Jeffdigit 03/21/2013

Roland BK-7m : Jeffdigit's user review

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Do not look for another arranger expander in this price range, there is not one!

I did not want an arranger keyboard with already one synth KORG R3, 1 master keyboard AXIOM PRO 61 and a digital piano. I had on my "table" just a little place to put a module size BK7M.

I find aesthetically quite successful. Nothing to do with the appearance of other plastic arranger this price range (PA500, ...).

The number of sounds is impressive and a very decent quality. The piano sound is not bad at all. I also love the sax and organ.

The number of styles is unlimited. There are already hundreds of styles that are added inside the 500 provided on a USB key. There is something for everyone and I personally found very good quality.

For each style you can memorize 4 settings (sounds, variation, effects, ...) it is easy to call by 4 dedicated buttons. This is very useful!
There are four variations, four intros, four ending but not break. Finally though, but they are triggered at each change of variation.

There are 4 parts to the game: 2 upr, 1 lower, 1 bass. So what to do!
Of course it plays mp3, wav with changeable tempo and ability to transpose.

And many other things, such as 900 performances provided internally and named with titles covers.

UTILIZATION

Configuration with a controller is very simple with the wizard that starts at noon is a source detected. I had no problem playing with a digital piano or keyboard master.

Nothing is easier to use live with the direct access to the variations, intro, ending, the activation of parts up1/up2/bass/low, the One Touch Setting (OTS). And if that is not enough it is possible to use a pedal FC-7.

By against the screen is ridiculously small for an instrument of this time (already 2 years). Styles or songs on a few key characters are truncated as in the days of DOS. The menu navigation is not very easy.
The manual does not prompt playback.

SOUNDS

Hard not to find happiness with a thousand sounds. But they are not all equal. Organs, sax, brass in general, bass, pianos are good for an instrument of this range. The guitars are enough against disappointing and lacking presence pads (one in Omnisphere VSTi or a virus ti is much better).

Styles always impress me with their quality after two weeks of intensive use. I discover every time. And is quickly taken by the game that really help to improvisation.

With a master keyboard as an axiom pro control the velocity and aftertouch is pretty good.
I also use an expression pedal and sustain the keyboard that work well.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two weeks. I wanted to complete my arranger equipment now made two small keyboards (Korg R3 + axiom pro 61), and modules such as virus ti a EMX1, and lauchpad for pads to trigger sequences to wear hand ( they make me smile 3 or 4 pads for korg ;-)).
I also had a Yamaha es88 in the past and I have a roland digital piano with her supernatural. But I did not arranger to accompany me, which forced me to prepare a lot of midi sequences in back. There are branch and is fun. What simplificité!
But do not hesitate to use me BK7m with the other instruments. All apporant in my opinion a much more rich musical arrangers some upscale, at least homestudio.

So I would do this choice without hesitation.