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MANUAL

IMPORTANT
DOCUMENT


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CONTENTS

Limitation of Liability 3

Safety Instructions 3

Introduction 4

What’s Included 5

System Requirements 5

Connecting 6

Installation under Windows ®
6

Swapping Keys 7

Manual Configuration 7
• In-game Macro Recording (Mrec key) 8

Configuration Menu 9

Main Control 9
• Standard keyboard layout 10

• Changing key functions 10

• Macro Manager 12

Game Profiles/Profile-2-Go 16

Brightness Control 17

Advanced Settings 17
• LCD Display Output 18

• Restore Defaults 19

• Enable/Disable Keys 19

• Windows Keys 19

• On-Screen Display 19

Update 20

Warranty and Support 20

Troubleshooting 20


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Limitation of Liability

ROCCAT GmbH shall not be liable for damages such as damages to or loss of property, profit or turnover
losses, costs for spare parts, expenses for inconveniences arising from the interruption of a service or
any other damages. Claims which exceed the purchasing price of the product may not be asserted under
any circumstances.

Safety Instructions

Troubleshooting/repairs Disposal
Do not attempt to service or repair the product The markings on the product and on the
yourself; leave any maintenance to qualified associated literature show that this product
experts. Do not attempt to modify the product in must not be disposed of together with normal
any way as doing so will invalidate the warranty. household waste at the end of its useful life.
Please dispose of this device separately from
other waste in order not to cause harm to
Moisture/heat the environment or human health through
uncontrolled refuse disposal. Recycle the device
Only use the keyboard in dry, interior rooms. Do
to facilitate the sustainable recycling of material
not operate the device near water and keep it
resources. Private users should contact the
away from damp areas and areas where liquids
dealer from whom the product was bought, or the
are likely to drip or be sprayed in order to prevent
authorities responsible for recycling, to find out
damage occurring.
how to recycle the device in an environmentally
friendly way. Commercial users should ask their
Physical harm suppliers and consult the sales contract terms.
This product must not be disposed of together
Some experts are of the opinion that the using a with other commercial waste.
keyboard may lead to health problems with the
hands, wrists, arms, neck and/or back. Please
seek specialist medical advice if you notice any
pain, numbness or weakness in any of these
areas.


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Introduction

Welcome to the ROCCAT™ Valo


Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner
of the ROCCAT™ Valo – the versatile gaming
keyboard with a clever design. It has an
unparalleled range of features that’ll help you
improve your performance and become an
outstanding pro.

The keyboard can be fully customized to suit


both your game play as well as individual games,
delivering a level of flexibility that is unmatched.

The 41 macro keys can be assigned macros


quickly and easily. Program your own command
sequences to suit your own needs and those of
the game. At the same time, you’ll never need to
leave the game once. Even during the game, you
can record and save macros – and even assign
them to keys. As a result, you’ll no longer need
to think about which macros might be useful in a
particular situation before playing a game. Just
use them and record them directly during the
game.

You can even store a complete profile, comprising


four layers, on the keyboard itself. This Profile-
2-Go allows you to take your macros and configs
with you wherever you go – without needing
to take your computer with you. Just plug the
keyboard into any computer and you can call up
and use your Profile-2-Go.

You’ll never lose track of your macros, despite the


unbelievable number that can be programmed:
using the on-screen display and LCD, you
can see which layer of the five profiles you’re
currently in at any time. In addition, you’ve got
45 interchangeable keys in three colors at your
disposal. These allow you to split the various
functions of your macros into three categories. To
ensure the keyboard doesn’t suffer any damage
when you’re swapping keys, a practical Key
Releaser is included allowing you to swap keys in
no time at all.


