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UPGRADES / Mise à jour
Download upgrades for all ketron keyboards 
Free upgrade for the Midjay Version 2.0 (608 Kb)
Free upgrade for the XD3 Version 2.0 (401 Kb)
Free upgrade for the XD9 Version 2.0 (404 Kb)
Free upgrade for the XD9 Turkish Version 2.0 (4.05 Kb)
Free upgrade for the Vega Version 2.0 (410 Kb)
Free upgrade for the X1 Version 4.0a (415 Kb)
Free upgrade for the X4 Version 3.2 (425 Kb)
Free upgrade for the X4 Version 4.0a (413 Kb)

Band-In-A-Box Patch Map for SD2 (created by Rikki King)
SynthZone ..... The KETRON Forum:  
The Ketron Forum at synthzone is a lively discussion board where users converge to discuss anything and everything Ketron
KETRON/SOLTON Club by Bob Hughes    
The club is a group of amateur and professional musicians, from around the world, who play Ketron or Solton Synthesizers, or have an interest in them.
The KETRON Italy manufacturer Web Site   
This is the factory site for ketron. Has some important resources specifically on older models.
Ketron News And Tips  “K.N.A.T.”      
Ketron News And Tips "K.N.A.T." is a long running series of newsletters and publications produced by the fine folks at Salam Enterprises.  It is filled with user and manufacturer tips, shortcuts and know-how.
KETRON SD2 Forums, Discussion Boards, Links

  • Ketron
  • The official Ketron company web site for Ketron synths & digital pianos.
  • KetronMusic UK
  • UK distributor site presenting Ketron products. Checkout the latest Audya Styles.
  • Ketron US
  • US distributor site with support files, tips and reviews for Ketron keyboards.
  • Audya -
  • Sell an Audya upgrade kit.
  • Provides sounds to download for the Ketron X1 & SD1, Korg Triton and Kurzweil 2xxx keyboards.

  • Create Song Styles
  • Forums for creating styles for arranger keyboards including Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Ketron, GEM and Mediastation.
  • Jazz Hooves
  • Site with arranger keyboard news and information.
  • Ketron Group
  • An active Yahoo group discussion for Ketron products.
  • KetronSoltonWorld
  • A French Yahoo Group for Solton & Ketron products.
  • Ketron Reviews - Harmony Central
  • User reviews on a range of Ketron keyboards and synths at Harmony-Central.

  • Midispot
  • Sell styles and MIDI files for Yamaha, Roland, Solton, Korg, GEM and Technics keyboards.
  • SD-1 - Abdallah Safar
  • A collection of oriental sounds for the SD-1.
  • SD-1 Cakewalk INS Files
  • Hansruedi Huber provides his Instrument Definitions file for Cakewalk. Drumsets are included as well newly updated OS4.0a files.
  • SD-1 - MSP Editor
  • KMSP is freeware Windows beta software for editing the SD-1 from Dan Zeitoun.
  • Solton MS Series
  • An archive of a past site. Only some Solton MS series styles are still available for download.
  • Solton - Style's Arranger
  • An archive of an Italian site with some Solton MS-series styles available for download.
  • Sound Company
  • Commercial styles available for the Solton SD-1 and X1. A free drumkit available for the X1.
  • Styles & Music
  • Commercial styles available for the SD-1, X1 and X4 as well as Roland, Technics and Yamaha arranger keyboards.
  • TheLoneArrangers
  • Forum for arranger keyboards.
  • USB Styles CDROMs
  • Commercial styles available for Solton, Roland & Korg synths. Some sample styles available for download.
  • vArranger
  • Arranger software that runs on the PC and drives a Ketron SD-2 modules. Here is a BabelFish English translation.
  • X1 - Abdallah Safar
  • A collection of oriental sounds for the X1.
  • X1 - MMX1Reg
  • A freeware Windows registration block manager for the X1.
  • X-Series Cakewalk INS File
  • Carlo Recour kindly provided this Cakewalk instrument definition file for Ketron X-series keyboards.

