Tone Remain

Tone Remain – in other words have prior notes sustain after you change tone, program, or scene.  This is a very useful function — have tones sustain while changing to the next program, or for a Pad, sustaining for an extended period with a new program.

Tone remain is straight forward if you are just selecting tones, but sometimes fails in programs (and presumably scenes). And in some of my programs was working – for example, holding the trumpets while switching to Great Organ.

Tone Remain must be on in System Settings.  This is the default setting.

[MENU] -> Select “System” -> [ENTER] -> “SYSTEM” tab

Check that Tone/Program Remain is set to ON

Tone Remain does not work when:

Shifting V-Piano tones

Shifting from Virtual Tone Wheel to non-virtual tone wheel tone

Effects settings shift immediately, so a particular effect may cause a tone to stop immediately (need to find an example)

One secret not mentioned in the Roland documentation — tone remain works if and only if the zone remains active in the new program / scene.

So if you have:

Program 1

Zone 1: Piano

Zone 2: Pad

Program 2

Zone 1: Piano

Pads in zone 2 are dropped as soon as you change to Program 2.

Instead, do it like this:

Program 1

Zone 1: Piano

Zone 2: Pad

Program 2

Zone 1: Nada.zilch (can have a tone selected, but zone sound off – int/ext button extinguished)

Zone 2: Piano

The pads will hang on as long as you hold the sustain.

In this case, what appears to be a bug can become a feature — you can chose to have some tones remain, others drop, as you shift programs / scenes.

There are some problems with this setup

— You cannot use the V-piano sounds since they have to be in Zone 1. 

— When you shift programs, the piano sounds drop, since they no longer have an active zone.  But the Pad sound usually will hide this early drop.

Here is an alternate solution that has fewer downsides than the first, works with the V-pianos, sustains piano and pads over the program shift, just one minor downside.

Program 1

Zone 1: Piano

Zone 4: Pad

No split specified

Program 2

Zone 1: Piano

Zone 4: Pad

Split Zone 4 so it is only A0-B0 (two notes)

Now when you shift program 1-2, both the piano and pad will sustain (if V-piano, has to be same V-piano), but new notes will only be piano — just have to stay away from the bottom two keys.  What we are doing is keeping the Pad zone active, just pushing it down to the bottom of the piano, out of normal playing range.

#RD-2000;  #Tone_Remain