Roland FR-7 Owner's Manual

92 pages manual for Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Musical Instrument, Music Equipment

Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Musical Instrument, Music Equipment Manual

Manufacturer: Roland

Category of Device: Musical Instrument, Music Equipment

Document: Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Owner's Manual, File Type: PDF

Count of Pages: 92

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 1 Page 1 r®   FR-7/FR-5   Owner’s Manual ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 2 Page 2    CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN ATTENTION : RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR CAUTION:   TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. IMPORTANT: THE WIRES IN THIS MAINS LEAD ARE COLOURED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING CODE. BLUE: BROWN:  As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:The wire w...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 3 Page 3   r   FR-7/FR-5   Owner’s Manual ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH   Thank you for purchasing the Roland FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion. The FR-7/FR-5 is an amazingly versatile electronic instru-ment that can emulate the sounds of a vast array of accordions. You may know that the term “accordion” refers to a portable musical instrument of the free reed family, that its sound is controlled by air flow from the bellows, and that there are almost as many types as there are count...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 4 Page 4    |    4   r   FR-7/FR-5    V-Accordion ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 5 Page 5   V-Accordion    r   5   1. Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 2. Important notes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 3. Panel descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 6 Page 6   Features    |    6   r   FR-7/FR-5    V-Accordion   Stand-alone electronic instrument   Though the FR-7/FR-5 is a fully electronic instru-ment, you do not need to connect the FR-7 to an amplifier in order to produce sounds. Its onboard amplification system is powerful enough for small venues, restaurants, etc. (The FR-5 has no internal amplification.) Furthermore, the FR-7 comes with a rechargeable battery (Ni-Mh) so that you do not need to connect&...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 7 Page 7       Using the unit safely   V-Accordion    r   7   Using the unit safely    • Before using this instrument, read the instructions below  and the Owner’s Manual.    ....................................................................................................................................   • Do not open or perform any internal modifications on  the unit.   ...................................................................................

