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Creating audio output using two keyboards

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Creating audio output using two keyboards #5547
Currently I use the VA7 to record midi files (using the various automatic Styles) along with a colleague on a Roland FP7 (playing a piano track). The FP7 is connected to one of the midi input tracks of the VA7. I then play the resulting combined midi file through the audio output of the VA7 and record it on my computer using the Roland Tri-capture.

However, I am replacing the VA7 with a EA-7 or BK-5 (not sure which yet, advice and comments welcome).

What will now be the best way to create a combined audio result from the two keyboards. I would still like to edit in the midi format, if possible, prior to audio output (as opposed to combining two audio streams).

Also, which keyboard would best handle the task: EA-7 or BK-5?

Also, do I understand correctly that the BK-5 will read and play the VK7 styles. I have quite a few ballroom dancing styles collected over the years. Or, maybe what the EA-7 or BK-5 has to offer far surpasses my modest collection of, say, 30 styles spread over the following genres: waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, rumba, foxtrot, tango, samba, etc.

Many thanks in advance!!!
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Creating audio output using two keyboards #5548
Cliff, the FP7 is only recording midi data, so there is no combined audio... The playback is all VA7.

The E-A7 is much better than the BK5... in every way ..
The E-A7 will also give you audio input for mic/ instrument.. and will record wav files..

I would not be concerned about the VA7 styles.. they are readily available and will play in either keyboard..
The styles in the E-A7 are superior to both the BK5 and VA7.
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Creating audio output using two keyboards #5551
I concur with Fran if the choice is with a BK-5 and an E-A7. However, if you can find a used BK-9 at about the price of a new E-A7 in good condition, I'd go that route for several reasons.

Better sounds, better keys, a Chord Sequencer (amazingly useful when doing ballrooms tunes with simple heads), a great B3 sim, great SN sounds including a jazz guitar that is to die for, more MFX, better Mic in, etc., etc..

But the main reason in your situation I'd go for the BK-9 is that its Performance List (the main list of setups that include all the styles and SMF/MP3's you need for a gig) is 999 entries long, the E-A7's is only 100 long. So, to go from one request to another on a BK-9 is usually simply selecting the Performance (by name). With only 100 entries, if you have a songlist or request list longer than 100 tunes (which most people doing ballroom and jazz standards have), you have to look up which Perf. List the requested song is in, load that (a several step process), THEN select the Performance (by name). This can break up the flow when you have dancers on the floor...

Just something to keep in mind. If you can't find a BK-9, the BK-5 also has the 999 entry Perf. List (as do all the BK's).
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BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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