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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol.

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Hello everybody!
My name is Ralf Schink and I am a member of the G-70 R&D and
Demo Team. In this workshop I would like to talk about some ideas
in putting together the sounds of the G-70 (will also work on E-80).

In my opinion one of the most important sounds in every Keyboard


of today is the Piano Sound. Naturally the Piano sound in the G-70 is
very good, because every note contains individual stereo samples. This guarantees a very
lively and rich quality of sound and a very high Expressivity. So now, let’s talk about the
playability, the effects and possible combinations of the Piano Sound with other sounds.

A very significant parameters in the playability of the Piano Sound is the Keyboard Action.
The G-70 has one of the best Keyboard Actions, and therefore the playability of the Piano
Sound is very good. Personally I like to use the Key Touch “Heavy” setting. This gives me the
best expressivity. You should select the setting that you will feel most comfortable with.

How to get there:

Press the Piano Button in the right area


on the Panel of the keyboard.

This will automatically select the best


Piano Sound and set the Keyboard in
Whole Mode, so that you won’t have any
Split Points.

In order to get the best out of any sound


combination it is very important to select
the appropriate effect settings.
For the Piano Sound we should use the Sympathetic Resonance MFX Effect. As there is no
Piano without Damper Pedal, I recommend connecting a DP-10 Damper Pedal to the Hold
Footswitch Socket on the backside of the keyboard.

Press the Effect Button left of the Display,


then press the MFX Area and select by
using the α-Dial Effect:

No 82 Sympathetic Resonance.
Now go to Edit and adjust the Parameters
in accordance to your taste and to your
Speaker Settings.

Try especially to experiment a little bit


with the Damper Parameter.

This Parameter simulates the natural


String Resonance of an Acoustic Piano
when you press the Damper Pedal and
play.

Press Exit.

Also you can change the keyboard’s


Reverb Parameters in order to put the
Grand Piano into different Ambiences.

a. Press the Effect Button left of the


Display, then press Edit in the Reverb area
on the Touch Screen.

b. With the parameter “length” you can


virtually change the size of the room.
Try to experiment a little bit with the
parameters, if you like.

Note:
The “SET LIST” in the User Program Panel of the Roland G-70 is called “LIST” on the E-80.
The next Step would be to save the
Settings into the User Program Area.

a. Press “SET LIST” in the User Program


field on the Panel of the keyboard.
b. Press write in the Display.
c. Select a Destination Memory.
d. Type Name e.g. “Best Piano” .
e. Press Save.

DONE!

Congratulations!

You have successfully created a very


beautiful User Program!

As a reference you can find this User


Programs here below:

RS Best Piano.UPG DOWNLOAD

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Layering the piano sound with strings


One of the most common combinations with the Piano Sound is the Layering of Piano and
Strings. In this Chapter we will create this beautiful combination.

a. Select the User Program “Best Piano”


that you have created in the last chapter.
Therefore press SET LIST and select the
User Program on the touch screen.
b. Press the green Lower 1 Button in the
Part Select Area of the keyboard.
c. Press the Strings Button in the Sound
Selection Area on the right side of the
panel.
d. Select St. Slow Strings 1 on the Touch
Screen .
e. Press Exit.
Now also press the Red Lower 1 Button in the Part Select Area to set sound Lower 1 to On.
Now you can play Piano and Strings together.

As a next step we will talk about mixing


the sounds with the Mixing board.

a. Press the Part Button on right of the 9


Drawbars/Sliders underneath the display.
b. Press the Volume/Pan Button left of the
Sliders until Volume is highlighted.
c. Use the corresponding Sliders for the
Upper 1 (Piano) and Lower 1 (Strings)
Parts and adjust the balance in
accordance of your taste.
d. Press Exit.

The musical result of this combination of sounds will be even better, if you would have the
possibility of blending the strings and the piano by using a volume pedal. Therefore please
connect an EV-5 Volume Pedal to the Foot Pedal Socket on the backside of the keyboard.
We will create the right pedal setting for blending in the Strings. Therefore it is necessary
that the Piano (Upper 1) won’t be affected by the position of the Damper Pedal.

a. Press Menu

b. Press Foot Controllers

c. Press Foot Pedal


We want to create a setting where only the Strings on Lower 1 will be affected by the
position of the Damper Pedal, and all the other Parts, including the 8 Parts of the Arranger
won’t change the Volume when you use the Damper Pedal.

a. Touch the Upper 1 field on the Screen.

b. Touch the Exp Pedal Setting field so


that it will be highlighted.

c. Turn the α-Dial until the field says OFF.

d. Repeat this procedure for all the other


parts EXCEPT Lower 1.

e. Press Exit.

Now we will save this Setting again in the User Program Area of the keyboard.

a. Press “SET LIST” in the User Program


field on the Panel of the keyboard.

b. Press write in the Display.

c. Select a Destination Memory.

d. Type Name e.g. “Piano&Strings” (find


the & character by touching 1 and then
turning the α-Dial counter clockwise).

e. Press Save.

DONE! Congratulations! You have successfully created a very beautiful User Program!
As a reference you can find this User Program here below:

RS Piano&Strings.UPG DOWNLOAD

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Layering Piano & Strings and Electric Piano


As a 3rd step in this workshop I would like to talk about layering one more sound to the
above Piano & Strings Combination. Since the sound engine has polyphony of 128 Voices we
can easily afford to Layer 3 sounds on top of each other’s.We have to remember that Upper
1 already contains the Piano Sound and Lower 1 already contains the Strings!
a. Select the User Program “Piano&Strings” that you have created in the last chapter.
Therefore press LIST and select the User Program on the touch screen.
b. Press the green Upper 2 Button in the Part Select Area of the keyboard.
c. Press the E.Piano/Keyboard Button in the Sound Selection Area on the keyboard panel.

d. Select FM EPiano 1 on the Touch


Screen.

e. Press Exit.

f. Press the red Upper 2 Button in the


Part Select Area.

