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Compare BK-9 to EA-7

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I am quite pleased with the EA-7, despite some shortcomings. It seems to closely resemble the sounds and styles of the BK7m, which I loved. Of course the EA-7 has some improvements, and a couple of things dropped.
I briefly had a BK-9 a year or two ago, but sent it back. Not sure I gave it a fair test.
Diki, or anyone, can you give a comparison of the two, pluses and minuses? Maybe I need BOTH. :)
Obviously there are more keys. How about key feel? I love the light, yet responsive touch of the EA-7, for my aging fingers.
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I have discussed this in other posts, but my overall impression about the two is that the new features that the E-A7 added come with insufficient content to be as useful as they are on other arrangers...

In addition, the sounds that I consider the most stellar on the BK-9 (The supernatural sounds, and the VK Organ section) are totally missing on the EA7. Not to mention, a huge amount of other sounds too, and most of what the E-A7 adds are ethnic sounds of little use to Weston musicians.

The idea that Roland finally got around to adding a sampler and multi pads sounds good on paper. But given that both of them come with either no content whatsoever, or very little, and you realize that a feature without content is about as much use as no feature in the first place!

If Roland had to have thought this through, and provided comparable content to their competitors, I would have said that this was a huge step forward. Sadly, I can’t.…

And once again, I find myself baffled about Roland’s ambiguity towards the chord sequencer, which seems to have been fully embraced by Korg but is once again absent from this supposed forward thinking arranger.

I’m afraid, my opinion of the new keyboard is, as with so many other Roland decisions lately, a case of “For the want of a nail“

Close, but no cigar!
5 months 3 weeks ago
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Thanks. I find myself using Intro 1 for a fill a lot. As I recall, on the BK9 the fill only works with the style variation in use. Is this still true?, or is there a way to address intro 1 specifically from a pedal or button? I can look this up too I suppose. :)
I do like the smaller footprint of the EA7, but I can live with 76 keys. Maybe I'll just get a BK7 and give it a shot. They are hard to find and easy to sell I think.
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Yes, it seems that everyone’s love affair with the BK-9 occurred far too late for it to be a success LOL Why everyone is into it now, but dismissed it out of hand when it first appeared is completely beyond me! Perhaps it is that arranger players are amongst the most conservative keyboard players there are, and something that looked so different from a G70 had an uphill battle getting recognized as a vast improvement?

I was sold at first sight. In fact, it was the first Roland I bought sight unseen. The return of the chord sequencer? Sign me up!

Selection of Intro 1 is a two button process on the BK-9 (hit Intro then 1, quickly), but very simple to get used to. And yes, if you have a midi device that you can program the buttons on, you can set up selection of any of the divisions completely independently of each other.

But it still doesn’t excuse Roland for not joining the break/fill club. I guess the only upside to it is, if Roland’s MultiPad and Sampler implementations are anything to go by, Roland would probably have given us only one break/fill for the whole machine LOL

In truth, I see very little innovation in the arrangers in the last 15 years. We are still mired in the same four variation, four fill, three or four intro and ending swamp we have been in what seems like forever! Ketron’s four break/fill system hasn’t been copied yet despite making a big improvement... The break for a chorus is unlikely to be useful for a verse, and vice versa.

In truth, all I hear much these days is people wishing for things on their arranger that are already on others. Fair enough, but it seems there should be so much more. Better voice leading, better bassline range wrap, more adaptation to how you are playing (Roland’s Dynamic Arranger is a game changer) better abilities to combine styles on the fly, there is so much more to do and little being done about it.

Style play is a good concept, but for musicians with an ear for REAL music, so much of it is so repetitive it is hard to accept. Combine style play with a Karma type degree of changeability, you start to get back to what real musicians play.
5 months 3 weeks ago Last edit: 5 months 3 weeks ago by Diki.
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Interesting thoughts Diki. I now recall when using the BK7m with a controller keyboard, that I could access many, many functions with button push that were difficult or impossible with just the module. I had 50 functions assigned.
I made a statement on the SZ forum this week that I couldn't really tell the difference in recordings I made of the same song using BK7, and EA7.
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I really think, if you spend a lot of time creating custom multi pads, you ought to be able to seriously improve your overall sound with the EA7. They are, after all, one of the defining differences between Rolands and the rest. Those extra elements you can bring in and out on the fly with Yamaha‘s and Korg’s make a huge difference to being able to avoid repetition.

But without that , yes, as far as the Western musician is concerned, there has been little added to the EA7 over the BK7M.

I would love to see another Roland module with the capabilities of the BK-9, particularly the chord sequencer, the SN sounds and the VK organ. That would be an amazing module!
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