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What’s Included

• ROCCAT™ Valo – Maximum Customization Gaming Keyboard

• ROCCAT™ Gaming Mikrofon

• 45 additional colored keys

• ROCCAT™ Key Releaser

• Inari Case Mission Book with ROCCAT™ ID Card

• Valo driver CD including user manual (pdf)

• Quick Install Guide

System Requirements

• Windows® XP/Windows Vista®


Note: The software for the ROCCAT™ Valo
• 1 free USB 1.1 port Maximum Customization Gaming Keyboard
comprises the driver and firmware. Regularly
• CD-ROM drive check via the ‘Update’ tab to see if a new driver
or new firmware is available.

Optional:

• Soundcard with headphone and


microphone jacks

• 1 additional free USB 1.1 port


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Connecting

Fold out the keyboard feet and place the keyboard on a level surface.

Connect the keyboard to two free USB ports on your computer. The black connector supplies the
keyboard with power; the gray connector is used for transferring data between the keyboard and the
computer.

Plug the green headphone connector into your soundcard’s headphone output, and the pink microphone
connector into your soundcard’s microphone input.

To use the Gaming Microphone, plug it into the microphone jack (pink) on the right-hand side of the
keyboard. To avoid any loose connections, be sure to push the microphone connector and guide pin fully
into the intended sockets.

Alternatively you can plug a headset into the keyboard. To do that, plug the green headphone connector
into the headphone output socket, and the pink microphone connector into the pink microphone input
socket on the keyboard.

Installation unDer Windows ® XP/ Windows Vista®

Insert the supplied CD into your CD-ROM drive and double click the file ‘setup.exe’. Follow the on-screen
instructions. Click ‘Continue Anyway’ if Windows logo testing is not passed.

Note: The driver will automatically uninstall older ROCCAT driver versions. It may take a while until the
driver is installed and ready for use.


Once the installation process is completed, restart your computer.

The ROCCAT symbol will now appear on the right-hand side in the taskbar. You can access the ROCCAT™
Valo configuration menu by right clicking it.


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Swapping Keys

Place the Key Releaser vertically above the key you want to swap and press down until it clicks onto both
sides. Pull the key out in a vertical movement. You can simply place the new key in the hole and press it
down into place.

Manual Configuration

You can adjust various settings directly on the keyboard without needing to call up the configuration
menu.

The KEYS button allows you to deactivate/activate the Windows keys. For instance, you can avoid
accidentally calling up the Windows Start menu when gaming. When deactivated, the LED on the far right
above the Windows flag will go out.

The LIGHT button is used to adjust the keyboard illumination settings. By pressing the button, you cycle
between the ROCCAT logo, to LCD brightness to LCD contrast through to key illumination. If you’d like to
change these brightness/contrast settings, use the ‘-’ button to reduce the brightness/contrast level or
the ‘+’ to increase it.

You can only adjust the brightness of the ROCCAT logo, the LCD and the keys via the configuration menu.

You can adjust the master volume of your computer using VOL - and +. Press the MUTE button when you
want to completely mute the sound.


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Manual Configuration

In-game Macro Recording (Mrec key)


The LEDs above the LCD indicate which functions are currently activated. Along with the standard LEDs
for Num, Caps and Scroll Lock, there is also a PROG LED. This illuminates when you press the Mrec key
and the keyboard is ready to record a macro.


The LCD guides you through the process of recording a macro. First of all, enter a name for your macro
(Enter set name) and confirm this by pressing ‘Enter’. Then enter a sub name (Enter sub name) and press
‘Enter’ again. Now choose a macro key (Choose macro key) and enter the key combination (Macro key
input) which the macro should contain. To confirm, press the relevant macro key again. The macro is now
saved to the key. To cancel macro recording, press the Esc key.

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Configuration Menu

You can either launch the configuration menu for will allow you to differentiate between the drivers.
the Valo keyboard by clicking Start > Programs
> ROCCAT > Valo Keyboard > Valo Driver or by
double clicking the ROCCAT symbol on the right
in the taskbar. Please note that each ROCCAT
product you’ve installed will have its own ROCCAT
logo in the taskbar. Hover the mouse over the
symbols to display the name of each product – this

Main Control

The ‘Main Control’ tab in the configuration menu provides you with information on the functions of the
macro and additional keys and allows you to reassign functions to macro keys.

