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SRX Keyboards

4 months 2 weeks ago
Terry Sutton
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SRX Keyboards #643
Received an email today from Roland, advertising the launch on Roland Cloud (whatever that is ) of their new SRX Keyboards.
Part of the description is that it`s a virtual recreation of an early 2000s SRX expansion board,originaly available only for compatible
Roland hardware synths.This seems a big step back in time to me,but at least it`s something new.

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4 months 2 weeks ago
Diki
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SRX Keyboards #645
I've been to their page on it... It's a bit lacking in detailed info at the moment. For starters, they don't pin down exactly which SRX card it is. But if it's a full copy of SRX-07, it's a winner!

I used that in my G70 and it made all the difference. Admittedly, some of the serious need for it has gone with my getting the BK-9 - The G70's basses weren't vey fat, so the amazing basses on the SRX card (it's far more than just keyboards) really helped the G70 shine. But the BK series basses are far better OOTB, so that need is no longer so pressing. I did like the clavs, the clavs in the BK have been around a long time, and aren't that great (although the effects help).

But at the price, it's a great addition to the Cloud service. They may be old samples, but they were VERY well recorded. In many ways, modern streaming sample players have made sound developers lazy. It used to take great ears, and great skill to make a sample set that didn't use up much memory. Nowadays, GB sized soundsets have made the skill a lot less relevant. But if you are using hardware, those smaller sample sets are a must, and the ears behind them (Eric Persing of Spectrasonics fame had a lot to do with the Roland sample sets from this period) were golden.

If it's a FULL copy of SRX-07, it's a no-brainer. But if it's just the keyboard sounds from that card, a little less so. The BK series has quite a few sounds (at least, the BK-9 does) from that card, and the SN Rhodes and new standard ROM Rhodes are quite good. Likewise the pianos (I was not a big fan of the SRX piano compared to the amazing one in the G70). It is strange how they labeled it Ultimate Keys, when so many of the best sounds on it weren't keyboard sounds!

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4 months 1 week ago
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After a little investigation, I found that the original SRX-07 Ultimate Keyboards had a total of 475 Tones, with about 13 of them being drum loops. The Cloud SRX instrument has 393 Tones. So obviously, at least something is missing from the original SRX-07 board.

What it is is so far a bit of a mystery, though.

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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3 months 3 weeks ago
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SRX Keyboards #718
Hi,
I'm new to the forum - so this may have already been mentioned somewhere. But if you are interested in a module with SRX boards already built in then look at the Roland Integra-7 which has the following:-

SRX Series (12 titles)
SRX-01 Dynamic Drum Kits
SRX-02 Concert Piano
SRX-03 Studio SRX
SRX-04 Symphonique Strings
SRX-05 Supreme Dance
SRX-06 Complete Orchestra
SRX-07 Ultimate Keys
SRX-08 Platinum Trax
SRX-09 World Collection
SRX-10 Big Brass Ensemble
SRX-11 Complete Piano
SRX-12 Classic EPs

Expansion SuperNATURAL Sounds (6 titles)
ExSN1 Ethnic
ExSN2 Wood Winds
ExSN3 Session
ExSN4 A.Guitar
ExSN5 Brass
ExSN6 SFX

Expansion Hi-Quality PCM Sounds (1 title)
ExPCM HQ GM2 + HQ PCM Sound Collection

See: www.roland.com/uk/products/integra-7/

I've had one about 5 years and think is really good.

Barry

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3 months 3 weeks ago 3 months 3 weeks ago by Diki.
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SRX Keyboards #722
The Integra7 is a nice piece of kit. But we also need to be aware that not all of the SRX sounds can be loaded in at the same time. I think you are limited to four cards (you can't mix and match)...

Plus it is still just 128 polyphony (and SN sounds use it up quickly, often).

The idea of the cloud system Roland are using is, it is quite affordable in the short term.

Another issue with using an Integra7 with an arranger, particularly if you want to use it with style mode (or even keyboard sounds) is that the Roland arrangers are limited to being able to send PC/32/00 codes for their ROM Tones only. An SMF, yes, you can place any codes you want in there and set up the MIDI Set to route it to the module only, but the Keyboard Parts and Style Parts can only send codes that correspond to Internal ROM Tones.

This means that you may have considerable trouble (without external gear) using all the sounds in the Integra7 in a standard Performance.

I've been complaining to Roland about this for years, but it seems few use external gear in style mode, because I don't think I've ever heard anyone else complain about the limitation. Shame really, because Korg (and I think Yamaha) don't have this problem...

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3 months 3 weeks ago
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SRX Keyboards #729
SRX keyboards is a virtual XV5050 and the Ultimate Keys board..

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3 months 2 weeks ago
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SRX Keyboards #738
Have you found a patch list for the Cloud SRX-07 yet, Fran? As I detailed earlier, there's a discrepancy in the number of Tones between the two.

Be nice to know what's changed...

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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