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A change may be coming

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A change may be coming #6259
E-A7

Love/Hate is driving me crazy..
I chose the E-A7 over my BK9, for features like the sampling, pads,
and a better user interface.
Thus given up my 16 track seq, SN sounds, better keys and more of them..

There is one thing that annoys me about the E-A7 that may force me to
rethink my keyboard choice.

In fact I may go back to just using my G70.

Maybe get another BK9, and sell the E-A7..

What is the annoying thing.... No dedicated manual bass..
Most of the time I play manual bass, and as I do on my G70 ,
I just play the drums and mute all other parts.
Without a manual bass button, when I play an intro or ending,
the bass drops off becaus it is a lower voice,
not a manual bass voice. No problem with the G70 or BK9..

At this stage (not working as many gigs) I am so ready to use the G70,
for the things it does that the other two do not.

I cannot think of a way to get around this problem without using another
upper part as a bass, losing my piano part ( not acceptable).
1 month 21 hours ago

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A change may be coming #6260
Roland did not let me down... I found a parameter that allows "lower with intro"... Turned it on... Problem solved.
Manual bass from intro to ending.
1 month 12 hours ago

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A change may be coming #6263
Alternatively, because of Roland’s seamless performance switching, I find myself whenever against a brick wall simply using two adjacent performances and switching between them.

My main issue I miss from the G70 is layered Lower Tones. I hate that the Roland arrangers automatically switch the MBASS Part into mono when layered with the LWR Part. When you only have two Parts, it means no layered LH Parts. This makes sense if you are in style mode (and even there you might simply want a layered LH comp sound) but for SMF’s and MP3’s it’s rare to need a mono bass layered with a comp sound.

It’s a waste of a Part..! Yes, there’s a convoluted sysex workaround, but it’s a PITA and annoying to have to use simply because Roland can’t be bothered to add a ‘defeat mono’ switch for a layered bass part.

I wish that the EA7 had interested me, but I felt from the outset that the sampler and multipads were a shadow of the same features in Korg’s and Yamaha‘s, and if I REALLY wanted those, I’d already be using one of those. And yes, all the things you detailed (plus the VK Hammond, the gig sized Perf. List, the FC7 input, the extra MFX etc., etc.) would drive me crazy. Thing is, most of them aren’t in the G70 either...

If I were you, Fran, I’d try the BK-9 again and give it a longer try, now you know the EA7 isn’t working for you. I had a tough first few months, but stuck it out and discovered enough of those great new features that I can no longer do without I no longer miss my G70 (much!). Give it another chance, Fran. It grows on you...

I would be unsurprised if all the hype surrounding the SX900 doesn’t persuade one of the mayflies at SZ to sell their BK-9 to try one out...! Keep your eyes and ears open.
1 month 10 hours ago
BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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