Godin 13-Pin synth access (SA) guitars and the Roland GR-Series guitar synth
Connecting the GR-series units
Connect a patch cord from the Mix out on the back of the GR into an amp (mono)
or Mixer (stereo). Insert the 13-pin cable from the guitar output into the
13-pin input marked "GK" on the GR. Power up the GR, tune, and you're ready to
go! However here are a few tips to get the optimal performance from the Godin
and GR unit.
Using the on-board guitar tuner
Hit the "Tune" button on the GR and simply tune the guitar the same way you
would when using a digital tuner. Hit "Play" on the GR when you want to return
to the main screen/menu.
If the guitar's output is too hot for the GR it can cause the GR unit to double
trigger random notes or octave jump. Properly setting the sensitivity will allow
the sounds to track quicker, with better dynamics and greater ease in playing
the synth sounds.To adjust the pickup sensitivity simply:
Hit the "System" button on the GR. Using the Bank/Parameter arrows go to Pick-Up
SENS (Sensitivity). Push the right arrow twice to get there.You will see two
numbers on the screen. For example 1-3.
The first number indicates the guitar string you are setting, the second number
is the sensitivity output, which goes from 1-8. The goal is to have each
string's output to be as even as possible.Simply hit the string you are setting
and using either the Patch/Value wheel on the GR or the Up/Down buttons on the
Godin guitar increase or decrease the sensitivity setting so that each string is
even sounding and one string is not louder than another. If you set the
sensitivity too high the box on the right side of the screen will become white
indicating that the output is too hot.On Godin guitars the strings are resting
right on the transducers therefore there is no need to set the sensitivity very
high. The usual setting for each string is between 1 and 4. To return to the
main screen/menu hit "Play" on the GR.
Adjusting the Play Feel on a GR-Series unit
Another adjustment that can be made to optimize tracking and overall efficiency
is the Play Feel setting. This setting takes into consideration the Feel or
style of the player. You can choose from Normal, Finger-style, Hard, Soft,
Tapping etc. In most cases the default "Normal" setting is perfect. However if
you are a hard picker, select the "Hard" setting or "Finger-style" if you don't
use a pick.Hit "Common" on the GR.
Using the Bank/Parameter arrows go to
"Play Feel". Push the right arrow twice to get there.
Using either the Patch/Value wheel on
the GR or the Up/Down buttons on the Godin guitar you can select different "Play
Feels". Once you have made your selection hit the "Play" button to return to the
made screen/menu and start playing!