Roland GR-20
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Roland GR-20

GR-20, Audio/MIDI Converter from Roland in the GR series.

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All user reviews of 5/5 for the Roland GR-20

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 23 reviews )
 9 reviews39 %
 13 reviews57 %
Value For Money : Excellent
heads on fire10/21/2011

heads on fire's review"Very nice entry synth for the money."

Roland GR-20
*Affordable guitar synthesizer with new sounds, easy interface, and GK-3 pickup

*Easy to use: select a sound category (Strings, Organ, Synth, etc.) and play!

*Quick editing via Attack, Release, Chorus, and Delay/Reverb knobs

*Digital pitch detection for lightning-fast tracking

*Includes Roland's latest sounds like sax, strings, flute, brass, bass and percussion loops

*Includes an adjustable curve design and pickup cable length, plus an attachment plate for Les Paul guitars

*Patch Link enables easy connection with MIDI-capable multi-effects such as the GT-6

*Includes built-in expression pedal

*Built-in effects such as reverb, delay

UTILIZATION

The synth is fairly easy to figure out, but one still needs to have the manual there to figure out all the extra functioning. The digital display only shows patch number information, nothing more, so navigating the deeper functions takes some reading. This is not a bad thing - it is a deep, technologically advanced unit, and should be treated as such. But it's not such a steep learning curve that one couldn't jump right in and make good sounds, provided that they have the proper pickup (GK3 or GK2A) installed properly.

It can be a bit annoying travelling from one patch to another, as you basically have just up or down with the secondary functions of the 2 stomp pedals or using the patch toggle on the GK pickup. One can get around this annoyance by saving useful patches to the User bank, next to each other, or by getting a seperate midi footcontroller to navigate the banks more quickly.

GETTING STARTED

The first thing that needs to be done with this is to install the GK synth pickup on the guitar. The GR-20 will not track notes without one, so proper installation is necessary. It can be a tiny headache figuring it all out, getting the proper spacing to get the pickup height at the right setting, as well as deciding whether or not to mount permanently or use the double-sided tape. But once this minor inconvenience is hurdled, the GR-20 unit provides loads of fun, inspiring sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

The Roland GR-20 used to be one of the top line guitar synth units from Roland. It can be found now on the used market for a song, and provides an excellent variety of quality tones. The organ, synth lead, and pad sounds were the most inspiring to me. The piano sounded a bit tinny, and the brass sounded a bit "80s cheeseball", but the organ, pad, and synth sounds are absolutely enough to get me shredding on this for hours at a time.

One great feature is that one can use a midi out to a sequencer program, and just play the data in - no more tedious programming note by note! That right there is worth the price of admission if one likes to sequence, and the sounds are just the icing on the cake. I like this unit a lot, and I highly recommend checking one out if you can.
legwenosor02/25/2014

legwenosor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"

Roland GR-20
see the net!

UTILIZATION

config and installation of GK03 can be done quickly to make the system work relatively quickly.
the manual clear and filled info

GETTING STARTED

the device does not require particular implementation except qq basic settings the first time.

The GK03 is mounted in a double-sided first time on my telecaster to try the machine and see a little how it all behaves.

I intend to mount it on my les paul thereafter.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had ... one week!!!
I think it's great!

sounds or piccolo saxophone with guitar ... it's just excellent!!
just for fun device worth (170 € mine with GK03 sensor included!)

actually play other instruments with guitar requires some adaptation but it can be fun quickly!!

I'll try to insert qq sounds of live .. see!

In any case, I do not regret buying the machine.
croqueur6408/11/2012

croqueur64's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Vreel a pleasure"

Roland GR-20
converting audio / midi + internal synthesizer
need a series of micro roland GK ..

UTILIZATION

use is very simple .. if you follow the first adjustment to the microphone and the perfect tuning of the guitar with the tuner built

complete manual .. and we just try a few minute without problems.

GETTING STARTED

Installation fast .. nothing was wrong ..

OVERALL OPINION

6 months of use
when we tried it ... it does not separate any more ..
feature .. play the piano or saxophone on a fretboard is a real pleasure ..
taobe04/22/2007

taobe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
Guitar synthesizer a multitude of sounds (patches) editable and storable in a bank "user"
Technology numrique pure juice!
Connectivity comlete MIDI in / out, guitar out, phones, lines, etc ... Complete!

UTILIZATION

Configuration pedalier simplisssime just a little complication to adjust the pickup on the guitar one hour of work has predict!

GETTING STARTED

Effects or patches and quite realistic Varis some surprising but good ...
I use the g and therefore the sensor with a guitar 1 / 4 cash big enough. after a Crait the length of the cable connecting the sensor to the module that it quickly dissipates.
no problem with the big cable follows the guitars. if the guitar is too high even Roland provided to fix the double-sided module directly on the body!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week j'aprecie well very low latency unfortunately it is not polyphonic percussion loops are not bad either.
Excellent quality price
grozeil03/06/2006

grozeil's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
Well, I do not return the above, everyone knows what it's all about ...

