FR1-X keyboard limitation?



FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby Walleye » Wed May 17, 2017 6:03 pm

For all you 1X users/players...do you find the 26 treble keys a real limitation? I think 72 bass acoustics have 34 keys and I'm wondering if only 26 keys is a real handicap. I know there can be a user program fix to raise or lower an octave with a register button push but is that clumsy? Thanks!
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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby Francisco SC » Sun May 21, 2017 1:14 pm

Yes, it's a severe limitation indeed. I bought mine about a year ago, briefly after I started my first lessons. Today I regret not having gone for a fr3-x instead.

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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby Keymn » Mon May 22, 2017 12:19 pm

I think whatever Midi accordion you have at this day and age may not matter soon. For example' the BK7m (which I think needs to be upgraded), is the sound solution to make any model accordion sound good. The iPad using Midi LE (midi to Bluetooth) is the wireless solution to an arranger keyboard or BK7m. I am doing this now with Songbook+ app ( pdf music reader), MidiJet (wireless Midi), Yamaha MD-BT01 ( Midi to Bluetooth transmit/receive) and Line 6 G10 (wireless audio).
Connected presently with my Korg arranger. Works perfect and gives freedom to stroll while controlling the arranger.
I know evertime a new model comes out, sales go up on the older in hope of investing in a new model. Save your bucks!
I just received the FR4x and yes a better sounding accordion then my FR7. I bought it because it is smaller as my main reason. Although, on my fr7, I Midi transmitted the right hand of my accordion to my Korg PA3x accordion sounds (which I think sound real good).
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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby debra » Mon May 22, 2017 1:06 pm

Walleye wrote:For all you 1X users/players...do you find the 26 treble keys a real limitation? I think 72 bass acoustics have 34 keys and I'm wondering if only 26 keys is a real handicap. I know there can be a user program fix to raise or lower an octave with a register button push but is that clumsy? Thanks!

I don't have one, just to be clear. But I fully agree that 26 keys is a real limitation. I still have a small 40 bass 26 key PA, so I do know what that range (B to C) means. The FR1-XB should be usable as it has 37 buttons (G to G) which is common in a 96 bass PA. I would not be surprised if way more FR1-XB instruments have sold than FR1-X. The 26 keys was just what they could fit in that size.
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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby JackieC » Mon May 22, 2017 3:27 pm

A few years ago, I traded a Roland FR-3X for a 1X, mainly because of the weight factor. I was dealing with a shoulder injury that resulted in rotator cuff surgery. At first, that little 14 pound box was great. Then, I realized how short the keyboard was. It's good for some music, but a lot of the time I run out of keys. They could have made a 34/72 model and it would have been dynamite.
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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby debra » Mon May 22, 2017 9:35 pm

JackieC wrote:A few years ago, I traded a Roland FR-3X for a 1X, mainly because of the weight factor. I was dealing with a shoulder injury that resulted in rotator cuff surgery. At first, that little 14 pound box was great. Then, I realized how short the keyboard was. It's good for some music, but a lot of the time I run out of keys. They could have made a 34/72 model and it would have been dynamite.

That's exactly it. It *is* a 34/72 model, but only as CBA, not as PA. I believe it is a useful and usable 34/72 CBA. The PA with just 26 keys is simply too limited.
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Re: FR1-X keyboard limitation?

Postby Nuuksu » Mon May 22, 2017 9:56 pm

I agree with others. I started with 26 key PA 14 years ago, it wasn't enough even for childrens music school first grade. For simple folk tunes it is enough but for tunes where octave switching is needed it is useless.
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