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Got a Roland GR-33,GR-20,GR-55 etc ?

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Posted By : Off The Rails | Comments : 2

Then you might find this of interest

Lee from the Kasuals put me onto this, basically what it does is remove the unwanted noise/excess notes when using a Roland GR product and helps to stabilise the tracking.

I received mine from the USA whilst I was in hospital so today was the 1st time I have been able to try it out, it works a treat you can play chords faster than previously without it throwing extra unwanted notes in the patch.

My conclusion is its well worth the price of £166 including tax and delivery, it is only available on Ebay from the manufacturer.

NEW! Filter/Buffer - Guitar Synthesizer Processor with Subsonic Filters, Auxiliary Inputs and Master Effects Loop

Features and Specifications:

1 - 13-Pin Roland Guitar Input
1 - 13-Pin Roland Guitar Synthesizer Output
6 - Butterworth 4-pole high pass filters, operating at 50 Hz, 75 Hz, and 100 Hz
2 - Auxiliary Inputs, high-impedance matched for direct guitar or bass output. Also compatible with any audio source.
1 - Master effects loop input, TRS (tip-ring-sleeve). Effects loop processes both standard 13-pin guitar signal, plus auxiliary input signals.
All-analog processing, no latency added to synthesizer
Custom manufactured, high-quality four layer glass epoxy circuit board
Backed by Five-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
Weight: 11 oz.
Download the Filter/Buffer Manual

Introduction to the Filter/Buffer 13-pin Roland Guitar Synthesizer Processor: Filter-Buffer
The Filter/Buffer does three things: first, the six subsonic filters remove nonmusical and mechanical noise from the output of a 13-pin Roland guitar synth controller to improve synthesizer tracking and COSM modeling.

Second, the Filter/Buffer provides two buffered auxiliary inputs to enable non-GK equipped guitars or any audio source to access COSM amp modeling and effects in a Roland guitar synthesizer like the GR-55.

Finally, the Filter/Buffer adds a master effects loop for both the two auxiliary inputs, and the normal guitar output from the Roland 13-pin guitar synth controller.

History and Development:

The basic idea of the Filter/Buffer is not new, for years Roland included subsonic filtering as a part of the circuit design of the Roland VG-8 and VG-88.

Roland VG-88
Previous Roland synths like the VG-88 included subsonic filtering.
But when the VG-99 shipped in 2007, players with piezo systems like the Godin guitars with the RMC pickups, or the Graphtech Ghost system, immediately noticed that patches that worked so well with the VG-88 were muddy and indistinct on the VG-99. Even after a Roland software update, the problem remained.

Richard McClish, founder of RMC Pickup company, developed a replacement electronics board specifically for the VG-99, the V9SF. The V9SF contained six, Butterworth, subsonic filters that restored the subsonic filtering to the VG-99 and solved the problems piezo guitar players were having. Similarly, when the GR-55 shipped in 2011, Richard McClish developed an electronics board for the GR-55, the RMC OPT-01 tracking optimizer.

Now, the Filter/Buffer is the first product of its kind offered as an inline device. Meaning that it can be used with the GR-55 or VG-99. Placing the Filter/Buffer before a Roland US-20, or UX-20 clone, means that both attached synthesizers get the benefit of the filtered guitar signal.

Butterworth Filter
The Butterworth Filter design was selected for the flat response in the passband range.
The Filter/Buffer follows Richard McClish’s published specifications, using 6, 4-pole, -24 dB per octave Butterworth subsonic filters, operating at 50, 75 and 100 hz.

The Butterworth design was chosen for its flat frequency response in the passband range. The filter points were selected to keep musical information, but eliminate mechanical noise that can effect both synthesizer tracking, and COSM modeling.

The Filter/Buffer even benefits Roland GK-3 equipped guitars that may be using a tremolo system, or players that experience problems with palm muting, as this can also add unwanted mechanical noise to the divided hex pickup output.

Auxiliary Inputs and Master Effects Loop - Use Non-GK Guitars to Access COSM Modeling Amp and Effects:

In addition to the benefits of subsonic filtering, the Filter/Buffer has two auxiliary inputs, designed to accommodate the impedance of conventional guitar pickups, but any audio source can be used.

Filter-Buffer Diagram
Filter/Buffer diagram. Click on image to enlarge.
Auxiliary input signals one and two are mixed together, using an active mixing system, and combined with the conventional guitar output from the 13-pin guitar.

Before these blended signals are sent to the attached Roland synthesizer, they also pass through a master effects loop.

The master effects loop enables a chain of effects pedal to be used with both the 13-pin Roland guitar synth controller, and with the auxiliary inputs. In the video clips shown below, both a bass and keyboard are used with the Filter/Buffer, and a Roland EV-5 is used in the effects loop as a master volume control.


# Posted by stripe - 28/08/2014, 22:18 (GMT)

Glad to hear your out of hospital and playing! Can I ask, have you tried it with Ghost and GK pickup systems?

# Posted by Off The Rails - 29/08/2014, 07:04 (GMT)

@Stripe yes I have Ghost saddles on my Ernie ball and a Fender Roland GC-1 Strat and it works fine with both.

It also has the added feature of allowing you use of Non-GK Guitars to Access COSM Modeling Amp and Effects via a normal jack lead, so you could use a normal guitar with standard pick ups with any of the GR series processors just as an effects processor.

I am limiting my activities including musical ones to a few hours a day as I get exhausted very quickly, it might take me a week or two to get to some sort of normality.

Cheers Tony

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