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Recent history of Roland arrangers

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Recent history of Roland arrangers #774
I thought a post describing Roland's top and mid-range arrangers and their key features would be a useful reference. Maybe Diki or others in the community could help flesh it out, and -eventually- make it a 'sticky.'

A tabular format (like an Excel worksheet or Google sheet) would probably be a better format for this information. If you know a way to create one and share it publicly, please suggest and I'll paste the information into that. A link to it can be maintained on the Forum.

G800 (1996)
First truly intelligent arranger that could cope with syncopated chord changes.
Chord sequencer
Two variations per style
Roland GS sound engine
Floppy disk storage
40 lbs

RA-800 (1997?)
Module version of G800, see above.

G1000 (1998?)
Upgraded version of G800
Internal SCSI drive for storage
~40 lbs.

VA76
Heavy 76-key action from G1000
Chord sequencer was dropped.
Were any new/worthwhile features added?

G70 (2003?)
Color touch screen
Drawbars and drawbar organ emulator
3 RH and 2 LH voices
Ability to install SRX cards
V3 added Adaptive Chord Voicing to styles ("alteration mode" message event that influences inversions of resulting chords)
45 lbs

E50, E60, E80 (2008)
E80: 61 keys. Drawbars / organ emulator. Similar to G70 with built-in speakers. 49 lbs.
E60: 76 keys, D-beam
E50: 61 keys, black & white touch screen, 19 lbs.

Prelude / GW-8 (2010)
61 keys
On-board sequencer
V2 added Style Composer and 'retrigger' on chord changes
No mention of Adaptive Chord Voicing; no provision to add these events in Style Composer
Footswitch parameter to momentarily suppress chord recognition (good feature!)
GW-8 was marketed as a "workstation." No built-in speakers, 13 lbs.

BK-7m
First new module since the RA-800
12" wide, less than 4 lbs
No on-board style composer
All storage on USB drive

BK-5 (2013?)
Similar to BK-7m. 61 unweighted keys. Style composer
No on-board sequencer

BK-9
76 keys
Drawbar organ emulator
No touch screen, but dual displays
On-board sequencer
Audio keys (clip launching feature)
Supernatural voices for lead parts
More effects parameters
First Roland with Chord Sequencer since G1000

E-A7 (2016?)
Dual displays
Style composer
No on-board sequencer
Multipads
Extensive voice editing
The following user(s) said Thank You Mitzie

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2 months 1 week ago 2 months 1 week ago by loshk.
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Recent history of Roland arrangers #775
Arranger Keyboards with Speaker
• Roland E-10 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1988 - 1989 MIDI
• Roland E-20 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1989 - 1990 MIDI
• Roland E-5 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1989 - 1991 MIDI
• Roland E-30 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1990 - 1991 MIDI
• Roland E-15 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1991 - 1993 MIDI
• Roland E-35 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1991 - 1993 MIDI
• Roland E-70 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1991 - 1993 MIDI
• Roland E-16 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1996 MIDI
• Roland E-36 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1995 MIDI
• Roland E-56 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1994 MIDI
• Roland E-86 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1995 MIDI
• Roland EM-303 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1996 MIDI
• Roland EM-305 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1993 - 1996 MIDI
• Roland E-66 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1994 - 1996 MIDI
• Roland E-12 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1995 - 1999 MIDI
• Roland E-38 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1995 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-96 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1995 - 1997 MIDI
• Roland E-40OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1996 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-14 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1997 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-28 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1997 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-500 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1997 - 1999 MIDI
• Roland E-68 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1997 - 1999 MIDI
• Roland E-300 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1998 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-14OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1998 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-500OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1998 - 1999 MIDI
• Roland EM-2000 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1998 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland E-600 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1999 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland EM-10 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1999 - 2001 MIDI
• Roland EM-20 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1999 - 2001 MIDI
• Roland EM-30 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1999 - 2001 MIDI
• Roland EM-50 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 1999 - 2001 MIDI
• Roland EM-50OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2000 - 2002 MIDI
• Roland VA-5 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2000 - 2002 MIDI
• Roland VA-7 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2000 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-15 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2001 - 2003 MIDI
• Roland EM-25 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2001 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland VA-3 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2001 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland VA-76 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2001 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-15D Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2002 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-15OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2002 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-25D Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2002 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-55 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2002 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EM-55OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2002 - 2004 MIDI
• Roland EXR-3 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2003 - 2005 MIDI
• Roland EXR-5 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2003 - 2005 MIDI
• Roland EXR-7 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2004 - 2006 MIDI
• Roland EXR-3s Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2005 - ?
• Roland EXR-5s Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2005 - 2008
• Roland EXR-40OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2005 - 2006
• Roland EXR-7s Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2005 - 2006
• Roland E-09 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2006 - now MIDI
• Roland E-50 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2006 - 2010 MIDI
• Roland E-80 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2006 - 2009 MIDI
• Roland E-60 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2006 - 2009 MIDI
• Roland EXR-46OR Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2007 - 2009
• Roland E-09W Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2008 - now MIDI
• Roland Prelude Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2009 - now MIDI
• Roland E-A7 Arranger Kbd with Speakers 2014 - MIDI, wav ???


