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How edit existing BK-3 style

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How edit existing BK-3 style #5768
Hi,

I tried to find information on the internet how I can edit an existyng BK-3 style, e.g. Flood Pop.stl. But I did not succeed.

Is there software available to open and edit these files?

With which software can these styles be created for a BK-3?

I thought it can be opened by an midi sequencer, when the extension is replaced by .mid

But it seems a dedicated format so it is not readable as midi file.

I hope anybody can help my

Thanks
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How edit existing BK-3 style #5769
Try this... free, but possibly unsupported any longer and possibly not compatible with newer Windows builds.

www.roland.com/us/support/by_product/gw-...1-8368-2018811014a8/

There is also this: gesini.com/gerd-product.htm although it has been reported that the developer is often unresponsive to emails.

Alternatively, both the BK-5 and BK-9 have full style creation software built in. Sadly, you have selected the bottom of the line, and unfortunately the style creator was not included. Trade up to a BK-5 or find a good used BK-9 and you can start making your own styles.
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How edit existing BK-3 style #5770
Thanks a lot Diki!

Now I understand much more about the way how to create styles and their structure. I tried already your first suggestion (the style converter) and with the samples available I could create a style and import it in the BK3. With a Midi sequencer I can now adapt the example midi files and convert them to styles.

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How edit existing BK-3 style #5772
There are certain events such as Alteration Mode Messages, which as far as I know can ONLY be inserted using the built-in Style Composer on the BK-5, BK-9, E-A7, G-70 (version 2 & up) and the E-series arrangers. This feature was briefly MIA on the Prelude and GW-8. I suppose, if you had several sample messages as "specimens" you could figure out the syntax and spoof them; i.e., insert them into style MIDIs on a computer sequencer.

If you really want to do your own style editing, I recommend a G-70, E-50, E-60, or E-80. The workflow for the Style Composer in the BK-9 had a few bugs in it, and I would guess that Roland abandoned development of the BK's before the bugs were solved. Also the better screen on the aforementioned models is a boon for editing.

I haven't yet tried an E-A7. A lot of my frustration with the BK-9 is that it required use of the rotary encoder to set values. Per the manual, the E-A7 allows input of certain things via the numeric keypad. One of these days I'll come across one in a music store (or bite the bullet on restocking fees) and try it out!
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How edit existing BK-3 style #5773
As Roland don’t use .mid as the basis of their style file format (unlike Yamaha, you can’t open a style in a DAW by changing its extension from .stl to .mid) I’m not sure that style specific commands like Alteration Mode or Part Range use sysex.

AFAIK, no one has ever published a detailed breakdown of the Roland style format. But if you know of one, I’d be fascinated to take a look at it...

But, as has been pointed out for a long time, compared to Korg or Yamaha, Roland’s have a simpler style engine. If I remember correctly, quite a few parameters other users take for granted have never been user adjustable.
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