For instance, you can switch the functions of the Mrec and Esc keys so that you don’t accidentally press
the Mrec key instead of the Esc key out of habit.

Note: As soon as you’ve configured a setting you can assign the function to the keyboard by clicking the
‘Apply’ button without having to exit the ROCCAT menu. It may take a few seconds until the information is
transferred to the keyboard.
Once you’re done configuring the keyboard settings, click ‘Ok’. You can exit the configuration menu by
clicking ‘Cancel’.


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Main Control

Standard keyboard layout


Located beneath the Mrec button is the macro pause button, which you use to pause and continue a
macro during playback, and the macro kill button which stops a macro.

Directly beneath those are the profile keys M-1 to M-5 for profiles 1-5.

Layer keys L1 to L4 are located on the right beneath the LCD. These allow you to switch between the
layers within a profile.

By default, the upper row of the 30-key macro block is assigned with Shift + characters and numbers
from the top-most row of a standard keyboard, and the lower row with Ctrl + characters and numbers of
the top-most row of keys.

Located next to those are the hotkeys for launching the calculator (M13), My Computer (M14), the email
program (M13) and the internet browser (M14) as well as six multimedia keys for opening and controlling
the multimedia player.

Changing key functions


It is also possible to assign different functions and macros to these 41 keys. In the configuration menu,
simply click on the key which you want to reassign, search for the function you want from the dropdown
menu and confirm the assignment by clicking ‘Apply’.

Available functions:

For Internet Explorer For multimedia functions

• Search • Open player

• Home • Pre track

• Back • Next track

• Forward • Play/Pause

• Stop • Stop

• Refresh • Select player

• Favorites

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MAIN CONTROL

Profiles

You can also assign profiles 1 to 5 to one of the


macro keys.

Assign a shortcut

You can assign a shortcut to the selected key


using the ‘Assign a shortcut’ option. You can
combine the Ctrl, Shift, Alt and Windows keys
with any other key and assign it to a single key.

‘Assign a shortcut’ also gives you the opportunity


to remap keys. To do that, select ‘None’ and press
the key whose function you’d like to remap. For
instance, you can remap motion keys which you
need during the game, such as Y for run and
spacebar for jump, next to the macro keys for
your riding or flying mounts, and so arrange all
the functions that are important to you into clear
categories.

Standard

Sets the key function back to its default setting.

Deactivate

Selecting the ‘Deactivate’ option for a key disables


its function.

Email

Assigning the ‘Email’ function to a key allows you


to open your email program at a single press.

Calculator

The ‘Calculator’ function launches the Calculator


program on your computer.

My Computer

You can open My Computer by assigning ‘My


Computer’ to a key.

Assign Macro

You can of course assign a macro you have


programmed yourself to any key using ‘Assign
Macro’. To do that, either use the in-game macro
recording function described above or the Macro
Manager.

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MAIN CONTROL

Macro Manager
To access the Macro Manager, select the ‘Main
Control’ tab. Then click on the key you want to
assign a macro to and select the ‘Assign Macro’
option. The ‘Create New Macro’ option in the
dropdown menu that appears will take you
straight to the Macro Manager.

The Macro Manager consists of three areas: on


the far left you can select, add or delete a macro
set or an individual macro (Macro Select); in the
middle area the ‘Macro Basic Editor’ displays the
key combination; and finally, the start and stop
buttons (Start Record) are located in the right-
hand area.

To record a macro, you first need to create


a macro set. A macro set is a group which
comprises multiple individual macros. The macro
set only serves to give a better overview of the
individual macros. You can only assign a single
macro to a key, not an entire set.

