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Instruction manual for Roland FR8X Accordion

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Thanks Valski, I will bear that in mind.
I was thinking not so much as a drum kit but drum "voices.
Example, maybe bass drum on bass note and brush or hi hat with chord. To be used with accordion voices on musette waltzes etc.
I will post examples later from Pieter Bosma a Dutch accordionist
Perhaps it might work or it may turn out to be a little more than you wanted.
 

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Thanks Valski, I will bear that in mind.
I was thinking not so much as a drum kit but drum "voices.
Example, maybe bass drum on bass note and brush or hi hat with chord. To be used with accordion voices on musette waltzes etc.
I will post examples later from Pieter Bosma a Dutch accordionist

Perhaps it might work or it may turn out to be a little more than you wanted.
Hello again Valski
This is a video of Dutch player Pieter Bosma , at times you may hear a hi hat or whatever on the chords, it sounds tasty.
I hope to explore other possibilities for percussion on the left hand and of course it has to be suttle and not too obtrusive.

 

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Congratulations! It's a great choice and I'm sure that you will love it. Two things to consider; purchase the sets by Richard Noel because they will get you started with this complex instrument and provide you with instant enjoyment of the full potential of the accordion. Secondly install the set editor once you have made yourself familiar with your Fr8x. This will make it easier to create your own user sets once you need to create something to meet a specific requirement, or it helps you to move them to different buttons and even rename them to suit you.

I've owned my FR8X for 5 years now and only regret not purchasing it sooner. My accordion shop included the Richard Noel sets because their experience showed that some people are intimidated with the complexity and potential of the Midi accordion and were frustrated that they could not find a custom sound easily as a novice user. Those two pieces of advice saved me a lot of potential frustration and made the entire package so much better. The Noel sets are not free but the set editor utility for your computer is.
Sorry for off-topic, but are Richard Noel's sets available for FR4X? Cannot seems find it on his page... hm
 

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Valski thanks for info.
"I'll be back"............
Hello Valski, it's me again,just small point.
When I buy the sound sets and the arrive on my computer, do I put them on a USB memory stick before transferring to the FB8X
Thanks
 

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Hello Valski, it's me again,just small point.
When I buy the sound sets and the arrive on my computer, do I put them on a USB memory stick before transferring to the FB8X
Thanks
My sound sets were already loaded into my FR8X when I purchased the instrument. I'm sure that you will get detailed instructions with the purchase of the sets however I think that you can use the USB method or the Roland utility for managing sets via your computer.
 

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I decided on the Fr8x because of the larger size and a number of other things like it's louder than the 4X which makes it more useful on small gigs, there are more one touch buttons, midi in and out, and a nicer grille in my opinion, not to mention the chin switches. There are more reasons for me to choose the Fr8x which don't come to mind at the moment but if Mockie feels that he can afford the flagship model, all the more power to him.
 

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Valski thanks for info.
"I'll be back"............

I decided on the Fr8x because of the larger size and a number of other things like it's louder than the 4X which makes it more useful on small gigs, there are more one touch buttons, midi in and out, and a nicer grille in my opinion, not to mention the chin switches. There are more reasons for me to choose the Fr8x which don't come to mind at the moment but if Mockie feels that he can afford the flagship model, all the more power to him.
I'm like a kid looking forward to Christmas......I have to have the FR8x. I never imagined that I would want to play a digital accordion but when I heard the quality of the accordions on the FR-8x I have to have one.
I'm only really interested in the accordions, yes there some other great sounds but I want to think of it as accordion and play accordion music on it not pop songs
 

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I'm like a kid looking forward to Christmas......I have to have the FR8x. I never imagined that I would want to play a digital accordion but when I heard the quality of the accordions on the FR-8x I have to have one.
I'm only really interested in the accordions, yes there some other great sounds but I want to think of it as accordion and play accordion music on it not pop songs
Here is an example of the accordion on the FR8x button version played Dutch wizard Pieter Bosma
 

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Hello Valski, it's me again,just small point.
When I buy the sound sets and the arrive on my computer, do I put them on a USB memory stick before transferring to the FB8X
Thanks
Yes, and there is an order of precedence... required expansions must be installed first, and then UPGs and SETS are next, those are not order sensitive. If you are getting the sets from Noel, he gives you precise step by step instructions. Follow them exactly as written, and you will be fine. :)
 

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Yes, and there is an order of precedence... required expansions must be installed first, and then UPGs and SETS are next, those are not order sensitive. If you are getting the sets from Noel, he gives you precise step by step instructions. Follow them exactly as written, and you will be fine. :)
Thank Gerry
 

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I'm like a kid looking forward to Christmas......I have to have the FR8x. I never imagined that I would want to play a digital accordion but when I heard the quality of the accordions on the FR-8x I have to have one.
I'm only really interested in the accordions, yes there some other great sounds but I want to think of it as accordion and play accordion music on it not pop songs
Yes, I appreciate the accordion sounds most of all. I also don't mind some of the orchestral sounds because they're very good but the accordion is the instrument that I like the best although the sounds played with the left hand really enhance my experience because they add depth. I find myself using the orchestral sounds less on the treble side unless they're nicely layered with the sounds of the accordion.
 

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