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Dynamix drums and sounds for EA7

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Dynamix drums and sounds for EA7 #5832
Is anyone using Dynamix drum sounds and/or guitar sounds in the EA7? Just curious if they are worth the money.
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Dynamix drums and sounds for EA7 #5833
Don, I know there were several folks that purchased some Dynamix products, I don't recall any high praise.
I am not sure how many if any new samples they give you, but you can easily do the same editing on the E-A7, and save as user drum kits,,, Then you can apply the kit and save as a new style..
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Dynamix drums and sounds for EA7 #5834
Thanks Fran,
I need to experiment with it then. I have changed some kits, but not edited any.
The demos they have make their stuff sound really good, but even after you buy it, and it's expensive, you still have to edit quite a bit.
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Dynamix drums and sounds for EA7 #5836
The demos I heard were pretty good. If I recall, they were entirely new samples, certainly more punchy than the built in kits. I don't know if they were complete kit replacements or whether the kits were combined with the built-in Latin percussion.

The main issue I have always had with sampled kits whether for GS use in a computer/DAW or sampled kits for arrangers is, how well do they replace a ROM kit without having to tweak the balance between the drums or velocity response? It's hard enough for Roland to create new kits for recent models that can play legacy styles or sequences without the kit balance being off. The V-Drum kits for the G70/E80 (edited a bit for BK series) always sounded a bit different in the drum/hihat balance to older GS kits, and it can easily be heard in the BK series by simply changing kits on the fly while you listen to a style. The balance between kick, snare, hihats and toms can vary quite a bit!

The same issue goes for imported sampled kits. It often leaves you with a fair bit of Makeup Tool work on SMF's and styles. In a perfect world, it would be plug and play, but even Roland have struggled to create new kits that sounded fresh and punchy but at the same time still working with legacy styles (that didn't have as punchy a sound when created).

But if you don't mind the work or are a little less picky about drum balances, from what I heard at least, the Dynamix stuff seemed a step up from some of the ROM kits. Plus they would give you the option of creating your own kits from a combination of Dynamix and ROM sounds.

But the saddest part of the whole story is, when the EA-7 was first announced, Roland said it would read Roland's S series multisamples, Akai and soundfont support. This would have opened it to a vast library of drum and percussion kits with minimal editing (especially for multi-velocity kits, you hardly need any synth parameter editing, just basic on/off envelopes). But in the end, Roland broke their promise, and orphaned the EA-7 with a format that shares data with NOTHING. Consequently, the market for anyone willing to create content for it is tiny. That Dynamix have bothered at all is highly commendable...

Drum kits, especially multi-velocity ones, have huge numbers of samples needed (up to four or more per note), and creating your own from scratch even if you have access to the raw WAV samples of other commercial kits can be a daunting task to even experienced programmers. This makes the need for commercial libraries even more dire. If Roland can learn ONE thing from the EA7, it is don't orphan a sampler with a measly 128MB of RAM to an unsupported multisample format. There's a ton of really good stuff out there from the 90's that are optimized for samplers with small memories (Akai, Roland, Kurzweil to name a few), whereas modern sampler libraries are designed for samplers with often 1GB or more, or computers with streaming abilities, and really can rarely be used with so little RAM available.

I know this is Roland's first sampler in a pro arranger since the failed Vari-Phrase stuff from the V/VA series, but having worse specs than an early 90's era sampler, and support for no format other than raw single WAV's or its own proprietary format has doomed the EA7 to be probably as unlikely to succeed as the V/VA series was. It makes you wonder why no-one at Roland ever seems to learn a lesson... :evil:
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