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BK no transpose on a style track?

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BK no transpose on a style track? #5650
I believe the BK was the first Roland arranger that permitted multiple drum tracks. Per page 105 of the BK-5 manual, this is accomplished by inserting a CC00 111 event at the beginning of the style track.

As you know, one of the key features of a drum track, is that it does not transpose with the played chord (otherwise the drum samples being played back would be radically different from what was originally recorded.)

Most other brands of arrangers allow the user to designate style tracks as "No Transpose." In other words, they will always play the phrase as recorded, without regard to the recognized chord. However Roland does not explicitly permit this designation on a style track (except for all tracks, on intros and endings of certain models.)

So I am thinking of a work-around: Maybe it's possible to designate an Acc (accompaniment) track as a "drum" track, then populate that track with melodic (non drum) instrument data, and it will not transpose.

My BK-7m doesn't have the style composer, so I can't test this myself. Would someone on the forum be kind enough to try this? Please edit a style, insert the CC, and share your results? A related question is: once you insert the CC00 111 event, is the track still polyphonic?

Thanks in advance for trying this on my behalf!
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BK no transpose on a style track? #5652
I believe the problem with Roland’s is, it already knows the program change numbers of all the drum kits. If I remember correctly, only drum kits can be used in no transpose mode.

This is probably different with the EA7, but from memory, there is absolutely no way to lock a normal part. Drum kits only, I’m afraid!

But, I would love if someone would prove me wrong! LOL
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BK no transpose on a style track? #5661
The technical answer is that the CC00 111 event doesn’t select a ‘no transpose‘ function, it selects a Drum Part. And only drum kits can be selected for Drum Parts...

Please feel free to contact Roland and ask for the feature... you never know!
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