     AUDYA Advanced Music Station:
    The new state-of-the-art KETRON AUDYA represents the next generation of contemporary Entertainment keyboards, featuring a top-quality sound engine, a powerful Audio Multiplayer, revolutionary and unique solutions in the Auto Accompaniment industry, and the capability to interact with the outside world through multiple multimedia capability.
    KETRON has once more raised the Arranger keyboard bar up to a long awaited hi-professional level, offering musicians the total freedom to play and control Audio files within the Arranger and Midifiles.
                                                                   *    *    *
     Intelligent Audio Drums
    KETRON AUDYA introduces a very innovative concept used with Styles and Midi files : REAL AUDIO DRUMS synchronized under Midi sync tempo domain. Until now, robotic and redundant Midi Drums were the only ways to reproduce drum patterns. AUDYA delivers to you a Live Drummer performance which brings a new drive into the Automatic accompaniment section. Out with the old annoying Midi patterns – in with the new exhaustive Real Audio Drums at your fingertips!!
    The Audio Drum tracks are used to play extra long Stereo takes with real Intros, Fills and Endings, all working on perfect sync with the conventional Midi resources and chording.
    Figure this out – you can now cover all your background styles such as Pop, Rock, Ballad, Swing, Traditional, Latin with an unprecedent music taste of ‘live musicians’ and not pre-programmed sequence. Real drummers and percussionists did a great job for you ... and they’re still at your convenience, following your Tempo changes and improvisations. No longer will you be asked “which Drum Set did you use for this track”, but “which musician recorded this track for you?”  ... Unbelievable!!
    Real Audio Arranger  
    In addition to the Audio Drums, a huge variety of Real Live Guitars and Bass backgrounds have been provided within AUDYA. Folk, Classic, Electric and even Flamenco patterns, all performed by respecting the proper feel of each different type of music, and all perfectly synchronized with Drums and Bass!! With the Unplugged styles, you can enjoy the individual Guitar performances, a perfect tool for singing, performance and composition. The sensation of playing with a Real Band backing was never this true and exciting before. Just play any chord and listen!!

    Professional Multiplayer

    Thanks to the Midijay experience, the KETRON AUDYA now brings the Player to a new enhanced and realistic dimension, offering dual Wave, dual MP3 and dual Midi file channels and 2 stereo tracks for immediate Hard Disk Recording. Newly developed hi-professional algorithms now permits AUDYA to fluently manipulate Waves and Mp3 with accurate time-stretching on-the-fly for Timing (bpm) and Transposition with barely any noticeable loss of quality. A very useful built-in MP3 Encoder device allows the musician to sing and perform anything on the keyboard and instantly save as MP3 files to a storage media.
    The internal 40G HD (upgradeable to 80G) can support a big repertoire of Audio and Midi Songs and settings.
    Additional features such as DJLoops, SFX and CD Audio tracks ripped to Wave (via USB) makes the AUDYA’s Multiplayer stand out in a class of  it’s own, with endless combination possibilities for live performance.
    New Sound Generation
    A massive 360 MB hi-quality Sound engine, following the KETRON tradition of Best Natural Sounds. Great variety of New Stereo and Multilayer instruments, including Grand Piano, El. Pianos, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Pads, Accordions, Synths and some New un-compromised Brass and Sax voices which will sound even more realistic than ever!
    128 additional sounds may be quickly loaded from a storage media into the expandable 64MB Internal RAM. A totally redesigned Sampler (44 KHz / 16bit) is also provided along with a new Digital Drawbars section that includes 9 sliders, Percussion, Rotor and Overdrive effects together with sampled Stereo Organs which will produce any full, rich organ sound required.
    VOICETRON – KETRON’s new Vocalizer !
    Up to 5 voices simultaneously!! Plenty of DSP controls with Formant and Pitch correction, Voice transformers and EFX for new exciting vocal textures. Personalize your live performance by adding the powerful VOICETRON to your Midi files, your Styles or just controlling your “singing notes “ manually from the keyboard in real time. A big preset collection database will quickly transform your tunes from a single voice into an “ A Cappella “ vocal set! The vocal section includes 2 Microphone XLR inputs, 10 band equalizer, individual Effect and Slider controls, Talk, new Pitch to Midi features and much more.
    Digital Sound Processor (DSP)
    3 powerful DSP’s with new enhanced Reverb, Chorus, Distorsion, Echo and Rotor Effects, adding individual controls per Voice. Separate Reverb ambiences for the Lead section, Accompaniment and Microphone (Voicetron). Global 2 Band Equalizer for Wave, Mp3 and enhanced Bass Boost.
    Keyboard & Layout
    AUDYA is equipped with a new 76 semi-weighted keybed, with Aftertouch and Portamento.
    A very intuitive layout makes the keyboard extremely easy to use. The Operating System will reflect basically the philosophy of that used in today’s computers and will therefore result in a confidential platform for any traditional musician, composer or programmer.
    The new Colour Display 320x240 TFT, 15 slider controls plus 2 programmable extra sliders and assignable tabs ensures a cool and relaxed panel navigation.
    A couple of Stereo Main Outs, 4 Separate assignable Outs (2 Stereo or 4 Mono, without by-pass for Internal Effects), 2 Line Inputs, SPDIF In/Out, Video Interface socket for additional Monitors/TV for karaoke, Footswitch, Headphone and 4 Midi sockets will ensure any type of Audio and Midi professional connection.     
    USB / Multimedia
    2 USB host sockets + 1 USB device allows AUDYA to properly communicate with new Multimedia gears and computers. External HD, Sticks, CD/DVD Rom and others mass storage devices can be easily connected, thus allowing one to quickly save, reload and transport complete music repertoires in total safety.


