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  • THE return of expanders

    Roland Integra-7Published on 04/12/13 at 07:07
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    This was an expander as in years, fashion is to workstations or small synthesizer.
    As we all expander used with a keyboard or piano master or his computer. I use it with 3 and this is where the value of an expander.

    Like any self-respecting expander, it is equipped with connectors. Just look at the specifications of the beast to be convinced.
    What is remarkable is that there are 2 USB ports (1 front, 1 rear) for connecting a USB flash drive or a USB wifi or a small midi keyboard, along with a computer .
    Like any high-end hardware it has multiple audio outputs and one optical output.

    Sounds are enormous sound (that can do as well any good vst respectable) but also......
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    This was an expander as in years, fashion is to workstations or small synthesizer.
    As we all expander used with a keyboard or piano master or his computer. I use it with 3 and this is where the value of an expander.

    Like any self-respecting expander, it is equipped with connectors. Just look at the specifications of the beast to be convinced.
    What is remarkable is that there are 2 USB ports (1 front, 1 rear) for connecting a USB flash drive or a USB wifi or a small midi keyboard, along with a computer .
    Like any high-end hardware it has multiple audio outputs and one optical output.

    Sounds are enormous sound (that can do as well any good vst respectable) but also expressiveness live game, especially on the supernatural sounds. Over 6,000 sounds and all very good! I never met a machine so much with such homogeneity in quality.

    Polyphony is 128 voices, which may seem a lot but we finally reached a limit pretty quickly when you start to drive at the same time with 2 keyboard parts (especially if you stack sounds), a computer and a arranger. 256 channels as the Jupiter 80 would not be too much if we only use the Integra.
    The synth sounds are editable supernatural.
    It is interfaced with an application ipad. Good thing I had a ...

    UTILIZATION

    The basic operation is very easy because the concepts are basic. There is one side sounds, which may possibly modify to create their characters, sets and studio configurations that are full of Integra.

    The screen is clear enough for an expander. All parameters are editable on the Integra without the need for an external editor.
    But use with the iPad brings a real comfort, especially in wireless use. It is possible to mix his shares, choosing instruments, to have space to play on the level of reverb for each track, edit synth sounds, ... all that sitting quietly at the back of his chair before save all settings in a studio set.

    With wifi ipad and I can also move the piano, keyboard master or PC interface and still have close to hand. It really is a giant even if you can not do everything from the tablet. It fail much like the selection and parameterization of the effects of the split keyboard on the Units and editing sounds of drum kits.

    The manual is thin for such a powerful machine. A sign of the simplicity of its design.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is excellent in all areas. I have rarely seen such homogeneity as a large quantity of sounds.
    The sounds of pianos played with a piano keyboard is superb with such expression that it's hard to stop once you start.
    Ditto for the sax, violins, EPs, guitars (electric or even distortion), the brass, pads, synths, drums, ... you can spend hours playing without seeing the time passing.
    For guitars, synths, brass, sax, aftertouch is essential. The integra responds so well to the aftertouch we would be wrong to deny.
    For sound and expressiveness of live play, this machine is one of the best. Again it would be a shame not to use it as a vst.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had two weeks. Sure, it's a little short to be objective but opinions are also hot sometimes interesting.
    I use it in addition bk-7m with an Access Virus TI, Korg R3, and as VST Omnisphere.
    For € 1,500, you can find it expensive but this "small" machine really does not blush tone and expressiveness in the face of Kronos, the xf ... which certainly provide functionality workstation but finally little home studio use due to computers.
    Roland thank you for this great return expanders.
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  • Roland Integra-7Published on 04/01/13 at 09:30
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?
    No keyboard, this is an expander rack.

    - What controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)
    The rack itself does not have this type of wheel, but using a master keyboard who does, most sounds react to pitch / modulation. Again, it depends on the sounds, see MIDI implementation manual.

    -How many sounds?
    Thousands, over 6000 according to Roland, but some are more or less duplicate, and I do not know if we can consider the synthesizer's presets as "sound" of its own. One thing is certain: there are many, many, many ones ... almost too many.

    - What polyphony?
    128 voice polyphony, 16 multitimbral parts!
    Plenty......
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    - What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?
    No keyboard, this is an expander rack.

    - What controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)
    The rack itself does not have this type of wheel, but using a master keyboard who does, most sounds react to pitch / modulation. Again, it depends on the sounds, see MIDI implementation manual.

    -How many sounds?
    Thousands, over 6000 according to Roland, but some are more or less duplicate, and I do not know if we can consider the synthesizer's presets as "sound" of its own. One thing is certain: there are many, many, many ones ... almost too many.

    - What polyphony?
    128 voice polyphony, 16 multitimbral parts!
    Plenty enough.

    - How many effects?
    I do not know exactly = see the manufacturer's manual:

    - What styles?
    With such a choice, there is of course everything from acoustic instruments, the instrumentation, electrical ts, brass, various drums and percussion, synth sounds, instruments "ethnic" sounds of the orchestra, and even some sounds ... short, really everything.

    - Are they editable ?
    Yes for synths.
    Partially for a number of sounds, especially the most "recent" ones.
    Not much, or not at all for "older" sounds.
    = See MIDI implementation manual that explains very well the possibilities for all sounds.

