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Just curious... #5880
Will factory styles from the EA7 play on the BK9? You can't assume anything with Roland! :)
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Just curious... #5881
I have a lot of E-A7 styles working on my Roland E-80.
Partly, because some did not load (Disk error) and were useless.
Others needed some tweaking / editting, and worked well.
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Just curious... #5882
BK9 compatibility is good with EA7 styles. Better than the E80, in fact (E80 chokes on styles with multiple Drum Parts).

But of course with the caveat that if they use sounds and kits not in the BK9 (mostly the new ethnic sounds and kits) results can be erratic.

We actually had a project a while ago where we had EA-7 users export the ROM styles and we checked them against the BK9 ROM. Other than the ethnic styles, there were very few new ones, but a ton of BK9 ROM styles got a bit of tweaking, some for the better, others not so much (IMHO).
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BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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Just curious... #5883
Thanks guys. If I were to happen across a BK9, it might be worth it, but ONLY if it would play the new intros on many of the styles. They can be used for fill/breaks..
Probably just idle thinking though...
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Just curious... #5884
I already knew that the G-70 / E-series couldn't play styles with multiple drum tracks. But I also thought I read that Roland somehow "dumbed down" the E-A7 relative to the BK-series. Something about only four fills instead of six? A while back, I asked whether the E-A7 could play styles from the E-series and BK's (the answer was yes.) So if it really does have fewer fills, I suppose they are ignored when the style is loaded, or they're simply inaccessible.

Another dumb question (and maybe off-topic.) I thought I read on here recently that Roland styles cannot be viewed or edited as MIDI. This seems strange, because 9 years ago when they released the GW-8, it had no on-board style creation facilities. (These were added later in Version 2 firmware.) Instead, the keyboard came with a crude "style converter" software. The idea was that you would open a MIDI song and break it into sections following certain rules. Saving it in the software would create something the keyboard interpreted as a user style. I already had an E-50 with good on-board faculty for creating and editing styles, so I never used the software. So my question: Are Roland styles MIDI, or not??
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Just curious... #5885
Roland Arranger Styles are not midi, those are a Roland proprietary format files.

On a Roland G-70 and a Roland E-80 you can also create or even cover change Styles.
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Just curious... #5886
It is pretty amazing the Roland have never understood that good style editing features are the backbone of good sales. While Korg and Yamaha concentrate on comprehensive style editing, and even auto generation of styles from SMF’s, Roland abandons style editing and easy import/export of SMF’s on all but their TOTL arrangers.

Sometimes I wonder if Roland’s entire arranger philosophy was “If Korg and Yamaha do it, we had better not!“.
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