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Offline Clintmusic

GR-55 - Does the GR-55 work with DAW's?
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:34:01 PM »
I just bought a Roland GR-55 guitar synth, installed the driver and tried to use it in my DAW, Mixcraft 8.0. I'm connected to my computer with a USB 2.0 cable from the GR-55 to the computer.
Mixcraft recognizes it's there and I am able to use my guitar to play my soft synths but I can't play the sounds in the GR55. I have the MIDI/USB switch in my G-55 set to on.  I have it set to all midi channels.
They advertise this as being compatible with DAW's but there's a weird line in the manual that says "It's not possible to play the GR-55's sound generator via input from the MIDI IN connector or the USB-MIDI connector". That seems to imply it doesn't work with DAW's other than allowing my guitar to be a midi controller. I need to know if this will work as I need to return it to Guitar Center if this won't work with Mixcraft.
Thanks for your help.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2017, 02:12:19 AM by admsustainiac »

Offline admsustainiac

Re: GR-55 - Does the GR-55 work with DAW's?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2017, 02:08:19 AM »
With the GR-55 connected to to a DAW via USB , you can :

Use GR-55 as your audio interface
* Record all GR-55 sounds played live into the DAW to record tracks
( Details for setting up the GR-55 Audio are in the "README.htm" file included with download file for the GR-55 USB Audio/MIDI Driver file 

https://www.roland.com/us/products/gr-55/downloads/

but its very true , the GR-55 PCM internal tones can NOT be triggered by remote MIDI Note on/off messages via USB or 5 pin MIDI connection from any system, hardware or computer

Only the analog GK-13 connection from your 13 pin guitar  can trigger the GR-55 PCM synth tones

If you really love the GR-55 PCM Synth tones - other Roland gear shares the same PCM sound set. like the SD 50 Mobile Canvas
https://www.roland.com/global/products/mobile_studio_canvas/
 

« Last Edit: July 09, 2017, 02:12:06 AM by admsustainiac »

Offline Clintmusic

Re: GR-55 - Does the GR-55 work with DAW's?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 07:51:12 AM »
thanks, I appreciate it

Offline jassy

Re: GR-55 - Does the GR-55 work with DAW's?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 07:34:17 PM »

If you really love the GR-55 PCM Synth tones - other Roland gear shares the same PCM sound set. like the SD 50 Mobile Canvas
https://www.roland.com/global/products/mobile_studio_canvas/
 
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Which remember me that it would have been great if the GR55 had been compatible with SD50 sounds.
Would have been a great source of sounds: