A70 + Verd1
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The A-70 onboard plug-in board accepts the VE series of cards, such as the VE-RD1 piano module, VE-JV1 JV synth module, VE-GS general sound module and the VE-GSPro enhanced GM sound module (an SC-88pro on a card).
There are 64 performance memory locations which can be chained and stepped through with a pedal controller, and although this may seem like only a handful, this is more than adequate for even the most demanding stage performance.
The A-70 can have as many as 8 external keyboard "zones", or if you utilize any of the optional plug-in boards, 4 internal and 4 external zones. These zones either split for single voicing or overlap for layering, and you double-tap any of the zone buttons to solo that zone which is a lot more useful than you might think, especially in a layer situation controlling external modules in a rack -- saves a lot of reaching and fiddling with the modules or the mixer.
Panel controls are well-organized, and essentially identical to the A-90 panel, but instead of using the large JD-800 style buttons, Roland used the more svelte buttons from their JV/XP series keyboard of the period. The data entry section of the keyboard is huge - twice the size of the other sections. It contains a cursor control pad with four triangular buttons, a data entry slider (although I might have preferred the wheel), increment and decrement buttons and a numeric keypad that also uses phone-style alphabetic characters, including hexadecimal. There's even a panel lock feature here which is extremely useful if you've ever been to a gig, taken a break only to find out someone has decided to "explore" your rig while you were out. One prime complaint is that Roland only provided four assignable sliders, and this is well-justified; Roland has plenty of real estate to easily provide 8 or more sliders with buttons. Finally, no useful keyboard controller would be complete without a dedicated MIDI panic button, and the A-70's is in an easily accessible yet segregated location at the far upper right of the panel.
The A-70 also sports both kinds of pitch/mod controllers -- wheels and The Roland Lever -- for those players who are drawn to one or the other type. However you can change the function of each controller and store those in a performance patch, so your mod wheel could be set to control the filter resonance for one performance patch, and the LFO speed for another (assuming these functions can be assigned CC numbers).
The display on the A-70 is broken into two separate LCD displays -- a large 3-character dot-addressable alphanumeric display which displays the current mode, patch/performance number or selected parameter value, and a two-line alphanumeric display that has more information about these items. It's an interesting display, an LCD that lights the individual pixels rather than black pixels on a lit background, and IMO this is a much more readable display format.
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