Roland has announced a major system update for the FR-8x, the flagship of their V-Accordion lineup.
FR-8x Version 2.0 software adds new drum and orchestral parameters, increased control of audio files, extended looper functionality, updated Orchestra Chord voicing capabilities and more.
The V-Accordion line is an electronic instrument that brings combines features familiar to keyboardists, like MIDI support, synth capabilities, orchestral sound libraries and microtuning support, with traditional accordion control.
Here’s what’s new in FR-8x V-Accordion Version 2.0:
- New Drum Edit parameters added.
- The ability to save WAV/MP3 volume in a user program has been added.
- The ability to link a WAV/MP3 file to a user program has been added.
- WAV/MP3 volume level is now displayed on the main page.
- A new shortcut has been added from the main page to control WAV/MP3 level.
- The ability to save Scale Tuning in a user program has been added.
- Scale Tune On status is now displayed on the main page.
- Transpose On status is now displayed on the main page.
- New Sordina Switch parameter added.
- Sordina On status is displayed on the main page
- Zone, High, and Low switch parameters added.
- New Lowest Note values added in 8.2 Tone Control parameters.
- Transmission of MIDI sustain data can now be turned on or off.
- Poly/Mono and Portamento Time parameters added for Orchestra sounds.
- Minimum Bellows parameter added in Dynamic Bellows Behavior.
- A Copy Register feature has been added.
- Transpose Status is now saved with a user program.
- Voicing parameter added in Orchestra Chord sections.
- Recorded loops can now be saved for later use.
- Loop Level parameter added to control volume of loop playback.
- A saved loop can be linked to a user program.
- Added a parameter to assign the Effect knob to control cutoff and resonance.
The update will be available as a free download, starting Oct 31, 2014, via RolandUS.com.