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Korg N1 connected to Roland E80 20 Oct 2017 07:30 #6353

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Hope all are well!

I would like to ask perhaps someone has tried it already and know the answer and could help me.

I am trying to connect a Korg N1 (full octaves, piano type keys) to my E80 through MIDI. Is there a way I could split and play the N1 to access the E80 in arranger mode and be able to obtain the same features as if I was playing the E80?

I thank anyone who could come up with an answer.

The Genos is a great attraction and if I afford the price I think I would have to switch to Yamaha. Look at it this way... with regards to the arranger field, we have to face the fact that Yamaha is a much larger company then Roland so the latter is more disadvantaged in this regard. There were times a few years ago were I thought Roland brand would have to end, knowing the situation in the electronic musical instrument market is getting tougher to compete. Whilst Yamaha afford placing a top-end arranger on the market for the 'few', Roland look at things from a different angle and justifiably go for the 'would sell more' lower-end market. Perhaps Roland cannot afford selling fewer top-end arrangers anymore just to remain in the title. Their esstablishment (factory ?) in Italy had/was forced to shut down for some reason I do not know. Look what happend to Technics/Panasonic Electronic Musical Instruments. Also GEM (General Music) in Italy... remember the Genesys & the Pro and the S2, S3 top-end synths?

Thanks guys!
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Korg N1 connected to Roland E80 22 Oct 2017 01:08 #6358

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Genos's $5500 street price puts it about $2000 more than what a G70 cost! Roland NEVER played in that price range, unless you count the 'home' digital pianos with arranger functions...

Yamaha have carved a niche for themselves selling vastly overpriced arrangers to amateurs and semi-pros, who want a machine that does everything for them. Nowadays, the true 'pros' (or dedicated semi-pros and amateurs that want an instrument with almost WS-level editing) are going to Korg's PA4X. In the meantime, those of us that still use their ears to decide on an arranger :evil: and who don't have the price of a decent used car to spare are pretty happy with what the current Roland's do. :P

Compare the $1300 E-A7 with ANY arranger at the same price, and you see that, to sell 'more' in that price range, they are offering a hell of a sight 'more' than the competition..! In the meantime, I will put my $2000 BK-7 up against the $3800+ E80 any day! Sonically, functionally, there is very little comparison. In all but a tiny few areas, the BK-9 blows the E80 away...

Sure, it don't FEEL like a $3800 arranger. But it sure sounds like one!
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Korg N1 connected to Roland E80 22 Oct 2017 01:14 #6359

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BTW, I never advise to decide on an arranger by what the NEXT model might do (or the one after that!).

Make your decision on what the ones you can afford can do NOW. How they sound NOW. I simply don't understand the mentality of deciding on an arranger based on what the company MIGHT do in the future. You can't play a 'future-arranger'! You can only play what they are selling TODAY...

BTW, try going to any Yamaha arranger user forum, or SZ.... Listen to what those who have actually TRIED one say. It's not all roses, over there. :ohmy:
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