This is a wealth of videos showing very high quality BK-9 demos and short tutorials on features like the Key Audio stuff.
It really is an eye opener to see high quality hiphop and breakbeat loops used with Roland styles, all in perfect sync. To give you a comparison, imagine a Key Audio file is a Korg or Yamaha audio multipad.
Yamaha and Korg... 4 Multipads.
BK-9... 7 Key Audio Loops (only one at a time, but hey!)
Yamaha and Korg... Audio Loops need preloading, Korg must Link to a Sampler setup and a separate Program. Limited memory.
BK-9... Audio read directly from the stick. No waiting, virtually unlimited loops (64GB stick is a LOT of loops!)
Yamaha and Korg... Must play multipads from buttons
BK-9... can trigger loops from the FC-7 (so no need to either use notes or take hands away from playing)
Yamaha and Korg... very complicated to sample live audio in sync with the sequencer and playback.
BK-9... Nothing could be easier.
Of course, I can go one for days, but watching these videos shows how stupidly EASY it is to sync audio to styles and sequences. The results speak for themselves. Play a nice breakbeat along with a style (or a set of matched different ones for variety) and you are firmly into TOTL workstation territory. I really feel that Key Audio, maybe because the idiots at Roland never provided any free content for it (and thus few found out how great it can sound), is one of the real 'hidden' gems in that keyboard.
Please give these videos a listen, and think what this kind of feature can do for YOUR music, from regional ethnic percussion loops, to live guitar playing, to sampled background vocals, to remixes... Then make SURE Roland realize this is something you want on the NEXT Roland arranger, because I fear that so few use it or speak about it much, it could get dropped like so much else amazing Roland has over the years.
One last one using the chord sequence AND Key Audio...
I also suggest that, if you've never really heard a BK-9 in some seriously good keyboard playing hands, check out the earliest series, the 'Famous musicians tested Roland BK-9' series...
They are mostly awesome, and if you ever had any doubts that the BK-9 was inferior to Korg or Yamaha's TOTL offerings (at a half the price and half the weight!) these ought to dispel them! Please also don't forget... Roland is the only one of the Big Three that EVERYTHING is online all the time. No preloading SET's, Registrations, anything like that. Your ENTIRE repertoire is instantly accessible direct from the USB stick. To this day it astonishes me that Korg and Yamaha still make you jump through some pretty elaborate hoops to be able to combine styles and audio, all of which require considerable time to access... Even accessing User Styles and SMF's can involve having to load new SET's, etc.
Everything you ever could want and use sit on the stick instantly recallable by the Performance List (and each of those can have 999 entries). You want a reason to feel better about your Roland? Try that one!
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