I just got the Edirol PCR-300 midi keyboard, and set it up with Reason 4. Reason indicated that the setup went fine, but when I try the keyboard with one of the sound modules, the note just keeps playing at a constant volume and doesn't stop even after I release the key. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
The keyboard is not sending a note off instruction after the key is released. Try checking midi preferences in reason.If your using a Mac check that the edirol is present by launching Audio MIDI Setup utility located in the utilities folder.You can download the latest Mac driver from Roland below:EDIROL PCR-300 32-key MIDI Keyboard Controller :: Download
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Midi is data only, there is no actual sound to the midi tracks themselves. They need to be assigned to either a software synth or an external synth to actually make the sounds you want to hear.
For instance if you load a demo of a midi sequance you will need to add a software synth such as the TTS-1 or Roland sound canvas which are general midi compatable and will play the instruments sounds assigned to the demo's midi channels. Use the Synth Rack feature in Sonar to open one of them. Then you will need to assign the output of each of the midi tracks to that particular synth and you will get sound. Make sure to assing the synth's audio track to you UA-25 as its audio output.
I would suggest reading in the manual and following the tutorials included in the manual to get yourself familier with how this is all done.
Are you connecting to the laptop and using it as a midi controller? You can record midi notes from the keyboard and send them to your laptop via USB using any midi sequencer program (reason, logic, etc). Create a midi track, select the input of that track as your keyboard, then hit record to play some midi notes. To hear what you record, you have to set the output of the midi track to whatever midi sounds or instrunents you have installed on your laptop.
If you are trying to record the actual audio sound the keyboard makes, use an audio program such as cubase, sonar, audacity, pro-tools, and either mic the keyboard, or connect one of the other audio outputs (1/4" TRS) to an audio input on your DAW, and record an audio track that way (as opposed to a midi track).
Yes people it can be fixed
by yourself at home, cheaply and easily. I’ve got an Edirol pcr-80 &
prc-a30. Both have had intermittent key troubles and keys that just don’t work
anymore or low/high level compared to other keys. These problems seem to start
after a year or so. I’ve paid hundreds of dollars getting them fixed until I
tried this on a whim. The contacts under the keys are a carbon-based contact so
cleaning them with metho/alcohol just dries out this carbon. Some people say
cleaning them with a pencil easier helps and it can do slightly but not
properly. What you need is “Graphite Powder”. (Link for a picture of a appropriate
product – just cut and paste it in your Internet heading bar, or Google image search
graphite powder…) http://images.google.com.au/images?hl=en&source=imghp&biw=1024&bih=1080&q=graphite+powder&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= Graphite powder is a dry
fine powder that is conductive and perfect for the job. You can purchase at any
locksmith – maybe a good hardware store, and it is sold as “non liquid
lubricant for locks and machinery.” All you need to do is unscrew the case, remove the springs
that hold the keys in, remove the keys. (White keys first then black keys. Keep
in order.) Peel off the rubber strip under the keys and turn over so you can
see the little carbon nipples that touch the circuit board. (2 for each key)
Pour a little power out on a sheet of paper and use a cotton tip bud to apply a
little powder to these. Now apply a little to the carbon contacts on the circuit
board where the little nipples touch. Do all this with your midi keyboard
plugged in to your computer/synth etc so you can hear how you’re going with
getting contact before you put it all back together. You might get a key or two
going off when doing this because the graphite power is making a continuous
contact across the circuit board. Just blow/lightly wipe away excess to stop
this but you want to leave all the contact points evenly (if slightly) coated.
Try touching the rubber strip contacts with the circuit board contacts to see
if you can get a sound. This can be a bit tricky to line up and get an even
contact. This sorts its self out when everything is back together. Now put back the rubber
strip. I used I tiny screwdriver to help push the rubber guide back in the
holes on the circuit board. Now put the keys back (black first – with the short
springs then white keys with the longer springs) screw the case back together
and let me know how you went. This I think will dry up
again in time but if you get a good bit of use out of it you can just do it
again… For free… Garthy.
Dont forget that the PCR50 is a Midi controller and as such has no "sound" of its own. You must have Midi compatible player or composer type software (like Reason, Cakewalk, Sonic, etc) to link up to the PCR50 to get any sound.