Roland FR-18 Owner's Manual

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Musical Instrument Manual

Manufacturer: Roland

Category of Device: Musical Instrument

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 1 r Owner’s Manual FR-18d GB.book Page 1 Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:54 PM ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 2 For the USA DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY Compliance Information Statement V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Digital accordion WARNING – To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this device to rain or moisture. The technology used in the FR-18 diatonic is covered by U.S. Patent No. 6.946.594. For Canada This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. NOTICE AVIS For the USA FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENT This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the l...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 3 r ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH ENGLISH Owner’s Manual Thank you and congratulations on your choice of the Roland FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion. The FR-18 diatonic is an amazingly versatile electronic instrument that can emulate the sounds of a vast array of dia- tonic accordions. Its major advantage is that it allows you to change sounds, keyboard layouts (tablatures) and key note without changing instruments. Apart from the financial benefit, this also means that you can use your familiar playing style and techniques while covering a host of different musical genres. To ensure that you obta...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 4 Features 4 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic 1. Features Adjustable keyboard layout (tablature) and key note The FR-18 diatonic grants you the possibility to easily configure your favorite keyboard layout. You can choose from among 12 factory tablatures. Changing the instrument’s tonality is also possible, so that you can play in any key with your FR-18 diatonic. There are 12 different musical keys that can be selected at the press of a button. Super realistic accordion simulations The FR-18 diatonic contains sounds that were obtained by sampling popular traditiona...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 5 USING THE UNIT SAFELY V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 5 USING THE UNIT SAFELY • Do not open (or modify in any way) the unit or its AC adaptor. ................................................................................................................................... • Do not attempt to repair the unit, or replace parts within it (except when this manual provides specific instructions directing you to do so). Refer all servicing to your retailer, the nearest Roland Service Center, or an authorized Roland dis- tributor, as listed on the “Information” page. .....

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 6 USING THE UNIT SAFELY 6 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic • Do not force the FR-18 diatonic’s power-supply cord to share an outlet with an unreasonable number of other devices. Be especially 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 rating (watts/amperes) for the extension cord. Excessive loads can cause the insulation on the cord to heat up and eventually melt through. ............................................................................................