Now you can play with 3 layered Sounds. Anyhow you will feel that the Electric Piano might
be too loud or not loud enough. Might be several reasons:
1. Please check the Keyboard Touch for Upper 2 (ref to Chapter 1).
2. Please adjust the Mixing Level of the Upper 2 Part (ref to Chapter 2).

Still you might not be 100% satisfied with the Sound. The reason could be the Effect Settings
for Upper 2. Let’s mix some Chorus to the El Piano.

a. Press the Part Button on the right side


of the Drawbars/Sliders.

b. Press the Rev/Chorus Button on the left


side of the Drawbars/Sliders until Chorus
is Highlighted.

c. Use the corresponding Slider and


increase the Chorus Value of Upper 2.

d. Press Exit.

As the amount of Chorus is a matter of taste, you should experiment a little bit while playing
on the Keyboard. I decided on a Value of 83. Now we will save this Setting again in the User
Program Area of the keyboard.

a. Press “SET LIST” in the User Program field on the Panel of the keyboard.
b. Press write in the Display.

c. Select a Destination Memory.

d. Type Name e.g. “E.Pi&Pi&Str” (find


the & and . character by touching 1 and
turning the α-Dial counter clock wise).

e. Press Save.

DONE! Congratulations! You have


created a very beautiful User Program!

As a reference you can find this User Program here below:

RS E.Pi&Pi&Str.UPG DOWNLOAD

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Instructions for the download of the User Programs

In order to put these User Programs into


your keyboard, you proceed as follows:

a. Download and unzip the File.

b. Take a USB Cable and connect your


Keyboard to your Computer.

c. Press Menu.

d. Press USB Data Storage.

e. Press Internal if you want to put the


Data into the Internal Memory of the
keyboard, otherwise press External. (The
selection of External requires a Data Card
being installed into the PCMCIA Slot).
f. You will find an external Drive on the Desktop of your Computer. Open it.
g. Drag and Drop the 3 User Programs into the Folder “Put new User Programs here”.
h. Press Disconnect on the Touch Screen of the keyboard.
i. Press Exit.
j. Press User Program right of the α-Dial in order to update the Database.
k. You will find the following User Programs in the list:

RS Best PianoRS
Piano&StringsRS
E.Pi&Pi&Str

Thank you for being interested in my workshop.


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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol. 2


Hello everybody!
In the last workshop we have been talking about putting together
some sounds. Of course this would be a subject that could be
continued for a long time, but as we have so many more things to
talk about, I would like to continue this workshop series by talking
about selecting the right style, adjusting it, and selecting the
appropriate sound for the song that you would like to play, in short:

How to create registrations for a Song:


First we have to select a song that we want to play. As you will certainly understand I can
only give an example for 1 Song, but if you follow the steps of programming the keyboard in
the same way for the song that you would like to play I am sure that you will have a very
satisfying result. I was thinking to select a song that would be in the charts at the moment,
but while researching, I figured that this selection would always be a bit unfair, because
naturally the charts are different in every country. That’s why I actually went back to select
an old standard song, that should be known in most of the countries by most of the people,
“Que Sera” from the movie with Doris Day and James Stuart.

In this workshop I would like to use Styles rather than Midi Files. So, as a first step I always
try to find the appropriate style. As we know, the Song is in 3/4, so let’s start looking for
Styles that are in 3/4. This would be all the Waltzes, off course, but we could also have a look
at styles in 6/8, because this sometimes works as well, or even better, depending on the
musical taste that we would like to give to the Song. The best would be, to play or sing the
melody first without a style to get some feeling for it, before we select the style.
Let us start by switching the instrument
off and on. Like this we can be sure that
we all will start with the same setting.

After that please select the Arranger


Button in the Keyboard Mode Area.

This will bring the Instrument into the


Arranger mode, and automatically select
a Split Point.

STEP 1
Now, please select the Style Wien Waltz
by pressing the Ballroom Button in the
Style Selection Area, and then simply
touch the name of the style on the
Screen.

After that, you have to press the Exit


Button to return to the main Page of the
display. Also please select Variation 1 in
the Style Control Area on the left side of
the keyboard’s Panel.

STEP 2
Then you will select a Sound for playing
the Melody with the right Hand.

The Green and the Red Switches of UP 1


in the Keyboard Part Section on the right
side of the Panel of the keyboard should
be switched on.

All the Other Red Switches in the Area


should be switched off.
I suggest to use a Flute Sound to start
the Song with. Press the Button “Wind”
in the Tone Area of the Panel.

After that, please touch the field


“FluteVibAtk” on the Screen. While
playing on the right side of the Keyboard
you should now hear a Flute.

Press Exit.

STEP 3
Now I suggest to put a little more
Ambience to the Flute. Please, press
the Effect Switch on the left side of the
display.

Next touch the Edit Switch of the Reverb


field on the Display.
As the easiest step for changing the
ambience of the sound we will change
the Reverb Time to “92”. This will
virtually increase the size of the room
that you are playing in.

Please touch the Time field on the Screen


and use the Data Entry Dial to increase
the Value to 92.

If you want you can also change the value


to any other Number. You should do this
while playing in order to understand the
relation between the Parameter and the
sound.

Press Exit.

STEP 4
Now we will move the Flute a little bit to
the right side of the Stereo Image.

Press the red Part Button on the right


side of the Drawbars. Touch the 1st
Round Potentiometer on top of the
Volume Slider in the Display.

Now you can use the corresponding Drawbar for adjusting the Value of the Panorama.
Again, please change the Value while playing, so that you will get a feeling for this
Parameter. My suggestion is to set the Pan to R 22. Press the Exit button.
STEP 5
Ok, now we should save this Setting as a
User Program. Press the SET LIST button
in the User Program Field on the Panel.