    - Via a utility Mac / PC?
    VST for Windows and Mac.
    IPad editor exists, but nothing for Android, -1 for that.

    - What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)?

    Front:
    - 1x USB type A socket for connecting either a WiFi dongle (to use with iPad editor) or a flashdrive for backup / restore of user data (preset patches ...) or to update the firmware .
    - 2x Jack IN (Left / Right) to get the audio processed by the rack's effects.
    - 1x stereo jack output for headphones

    Back:
    - 3x DIN MIDI connectors (In, Out, Thru)
    - 1x USB type B socket, to connect a PC (to transfer MIDI or MIDI + 2 tracks audio) or iPad (note: for a totally incomprehensible reason, special adapter "Apple's connection kit for camera "is required (it costs € 30, -1 for that).
    - 8x Jack outputs assignable to different parts, great for multitrack recording (+1 for that), or otherwise you can also use them to have a "surround sound" 5.1 (useless in my case)
    - 2x XLR outputs (Left / Right) for the main mix
    - 1x SPDIF coaxial output
    - 2x Jack IN (Left / Right) to get the audio to be processed by the effects rack, same as façade

    UTILIZATION

    - Is the general configuration easy ?
    For a newbie like me, it is a little confusing at first, but if you study it, in a few days you'll get it.

    - Are the sounds and effects easy to edit ?
    Mitigated, in my case I can not use either the VST (I do not have a Mac or Windows PC) or the iPad editor (I have no Ipad and when I borrowed one for testing, I realized that I still had to pay 30 bucks for the USB adapter, so I abandoned).
    As a result : I have to use the LCD screen and menu pages where you navigate with buttons in front ... not so great.
    I do not take away points for that, because even if it's not super convenient, you can nevertheless access to all functions of the machine this way, so that could have been worst. For example, with the Yamaha Motif Rack XS, only some of the main functions are available with the front buttons, and for all the rest you have to use a computer, so those who do not one for music or who do not have a compatible one are screwed.
    Here, you have everything, so it's OK.

    - Is the manual clear and sufficient?
    The manuals are very detailed, +1 for that. We have all the menu pages, internal routing schemes, all settings, all MIDI codes, in short : there is really everything in it.
    However, at first it is a bit complex for those who are not used to this kind of machines, but you'll get used it, and after a while it remains a good reference source when you need one specific information.

    Note: currently, Roland does not seem to have published .midnam file for Integra-7, so I'm trying to cook a "home made" one.
    See this thread (in french) : https://fr.audiofanzine.com/rack-numerique/roland/integra-7/forums/t.511133,liste-des-6023-presets-de-l-integra-7-au-format-excel,post.7334974.html

    SOUNDS

    - The sounds they agree your style of music?
    As said above: there's really any, impossible not to find happiness.

    - Are they realistic?
    Throughout YES, they are excellent.
    Especially the batteries, which sound really good, very natural. It is possible to program a truly realistic battery and that the listener does not hear the difference between a "real".
    On brass, as usual, it's still a little box, with some surprises including a sax or two (usually, this is the worst) which resemble almost true, some trumpets also ( particularly muted trumpets) are convincing.
    For the rest, it is generally good, but there is nothing new: the big improvement over what I've heard of keyboard / sound banks / plugins is up to now mainly engine "SuperNatural" is really not bad overall.
    But the rack content - sounds more "SuperNatural" - almost all historical Roland sounds for years, so much that there is to eat and drink, good, very good and less good.

    - The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch to)?
    Rendering SuperNatural sounds good and seems very expressive: in particular can modulate the attack or the stamp with the modulation wheel for brass bearings to snare etc ...
    According to what is really the responsiveness to nuances of the game, I can not really judge because I have a master keyboard M Audio input range with a fair and just touch especially since I 'm not a pianist or keyboardist (I have a technique of m ***).

    OVERALL OPINION

    - How long have you been using?
    2 weeks

    - Did you try many other models before buying it?
    No, this is my first machine of this type.
    Before, I was operating mainly on computer with SF2 sound banks and synths plugins. So I can not really compare the ergonomics, but yes sounds.

    - What is so special that you like most?
    + Some very good sound, I needed in particular for drums and keyboards / organs (Clavinet, Hammond, Rhodes & Co.). On this side there I am overwhelmed.
    + Independent outputs assignable
    + Choice sounds great
    + Multitimbral and polyphonic
    + Harware solution independent of the computer

    - What feature do you like the least?
    - Not applicable to Android, not Linux VST, no file midnam ...

    - How would you rate quality / price ratio?
    Difficult to say at first glance, it seems a bit expensive, but not much more than its competitor Yamaha (which is less powerful and less recent it is true), and be aware that it is a machine anyway powerful : inside is a real computer, it all alone, don c it seems jutifier part of its price. Next, I noticed that each of the 10 - 15 "Expansion Cards" (= sound bank) supplied with the unit is sold in 300 €! (Which is expensive, I think) So it's perspective ...

    - With experience, you do again this choice?
    Too early to tell, I would answer this question in 6 months.
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