Physical Behavior Modeling (PBM)
At the heart of the FR-7/-5 is Roland’s new, proprietary PBM (Physical Behavior Modeling) sound engine and sound modeling technology. Physical Behavior Modeling uses complex algorithms (as opposed to sampled sounds) to accurately model an acoustic accordion’s sound characteristics. The result is an engine that faithfully recreates the actual physical behavior and expressive nuances of an acoustic instrument.
Unique, All-in-One Portable Instrument
Lightweight and portable, the FR-7 uses an onboard digital amplifier with rechargeable Ni-Mh battery pack (optional on the FR-5) to power a pair of neodymium woofers and tweeters for a consistent, full range low-end to high-end output. The right- and left-hand velocity sensitive keyboards integrate with the high-resolution bellows pressure sensor to deliver an amazing level of expressiveness, realism, and playability.
Super Realistic Accordion Simulations
The FR-7/-5 can simulate up to 30 different accordion sound sets, each including 14 treble registers, seven bass and chord registers, and seven free bass registers. To create these high-quality sounds, Roland engineers analyzed dozens of popular traditional acoustic accordions, resulting in a single instrument that can faithfully reproduce a variety of traditional accordions, including their different tuning characteristics. As a result, the V-Accordion can switch instantly between an Italian Jazz, German Folk, French Musette, or historic Bandoneon, and more.
Variety of Orchestral Sounds
Combined with Traditional Accordion Sounds
Along with stellar onboard accordion sounds, the FR-7/-5 incorporates Roland’s acclaimed orchestral sounds. Traditional and orchestral sound combinations can be easily created and played back, complete with full bellows articulation and unique keyboard modes such as Solo, Dual, and High/Low. Seven high-quality bass sounds can be played separately by the left hand, including: Acoustic Bass, Bowed Bass, Fingered Bass, Picked Bass, Fretless Bass, Baritone Tuba, and Baritone Tuba + E.Bass.
Exploring the Possibilities
The V-Accordion combines velocity sensitive keyboards, and a high-resolution bellows pressure sensor to create a whole new world of expressive possibilities. Using the High/Low Mode feature, you can control up to four parts simultaneously in real time from just one V-Accordion. Onboard MIDI functionality allows you to expand the range of performance options to sound modules, arranger keyboards, or an external sequencer. The more you experiment with the V-Accordion’s capabilities, the more possibilities you’ll find!