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 7 V-Accordion r 7 1. Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2. Important notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3. A first look at your FR-18 diatonic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 The sections of your FR-18 diatonic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 8 8 r FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion 11. Data management via the USB port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Saving a User Program Set to a USB memory (optional). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Loading User Program Sets from a USB memory (optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Loading User Set memories from a USB memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Importing Tablature sets . . . . . ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 9 Important notes V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 9 2. Important notes In addition to the items listed under “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” on p. 5, please read and observe the following: Power supply • Do not connect this unit to same electrical outlet that is being used by an electrical appliance that is controlled by an inverter (such as a refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven, or air conditioner), or that contains a motor. Depending on the way in which the electrical appliance is used, power supply noise may cause this unit to malfunction or may produce audible nois...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 10 Important notes 10 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Storage devices that can be connected to the FR-18 diatonic’s USB port • The FR-18 diatonic allows you to connect commercially available USB memories. You can purchase such devices at a computer store, a digital camera dealer, etc. • Use USB memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if any other USB memory is used. Before using external USB memories •When connecting a USB memory, firmly insert it all the way into the FR-18 diatonic’s USB port. • Do not touch the pins of the FR-18 diatonic’s USB...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 11 A first look at your FR-18 diatonic V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 11 3. A first look at your FR-18 diatonic Let us first take a look at how the FR-18 diatonic is organized and how it is operated. The sections of your FR-18 diatonic Let’s briefly look at the various “sections” of your instru- ment, as that will help you understand how your FR-18 diatonic works. A Treble section (right-hand manual) This section is normally used for playing the melody. It is velocity sensitive. B Bass and chord section (left-hand manual) This section is normally used to play the accompani- ment. Th...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 12 Panel descriptions 12 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic 4. Panel descriptions Treble control panel A USB MEMORY port The USB MEMORY port allows you to connect an optional USB memory to the FR-18 diatonic. It can be used to save and load User Programs, to load User Sets as well as new sounds and new tablatures. NOTE Use a USB memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if any other USB memory is used. B ORCH. BASS button This button allows you to switch orchestral bass mode on/off. When it is on, the bass section plays the selected orchestral sound. C ORCH. CHORD button This button a...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 13 Bass control panel V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 13 Bass control panel N Bass registers These switches allow you to select the desired bass and chord sounds. These registers do not illuminate. They include the following types (footages) for accor- dion sounds: The bass registers are also used to select orchestral sounds for the bass or chord section. O Bass and chord buttons These 18 button keys are used to play: • bass notes and chords (like on an acoustic diatonic accordion). •orchestral bass and orchestral chord sounds; •drum sounds;. They are velocity-sensitiv...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 14 Panel descriptions 14 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Battery compartment Connection panel A DC IN socket This is where you need to connect the supplied power adapter (PSB-1U). Note that you can also purchase 8 rechargeable AA-type Ni-MH batteries and use the FR-18 diatonic without the adapter. B MIDI OUT/IN socket This socket can be used to connect the FR-18 diatonic to an external MIDI device to receive or transmit MIDI data. When the “MIDI OUT/IN” parame- ter (see p. 50) is set to “In”, the FR-18 diatonic doesn’t play: it only receives MIDI messages. C USB MIDI port This port ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 15 Before you start playing V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 15 5. Before you start playing Getting ready to play The FR-18 diatonic is an electronic instrument that requires some form of electrical power. This chapter explains how to power your V-Accordion using the sup- plied adaptor or 8 commercially available rechargeable batteries (AA type Ni-MH). Consider purchasing such batteries when performing on stage. In addition, since the FR-18 diatonic has no loudspeak- ers inside, you will learn how to connect it to an exter- nal amplification system. Connecting the AC adaptor NOTE To prevent malf...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 16 Before you start playing 16 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Installing and removing batteries Your FR-18 diatonic has a compartment into which you can install 8 optional rechargeable AA-type Ni-MH bat- teries (not supplied). You can therefore play your instru- ment without connecting the supplied adapter. 1. Switch off the FR-18 diatonic. 2. Remove the cover from the FR-18 diatonic’s battery compartment by pressing the two tabs and lifting the cover. 3. Insert 8 rechargeable AA-type batteries into the compartment, taking care to orient them in accordance with the “+” and “–” in...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 17 Connecting the FR-18 diatonic to an amplifier, mixer, etc. V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 17 Connecting the FR-18 diatonic to an amplifier, mixer, etc. The FR-18 diatonic needs to be connected to an amplifi- cation system. If you are using optional batteries and need to connect the FR-18 diatonic to a PA system or mixer, we recommend using a commercially available wireless system to avoid having to use excessively long signal cables. You can also use the supplied earphones or a pair of optional headphones (Roland RH-series). NOTE To prevent malfunction and/or damage to speakers or other ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 18 Before you start playing 18 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic 5. Close the security clip to ensure that the strap cannot come loose. 6. Repeat steps (3)~(5) for the other strap. The upper strap ends should look as follows: 7. Slide the lower end of one strap through the right holder ring as shown. 8. Slide the strap end through the upper eyelet of its plastic buckle (see the illustration). 9. Turn the strap end around and insert it into the lower eyelet, then pull it tight. NOTE You may want to adjust the length first to suit your prefer- ence. 10. Slide the plastic clip over the loose and lon...