Touch “Write” on the Screen, and select a


place that you want to use for this User
Program.

Now type the Name “Que Sera 1” by


using the Key Pad on the Touch Screen.

Touch Execute on the Screen.

Press Exit

You have now successfully created a


User program.

But off course we are not at the End yet!


STEP 6
As a next step we want to create a second User Program for the second Part of the Song.
Let’s now use “Que Sera 1” as a starting point for creating “Que Sera2”.
This will save us from repeating all the Effect Settings, and the Style Selection, etc…

Please reselect “Que Sera 1” now. One possibility for doing so would be going into the Set
list in the User Program Field on the Panel and select the User program “Que Sera 1” on the
touch Screen.

STEP 7
Assuming that you have now selected the
User Program “Que Sera 1” we are going
to continue by changing the Sound of
UP1.
I would like to create a Piano Patch with a
Piano Sound that automatically plays in
Octaves.
Be sure that the Green UP1 Button in the
Keyboard Part Field is lit, and then you
can press the Piano Button in the Tone
Part on the Panel.

(Be sure not to press the Piano Button in the Easy Setting field. If you have accidentally done
this, please go back to the beginning of chapter 6 and start again). Please select on the G-70
“The Grand X” or on the E-80 “SuperiorPian” on the Touch Screen and press Exit.

STEP 8
In the next step please press and hold
“Melody Intell” in the Tone Effects field
on the very right side of the Panel on the
keyboard. Select Page 3 and touch the
“Octave Type1” function on the Screen.
This function will add another Note, one
Octave down, played by the Piano.

Press Exit and switch on the Melody


Intelligence function in the Tone Effects
Field.

Now play a chord with the left Hand and play a Melody in the right hand.
You will immediately hear that the Piano is now played in Octaves.
Switch Melody Intelligence on and off and listen to the difference in sound.
STEP 9
In analogy to step 4 now we will move
the Piano Sound a little bit to the left in
the stereo field. My suggestion is L 20.

STEP 10
For changing the Variation of the Style
please change to Variation Number 2 in
the Style Control Panel.

STEP 11
Now it is time for saving this setting as
the User Program “Que Sera 2”.
Please refer to Step 5 for doing this.

I recommend saving the 2nd User


Program close to the first one, because
we want to change them continuously
in the progress of the song.

STEP 12
Please reselect “Que Sera 1” as a starting
point for our 3rd User Program.
Now we want to create some beautiful
Strings for both Hands.

Let’s start with the Strings for the right


Hand. Please switch on the green UP1
Button in the Keyboard Part Field on the
Panel and press the grey Strings Switch in
the Tone field, and select St. Strings on
Page 1.

Now press the green UP2 switch in the Keyboard Part field, press again the grey Strings
Button, and select St. Slow Strings on Page 1.
Press Exit.

For hearing both String Sounds when you


play on the Keyboard you will have to
switch on the red UP2 button in the
Keyboard Part Field on the Panel.

Now also switch on the red LW1 button in


the Keyboard Part field.

Here we are actually taking advantage of


the Factory Setting, and we will already
find the St. Slow Strings selected for the
Lower 1 Part.

STEP 13
When we play the Melody now, we will
listen to a rather dense String Sound.

As a first Step we will change the Octave


of the UP2 Slow Strings Sound. Switch on
the Green UP2 button in the Keyboard
Part field on the Panel, then touch the
arrow that shows in the upper direction
and change the value in the little Screen
to 1.

When you play again on the Keyboard you will notice, that the Sound has now changed,
especially when you play long notes.

STEP 14
To make the sound more playable, let’s
change the key Touch Curve to a more
“easy to play” mode.

Please press the Menu Button on the


right side from the display
Press “Split & Touch”

Press “Key touch”

Now press Upper 1 and adjust the


Curve to “Low”.
Press Exit.

STEP 15
As we are now using 3 different Parts in
the same time, Mixing is becoming really
important.

Please press the red Part Button, adjust


the Values according to the Picture and
listen to the difference in Sound.

STEP 16
Please select Variation No 4 in the Style
Control Field on the left side of the Panel.

STEP 17
Now it is the time for saving this User
Program with the Name “Que Sera 3”.

Follow the instruction in step No. 5.

Congratulations! Now it is time for


playing the Song. Enjoy!

As a reference you will find the 3


Que Sera User Programs here to be
downloaded.

Que_Sera1.UPG DOWNLOAD
Que_Sera2.UPG DOWNLOAD
Que_Sera3.UPG DOWNLOAD
As a bonus, I would like to give away 2 of the Performance Memories that I have been using
during my Demo Tours. I hope you enjoy using the 2 registration examples as much as I do.

Toot’s Harmonica
This is a Patch that uses a warm Synth Sound and an Acoustic Bass in the Lower Parts. There
is also a Ride Cymbal that reacts very much on the velocity. On the Upper Part I put a very
beautiful Harmonica Sound with some nice Stereo Delay Effect.

Toot's Harmonica.UPG DOWNLOAD

Bandoneon
This Patch uses the new Bandoneon Sound of the G 70 that has been derived from ROLAND’s
successful V-Accordion Series on the Upper Parts, and a typical Piano Sound Ambience that is
frequently used for Tango Music, on the Lower Parts.

Bandoneon. UPG DOWNLOAD

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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol. 3


In this workshop I would like to talk about the OS Version 2 of the G-70. If you have it not
installed yet into your G-70, please update now. In this workshop I would like to talk about
the new Guitar Mode, one of the amazing and unique new features in the G-70 Version 2.

So first, let’s have a look at the back-


ground a little bit. The guitar sounds in
today’s Keyboards are getting better and
better.

