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 on: July 11, 2014, 06:25:22 PM 
Started by Gouge - Last post by Diki
There's no copyright issues on a list of tones and PC#'s....

Do you already have the 'BK-9Tone&DrumKitList_e2_W.pdf' list from Roland?

 on: July 11, 2014, 01:35:59 PM 
Started by Diki - Last post by Gouge
Yes, I've catalogued my SMF files using sub-folders to make them easier to find.  Extremely useful.

 on: July 11, 2014, 01:33:23 PM 
Started by Gouge - Last post by Gouge
Thanks, Diki.  I'll give that a try. 

I'm still finding my way around the BK-9.  I didn't do anything with the EQ on the G70, I just added lots of bass instruments to compensate Roll Eyes

By the way, to help me in cross-checking the tone lists of the G70 and BK-9, I spent days producing an Excel spreadsheet of the BK-9 tones in a way that they can be sorted by name, PC number etc.  Not sure whether I've duplicated something that already exists, but I'm happy to share as long as it doesn't infringe any copyright.  It has made life a lot easier for me. Cheesy

 on: July 09, 2014, 07:26:13 PM 
Started by Gouge - Last post by Diki
Quick thing to check about rattling your windows playing back G70 files...

Are you still using the default Mastering Tools settings in the BK-9? Personally, I find them FAR to bass heavy and compressed. Not only is there quite a bass boost on the regular EQ, but the three band compressor has its bass frequency band boosted as well. This all adds up to quite a nice fat sound on cheaper speakers, but put it into something decently flat down in the bass region, and there go your windows!

Not to mention, the G70's ROM bass sounds weren't very fat to start with (I used an SRX card, the -07, to bring fatter basses to the G70), you may have added EQ at the G70 to fatten them up, and this is now being added to the MUCH fatter sounding basses in the BK...

End result is the perfect storm of low end!

Try making sure the bass PART has no added low end (from the G70 SMF), then if that is off, try adjusting the Compressor low band gain, and the Mastering EQ low band. Once your windows stay unshattered, you've probably got it right!

 on: July 08, 2014, 05:00:29 PM 
Started by Gouge - Last post by Gouge
Thanks for the response, Diki.  I've backed up all files on my PC so those on the stick are just copies, so no problem.  Wink  I'll give it a try, noting your warnings.

I produce backing tracks using Sibelius 7, initially, then fine-tune the MIDI events and the final instrument patch/bank selection using PowerTracks ProAudio sequencer (cheap but excellent).  I then copy the SMF to the memory stick and audition the tracks on the BK-9.  I've found that all of my backing tracks produced for the G70 sound different on the BK-9.  Either the instruments sound louder or softer in the mix, or it is overall too loud.  I have to reduce the velocities of any bass instruments as well to prevent the windows from rattling! I also check that the PC; CC00 and CC32 values are correct for the BK-9.  This means making several changes to the SMF before I get the mix correct.  Hence the need to keep on removing the stick.

I have tried to connect my PC directly to the BK-9 using USB to audition the tracks, but the mix sounds different to when using the memory stick. Overall too loud and some instruments do not always play (especially strings).  I can't work out why yet, so I'm stuck with just using the memory stick until I can sort out what's going wrong with the USB connection.

 on: July 08, 2014, 05:18:38 AM 
Started by cassp - Last post by dilletant
I use Korg EC5 foot switch. It has only 5 pedals instead of 7, so you have to solder custom cable with 5 pin connector on one side and 7 pin connector on the other. Just leave 2 extra pins empty.

See also

 on: July 07, 2014, 09:27:57 PM 
Started by cassp - Last post by Diki
What are you trying to do? You might want to make sure that you can actually do it with MIDI commands. For instance, there's a whole heap of things that the FC-7 can address that don't have MIDI commands to execute (FC-7 is simply a seven switch pedal, no MIDI... the BK figures out what each switch is programmed to do).

So before you go overboard on an expensive MIDI controller, double check that it will be worth while.

 on: July 07, 2014, 09:23:01 PM 
Started by Gouge - Last post by Diki
You aren't supposed to insert or remove the drive while the BK-9 is on? You sure of that? (edit, OK, I checked the manual... it says you shouldn't Shocked)

I have popped them in and out all the time, can't say I've had an issue... On the other hand, obviously, I never do it while the drive is either reading, or more importantly, writing to the drive. So, not while it's playing live loops, mp3's, or in playing style or sequence mode (mind you, both those should pre-load into memory, unless they use live loops).

How are you modifying the files outside of the BK-9? Most basic housekeeping (renaming, moving, etc.) can be done from within the BK...

But, in the end, should you chose to follow Roland's advice, boot-up time on a BK-9 is virtually just a few seconds (much faster then the G/E series), so hardly a major inconvenience? Please be aware, I am NOT advocating you ignore Roland's advice, but in fairness, Roland are pretty defensive about their USB memory stick advice (recommending ONLY their memory sticks, for instance), so I take it with a grain of salt... So far, no adverse results from my experiences so far, but YMMV... As long as you keep an active backup of the stick, even if Roland's warning comes true, you should be OK.

But remember... the machine should be doing NOTHING when you remove or insert the stick...

 on: July 07, 2014, 03:56:50 PM 
Started by cassp - Last post by markus.baggio
The Beheringer FCB1010 or a Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot controller should work, although the FCB1010 can be pain to program if you don't use a computer. I tried the FCB1010 once, didn't like it and stayed with my FC-7.


 on: July 07, 2014, 04:16:03 AM 
Started by cassp - Last post by cassp
Other than the FC-7 and the PK5 are there any other multi-function midi foot controllers that will work with the BK series, especially the BK7m?

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