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Roland GR-30 Guitar Synthesizer Quick Guide Manual

The GR-30 is a guitar synthesizer from Roland. It features 8 megabytes of ROM waveform data, 256 Patches (128 Preset and 128 User) and 384 high quality tones such as Pianos, Violins, Organs, Drums, and Percussion.

The GR-30 includes an impressive Arpeggiator that allows you to create independent string sequences of various finger picking patterns.

The GR-30 also includes Intelligent Pitch Shifting, Reverb, Chorus,
Delay, Wah, Whammy Effects, and a Chromatic Tuner.

• Initialization
To reset the factory settings:
1) Power on while holding down Pedal 2.
2) Press PATCH [+] to select the type of initialization (“PAt” intializes Patches, “SyS” initializes system settings, and “ini” initializes all settings).
3) Press EDIT/PLAY.
4) Press the PATCH +/- buttons simultaneously

• Setting String Sensitivity
Setting the string sensitivity is critical for obtaining maximum performance from your GR-30. Use the following procedure:

1) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to select PICKUP SENS (1-6).
2) Press EDIT/PLAY, then play a string.
3) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to set the level.
Turn the level up until the red light appears, then back
off the level by one.
4) Press EDIT/PLAY to return to Play Mode.

• Using The Guitar Tuner
Use the following procedure to tune your guitar:
1) While pressing the S1 button on GK-2A, press Pedal 1 (or press PATCH [-] while holding EDIT/PLAY.
2) Play a string and tune accordingly. When the light in the center turns from green to red you are in tune.
3) Press any pedal or the S2 button to return to Play Mode.

• Auditioning Patches and Tones
The GR-30 includes 128 Preset and 128 User Patches that allow you to combine two of the 384 tones. Use the following procedure to access the patches using the GK-2A pickup:
1) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to select
PATCH INC/DEC BY S1/S2 Guitar Select. 2) Use the S1/S2 buttons on the GK-2A to change patches up and down.
To access Tones:
1) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to A.
2) Turn the EDIT TARGET knob to 1st or 2nd TONE.
3) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to change Tones.

• Selecting Arpeggiator Patches
The GR-30 allows you to create individual string sequences similar to finger picking styles. The following Patches use the Arpeggiator:
Patch A11
Try some different chords.
Patch A14
Try a few chords, be sure to let arpeggio play out.
Patch A21
Try the chord sequence Am, E, G, D, F, C, Dm, E.
Patch A31
Play strings 2 and 6 simultaneously.

• Using The Harmonist
The Harmonist feature allows you to add harmonies that intelligently follow your notes in the selected key. Use the following procedure:
1) Select Patch A81 and press EDIT/PLAY.
2) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to A.
3) Turn the EDIT TARGET knob to ARPEGGIO/harmony.
5) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select h-1.
6) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to B.
7) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select Harmony Interval.
8) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to C.
9) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select Key.
10) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to WRITE TO and use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select a Patch location.
11) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to WRITE PATCH.
12) Press thePATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons simultaneously to permanently save the new Patch.

• Effects
The GR-30 offers several effects such as Reverb and Chorus. Use the following procedure to select the desired effect:
1) Press EDIT/PLAY.
2) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to A.
3) Turn the EDIT TARGET knob to EFFECT.
4) Use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select Reverb Type.
5) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to B, and use the
PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to adjust Reverb Level.
6) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to C, and use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to adjust Reverb Time.
7) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to D, and use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select the type of CHORUS or FLANGE.
8) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to WRITE TO
and use the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons to select a
Patch location.
9) Turn the PARAMETER SELECT knob to WRITE
PATCH and press the PATCH (VALUE) +/- buttons
simultaneously to permanently save the new Patch.

 

 
 Roland GR-30 Guitar Synthesizer Quick Guide Manual