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Working with files/formats #1198
I am working with the my new BK-5 and have some general questions:

1. Is it easier to make changes in the midi files themselves or easier to work and save in performances?

2. Is there a faster way to get to lyrics from performance? I count four button moves - exit smf, exit performances, menu and enter to display lyrics. This seems enormously inconvenient for shows.

3. Is the only way to start a midi file over to re-enter it?

4. Finally, is there a global octave change edit?

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Working with files/formats #1202
1. Performances only store the call-up for the style or SMF, and the volumes and mute status of any styles (the mixer can't be used for SMF's) plus all your Keyboard Parts, and settings. So, if you are editing SMF's, you HAVE to do that in Makeup Tools and store on the stick (either overwrite the original SMF, or create an edited version which you will have to make a new Performance to point to).

2. Why are you exiting SMF, then Performance? The Performance should be calling up the SMF (as long as you are making one Performance per SMF). But yes, you still have to go to the menu from the Perf. List and enter. Sadly, this is one area that buying the far less expensive BK-5 has issues. Only one display (the BK-9's two displays can show Perf. List and lyrics at the same time).

There is a workaround, though... Purchase a small, portable TV (they make sub-$100 ones for campers, car back up systems and the like www.amazon.com/s/ref=lp_979930011_nr_p_n...0019&rnid=5144350011 ) and connect it to the video out. This will display lyrics no matter what the main display is set to. If you have an iPad, Roland made an app called Lyrics Viewer, which would display the lyrics to playing SMF's on the BK series. I'm not sure if still in production, though.

3. If you press Sync Start, this will send an SMF back to the start. Also, when in Makeup Tools and working on a specific sound, if you press the MENU button it jumps to the first instance in the SMF where that sound is used (very handy!).

4. Global octave up for what? ALL Keyboard Parts? AFAIK, there's nothing that takes all Keyboard Parts up (or down) an octave at the same time. However, the workaround would be to make your base Performance first, then create another Performance with all the Parts up an octave, place them next to each other in the Performance List and switch between them on the fly.

Hope this helps. B)

PS... Question 2 seems to indicate you are still trying to do stuff old school... Call up the SMF or style, call up the sounds, then start. Modern arrangers have a simply overwhelming amount of both, plus effects, layout and octave choices etc.. It no longer makes any sense to do all this live, when one single Performance List call-up can call up everything you need for the song, and adjacent sub-Performances can call up any changes to the main Performance you need for different sections of the song.

Try to think in terms of ONLY using the Performance select buttons, and you will have a far easier time of it in front of an audience..! Do the work at home, in advance, and you don't need to do ANY work at all on the gig other than just play and entertain...
2 months 9 hours ago Last edit: 2 months 9 hours ago by Diki.
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Working with files/formats #1218
I have created these type of performance parameters for each song in the virtual arranger keyboards known as a music assistant file. It's the same premise, allows you to set all the variables and save them for easy recall In a named file. That system also allowed you to include several different options for organizing data by your choice of assignment, such as genre or artist.

I am wondering if I should get the bk9 before I go too far into the bk5. Can you offer any contrast between the two that would be the most significant advantages? You've touched on it before.

Thanks for all your suggestions it's really helpful.
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Fortunately, the BK-5 is a complete sub-set of the BK-9's features. So, basically, any Performances created on the BK-5 should be readable by a BK-9, and there are no sounds (AFAIK) missing from the BK-9. I'm not 100% sure that the ROM styles are named exactly the same or in the same location, but it shouldn't be a PITA if a few occur (just link to the correct style and re-save).

Unfortunately, the BK series Performance List is really only a bare list. You can't sort by genre, artist, tempo or other criteria. In fact, you can't automatically sort even alphabetically, you have to hand place the entries in order. However, there is nothing to stop you copying Performances between Lists, so if you really need a List that is all jazz, or all ballads, etc. you can do this, albeit slowly! However, the Roland iPad apps, and possibly GESINI might allow you to copy and reorder Perf. Lists far faster on an iPad or computer. I use neither, so you will have to do your own investigation here.

I prefer a Master Gig List with all songs alphabetically. I really don't like the hassle of changing Perf. Lists mid-set on a gig. That 1000 size List is really handy here!

Obviously, I would recommend the BK-9 over a BK-5 if you can find one and afford it... It is far more a worthy successor to your VA-76 than the BK-5. But if you can't find one, the BK-5 will still do!
1 month 4 weeks ago Last edit: 1 month 4 weeks ago by Diki.
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