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Four panel knobs provide a degree of internal real-time control, but an almost limitless number of MIDI CCs are specified. In addition to standard filter cutoff, resonance, envelope attack, and release, it has portamento, ribbon, slider, sostenuto, and a variety of effects controllers. This is possibly the most complete palette of external control yet offered in a tone module.
Bottom line. As the module version of Korgs hugely popular Triton keyboard, the Triton-Rack is far beyond the boundaries and requirements of GM. No one is going to buy this device solely for its GM capabilities, though its adequate for most playback applications. On the other hand, its impressive that Korg thought to include GM at all. If anyone needs another reason to buy this hot box, GM might just be it.
A cute reworking of Rolands classic JV-2080 module, the JV-1010 (see Fig. 4) offers no onboard programmability (you can use Emagics Sound Diver on the accompanying CD-ROM) and only provides a stereo output. However, it is expandable with Roland SR-JV80 series Wave Expansion boards (one board at a time) and offers ground-floor GM access. With dedicated front panel knobs and buttons providing access to all modes and types of sound (single patches, multiperformances, drum sets, GM, named sound banks, and more), getting around the instrument is a breeze. In short, the JV-1010 is a nice box of sounds for live or studio use.
GM sounds. The single bank of GM sounds is basic but quite good. The pianos and guitars are strong, though the basses are a little thin. The strings, fiddle, and synths are well crafted. Brass is no ones strong suit, and the JV-1010s brass is no more than adequate.
Other sounds, features, and drums. The JV-1010s non-GM sounds are different from the GM bank. They include such things as multilayered amalgams of guitars and snarling bassesall the stuff youd expect from a professional Roland synth. The JV-1010 comes with all the waves and patch data from Rolands Session expansion board, so plenty of raw material is available. It permits the play of single patches and multitimbral performances, but editing is only offered at the Part level and only in terms of level, pan, voice reserve, effects routing, and so forth.
Reprinted with permission from Magazine, February, 2001
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