Still it is really not that easy to play on


the keyboard in the way a guitar player
would play on his Guitar. In other words,
the final result of the performance is not
only depending on the quality of the
sounds, but also very much on the way of
playing.

And to play as authentically as possible on the way a Guitar would be played is not an easy
thing to do, I would even say some Guitar playing techniques are impossible to be
reproduced on a keyboard action.
In order to solve this problem ROLAND R&D made a lot of deep research and as a result of
this research you will now find and benefit from the new Guitar Mode in the G-70 Version 2.
The Guitar Mode enables you to perform authentic guitar strumming and picking on the
keyboard action of the G-70, something that is completely impossible to achieve by just
playing in realtime. You can include this into your real-time performance, and even sing on
top of it, using the built-in Vocal Harmonizer. Or you can use the Guitar Mode in the
Sequencer or Style Composer environment for creating the Guitar Tracks. In other words,
this is the first time that it is possible to create an authentically sounding guitar track in a
standard midifile or in a style in no time.

And that’s what we want to do here now: We want to create an easy 8Beat type of groove in
the Style Composer environment. Before going into the Style Composer we will have to
make ourselves a little bit familiar with the Guitar Mode. So let us switch on the Guitar
Mode by simultaneously pressing the Piano and Arranger button in the Keyboard Mode field
on the Panel of the G-70. This will put the G-70 into a Guitar with a Keyboard Action.

On the display you will now see 3 Zones on the Keyboard:

1. The left Zone is for playing the chords with your left hand.
(Exactly like you have always done it)
2. In the middle Zone you will be able to play pickings with the 6 guitar strings by just
playing on the keyboard.

Please play any order of notes from C – A (Octave underneath the Drawbars) and the G-70
will sort them out in accordance to the chord that you have played with your left hand.

3. In the right zone (one Octave higher from C – C - F) you will be able to play many different
types of guitar strummings and articulations, again in accordance with the chords that
you have played on the left side.

Please try the different notes on the right side and have a listen to the musical result.

Did you ever play a nice guitar strumming like this before? Well, I certainly did not!
For me this is really amazing, and I am confident that after a short while you will get
comfortable with the new way of playing and it will feel very natural to you.

So let’s move on in the direction of creating the style. As we want to just focus on the Guitar
Track I have created a tutorial style with the name G-Mode ready for you to be downloaded
here.

G MODE.STL DOWNLOAD

After downloading the style you will have to transfer it into the keyboard.
So please connect a USB cable from your
computer to the keyboard, press Menu.
(next to the display on the right side).

Press USB Data Storage and press

“Internal Memory” on the Touch Screen


of the Keyboard.

You will now find an additional hard drive


with the Name G70_SSD or E80_SSD on
your computer. Please copy the style
into the folder “Put New Styles Here”.

After that please close the connection


between the G-70 and your computer by
pressing, “disconnect” on the touch
screen. (Mac Users will have to unmount
the Hard Disk that they will find on the
desktop of their computer).

You may then press the (flashing) Exit


button and disconnect the USB cable.
Now please press the Style Switch in the
Finder area on the Panel of the keyboard.

This will update the Database and you


will be able to find the style in the style
list of the finder. Please select the style
“G-Mode” and listen to it. (You may have
to switch on the Arranger in the
Keyboard Mode field of the keyboard).

Press Exit.

Main 1-3 fully identical and in Main 4 you will hear a nice Guitar Groove playing with the
Bass and Drums. As this is just a tutorial style you won’t find any Intros, Endings or Fill Ins.

Before going into the Style Composer Area, let’s try the feeling of the Guitar Mode playing
along with the Style. Therefore please use Variation Main 1 and switch on the Guitar Mode
(By pressing simultaneously Arranger and Piano in the Keyboard Mode Field on the panel).
Press Start, play a chord on the left side and play along with the Style using different
possibilities of the Guitar Mode. Are you getting familiar with it?

I am sure it sounds great!!! Maybe you want to sing along with it? – Go for it!

When you feel confident about it we can


go to the Style Composer by pressing
Menu and the Style Composer on the
touch Screen.
1. Now let’s select Division Main 1 and
Major mode.

Now let’s select Track Accomp1, press


Record on the left side of the Panel and
change REC Division Mode into M=m=7.

Now we can record the Guitar Track into


the variation Main 1 and the keyboard
will automatically create the appropriate
tracks for the Minor and 7th Pattern.

Naturally we will record the Guitar Track in the Key of C and with a simple C Major Triad.

The Rec Division Field should be on Main


1, and the Rec Track should indicate
Accomp 1. Also we will have to select
Input Quantize to 1/8. This will smoothen
the timing of our playing automatically.

The great news here is that we won’t


loose the strumming effect of the Guitar.
This is actually quite unique, because
usually quantizing will set all the notes on
the same place.

Now please switch on the Guitar Mode on the Touch Screen. On the left side you should play
a C Triad (C-E-G) before recording. You can now start the recording by pressing Start in the
Style Control Section.

During the 1 measure of Count In, where


you will hear a Metronome, you should
get prepared for playing.

After you finished the recording, please


press Stop.

In order to listen to what you have just


recorded you will have to press Play in
the Style Control Area.
If you would like to redo, please start again from the top of this chapter. The only thing that
you’ll have to change is after pressing the Record Button you should switch the REC Mode
back from Mix to Replace. This will then automatically overwrite your previous recording.

2. If you are happy with the result, then


you might have to adjust the length of
the recording. (For my Version in Main 4
I decided to use a 2-measure loop).

But first (and just in case) we will save


the style first by pressing the Save Switch
in the Touch Screen. You should slightly
modify the Name, so that you won’t
overwrite the Original Style. I suggest
that you might simply add your initials to
the Style Name.

After saving you have to reselect Main 1


(2 or 3, depending on where you have
made your recording) and the referring
Track. (Possibly Track 1).

For changing the track length please


press Track Edit and Track Length.