UTILIZATION

Gnrale configuration is very simple. Be a sound vritable a breeze, and it is in part to the fact that the edition is sound Reduces its simplest form.
The manual could not be clearer, it will pass, except for two three manipulations. Former users of the GR33 will not be lost!

GETTING STARTED

The effects are still Reduces. The synth sounds are against trs trs of good quality and Roland was quite a leap forward in apprciable Contents of sounds from the sounds of the GR33. The sounds are different trs, rpart in ten banks. It includes most of the usual sounds. Compared my personal choices in terms of sound, I quite apprci all rhodes / hammond organ and various. Among the big improvement on the GR33, I find that the pianos and some winds have largely amliors t (those familiar with the sax patches based GR33 understand ...). All the orchestral sounds are good and synthtisation my ear also, but APRS, I'm not a studio rat, so ...

OVERALL OPINION

So it's a music store who graciously prt me for a few days so that I do notice, and frankly, I am ordering the version m'apprte GR20. I have used for 5 days, which can go around because I RPET, capabilities edition of the GR20 is much less than the shoots GR33. An effect module, but is extremely Reduces Submitted. Other features found on the GR33 and not on the GR20 Submitted: arpgiateur is lost, the harmonizer, which taient for me to fawn all quite unnecessary The effect module on much INTERESTED GR33. Other loss, size, the possibility of layer two sounds (with the GR20, the sounds are superposs figs, you can not stack two sounds to choose from. Too bad. In return, we therefore sounds dj Lays, however, quite well chosen).
Otherwise, the GR20 keeps most of the functions Hold and Glide pedals.
Note that I used with a particular instrument trs, a Chapman Stick (stringed instrument in tapping jou only) and a quip GK2A changed. And no surprises, the GR20 rpond the finger and the eye, much better than the GR33 my opinion. So good trs.
Another thing that struck me: I feel that the output level of the GR-20 Has revised upwards from that of the GR-33, which is a big big plus for me and the fact that I use (it comes in in my prampli Expand In Rane).
The report qualitprix is ​​pretty average against, given the abandonment of many of the features on the GR33 Submitted. Fortunately, the sounds are much more crdibles (rrrahlala, the jazz organs, terrible ...). Berf, for me, the GR20 is a kind of plug and play extremely easy to use, good for musicians who do not want to take the cabbage (I am). This approach allows Premire synthse sounds from a skyscraper. In my case, I will use it to grow its my sessions with a drummer (a small mat or organs derrire the main sound of the strings). For cons, I can not tell you how he Ragit in the context of computer music, since I do not practice ...
Go, ciao, I go buy me one, because I could not compare with the Terratec Axon. Frankly, do not deprive yourself, it's still enjoyable enough to play in front of the world, especially when people are desperate dsesprement claviriste the gaze in the room ... ;-)
juju0902/06/2006

juju09's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
The GR-20 is a synthtiseur guitar, thanks its sensor the GK-3 he can play both sounds synths, horns, keyboards, and so on of the best. It is very practical especially when working on a guitar prfre plutt a keyboard (even if you can not do as many things with a keyboard !!!). In addition it allows a connection south of thanks "pilot" external MIDI device (very useful for home recording), the small black spot is that there is no dditeur for PC or Mac like its big ERRF the VG-88, (we will not ask too much for the price !!!). Its effects are acceptablles, Dommange that there is no more.

UTILIZATION

The GR-20 is very easy to use and intuitive trs. It is taken in hand soon, and if one cares just look at the manual is very well done. Having some control on the sensor (and therefore on the guitar) can give quickly after his inspirations because you can rev quickly change his thanks to the UP and DOWN control of GK-3. The effect s'ditent very easy ... If there turn the knobs.

GETTING STARTED

Therm of quality in the Audible GR-20 is trsraliste to the sounds of piano and synth and bass, one can at least for my brass got. I really like the pedals that can make it last a note and we can play over the other. I think the lack of expression pedals can be pressision of its "texture" plastic.

OVERALL OPINION

I possde the GR-20 for 2 months, I use it mainly for home recording as a master keyboard. What I like about him is the fact enrich sonnorits guitar I use a lot such as a clean guitar sound with an acoustic piano sound gives a very nice ride for prsence . The GK-3 is really good he can select either the effects loop guitar or the sounds of the GR-20, or both, or it can have a great range of sound the only little problem c is that it is plastic! So handle with prccotion.
In short, the GR-20 is a machine that I recommend to all lovers of the six strings with a take you for real piano!
achemene10/20/2005

achemene's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
Here I have the GR20 for 2 weeks, and I am very happy:
for sound is great, except the sounds of guitar, classical, 12 string ...
but for all the rest is really very very cool
for the fawn to play, it is indeed well get used on the other hand, the fact of putting a trumpet by exemlple, make you go naturally into the trip of the instrument, and that's really cool.

the small problem is that the GR20 is not multitimbral, that is to say that when you record multiple MIDI tracks separately, you can not listen to them simultaneously, with each one of its gr20!
you must pass them one by one front audio.

and is not write in the doc!
So I took the lead one week not understand why its not working!

otherwise latent level, y 'no,
sensor mounting much easier than I thought (about 1 hour)) depending on the curvature of the strings of your scratch!

