KORG GEC5 Controller
iOS iPad Education
GEC5 Lab System Controller
The Korg Group Education Controller (GEC5) represents the most advanced system in group instruction technology. With an intuitive, easy-to-use software user interface, multiple practice and instruction modes, fully-digital stereo sound - the Korg GEC5 Lab System will take any music, language or technology lab to a new level of high efficiency and create a superior classroom experience.
The advanced, yet easy-to-use audio routing in the GEC5 is compatible with any digital audio signal, so get creative and build a room with any combination of electronic instruments including digital pianos, guitars, synthesizers, and even MIDI-controlled software instruments. Want to do even more? Integrate computers with your lab and take learning to a new level of excitement and capability. Unlike other systems, the Korg GEC5 is completely open and allows you to use any curriculum that suits your classroom best. The sky is the limit!
For over 20 years Korg has worked extensively with educators all over the world with overwhelming success in thousands of music, language and technology labs. This expertise in educational technology has led to the development of the Korg GEC5 Lab System - the most user-friendly, flexible and powerful lab control system available.
Software Control Application
MULTIPLE MODES MEAN FLEXIBILITY
There are three main modes of GEC5 operation. Each of these can be selected within the software interface at the teacher’s station:
Present material and instruction in a lecture format. All students hear the teacher’s microphone and instrument or computer allowing for a captive and quiet audience.
- Tap the Student Instrument/Student Stations button and allow the students to play along.
- Tap and hold to exclude a student from the lecture for independent work.
- Double tap to bring a student into the lecture for comments or questions.
Practice mode is used when the students are working independently. Each student hears only his or her own instrument or computer. In Practice Mode, the teacher has the option of “eavesdropping” on the student and initiating 2 way communication with the student for individualized instruction.
- Double-tap to eavesdrop, double-tap again to talk
- Tap All Call to call attention to the group
- Single tap to clear eavesdrop
This mode is used when students are working together in groups (two or more student workstations in any conceivable configuration). Each student in a group can hear his or her own instrument as well as the instruments or computer and microphone of the other members of their group.
- Tap and hold to select students to put in a group, then select New Group
- Recall Auto Group Presets
- Make your own custom presets for each class
*This app must be used with the GEC5 hardware system available from an authorized Korg Dealer.
Bug Fixes in this release:
Arbitrary system reset
Issue: A user site reported that the GEC5 system was arbitrarily resetting while in use when connected to the school’s network
Resolution: A third-party device on the school’s network was sending out a broadcast message that should have been ignored by the GEC5. However, a bug was discovered in the GEC5 code that caused the GEC5 system to handle the message improperly and reset the system. This bug has been fixed.
Student Interface improper port identification
Issue: Multiple user sites reported that one or more Student Interfaces were falsely assuming the wrong student location, resulting in the wrong audio going to that station.
Resolution: On system startup, each Student Interface uses a simple algorithm to ‘learn’ which port in the Teacher Unit it is plugged into. A bug was found in the startup routine that occasionally resulted in the wrong port association. This bug has been fixed.
Factory Reset Qualification
Issue: Performing a Factory Reset requires reset confirmation by typing “yes” (case insensitive) into the space provided before the factory reset would take place. However, in some cases the operating system would auto-fill in the word “yes “ with a trailing space and the factory reset would not happen.
Resolution: The Factory Reset function will now ignore any leading or trailing blank spaces in the “yes” confirmation response.
Enhancements in this release
Issue: In previous releases, the user had the ability to rename the Default Class to a custom name, resulting in a departure from the concept of a default class concept.
Resolution: The Default Class can no longer be renamed. Note that if a user has renamed the Default Class when using a previous release of the app, that custom name will persist even after upgrading to this release. However, if a System Reset is performed or if the user renames the Default Class back to “Default Class”, the name will no longer be able to be changed.
Issue: In previous app releases, when the setup wizard was complete the app went immediately into Lecture mode without indication that the setup wizard was complete.
Resolution: The completion of the setup wizard is now indicated with a dialog box that announces the end of the wizard and provides the options to either log out to add Teachers and Classes, or cancel to go straight to Lecture mode.