Now you can modify the Track Length of


each Track that is used in the Style.
The easiest way is to correct M=m=7
Tracks at the same time by switching on
the 3 Blue Switches in the Mode section
on the Touch Screen.
Then you can select the appropriate
Track Length (2, 4 etc measures) in
accordance to your recording in the
Length Field on the Screen, after that
just press “Execute” and "Back".

You might again want to save the style


after confirming that you have made the
right choice in track length. In case you
have made a mistake, please reload the
style and redo the above procedure.

3. As a next step we should add the


Chord Alteration Parameter which allows
us to benefit from ROLANDS great
Adaptive Chord Voicing technology.

(ACV will always select the nearest notes


when you change the chords. Like this
you will have very smooth and natural
chord progressions).

To do this, please press Track Edit and


Global Change, both on the screen.

Select Track 1 (or whatever Track you


may have recorded into) Select All in the
Mode Field and select the appropriate
Division, possibly Main 1.

After that please select “Nearest” in the Alteration Mode field and press Execute.
After pressing “Back” on the Screen you can leave the Style Composer environment with the
(flashing) Exit button on the panel of the keyboard.

You will be asked if you would like to save the Style, which you should do if you are sure that
your programming has been correct. If you have some doubt and you’d prefer trying the
style first, you should press “NO” on the Screen.

After that you can try the style. Be sure that the Arranger (KBD Mode Area on the Panel) is
switched on, start the style and try playing different chords. Listen to the result!
Also you could always go to Main 4 in order to compare your programming with my
suggestions. If everything is like you want it you should now certainly save the Style.

In order to do so, you will have to re-enter into the Style Composer environment by pressing
Menu and Style Composer. After that press Save on the Screen and follow the routine.

Remark: in Main 4 I recorded a simple short guitar stroke on Beat 2&4 on Track 2 with
another Guitar Sound, still by using the Guitar Mode. This gives an even more realistic
feeling to the style.

Congratulations!

You have now successfully used the Guitar Mode, and created a nice Guitar Style –

Actually you could do similar things for recording Guitar Tracks in Standard Midifiles.
Personally I am quite sure, that the Guitar Mode will have a great influence in Style and SMF
programming in the future.

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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol. 4


In this workshop I would like to talk about the Song and Style Make Up Tools. With this great
feature you can easily change sounds and mixer settings in the Midifiles or the Styles of the
keyboard. Actually, the Make Up Tools in this keyboard are the most powerful, easiest and
fasted tools for changing Sounds and Settings in Midifiles or Styles, currently existing. Roland
has recently presented a new SRX Expansion Card especially developed for the G-70. This
card offers a lot of fantastic new sounds, Drum Sets and even some Drum Loops. Off course
you can just play those sounds on the Keyboard but you can as well assign those sounds to
the different tracks in the style. And that’s exactly what we are going to do now.

As a prerequisite you should have the new SR-G01 card installed into your G-70, as well as
the Software Version 2 (which you can download for free on this website).
If you do not have the SRG-01 card, you can still participate at the workshop, but you should
then select other sounds, because you do not have the SRG-01 sounds that I am using here.
Also in order to be able to select all sounds that are available in the keyboard, we should
change the Sound Set mode from best to Extended. (This has nothing to do with the
Expansion Card. This is a basic function of the keyboard).

Please press Menu on the right side of


the display and then press Utility on the
screen.

In the Startup Folder you will find the


Sound Set Mode, which you should set to
Extended. The G-70 will remember this
setting also after being switched off.

Press Exit.

The most significant result in changing


sounds in a style you will experience by
changing the Bass and the Drumkit.

Let’s select the style Cool Live Band.


You will find this style in the category
“Live Band”.

Press Exit.
Also let’s switch on the Arranger in the
Keyboard Mode Area on the Panel of the
G-70.

Now please press the Make Up Tools


button on the right side of the Display.

The first thing we would like to do now is


to change the Drum Sound of the style.

Play a Chord on the left side and press


Play, so that you can listen to the style.
Please move to the Drum Track by
pressing the right Arrow in the lower
right corner of the touch screen, and then
touch the name of the Drum Sound.

This will lead you directly into the


environment where you can select the
sounds. You can try any Drum Set there
and listen to the result. Some results may
sound good; some may be a little bit
funny.

In this particular example I would like to recommend using the Drum Set “Studio X Kit2”
coming from the new SR-G01. You will find this sound on Page 5 of the Drum Sets.

Also there is a green indication (EXP)


showing that this sound is coming from
the SRX board installed.

You can directly hear a big difference in


sound impact! Actually this particular
Drum Set is coming from ROLAND’s
fantastic Fantom X Series!

Press Exit!
In the next step we are going to change
the Bass sound.

Therefore we will press the right arrow


in the down right corner of the touch
screen and move to page 2.

Now please touch the name of the bass


sound. This will lead you again to the
pages where you can select different
bass sounds.

Again you can select any bass sound.


Some might sound good, some not, but
it is always worth trying!

Now please select “X 5String Bs” on page


29 of the sound list and listen to the
result.

Much more impact, in deed, because


again, this sound is derived from
ROLAND’s Fantom X Series.

Press Exit.
Now it would be a good moment for saving the style. Press Save on the Screen.

I just added the two letters MU (Make Up Tools) to the style name so that I don’t confuse
the style with the original version anymore. Press Execute and after that press Exit.

After that, please press the Style Button


in the Finder on the panel of the G-70
and select the Style “Cool Live Band MU”.

Press Exit and re-enter into the Makeup


Tools.

As a next step we are going to change the


Strings on Page 4.

On the SR-G01 card there are very


beautiful Symphonic Strings, that you will
find on page 12 after pressing the Sound
name in the Screen.
Press Exit.

Now, we will save the style again.

(The instructions for doing so you will


find a little bit further above in this
workshop).

