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SRX Keyboards
2 weeks 4 days 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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2 weeks 4 days ago
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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!

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

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2 weeks 1 day 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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