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_E-20
First Generation (Produced 1988-1991)
E-5, E-10, E-20, E-30
RA-50, Pro-E Arranger
Second Generation (Produced 1991-1993)
E-15, E-35, E-40 OR, E-70
RA-90
Third Generation (Produced 1993-1996)
E-16, E-16 TR, E-36, E-56, E-66, E-86
RA-95
Fourth Generation (Produced 1995/6 – 1998)
E-12, E-14, E-14 OR, E-14 TR-OR, E-14 US, E-28, E-280B, E-38, E-68, E-68US, E-96, G-600, G-800
RA-30, RA-800
Fifth Generation (Produced 1998 – 2001)
EM-1B, EM-10, EM-20, EM-30, EM-50, EM-50 OR, EM-7B, EM-2000, G-1000
E-300, E-480B, E-500, E-500 OR, E-600
Sixth Generation (Produced 2001 – 2005)
Alpha-JR, EM-15, EM-15 OR, EM-25, Alpha-7, EM-55, EM-55 OR, Alpha-1
VA-3, VA-5, VA-7, VA-76
E-100, E-200, EXR-3, EXR-5, EXR-GR5, EXR-7, EXR-40 OR
EXR-3s, EXR-5s, EXR-7s
Seventh Generation (Produced 2005 – 2009)
G-70, E-50, E-60, E-80
EXR-46 OR, EXR-E2
GW-7, E-09, E-09W, E-09IE
Eighth Generation (Produced 2010 – 2011)
GW-8, Prelude
Ninth Generation (Produced 2012 – 2016)
BK-3, BK-5, BK-5OR, BK-7M, BK-9,
E-A7

Roland E-80 v.2.01 (SRX-01, 10), Roland Fantom XR, Roland M-GS64, Ketron SD-2, Edirol PCR-500, Edirol M-16DX, Kawai MAV-8, JBL 4312E

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2 months 1 week ago 2 months 1 week ago by loshk.
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Recent history of Roland arrangers #776
Arranger Keyboards without Speaker
• Roland PRO-E Arranger Kbd without Speakers 1989 - 1990 MIDI
• Roland G-800 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 1995 - 1998 MIDI
• Roland G-600 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 1997 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland G-1000 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 1998 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland G-70 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 2004 - 2008 MIDI
• Roland GW-7 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 2005 - 2008 MIDI
• Roland GW-8 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 2008 - now MIDI mp3 .wav
• Roland BK-9 Arranger Kbd without Speakers 2013-201? MIDI (added by Diki)

Roland E-80 v.2.01 (SRX-01, 10), Roland Fantom XR, Roland M-GS64, Ketron SD-2, Edirol PCR-500, Edirol M-16DX, Kawai MAV-8, JBL 4312E

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2 months 1 week ago 2 months 1 week ago by loshk.
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Recent history of Roland arrangers #777
Arranger Module - Accompaniment without keyboard
• Roland CA-30 Desktop Arranger without Sounds 1989 - 1992 MIDI
• Roland RA-50 Arranger Module 1989 - 1992 MIDI (similar by E-20) save 3 songs
• Roland RA-90 Arranger Module 1992 - 2000 MIDI (similar by E-86)
• Roland RA-30 Arranger Module 1995 - 1999 MIDI
• Roland RA-95 Arranger Module 1995 - 1998 MIDI have floppy disk
• Roland RA-800 Arranger-Module (G-800 without keyboard) 1997 - 2000 MIDI
• Roland BK-7m Arranger Module 2011-201? MIDI (added by Diki)
• Roland RA-50 Arranger Module 1989 - 1992 MIDI

• Roland RA-90 Arranger Module 1992 - 2000 MIDI

• Roland RA-30 Arranger Module 1995 - 1999 MIDI

• Roland RA-95 Arranger Module 1995 - 1998 MIDI

• Roland RA-800 Arranger-Module 1997 - 2000 MIDI

• Roland BK-7m Arranger Module 2011-201? MIDI

Roland E-80 v.2.01 (SRX-01, 10), Roland Fantom XR, Roland M-GS64, Ketron SD-2, Edirol PCR-500, Edirol M-16DX, Kawai MAV-8, JBL 4312E

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Recent history of Roland arrangers #779
Please update the non-speaker arranger list to include the BK-9 (2013), Loshk! And the BK-7m (2011) to the module list...

A little history... The RA-90 was the first Roland arranger I ever bought. Never had another brand since!

RA-90 -> (G800) -> G1000 -> G70 -> BK-9

(second hand G800 was only a couple of months, quickly traded for the new, much improved G1000)

Not bad... only 4 arrangers in over 25 years! :cheer:

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

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2 months 1 week ago 2 months 1 week ago by loshk.
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Recent history of Roland arrangers #780
The Roland RA-50 is similar by Roland E-20. I had Roland E-20 in 1989-1993.
The Roland RA-90 is similar by Roland E-86. I had Roland E-86 in 1995-2002.
I had a Roland RA-50 in 2015-2017 for a personal museum because of nostalgia :)

Roland E-80 v.2.01 (SRX-01, 10), Roland Fantom XR, Roland M-GS64, Ketron SD-2, Edirol PCR-500, Edirol M-16DX, Kawai MAV-8, JBL 4312E

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