Basically we are done for the moment


with assigning new sounds to this style.

As a reference you can download it here.

Style Cool Live Band MU Download

Please, download the User Program below and save it into internal memory of the keyboard.

MU tools 01 Download

Please connect a USB cable from your


computer to the Roland keyboard,
press Menu (next to the display on the
right side), USB Data Storage, and
“Internal Memory” on the Touch Screen
of the Keyboard.

You will now find an additional hard drive


with the Name G70_SSD or E-80_SSD on
your computer.
Please copy the style into the folder
“Put New User Programs Here”.

After that please close the connection


between the keyboard and your
computer by pressing, “disconnect” on
the touch screen.

You may then press the (flashing) Exit


button and disconnect the USB cable.

Now please press the “User PRG Switch”


in the Finder area on the Panel of the
keyboard.

This will update the Database and you


will be able to find the style in the style
list of the finder. Please, select the User
Program “MU Tools 01” and play a little
bit on the keyboard.

In this User Program I have created a nice


Piano/Electric Piano Sound ambience
with a Wah Wah Guitar on the left, and a
great new Soprano Saxophone on the
Upper 3 Split Zone in the highest Octave
of the G-70.

Press Exit.
For practising you could repeat this workshop with any other style and with any other sound
assignment that you like. Off course you can do the same thing using the Song Makeup
Tools for modifying Standard Midifiles in this unique and simple way that the keyboard is
offering. The Makeup Tools are off course working with any Standard Midifile that you can
buy in the market.

Congratulations and enjoy using the great Makeup Tools.

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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol. 5


This time I would like to talk about Data and Memory structure of the G-70 and E-80.

We have two different Memories, the


Internal Memory and the External
Memory.

Both are accessible from your Computer


via USB. (Press Menu, USB Storage).

On the Internal Memory you will find all


the Factory Data (Music Assistant, User
Programs, Styles, Songs, etc).

One way of finding this Data in your


instrument is using the Finder button on
the right side of the G-70’s panel.

For example if you would press the Style


button there, you will see the shown
screen.

If you want to create and save your own


Data you can save to the Internal
Memory and/or to the External Memory.
One way of reaching the Save
environment is pressing the Disk button
on the left side of the display.

Now press Save and press Style.

As a memory destination you can now


select between:

a) Internal Memory

b) External Memory

or

c) Floppy Disk (not for Midi Sets).

Now let’s imagine, you have worked with the Internal Memory up to now and you just
purchased a PCMCIA Adapter and a Memory Card, such as Compact Flash, SD Card, Micro
Drive etc. and you want to correctly transfer your User Program Data and your Styles and
Songs to the External Memory. In the following chapters I would like to describe one way to
do this:

I) User Programs

Let’s presume that you have created a


couple of User Programs and saved them
into the User Program list.

Also you have already saved this User


Program list into the Internal Memory.
* Off course any Name for the
User Program set would be ok!

So far everything will be in the internal


memory of the keyboard. Now you want
to save the User Program list and all the
single User Programs into the External
Memory.

First we have to understand, that there are the following two types of Data in the User
Program Environment.

1. Files with the extension “. UPG” are single User Programs that the keyboard saves every
time you save a User Program.

2. Files with the extension “. UPS” are User Program Lists. Apart from the contents of your
User Program List there are also all general Data like Mastering Tools Setting, Global
Setting (such as Touch Screen Beep, etc) stored in these files.

Before you can use your new External Data Card, you will have to format the Card inside the
keyboard. (Cards that are formatted in the PC won’t have the right folders for making the
Database work correctly). So, please insert the Data Card (after you have inserted the Card
into the correct PCMCIA adapter) into the PCM Slot on the backside of the keyboard.

Then press Disk on the panel of the


instrument.

Then touch the Format button on the


screen.
Please acknowledge that formatting a Data Card can NOT be undone! So you have to be
absolutely sure, that there is no Data on that Card that you still need.

After formatting the Data Card you can


save the User Program list to the External
Memory.

Now you have saved the User Program


list to the External Memory, and all the
referenced Single User Programs (.UPG)
into it will be automatically copied to
the External Memory.

If you press the SET LIST button you will


now read “From External Memory” in the
upper right corner of the display.

II) Styles

After you have successfully transferred all


your User Programs to the External
Memory we will have a look at how to do
the same thing with the Styles.

For copying the Style Data from the


Internal to the External Memory we will
use the On Board Copy function of the
keyboard.
Please press Style Finder on the panel of
the keyboard and select any Style.

Touch the Options button and the Copy


button on the screen and select from
Internal to External Memory.

If you want to copy all Styles from


Internal to External please touch the All
Files button.

If you prefer to individually select the


Styles that you wish to copy you can do
so by just touching the Styles that you
want to copy (Deselect All Files first).
After you have selected all the Styles that
you want to copy on all pages you can
touch the Execute button on the screen.

Now you will find the copied Styles in the


External Memory (Style Finder, External
Memory).

In the next step we will link the Styles


from the External Memory to the User
Programs. As the keyboard has an open
Data structure up to now the Styles will
still be loaded from Internal Memory,
even if the User Programs will be loaded
from the External Memory.

The Link for the Style is inside the Single


User Program Data and therefore has to
be changed individually.

Please select “Magnificent West1”


in the Set list.

Press Exit.
You can see in the display that the
“Western Movie” Style has been loaded
from the Internal Memory.

Press the Style Finder Button on the


Panel of the keyboard.

Touch the Finder button on the screen.

Type: West
(the first 2 – 4 letters usually do the job)

Touch Find on the screen and select the


Style.
Press Exit.

Now you can see that the “Western


Movie” Style has been loaded from the
External Memory.

If you decide to keep it that way you


should save the User Program into the
Set list.

Press SET LIST.