As soon as macros have been saved using Game


Profiles, it doesn’t matter which computer the
keyboard is connected to; the macros can be
called up at any time.

Note: Two actions are performed when


pressing a key: pressing and releasing. For
example, the key combination Alt+Ctrl+t
comprises 6 actions.

Creating a macro (Basic Editor)

Step 1:

Click the upper line in the left-hand window. In the


following dropdown menu you can add a macro set
(Add Macro Set) or delete one (Delete Macro Set).
Click ‘Add Macro Set’.

Step 2:

Name your macro set. To make things clearer,


use a general name for the actions in the game
you’re playing. For example, you can name the set
‘Magic buffs’ or ‘Weapons arsenal’.

Step 3:

When you click ‘New’, which is located beneath


the left-hand window, you can assign a name to
the individual macro, such as ‘Arcane rotation’ or
‘Sniper rifle’. Confirm the name by pressing the
return key.

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MAIN CONTROL

Step 4:

Now you can enter a macro. To do that, click the


‘Start Record’ button in the right-hand window.
Enter the key combination which you need for a
special action in the game.

The ‘Record delays between key commands’ option


is located under the record button. This option
allows you to specify how long a certain key should
be pressed for. For instance, this allows you to
create a macro which makes a character in the
game perform a specific action only after a pre-
determined time.

Step 5:

Click ‘Stop Record’ when you’ve finished entering


your key combination via the keyboard. You can
now either record an additional macro in the
macro set you’ve created or create a new macro
set.

Click ‘OK’ when you’re done. The macro will now


be available for each of the 41 keys. You can
assign the macro to a key by going to the ‘Button
Assignment’ window, clicking next to the key you
want to execute the macro with and selecting the
‘Assign Macro’ option from the dropdown menu.
All the macro sets you have created will now
be displayed from which you can search for the
individual macro you want to use.

Note: If you’ve edited a macro that’s already


been assigned, you have to reassign it to the
desired key.

Step 6:

You can assign the function to the keyboard by


pressing the ‘Apply’ button without having to exit
the ROCCAT menu. It may take a few seconds until
the information is transferred to the keyboard.

You can now store and save these settings under


one of the five profiles that can be stored on the
keyboard. Profiles will be easier to manage if you
name them after the game, gamer or program.

Note: A macro that is currently running can be


stopped at any time by pressing the key again.

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MAIN CONTROL

Integrated mouse clicks


Another special feature of the ROCCAT driver
is that it allows you to include mouse clicks in a
macro along with keyboard commands. You can
program a mouse action to be executed after,
before or between a key sequence.

To do that, in ‘Macro Basic Manager’ select the


key command before or after which you want to
insert a new action. A window with various options
will open when you click the right mouse button:

Start Record before: starts macro recording


before the selected action.

Start Record after: starts macro recording


after the selected action.

Insert Delay: manually lengthen or shorten the


delay between two commands.

Insert Mouse Event: Specify here which mouse


action is to be executed. The following options are
available:

Left Button

Right Button

Wheel

Side Button 1

Side Button 2

Note: Three actions are always available for


selection: ‘Down’, ‘Up’ and ‘Click’.


Down: keeps the button pressed

Up: releases the button

 lick: executes the commands ‘Down’ and


C
‘Up’ in succession.

Edit Delay: you can manually lengthen or shorten


the delay here. You don’t need to enter the time
designation of ‘ms’ (milliseconds), just the desired
time.

Note: Some games are unable to detect short


delays.


Delete: delete the selected step from the macro’s
key sequence.

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MAIN CONTROL

Switch to advanced editor


In the center window you can manually change the
time intervals between the individual key presses
for a particular macro. Individual blue bars
indicate how long the respective key is pressed
for. Along with the duration, you can also change
the position of the pressed key here. The default
timeline is in milliseconds: (0.05 / 0.10 / 0.15 …
seconds).