    1. Download Audya5_4.2B Updater.msi file and save it on choose folder of your PC ( Desktop is recommended ).
      If eventually your computer needs to download approval against virus intrusion feel free to confirm. File is already tested for this purpose and safe.
    2. Click twice on icon file downloaded just to start on Update installation procedure. Please confirm every procedure step with “NEXT” in order to enable complete procedure. If a previous Audya5 updater will be found on your desktop this program will guide you firstly on automatic removal by press REMOVE Audya4 UPDATE and than by click Finish Once will be completed start again with Updater from #3 point.
    3. Once the installation will be completed, an Audya4 Icon will be created on your desktop.
    4. Run the program just installed ( click twice on Audya4 icon of your desktop ) and plug Audya5 on computer by using USB connection.
    5. Therefore click on START UPDATING command to activate transfer procedure of the 4.2B Update content. During this procedure a progress bar will appear on your computer in order to inform you about file transfer status. Please be careful to avoid any accidental interruption on your USB connection and power AC also.
    6. Once procedure is completed press EXIT command and then link down Audya4 USB connection on your Pc by "Hardware Safety Procedure“.
    7. Now Audya4 is ready to be updated definitely. Turn on Audya4 while keeping pressed for a couple of seconds the tabs F10 and UNPLUGGED. ( During update all function will be locked and all leds on Voice section will flash to inform on update status progress). IMPORTANT WARNING : During this procedure any attempt to turn off the instrument will cause damage and lost of important data.
    8. Once the update will be completed Audya5 will reboot automatically and after the auto initialize procedure a warning message will inform you to press ENTER in order to terminate update.
    9. Press ENTER and after the automatically reboot all new features will be operative.
    Notice : Update procedure doesn’t modify your own files except StartUp file (Global, Midi Pedals and Video setting ) which will be overwritten to be suitable with the new implementations.

                       VEGA   (Normal)


