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EA7 and apps 27 Oct 2017 19:29 #6385

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Are there Android or Apple apps that work with EA;7, maybe to call up lyrics or . . .?
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EA7 and apps 27 Oct 2017 21:38 #6386

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Don... not yet.... but Roland has the tone manager for PC...

Did you buy Bill's E-A7?
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EA7 and apps 27 Oct 2017 22:24 #6387

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Fran wrote:
Don... not yet.... but Roland has the tone manager for PC...

Did you buy Bill's E-A7?

No, didn't know he was selling!
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EA7 and apps 28 Oct 2017 23:39 #6388

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Nice to find that all styles from the BK7m and E50 work great... :)
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EA7 and apps 29 Oct 2017 17:31 #6389

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Don't forget... a bit of creative Makeup Tools can go a LONG way to making styles that 'work OK' into styles that blow you away!

The E-A7 has a lot of newer kits. Try substituting some of those, maybe messing with the sounds inside the kit to work their velocity ranges better...

But the biggest difference you can make? Very. very few styles have any MFX on the Parts. Take any distorted guitars, replace them with clean ones and add the Amp Sim.... Crank to taste.

Take the Rhodes and add phasers... or stereo tremolo.

Add some ping pong delay to synth Parts (use a delay that syncs to tempo).

Use the Enhancer on Parts that need to pop out in the mix a bit.

You have two MFX for your styles - USE THEM! You can hear how much better the right one is at making a keyboard sound shine. Seems a shame to not use them on the styles... :woohoo:

There are all kinds of ways you can turn an 'OK' style into a 'great' style! B)
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EA7 and apps 29 Oct 2017 17:37 #6390

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Thanks Diki, I have to get it ready for one job really quickly. Then I will have plenty of time to work on tweaking.
Still have PA4X, and probably will have it for a long time, but I needed a backup and needed to have two arrangers in place for a double coming up in two weeks.
So far I am really impressed with the E-A7. I love the light-weight key action! :)
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EA7 and apps 30 Oct 2017 16:26 #6393

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I haven't been able to sit at one yet. Did you ever play a BK-5? Would you be able to comment on whether the E-A7 is the same keybed or is it improved?

Personally, I am unimpressed with these down-market keybeds going into keyboards (arrangers aren't the only thing suffering from crappy Chinese keybeds, lately!). And given how much you like the PA4X, I am wondering whether you feel that way too? Admittedly, for all its lack of feel and crispness (I think that is the far more important 'feel' criteria than weight or spring strength) the BK-5 was still superior to Yamaha's excremental PSR S-series, but when compared to keybeds from 20 years ago on similar priced keyboards, falls FAR short.

Be honest now... If a keybed on a par with the BK-9 or PA4X were in your E-A7, would you be complaining? Once upon a time (in a galaxy far, far away!) pretty much ALL keyboards short of toy ones had keybeds that now only grace high end keyboards. How far we have fallen!
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EA7 and apps 30 Oct 2017 16:31 #6394

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BTW, curious why you didn't go for a low end Korg PA series as backup for the PA4X..?

You would still at least be able to use the same styles, etc. :huh:

I have always felt that a backup that forces you to re-do EVERYTHING (styles, registrations, performances, lyrics displays, etc.) isn't a 'backup', it's just another keyboard!
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EA7 and apps 31 Oct 2017 04:04 #6395

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First, I did play a BK5, but it was several years ago. I think the EA7 key feel is better, but not positive.
If this key bed were on the PA4X, I would love it, but most people wouldn't. I like really light, fast keys. Even more important now because I'm having some carpal tunnel problems and playing four hours or more every night isn't helping. I am NOT a piano player and don't want even semi-weighted keys.
As far as the reason for getting a different brand arranger...I've always liked a lot of the Roland styles and sounds, and I was listening to an old recording of myself on BK7m and thought it sounded really good, so that got me interested.
I do have a Korg MicroArranger as well, and previously had PA900 and PA3X. Loved 'em all, but none is perfect.
Next, I sort of need a project, so setting up the E-A7 is a challenge and I'm enjoying it so far. i got a lot done today, mostly editing some of my old styles that are missing from this model. I took your advice and have been changing some sounds, kits, e.q.,, etc. not too much yet though.
Tomorrow I expect to set up my favorite UPGs, at least 10, maybe 20. It is supposed to rain the next few days, so no golf or fishing and I'll have free time. :)
If I get really brave I'll take the E-A7 to the job tomorrow night, but will leave the Korg in place as well. Tuesdays are usually pretty slow and I can tweak a little on the job.
I ordered a T.C. Helicon Performer VK vocal processor/harmonizer. It will be here in a few days.
So far I have spent a LOT of time just playing with styles and getting totally familiar with OS again. Having fun here! This one extra job, where I need two setups, will mostly pay for all this! They don't come around that often. :)
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EA7 and apps 01 Nov 2017 23:28 #6406

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You are going to love the Perform VK. Mind you, I haven't yet messed around with the harmonizer (not my cuppa tea!), but the Tone section for voice and the tap delays are worth the price of admission all by themselves.

Check out their forum for setup and gain staging, though. Their manuals suck! Been February since they noticed they omitted how to set gain. Manual PDF has STILL not been updated... :angry:
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EA7 and apps 02 Nov 2017 02:24 #6407

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The manuals are terrible. The young generation doesn't believe in documentation, they think you should watch a video for everything.
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EA7 and apps 02 Nov 2017 03:50 #6408

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All well and good until no-one makes a tutorial video, right, Roland? :evil:
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