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#1734959 08/17/11 08:37 AM
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Any one have experience with the Roland BK-7M arranger. I'm considering putting together a vocal and piano duo for restaurants and lounges. I would be doing a combination of jazz and pop. I would like to use my NP88 with the BK-7M. Since the NP88 does not have zone controls I would just used the NP88 as a midi controller (volume off) when using the arranger and would bring up the volume on the NP88 up and the BK-7M down when doing just piano.

Are these arrangers varied enough not to bore the listener. Do they sound cheesy or are they realistic enough to get by.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Rick

I've had one for about a month now. In my case, it's strictly for home use. You can read some reviews from people who own them and use them for gigs on the synthzone forum and on the roland arranger forum. It seems that some people find them a little complicated to set up for a smooth transition from one song to the next but there do seem to be a few that have used it in a live situation with good results. As to the styles (rhythms), there are lots of them and they seem suited well to different genres. Plus you can have up to four tones layered.

The tones themselves are like any other module I think. Some are great, some are very lacking. I don't like most of the strings and the pianos aren't so hot. OTOH I quite like many of the organ sounds and the EPs.

Both the tones and the styles are tweakable. I haven't done much with that. You can play back mp3s with the BK and that works really well, so you can load backing tracks if you're so inclined too.

I control mine with the PX330 and run everything through a mixer.

I sold a bunch of vintage synth modules to afford this one and the tones are eminently better and I do like having all the different rhythms to play with. The rhythms on the casio sound really tinny in comparison. And you can't beat the size of it.


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