    KEYBOARD 61 keys velocity sensitive. 6 Velocity curves. Oriental Scale Converter. Live easy access
    functions : Key Pattern, One tab Tempo, Style Bank selection.
    POLIPHONY 64 notes. 32 Multitimbral.
    SOUND GENERATION 24Mbyte PCM ROM. 290 Presets Sounds. 292 GM Voices. 27 High quality Oriental Sounds.
    Over 450 Oriental Percussions. Up to 1000 GM and Live Percussive sounds.
    FLASH SOUNDS (optional board ) 8 Mbyte Preset Voices – Disk rewritable.
    USER VOICES 110 User Voices. Editing : A,D,S,R, Cut Off, Resonance, Effects.
    1 TOUCH 60 programmable 1 Touch Sounds. To Style assignment.
    DRAWBARS 10 Digital Drawbar effects.
    PROGRAMS 120 Programs, 4 Voices, 4 splits. Sustain, Portamento, Velocity switch, Duet, Trio, Morphing, Steel, Harmony
    and 2nd voice assign. Single Program & Global loading.
    2ND VOICE 292 Second Voices preset & programmable. 2nd Voice Edit .
    DRUM 1 7 Oriental Drum Sets + 7 Users. 24 GM Drum sets + 24 Users. 10 Drum sections. Drum Mixer. Manual Drums.
    DRUM 2 50 Live Drum sets.
    ARRANGER 50 Live Oriental Styles + 172 International Styles. Rewritable parameters. 4 Arrangers, 3 Intro/Endings, 4 Fill Ins.
    (1 break). Interactive Accompaniment & Brass. Manual Bass. Jump. Tap Tempo. Accelerando-Ritardando. Tempo
    control. Pedalboard functions. Rootless & Standard Chord recognition. MS Style automatic Conversion.
    PATTERN up to 50 internal Pattern locations. Edit functions : Record, Clear, Copy , Remap. Expansion memory (optional).
    SONG RECORD real time Song Recording to Disk.
    OCTAVE 1 octave Up/Down.
    HARMONY Full, Jazz, Double, Bluegrass, Trill, Repeat, Folk 1, Folk 2.
    TRANSPOSER +/- 24 half tones.
    WHEELS Pitch & Modulation
    ARABIC SCALE 13 arabic setups footswitch assignable. Tune + / - 99 cents per note.
    ACCORDION MODE 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, Wha Wha, Distortion, Overdrive,
    Rotor, Bass Boost. Portamento. Mono – Legato function.
    MICRO Input with Gain control. Echo, Reverb., Pan/Pot, Pitch Shift, Dry.
    VOCALIZER (optional unit ) Harmonizer, Vocoder, Melody types, Midi Vocalizer track, Vocalizer to Arranger, Vocal effects.
    Left & Right Harmonies.
    MIDIFILE PLAYER SMF Song playback with karaoke and Txt files. Convert files .kar & Midi type 0 to 1. Juke box. Intelligent
    Transposer. Song Chain. Drum & Bass. Lead On/Off. Save Song setup.
    DRUM REMIX Real time interactive Midifile and Style playing. Song and Style select.
    MIDI In 1, In2 , Out, Thru. 32 Midi Channels. GM standard.
    HARD DISK (optional unit ) Type ATA IDE 2.5. 6Gbyte.
    DISPLAY 240 x 128 pixel backlit graphic TCF.
    OUTPUT Left/Mono, Right. Sustain and Volume Pedal. Footswitch ( 6 - 13 switches ). Micro out.
    INPUT Stereo headphone. Micro jack.
    COMPUTER PC/Mac Interface socket .
    VIDEO INTERFACE (optional unit ) Systems PAL, NTSC, Super VHS. Monitor, Mirror, Zoom, Karaoke 1/2 page and full screen, Mark,
    Underlined. Size and position controls.
    AMPLIFICATION 2 x 22 W RMS Stereo (with bass enhancement).
    OPTIONALS Video Interface, Vocalizer, Hard Disk, Pattern expansion 2 Mbytes, Flash Memory 8 Mbytes (blank or preloaded).
    DIMENSIONS L x W x H = (117 x 40,5 x 15,5 cms.) (46,8 x 16,2 x 6,2 inches).
    WEIGHT 16 Kg. (35,2 lbs).


    Version Rel: 2.1a - Octobre 2004
    1) Download the .exe:

    Software Upgrade  VEGA

    2) Unzip the file downloaded from internet and copy the 32 files in a 1,44MB floppy disk.

    3) Switch off the instrument and insert the floppy disk with the extracted files in the keyboard's driver .

    4) Switch on the instrument while holding down the tab " F6 ", on the display , after the keyboard's logo, the following writings will appear :

    Loading : DIRECTORY
    Loading : E0000000.BIN
    Loading : E1000000.BIN
    Loading : FF000000.BIN

    5) At the end of loading , the instrument will reset automatically and the updating phase is complete
    d .

    New VEGA Demos I got from Ketron Distributor In the United States 
           Atwanes            Alf_Layla              Mix                         Modern

              Zamer              YamSaharni   
                                 To Download Right Click and choose Save as



