With vibrato effects on open strings, it may become necessary for the player to form a bridge to ground. This can be done by touching bare skin to any metal part of the Guitar Controller (or Guitar Synthesizer) while simultaneously touching the plate. For example, the right hand could touch the plate and the bridge or strings, or the left hand could touch an unused string or any part of the tuning mechanism.
The vibrato ON/OFF function is controlled as above, and the depth of the effect is controlled by the VIB DEPTH control.
The VOICE SELECTOR switch determines the sound source used for synthesizing sounds. With the switch up, the source of voicing is the six synthesizer VCO’s and the fundamental pitch extracted from the guitar string sounds. With the switch down, the voicing comes from the six distortion circuits. At center, the source is a combination of the two above positions.
Vibrato can be produced in the normal guitar way by using the finger to vary the tension on the string, or it can be produced electronically for a wide number of effects.
The electronic vibrato affects only the VCO’s in the DUET mode, the combination of the non-vibrato fundamental string pitches with the vibrato VCO pitches produces the chorus effect sound.
The Guitar Controller Instruction Manual contains additional information on the vibrato ON/OFF function.
Another VCO effect is pitch shift, an effect where the VCO’s can be shifted to pitches other than the string pitches. In the DUET mode, the fundamental pitches will be the same as the string pitches, and the VCO’s can be tuned to other pitches so that one instrument produces the effect of a very large group.
When using the guitar and synthesizer sounds simultaneously (Guitar Controller BALANCE control somewhere near center), the STRING SELECT switches can be used to determine which strings are to produce the synthesizer sounds. There are six switches, one for each string. Only those switches that are ON will produce synthesizer sounds. These switches can be used where it is desired to play a melody or a bass line against guitar chords. For example, or for other effects where the synthesizer notes are to
be relatively independent of the guitar notes.
There is one more switch on the Guitar Controller left to be explained. With this switch at the VCO position (pointing towards the bridge), the VCO synthesizer sound is produced. When changed to point in the opposite direction, the HEXA-DISTORTION effect is produced. At center, both synthesizer and distortion sounds are produced.
The GR-300 distortion is different from ordinary guitar distortion in that there is a separate distortion circuits for each of the six guitar strings thus producing an unusually clear distortion effect even when chords are played. This sound is also passed through the VCF where the tone color can be further processed. Try the VCO + DISTORTION sound.
Body: Maple, Mahogany Laminate (G-303), Walnut, Ash Laminate (G-808) Neck: Set Neck, Maple (G-303), Thru Neck, Maple, Walnut Laminate (G-808), Finger Board: Ebonized Rose Wood (G-303), Select Ebony;G-808) Pickups: Two Humbucking, Divided Pickup (G-303), Two Humbucking, Divided Pickup (G-808) Controls: Total Volume, Guitar Tone. Guitar/Synth Balance, VCF Cutoff Frq, VCF Resonance. VCO/VCO + DIST/DIST Switch, Vibrato Depth, Touch LATCH VIB Switch, Touch UNLATCH VIB Switch Weight: 4.2 kg (9.24 lbs.)
Hexa VCO: Master Tuning, Pitch A (±1300 cent), Pitch B(±1300 cent), Pitch LATCH/UNLATCH Switch (2), Sweep Rise Time (0-6 sec), Sweep Fall Time (0-0 sec), LFO Rate (2-10 Hz), VCF: Preset A Attack Time (0-2 sec), MOD Sens, Preset B Attack Time (0-2 sec), MOD Sens, VCA: Compression Switch (Long Sustain), Footswitch: COMP (Envelope Compression), Pitch A (Pitch A/OFF Select), Pitch B (Pitch B/OFF Select), ENV MOD (VCF Envelope
MOD). ENV INV (ENV MOD Invert) String Select: 1-6 Select Switch 6, String indicator 6 ,EXT Foot Control: String Select Switch, Sweep ON/OFF, VCF Pedal, Compression Switch. Input: 24P Connector Output: MIX/SYNTH Guitar. Power Consumption: 20W Dimensions: 400(W) x 100(H) x 290(D)mm (15.7 x 3.9 x 11.4) Weight: 5kg (11 lbs.)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
|To produce the synthesizer sound, turn the balance control fully clockwise. This control determines the balance between the guitar and synthesizer sounds.
The DUET switch adds the fundamental pitches of the guitar strings to the VCO sounds to produces a chorus effect. It is necessary to tune the VCO’s so that they match the pitches of the strings by using the MASTER TUNING control. For accurate tuning, use as high a guitar pitch as possible and allow at least ten minutes for a warm-up period after first turning on the power switch.
The two controls, CUTOFF FREQ and RESONANCE combine to control the tone color of the sound passing through the VCF.
The ENV MOD (envelope modulation) foot switch turns the "wow" effect on and off.
The SENS (sensitivity) knob controls the depth of the "wow" effect.
The ATTACK TIME knob controls the time required for the rising part of the "wow" sound.
|The CUTOFF FREQ knob controls the tone color of the sound manually and is used to set the initial tone color value. When the ENV MOD Mode is used, the tone color is swept up, then back down to the initial tone color. If the CUTOFF FREQ knob is at "10", the initial tone color will be bright, but since the tone color control is already at maximum, the ENV MOD mode will have no effect on the tone color.
If a foot volume pedal (Roland FV-2; sold separately) is connected to the VCF RED jack on the rear panel of the Guitar Synthesizer, the cutoff frequency of the VCF (in other words, the tone color of the output sound) can be controlled manually with your foot.
The COMPRESSION made is most often used when synthesizing such sounds as brass and string sounds. A foot switch (Roland FS-1; sold separately) can be used with the COMP jack on the rear panel for turning the COMPRESSION mode on and off. If a foot switch is used, the front panel COMPRESSION switch is disabled.