Touch Write and the Place in the list


(I recommend to simply overwrite the
same Place) touch Execute on the screen,
and touch Yes for overwriting the User
Program.
Now you have successfully linked the
Style from the External Memory to the
User Program.

You may repeat this procedure for all the


User Programs where you would like to
make that change.

When you have finished you will have to


save the User Program Set list again to
the External Memory.

III) Songs
For doing the same job that you have just completed with the Styles you can follow the same
procedure with the Songs using Song Finder Copy function. After you have copied the Songs
from the Internal Memory to the External Memory you might have to create the appropriate
links between the User Programs and the Songs.

To do this you again select the User


Program that you want to change. (In this
workshop I would like to use the
“Magnificent West” User Program and
the Song “Amazing Grace” as an
example).

Now touch the Song Link button on the


screen.

Touch the Make New Song Link field and


touch the Song that you would like to link
to the User Program.

(Here we simply use “Amazing Grace”).


Press the "Get It" button in the lower left
corner of the Screen and you will see that
the Song has been linked to the User
Program.

When you are done with that job for all


the User Programs that you would like to
modify in that way you should save the
User Program Set again to the External
Memory.

Congratulations! You have transferred all


your Data successfully from the Internal
to the External Memory.

Now, for example, you could go to any


other Roland G-80 or E-80, load your Data
and start playing your Music!

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Ralf Schink's Tips & Tricks Vol. 6


This time I would like to show you how to create a User Program that allows you to play a
Melody and use the Guitar Mode at the same time. Also you will discover nice Pad Sounds
for the left hand and a groovy Style. And to complete the story we will adjust the Vocal
Harmonist.

We will follow 4 Steps:

1st Step: Selecting the Sounds and adjusting Split Points


2nd Step: Selecting the Style and adjusting Tempo
3rd Step: Adjusting Effects and Balances
4th Step: Adjusting the Vocal Harmonist
Before starting, please let’s check that
you have already the latest O.S. into your
keyboard.

You will find this information by pressing


the Menu button on the keyboard, and

then the Utility button on the display


and then the Info button on the display.

In case your G-70 is showing at least


Version 02.01 you can continue with
the workshop.

In case your instrument shows a lower


software version, please proceed to the
Update section of
http://www.rolandkeyboardclub.com

1st Step: Selecting the Sounds and adjusting Split Points

Before selecting the sounds, please restart your keyboard, so that we can be sure that all the
settings are at starting position. As a first step, please switch on the arranger in the Easy
Setting field on the keyboard panel.

Then switch on the Guitar Mode by


simultaneously pressing Arranger and
Piano in the Easy Setting field.

After that please press the Guitar Mode


field on the touchscreen, to enter into
the Guitar Mode and select the sound
05-V-Steel5 in the upper left side of the
display. You can do this by using the Data
Entry dial on the keyboard panel.
Then press Options,

switch on the Doubling button on the


touchscreen and try also the Stereo
Width Parameter.

Press Exit.

Now please save the User Program.


(I recommend saving the User Program
every couple of processes as safety
measure).

You can find the instructions for doing this in Chapter 1.

I have called the User Program “Roberta’s”, because it is referring to a famous Song of
Roberta Flack. Now we will select the melody sound for the Upper 3 Part and adjust the
Upper 3 Split Point. Please press the green backlit Upper 3 button in the Keyboard Part field.

Then please select a Soprano Saxophone


sound. If you are using SR-G01 please
select Sop Sax Vib, otherwise you can also
select one of the internal Soprano
Saxophone sounds.

Please activate the red backlit Upper 3


Part button in the Keyboard Part field on
the keyboard panel.
For adjusting the Split Points please press
Split (Main / UP 3) on the touchscreen
and adjust the values in accordance to
this picture.

Press Exit.

When you play on the keyboard you can now hear the Guitar sound controlled by the Guitar
Mode in the middle part of the instrument and the Soprano Sax on the right side. Most likely
the Octave of the Soprano Sound is not correct. So let’s adjust the Octave to a Value of -2.
(The green Upper 3 Part button must be switched on).

Save the User Program again. (It is ok to


overwrite the old version)

Now it is time to select the sounds for the


left hand.

Please press the green Lower 1 button in


the keyboard’s Part field and select the
sound “Warmer Pad”.

Now switch on the red Lower 1 and the


red Lower 2 buttons. (We are taking
benefit of the default setting for Lower 2
“Pad With”).

When you play on the left side you will


hear some beautiful Synthesizer Pad
sound.
In this example we can also use the
Manual Bass. So let’s select the sound
“Jazz Bass 2” by pressing the green
Manual Bass button in the Keyboard Part
field and selecting the Bass Sound.

Now we need to switch on the red MBS


button in the Keyboard Part field.

Save the User Program again.


(It is ok to overwrite the old version)

Now we have basically completed the


1st step of selecting the sounds.

2nd Step: Selecting the Style and adjusting Tempo

As we want to play the song with kind of


a modern feel select the Style “Cool Rap”.

Press Exit.

Personally I like the default Tempo 95 of the Style, however if you prefer another Tempo for
playing the song please adjust the Tempo by using the Tempo buttons or the Data Entry dial.
Also, please switch on the Auto Fill In
button and the Variation 3 button in the
Style Control field.

Save the User Program again.


(It is ok to overwrite the old version)

Now you can basically already play the


Song. You will feel that the volume
balance and the effect setting will need
some attention and that’s why we will
proceed to the 3rd Step.

3rd Step: Adjusting Effects and Balances

Creating a nice balance between the sounds and spicing them up with some great effects is
essential for creating User Programs of a good quality. As the volume of the sounds will
change when we use effects it is better to adjust the effects before adjusting the balances.

So let’s start with adding some nice


effect to the Guitar by pressing the Effect
button on the left side next to the
display.

