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ROLAND BK-7M ARRANGER MODULE Arranger keyboards Electronics

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Product details

  • Electronics
  • Publisher: ROLAND
  • ASIN: B004J9YP22
  • Product Dimensions: 68.6 x 40.6 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,417,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

A Band in a BriefcaseAdd a world-class backing band to your show with the new BK-7m, a state-of-the-art module that packs an interactive band into a sleek, slim package. No bigger than a book, the BK-7m is a dream machine for the entertaining artist or solo musician who needs a backing band onstage, in the studio, or at home. With hundreds of great Tones, Music Styles, and rhythms onboard ? all quickly accessible with one-touch buttons ? the BK-7m will make you sound like a pro ensemble onstage. Choose from the library of built-in styles or play your own music files directly from USB for play-along accompaniment. You can even record your performances directly to USB memory for distribution and archiving * Portable backing module compatible with MIDI-capable pianos, keyboards, accordions, organs * 1,000-plus tones, 57 drum kits, 128-voice polyphony * Over 400 high-quality music styles, each with four one-touch settings * Over 900 Music Assistants covering every musical genre * SMF and audio file playback via onboard USB connector * Audio recording in WAV format directly to connected USB storage device * Cover function for SMFs and Music Styles * Composite Video Out to display Lyrics and/or Chord Symbols on external display Display type * Display 128 x 64 dots, graphic LCDSound generator (Conforms to GM2/GS/XGlite) * Max. polyphony 128 voices * Sounds : 1,092 tones, 57 Drum Sets * Multitimbral parts real-time parts (UP1, UP2, LWR, MBS) + 16 Song parts * Master tuning : 415.3 Hz to 466.2 Hz * Key control (Transpose) : ?6 to +5 in semitones (for audio/MIDI data & AUDIO INPUT signals) * Tempo change Quarter Note =20 to 250 for SMF and Music Styles, 75 to 125 % for mp3 and WAV files * Part mute functions TRACK MUTE: Music Styles, SMF, CENTER CANCEL: mp3, WAV, AUDIO INPUT signalsEffects * Real-time parts (UP1, UP2, LWR, MBS) reverb: 12 types, chorus: 6 types, MFX: 84 types, parametric EQ: 6 presets + 1 User,...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snagglepuss on 19 Mar. 2013
There are probably a lot of people out there who would say that this arranger module is overpriced for what they might describe as a rhythm box. How wrong they would be. The Roland BK-5 Backing Keyboard is somewhat cheaper than this module and it has an inbuilt arranger on-board. The quality of sound produced from this unit is amazing. It has over 400 rhythm styles built-in. The 4 real time parts: MBS, LWR, UP1 and UP2 can each be assigned any of the arranger's 1,131 tones. It also has nearly 1000 built in fully orchestrated styles of popular songs and above all, if you can't find what you want, you can program your own styles and save them to a USB flash drive. There are far too many features for me to go into detail in this review. Let it suffice to say that this is a professional unit that is worth the asking price and performance wise, it is way, way above any rhythm accompaniment box fitted to the majority of keyboards. My only criticism is the shiny black fascia is vulnerable to scratches if you are not careful. Roland do not put a protective film on this fascia when it ships from the factory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Man on 19 Nov. 2013
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I thought this was just an improved version of a sequencer like I had experienced before, I was TOTALLY WRONG. This is the best sequencer I have ever come across, I am still learning all about it, but it together with my other Roland equipment has given me the ability to produce a total recordings as if I were a total orchestra or band,all from my guitar. The possibilities are endless I recommend this unit to everyone, though the RRP is (in my opinion too high). It is a great piece of equipment and if the funds are available or a good deal is on offer, get it while you can. You will NOT regret it, I certainly don't.
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By ken h on 14 Jan. 2014
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very nice bit of kit,some great rythms and sounds makes keyboard playing more interesting and versatile I bought it hoping there would be a lot of theatre organ sounds on it, this was not the case but jazz organ and full organ are plentiful. Plenty of good brass woodwind and strings more than enough to keep it interesting so very happy with it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
full review Roland BK-7m 23 Sept. 2012
By Markussen - Published on
This is small part of the full review I wrote on the homepage.. see there for much more details and further explanations...
The good

Value: The BK-7m arranger module gives you an unbeaten value for the money! Even if you compare to older and less capable modules in the used market.
Visual impression: Elegant and distinguished look
Versatility: can be used as arranger module, karaoke, recording onboard, drum machine, playback, Mp3/WAV player, + Sonar LE
Size/weight: unbeaten size to performance relation
Support: Roland offers support help lines for free! Use them!
Modern interfaces: USB, USB-stick memory (no vulnerable hard disk drive, CD/DVD or floppy disk)
Set up: The wizard makes it almost like "plug&play" for all kinds of Midi instruments
User groups: In the different users groups online you will find a lot of support and inspiration
Accessories: all from foot controller, stand, amplifiers, volume/expression pedals to USB-stick available
Styles, tones (voices), rhythms, OTS (OneTouchSettings) and much more available in the factory set up
Usable factory settings (OTS, MFX,EQ, volumes)
Equalizer (EQ)and multi effects (MFX) on board and selectively adjustable for all tones!

