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G-70 Roland Issue on Bass Not Playing SOLVED ISSUE ON MY OWN. THANKS!

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G-70 Roland Issue on Bass Not Playing SOLVED ISSUE ON MY OWN. THANKS! #6722
The Prelude introduced a function, assignable to the footswitch, which suppressed new chord recognition as long as the switch was held down. That sounds like the implementation used by Ketron, and also GEM (R.I.P.)

What's weird is that when the BK-series appeared, the ability to create Alteration Mode events in style composer returned, but this new footswitch function was nowhere to be found! I guess the 'Pianist 2' mode was supposed to take its place? It's almost as if these successive Roland arrangers were developed by two different product teams!
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I have long said that the discontinuity in Roland features seems to indicate a brand new dev team every series! The Prelude often seemed like an attempt by Roland to copy a lot of the systems used by Korg and Yamaha, but it was quickly abandoned (very little new from its OS made it to any subsequent arranger). A bit like the V/VA series, with much of its newer functions abandoned before the G/E series came out. And look at the on again off again love/hate relationship with the Chord Sequencer, something now widely embraced by everyone except the company that invented it! Roland always were a 'two steps forward, one step back' kind of manufacturer (sometimes two steps back!). Yamaha often get accused of very little progress each new model (though the Genos and SX900 seem quite big leaps forward) but they seldom get accused of abandoning great features in the process.

I think Korg and Yamaha both have the 'Chord Hold' function, but fail to combine it with the sustain pedal (which is what Ketron did) and you need to run TWO pedals to get the same effect. And Roland actually do (did) have a chord hold function, but it is not momentary and needs a press for on and another for off, making it useless as something that could be used next to a sustain pedal (and your foot hits both at the same time).

For me, the Pianist2 system works very well, and I'm not sure Ketron's system would be better. Sometimes you DO play different chords while you hold the pedal down, which the Ketron prevents. Then again, I suppose, sometimes you'd want to hold the chord while you DID play a dissonant chord over it. I guess neither system is perfect! But, either way, combining the sustain function with the ability to play more complexly without freaking out the chord recognition strikes me as something that really only needs to be on one pedal (the sustain!). Korg and Yamaha making you use two is a slip-up on their part, IMHO.
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