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Overall sound tips

When you see the specifications on the G-70, there is no doubt that it must be one of the best keyboards in the arranger keyboard area. The sound chip has 192 MB wave memory and some sounds are from the Fantom X synth. You get a lot of new styles, a VK8 (alike) organ with drawbars and a vocal harmonist. Can you expect more from an arranger keyboard? Yes, it has to sound good and that was not the case when the G-70 was released in 2004 and first when I installed the OS2 in 2005 the “out of the box sound” sounds acceptable. I finally start enjoying playing the keyboard, but still missed the “WOW” feeling you get when something sounds really good. Read this tip, and you might get the same “WOW” feeling as I have now experienced... 

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G-70 - Play solo voice in guitar mode

In guitar mode there are three areas on the keyboard to play

1. Chord area
2. Guitar String area
3. Strumming area

Following this tip you can create a 4th area in which you can play a solo voice.

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Access bender calibration mode

You can access the bender calibration mode of your G-70 to re-calibrate your bender. Read this instruction to see how.

Reading User Programs from floppy drive

After installing OS2/OS3 you might wonder why it is no longer possible to load user programs (UPG) from floppy disk. In OS1.1 it was possible to read UPG files residing in the root folder on the floppy disk. When inserted into the G-70 floppy drive, the G-70 was able to read these UPG files. After installing OS2 the G-70 doesn't read UPG files residing in the root folder of a floppy disk. But don't worry - it is still possible to read user program from floppy - you just have to follow this instruction:

How to use master effect settings in general

It is often a challenge for the musician to master the sound when playing different venues.

In the G-70 you can use the mastering tool to globally set some overall effect settings to compensate for the environment that you are playing in. Read this article for further information.

The whole idea of the mastering tools section is to compensate for room acoustics/crowd noise.

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Intros and endings sound odd

If your intros and endings sound odd, switch off the "Alteration function". Doing this the G-70 uses the normal chord progression (e.g. C, Am, F, G). If you switch on the function, the chord progression of the selected intro/ending is adapted to the chord played. This might lead to odd results - if you play e.g. a "Csus4" during the intro.

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Overriding the ROM styles

This is one of my favorite customization tips. It should probably be categorized as a "do not try this at home" tip. Consider this scenario:

You choose an internal ROM style, e.g. the ROM style "Schlager pop". You now select upper- and lower voices, effect etc. When you are done you save your settings as user program 1-1. You now notice that the reverb setting for the a.bass has the value "0". You do not like your bass sounds with reverb, so you adjust the reverb to the value "-127". Now the automatic bass is 100% dry. You now save your user program again to save your setting.

Quickly adjust overall bass while gigging

If you are gigging then you have probably experienced that the someone in the audience asks you to reduce the bass. Follow these simple step to reduce the overall bass level on the fly.

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Deleting all user programs

According to Roland it is not possible to delete all the factory User Programs. However User Club member Hans Peter Isenberg has made this workaround:

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Easter egg

In the G-70 there is a built-in easter egg. When activating the easter you get a nice surprise :)

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Format internal memory

At some point in thine you mint want to format internal memory on your G-70, E-50 or E-60. There is a guide for the operations.

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How to access the drive utility menu

You access the G-70 internal drive utility by pressing and holdning "Piano", "Arr" and "Arrow down" button while powering on. Warning. You can format and delete files from this menu.

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Updating or reinstalling factory data
Remember to backup your data before proceding with the instruction below. All your data will be deleted. Have all factory data files ready on your PC:

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Combining styles and songs

There are three ways to make music on a G70:

1. You can either use the arranger section
2. Or you can use SMFs
3. Or you can always just play the keyboard and turn off the machines!

How about a FOURTH way...? What if you combine Style Play AND SMF playback...? Brilliant!

How to put MFX effects on Song and Sequencer Parts

The G-70 has a very nice multi-effects processor that you can insert on any of the Keyboard Parts, with just about any effect you might need – from nice tube amps to put on guitar parts to Lo-Fi bit-depth reducers for ‘crunchy’ techno sounds, to beautiful shimmery 3D Choruses, you name it, it’s in there.

But... you can only put them on Keyboard parts, not Style Parts or Song Parts - until now!

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Workaround for no Delay Send

Maybe you miss the more powerful effect sends of the G1000? The G1000 used to have sends (for every Keyboard, Arranger AND Song Part) for reverb, chorus AND delay (and a handy, dandy EQ insert on each as well).

The G70 only has Reverb and Chorus sends, now - how do you get them back? Here's how (or nearly, anyway!)

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Intro/ending patterns

Since the launch of the legendaric Roland E-20 the Roland users have been used to having intros and ending to go with each style. This concept has developed over the years and with the introduction of the Roland G-70 the concept has been refined.

On the panel we find four variations. To each pattern there are four introductions, 4 endings, 6 fill-ins and 8 parts per pattern. What Roland does with the introductions (and endings) is quite unique.

Make screenshots of the keyboard display

You might find it useful to make screenshots from your G-70. This is actually possible. You can make a screenshot and save it on external memory using a memory card.

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I have two tablets that I use with my keyboards and on each of them I have loaded lots and lots of PDF sheet music books.

When I play and use my Roland BK7M with Rolands BK Parterner Ipad app I use my other tablet (Android Based) for display of sheet music. A standard size tablet makes the music easy to see and read. I have enough of a variety of  music in the song books  loaded on the tablets that makes it easy to use and find songs and replaces the need to have a stack of paper bound music at or around the instrument. There apps available to turn the page for you using a foot pedal. The tablet you use to display the sheet music with doesn't have to be connected to the instrument as in my case  all the music is in PDF files.  Many of the songs listed within the BK7M performance set I find I have in the PDF song books. Just another use for the toys.

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If there was ever a perfect match the Roland BK 7M, an Apple Ipad (mine is a mini) and the Kurzweil Mark 150 is it.  These three great toys along with a little knowledge of music will do wonders together. The BK has brought the Mark 150 back to life and gave my IPad something to do. I play with these toys every chance I get.

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GW-8 ROM STYLES

"I have always found doing conversions to be SO hard when you can't listen to the original arranger, to get a feel for what you should be shooting for. Drum assignments have strayed a LONG way from the early GM/GS days, and more and more arrangers are using non-standard sounds where, in the past, all was straightforward and standardized.

Tagged in: GW-8 Styles

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ROLAND BK-7M

The BK-7m is a beautifully designed piece of furniture, which in your living room beside your digital Piano in polished Mahogany will add not only decent style but as well the future to your kids practicing to become stars. I really like the clean style, the buttons feel stable, the select wheel seems a bit to fuzzy, but the BK-7m is an eye catcher, well designed. Black was always my favorite color. The buttons are well organized, well labeled, easy readable, seems I will have fun investigating more.

Tagged in: BK-7M Review

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