Here we will select Multi Effect No


33: EH->Chorus. The Enhancer in the
Effect Chain will add some fresh high
frequency to the sound and the Chorus
will make the sound more wide.

Please also adjust all the Parameters in


accordance to this picture. Off course
the values might be a matter of personal
taste, so any value that you would prefer
should be ok.

Press Back on the touchscreen.


Also in the Chorus field, please select No
6: Delay and adjust all the parameters in
accordance to the picture.

Press Back on the touchscreen.

Now we will have to confirm the Effect


Routing.

Please press the MFX Part Assign button


on the touchscreen and check if your
setting is the same as the one on the
picture. (Only Upper 1; one of the 2
Guitars you are using, will be routed
through the Multi Effects Chain).

Press Exit and save the User Program


again. (It is ok to overwrite the old
version).

Now we will take care of the Blending between the sounds and the style. First we will thin
out the Style a little bit. The easiest way is to simply mute a couple of tracks. Start the Style
and listen to it. Please press the Style button underneath the display (on the right side of the
drawbars) and switch off the tracks like you see it on the following picture.

If you feel that muting the tracks would


be too drastic, you can also change the
volume of each track by using the
drawbars.

Now we will take care of the balance


between all the sounds that we have
assigned to the keyboard.

Therefore please press the Part button


underneath the display (next to the
drawbars) and adjust all the parameters
in accordance to the following picture.
Again, this might be a matter of personal
taste, and therefore you might prefer
some other values. Please feel free to
follow your personal taste.

For spicing up your performance you can


also switch on the SFX button of the D
Beam Controller and use the Chimes
sound.

Save the User Program again.


(It is ok to overwrite the old version).

Now you can already play with the User


Program. You can play the Melody in the
Upper part of the keyboard and the
Guitar in the Middle.

If you not only want to play but you also want to sing the Song please proceed to the 4th
Step.

4th Step: Adjusting the Vocal Harmonist

The G-70 and E-80 are incorporating a very fine Vocal Harmonist. This Harmonist contains a
Microphone Input, settings for Volume and Effects for your Voice and a 4 Part Harmonist
with independent Volume Control and Effects. Naturally it is not that easy to give some hints
and to recommend some parameters for the usage, because every human voice is so very
different, and requires another setting.

The parameters I chose, are selected for my voice and might or might not perfectly work
with yours. Assuming that you have connected your microphone to the keyboard, the first
step should be to adjust the Gain of the input. You should turn down the Volume of the
Voice and Harmony using the Volume knobs in the Vocal Harmonist field on the panel both
to “OFF” and sing at your loudest level into the microphone. The red overload indication
light below the Input Gain knob must not light up. The best value is usually obtained by
adjusting the knob in the way that the control light is just on the edge of not blinking.
Now you can slowly turn up the volume of the Voice until you can hear your voice clearly.
Please be very careful to avoid feedbacks! As a next step you should adjust general
parameters like Compressor and Noise Gate in the microphone Input page. You can reach
this page by pressing the Menu button and the Vocal Harmonist button on the touchscreen.

First you can set the Gender of the


singer. This will affect the Format of the
Backing Vocals that will come from the
Harmonist.

Then please go to the Vocal Effect page.

Now please adjust all the Parameters in


the Mic Input field to the suggested
values and switch on the Compressor
and the Gate.

Please check the values while speaking


and/or singing. If you prefer any other
value, please use them.

These adjustments are global, and they


are saved together with the User
Program Set and not in each individual
User Program.

As a next step please press the Singer


button in the Vocal Harmonist field on
the keyboard panel and adjust Reverb
and Delay Send for the Voice to the
values in the picture above.
You can also already adjust the values
for the Harmony. You should hear some
nice Reverb and some Delay (Echo) on
your voice. Now we can adjust the kind
of Reverb and kind of Delay as well.
Please press the Effect Type button on
the touchscreen.
Here you can adjust the parameters for
the Reverb that you would like to use and
for the Delay.

Save the User Program again.


(It is ok to overwrite the old version)

Now please press the Small button in the


Vocal Harmonist field and the Harmony
button on the touchscreen.

Please adjust the volume of the Harmony


using the knob on the Vocal Harmonist
field and select the settings according to
the picture.

Now you should hear some nice Vocal


Harmonies along with your own voice.
Now please press the Edit button on the
screen.

Here you can see the 2 Singers of the


virtual Backing Choir. You can now
change the parameters at random and
listen while singing to the changes in the
Backings.

Re-adjust the values to the ones you see


in the picture. Press Common on the
touchscreen.
Portamento will control the pitch
transition time between the notes in the
Backing Choir.

RND Tuning will detune the single voices


of the Backing Choir in order to achieve a
more natural harmony sound.

Press Back on the touchscreen and then


Equalizer.

The Equalizer is a quite important tool for


adjusting the quality of Backing sound to
the needs of your voice.

Please try to use the parameters at


random as well, to learn a little about
their influence on the sound. And the
readjust to the values you see in the
picture. Press Back and then Effect Type
on the touchscreen. Here you can adjust
the settings for the Reverb.

The Chorus

and the Delay.


Press Exit.

Please save the User Program again.


(It is ok to overwrite the old version)

Congratulations! You have now created a


fantastic User Program including Solo
Sound, Guitar Mode, Left Hand Sound
and Bass and Voice and Backing Vocals!

As a reference you can download the User Program here:

Roberta's Download

There are quite many parameters involved in the settings of the Vocal Harmonist. That’s why
you will already find many settings where all those parameters are pre-adjusted, ready to
use! Such as Vocoders Settings for Male, Female and Mixed Choirs:

or Settings for Small Backings Male,


Female or Mixed Types

or Ensemble Choir Settings for Male,


Female and Mixed Choirs
Please enjoy playing with the Sounds you
have created today!

Yours Sincerely,
Ralf Schink.

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