That’s not great news about legacy Ketron styles being incompatible. It already trails Yamaha and Korg hugely in the availability of extra styles (Korg’s bonusware is even free) but one thing you always got (with them at least) was the ability to take styles you paid for and use them in the next model you bought.
Hopefully, Ketron can find a way to in-house re-engineer those styles owners of previous products bought so they’ll play in the Event.
Are they audio styles, Micheal? For an SD90, that means just drums, or is it drums and bass too? Also, just curious, but will the Event play legacy Ketron styles if they have no audio content?
One of the issues I tend to have with audio based arrangers is, you can’t edit or change the audio parts radically (think brushes instead of sticks on the drums, or acoustic guitars instead of electrics) so you can’t really stretch a style for more variety very easily. So it becomes really important that every additional style you buy is an investment in the future. Having to pay hundreds of dollars additionally for styles you already bought once would be a tough pill to swallow.
Has you contacted AJ about the issue? Perhaps he’s hard at work converting them for the Event, and would either send you the converted ones, or at least offer you a substantial discount?
An arranger is just a tool. What matters is what you build with it..!