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Roland GR-55 Demo – New Patches in Firmware 1.50

The latest firmware for the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesiser was launched in June 2012 and it features a number of new patches added to the existing list. Of course, the majority of these patches stink up the place like month-old blue cheese stored behind the radiator but there might be something here to interest you.

I know that I’m not the greatest guitar player in the world and have never claimed to be, so any snarky comments about my playing will be deleted and you will be blocked. If you want to be a YouTube arsehole, go do it on someone else’s channel. OK?

Here is a question in my comments from Joey from Germany and my subsequent reply:

Hi Darren,

Your Demos of the GR-55 sound as bad as the original GR-33 sounds, and the tracking of the GR-33 seems to be the same as the GR-55.
From the GR-33 i never used the factory sounds, because they are realy terrible, but i found out, that you can get very good synth-sounds out of the GR-33 by using two different tones, and editing the patches with the effects, brilliance/brightness and volume functions.

With the GR-33 i never had tracking-problems, cause you can ajust it very good and you will have to play different as with guitar-sounds.
Over the years i bought many keyboards and synthesizers and i must say, the GR-33 is one of my favorite synthesizers. To find such a full, rich soundmodule you will have to pay thousands of dollars for a lot of synths, to have so many different sound in one box. I think, most of the musicians and guitarists who tried out the GR-33 never found out, what is in this Guitar-Synth!

But i’m very interested in the GR-55 because i read, that the synth-sounds can be full edited, just like a vituell analog synth…..?!
Is that true? Have you experimented with that funktions?

I am not sure if it is an issue with your grasp of English when you say that the GR-55 demos sound as bad as the GR-33 sounds. The quality of sound from the GR-55 is superior to the GR-33. I actually found the sounds from the GR-33 quite flat compared to the synth I had before – the GR-1, the grand daddy of them all. Yes, the presets of the GR-33 are rubbish. Yes, you do get best results combining sounds and creating your own patches.

The installed patches on the GR-55 are equally underwhelming, but with editing you can come up with some good stuff. The tracking is also superior on the GR-55 to the GR-33. If you are thinking of upgrading your kit, I recommend you check out the GR-55 at your local store before buying.

Hope this helps,

Darren