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 8 Page 8   Features    | Using the unit safely   8   r   FR-7/FR-5    V-Accordion   • Do not force the FBC-7’s power cord to share an outlet  with an unreasonable number of other devices. Be espe-cially careful when using extension cords—the total power used by all devices you have connected to the extension cord’s outlet must never exceed the power rat-ing (watts/amperes) for the extension cord. Excessive loads can cause the insulation on the cord to heat ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 9 Page 9       Important notes   V-Accordion    r   9   In addition to the items listed under “Using the unit safely” on p. 7, please read and observe the following:   Power supply   • Do not use this instrument on the same power circuit with any  device that will generate line noise (such as an electric motor or variable lighting system). • Before connecting the FR-7/FR-5 to other devices, turn off the  power to all units. This will help prevent malfunctions&...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 10 Page 10   Important notes    | Using the unit safely   10   r   FR-7/FR-5    V-Accordion   •   Do not connect the battery directly to a power outlet or insert it into a cigarette lighter socket in a car   . High voltage  may cause excessive current flow, leakage of battery fluid, heat, bursting or fire. • If a newly purchased battery exhibits rust, generates heat or seems  abnormal in any other way, do not use it. Take it back to your Roland de...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 11 Page 11    Panel descriptions V-Accordion  r 11 Treble control panel A DATA/ENTER knob This knob allows you to enter values and to select menu entries or shortcuts by turning it. You can also press it (ENTER) to confirm a setting or to jump to another parameter in the display. B UP/DOWN buttons On the Main page, [UP] and [DOWN] allow you to select 6 important functions: TRANSPOSE (press [UP] once), MUSETTE DETUNE (press [UP] twice), SCALE TUNING (press [UP] three times), ORCHESTRA VOL-UME (pr...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 12 Page 12 Panel descriptions | Bass control panel 12 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion I POWER button Press this button to switch the V-Accordion on (the button lights) and off (button dark). Note: The FR-7/FR-5 is automatically switched off after 10 minutes of inaction to save battery power. This can be  changed, however (see p. 61). J SORDINA switch This ON/OFF switch allows you to switch the simula-tion of the wooden resonance chamber on and off.  K DELAY knob The FR-7/FR-5 contains three digital effects that can be used simultaneously. This kn...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 13 Page 13  Connection panel V-Accordion  r 13 Connection panel R TO FBC-7 socket Use the supplied cable to connect this socket to the supplied FBC-7 power supply/footswitch unit/bat-tery charger. This may be necessary in the following cases:  • To power the FR-7/FR-5 without using the supplied  battery. In most instances, this may be unnecessary, because the supplied battery (FR-7) lasts up to 8 hours. Note: See also  “Connecting the FBC-7” on p. 30 for details  about maximizing the life span of the battery. •&...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 14 Page 14 Setting up | Connections 14 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion Connections The FR-7 can be used without any connections to either an amplification system or the FBC-7 power supply/battery charger unit. An FR-5 without an optional battery needs to be connected to the supplied FBC-7, however. Connecting the FR-7/FR-5 to the supplied FBC-7 If you do not have a battery (FR-5) or prefer not to use it (FR-7), you need to connect the V-Accordion to the FBC-7 using the supplied cable. That cable powers the FR-7/FR-5, transmits pedal messages ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 15 Page 15  Switching the power on and off V-Accordion  r 15 Switching the power on and off The power-on procedure depends on whether you are using a battery or the FBC-7 Foot Pedal/DC Power/ Bat-tery Charger Unit. Note: Only use the battery that either came with your FR-7 or that you purchased from your Roland dealer. Using other batter-ies can severely damage the FR-7/FR-5 or FBC-7. Roland assumes no responsibility for damages caused by batteries that have no...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 16 Page 16 Setting up | Listening to the demo songs 16 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion (6) Press the FR-7/FR-5’s [POWER] button (it lights) to  switch it on. The   icon in the display means that the FR-7/FR-5  is powered by the FBC-7. (7) Switch on the receiving audio device. (8)  Start playing (see “First steps” on page 17). —To switch off you system— (9) Turn down the output volume of the receiving  audio device or switch it off. (10) Press the FR-7/FR-5’s [POWER] button again so  that its ind...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 17 Page 17  First steps V-Accordion  r 17 First steps The sections of your FR-7/FR-5 Before showing you how to use the FR-7/FR-5, let’s briefly look at the various “sections” of your instrument, as that will help you understand how your V-Accordion works. The FR-7/FR-5 is a “virtual” accordion. That term was borrowed from synthesizers that recreate the sounds of other synthesizers using a different technology (hence the term “virtual analog syn-thesizer”, for example). The FR-7/FR-5 recreates the sounds of various accordion instru-ments...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 18 Page 18 Setting up | First steps 18 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion Selecting Easy or Full mode At first, the FR-7/FR-5 is configured to start up in “Easy” mode. In that mode, only the main parameters can be selected. It has the advantage that you do not feel overwhelmed by the FR-7/FR-5’s possibilities. The downside, however, is that there are certain (albeit rather specialized) parameters you cannot even select. To use the full potential of your FR-7/FR-5, you need to select “Full” mode: ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 19 Page 19  Touring the FR-7/FR-5’s sections V-Accordion  r 19 Touring the FR-7/FR-5’s sections It’s time we put the FR-7/FR-5 through its paces, because that’s what you purchased it for. We’ll work section by section. Treble section The Treble section can be played using the 41-key “piano” key-board. The sound it produces is deter-mined by the register (1~14) you pressed last. This section can be used as “accordion”, to play an orch...