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Re: Roland gr55

Well-said, Mark … the lag/lack of efficiency from using a GI-20 to get
MIDI into a synth module isn't hideous (haven't really objectively
tested it) and suspect it's about on par with going straight to a GR-1
or GR-20 (I've  run both). And using the VG-8 is about the same.

So the idea of getting some floor space back by not having both a GR-1
AND a VG-8 would be nice (I'd still use a US-20 to split things off to
the GI-20 — I LIKE having a full-blown synth module being driven by
the guitar …).

Anders, do you see why now?




On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM, mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com> 
> Yeah you are missing a few things Anders.
> Firstly, there are very few 12 string pickups like the GK2 and 3 to 
> choose
> from, there Rolan and Axon (an one more I believe) Both need a machine to
> plug into, No, its not midi coming out of that pickup... yet. The guitar
> synth is the bit that will do that for you, and in a large way is the bit
> that can affect the tracking and response of the midi information. From 
> that
> box you CAN connect to a synth, but in my experience there has been a
> greater lag and even less response.
> The OTHER hex route is the VG style boxes.
> The reasone why we are all getting hot under the collar about the GR55 is
> that its the first box to combine both systems.
> So convenience... I think that is what this synth seems to offer.
> Personally if I can use it for rudimentory guitar sounds (distortions and
> reverbs) as well as the synth stuff, it frees up some space in the rack 
> for
> more weirdness...
> <anders_e_bergdahl@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I can see anuy knobs on the gr55 that allows for fun realtime 
> manipulations
> of LFO's, filters and other fun stuff..
> er.. it has a pedal?
> :-))
> M
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:38 AM, Anders Bergdahl
> <anders_e_bergdahl@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Why would one want a guitar synth and not an MIDI interface to any of 
>> the
>> many great synths out there... I can see anuy knobs on the gr55 that 
>> allows
>> for fun realtime manipulations of LFO's, filters and other fun stuff..
>> Or am I missing something..
>> ________________________________
>> From: billwalker@baymoon.com
>> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>> Subject: Re: Roland gr55
>> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:31:37 -0700
>> Also Sprach Mark
>> Quite interesting read Hans, actually most are a little disappointed 
>> with
>> the sounds. Im not too bothered by that tho, cos Ive never had a synth 
>> that
>> did have good presets. My trusty GR30 took years to get to what I have 
>> now
>> 10 usable patches. And back to arps... What is with that? On the Gr 30 
>> there
>> was this amazing Arpegiator, that is a staple for me, I use it 
>> everyday, and
>> Ive still yet to try the Walker repeater trick (due to needing 2 midi 
>> merge
>> boxes to do it).
>>  I couldn't agree more though I haven't used mine in sometime, the 
>> gr30's
>> arpeggiator and what it could do to drive my repeater was totally
>> responsible for some of the things I was doing 7 years ago. All the
>> impossible to play arpeggio stuff was using the gr as an arp trigger 
>> for the
>> repeater, to make single note samples behave polyphonically with a wild
>> natural portamento between notes, however limited  the sound engine was 
>> the
>> arpeggiator did and still does kick ass, simple to program easy to use. 
>> Re
>> GR55,  I will investigate further but I believe you are right, any
>> arpeggiation is patch specific and non programmable. Haven't had much 
>> time
>> on one personally, they have trickled in and sold quickly.
>>  Bill
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