You can change the time scale of the display for


increased accuracy. You can zoom into the scale
to configure the time values really precisely using
the plus button on the right-hand side above
the window. It is also possible to delete or add
individual macros. To do that, click the point in the
macro list where you want to insert an additional
macro and then click ‘Add’. If you want to delete a
key, click the key and then click ‘Del’. Confirm the
process by clicking ‘Ok’.

It is also possible to delete entire macro sets.


To do that, you need to select ‘Delete Macro
Set’ in the dropdown menu. Here too, you need
to confirm final deletion of the set, and all the
macros assigned to it, by clicking ‘Ok’.

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GAME PROFILES/PROFILE-2-GO

Creating/saving a profile

You can create one of five profiles using ‘Create a


profile’. Here you can link four layers with the *.exe
file of the particular game. This allows you to save
all the key assignments, macros or LCD settings
that you’ve adapted to a game to a single layer.
This is worth doing for instance when you want
to create a profile for World of Warcraft ® with 4
different characters. Give the four layers a name,
such as Priest, Rogue, Hunter and Witchmaster,
link them to launcher.exe and save the macros
you need for the character in each layer. You
can now switch between layers in the game and
have all the macros ready to hand which you have
assigned to the relevant character.

Profile Slot #5

Along with the four profiles that can be saved on


the hard drive, you can also save another profile,
the Profile-2-Go, on the keyboard itself. By doing
this, you always have a complete profile with you if
you need to take your keyboard anywhere.

Simply click on the hard drive symbol next to


Profile Slot #5 and select ‘Keyboard’ as the
‘Storage Type’ for the layer you want to save. It
usually takes a little while for your settings to be
transferred and stored on the keyboard.

If the drivers haven’t been installed, such as


on someone else’s computer, the keyboard
will automatically switch to the Profile-2-Go.
Consequently, it isn’t possible to switch to one of
the other 4 profiles; to do that, the driver first
needs to be installed and then additional profiles
created or loaded.

Load Profile

You can load the profiles stored on the hard drive, Edit Profile
and also the Profile-2-Go stored on the keyboard,
at any time either using this option in the Here you can edit the names and the links of the
configuration menu, or via the M-1 to M-5 keys. selected profile and your layers. Use the correct
Use the layers to switch between executable files. links so that the keyboard automatically detects
It isn’t possible to switch between profiles within a the program you have programmed specific
running application. keyboard settings or macros for.

You can also save more than 5 profiles on your


hard drive and load five of these in the driver as
profiles 1-5 as you wish. For example, this allows
you to retain older profiles or your friends can
give you profiles which you can then use on your
keyboard.
It is only possible to switch between the five
profiles currently loaded in the driver.

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BRIGHTNESS CONTROL

You can adjust the brightness of the ROCCAT logo,


the LCD and the keys in five stages under this
tab. Slide the controller to the right to increase
brightness, and to the left to decrease brightness.

In addition, you can also save energy by using


the ‘Key Light Energy Saving’ and ‘Key Light Time
Out’ options. With ‘Key Light Energy Saving’ you
can set the illumination to dim by 50% after 5
to 15 minutes. With ‘Key Light Time Out’, the
illumination will switch off completely after the
defined time.

Note: Don’t forget to confirm changes by


clicking ‘Apply’.

ADVANCED SETTINGS

The Advanced Settings tab offers you numerous additional configuration options.

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ADVANCED SETTINGS

LCD Display Output – Row 1/Row 2

Here you can select what should be displayed


on the Valo’s LCD. 6 items of information are
available for each row. You can select 3 of these
for each row and specify down to the second
under ‘Display Cycle Speed’ how long an item
of information should be displayed for until the
display switches to the next item.

The following information can be displayed on the


LCD:

Date/ Time

Under ‘Date Format Settings’, you can decide what


format the date is displayed in. Select whether
you want it displayed as Year/Month/Day or Day/
Month/Year, with or without hyphens.

