be turned off regardless of when you play on the keys - especially usefull when using Variation - D which is the busiest!


Question:- Can I load styles into my keyboard created by other Manufacturers (e.g Yamaha, Roland, Korg) ?

Answer:- Yes, however, these styles will have to be converted for use on the Ketron products. Using (for an example, the program EMC), you can convert styles from other Arranger manufacturers to Ketron. Once converted, place the FD with the styes into the SD5. Press DISK and use the HARD or FLOPPY button to select the floppy drive (if the styles reside on the FD). Use the cursor button to move to the style you want to select. You may decide to press LOAD (F2) if you want to load just this style or move to other styles and select them first then LOAD all selected styles at once. To playback the styles which have now been loaded into the PATTERN section of the internal memory of the keyboard, press the PATTERN button from the default screen. Now use the STYLE/Numeric buttons 0-9 to locate the style and load it by pressing the corresponding F1-F10 button.


Ouestion:- With so many functions to control live, is there a device used to 'free up' my hands as I perform ?

Answer:- Yes. Ketron has a couple of accessories that can be used to make your performance 'smart'.

A. FS13/FS6 Effects Pedal - These pedals (FS = 6 pedals; FS13 = 13 pedals) can be programmed to control a bunch of features (such as start, stop, fill-in, voice change, effects, chord tonalities ...etc) on the keyboard. Programming is as easy as pressing the UTILITIES (F3) button and pressing FOOTSWITCH (F4). This will display the current footswitch pedal assignments. Use the data cursor to move the cursor to the pedal whose function you want to change. Change the value with either < or > data value buttons. When complete, press SAVE and SAVE (F10) to save the new Footswitch settings.


Question:- How do I control the Arranger volume instantly while playing?

Answer:- You can use either the optional Volume pedal or the DYNAMIC ARRANGER (LEFT MENU, DYNAM. ARR (F2) ). This feature allows to you play the unit louder when you play hard (physically with the keys). In this screen, press ACTIVATE (F10) to activate this feature. You can also set the sensitivity (default = 32) of each part (Drum, bass and chords) in order to determine how hard one must play before the volume of the selected part turns up instantly.


Question:- When playing the arranger, I would like to have certain parts/tracks mute automatically when I play the lead (right side). Is this possible?

Answer:- Yes. By using the INTERACTIVE ARRANGER (LEFT MENU, INTERACT (F3)  and turning this fuction on by pressing ACTIVE (F10) ), you can now use (F1-F10) to set the parts/tracks which should NOT play when you play (check mark will be displayed in corresponding box).


Question:- Can I activate/press the fill in without leaving the keyboard to press the FILL IN button?

Answer:- Yes. You can purchase the optional FS6/13 pedal and assign one of the pedals to the fill-in and use your feet OR you can use the AFTER FILL (LEFT MENU, INTERACT (F3), AFTER FILL (F4) should be checked). In this mode, when you press the key (any) harder (not faster), it automatically activates the FILL IN button and depending on which Arrangement (A-D) you're in, Fill in 1, 2 or 3 will be heard.


Question:- Once the RIFF is activated, can I change it's key if for an example, I made a mistake initially or ... want to change the key in the middle of the song?

Answer:- Yes. Once you go to Arranger D (only for styles with RIFF programmed in), you can change the 'key'chord' of the RIFF within the fist measure of the RIFF simply by playing a new chord. If however you're in the 2nd, 3rd ...nth measure and want to change the key, you can do so in 1 of 2 ways ...LEFT MENU, INTERACT (F3), press RIFF KEY (F5) to select ...

A - FILL IN: In this mode, whenever the FILL IN button is pressed (and held down), you can play a new chord and the RIFF will now play in that key.

B - AFTER: In this mode, whenever you play a new chord harder (press down on the keys), the RIFF will play the new key/chord.

C - NONE: No changes to the RIFF once the first measure has been played.


Question:- I enjoy a particular DRUM track of an Arranger (A) and would like to maintain that track while trying Arranger D. Can I do such?

Answer:- Yes. You can 'Freeze' Arranger parts as you change from one Arranger/Variation of a style to another. This is the LOCK feature (LEFT MENU, F7-F9). When either of these are checked, the checked component stays the same as you progress from Variation to variation. Once unlocked, the new variation part starts to play ... at the next measure.


Question:- Can I toggle the function of the Intro/Ending buttons such that when I am playing a song and I press e.g. Intro 2, the Intro plays again (rather than the Ending 2)?

Answer:- Yes. This feature is called the JUMP INTRO (LEFT MENU - JMP INTRO (F6) ).  When this is checked, while playign a song, the INTRO buttons are only for INTROS and no endings. Also when you start a style by pressing the INTRO button, the ENDING is played (reverse of the standard setting).


Question:- When using the 2nd Voice feature (adding another vocie to the current lead voice) and I press the SUSTAIN pedal, only the lead voice is sustained. Can the 2nd voice also be sustained?