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 20 Page 20 Setting up | Touring the FR-7/FR-5’s sections 20 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion (6) Use the SET [√][®] buttons to select another Set and  again play a few notes. The number of the selected Set is shown in the upper right corner of the display. Note that you can also use the FBC-7’s SET footswitches to select Sets. ■Using the Sordina The [SORDINA] switch allows you to attenuate the sound (make it softer). On an acoustic ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 21 Page 21  Bass section V-Accordion  r 21 Bass section The Bass section can be played via the “Stradella” but-tons.  The buttons in this section allow you to play both bass notes and chords. The chords use the (sound) register selected for the Bass section – hence the name of this section. The “real” bass notes are assigned to the two circled rows. The remaining buttons are used to play chords. The FR-7/FR-5 is supplied with several reference caps (concave and with lines) designed to help you locate ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 22 Page 22 Setting up | Touring the FR-7/FR-5’s sections 22 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion ■Playing in Free Bass mode The FR-7/FR-5 also provides a Free Bass mode, which is chiefly used by professionals who prefer to play the left-hand notes (Bass section) differently. You may never need it, but if you wish to experiment with it… Note:  See page 61 for how to select the note system for Free  Bass mode. That setting is shared by all Sets. (1) Simultaneously press...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 23 Page 23  Using the orchestral sounds V-Accordion  r 23 Using the orchestral sounds Your FR-7/FR-5 also contains PCM sounds (samples) of various instruments that are not related to accordion sounds. Those sounds allow you to expand your musical endeavours without using external MIDI devices. Of course, you are free to add external MIDI tone generators to your setup and to control them from your ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 24 Page 24 Setting up | Using the orchestral sounds 24 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion The display briefly confirms your selection and shows both the name of the sound you selected and the number of the register you pressed: (3) Play a few notes on the Treble keyboard. The Treble keyboard is velocity sensitive. The volume and timbre of the notes played by the Orchestra part depend on how hard/fast you press the treble keys. Note: The Trebl...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 25 Page 25  Orchestral sounds for the Treble section V-Accordion  r 25 LOW [11]: This is the opposite of HIGH and can be used in situations where the melody (or counter-melody) lies above the notes you wish to hold. (4) While holding down the [ORCHESTRA] register,  press [11], [12], [13] or [14] to select the desired mode. The display briefly confirms your selection (only one of the following messages is actually displayed): (5) Again play a few notes and listen to the result. Note: The...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 26 Page 26 Setting up | Using the orchestral sounds 26 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion Though the above display page disappears after a few seconds, you can also return to the Main page by pressing [EXIT÷JUMP]. ■Switching off the Orchestra part To return to a state where only the Treble accordion section sounds: (9) Press the [CANCEL] register. Now, FR-7/FR-5 is a  normal accordion again.To activate the Orchestra part again, perform steps  (1) and (2) on page 23. Orchestral sounds for the Bass ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 27 Page 27  Other practical functions V-Accordion  r 27 Other practical functions After looking at the accordion and Orchestra functions, we will now leave the “acoustic” (but virtual) realm and look at the first “purely electronic” functions of your FR-7/FR-5. Your FR-7/FR-5 is what we call a virtual instrument. Though its physical appearance is similar to that of its acoustic ancestor, it is based on an altogether different concept (technology) – and it can do a l...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 28 Page 28 Setting up | Other practical functions 28 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion (1) While the Main page is displayed, press the [UP]  button twice. (2) Use the [DATA÷ENTER] knob to select the a differ- ent tuning for the Treble reeds.The possibilities are: Off (no detune), Dry, Classic, Mauge, American L, American_H, North Eur, German L, Morn L, Italian L, German H, Alpine, Italian H, Morn H, French, Scottish. (3) Press [EXIT÷JUMP] to return to the Main page. This is...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 29 Page 29  Volume-related functions V-Accordion  r 29 Volume-related functions The three remaining “shortcuts” allow you to quickly change the balance of various sonic aspects. ■Orchestra Volume and Orc. Bass Volume These two parameters allow you to set the volume of the Treble and Bass Orchestra sections relative to the  associated accordion part. See pages 25 and 26 for  details. ■Noise Edit (Valve & Button) Here are two more “virtual” parameters. You ...

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Roland V-ACCORDION FR-7 Manual Page 30 Page 30 About the FBC-7 | Using the FBC-7 30 r FR-7/FR-5 V-Accordion Your FR-7/FR-5 comes with an FBC-7 footswitch unit that doubles as power supply for your V-Accordion and also allows you to recharge a battery. If you purchased an FR-5, you must connect it to the FBC-7 (or purchase an optional battery). FR-7 users, on the other hand, can also play their instrument wit...

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