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ROLAND A-80 MIDI KEYBOARD CONTROLLER

The A-80 is a powerful 88-note, MIDI controller keyboard with the key range and feel of a concert grand piano. System Exclusive information can be stored in a Patch which can also transmit on four independent MIDI Zones.

Initializing

1) Hold down the 1st, 3rd & 4th buttons under the display screen and the CHANNEL button.
2) Press any cursor button.

Before using the A-80, you may wish to plug a footswitch into the pedal 3 jack. It is set (by default) for sustain on all Zones.

Selecting Patches

To select patches on the A-80:
1) Press the PATCH button (if it is not already lit)
2) Select bank and number of the desired patch
using PATCH BANK and PATCH NUMBER buttons

Muting and Soloing Zones or Outputs

The 4 MIDI outputs from the A-80 carry identical information. This allows different modules (or banks of modules) to be easily muted or soloed.

To mute an output:

1) Press the OUTPUT button (if it is not already lit)
2) Press the MUTE button (if it is not already lit)
3) To mute an output, press the corresponding output button until it is unlit. Active tracks are lit, muted tracks are unlit
4) To solo any output, press the solo button & corresponding output button

To mute a zone:

1) Press the ZONE button
2) Press the MUTE button
3) Active zones are lit, muted zones are unlit
4) To solo any zone, press the solo button & corresponding zone button

Setting Zone MIDI channels

Before doing any editing on the A-80, it is important to understand that the A-80 has no buffer memory. Therefore, any edits are made directly on a patch, and take effect immediately. For this reason, you should only turn the EDIT light on when making a change, then immediately turn it off.

Setting Zone MIDI Channels (cont.)
To simplify this procedure, let's begin by working on one zone.
1) From the main screen, press View, then press Zone
2) Select the zone you wish to set by first pressing the ZONE button, then turn off SOLO and MUTE buttons.
3) Now select zone to be edited (using A, B, C or D buttons)
4) Press the EDIT button and use slider 3 to set the MIDI channel. Notice that there will be MIDI channels that cannot be assigned. This is because the A-80 will not let you assign the same MIDI channel to more than one zone.

Setting Key Zone Limits

The A-80 can transmit on 4 separate zones, each with its own upper and lower keyboard limits. To set the key limits of the 4 zones:
1) From the main screen, press View, then press Zone
2) Select the zone you wish to set by first pressing the ZONE button, then turn off SOLO and MUTE buttons.
3) Now select zone to be edited (using A, B, C or D buttons)
2) Press the EDIT button and use sliders 1 and 2 to set the lower and upper key zone limits

Assigning Program Changes

The A-80 will transmit a program change for each zone when a Patch is selected. To set the program number sent by each zone:
1) From the main screen, press View, then press the ZONE button.
2) Select the zone you wish to set by first pressing the ZONE button, then turn off SOLO and MUTE buttons.
3) Now select zone to be edited (using A, B, C or D buttons)
4) Press PrgmCh and make sure the Zone light is on.
5) Turn-on the Edit light and use the Bank and Number buttons to set the desired program number.
6) Turn off the Edit light.
7) This program change message is now incorporated into the Zone you chose on this Patch. Repeat this process for any other Zone you wish to incorporate a Program Change message into.

 

 
 ROLAND A-80 MIDI KEYBOARD CONTROLLER