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Roland GW-7 Keyboard Synthesizer Workstation
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The Roland GW-7 Keyboard combines a potent set of arranger-workstation tools with a clean, easy user interface, an extensive customizable sound set, ...Click To Read More About This Product
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A sequencing-centered keyboard with a powerful pop sound set!
The Roland GW-7 Keyboard combines a potent set of arranger-workstation tools with a clean, easy user interface, an extensive customizable sound set, and powerful realtime performance. It provides a large library of mainstream sounds, ethnic flavor, and accompaniment styles for covering a wide range of contemporary pop.
It also gives you the ability to add styles and MIDI files as well as back up data through the USB port. You get a 16-track sequencer, 101 styles, 99 user presets, and 99 song locations. 3 pre-selectable styles--Drum & Bass, Combo, and Full Band--make it easy to start building tracks. The large, backlit LCD, pitch/mod wheel, D-Beam controller, assignable controls, and 61-key board give you lots of ways to control your music.
Whether you love or loathe technology, you'll find the GW-7 to be simple, straightforward, and inviting to use. No extensive knowledge of synthesis or sequencing is required to use this intuitive instrument. It's the perfect first-time workstation for standard pop, jazz, and world-music styles, but its sound quality and styles are rich and expressive enough to attract professionals as well.
Realistic preset backing tracks
The GW-7 comes equipped with a wide variety of pre-programmed Backing Track Styles to play along with. In all, there are 110 Styles onboard, with 99 User memory locations to import more. For the preset Styles, choose from a trio of band types: Drum & Bass, Combo, and Full Band. You can also create your own songs from scratch with the internal 16-track sequencer. 99 user locations are also provided for storing your songs.
Connect the GW-7 to a computer or USB-equipped external device with one simple USB cable, and transfer data back and forth quickly and easily. Keep your GW-7 well stocked with fresh songs and Styles by loading new Styles and Standard MIDI Files. Save your compositions and arrangements via USB.
Expressive performance features
The GW-7 is made to be played. And not just on its keyboard, this workstation offers an invisible, front-panel D Beam (wave your hands over the beam to color your sound), plus a pitch-bend/modulation lever, and a pair of control knobs. Performers will appreciate the GW-7's large backlit LCD, especially on dark stages and dimly lit studio environments.
World music sounds
Ethnic instruments are plentiful in the GW-7. Many instruments have been newly sampled, and boast exceptional sound quality. Call up these expressive sounds and arrangements -- programmed by top musicians -- and instantly spice up your music!
- 16-track sequencer
- 101 styles
- 99 user presets
- 99 song locations
- 3 pre-selectable rhythm styles
- Large, backlit LCD
- Pitch/mod lever
- D-Beam controller
- Assignable controls
- USB port
- Arranger-workstation tools
- Clean, easy user interface
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The GW-7 is a mini workstation. I was really disappointed with the quality of sounds and keyboard action. For the price, you should look into the amazing Korg X-50, which has a much better sound set and action. If you need a cheap sequencer on your board then the GW-7 is a good value, but if you use a computer for sequencing then don't buy it. Get an X-50.
I just purchased this board, and I'm nothing short of completely satisfied. I've owned a DX7, D50, Juno-D, RD-700, an original micro and mini Moog, and more other keyboards than I could count. At this price point...especially from a live performance point of view...there is NOTHING in the market that rivals this board in terms of features and convenience. There are only 3 things I wished Roland had done: 1) make a numeric key pad to give the option to punch in a "tone" rather than dial; 2) put a phone jack on side or front; 3) made this in a black metal case, instead of the plastic. Most, if not all of the "tones" on this board, to my ear, are the same samples from the Juno-G; the present default tones are the same as my RD-700, except obviously the key action is different. I received this board yesterday after work. Unpacked and loaded up for rehearsal last night...and badda-bing....it was flawless an easy to use. The Roland video of this product, on the Roland website is what sold me on this board. If you can't play with a real one in a store....check out the video and buy it...you won't be disappointed.
This keyboard is the best thing that I have ever played. I mean this little workstation can really go. I play for churches and different things like that and the remarks after are great. People say that the gw workstation rocks the church and I agree...so buy I and you won't be left unsatified.
Got the keyboard for the style/backing functions. Work perfectly and inspires alot of music improvisation. Design is fantastic as it is very slim n light, suitable for gigging musicians. The world sounds are good fun. User-friendly connectivity thru usb for adding new styles are great addition. The two knobs for analog tweaking is alot of fun, makes it a half synthesizer. D-Beam also is fun. Price tag also is very affordable. Overall this keyboard is very easy to play, and alot of fun too. Recommend this board to beginners or musicians who like very little tweaking n lots of playing.
I bought this keyboard back in december of 05 i have had all good comments on how great this keyboard sounds when i play. I typically bought this keyboard for its organ sound,since the church i play for has not purchased a b3 hammond this will do. I just recently recorded a gospel cd and used my keyboard for the organ sound. it sounds just like the organ on the the cd. I would purchase it again if i had to rewind time it is worth the price. This keyboard can do alot more but for the time i am just loving the organ sounds. It is a good keyboard to play jazz with and it has alot of sounds that matches any sound you may hear in songs you want to use as well.I recommend using the roland keyboard amps with this keyboard it makes the bass sound more heavy if you are like me who loves alot of left hand bass action.
Needed something easy to use, with powerful capabilities...this is it. Very user friendly, esp for a newbie to workstations. Manual is well layed out and easy to follow. use of USB port for file transfers is a breeze. Some excellent sounds, some make you scratch your head, but if you are looking for any instrument on the planet to use in your work, its in here. Very "live" friendly. I find this a breeze to use for live performances. For the price, I dont see how you can beat this board..
I just got this thing for my son, a budding Keyboardist and played with it in the store extensively along with other mid-priced units. This was the best sound and fun combination, even over the shorter Korg Triton Le unit, and I own and use a Triton Le88. The sounds, being from a Roland Engine are of course, superior, and all of the accompanyment capability is there as in most of the high end workstations. But the laser infinity adjust detect is the bomb man. This laser detect can sense the proximity of your left hand and adjust the current program sound in volume which allows you to make crowd noises ajust with the appropriate point in your work, or can us hand motions to drive congas rather than the keyboard itself. Sudden hand movements can trigger a latent aspect of the sound program such as a symbol signature crash in a snare set. Awesome. Beware, musician gift-givers will get in the way of using this instead of their recipients. I rated the quality an 8 because the construction is more along the lines of the lower end keyboards, with no hammer weighting to the keys as the higher end Rolands/Korgs/Alesis units have, BUT this approach to construction also makes this workstation light and portable which is better for gigs. It can easily be handled by one person, male or female; even in the box. My son is gonna be flippin out on Christmans morning. I want to sneak into the attic and play with it in the mean time....but the attic makes me sneeze.
This is a great board for live gigging and the sounds are unbelievable for the price. Light, portable,looks great,and waaay more durable than it appears; I highly recommend it if price is a major issue for you. I use this and the Triton LE that my church owns and prefer this board due to its real-time tweakablility and on-the-fly splits and layers. I don't like the flywheel but you can save 10 fav instruments to be recalled at the touch of a button. Never used the D-beam. Can be used as a workstation but is hard to master and irritating to edit!
While it was the price which initially attracted me to the GW now I find that the more I use it the more I like it. I gig with it every week. It's easy to use- changing instrumentation between songs is a breeze. It's a great combination of being simple to use and yet powerful enought to keep the musician growing. I was able to perform with it the first week I bought it and am still learning new tricks 4 months later.