Hi James, […]
I have received a reply. This is what Roland Japan say;
>SysEx messages to change the GM/GM2/GS modes are not according to SC-VA manual or previous sound canvas models (8820).
This is a known bug, and is scheduled to be fixed with next update.
>When in GM1 mode SC-VA should let the user to change the Map mode (55,88,88pro,8820) because all sound canvas version supported General Midi 1, but the drop down box "Map Mode" does not work when I press it, it only works in GS mode.
This depends on Module Mode.
When the Sound Module Mode is “GS” and Bank LSB is “0” or nothing is defined to Bank LSB, then the selected Map Mode sounds will be played.
>However, it can still be changed when I press the ALL button and press the ARROWS buttons, thus changing what I see in "Map Mode" under Options.
This is same as above, only when the Bank LSB (cc#32) is “0” or nothing defined to Bank LSB.
>When in GM2 mode, Sound Canvas VA should be locked to 8820 Map and should not let the user change the Map, because 8820 is the only version that actually supports General Midi 2.
When GM2 Mode is selected, the sounds will be GM2 sounds regardless of Map Mode status.
>Moreover, when switching to GM or GM2 the "Map Mode" under options will show the mode that was previously on GS and the plug-in will still sound like that on GM or GM2 mode (this is not good at all for GM2 because units like 55 or 88 do not support General Midi 2 sounds fully).
>But, when I press the ALL button the screen will show "ALL-MAP-SC-8820-" even though Map Mode shows differently; it is only when I press the Arrow buttons the Map and Sound changes in GM GM2 mode, the drop box doesn't work as already mentioned.
>As mentioned and to be clearer, in GM2 mode the map should be locked to 8820, but in GM1 mode the used should be able to change to any of the sound canvas Maps.
Same as above mentioned.
The sound module mode and sound map will be defined in following order:
a) What is the status of the Sound Module Mode??
b) What is the value of the Bank LSB??
c) What is the value of the Map Mode??
>Unlike the hardware units of the past, Sound Vanvas VA does not change the Map Mode sound immediately but waits for a patch change, even though the GUI already changed.
>When changing Map Mode the sound should change immediately and not wait until a new instrument is called (patch change).
This is same as mentioned above.
What Bank LSB (cc#32) does the user defines??
If Bank LSB is other than “0” then the sound won’t be changed.
Please let me know what you think..