How to Repair a Musical Keyboard

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How to Repair a Musical Keyboard
A factory reset can repair many of the most common problems with musical keyboards. (keyboard image by salimar6 from

Sometimes musical keyboards begin to operate in a incorrect manner. Before you send your keyboard off to a professional technician, perform a factory restore operation. Factory restore reverts your musical keyboard back to the way it was originally, erasing any glitches that may be causing your problems. Since there are many different musical keyboard makes and models, this procedure may vary. Refer to your keyboard's manual for the proper way to perform a factory restore. If you are unable to locate your musical keyboard's manual, you can usually download a PDF version from the manufacturer's website for free.

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Things you need

  • Electronic Musical Keyboard
  • User's Manual

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    Back up all user information saved in your musical keyboard. Review the manufacturer's manual for acceptable removable storage devices. If your specific model does not support external media backup, you can still perform a MIDI "bulk dump" into your computer. Repairs of a more serious nature require opening up the instrument's panel, voiding the manufacturer's warranty. If a system restore does not correct your keyboard's problem, contact a authorised repair technician.

    How to Repair a Musical Keyboard
    Backing up your keyboard's user information allows for you to replace It after a factory restore. (secure digital card image by leafy from
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    Press the "Power" button, located on the back of the instrument, to turn your keyboard off.

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    Press the highest key, which is "C," and hold it down.

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    Turn the keyboard's power back on. The initialisation process should only take a few seconds. Your keyboard will now be restored to the state that it was in at the time of shipping from the manufacturer.

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    Replace your keyboard's saved user information from the removable device that you stored it to. Perform a "MIDI Bulk Receive" operation if you sent a "MIDI Bulk Dump" to your Digital Audio Workstation.

Tips and warnings

  • When the manual is not listed from the manufacturer's website, you can still contact their technical support centre by telephone for specific factory reset instructions.
  • Performing a factory reset will erase any saved information contained within your musical keyboard. Backing up all user patches, songs, and arrangements is essential for replacing this information after a factory restore operation.

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