The bad

Interface musician to module v/v: The versatility of the module demands for a clear interface which with the quite small display and relatively few analog buttons cannot be achieved for a spontaneous change of settings
The documentation: The user's manual does not help a greenhorn to midi arranger modules in getting familiar with the performance, a " HowTo" manual is definitely missing (but not only at the BK-7m) Any change to another module (if you do want to change the factory settings and make your own performance library) will cause a lot of rethinking and reprogramming before you get smoothly going.
Price/performance: sad to say the BK-7m module is offered at a too low price! How do I come to this "crazy" statement? The distributors which normally not only do sell Rolands BK-7m arranger module will of course rather sell YOU a much higher priced product at a larger margin than this relatively affordable and low provisioned item! YOU have to check the performance yourself before purchasing. Be aware that mostly all humans tend to like what they did purchase themselves, but YOUR personal preferences can be different to the favor of ANY module in the market.

The conclusion

You get a great performing "box" for the money! The BK-7m is very versatile in many music environments. More than most musicians will ever need! IMHO we have reached a level of sound quality and performance where these are not anymore the limiting parameters. Your choice of equipment in total decides about the sound, and especially HOW you adjust to your personal taste and preferences. To do this the user interface is the major challenge for the producers of such equipment, to open for the creativity and performance of the musician, and not limiting this. The BK-7m at this time (August 2012) will offer you great options and a challenge as soon you will leave the factory settings behind. Now I am waiting for Roland to maybe react to my idea of making a more user friendly manual more minded for the "HowTo" to let musician play music and programmers build modules.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Adds a lot of fun for Professional keyboards 5 Sept. 2014
By Kevin - Published on
I've had the Roland BK-7m for several years now. I was always looking for something that could add the fun drums/accompaniment piece that was on consumer keyboards for my professional keyboard setup (Roland Fantom X8).

The BK-7m was perfect for my needs. I'm still discovering new styles that are fun to play with! It's very easy to use as well, style changes are easily done by selecting a category button and then scrolling through the patterns. Fill-ins and variations are easy to do with a single hand by hitting one of the four fill-in buttons.

I think the biggest thing about this BK-7m is the quality of the Roland samples and drum patterns. I rarely even use the internal voices on the Fantom because the BK-7m sounds so good!

If pressed, I could come up with a few complaints. I'd rather not have to push the scroll wheel to make selections. It'd be nice to have some +/- buttons with a select key. It would be nice to have a favorites list where I could store my favorite patterns easily. (This may be available via the performances, but I haven't worried too much about it). But, I think the features and benefits still make the Bk-7m a 5 star product. I'd love to see Roland continue this product line.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ipad App to BK-7M is awesome!!!! 2 Oct. 2014
By S - Published on
Ipad App to this instrument is awesome. App can be downloaded for free from the app store. You will also need apple's Lightning to usb camera cable(depends on the ipad version) to connect this instrument to ipad.

This setup makes it easy to change instruments with an IPAD without touching the instrument. Drop down list of instruments on the ipads' big screen is just wonderful to look and easy to access during performance which I have never seen on any other arranger keyboards in the market till date.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
BK-7m melody intelligence does not change the whole chord range to the tone selected resulting in a layered sound.. 30 Mar. 2015
By T M - Published on
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The melody intelligence feature does not function as other arrranger keyboards with this auto harmony feature. Normally you can change to any instument sound ( tone, or voice ) and be able to play that sound across the whole chord. That`s not the case with the BK-7m. If you set 3. combo it defaults to clarinet. Changing to piano you will still get horns playing the chord notes with piano being heard as a single tone layered with the horns.. Changing to the other settings 1. duet, will have the same thing happen with trumpets playing a layered sound with the voice you select.. This happens on the other harmony types with the set instrument tones that can`t be changed to the requested selection. Roland has informed me this is to specification, as it does not have the same option function as thier BK-5 and BK-9 arranger keyboards. Roland evidently did not program the BK-7m to change tones as the musician would want. This is not normal as I have owned several arranger keyboards that will play any voice or tone you select it to play. Roland needs to have a system program version 1.08 download to correct this problem.
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