Roland D70 product video Part 1 of 4

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martin sanders a product specialist here at Roland. I know you're anxious to get
started with the video but before you do I just wanted to show you something kind
of off the record
if you've got a sequencer or computer that records system exclusive data
you can save all of your D70 settings in case you want to come back
to them after the video is over
i'm going to show you a secret power-up called the extended product mode
that allows faster data transfer than the method listed in the manual
to save everything in your D70 via MIDI
start by running a MIDI cable from your D70's MIDI out
to your sequencer's MIDI in
hold down the D70's number 5 button and power up
be sure to keep the button down until the D70 displays this screen
make sure your sequencer's soft thru function is off
and that quantize is off
then set up your sequencer to record on one track and start recording
back on the D70
press F1
and then press enter
you can even see the data go by
when the bulk dump is finished
stop your sequencer
if you find your sequencer getting a buffer full or other error message
try two things
first make sure again soft thru is off
record the sysex data at a slower tempo say
quarter note equals 40
that's all there is to it
to restore the data later just run a cable from your sequencer's MIDI out
to the D70's MIDI in
set up the D70 to receive the bulk dump by holding down the number 5
when you power-up
press F2 and then enter
now just play your sysex dump back from your sequencer into the D70
it's important to note that whether you're bulk dumping or loading you'll have to turn the
D70 off and then back on again after this operation is finished
or else there is no way to exit the screen
well here comes the rest of the video however i'll still be popping up
occasionally to cover special inside information
the best way to get started with the D70 is to play it
so let's find out how to access some of those great factory sounds
the D70's unique sound is due in part to its a very rich sound
at the top of that architecture are the performances
a performance is a collection of five synth parts had a rhythm part
as well as several other parameters for things like the D70's effect
MIDI parameters and keyboard controller functions
performances are organized into memory locations called user sets
each user set has five performances in it
any of these performances can be called up instantly by pressing one of the five
function keys
ten user sets can be stored in internal RAM and another ten can be stored on a
D70 RAM card along with 64 more performances
you can mix both internal and card performances in the same user set
access different user sets by using the bank or number buttons
or the arrows
not every D70 performance is stored in one of the user sets
but you can see them all in the performance list
to call up a performance from the performance list
assigning it to a user set location at the same time
from the main play mode display
select the user set location where you want to assign the performance
press performance
and then use the bank and number buttons to call up the performance you desire
press exit or play to return to the main display
if you now select a different user set your new assignment will be lost
to save the new assignment permanently make sure the memory protect switch on
the back of the D70 is turned off
press write
press write again
and then press enter
we'll talk more about saving things later on in this video
the sound you hear when you call up a performance is really a single patch
usually the patch assigned to part one
a patch is a collection of up to four individual sounds called tones
these can be mixed together and easily altered through the use of the tone
pallet sliders which we'll cover in more detail later on
the 128 patches are arranged in two groups of 64
patches each
most of the patches in group B are unused
so you've got plenty of free space to save new patches
to call up a patch press patch
press the A-B button to select a patch group
and then use the bank and number buttons
the patch you select will use the settings of the currently selected
this includes the settings of the reverb and chorus effects
which can radically alter the sound of a patch
so it's usually good to call up a performance like D Piano+1
that uses just a straight reverb sound
or even one that uses no effect
so you have a good reference point for playing and listening
patches like performances can also be stored on RAM cards
but in order to access a card patch you must already have a card performance
called up
this is because card patches and internal patches cannot be combined in
the same performance
your D70 comes with 128 tones in RAM arranged in two
groups of 64
just like the patches
each tone starts with raw PCM sample data
called an original tone
which you can then manipulate with a wide variety of editing parameters like
envelopes, LFO's and digital filters
to call up a tone hold down one of the tone zone select buttons and press
this will take you to the tone list
you can select a different tone just by pressing the A-B button
bank and number buttons
at the bottom of the architecture are the original tones
the basic building blocks of sound on the D70
an original tone is raw sample data
with no processing whatsoever
to call up an original tone from the main play mode display
press the PCM card button
buttons F1 and F2 will let you call up the original tones from ROM cards
inserted into the D70's ROM card slots
F3 will take you through the D70's three internal banks
the page icon tells you that repeatedly pressing the button brings up a
different page
you'll notice that bank one consists of the D70's acoustic samples
bank two the synth waveforms
and bank three the drums
the arrow buttons, F4 and F5
help you move between original tones
this method of calling up original tones is just for listening to them quickly
and with no processing
in order to actually work with original tones you must be in tone edit
so from the bottom up the architecture looks like this
you start with an original tone which is raw pcm sample data
then process that with filters
envelopes and LFO's
that's a tone
combine up to four tones together to make a patch
and up to five patches and a rhythm setup
can be combined into a performance
for applications like sequencing
the performance also includes the D70's effect settings
controller assignments and MIDI information
for live performance applications
five performances can be stored in a user set and accessed via the five
function buttons
understanding that the D70's sound architecture is crucial to your
understanding of the rest of the instrument
you'll get a lot more out of the instrument if every time you play or
edit the sound you know what level you are working on
along this line of one important concept to tackle early is the keyboard part
whenever you call up a performance
the D70's keyboard is automatically set to play one and only
one of that performance's five parts
it can also be assigned to the rhythm part
so each time you call up a performance you're really listening to a single
patch or rhythm setup
to change the keyboard part
just press the part button
and use F1 and F2 to move from one part to another
the assignment of the keyboard part is saved as part of the performance
pressing F3 turns the keyboard part off
this is just like turning off the MIDI local control parameter
it disconnects the D70's physical keyboard from its internal sound
generating hardware
one thing to note
when the keyboard part is turned off you cannot access the tone display screen
the tone pallet sliders or the internal control assignments