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#668478 - 12/13/01 12:15 PM tone generator
gibbyd Offline
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Registered: 09/16/01
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I've decided to keep my Roland KR4500. Can anyone enlighten me as to what a tone generator will do for a digital piano and what brand, model would be recommended for the non-professional. Thanks.

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#668479 - 12/14/01 10:12 PM Re: tone generator
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Registered: 11/06/01
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A tone generator (also called a "tone module", "synth module", or just "module") is essentially a synthesizer in a box. It has all the sounds of a normal synthesizer without the keyboard mechanism. This makes for great portability and also allows the manufacturer to produce them at a lower price point. Some tone modules are entry-level in their quality while others are state-of-the-art technology. Any MIDI keyboard can "trigger" the sounds in a tone module. Think of it like a "remote control". Your keyboard (the remote) is playing the sounds located in the tone module. You can then either layer the sound of your keyboard with the module's sound (such as piano and strings) or replace the keyboard's sounds entirely. This is a great way to keep your keyboard up to date. An electronic keyboard becomes obsolete not long after you open the box. While replacing a keyboard every year or two is cost prohibitive for just about everyone, it's not out of the question to add a tone module to your set-up every now and then. These days, a lot of modules are now even expandable which then allows you to add on to the module at a later date instead of replacing it.
A real-life example: I play professionally, and often travel for gigs where I only need a modest synth set-up. I don't even bring a keyboard with me. I ask the venue to supply a MIDI keyboard with weighted keys. I then just bring a little module either in a small rack or even in my suitcase or carry-on. I don't even plug the venue's keyboard into the sound system. I only use my sounds (from the module). It's truly a great way to travel lite.
I know that's probably not your application, but it does illustrate the usefulness of tone modules.
Hope that helps.
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#668480 - 12/14/01 10:16 PM Re: tone generator
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I forgot to mention that tone modules run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. The sonic quality, variety of sounds, expandability and programmability are all factors in the pricing. I have a Roland JV-1010 that is only about $500 and is fantastic. I also have a Roland XV5080 that is about $2000, also a fantastic instrument, but is much more suited to someone whose needs are more complex.
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