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Korg pa1000 vs Roland E-A7
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonM - many thanks for the answer! Please tell me - if you compare the sounds of the instruments, the timbres of Roland E-A7 and Korg pa1000 - whose sounds are better? Thank you!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonM - thank you! Please tell me - and the sound quality when recording from the Korg synthesizer to the USB carrier and - when recording to a sound card in wav format - is there a difference in hearing, and a big difference? Thank!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaximK777 wrote:
DonM - many thanks for the answer! Please tell me - if you compare the sounds of the instruments, the timbres of Roland E-A7 and Korg pa1000 - whose sounds are better? Thank you!

I use mostly guitar, piano, sax, organ, fiddle...They are very good on both, but if I had to choose, I'd pick the Roland. It may be because of the way they do the OTS setups. Both are just fine.
Where the Korgs really shine is the ease of operation in real time, the screen, the vocal processor and harmonizer...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaximK777 wrote:
DonM - thank you! Please tell me - and the sound quality when recording from the Korg synthesizer to the USB carrier and - when recording to a sound card in wav format - is there a difference in hearing, and a big difference? Thank!

Only time I've used the onboard recorders is to test them, but if the levels are properly set, I don't hear any difference in quality, if you use the same format.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a post that Diki, the administrator, made on Roland forum recently.
Nobody knows more about Roland arrangers than he does.

"To be honest, I find it easier and more convenient to record to either the computer, if home, or a portable recorder if at work.

The problem with recording to the Song Recorder is that it very much depends on how clean and empty your stick is. My gig USB stick has thousands of SMF's, Styles, Mp3's etc., and it struggles to get a clean recording to .wav without dropouts. A stick with much less on it might be less prone to dropouts, but to be sure and safe, I think it's better to record to something like a little Zoom pocket recorder at your gig, and to a computer at home, as they offer FAR more control than the built-in, one-shot audio recorder in the arranger.

I like to use the headphones out to record to and the main outs to the PA when recording my gig.

The main issue recording on the BK series was, you had to start at the beginning and do the entire take perfectly all the way to the end. No way to punch in on a later section, etc..

All in all, if you are posting here, you already have a computer that is FAR better as a recorder than the built-in recorder in the arranger..!

And no, the E-A7 is still a current keyboard in Roland's line-up. It has a VERY different architecture to the BK series, so expecting everything from the BK's to still be the same isn't really realistic."
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonM - thank you very much, thank you! You have written to me in great detail! Can I ask you another question? What is your opinion on the Yamaha psr s975 synthesizer? Could you compare this Yamaha with your Korg and your Roland? Thank you very much!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't played 975, but I do have a PSR S970 and there is very little difference in those two models.
The PSR has some really good sounds, particularly guitars. There are many thousands of third party styles available.
It is light in weight, fairly bulky in size.
It basically sounds like every other Yamaha arranger ever made. The best sounding styles are the few using audio drums.
The regular midi drums are slightly better than previous models, but still not remotely approaching the Korg or Roland, or Ketron drums.
The operating system is basically unchanged for many generations. It is difficult to learn and most functions require a number of button pushes.
The vocal processor is good; the vocal harmonizer is not. It is bad. It can be edited to be passable but does not get anywhere near the quality of Korg's T.C. Helicon processors.
There are two programmable foot switches.
I compare the Yamaha sound to be more like a polished recording, a CD, while the other brands are more live-sounding, like you would hear from a band.
It's a matter of choice.
I know all of these arrangers fairly completely, after playing them since they were invented. it's really a matter of what suits your needs. There are no wrong choices any more. They all sound very good.
My favorite of all time is the Korg PA4X. I spent quite a lot of time with the new Yamaha Genos, and would not consider trading even for my 4X, much less the thousand or more dollars difference in prices.
Right now my second choice is the Roland EA7. There are a lot features and a lot of technology built into this low-cost arranger. Yes there are some things missing, such as vocal harmony and text display, but there is a lot to like as well.
Again, all good choices, and these are just my opinions.
But, you asked! Smile
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