FR-7

V-Accordion®

FR-7: V-Accordion®

Features

The FR-7/-5 are the first instruments of their type to successfully integrate powerful Physical Behavior Modeling (PBM) technology into a traditional accordion design, combining the familiar sounds and nuances of a traditional accordion with the versatility of a modern digital musical instrument. You can instantly select and switch between a wide range of sounds and/or types of accordions, or customize your own unique timbres. Because it doesn’t depend on moving parts for sound generation, the V-Accordion is always in tune, and both keyboards can be transposed to play across a wide range of octaves. For sound output, the V-Accordions can plug directly into a sound system, recording device, or plug in a pair of headphones for silent practice. These amazing new instruments must be squeezed to be believed.

  • Physical Behavior Modeling provides amazing simulation of traditional accordions
  • 30 virtual accordion models inside, plus 29 orchestral sounds
  • Portable, lightweight, and expandable via MIDI
  • FR-7: a complete, all-in-one model with powered speakers
  • FR-5: lighter weight, without speakers & power amp, and more affordable
Physical Behavior Modeling (PBM)
At the heart of the FR-7/-5 is Roland’s new, proprietary PBM (Physical Behavior Modeling) sound engine and sound modeling technology. Physical Behavior Modeling uses complex algorithms (as opposed to sampled sounds) to accurately model an acoustic accordion’s sound characteristics. The result is an engine that faithfully recreates the actual physical behavior and expressive nuances of an acoustic instrument.

Unique, All-in-One Portable Instrument
Lightweight and portable, the FR-7 uses an onboard digital amplifier with rechargeable Ni-Mh battery pack (optional on the FR-5) to power a pair of neodymium woofers and tweeters for a consistent, full range low-end to high-end output. The right- and left-hand velocity sensitive keyboards integrate with the high-resolution bellows pressure sensor to deliver an amazing level of expressiveness, realism, and playability.

Super Realistic Accordion Simulations
The FR-7/-5 can simulate up to 30 different accordion sound sets, each including 14 treble registers, seven bass and chord registers, and seven free bass registers. To create these high-quality sounds, Roland engineers analyzed dozens of popular traditional acoustic accordions, resulting in a single instrument that can faithfully reproduce a variety of traditional accordions, including their different tuning characteristics. As a result, the V-Accordion can switch instantly between an Italian Jazz, German Folk, French Musette, or historic Bandoneon, and more.

Variety of Orchestral Sounds
Combined with Traditional Accordion Sounds Along with stellar onboard accordion sounds, the FR-7/-5 incorporates Roland’s acclaimed orchestral sounds. Traditional and orchestral sound combinations can be easily created and played back, complete with full bellows articulation and unique keyboard modes such as Solo, Dual, and High/Low. Seven high-quality bass sounds can be played separately by the left hand, including: Acoustic Bass, Bowed Bass, Fingered Bass, Picked Bass, Fretless Bass, Baritone Tuba, and Baritone Tuba + E.Bass.

Exploring the Possibilities
The V-Accordion combines velocity sensitive keyboards, and a high-resolution bellows pressure sensor to create a whole new world of expressive possibilities. Using the High/Low Mode feature, you can control up to four parts simultaneously in real time from just one V-Accordion. Onboard MIDI functionality allows you to expand the range of performance options to sound modules, arranger keyboards, or an external sequencer. The more you experiment with the V-Accordion’s capabilities, the more possibilities you’ll find!

Specs

Keyboard & Bellows
Right Hand
41 Keys Piano Type with velocity and aftertouch
Left Hand
120 Bass buttons with velocity
Keyboard Mode
Right Hand: Solo, Dual, High/Low (for Orchestral Sounds)
Left Hand: Standard, Free Bass, Orchestral Bass, Orchestral Chord, Orchestral Free Bass
Bellows
Real pneumatic detection of bellows pressure, by a high resolution pressure sensor
Sound
Tones: Accordion Set
40 full programmable
* Each Accordion Sets including:
14 Treble registers
7 Bass registers
7 Free Bass registers
7 Orchestral Free Bass registers
7 Orchestral Bass registers
7 Orchestral Chord registers
22 Orchestral sounds
Treble Reed Footages
7
Bass Reed Footages
5
Chord Reed Footages
3
Free Bass Footages
2
Orchestral Sounds
22: Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Oboe, Harmonica, Muted Harmonica, Violin, Pizzicato, Flute, Pan Flute, Highland, Zampogna, Jazz organ, Perc. Organ, Rotary Organ, Trem. Organ, Voice, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Piano
Orchestral Bass Sounds
7: Acoustic Bass, Bowed Bass, Fingered Bass, Picked Bass, Fretless Bass, Tuba, Tuba Mix
Orchestra Free Bass sounds
Trombone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Perc.Organ, AC Guitar, AC Piano
Orchestral Chord
Trombone, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Trem. Organ, Voice, AC Guitar, AC Piano
PBM (Physical Behavior Modeling)
Noises
Stopping-reed growl, Closing valve noise, Left button noise
Individual Reed Simulation
Hysteresis threshold, Expression curve, Pressure variant filter, Pressure variant pitch deviation
Switching Reed Sound Wave
By bellows acceleration
By note repetition speed
Musette Tuning
Musette-Micro-Tuning Presets
16: Off (Standard), Dry, Classic, F-Folk, American L/H, North Europe, German L/H, D-Folk L/H, Alpine, Italian L/H, French, Scottish
Effects
Reverb
8 Types
Chorus
8 Types
Delay
8 Types
Rotary for Orchestral Organ Sound
Slow/Fast
"Cassotto" and "Sordina" Simulation
Yes
Panel Controls
Knob Controls
Volume, Treble/Bass balance, Reverb, Chorus, Delay
Encoder
Data Edit with Enter switch
Panel Switches
Treble Registers
14 + Master + Orchestra
Bass Registers
7
Navigation Switches
Up, Down, Menu/Write, Exit/Jump
Other Switches
Accordion Set Up/Down, Sordina On/Off, Power
Others
Display
48 x 84 dots graphic backlit LCD
Rated Power Output
2 x 25 W RMS
Speakers
10cm x 2 speakers (using Neodymium Transducer Magnets), Tweeters x 2
Onboard Connectors
Headphone jack (Stereo), Output jack (Stereo), Multi Connector (to FBC-7)
Battery
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24V-4500mAh
Color Variation
Dark Grey, Red
Supplied Accessories
FBC-7 (Power supply/Battery Charger), Owner's Manual, Straps, Accordion cloth, Treble Reference caps, Bass Reference Caps, Power Cord 19-Pin Multicore cable
External FBC-7 Specifications
5 Programmable Foot switches (Set Up/Down, Register Up/Down, Sustain), Multi connector (towards Accordion), Expression Pedal jack, MIDI connectors (In, Out, Thru), Output jacks (L/Mono, R), AC Inlet
Option
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack 24V-4500mAh, V-Accordion Gigbag, FBC-7 Gigbag
Size and Weight
Width
528 mm
20-13/16 inches
Depth
275 mm
10-7/8 inches
Height
423 mm
16-11/16 inches
Weight
11.5 kg
25 lbs. 6 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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