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CSQ files on BK-9

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Hi Diki ,
I am interested in the Chord Sequencer in the BK-9 - do you know the format of the .CSQ files ? (midi or text?)
I wonder if its possible to easily use existing Chord Progressions.
Can you easily edit the chord sequence on the BK-9 and does it use one of the Sequencer Tracks?
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CSQ files on BK-9 #5444
AFAIK, the .CSQ format is proprietary, there is no ability in the OS to edit it in any way. Possibly someone more technical than me could try opening the file in a hex editor, and try to see what's going on, but so far no-one has done that to my knowledge.

There is no way to include the file with the 16 Track Sequencer. But what you CAN do is load it up in Style Mode, put the Recorder to record MIDI, then record a sequence of the CSQ file playing the arranger (while you control fills and variations, etc. in realtime), then import that to the 16 Track Sequencer for further editing (if needed).

I can think of a couple of possible kludges to input chords to the BK-9 to store as CSQ files, but have never really tried them. One would be to sync the BK to a computer, and play an SMF of the changes in on the NTA channel (or LWR channel, I'm not quite sure what the CS records) while the CS is in record. It might also be worth investigating if a simple SMF of just the NTA channel playing the chords could have its extension changed to .CSQ (in a computer), but that one seems a remote possibility.

If I have to deal with complex chord input to the CS, I tend to solve the problem by simply slowing down the tempo to one I can comfortably play them at. Then speed the tempo back to what you need.

Live, however, I find the whole situation somewhat moot, as Roland (unlike Korg) failed to provide any mechanism to associate a .CSQ file with a Performance. To use a CSQ file, you have to first load the Performance, then go to the stick and navigate your way to the folder containing the CSQ file and manually load that... Not very practical on stage!

If Roland ever make another arranger with a Chord Sequencer (they failed to include it with the EA7 for some stupid reason) I hope that they seriously consider the necessity of Linking CSQ files with Performances, or what is the point, from a live performance situation? Roland seem ever conflicted about the feature they actually invented..! It was once a staple on Roland arrangers, disappeared about the V/VA series, didn't come back until the BK-9, and hasn't been seen on any other Roland since..! Make up your minds!

It is, IMHO, the one indispensable arranger feature for anyone capable of soloing well with a bend lever. And in combination with a way to store the file and link it to a Performance, Songbook entry or Registration, a fantastic way to blur the lines between SMF and style play. You can still control all aspects of the performance (Variation, fills, even style) live in realtime, but the input of the chords is handed over to a simple system that you can engage or disengage on the fly... How is this not a must-have for any arranger player?! :huh:

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1 year 4 months ago Last edit: 1 year 4 months ago by Diki.
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