Answer:- Yes. By pressing the RIGHT MENU button and pressing 2nd SUST (F1) so it is checked, the 2nd voice will also be checked once the sustain pedal is pressed.


Question:- I plugged in a MIC, pressed the MIRCO button and pressed F10 to ACTIVATE the MIC. I also pressed F9 to access the VOCALIZER menu and pressed F10 to ACTIVATE the vocalizer as well ... still no harmony. Is there anything wrong with my board?

Answer:- First of all, let's go through a series of checks. After doing all the above, do you hear anything when the mic gain is turned up and your mic is on (if a switch is available). If no, there could be something wrong with the mic or cables. If yes, you might not have the optional vocalizer card installed (the software to control the vocalizer is alread installed), or your vocalizer chip needs to be replaced.


Question:- Can I store song settings (SONG BOOK/PANEL MEMORY) which can be recalled instantly on stage during a performance?

Answer:- Yes. KETRON calls these REGISTRATIONS. You can set the keyboard up for any song (e.g No woman no cry), then proceed to save this setting in a REGISTER in memory location 001 (by pressing SAVE, REGISTR (F1), giving the location a name using the keyboard keys A-Z) and pressing SAVE (F10) to save into the selected location (which you can still change using the style numeric pad 0-9. Let's say you repeat this for the next couple of songs ...

001 – NOWOMAN              002 – SHELOVES                 003 – COMEGOD                 004 – AVEMARIA              005 - LORDILIFT

- now on stage, how do you instantly recall these settings? Simple. Press the REGISTRATION button. As long as this button is lit, you can numerically enter in the number cooresponding to the song whose setting you want to recall. If you are playing something while this happens, the songs settings will be recalled instantly at the next measure. To change styles, simply press REGISTRATION to turn off this and use the style buttons as usual.

If you want to 'see' the list of songs you have stored before selecting, press the SELECT MODE button next to the 16 Assignable Multi-tabs and press REGIS GROUP (F6) to set these for REGISTRATION selection. Now, when ever the REGISTRATION button is pressed/lit, you will see the first 16 song settings (under location "0/UNPLUGGED". To select any song setting, press the Multi-Tab buttons 1-16 associated with the setting. To move to the next group of 16 song settings, press 1/POP, 2/Dance ...9/Ballroom.


Question:  I just turned on my new Ketron SD5 and .. no sound. What could be wrong?

Answer:  There is a speaker button on the back of your unit which during shipping could have been pushed in to the OFF position. Press this button to pop out into the ON position. Also make sure the volume of the individual instruments (displayed at the bottom of the screen when turned on) are up. Each individual volume is assigned to corresponding buttons on the left of the keyboard (Drum, Bass .... Right). Use this to adjust the volumes according to your desires.


Question:- Each time I turn on my unit, I get the Grand piano voice on the RIGHT side, but either a different voice or nothing on the left. What could be the problem?

Answer:- Most Ketron products usually turn on in the ARRANGER MODE, where a different voice is assigned to the LEFT of the split point and the Grand piano is assigned to the RIGHT. The assumption is when you play in ARRANGER MODE (i.e with a STYLE), you will use the different voices and left side to control the style, while using the right for the lead part.

To get the piano (or any lead voice) accross the entire keyboard, please press the PIANNIST button OR move the split point to the first key on the left by pressing and holding down the SPLIT button while pressing the first key (C) to the left of the keyboard.


You can save this setting so that when next you turn the keyboard on, you need not repeat all of this - by pressing the SAVE button, then pressing F3 (POWER ON SETUP) and F10 (SAVE).

FS13 / 13 Effects Footswitch.

FS13 / 13 Effects Footswitch. Assignable footpedal.

FS13 / Ketron ID# 9AC093  

FS6 / 6 Effect Footswitch.

FS6 / 6 Effect Footswitch. Assignable Footpedal

FS6 / Ketron ID# 9AC103

K8 / Midi Pedalboard 13 Key

K8 / 13 Key Midi Controller Pedalboard

K8 / Ketron ID# 9PEMK8

9AC101 / 4 Switch Tonality Pedal 9AC101 / 4 Switch Tonality Pedal
Volume Pedal / 9AC113 Volume Pedal / Item # 9AC113
Sustain Pedal 9AC114

Sustain Pedal - Piano Type

Model SP-P / Ketron ID# 9AC114

Sustain Pedal 9AC121

Sustain Pedal - Square Type

Model SP-S / Ketron ID# 9AC121

Internal 40g HD

40GB Internal HD with 100's preloaded styles and sounds / 9HD Series

Vocalizer (Internal) 9VO Series

Internal Vocalizer / 9VO Series

Video Interface (Internal) 9AC134 Video Interface (Internal) 9AC134
2mb Pattern Expander 2mb Pattern Expander (Internal) 9AC116
SD5 Keyboard Hard Carry Case

SD5 Hard Case / 9VA005

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