You can also set the following under ‘Time Format


Setting’:

HH:MM

HH:MM (AM/PM) (12 hour clock)

CPU/RAM Load

Furthermore, you can also choose to have the


LCD display the ‘CPU Load’ as well as the ‘RAM
Load’.

Profile/Layer

So that you never lose your overview, select


‘Profile/Layer’ as one of the items to be displayed.
This shows you what profile and which layer you’re
currently in.

Email

You can display the number of emails you have in


your inbox under the ‘Email’ option. For this, you
need to enter your email account’s POP3 settings.
If you don’t know them, ask your email provider
for the relevant POP3 settings and your customer
number/user name.

‘Check Interval’ allows you to define how often the


Valo checks and updates the LCD if new emails
have been received.

Skype®

Select this option if you want to see if someone


has sent you a Skype ® message. When you first
select this option, you will be notified that the
Valo is attempting to access your Skype ® account.
Allow access if you want to display Skype ®
information on your LCD.

Deactivate

Select ‘Deactivate’ when you don’t want to receive


any notifications; the rows will then remain blank
for the defined period.

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ADVANCED SETTINGS

Restore Defaults

This option resets the keyboard back to its default


settings. Every single profile, macro and setting
saved on the keyboard will be deleted.

Enable/Disable Keys

This option allows you to deactivate the keys


that you like to press accidentally while gaming.
Uncheck the relevant box to disable the key’s
function. You can select from the following:

Left Windows Key

Right Windows Key

Context Key

Caps Lock Key

Tab Key

Windows Keys

The Windows keys aren’t just able to execute their


standard function or be deactivated; you can also
use them to open the Valo driver. Select ‘Open
Driver Menu’ and confirm your selection by clicking
‘Apply’. Now, the Valo configuration menu will open
when you click one of the Windows keys.

On-screen display

If you check ‘Enable On-Screen Display’, the profile


and layer you’re currently in, and which macro
you’re currently executing, will always be displayed
directly on the bottom right-hand side of the
monitor whenever your press one of the profile
keys M-1 to M-5, the layer keys L1 to L4 or one of
the macro keys.

Profile and layer information will also be displayed


on the LCD at the same time, as many games
block on-screen displays.

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UPDATE

You can update your ROCCAT™ Valo Maximum


Customization Gaming Keyboard at any time.
By clicking ‘Check for Updates’, you can check
whether new software is available for your
keyboard.

Note: All keyboard settings will be reset if


you install new firmware on your computer.
However, macros stored in the Profile-2-Go will
be kept.

Warranty/Support

We warrant the ROCCAT™ Valo Maximum


Customization Gaming Keyboard to be free of Note: A ROCCAT™ ID Card is included with
defects in material and workmanship from the every ROCCAT™ hardware product. The
original date of purchase for a period of two (2) number on this card grants you access to our
years. If you need additional help, just send us an online ROCCAT™ World insider zone – and
e-mail. Our Support Team will be pleased to help with that access to a whole world of valuable
you with any technical questions you might have. pro-gamer info, fantastic server discounts and
Send the e-mail to: support@roccat.org exclusive competitions.

Troubleshooting

I’m unable to open the configuration menu. My on-screen display is no longer displayed in
games.
If the configuration menu doesn’t open via the
taskbar or Start menu, open the folder where you Many games block the on-screen display. However,
installed the driver and click on ValoOption.exe. the same information provided by the OSD is also
displayed on the LCD.
My keyboard is not detected.
The changes I’ve made have not been saved.
Plug the keyboard into the same USB port it
was connected to when you first installed the Be sure to confirm every change in the
driver. This ensures the computer can detect the configuration menu by clicking ‘Apply’.
keyboard.

I can’t switch between profiles within an


application/game.

You can’t switch from one profile to another while


inside a running application. You can, however,
define four layers in each profile. It’s possible to
switch between these when in a game.

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