Main features of your G-800
128 High-definition Music Styles
comes loaded with an impressive 725 high-definition Music Styles covering every musical genre you need. Each Style comprises four versions (Basic, Advanced, Original, and Variation), two Intros, two Endings, and various other elements that actually add up to far more than 128 accompaniments.
8 User Styles
allows you to have 8 User Styles in RAM at any given time. The User Style memories can be used to load your own Styles or any eight Styles from existing MSA, MSD, and MSE Style Library disks (available from Roland
and third-party suppliers). When creating your own Styles, you can edit existing Styles or program your own accompaniments from scratch, and then save them to floppy disk.
192 Performance Memories
Apart from allowing you to customize existing Styles quickly, the Performance Memories are also used to save all panel settings. If you need more than 192 memories, you can save the contents of the Performances to floppy disk and load them whenever necessary.
If you do not wish to program Styles, or if you are too busy to delve into this matter, you can personalize existing Styles by modifying the instrument assignments to any given Arranger part (bass, drums, chord backing, etc.), and then save these changes to one of the 192 Performance Memories in RAM.
w Truly intelligent
is intelligent in that it adapts Style playback to the chords you play. While previous models were unable to cope with syncopated chord changes, the Arranger of your G-800
will change accordingly, so that you could even play different chords for every eighth note (quaver) of a bar and still benefit from a professional sounding accompaniment. Furthermore, you only need to play root notes in order to have the Arranger play major chords, or press a mere two or three keys to sound even the most complex chords you can think of (Chord Intelligence).
•• Refined chord recognition
Thanks to one of the most refined chord recognition systems to date, your G-800
can handle virtually any chord you play. Feel free to add the odd 9/13 or “+”to your chords whenever the song you are playing requires it.
Three trigger modes
The Music Styles of your G-800
can be triggered in one of three modes: Standard, Intelligent or Piano
Style. In Standard mode, the chord recognition of the Arranger works the way you would expect an Intelligent Synthesizer
In Intelligent mode, you do not have to play complete chords in order to hear them. Pressing one, two, or three keys will produce even the most complex chords you can think of.
Mode,: finally, is provided for those with a “pianistic” background.
In Dynamic Arranger mode the level of certain parts played by the Arranger respond to velocity changes. Combined with a few clever programming tricks, this allows you to mute or sound any given part of the automatic accompaniment simply by varying the force with which you strike the keys (a kind of velocity switch effect applied to accompaniment parts rather than sounds).
w High-resolution Music Styles
All Music Styles were programmed at a 120CPT/J resolution and contain modulation and pitch bend messages that add that little “something” one invariably associates with a musical performance (slides, vibrato, etc.).
689 top-notch sounds
comes with 654 sounds and 35 JV series Variations, most of which are derived from Roland’s professional synthesizers and samplers. No matter which style you want to play, there will always be a few sounds to choose from.
True to the Roland
tradition, the G-800
allows you to customise your sounds (or Tones, as we call them) by editing the available Part parameters. These changes may be saved to any one of the 192 Performance memories along with the Arranger settings, etc.
Extra Bender Controller
The Extra Bender Controller
can be used as additional performance effect to modulate the selected parameter (TVF Cutoff, Pitch, Amplitude etc.) in realtime. It works much the same as the aftertouch effect on other Keyboard
instruments: turn the Bender lever all the way to the left or right and keep pushing it in the same direction to trigger the effect.
3 effects and two-band Equalizer
Apart from the Chorus and Reverb effects, the G-800
is also equipped with a fully program -mable Delay effect and a two-band Equalizer
w 64-voice polyphony, 32-part multitimbral
The sound source of your G-800
is 64-voice polyphonic with dynamic voice allocation, giving you all the musical freedom you need to sound great on stage or at home. If used as sound module, your G-800
can play back as many as 32 MIDI parts at a time for full-fledged orchestral arrangements.
with weighted Synthesizer
You will feel right at home on the 76-note Keyboard
. Thanks to its moderately weighted action, its touch is simply superb.
*•" Three-zone splits plus Arranger zone
can be split into three Realtime zones, while the Keyboard
zone of the Arranger can be set independently of any possible split combination. The G-800
also allows you to layer the Upper 1/2 and Lower/M. Bass
Five “Realtime” parts
Even while using the Arranger, you can play two solo parts (Upper 1 and Upper 2) as well as a left-hand part (called Lower), and a Manual Bass
(M. Bass) part. The fifth Realtime part (Manual Drums) assigns different percussion sounds to every key of the G-800’s Keyboard
. The Realtime parts remain active during playback of Standard MIDI or Roland
ism® files so that you are free to add whichever part you like to recorded music.
The Upper 2 part can be used in Layer, Split, or Melody Intelligence mode, the latter being a learned name for counter-melody that the Arranger will add automatically depending on the chords you play in the selected chord recognition area.
*■ Intuitive user interface
The large 240 x 64 pixel display keeps you posted about the status of the G-800
and allows you to access various functions via the function key pad. Depending on the display page, the five knobs below the display can be used to set the volume, pan, Chorus/Reverb/Delay send level, to select Tones and Styles, or to change parameter values. Several of these functions are duplicated by dedicated buttons on the G-800’s front panel.
can perform several actions at a time, allowing you to format or save to a disk while playing or editing settings.
*• Chord Sequencer
The Chord Sequencer allows you to record the “changes” of an entire song before playing it, keeping your left hand free for pitch bend and modulation effects during actual performance. Not only does the Chord Sequencer allow you to record the chord changes, it also stores all actions related to Music Style selection and Arranger trigger changes.
MIDI File Player/Recorder
Thanks to the advanced Chord Sequencer and the MIDI File Player/Recorder, the G-800
gives you enough flexibility to make professional sounding recordings. True to the Roland
tradition, everything the Arranger plays can be recorded so that you can play back Standard MIDI Files recorded with the Recorder
on any SMF compatible sequencer, using any GM/ GS compatible sound source, and still benefit from the magnificent accompaniment you used during the recording.