Roland GR-55S
Roland GR-55S

GR-55S, Audio/MIDI Converter from Roland in the GR series.

Stevemmanuel 08/30/2011

Roland GR-55S : Stevemmanuel's user review

«  Pleasantly surprised »

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The format is very small. Be careful not to have bits of shoe too wide. Easily transportable, it does not take much space.
In terms of connectivity it's pretty simple, manufacturing looks very solid.
the volume pedal is a bit small. I regret that no more than three notes by banks. Can be assigned to the key CTL just what you want and it's convenient. It is the same for the volume pedal.


The general configuration is very simple. the manual is a bit light but well-digging in the menus can be found pretty much what you want.
The usual functions are very accessible.


The installation of the GK3 me some problems. I wanted to install it on my American Start 1991, but the microphone of the GK3 is too thick. I would have had to cut the picguard I get high, and even a little cash. so I mounted my PRS somewhat against American heart. Did not want to break my table in my PRS, I used the double face that has not held over three days, I had to put some super glue and so far it fits well. The curvature of the micro is not identical to the curvature of the handle so I paid the 1 mm on the strings and re ground.
The start was made very quickly, setting the microphone is simple. I tested this all sounds on offer. The manual was clear on these points


This is the first time I buy a guitar synth. I wanted the sounds of Pat Metheny and here I am fulfilled. I spent quite some time to find them. Then I set a lot of different sounds because I play in a group of jazz-rock fusion.
The models are incredible if you take the time to address the sensitivities of strings and many parameters present. Some sounds just hang but I managed anyway playing on the sensibilities that they are stable. the game on the sounds of saxophones, trumpets and organ must be very precise. a hitch and we get a parasite. The piano sounds are great but we also need to tamper with the settings if it's a little anything. not hesitate to operate or dispose of PCM1 and the Chromatics PCM2.
The modeling of microphones and amplifiers are quite compelling and contrary to a user, I put my Vox ToneLab because I find everything I want with the GR55. In general, I was not satisfied with the change of Speakers compared to original and found that the positioning of microphones is a little gadget useless. may be I'm not good enough to see the difference.
I created my own sounds easy but beware the order of PCM1 and PCM2. If you see it pick up, reverse and it will be much better.
At the level of difficulty, I have not figured out how to operate the PCM1 and PCM2 simultaneously if the preset is not provided with two example. I am therefore forced to select another preset that contains the two if not the backup, it does not take into account the two.
The volume pedal is badly étalonnée.pour volumes to the effects on a piece of Jeff Beck, it's difficult.
The sound throughout is excellent.
Finally, I was really pleasantly surprised. It's been barely a month that I have and have fun like crazy. I still spend the hours and hours on it before you see results. I recommend it to everyone because at it's top value for money.
thank you for reading.