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EA 7 midi program change codes
E-A7_e02_W_EN.pdf , E-A7_MIDI_Implementation_e01_W.pdf ,
E-A7_r_e01W_Reference.pdf , E-A7_Style_Tone_List_e05_W.pdf ,
E-A7_ver2_eng01_W.pdf , E-A7_Waveform_List_e02_W.pdf
File Attachment:File Name: 74_50.xls
File Size:14 KB
All command: Bn XX XX, Bn XX XX , Cn XX (n - MIDI-channel)
Perhaps the OP would mind telling us a bit more about what program he intends to use the codes with..?
Here's why... If he uses OnSong or any remote program to select Performances, he will have to hand select the correct Performance List from the file menu before the remote program can call up the correct entry. A 999 size List is a practical size to cover someone's entire repertoire (or at least the majority of tunes they regularly perform) but you would be surprised at how fast a mere 100 entries would be used up. Especially if you use more than one Performance to set up different layouts for Verse/Chorus/Solo, etc..
It is utterly baffling why Roland chose to restrict the List's size, particularly when there have been no reported problems with the 999 size one, and the code for it already was written for the BK series. But the fact that it was gives hope that, if enough people complain, there's a chance that Roland may either update the E-A7's OS to allow for the larger Performance List size, or at least go back to the 999 size List on the NEXT Roland arranger...
To be frank, it isn't needed. All that is needed is a return to the system we BK owners already have...
A List large enough that it isn't a big factor.
About the last arranger they seriously revamped due to user complaints was the G70, generating two completely new OS's (not minor bug fixes and a feature or two). But that was a $3500 TOTL arranger, and it was back in the days when Roland were still competing in the higher priced (and therefore, higher R&D budget) market. Those days seem long gone, with the $1300 E-A7 currently the top keyboard they offer. It doesn't seem likely that a keyboard with that low a profit margin is going to generate much post-release effort.
Thing is, this is a somewhat niche need. Arrangers on the whole tend to be used as standalone products, so I rather doubt many people use apps like OnSong with them, or use them in any kind of remote situation. I honestly don't seem to recall many people with an E-A7 ever posting about this issue here, or even realizing the issue exists.
But Roland have painted themselves into a corner. The odds of regaining their dominance in the arranger market is pretty slim, when each model that comes out seems to do less and less, or does them in such a poorly supported way that the new features are of little use. Obviously, the E-A7's unsupported sampler (no Aira content for YOU, you lowly arranger!) with no common sample import format (they promised soundfont and Roland S series import when first announced) is one of these half hearted efforts, and the same with the multipads. A great (and long asked for) feature with next to no content provided is of little use in the hands of the generally untechnical hands of the average arranger player.
If Roland can't be bothered to fix issues, can't be bothered to provide sufficient content so that what few new features that are added are of little use, if they keep removing features, adding features back, then removing them again (the amazing Chord Sequencer, now a core feature of Korg's despite Roland inventing it), or taking useful features and reducing them to the point of little use, what future do they have?
The E-A7 at its price point is an amazing little arranger. But you could easily drop the sampler and the multipads and it would be little different for the majority of users. And that's the problem in a nutshell... make the new features so crippled, have few users really use them, then drop them again citing how little they were used as the excuse for it!