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Audition styles on PC?

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Korg need to seriously simplify their operating system before I am interested, LOL

I have a friend with a PA4X and I have worked considerably with it. A more complicated arranger does not exist! Plus it has a very poor insert effect architecture and still no direct from a stick operation. Not to mention that weight, LOL

But the bottom line, I still feel that, features aside, each brand tends to do certain musics best. Korg do cool modern sounding chill out and hip hop kind of stuff really well. Yamaha still do very good country and oldies and middle of the road stuff. But Roland still rocks! And short of a Genos, the drums still sound the most live and dynamic to me…

There’s a lot about the PA4X that is cool, the new OS has got some very interesting stuff, and at least they seem to be fully invested in the Chord Sequencer concept, expanding the feature with linked transpose (Roland forgot to link the transpose with the CS) and a link to Songbook entries. But the effects architecture is old school and underpowered, imho. Maybe they have something new that fixes all that, but I have my doubts..!

I just hope if Roland bring out a new TOTL or MOTL arranger, it is recognized as good sooner than the BK-9 was!
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Audition styles on PC? #5456
4X actually has facility now to read directly from USB. It is in effect an external Set. You don't have to load styles to audition them any more.
I could be perfectly happy with the 4x or the EA7, or even the Genos if someone gave me one. All good choices with their advantages and disadvantages.
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But you still have to incorporate them into a Set to get Songbook access to them, right? The PA4X seems to harken back a bit to the G70 type system, rather than the immediacy of ALL data residing on a single stick like the BK/EA series. This strikes me as the best possible system, making full backup easy, and no issues about whether your data is incorporated into a SET for backup or playing purposes.

When you used the PA4X, did you rely much on the Chord Sequencer, Don? I first had one in the G800 (I think) and then the G1000. Once you start to rely on them, it is crippling to have to go back to having to play the damn chords every time round! In fact, the omission on the G70 is what caused me to move primarily to SMF's. I am slowly starting to use the styles a bit more now it came back, particularly on jazz heads and the like.
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I really don't use the Chord Sequencer to full advantage. I do a number of songs using it, Sleepwalk, Steel Guitar Rag, etc., where the bends often come right at the chord changes. I SHOULD use it more because it really is a great feature.
And yes, you don't have unlimited access to the USB drive for direct play. The EA7 now does. Probably Yamaha does the best job here. I have EVERYTHING on a USB, so if I want to play someone's Yamaha, I can just plug in and go.
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Same with the BK's... Other than Global settings (and EA7 fixed that omission), I can put my stick in anyone's BK-9 and it is instantly mine.

The idea of internal drives and attached storage is simply last-gen. Korg need to get on the bandwagon and move to a high speed stick for ALL data.

There are many cool things you can do with the CS... for instance, record just verse and chorus. If you want a double verse, simply restart the CS before it goes into the chorus. Stop the CS while you play a bridge, then go back to the loop. Get to the end of a song and quickly record a four bar loop on the fly to vamp out. The whole strength of the CS is uninterrupted play while you alter what the loop is doing.

Try recording the loop with inverted chords while the arranger is set to root recognition, then switch between root and Bass inversion recognition on later iterations of the loop for alternative basslines. Play really simple chords or open chords (no 3rd) for the loop, then play the alteration notes and chord alternatives just on the keyboard Part, so each verse can be a little different without re-recording the loop.

There's no end to the fun once you let the CS help you..!
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