Now what's that "XG-Lite" stuff exactly?

Posted by: Burkels

Now what's that "XG-Lite" stuff exactly? - 03/17/04 02:34 AM

I received lots of questions about the "XG-Lite" compatibility of the EXR-3 and EXR-5. And I couldn't give you the answer myself, so I asked Roland about it.

For example, what are the "542 XG Sounds" that are mentioned in the specs? Why can't I use them from the panel of the keyboard?

The answer was simple: "There are no hidden sounds inside the EXR-series. Since GS/GM uses different patchnumbers to locate sounds than the XG-standard, the EXR-series is capable of playing back Midi-files that were made for XG-keyboards.

In other words: The EXR-5 'knows' the soundtable of the XG-standard, and therefor you can use XG-midifiles on the EXR-5. Strings will be played as strings, even though the XG-standard uses a different patchnumber for it than the GS/GM standard. The EXR uses its own Roland-sounds to playback XG-songs. Since XG-standards also include several editing possibilities that the EXR does not have, it's called 'XG-Lite' compatibility".

Bummer? Hm. Not really. Not for me, anyway. The EXR-5 is so loaded with sounds that I think I have more than enough choices. Even after using the board for a couple of weeks now, I still need the soundchart to find the sound I'm looking for :-)

Roland EXR-5 user -
Posted by: Burkels

Re: Now what's that "XG-Lite" stuff exactly? - 03/19/04 04:23 AM

(never mind)

[This message has been edited by Burkels (edited 03-19-2004).]
Posted by: Louis NL

Re: Now what's that "XG-Lite" stuff exactly? - 03/20/04 01:24 PM

Hi Bart,

This issue brought me some answers (Thanks !) and some additional questions.

Our EXR supports midi, midi2, GS and XGLite.
Do you know in which of these formats it records ?

Do you also know what midi editor/sequencer software I could use in order to get access to the >500 sounds when I wan't so further process the recorded midi-file on my PC?

Another question on the memory sizes. In another thread it was mentioned that the exr has 8 MB of ROM with (non-compressed) sounds. We also know that we have 1.9MB of flashmemory for songs and styles.
But do you have an idea how many User-song memory the exr has (i.e. the 'intermediate' memory where the exr keeps his songs/styles when it writes/reads to/from flash ... worst-case this should be 1.9MB also !?