    SD5 …. The Ultimate Arranger Keyboard
    The Ketron SD5 is a well designed pro 61-key arranger workstation, superbly suited for both live and studio applications.
    It is built around the high-quality sound engine - created by world renown KETRON labs in Italy, which provides hundreds of realistic orchestral sounds from piano to brass, woodwinds, strings, and more. The user friendly interface incorporates a large backlit display, a pitch/modulation joystick, and a variety of programmable buttons so you can quickly access the features you need.
    The arranger functions on the SD5 are excellent, enabling the best in style accompaniment. Each style has four arrangements, multiple intros, fills, and endings to create complete, dynamic songs on the fly. A versatile rhythm section is also included that has several live percussion sounds, live drum sets, and audio drum loops to provide a great foundation. A very unique function, called the RIFF mode brings a touch of artificial intelligence into the arranger, generating chords for you automatically so you can concentrate on having fun.
    The SD5 has a variety of connectivity options, including MIDI in, out, and thru connectors, a microphone input and output, 1/4" audio outputs, and connectors for sustain and volume pedals and a footswitch. The optional vocalizer adds harmonies to your vocal performance that can be controlled via chords or single notes on the keyboard. An optional video output interface is available and is ideal for displaying lyrics on an external monitor for karaoke. The built-in stereo speakers are powered by two 22W amplifiers to provide rich, natural sound right out of the box. If you're in the market for a versatile, portable keyboard workstation designed for a long life of professional use, the SD5 is a great option. .
    True to Life selection of top-notch voices, including piano, brass, woodwind, strings, organ, etc. . 61 semi-weighted velocity sensitive keys have aftertouch to simulate the feel of a real piano . Adaptive, easy to use, full arranger accompaniment. 4 arranger per style + Multi intros and fills . Superb Portable yet Rugged Workstation Keyboard is great for Studio and Live Performance . Well-placed controls of the SD5 make navigating to the features you need in real time a breeze.

    KETRON SD5 - Specs
    61 keys velocity sensitive. 6 Velocity curves. Pitch & Modulation joystick. Aftertouch.
    1-16 multifunction buttons. Mode Select On/Off, SFX, GM Part access, Free Assignable, Registration Groups, Arabic scale.
    240 x 128 pixel backlit graphic TCF.
    Floppy Disk
    3.5 2DD/HD.
    290 Orchestral Presets Sounds. More than 1000 Percussive sounds. 32 parts Multitimbral.
    User Voices
    110 User Voices. Editing capabilities: A,D,S,R, Cut Off, Resonance, Effects.
    1 Touch
    60 programmable 1 Touch/Favourite Sounds, assignable to Styles.
    10 Digital Drawbar effects.
    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.
    198 panel/song settings. Single & Block modes. Registration Groups 1-16.
    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.
    128 Internal Styles. New Real Latin, Unplugged, Ballroom. New features: Riff, Arranger Mute, After Fill, Smart 7th, Alternate Bass, Swing Bass, Professional Guitar templates.       4 Arrangers: A, B, C, D. 3 Intro/Endings, Fill In, Break. Manual Bass. Jump. Tap Tempo.
    2 Mbyte Flash (up to 50 Patterns approx). Edit functions: Record, Clear, Copy, Remap.
    Song Recording
    real time Song Recording to Disk (HD or FD).
    Standard & Auto Piano-style arranger playing modes. Sustain On/Off.
    1 octave Up/Down.
    lower octave coupling.
    Full, Jazz, Bluegrass, Trill, Repeat, Folk 1/2.
    +/- 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.
    Multieffect DSP. 60 different Reverberation, Chorus, Tap Delay 4 / 8, Wha Rotor Slow/Fast , Bass Legato function.
    Input with Gain control. Echo, Reverb., Pan/Pot, Pitch Shift, Talk mode (with no effects).
    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. Drum Remix.
    In 1, In2 , Out, Thru. 32 Channels. GM standard.
    Left/Mono, Right. Sustain & Volume Pedal. Micro.
    Stereo headphone. Micro jack.
    PC/Mac host Interface.
    New 2x22W RMS Stereo 2 ways amplifi cation. Speaker On/Off switch.
    VIDEO INTERFACE (Systems : PAL, NTSC, Super VHS. Monitor, Mirror, Zoom, Karaoke). VOCALIZER (Harmonizer, Vocoder, Melody types, Midi Vocalizer track, Vocalizer to Arranger, Vocal effects) HARD DISK (Type ATA IDE 2.5. 6G min) PATTERN EXPANSION (2 Mbyte). FOOTSWITCH (6 or 13 switches)
    Click "Accessory" Tab at top of this page for more detail
    115 x 39 x 12,5 cms (46 x 15.6 x 5 inches).
    17 Kg. (37.4 lbs)

    User Manual Ketron SD5 - English

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