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 19 Securing the adapter and/or MIDI cable V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 19 Securing the adapter and/or MIDI cable Proceed as follows to ensure that the adapter cable –or a MIDI cable– doesn’t come loose while you are playing. Your FR-18 diatonic comes with an adapter and an attachment strip that allows you to secure the adapter cable and optional MIDI as well as audio cables to the right strap. 1. Prepare the adapter cable and the attach- ment strip as follows: Be sure to attach the strip before the ferrite core on the adapter cable. If you like, you can also add the MIDI cable and a...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 20 Before you start playing 20 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Personalizing your FR-18 diatonic The artwork you see behind the treble registers (above the Roland logo) can be replaced either with one of the sheets supplied with the FR-18 diatonic or with a graphic you create yourself. To do so, proceed as fol- lows: 1. Use the supplied hexagonal wrench to loosen the two screws holding the “traforo” cover: There is one screw on either side. Be careful not to turn the screws too far—they should remain in the traforo cover. 2. After loosening both screws, you can open the traforo cover:...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 21 Switching the power on and off V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 21 Switching the power on and off Once the connections have been completed (see p. 17), turn on power to your various devices in the order spec- ified. By turning on devices in the wrong order, you risk causing malfunction and/or damage to speakers and other devices. Turning on the power 1. Turn the [VOLUME] knob all the way towards the small dot to minimize the vol- ume. 2. To switch the FR-18 diatonic on, press its [POWER] button. The [POWER] button lights. 3. Switch on the external amplifier, mixing console, etc. 4. Turn the...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 22 Before you start playing 22 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic • Your headphones may be damaged if the volume of a device is already turned up when you plug them in. Minimize the volume before you plug in the headphones. • Excessive input will not only damage your hearing, but may also strain the headphones. Please enjoy music at an appropriate volume. FR-18d GB.book Page 22 Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:54 PM ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 23 Listening to the demo songs V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 23 6. Listening to the demo songs The FR-18 diatonic contains a series of demo songs that illustrate its wide variety of sounds and applications. Here is how to listen to those demo songs and fully appreciate the sounds contained in your diatonic V-Accordion: 1. Switch on the FR-18 diatonic. See “Switching the power on and off” on p. 21. 2. Press and hold the [KEY/DEMO] button, which will start flashing yellow. Playback starts automatically with the first demo song. There are 8 demo songs in all. At the end of the first song, th...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 24 Using Sets 24 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic 7. Using Sets The FR-18 diatonic is a “virtual” accordion. It recreates the sounds of various accordion instruments and can even gener- ate orchestral sounds (like trumpet, flute, etc.), organ and drum sounds. Recalling a Set is similar to switching to a different accordion. The FR-18 diatonic contains 12 Sets divided over 4 fam- ilies. 3 Set families have been programmed at the fac- tory (“FOLK”, “ETHNIC”, “WORLD”—see the legends below the treble registers) and cannot be changed. One family (“USER”) can be used to load User ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 25 Selecting and playing sounds V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 25 8. Selecting and playing sounds Treble section The Treble section can be played using the 37 treble buttons on the right-hand side. The sound it produces is deter- mined by the register [1]~[4] you pressed last. This section can be used to play accordion, orchestral and organ sounds. NOTE At power-on, the FR-18 diatonic selects the key of G. See “Changing the key note of the key- board” on p. 32 for how to select a different key. Selecting sounds for the right hand This section explains how to select accordion, orchestral ...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 26 Selecting and playing sounds 26 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic NOTE This table is only an example of all available orchestral sound sets, as every orchestral sound set is combined with its corresponding accordion set. For the complete list, please see “Sounds contained in the various Sets” on p. 60. The orchestral sound section of your FR-18 diatonic includes also 4 organ sounds, each with a slow/fast rotary effect. To select an organ sound: 1. Press the [ORCHESTRA/ORGAN] button twice. It flashes red to signal that you have entered organ sound selection mode. NOTE If you press [ORCH...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 27 Bass and chord section V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 27 Transposing the treble section in octave steps The FR-18 diatonic’s treble keyboard has a maximum range of 3 octaves. There may be times, however, when you need to play higher or lower notes than its keyboard allows. Unlike an acoustic diatonic accordion, the FR-18 diatonic allows you to transpose the treble keyboard one octave up or down. 1. First specify the section (treble accordion or orchestra/organ) you wish to transpose in octave steps by selecting a sound for it. 2. To transpose one octave down, hold down the [SET/SHIFT]...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 28 Selecting and playing sounds 28 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic 3. Choose the desired behavior for the chord buttons: Press the three bass registers simultaneously to alter- nate between full chord and “drop third” chords. The chord buttons can either play full chords or chords where the third (i.e. the constituent note that determines whether a chord is major or minor) has been omitted. NOTE The selected chord mode also applies to orchestral chord section. Selecting orchestral sounds for the left hand Besides the common accordion bass sounds, the FR-18 diatonic’s bass and chord sect...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 29 Bass and chord section V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic r 29 4. Use the 3 bass registers to choose one of the orchestral chord sounds. NOTE The orchestral sounds that can be selected with the regis- ters depend on the currently selected Set. See p. 60 for a list of the sounds available for each Set. The orchestral chord sound replaces the accordion sound played by the chord buttons and has no effect on the bass buttons. 5. Press the [ORCH. CHORD] button again to exit ORCH. CHORD mode. The [ORCH. CHORD] button goes dark. While orchestral chord mode is active, you can assign a different accord...

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Roland FR-18 DIATONIC Manual Page 30 Selecting and playing sounds 30 r V-Accordion FR-18 diatonic Switching off sections you don’t need (Mute function) If, for some reason, you do not want one of the cur- rently active parts to respond to your playing, you can switch it off. To do it press and hold a single register for a while, as follows: 1. Press and hold a register in the Treble sec- tion ([1]~[4]) to mute the treble or Orches- tra part. 2. Press and hold a Bass register (1~3) to mute the Bass&Chord, Orchestra Bass, or Orches- tra Chord part. This depends on the part that is currently assigned to the bass registe...

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