Voil

UTILIZATION

N / A

GETTING STARTED

N / A

OVERALL OPINION

N / A
Vojna Poema05/01/2005

Vojna Poema's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
I qqs months from the User,

cest top sounds, superior in number and quality GR33, getting started tt and the rest, frankly lensemble ds, we pay for, including sensor

javais else tried roland models, but for the quality and variety of sounds, there's no pictures, even better qd EST

Q / P right

relative to models roland else, this is more quil:

upgraded to version 2 sen serve with LOW! via an additional menu
link function patch very practical and intuitive to call the patches ds lordre quon wants nimporte by external MIDI controller
SETTING resonance for all sounds
edition by faster pots located directly in front
additional functions for the buttons S1 and S2 of the sensor: the two pedals used to increment or decrement the octave sounds, while at the same time having access to other controls (tuner, patch changes, control changes)
Two LEDs present on the two pedals, which hold that the flashing qd is pressed, hyper pratik
dexpression the pedal can be assigned to the cutoff frequency and a four parameter deffet hidden, so additional possibility to vary the sound!
the parameter "envelope follow" directly accessible via the release knob
Sounds more recent (series XV) was breathtaking
6 multitimbral voice to control what external expander nimporte
small, lightweight and super intuitive to conclude
Now, the reason I would add TFW rack yam in the ass, but in fact a good koi ...

UTILIZATION

N / A

GETTING STARTED

N / A

OVERALL OPINION

N / A
Vojna Poema05/01/2005

Vojna Poema's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GR-20
Then
here it is a reasonably priced package that includes the pedal and the sensor
found on the order of the sensor always two switches up / down or assignable functions, a knob worthy of the name, and + ieurs accessories to fix the sensor, even on a les paul style skyscraper
Crankset: 2 switches and sustain transposer or assignable functions, a pedal and the minimum edit the sounds directly, attack, release, dosage chorus, delay and reverb mix, depending on whether the patch contains or Mon lautre and patch level
+ Above, switches to the cutoff frequency, resonance, 2 -2 transposition and dynamics.
In summary, if you want to push away said dune pcm, fo go another model many German + expensive (Axon)
In any case here, the sounds are super quality dune frankly, and ds ttes families dinstrus: piano, organ, bass, gt, etc ... you will find something for everyone

MIDI IN / OUT ..... mix in stereo (to effect a return of your guitar, everything will mix the gk20 ds), gk and obviously in stereo out ....... all is lanalogik jacks

UTILIZATION

Manuel super short, super easy, super concise English ....
edition sounds very simple because the parameters to edit are directly accessible via the pots and functions as "LEDs" it is great guid.
assignable pedal almost wants this quon
grip frankly could not be more simple, cétait wanted
very light and small, no dc transport pbleme

GETTING STARTED

Access to parameters of effects is super fast and easy
filters on the sounds st controllable by the pedal, some random st and frankly gives some great tips. To know that when you choose the "effect" for the assignment of the pedal, you accsa a parameter on the envelope of sound that nest inaccessible on the machine itself, so even more possibilities as you see.

the sensor: Roland tt simplify this machine until the internal multitimbral, head of the guitar's range does quune has its base, then as patches of sajoutent pcm Layes on this sound, we change doctave qd, EST well thought out. desfois can end up with strings, and plays lorsquon loctave upper sajoutent choruses that blend well all ds

ditto for families or ethnic percussions, the low E is launching a rhythm loop quon can sustain, while Quon plays the notes on the rest of the range.

To summarize, share and tones in this machine are similar to other guitars in pdalier synth, but when you find the same multitimbral.

but beware, qd You want to control an external sound module, multitimbral is present in the midi out! up to 6 stamps, Logik, by a rope with midi channels that must follow, eg, from 1 to 6 inclusive, or from 4 to 9.
There are four modes sustain: he who sustain a note and let ns take the other taking care not to replay the first, and 3 vs other combinations that allow a truly free choice according grde lambiance vs that want to apply

OVERALL OPINION

I qqs months from the User,

cest top sounds, superior in numbers and quality to GR33, the grip and the rest tt, ds lensemble frankly, it was worth the money, including sensor

javais essay models roland else, but for the quality and diversity of sounds, there's no pictures, even better qd EST

Q / P right

relative to models roland else, this is more quil:

upgrade to version 2 sen serve with LOW! via an additional menu
link function patch very practical and intuitive to call the patches ds lordre quon wants nimporte by external MIDI controller
SETTING resonance for all sounds
edition by faster pots are in direct faade
additional functions for the buttons S1 and S2 of the sensor: the two pedals used to increment or decrement the octave sounds, while at the same time having access to other controls (tuner, patch changes, control changes)
Two LEDs present on the two pedals, which hold that the flashing qd is pressed, hyper pratik
dexpression the pedal can be assigned to four cutoff frequency and therefore a hidden parameter deffet additional possibility to vary the sound!
the parameter "envelope follow" directly accessible via the release knob
Sounds more recent (series XV) was breathtaking
6 multitimbral voice to control what external expander nimporte
small, lightweight and super intuitive to conclude
Now, the reason I would add TFW rack yam in the ass, but in fact a good koi ...